The Adrian Amateur Radio Club meets the last Monday of every month with the Board meeting at 7:00 pm and the general meeting at 7:30 P.M. Come Join the fun, dues are $25 per year for full membership.
The club meets at the Lenawee County Airport, Civil Air Patrol Building on Cadmus Road in Adrian.
Minutes of the AARC Meeting
February 24, 2020
There were 18 present.
Dan KD8IJB won the 50/50 drawing and split $13 with the club.
Secretary's Report - Dan KD8IJB made the motion to accept the minutes as amended. (The Hubfest is on June 6th, not the 8th.) Alec K8ADM seconded.
Treasurer's Report - Mark NU8Z reports that we paid for flyers and a new stamp for our hamfest. Dan KD8IJB made the motion to accept the Treasurer's Report, Phil KE8INU seconded.
The next test session will be March 9th.
Our hamfest will be September 20th. Please plan on doing some pre-sales. If each of us sells 3 or 4 tickets, that would be helpful.
Hubfest is June 6th. Ginny explained what it is, for the newer members.
Upcoming hamfests: TMRA (Toledo) (Owens Community College) - March 15th
Great Lakes Convention - March 14th
Crossroads (Marshall) - sometime in April
Field Day - Mark KE8EKF asked for a show of hands whether we want to participate. There will be a potluck at 6:00pm. We are also planning a foxhunt if there's time.
Cletus K8TLT reports that the county financed the 3 weather stations. They still need to be programmed. We will need people to monitor them.
Discussion of FT8.
USS Midway event - March 14th - Dan and Mark NU8Z will be at Mark's house to work it.
Motion to adjourn made by Dan KD8IJB, seconded by Phil KE8INU.
More Fun at AARC
Monday nights the CAP building is open from 7:00 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m., except the last Monday of the month which is the regular club meeting time. This is a good opportunity to get to know club members other than over-the-air contacts. Discussions range from interesting aspects of amateur radio to whatever is on someone’s mind. The club station will be available and is a good way to try your hand at some HF operation. Experienced club members will be happy to show you how to operate the club station.
Tuesday and Thursday nights CW club nets can be found on 10 meters. Specifically, the CW nets run from 8 to 9 P.M. on 28.050 MHZ. On Tuesday nights, the net members usually use keyers, but anything can be used. On Thursday nights, straight keys are usually used, so the speed is much slower. The net is happy to slow down if someone is still developing their CW skills. The last Thursday of the month everyone is encouraged to try their hand at using a bug. The CW nets are run in round table format
Also, on Tuesday and Thursday nights there is a club phone net on 10 meters. The phone net follows right after the CW net, beginning at 9 o’clock and ending at 10 P.M. That net can be found on 28.328 Mhz, plus or minus QRM. The phone net is completely informal with people using break-in or VOX to make comments.
Finally, on Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. there is the ARES net on 145.37 MHZ 2 meter repeater. This is a directed net which helps club members become comfortable operating in a format that might be used during emergencies. Different people are strongly encouraged to take net control in order to gain practice running this kind of an operation. The net is a good time to test portable communication rigs that might be used under emergency situations. The time to find out that you can’t hit the repeater with your HT is NOT when a tornado is spotted in the field!
Everyone will get more enjoyment out of being members of the AARC if you take part in some of the activities other than coming to the monthly club meeting. Get active, come on out to the Monday eyeball sessions, and try out some of the nets. Being an active member of AARC is fun!