July 2019 Minutes


July 10, 2019

The meeting was called to order by Ron Swiney (ABØP) at 7:00 p.m.  Introductions followed: There were 13 members present and no visitors. 

The June, 2019 minutes had been sent out via email and were approved.  The financial report was presented.

Standing committee reports:

  • REPEATER: The repaired repeater is back in operation and the bills for such have been paid.
  • EMRGENCY NET: There were­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ 5 checkins on the .73 repeater and 4 on the .955

Mark your calendars for the emergency drill at 10:00 a.m. and club meeting on August 14, 2019.

    1. New permanent license plate has been acquired and installed.
    2. Work Items for a future workday:
      1. Charge fire extinguisher.
      2. Hang fan over power supply
      3. Install some way of bringing coax inside the trailer other than what we have:
        1. Glenn showed pictures of some plastic boxes which could be used to house barrel connectors for coax pass throughs.  A motion to allow him to go ahead and purchase such a box was made, seconded and passed.  The length of barrel connectors needed will be determined when we next work on the trailer and drill a test hole.
    3. Gary Welsh (N0RIJ) moved that we acquire a metal gas can to house five gallons of ethanol-free high-octane gasoline for generator use and keep such on hand for emergencies.  That motion was seconded and passed. Steven Bouck (AA4SB) volunteered to obtain the gas can.
  • TESTING LIAISON: No one was there for testing.
  • WEB PAGE: Jack McGuire (KDØQEB) said he had a lightening strike that took out all of his radios and computer and he is currently out of contact with the website. Others said it is still up and running
  •  WRECKING CREW:  Fred Groce (K0FG) and Glenn Commons (K0KER) went out to Ray Myers (WB0PXF)condo and installed a new G5RV antenna in the forest next to Ray. 
  • 2 METER NET:
    • January Net Control: Glenn Commons – KØKER
    • February Net Control: Jack McGuire –  KDØQEB
    • March Net Control: Gary Sundstrom – KE5JTL
    • April Net Control: Frank Miller – KS2Z
    • May Net Control: Fred Groce – KØFG
    • June Net Control: Larry Cicchinelli – K3PTO
    • July Net Control:  Glenn Commons – KØKER
    • August Net Control:  Ron Swinney – ABØP
    • September Net Control:  Ray Tucker – NØZYX
    • October Net Control: Gary Sundstrom – KE5JTL
    • November Net Control: Glenn Commons – KØKER
    • December Net Control:  Frank Miller – KS2Z
  • 10 METER NET: There were ______check-ins including one from
    1. Ron Swiney (ABØP) and Jeanne Heib (KE0NAF) climbed the fire tower and installed one end of each of the two G5RV antennas.  Using Fred’s air launcher, the two lines for the other ends of the G5RV antennas were put over threes and tied off.  When started, the generator was loping along like an old “Poppin’ Jack” engine and belching white smoke.  It would not get up to speed.  Steve Bouck(AA4SB) quickly rebuilt the carburetor using some cork gasket material, and by 1:00 p.m., the start of Field Day, it was running well enough to get us on the air.  One Icom 718 transceiver was set up in the Emergency Communications Trailer and one Kenwood under the tent.  Paul Rumford, K6IMZ, brought is Kenwood transceiver and operated six meters using a three element beam attached to the back of the ECT.
    2. Only 15 people showed up for the pitch-in dinner, but there was plenty of food, lots of potato salad, beans, coleslaw and lots of chips, cookies and brownies.  Jeanne Heib took responsibility for ordering the sandwiches and paper items. Thanks to all who pitched in.
    3. After dinner, it was back to the radios with Fred Groce (KØFG) and Ray Myers (WBØPYF) operating CW while Chuck Renfroe, (AEØFC) and Frank Galinski (NØLRG) agreed to stay the night, operate some and guard the equipment.  Around 11:00 p.m.Saturday night, rain and wind cut outside operations short, and the guys had to scramble to get the equipment moved inside the ECT.  Being in an electric wheelchair Ray decided he needed to go home to not get wet when the rain started.  Some operations were possible from the ECT, but much less than we had hoped.  Rain continued through the night.  By 8:00 a.m., there were still two stations operating; Paul was still pursuing six meters and had a run gong, but the weather was not helping, and it was decided to tear down.  Only five members were present to do this, in the rain, and all of the items placed in the ECT were wet.  Glenn followed Fred back to the storage facility, and they put the trailer inside.
    4. The following Friday, Glenn went to Fred’s house and they removed all of the wet items from the trailer to dry them out.  While the trailer was at Fred’s house, it was attempted to run a fan to help dry out the carpet, but when the trailer was plugged into a ground fault circuit, it would pop the GFI, tested on 2 different GFIs.    Fred and Glenn spent quite a while tracking down what the problem could be with no luck.  They then called upon our electricity savvy members for help.
    5. On Saturday, after the morning Eatin’ Meetin’ at the Camdenton McDonald’s, Fred, Robert Harmon, (KEØTTL), Ron Swiney and Glenn went back to the trailer to put the dry items back inside before returning it to storage.  While there, Robert and Ron checked the electrical circuits again, with the same GFI circuit tripping problems as before.  After a thorough analysis, Ron Swiney stated, “This is impossible!”  It appears that the wiring is correct, but enough current is leaking to ground to trip the GFI.  According to Ron, five millivolts is all it takes.  Finally, a brilliant solution was reached.  A sign stating “Do not plug this trailer into a GFI circuit” will be posted inside the trailer.  It runs fine on a non-GFI circuit and on the generator.
    6. Bottom line field day results:  432 phone QSO’s on all bands and 110 CWQSO’s which count double.
    7. Fred said we had received three requests for QSL cards but no SASE’s were supplied, so he is not responding.
  • It was suggested that Glenn put any Field Day items on the minutes for May 2020 now so we won’t forget.
    • Fred announced that he has taken down the Echolink station. If anyone would like to take that effort, please contact Fred for information. 
    • It was moved and seconded to discontinue Saturday Eatin’ Meetin’s since only non-working members who generally attend the Friday event have been coming.
    • Several of the Club members participated in the 13 Colonies event and a few actuallyworked all 13 plus two of the three bonus stations located in the States.  None of our members were able to contact the station located in England.
  • Sickness and Injuries:
    1. Jerry Parmer (KE0OTM) passed away and three of our Club members attended the Celebration of Life service.
    2. Gary Fenstermacker’s wife, Maureen, passed away, and several club members attended the funeral service in Laurie.
  • Ham Equipment for sale or swap: Check the website: loarc.com Our procedure for allowing anyone to list equipment is in place.  Please download    the equipment for sale submission form, fill it out and email it back to Jack McGuire per instructions on the website.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:35p.m.

Respectively submitted,
Glenn Commons (KØKER)