Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club                              August 7, 2017

Main Fire Station, 1111Church St. Beloit, WI

Present: 13

Brett-K9BY – President       Lyndon-WA9JLD – Vice President       Dean-K9FLO – Secretary

Greg-K9GJN – Treasure    Chuck-WD9BB – Director

Introductions of all members and the welcome of newly licensed:

Secretary Report:   Dean-K9FLO reviewed the minutes from the July 10, 2017 meeting, and the membership approved as read.

Treasurer Report:   Greg-K9GJN gave the treasurers report for July and our State organization fee had been paid. The membership approved.

Old Business:   Dean-K9FLO presented a club equipment inventory and sign-out form. There was discussion on using the forms

New Business:   Brett-K9BY recommended Greg-K9GJN acquires a Club debit card from our Banker for online purchases. The membership unanimously approved obtaining a Bank Debit Card. Brett-K9BY discussed what to do for the Fire Department appreciation. It was decided to do basket for each shift. We had a discussion on having a Club picnic, decided it was too late to find and schedule a location. Dean-K9FLO suggested we have a Christmas party for this year, membership agreed and the Board will check into date and location.    Brett-K9BY talked about what the ARRL would like to do on Eclipse day (digital: transmit, receive, static and records).   Chuck-WD9BB brought up we should make Paul Monroe-W9MEH an honorary member of the Club.   A Motion by Lyndon-WA9JLD, seconded by Carl-W9BJ, the membership unanimously approved.

Announcements:   Al Homan-KC9QQO is moving to California in about 6 weeks.   He will be selling his equipment. It was recommended to have

him list it on the Club web site.

Program:  Chuck-WD9BB did a show and tell of his JYE Tech FG085 Function Generator kit he assembled. Chuck showed his HV rectifier and filter boards that he designed, etched and populated. Great job Chuck!

Dean-K9FLO showed a problem he had with high SWR to his antenna as a result of water capillary effect into the center conductor of the 9913F7 coax. The water was detected by the copper center being black and placing a vacuum pump on the down end removing a teaspoon of water. This being replaced with RG-8U and using 3M 2155 tape.

Next Meeting Will Be September 11th!

Recording Secretary: Dean-K9FLO

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club      July 10, 2017, Revision: Final Field Day Points 7/21/2017

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St. Beloit, WI

Present: 16

Brett-K9BY – President   Lyndon-WA9JLD – Vice President    Dean-K9FLO – Secretary

Greg-K9GJN – Treasure   Chuck-WD9BB – Director

Introductions of all members and the welcome of newly licensed:  Joe-KD9IXE.

Secretary Report:   Dean reviewed the minutes of the June 5, 2017 meeting as displayed and the membership approved as read.

Treasurer Report:   Greg gave the treasurers report for June.

Old Business:  Brett reviewed the results of the very successful 2017 field day which was a result of all the volunteers and good weather ,except for a Saturday night storm. 

We had a discussion about the results.  

Our point’s total:  Phone 588 , CW 1176 , Digital 204, Total QSO points 1968, plus bonus points and multipliers.

Total points claimed to ARRL for Field Day 2017 is  4686 !

We had a discussion on safety practices that were performed at the site.  It was determined we need more hard hats available.

New Business:  Brett looked for ideas on showing appreciation to the Fire Department.  Brett recommended we create an Inventory list of all the Club equipment.  Dean will create an inventory work sheet.

Program:   Brett gave a video presentation on:  The Early History of WHA, a PBS radio station.

Next Meeting Will Be August 7 th.

Recording Secretary: Dean-K9FLO

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club                                June 5, 2017

Main Fire Station, 1111Church St. Beloit, WI

Present: 16

Brett K9BY – President     Lyndon WA9JLD – Vice President     Dean K9FLO – Secretary

Greg K9GJN – Treasure    Chuck WD9BB - Director

Dean reviewed the minutes of the May 1, 2017 meeting and the membership approved as read.

Treasurer Report: Greg: just received the treasurer’s book, and will be preparing a complete report at the next meeting. Greg K9GJN informed the membership that Dean K9FLO will be able to sign club checks.

Old Business:

Brett inquired on what were our field day expenses for last year?  Greg and Al thought it was about $250-$300.

Brett reminded everyone the club will be assisting the Pie-Bike Ride event which is sponsored by the Janesville Morning Rotary club. It will be starting at the Janesville Lion’s Beach Park, on June 17, starting at 6AM. We will be using 146.715 repeater and we need volunteers.  Al-KC9QQO is the coordinator.

New Business

There was lengthy planning discussion on the upcoming Field Day (June 24-25).

Re-verify the availability of the fire dept. training sight.

What is needed to re-establishing the ground system at the site?

Pick up the equipment tables from provider.

Contact local media about the event and encourage visitors.

Friday: Meet at 5pm.

Set-up two (Buck master) OCF dipoles: one North/South, one East/West.

Set-up two HF Beams (10m, 15m)

Set-up one Hex Beam

Possibly 6m, 2m & 70cm beams

Make sure all operators are aware of air schedule.

Saturday: Meet 8am:

Set-up the tables and Canopy to cover the equipment tables.  Set-up & test Radio Equipment.   Finish any changes.

Saturday: 1pm start Field Day 2017!

Make sure bug free, sun screen, refreshments and food is on site.

Sunday: after 1pm

Close down and complete paper work (PC) if needed.

More New Business

Carl Inquired on the availability of License training classes locally? None at this time but if there was enough demand we could set a class. It was also suggested to check on the internet at the ARRL site.

Brett suggested we send an appreciation gift to the Beloit FD and Janesville FD for the use of their facilities. The membership agreed, the board will check into.

Dean brought up if we should have liability insurance during Field Day event. The Board will check on this for next year.

Dan K9IBM brought a concern about a local Janesville Ham who had received a local antenna violation notice. There was a discussion on antenna structure guidelines.

Brett brought up an idea of having a membership Picnic and or Picnic/auction. Brett will check on location.

Next Meeting Will Be July 10 th       Recording Secretary: Dean K9FLO

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club                                   Date:  May 1, 2017

Main Fire Station, 1111Church St. Beloit, WI                  

Brett K9BY introduced the new 2017 Board Members:

Brett K9BY – President     Lyndon WA9JLD – Vice President      Dean K9FLO – Secretary

Greg K9GJN – Treasure    Chuck WD9BB - Director

Brett thanked Carl W9BJ for all his time and effort as Secretary. Brett also thanked AL KC9QQO for being treasurer.

Greg: no treasurer’s report due to Al’s absence.

Brett and the Board decided to have a second Board member (Dean K9FLO) to be able sign checks for the treasurer.

Continue to have members review the on-line posted minutes and if there are any changes or corrections, notify the Secretary or wait till the next meeting.

The Secretary read the April 3 minutes due to a PC display issues. A motion to approve: Dan K9IBM and Bob W9EWZ second

Old Business:

The new Board had a meeting and the new officer’s positions were decided: Brett K9BY- President, Lyndon WA9JLD - Vice President, Dean K9FLO - Secretary, Greg K9GJN- Treasurer. We had discussions on how to grow the membership, incentives and having another auction.

Brett brought up to the membership about having another auction and how to have a wider draw. It was brought up to have food and or a picnic with the auction. Check into having a special events station at the auction.

Brett we are looking for more input from our members for program presentations.

Brett we are looking to redo the Web site and update the info and technology.

New Business

Dan is looking to see if anyone interested in going to K9CT contest station (Peoria). A discussion on going on other trips (Washington Island).

Field day: 6/23-25. What we need to do for preparation, a discussion followed on antennas: OCF dipoles, Hex-beam, radios (HF, VHF/UHF), mounting, grounding and operating frequencies. Next month meeting will detail event.

Presentation: We had Dennis Rybicke K9LGU ARRL Section Traffic Manager do an excellent presentation on ARRL Traffic handling procedures. He discussed the ARRL traffic handling, the messaging system. Dennis provided ARRL forms, how to populate and when to use and delivery.

Meeting adjourned 8:50.

Dean K9FLO Recording Secretary

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                April 3, 2017

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett-K9BY called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm.   Attendance was 14.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was:  Did you participate in the Wisc. QSO Party or the Jefferson Ham Fest?   Most Hams did one or both.    Minutes of the March 6th, 2017 meeting were corrected and accepted.   Club Treasurer, Al-KC9QQO, was absent; no Treasurer's Report was available.  

Old Business:President Brett-K9BY and Secretary Carl-W9BJ presented a list of the paid-up members of B.A.R.C for 2017.  Members and their email addresses are presented elsewhere on this website.   We normally have 20 - 30 members and a number of occasional visitors.

A review was given of the selection of members to the club Board of Directors.   This year, two of the five members must be selected.  The two year terms of Al-KC9QQO and Carl-W9BJ have expired.

New Business: Brett-K9BY took nominations for the two Board of Directors.  Four members sought the election:  Dean-K9FLO, Greg-K9GJN, Al-KC9QQO, and Carl-W9BJ.  An election was held and the winners were Dean-K9FLO and Greg-K9GJN.   The Board of Directors will select a new Treasurer and Secretary from the five elected members.  

We should devote most of the May and June club meeting to planning for the club's Field Day effort on June 23, 24 and 25.   We will again be at the Janesville Fire Training Center.

Program:  Show and Tell.  Brett-K9BY demonstrated his Electric-Electronic Screw Driver.   It featured a built-in electronic Gyroscope sensor for stability that measures relative motion.   It allows more intuitive speed and direction control.   It is not the same type of mechanical gyroscope that spins around like a top.  Dean-K9FLO distributed a 3-page handout about Space Weather, Radio Communications Dashboard, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA).   It contained scales of Geomagnetic Storms, Solar Radiation Storms and Radio Blackouts.   Carl-W9BJ recommended a free, 98 minute movie on YouTube about Electrical Pioneer Nickola Tesla, The Secret of Nickola Tesla.

Announcements: The Stoughton, WI Swap Fest is Saturday, April 8th. 

Final:   Our next meeting is Monday, May 1st, 2017.   The meeting was adjourned at 8:37 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                March 6, 2017

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI       (The minutes of this meeting are incomplete, a complete record of the meeting isn't available.)

President Brett-K9BY called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm.   Attendance was 18.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was:  Did you participate in Winter Field Day?   Seven Hams did one.    Minutes of the Jan. 2nd, 2017 meeting were accepted.   Club Treasurer, Al-KC9QQO presented the Treasurer's Report.   Dues of $20 for the 2017 BARC year (Jan - Dec) were collected.  

Old Business: 

Chuck-WD9BB discussed the Winter Field Day held the last weekend of January, Sat.28th-Sun.29th, 1:00pm to 1:00pm, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association.  His Clinton area, backyard garage-workshop was heated by a wood-burning stove.    Our new Off-Center-Fed (OCF) dipole antennas (All Band) were used primarily on 40 and 80 meters.   Many contacts made for a successful event.   2412 points.   152 contacts.

New Business Nominations for Officiers: Al, Greg, Dean and Carl.   Elections will be done at the April meeting.  Board of Directors can stand again for election.   Solar Eclipse contest August 21st; a QSO party, digital mode and RTTY.  Details to follow.     The Pie Ride is requesting communication assistance again this year.  We could use more mobiles.   Help with drinking water is needed.   This is sponsored by the Janesville Rotary club and is held a Saturday in June.

An invitation to present a program by DX Engineering for some future meeting was discussed.     

Program: Greg-K9GJN presented a program on Digital VHF/UHF Communications using C4FM, Yaesu's Fusion System.  New Repeaters are used at the Clinton, WI location.  The repeaters work with both digital and analog signals with automatic switching.  The repeaters recognize the mode of transmission and automatically switch to accomodated both analog and digital modes.   The two repeaters are used on 440 MHz and on the 2 meter repeater.  The reception is reported to be excelent with superior voice clarity compared to normal FM modes.   An analog FM Transceiver doesn't decode C4FM transmissions, except as noise.      The digital format, C4FM, may be getting more popular than other older digital modes.  Many club members own C4FM units including some HandiTalkies.

Carl-W9BJ demonstrated a TenTec SP-325, HF Communications Receiver built for the Navy in 1987.  It featured Digital Display, Frequency Synthesis from 0.5 to 30 MHz, and AM, CW and SSB Filters.   A nice unit.

A 50-50 Raffle was won by Dave Fisher-N9JDQ; it amounted to $22.

Announcements: Jefferson, WI Swap Fest is Saturday, March 11th.   Wisconsin QSO Party is Sunday, March 12th.

Final:   Our next meeting is Monday, April 3rd, 2017.   The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm.

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No February 2017 Meeting     (Winter Vacation.)

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                January 2, 2017

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

Secretary Carl-W9Bj, with the absence of our President Brett, K9BY,called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.   Attendance was 14.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was:  Did you participate in Straight Key (telegraph, CW) Night?   No one did, on December 31.    Minutes of the Dec. 5th, 2016 meeting were corrected.   Club Treasurer, Al-KC9QQO, presented the Treasurer's Report.   Dues of $20 for the 2017 BARC year (Jan - Dec) were collected.  

Greg-K9GJN discussed the Rock County Repeater Association annual request for support.  A new repeater system was purchased and installed last year; nothing that big is planned for this year.   For those wishing to support the repeater association, a $20 donation is appropriate.  Contact Greg.

Old Business: A brief review of BARC meeting dates was held.  We will not meet in February.  We will meet again in March.  We may change a summer meeting or two.

Chuck-WD9BB discussed a Winter Field Day to be held the last weekend on January Sat.28th-Sun.29th, 1:00pm to 1:00pm, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association.   Emergency communications in a winter environment is important and has some additional challenges.  For details, see the internet at winterfielday.com     It was suggested that a small group use Chuck-WD9BB's Clinton area, backyard, garage-workshop that is heated by a wood-burning stove.    Our new Off-Center-Fed (OCF) dipole antennas (All Band) could be used.

Kim-N9UBJ is our new BARC Program Director.  All members should volunteer and suggest programs.  Contact Kim-N9UBJ with email at: yowlingowl  at  yahoo.com

New Business:    A short discussion was held about generally poor band conditions.   Dean-K9FLO discussed the poor language and lack of fellowship on 40 meters.  W9BJ-Carl commented on working only one SSB station, V55DX, Namibia, Africa, in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest.  It was seemingly poor conditions.  Yet, Bob-W9EWZ made 100 CW contacts and had a good time; he heard no SSB signals. 

Program: Chuck-WD9BB discussed his new Diamond antenna, a multiband type that needed some soldering.  

Carl-W9BJ demonstrated a new ESR Capacitor Tester, Blue ESR, by Anatek, $116.95.   Electrolytic capacitors are used everywhere in our ham gear.  Problems can be caused by defective e-caps having developed high Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR).  Traditional capacitor checkers will checked capacity and leakage current, but not ESR.   A high ESR capacitor of more than 5 - 10 Ohms will cause many circuits to malfunction.  He showed two identical e-caps that were New Old Surplus, NOS.  One had about 1 Ohm ESR and was good; one had a high ESR of over 99 Ohms and was defective.  The difference in the e-caps was not obvious visually; only on the digital readout.   The tester uses pulsed 0.1 VAC to test for ESR.  In-circuit testing of e-caps is normal with semiconductor junctions not biased to conduction.  Very handy.

Dean-K9FLO describes his new purchase, the SDRPlay, from HRO Milwaukee.   It is  a second generation, Wide-Band RCVR dongle, Software Defined Radio.  It plugs into a computer USB 2.0 port for processing and DC power.   The entire supply was quickly sold out.  Price is $150.  It receives 10kHz to 2 GHz, at a bandwidth of 10 MHz and has a 12-bit Analog to Digital Converter; most SDR Dongles use an 8-bit ADC.   SDR Software is included.   It is a United Kingdom product.   Details at www.sdrplay.com       A very Impressive unit.

Al-KC9QQO mentioned ordering a new kit for under $20, a color Oscilloscope!  Have fun Al!   We hope to see it at the March meeting.

Announcements:  Dave-AK9F described participating in QSOs from National and state parks.   He operated portable (32 QSOs on 40 meter SSB) from Devil's Lake State Park and others.   He showed his XCVR traveling kit with supplies.  It is very compact and neat.     No meeting in February.

Final:   Our next meeting is Monday, March 6, 2017.   The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                December 5, 2016

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett-K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:14 pm.   Attendance was 10.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was:  Any recent contest activity?   Only Dan Servais had worked Sweep Stakes CW & SSB, CQ WWDX, and 160 Meters,   Minutes of the Nov. 7th, 2016 meeting were corrected.   Club Treasurer, Al-KC9QQO, presented the Treasurer's Report. 

Old Business:  Brett-K9BY showed the two Off-Center-Fed (OCF) dipole antennas (All Band) for our 2017 Field Day.

A discussion was held on possible monthly club meetings for 2017.  It was decided to have a meeting in January but not in February.  We will

decide later about a summer meeting schedule.  One possibility is to meet in the second Monday of July and the skip August. 

The renovation of the Clinton Repeater location is finished for this year.  Last to be completed was the vinyl siding. The club paid for the materials and the labor was donated.  It is a big improvement in appearance; a worthy "Radio Shack"!

New Business: Brett-K9BY announced that our new Program Director will be Kim-N9UBJ.  Suggestions for upcoming programs should be sent to Kim.   Club finances were discussed.  Dues will be remain at $20 for 2017.  We do get extra money from selling donated equipment.

This weekend is the ARRL 10 Meters Contest, Dec 9-10.  See the ARRL website or QST for details. 

Program:    Brett-K9BY led a discussion about our club Field Day results as listed in QST.  We were well ahead of other ham groups in Wisconsin in the 3A catagory.  The top scoring group in 3A was a group of 200 individuals; we did it with 15 hams.

Carl-W9BJ had visited with former member Ed Green-N9QG who is in the process of moving from Milton.  Ed donated some equipment to club members.  A nice Heath Dip Meter Set and a Superior Electric 7.5 Ampere Autotransformer, Variable 0-140 VAC. 

A solder demonstration was given by Chuck--WD9BB.  It was well received.  

A 50-50 Raffle was held for cash.  Dean-K9FLO won $11. He donated the money to a special Pot Fund.   Dan-K9IBM won a Flexible Keyboard. 

Announcements: A Winter Field Day will be held the last weekend in January the 28th-29th.     It is sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association, not the ARRL.   The Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns. For details, do an internet search for Winter Field Day.  It was suggested that a small group might use Chuck-WD9BB's backyard workshop that is heated.  He also has access to a nice Antenna Farm.

Final: Our next meeting is Monday, January 2, 2017.   The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                November 7, 2016

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett-K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm.   Attendance was 16.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was:  Have you acquired or purchased new ham items recently?   Six hams said yes.   Minutes of the Oct.3rd, 2016 meeting are on the club website.   Club Treasurer, Al-KC9QQO, was absent. 

Old Business:  Brett-K9BY announced that we have received a FRN from the FCC.   A form letter for a club call was prepared and signed for mailing.

Greg-K9GJN will be the Trustee for our new license.       We should have a Suggestion Box at the Dec. meeting.

Brett-K9BY described the Oct. 22nd club Fox Hunt on 2 meters.  It went well.   We may do this four times a year; maybe after the monthly breakfasts at S. Beloit.

Brett was able to purchase two Off-Center-Fed (OCF) dipole antennas (All Band) for our 2017 Field Day.  He received a double discount at HRO, Milwaukee.

Bob-W9EWZ and Carl-W9BJ attended the Oct. 18th meeting in Madison hosting Kermit Carlson-W9XA, our new ARRL Central Division Director.

It was announced that we should all consider possible monthly club meetings for the coming year.  We could have two extra summer meeting or two less winter meetings.  We could also meet all twelve months.  We will decide in the future.  

The Clinton Repeater location was reviewed.   Hap Little-WB9SHS (SK), owner of a Quarry, provided facilities for 2 meter and 440 repeaters.  The Radio Shack was constructed by Norm Folts-WB9BJU and Bob Barker-K9BNR.   This summer, the Shack was electrically rewired, dry-walled and a new Metal Door was installed.   It was recommended that the Repeater Association spend about $225 for Vinyl Siding and Metal Parts.  The labor will be donated.  In the future, we may install Solar Panels, Air-Dust Filter and other upgrades.  The repeater is currently off the air for improvements.    Lyndon-WA9JLD has been a driving force to sustain repeater activity over the years.

New Business: Brett-K9BY reminded the club that we now have an opening for Program Director; David Wendt N9GQ/VE3EAC served until moving to Canada.

Program:  Lyndon-WA9JLD presented a video (DVD) and still photos of the demolishing the Beloit Power Plant Smoke Stack and part of the adjoining building.

Brett-K9BY showed a Spectrum Analyzer and an Oscilloscope.  They are much more compact than old units; both unit are handheld. 

Carl-W9BJ demonstrated his Coax Tester.  This was published in the Oct. 2016 issue of QST.  It used a 13.8 VDC power supply to pass 2 Amperes or more through the test coaxial cable to light lamps; it checked for continuity and short circuits.  We can use this at Field Day.

A 50-50 Raffle was held for cash.  Lyndon-WA9JLD won $14 and a $10 Denny's Gift Card and donated the cash to the club.

Announcements:  Our next meeting is Monday, December 5th, 2016. 

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                October 3, 2016

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett-K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm.   Attendance was 20.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was:  Did you assist in the ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Oct. 1st?   Eight hams said yes.   Minutes of the Sept.12th, 2016 meeting are on the club website.   Club Treasurer, Al-KC9QQO, presented theTreasurers Report. 

Old Business: Al-KC9QQO, discussed the successful ARES SET for this year.  Some problems, like a missing microphone at the EOC, were overcome.

Greg-K9GJN said that the club has applied and received a FRN number from the FCC.  He will be the Trustee for our new license.  We will finalize the application form for the new club license at the November meeting.   A club banner will be purchased when we receive the new call sign.

We should have a Suggestion Box at the Nov. meeting.

WD9BB-Chuck, shared some literature from the Belvidere Hamfest.  Al-KC9QQO, won the Door Prize of a Yaesu FT1D VHF/UHF Handitalkie.  He also purchased a tower climbing body safety harness and a tripod at good prices.  The weather threatened rain and the hamfest was smaller this year.

New Business: Brett-K9BY, proposed a 2 meter Fox Hunt for Sat. Oct, 22nd.  Prizes will be available; details will be emailed and announced on our networks.

Brett-K9BY, reiterated that he plans to update the club website with a new design sometimes soon.

Chuck-WD9BB, reported on progress on making printed circuit boards.  He was getting sub-par results; more experimenting is needed.

Brett-K9BY, will purchase two Off-Center-Fed (OCF), All-Band, dipole antennas, 300 Watt Models, for 2017 Field Day use.  Greg-K9GJN will try to reserve the Janesville Fire Training Facility for our use for the 2017 Field Day effort.

An Illinois Ham club activated the Ice Age Trail Nation Park in Rock County, in cooperation with the ARRL program.

Program:  Dave Wendt, N9GQ/VE3EAC was present and discussed selling his house and moving his possessions to Kingston, ON, Canada.  Dave wants to sell his Drake L4B Amp, an ICOM 746 pro, and a 5KW 20 Meter Amp. 

Brett-K9BY and Greg-K9GJN, discussed the Digital Repeater activity; it is increasing.

Two raffles were held; one for goodies from Conrad-W9DL and one for cash.  Brett-K9BY won the 3 items and Greg-K9GJN won $28.  Greg donated it to the club.

Announcements:  On Oct. 18, in Madison, Kermit Carlson-W9XA, of Batavia, IL, the new ARRL Central Division Director, will be featured at a multi-club meeting; 7:00 pm at the UW Space Center, 2300 S. Park St.   Contact Bob Urban-W9EWZ for more information.  Our next meeting is Monday, November 7th, 2016. 

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                           September 12, 2016

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett-K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:04pm.    Attendance was 19.   Introductions were made.   The question of the evening was:  What's new over the summer?   Most suggested little change.   Minutes of the June 6th, 2016 meeting were presented by Secretary, Carl-W9BJ.   Club Treasurer, Al-KC9QQO, presented theTreasurers Report.  

Old BusinessBrett-K9BY and Greg-K9GJN, reviewed our Field Day activity.  Details are shown on our BARC Website under Field Day.

The event went well with a good time for all.  Our point total was down from last year partly due to the loss of Doug-W9PN, a top operator.   Also, a significant amount of stormy weather was endured; much rain and lightning.  We lost about 300 Extra Bonus points through QRN, etc.    Antennas for our next Field Day were discussed.  An Off Center-Fed Dipole was recommended for purchase, likely, two units for about $150+ each.  The antenna measures125 feet with 90 and 35 foot sections.  This is a multibanded, 80-10 meters, but not 15 meters.  It includes a 6 to 1 Voltage Balun.   Brett also donated his 10-15 Meter Yagi Beam to the club.   

Al-KC9QQO discussed the June 18th, Pie Ride.  We provided communications for the first time.  It was a success with a number of club members participating on 440 MHz.  The repeater worked well.   This is good Public Service.  Al is the ARES Emergency Coordinator for Rock County Wisconsin.

New Business:  Bob-W9EWZ asked about renting a Bucket Lift unit to install an antenna on a tower.  A number of area companies have units available.

A discussion was held about the closing of AES-Milwaukee and the reopening as an expanded HRO Ham Store featuring the countries largest Ham display area.  President Brett-K9BY discussed the move of Dave Wendt-N9GQ to Kingston, Ontario, Canada.   David had lived in Janesville 32 years working as an electronics engineer in Madison, Wisconsin.  He served the club as Officer and Program Chairman.   It was proposed and passed that we purchase a plaque in appreciation to David for his leadership.  KC9QQP-Tom McDermott offered to obtain and pay for the plaque.   Chuck-WD9BB described how he had a visitor on the 20 meter Senile Network last week, Dave Wendt with a new Canadian call, VE3EAC.   Dave was in Kingston running a QRP rig with 15 Watts to a dipole antenna.  Dave always enjoyed the challenge of low power operation.

Brett-K9BY announced that the vacancy for Program Chairman needs to be filled.   We should have a suggestion box for ideas for new program ideas.  He also brought up for discussion about continuing club meetings in July and August; possibly we should have a club vacation in January and February.

Program:  Kevin-KC9PZI discussed his Big Ear Portable Dipole Antenna , MFJ-2289, $180.  This antenna has two 17 foot radiators; they cover 8 bands, 7.0 - 55.0 MHz.  Kevin mounted it on a16-20 foot mast and worked many stations including DX.  

Carl-W9BJ presented a new-old U.S. Navy GO-9, 1940 transmitter section.  It was designed for large Navy aircraft use.  It used three vacuum tubes for about 50 Watts Output on CW and Tone Modulated CW; old technology with high quality parts.   With renovation and a power Supply, it could live again.

Dan-K9IBM discussed his visit to the home of W9EBT on Washington Island, WI.  Dan says that he may have the largest collection of Amateur Radio Gear in the world.  A look at QRZ (W9EBT) web site will show his multiple rooms of ham gear.  He is planning to build a museum for the equipment.  He is age 84.

Announcements:  It was noted that Bill Schwebke has retired from Stateline Printing.   Our next meeting is Monday, October 3rd, 2016. 

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                June 6, 2016

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett-K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:05pm.    Attendance was 15.   Introductions were made.   The question of the evening was:  Did you have a ham friend that helped you get into amateur radio?   Nine hams did and six didn't.     Minutes of the May 2, 2016 meeting were presented by Secretary, Carl-W9BJ.   Club Treasurer, Al-KC9QQO, presented theTreasurers Report.  

Old Business:  Greg-K9GJN, Field Day Chairman, led a discussion on Field Day preparations.   More volunteers are encouraged.  A complete outline is shown on our BARC Website under Field Day.  Bob Urban-W9EWZ will join us as a CW operator working with Dan Servais-K9IBM.   The Saturday evening meal is in the capable hands of Linda Servais and Luci Cramer-N9FYT.

AL, KC9QQO, discussed a new opportunity to assist a Bike Ride, The Pie Ride, in Rock County with communications on Saturday, June 18.  Volunteers are needed for the operation. (The 440 Repeater was used.) We will assist both am and pm.  There may some problems hitting the repeater from some low areas around Whitewater. 

We will not be assisting the Tub Run this year.

New Business:  Meeting Minutes were discussed. They will be posted on the BARC website, rockhamradio.com

Program: The Dayton (Ohio) HamVention in May was attended by Brett-K9BY, Bob-K9BNR, Dave-AK9F, and Kevin-KC9PZI.   They entertained with many stories.

Announcements:  It was noted that we have a ham friend, Bill Schwebke, State Line Printing, that can help with our printing needs like QSL Cards.   Our next meeting is Monday, September 12, 2016. 

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                May 2, 2016

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:03pm.    Attendance was 18.   Introductions were made.   The question of the evening was:  Have you constructed anything recently??   Five attendees have.     Minutes of the April 4, 2016 meeting were presented by Secretary, Carl, W9BJ.   Al, KC9QQO, presented theTreasurers Report.  

Old Business:  Greg, K9GJN, Field Day Chairman, led a discussion on Field Day preparations.   More volunteers are encouraged.  A complete outline is shown on our BARC Website under Field Day.    Carl, W9BJ, showed our new Band Pass Filters for 80, 40, and 20 meter bands; they are rated 200 Watts and reduce transmitter phase noise.   We also have the five 80-10 Meter Filters used from last year.  The damaged filter has been repaired.   Bills were paid.

A discussion was held on laminated signs; also a safety sign.

AL, KC9QQO, discussed a new opportunity to assist a Bike Ride in Rock County with communications on Saturday, June 18.  Volunteers are needed for the 2 meter operation.  More details at the June 6th meeting.   We will not be assisting the Tub Run this year.

New Business: Don Forsum?, KC9ITH?, a new amateur, asked about his new transceiver, a Galaxy brand.   It was determined to be a deluxe CB rig, 11 meters, with a number of addition fixed channels on the low end of 10 meters. He doesn't receive signals, only noise.   He needs a good antenna for operation. 

Program: A 50-50 Raffle was won by Brett, K9BY.

Announcements:  Our next meeting is Monday, June 6, 2016. 

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                April 4, 2016

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:03pm.    Attendance was 16.   Introductions were made.   The question of the evening was:  Have you operated in the ARRL Field Day other than with BARC?   Three attendees have.     Minutes of the March 7, 2016 meeting were presented and corrected by Secretary, Carl, W9BJ.   Al, KC9QQO, presented theTreasurers Report.  

Old Business:  Brett, K9BY, held a vote for two Club Directors.  Elected were Lyndon, WA9JLD, and Brett, K9BY.   

A club radio call is still "in the works."

The Wisconsin QSO Party for 2016, sponsored by the West Allis Amateur Radio Club, was held on Sunday, March13, from 1 to 8pm CDST.   We participated as a club with a combined score.  Results will be available in a couple of months.

A discussion by Greg, K9GJN, Field Day Chairman, was held on Field Day preparations.   He reviewed our plans for this years effort.   More volunteers are encouraged.

New Business:   Carl, W9BJ, proposed a purchase of Band Pass Filters for 80, 40, and 20 meters.  There is a new set of filters available that allow 200 Watts through-put and improved adjacent Ham band attenuation.     We also have the five 80-10 meter filters used from last year.   They reduce transmitter phase noise that can create a mess when stations are operated near each other, as we do on Field Day.  By the purchase of three new filters, we can use two stations on the same band.     For a price of about $115 each, the cost would be about $350.  After some discussion, the motion passed.

Program:  A video presentation of Radio Astronomy was shown.   The University of Wisconsin Space Center, in Madison is very active in this effort.

Announcements:  Our next meeting is Monday, May 2, 2016. 

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:58 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                March 7, 2016

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:04pm.    Attendance was 14.  The club website, rockhamradio.com, lists our 2016 paid-up members.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was:  Have you operated in the Wisconsin QSO Party?   Half of the attendees have.     Minutes of the February 1, 2016 meeting were presented by Secretary, Carl, W9BJ.   Al, KC9QQO, presented a timely Treasurers Report.  

Old Business:  Brett, K9BY, discussed a situation that developed at the February meeting.   One of our members was feeling ill during the meeting and excused himself to use the restroom.  Later, he was treated by the personnel of the Fire Department and blood pressure was taken.  By the standard rules, they must file reports of their assistance as Paramedics.  Thus, paper work later developed so that our member receiving a billing for this assistance.  The billing was for more than two hundred dollars.   This is a financial hardship.  Possible courses of action were discussed.

The Wisconsin QSO Party for 2016, sponsored by the West Allis Amateur Radio Club, will be held on Sunday, March13, from 1 to 8pm CDST.  Since BARC placed well in 2015, it was proposed that we make a concerted effort to improve our score.  Please list you score as Beloit Amateur Radio Club for point credit and get your logs in by April 10th.  40 meters has been the most active in the past.  A handout of information was available.

A discussion by Greg, K9GJN, was held about our new repeaters which are both digital and analog capable.    Some minor corrections of understanding were talked about.

Al, KC9QQO, stated that the BARC Facebook pages are being used to encourage communication among the club members. 

New Business:  President Brett spoke about electing two Board of Directors for 2016 at the April BARC meeting.   All paid members are encouraged to volunteer. 

Lyndon, WA9JLD, Brett, K9BY, and Chuck, WD9BB were nominated.

Program:  Chuck, WD9BB, showed his model of the Software Defined Radio that was presented in QST for January 2016.  His evaluation was that kits of parts were competitively priced; $82.50, completely checked out.   He liked the unit but hoped that it would do more. 

Announcements Jefferson Hamfest is Sunday, March 20th.    Our next meeting is Monday, April 4, 2016. 

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                              February 1, 2016

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:10pm.   The delay was caused by a shutdown of the WiFi system at the fire station.   Attendance was 16.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was:  Have you used a Sofware Defined Radio (SDR)?   Half of the attendees have.     Minutes of the January 4, 2016 meeting were presented by Secretary, Carl, W9BJ.   Al, KC9QQO, presented a timely Treasurers Report.   Al recently returned from Osaka, Japan; he described some radio shopping activites.    A short discussion was held on using the new Windows 10 Operating System.

Old Business:    Membership dues for 2016 of $20 were collected.   N9JDQ, Dave, discussed the W9PN Plaque of appreciation; Doug was very pleased.

WD9BB, Chuck, discussed an article in Jan. 2016 QST, "All-Mode 1 kHz to 1.7 GHz SDR Receiver".    It was decided to have Chuck obtain the parts and construct a prototype for evaluation.

New Business:  A Winter Field Day was discussed; Dave, AK9F was involved and made 12 contacts.   Al, KC9QQO, demonstrated the club on FaceBook using Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club.    FaceBook can be used for club members to communicate and discuss ideas.    Greg, K9GJN, reported good ham financial support has been received by the Rock County Repeater Association.    A discussion was held about Drones and their uses.   The rules are changing.   Brett, K9BY, mentioned the progressing amateur radio antenna legislation.    The club may post telephone numbers on our Rock HamRadio web site, if individuals would like.  

Program: A 50-50 Raffle of $28 was won by Lyndon, WA9JLD; he donated the winnings to the club.    A video about a folding, stainless steel, triangular tower was shown.    It was 34 feet long when extended and locked.    Also a couple of videos of a SDR rig was shown.

Announcements Our next meeting is Monday, March 7, 2016. 

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                              January 4, 2016

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:03pm.   Attendance was 14.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was about plans for the new year.   Some plan to repair equipment, some to do CW work, and some have no plans    Minutes of the December 7th meeting were presented by Secretary, Carl, W9BJ.   Al, KC9QQO, presented a detailedTreasurers Report.

Old Business:   Purchasing publicity banners for the club will be delayed until we get a club call.   Membership dues for 2016 of $20 were collected.   Brett, K9BY, discussed the delivery of fruit and sweets baskets to the Fire Department;  they were well received.  K9GJN, Greg, discussed the W9PN Plaque of appreciation. 

New Business WD9BB, Chuck, discussed an article in Jan. 2016 QST, "All-Mode 1 kHz to 1.7 GHz SDR Receiver" as a possible club project .   Most club members were interested; more in Feb.   A Winter Field Day was discussed; Jan. 30.  See www.winterfieldday.com    Al, KC9QQO, will work on a advertisement about the club on FaceBook.    Greg, K9GJN, said that the Rock County repeaters were working well.   Digital operation usuage has been used mainly for long distance.    WD9BB, Chuck, reports good Senile Net operations.

Program: A 50-50 Raffle of $40 was won by Chuck, WD9BB, and donated to the club.   Bob, K9BNR, donated a number of raffle items:  A Rig Blaster ($20); telephones, and other items.      Greg, K9GJN, demoed a Digital QSO on the new Yaesu 2 Meter Repeater.     He also discussed his 2 KW Balun failure and the connector problem of using the balun with his G5RV antenna with high power.    Carl, W9BJ, discussed a renovated Keithley 503 MilliOhm meter for measuring Ohmic values close to zero.  He also mention an article in QEX about Controlled Envelope SSB that has increased average transmitter power of 2.5 dB over state of the art rigs.   It is available only in the Flex Series of Transceivers.    Brett, K9BY, discussed a valuable electronic data application for his Android phone.   

Announcements Our next meeting is Monday, Febuary 1st, 2016. 

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                              December 7, 2015

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:02pm.   Attendance was 12.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was about visiting or QSO'ed Pearl Harbor or Hawaii.   Most had QSO'ed the islands, but Chuck Bell had been there aboard the USS Coral Sea and 3 others had been there.    Minutes of the November 2nd meeting were presented by Secretary, Carl, W9BJ.   Al, KC9QQO, was absent; no Treasurers Report was available.

Old Business:   Purchasing Vinyl banners for the club was discussed.   We will try to otain some some estimates.  A club logo was suggested to be designed.     The banners would be used for Field Day and public relations.    Obtaining a club call was discussed.  The club had a station call back in the 1960-70's.  Membership dues for 2016 of $20 will be collected in January, February and March.  Club Officer nominations will be in March.   The election will be in April; only payed members will vote.

New Business A discussion about TenTec and Flex Radio was held.   It was announced that the wife of Ed Green, KC9GTB, of Milton, passed away.  

Brett, K9BY, transported the donated 3-element club beam for 20 meters to Chuck's WD9BB's place for storage.

Some very active members of the club have recently moved:  Conrad herald, W9DL, to Muskego, Wisconsin and Doug Speer, W9PN, to Amarillo, Texas.  Conrad was made a Life Club member previously.  WD9BB, Chuck, called for a special thank you for Doug.   It was decided to honor Doug with a memorial plaque for his leadership over the years, especially being a club officer and his Field Day Activities.   Greg, K9GJN, made a motion to order an appropriate award.   It passed.     Carl, W9BJ, suggested that the club show appreciation for the Firestation facilities that we use for our monthly meetings.  Brett, K9BY, will purchase and present a Fruit and Goodies Basket for the the personnel of the Beloit Central Fire Station. There are 3 shifts of about 15 Fire Personnel.   Cost will be in the $100 range. 

Program: Greg, K9GJN, led a detailed discussion about Rock County Repeaters.  The Clinton Repeater on 146.715 MHz now features a new Yaesu Fusion Repeater.   It combines Analog and Digital modes of operation. The Analog, traditional transmissions, are still usuable.   The Digital format is a new standard that is not compatible with other existing Digital formats.  Some operating adjustment must be made by users.  The antenna pattern favors the Northwest direction, covering Rock County from Clinton.

Carl, W9BJ, presented a short program about Receiver Protection.  He passed around a 1-150 MHz protection unit sold by Array Solutions.  It contained 2 broad band transformers and diodes, along with a special, spark gap, lightning arrestor.   It was written up in QST. 

Announcements Our next meeting is Monday, January 4th, 2016. 

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                              November 2, 2015

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

Vice-President Dave, N9GQ , called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.   Attendance was 22.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was about membership in the ARRL; most are members.  Minutes of the October 5th meeting were presented by Secretary, Carl, W9BJ.   Al, KC9QQO, gave the Treasurers report.

Old Business:   A successful Fox Hunt was held Saturday, October 24, by the club using 2 meters.  Local area repeater improvements are continuing.   

New Business: Dan, K9IBM, discussed restrictions on antennna towers.  He gave a short history of related government regulations; this included the 2001 Wisconsin Act 50.  This statute is patterned after a similar federal law.  He suggested that amateur antenna and towers should be accomodated in a reasonable manner.   Dan also requested that we purchase a Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Banner.   This would be displayed for publicity at our Field Day activities and community activities.   More information will be available at the December meeting.

Program: Dave, N9GQ, conducted an auction of some ham radio parts and equipment that had belonged to Lowell Wilson, W9NUC, a Silent Key at age 98.  Lowell was a long time educator, ham and former club member from Janesville and Whitewater.   A significant amount of money was transferred to the club treasury.   Dave, N9GQ, presented an educational program on the Art of Soldering.   He showed two videos about good Techniques of Soldering.  He distributed a Soldering Guidelines paper.   Chuck, WD9BB, contributed soldering tips.   He suggested a method of cleaning corroded copper antenna wire by carefully using muratic acid as a surface cleaner.   A 50-50 Club Raffle was held.  Dan, K9IBM, won $24. 

Announcements Our next meeting is Monday, December 7th, 2015. 

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                              October 5, 2015

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY , called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.   Attendance was 20.   Introductions were made. The question of the evening was about favorite ham bands; most favored were 20 and 2 meters.  Minutes of the September 15th meeting were presented by Secretary, Carl, W9BJ.   Al, KC9QQO, gave the Treasurers report.

Old Business:  Brett, K9BY, lead a review/discussion of the offer to purchase some donated Rohn 45 tower sections.  Lyndon, WA9JLD, made a motion to sell the used tower sections (6 full & 1 partial) to Doug, W9PN, for $400.  The motion passed.  

Kim, N9UBJ, discussed a possible, future activity in cooperation with the Salvation Army of Janesville.  It would demonstrate amateur radio.

New Business: Brett, K9BY, announced a 2 meter Fox Hunt for later in October on a Saturday.

A volunteer is needed for an additional Network Control Operator for the ARES/RACES 2 Meter Network, Tuesdays at 7:00pm.  See Greg, K9GJN.

Greg also described updates at the Clinton Repeater site.  A new 2 meter antenna of 16 bays(dipoles) was installed.  This is a much improved antenna.  A new repeater is planned for later this month.   Stay tuned for future improvements.

Program:  Dave, N9GQ, presented an educational quiz on sounds of digital transmissions.   He played sound recordings of:  Feld-Hell, RTTY, Packet, MS FSK, Olivia, MT 63, Throb, Piccolo, JT65, PSK31, SSTV, D Star, Harp, and DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale).

Dave, AK9F, presented a program on Digital Mode, JT65, for the High Frequency bands.   This is a weak signal mode for amateur radio; often communication is conducted below the noise level.   It is not conversational and has a limit of 13 characters.   It requires a computer, software and computer clock synchronizing on both ends of the contact.   Transmitted power levels seldom meet or exceed 100 Watts; 10 Watts is common.   The transmitted signal consists of 66 tones at an approximate spacing of 2.7 Hz.   Club member Dan Servais, K9IBM, also enjoys this new mode of communication.   DX contacts are common.

Announcements Our next meeting is Monday, November 2nd, 2015.

Final: The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                             September 15, 2015

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:02pm.   Attendance was 21.  Introductions were made.  The question of the evening was about antennas for which bands; 14 hams had H.F. antennas, most had VHF and some UHF Sky hooks.   Minutes of the June meeting were presented by Carl, W9BJ, club Secretary.    Al, KC9QQO, gave the Treasurers report.

Old Business:  Brett, K9BY, lead a review/discussion of the June Field Day activity.   Visual statistics from our web site were used to report our efforts.   With three stations operating simultaneously, we scored the second largest number of points in eight years.   The only higher year with total points was when we had six stations operating at one time.   New antennas were helpful.   Most participants felt that we had a very successful effort.   It was suggested that we write thank you letters to the Janesville Fire Chief for use of the Fire Training facilities.   President Brett, K9BY, will also send letter of appreciation to Lyndon, WA9JLD, for the Electrical Gasoline Generator; to Fred Braun for help with the generator, and to Doug, W9PN, for being our Field Day Captain.   We should consider other possible Field Day sites for June 2016.   

New Business:  Brett, K9BY, present a two part proposal from Doug, W9PN, to the club.   The first proposal was to accept some tower sections donated to the club by Conrad Herald, W9DL.  This was accepted.   The second proposal was for Doug, W9PN, to purchase some of the Rohn 45 tower sections for $400 or a combination of antennas and cash.   After a long discussion, a decision was made to defer the offer for now.

Recently, Doug, W9PN, Brett, K9BY, and Mike, K9OMG, were able to help a handicapped ham, Kevin Sharp, take down his beam antenna and tower for reconditioning.  In appreciation, $200 was donated to the BARC Treasury.  Sunday morning, September 20, 2015 there will be an antenna raising party to reinstall the system.  Help is appreciated.

Kim, N9UBJ, discussed that in regard to a special event station, the Salvation Army of Janesville would interested to participate.  Major Bob Fay will be contacted about this; he may attend our club meeting to discuss this activity, presenting Ham Radio to the Public.

A 50/50 Raffle of $36 was won by Dave, N9JDQ.   Dave donated it to the club Treasury. 

Program:   What We Did This Summer was the topic of conversation.   Some travelled, some got new ham equipment and some repaired old equipment.

Announcements:   Dave, AK9F, will prepare a program on the Digital Mode, JT65.   Our next meeting is Monday, October 5th, 2015.

The Peoria Ham Fest is this weekend.

Final:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                     June 1, 2015

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

Vice President Dave, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:03pm.   Attendance was 18.  Introductions were made.  The question of the evening was about summer plans; relax, "make it through", antenna work,and fix the station.   Minutes of the May meeting were presented and corrected.    Al, KC9QQO, gave the Treasurers report.

Old Business:  Dave, N9GQ, commented that our club President, Brett, K9BY, is in Brazil.   Dave presented Conrad, W9DL, with a framed Certificate of Appreciation and a Life Membersip in BARC.  Conrad also received a Sound Concentrator, (a hose and funnel), like an old fashioned ear horn Luci Cramer, N9FYT, baked chocolate chip cookies for the occasion.  We wished Conrad well in his new home as he moves to Muskego, WI.

Preparations for the 2015 Field Day, June 27-28th, were discussed by Doug, W9PN.    More operators and volunteers are needed, especially for the Friday evening set-up and the Sunday afternoon take-down.  A new ham operator, Steve, KD9CIX, will be helping out.  He will be using a TenTec Eagle on 10 and 20 meters.   Our antenna plans include a 40 dipole or vertical, A G5RV dipole, and a 20 Meter Yagi beam, and possibly others.  See 2015 Field Day notes elsewhere on this website.

Doug, W9PN, discussed his plans for designing and constructing a 40 meter beam.   The beam would be a two element Yagi, with shortened elements and a T-match.  It would have a 24-26 foot boom; one driven element and one reflector.  He also discussed how it could be installed at the Field Day site.  At least 4 people will be needed to position the antenna.

New Business:  Al, KC9QQO, discussed the 2015 Tub Run to be held on Saturday, June 20.  More information will follow by email.  We normally need about 15+ volunteers.

Raffle:  A 50-50 Raffle was held.  The winners were Dave, N9JDQ, who selected a Digital Multimeter, Mark, KD9BSA, who took cash, and Carl, W9BJ, who won an ARRL 2011 Handbook.

Program:  Dave, N9GQ, presented and demonstrated his hardware and software combination:  A Poor Hams Scalar Network Analyzer (P.H.S.N.A.).   This is being discussed on Yahoo.  It is a sophisticated measurement device, and commercial versions cost 10's of thousands of dollars.  This unit is less precise and versatile but still is valuable as a "Two-Port Analyzer".   It works well analyzing filters like Band-Pass, Crystal, and others.     Dave showed how to analyze a 20 meter Band-Pass filter.  It is composed of a RF signal generator (an AD9850, $6 from China), 1-30 MHz with resolution to one Hertz, an Arduino UNO microprocessor, and a power meter with a AD8307 chip. (-80 -- +7 dBM)   It uses a USB to PC connection.   It sweeps an RF signal through a Device Under Test (DUT) and reads and plots the RF output. 

Announcements:   Dave described some equipment available from a deceased ham's estate:  a Yaesu FT-7900R duobander, a 13.8VDC 23Amp switching power supply, and a consumer portable receiver-scanner S350DL.  Prices negotiable. 

Final:  Our next meeting will be Monday, September 14, 2015.    Bring a guest!    Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                     May 4, 2015

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm.   Attendance was 22.  Introductions were made.  The question of the evening was about attending the Dayton, Ohio Hamvention.    Six hams have been there; some many times.   Minutes of the April meeting were presented and corrected.    Al, KC9QQO, gave the Treasurers report; we are in good shape for Field Day expenses.

Old Business:  Brett, K9BY, updated us on the Hospital radio network in Winnebago and Rock Counties. It uses the Rockford Repeater on 147.255 MHz.    We would like Wisconsin hospitals to be active, namely:  Janesville Mercy and St. Mary's, the Edgerton Hospital, and the Rock County EOC.   Steve Bandt, Bandt Engineering, would be installing an antenna for the new St. Mary's hospital. 

Preparations for the 2015 Field Day, June 27-28th, were discussed.  More operators and volunteers are needed, especially for the Friday evening set-up and the Sunday afternoon take-down.   The location will be at the Janesville Fire Department Training site in North Janesville. Lyndon, WA9JLD, will provide the emergency generator power.  Al, KC9QQO, is doing Public Relations, press releases and satellite equipment.  Brett, K9BY is planning to provide network logging and possibly will bring a 10/20 meter digital station.   Still open is the 15/75/80 meter station.   Dan Servais, K9IBM, and wife Linda, will provide the Saturday evening meal.   More details will be finalized at the June 1st BARC meeting.

A mailing to all Rock County hams was considered.  We could use Bill Schwebke, WA9CK? at State Line Printing.  The cost would probably be over $300.00,

New Business:  A Special Event ham station was proposed in honor of the Janesville 99; US Army soldiers that served in the Philippine Islands in World War II.  They particiapated in the Bataan Death March as prisoners of the Japanese, and other atrocities like the Hell Ships.   Dave, N9GQ, will consider it.   The weekly B.A.R.C. 2-Meter Network needs a new Network Control Operator.  

Dave, N9JDQ, is resigning after over eight years of faithfully managing the net.  A big thanks, Dave, for a job well done!!!

Raffle:  A 50-50 Raffle was held.  The winner of the 160 in 1 Electronics Kit was Dave, KA9SFT.  The kit was donated by Conrad, W9DL.  The cash was won by Steve, KD9CNX; who donated it to the club treasury.

Program:  A general discussion was held.   Brett, K9BY, demo-ed his Nixie Tube Digital Clock.  This was a vintage gift idea, brought up to date.

Announcements:  Ebay has Rubidium Frequency Standards on sale for $75 - 120.   Get them while they are hot.

Final:  Our next meeting will be Monday, June 1st.    Bring a guest!    Meeting adjourned.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                     April 13th, 2015

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.   This meeting was delayed one week due to the NCAA Basketball Tournament finals on TV.  The UW-Madison Badgers and the Duke University (Durham, NC) Blue Devils played for the national championship. Attendance was 15.   Introductions were made.   The Secretary was absent.   Minutes of the meeting were taken by Chuck, WD9BB.   Al, KC9QQO, had no Treasurers report.

Old Business:  New club officers were announced:  Brett, K9BY; Al, KC9QQO; Dave, N9GQ; Chuck, WD9BB; and Carl, W9BJ.    

Preparations for the 2015 Field Day, June 27-28th, were discussed.   The location will be at the Janesville Fire Department Training site in North Janesville.   Doug, W9PN, will provide a 160 meter elevated vertical antenna and station.   He will also provide the 40 meter station.  Lyndon, WA9JLD, will provide the emergency generator power.  Al, KC9QQO, is doing Public Relations, press releases and satelite equipment.  Brett, K9BY is planning to provide network logging and possibly will bring a 10/20 meter digital station.   Still open is the 15/75/80 meter station and the Saturday evening meal.   More details will be finalized at the May BARC meeting.

New Business:  Al, KC9QQO, was asking for volunteers for the Parkinson Walk, Riverside Park, on April 25th, 8:00 am to 1 pm.

There is a Northern Illinois Hospital Network that meets Bi-monthly.  We are hoping to get the hospitals in Beloit and Janesville involved.  We need volunteers. 

Greg, K9GJN, announced that The Rock County Repeater Association, has ordered new repeater equipment, the Yaseu DR-1 "Fusion".   Itis capable of operating both Analog and Digital modes.  Delivery is expected in this summer.

Raffle:  A 50-50 Raffle was held.  The winner, Bob, K9BNR, won an Ardrino Computer Kit and Brett, K9BY, won a Clock Kit.  Chris, K9OEG, won $50.00 and he donated it to the club treasury.

Program:  A short DVD presentation by Craig Thompson, K9CT, was shown about the lessons learned by building the Contest Station, K9CT.  Included was the process of finding land, selecting the antennas and equipment, and the shack layout.  This guidance would be valuable for anyone preparing to build a contest station or to improve their existing station.   Doug, W9PN, announced that guests are welcome at the Madison DX Club; they meet April 14, 2015 at Fitzgerald's in Middleton, WI.

The main program was 40 minute video of the K5D, DXpedition to Desecheo Island.  The island is located in the Caribbean Ocean, off of Puerto Rico.

Announcements:  There is a new Radio Beacon in Clinton on the frequency of 222.058 MHz with a power output of 5 Watts and with horizontal antenna polarization.    

It was announced that Mark Venable, KD9BSA, and Kim Burkhalter, KC9UBJ, were hoping to attend the HandiHams camp in MN in August.

Final:  Our next meeting will be Monday, May 4th.  Bring a guest!    Meeting adjourned.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                    March 2nd, 2015

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Introductions were made; we had 15 members and one guest:  Harold Wisch.

Secretary Carl, W9BJ read and corrected the minutes from February.  Treasurer, Al, KC9QQO gave his Financial Report; it was accepted.  All Financial Reports for 2014 were available and filed.  Dues for 2015 were collected.   (Support ($20) of the Rock County Repeater Association is recommended.   Contact Greg, K9GJN.)

Old Business: President Brett, K9BY, led a discussion of our By-Laws.  The By-Laws were adjusted to have the election process occur during the March and April meetings.   

New Business:  We had nominations for two of five positions on the Board of Directors.  Two  officers will be elected annually.  Carl, W9BJ, and Al, KC9QQO, have served one year terms.  They each volunteered to serve again.  No other names were presented.      

Program:   The Wisconsin QSO Party is Sunday, March 15th.  The ARRL DX SSB Contest is this weekend.   A number of contact were made with the recent DXpedition to Navassa Island, K1N.  The CQ 160 Meter contest was monitored by Doug, W9PN.

A 50/50 raffle was held with Dave, N9GQ, winning $12.   He donated the funds to the club treasury.  A second raffle was won by Brett, K9BY.  He received a new cordless soldering iron and two tickets to the Jefferson Hamfest; Sunday, March 15th. 

Our guest from Clinton, WI, Herold Wisch, present some information about a need of his.  He described some electronic apparatus that he used to heal health problems.  This equipment used a series of tones in the frequency range of 100 to 1000 Hertz.  A short discussion was held about a historical figure, Royal Rife, who was the first person to use tones to destroy disease cells.  More questions than answers were raised about the requirements of the design of suitable equipment.  Microprocessors seemed to be a promising route.

Chuck, WD9BB, described his recent success in a Comedy Players Theater and gave a sample of his dialogue.  He is a long time thespian.  The final performance will be this Saturday, March 7th at 7:00pm, half-price, at the Clinton Middle School.   

Brett, K9BY, Greg, K9GJN, and Al, KC9QQO, attended a meeting at the Beloit Hospital.   They discussed the meeting held Monday, February 16, 2:30-4:00pm at the Beloit Hospital with Barb Kuska.  Three or four staff members would like to become Amateur Radio Operators.   A short discussion was held on hospital communication equipment in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

Final:   Our next meeting will be April 6th, 2015.   Meeting adjourned 9:00 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                    February 2nd, 2015

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm.  Introductions were made; we had 17 members and one guest:  Stanley Schultz.

Secretary Carl, W9BJ read the minutes from December.  Treasurer, Al, KC9QQO was absent, no financial report was given.  Dues for 2015 were collected and recorded by Brett.   (Support of the Rock County Repeater Association is recommended.   Contact Greg, K9GJN.)

Old Business: President Brett, K9BY, led a discussion of our By-Laws.    He provided copies of the adjusted By-Laws to all. We were to have elections for the December and January meetings.  This didn't occur.  It was agreed that we should change the By-Laws to have the election process occur during the March and April meetings.    We will have nominations for two of five positions on the Board of Directors.  Two  officers will be elected annually.   Doug, W9PN, requested that a regular agenda for monthly meetings be included in the By-Laws.  Conrad, W9DL, discussed having a monthly Treasurer's Report made a portion of the agenda.

New Business:  Our club name was discussed.  By including the word Greater in our title, we avoided a large cash assessment to the State of Wisconsin; and it more accurately described our membership.   

Program:  A general discussion of activities of club member activities followed.   Chuck, WD9BB, suggested that we limit the time we spend each meeting on Old and New Business items and devote the majority of the time to Programs.  He suggested more club activities than Gield Day.   He presented 2015 calendars to all.  He also showed his Digital Clock and L/C Meter obtained at low cost from China.  Doug, W9PN, discussed a Keying Control Interface for use with a PC.  The full details are available on the Projects section of this website.   A club special event station was discussed.   The Wisconsin QSO Party is in March.  Mark, KD9BSA, discussed Skywarn.  He also offered a free goodie box of connectors and parts.    Dave, N9GQ, showed his newly acquired book, Hollow State Design.   David, AK9F, distributed the DX Code of Conduct

Greg, K9GJN, discussed a meeting Monday, February 16, 9:30-11:00am at the Beloit Hospital.  Four or five staff members would like to become Amateur Radio Operators.   Barb Kuska is the contact person.

Our next meeting will be March 2nd, 2015.   Meeting adjourned 9:05 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting     Cancelled due to Stormy Winter Weather   January 5, 2015

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                    December 1, 2014

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Introductions were made; we had eleven members and a guest, Mike Shaw.  In the absence of the Secretary, no minutes were read.  Also absent was the Treasurer, so no financial report was given.  A motion was made to receive those reports at the January 5th meeting.

New Business:  The Annual Election of Club Officers will be held at the next meeting.   Brett will email members about the upcoming election of officers.

Program:  A general discussion of activities of club member activities followed.

The traditional 50-50 raffle was won by Greg, K9GJN.  He donated his half of the proceeds to the club treasury for a total of $33.00.

Our next meeting will be January 5th, 2015.   Meeting adjourned.

Acting Recording Secretary, Conrad Herold, W9DL.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                    November 3, 2014

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

Vice President Dave Wendt, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:02pm.  Attendance was 21.  Introductions were made.  The question of the evening was Is Central Standard Time disruptive or helpful to Ham radio?,  Most thought that CST was helpful and Coordinated Universal Time is also valuable.    

The Minutes of the October meeting were read and corrected by Secretary Carl, W9BJ.  The Treasurers report was given by Treasurer, Al, KC9QQO.  Both reports were accepted.

Announcements:  Vice President, Dave, N9GQ, mentioned that President, Brett, K9BY, is traveling on business and will return for our December meeting,

Old Business:  Conrad, W9DL, related how he led a group of hams to help an area ham take down his antennas and tower, in preparation for moving to Texas.  Later, the ham decided to reinstall some sections of his tower by himself.  He had a serious accident with multiple broken ribs, broken vertebrae, etc.  He is recovering.  We should all try to use good "tower safety" when working on our antennas.  We should ask for help when we have a big antenna project.  Volunteers are generally available. 

Conrad also showed a QSL card from 40- years ago; he described a recent conversation with the same ham. 

New Business: Dave, N9GQ and Conrad mentioned the Ham Breakfast this Saturday, the 8th, at the Flying J, Denny's Restrauran,t in South Beloit at 8:00am; usually about a dozen area hams are present for the second Saturday of the month get-together.

Chuck, WD9BB, discussed how to add a second clock display to a Windows PC.  He had the display show CST and Coordinated Universal Time, UTC.  This is a great asset for logging in ham radio when you are working DX.  Chuck also discussed the eight-wire system of an antenna rotator like the Ham M series.   The contacts at the rotator are numbered in two rows of four, 1-4, 5-8; with the 1-4 being on the outer row.  A 50-50 raffle was held.  $21 went to Al, KC9QQO, and $21 to the BARC Kitty. 

Program: Dave, N9GQ discussed and demonstrated his homebrew Magnetic Loop antenna.  He constructed the mag loop using an aluminum 24 inch bicycle rim, a variable capacitor from a WW2 command receiver and other parts from the scrap box.  It is valuable for use on the 20-17-15-12 and 10 meter bands.  It is low noise, directional, no radials and very narrow band, 20-40 kHz.   Dave stated that the latest issue of QRP Quarterly had two related articles.   This antenna was inspired by AB5ZJ, Tom, of Dallas, Texas.  He puts a good 20 meter signal into the Senile Network ran by Conrad, W9DL, Monday through Friday. 

Final:  Dave, N9GQ, announced that our next meeting will be Monday, December 1st.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:35pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                        October 6, 2014

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Brett Johnson, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:02pm.  Attendance was 20, with some arriving late.  Introductions were made.  The question of the evening, Do you have any last minute plans before cold weather?,  was answered in a variety of ways.  Most have a few last minute items to finish.    

The Minutes of the September meeting were read and corrected by Secretary Carl, W9BJ.  The Treasurers report was given by Treasurer, Al, KC9QQO.  Both reports were accepted.

Announcements:  President Brett, K9BY, discussed the Belvidere Hamfest.  Brett camped over Friday evening and got an early start on the tail-gate sales.  Donn, K9DA, attended the Peoria, Illinois Hamfest.  It was smaller but interesting, with Gordon West, WB6NOA, attending. 

Old Business:  Al, KC9QQO, discussed the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) held Saturday, October 4th.  The test scenario was that there was that a massive fire had closed I-90.  Emphasis was on multiple check-ins using different equipment.  Some checked in as many as 8 times.  Also contacted was the Green County ARES and the State Coordinator.  Greg, N9GJN, described two new area Beacons.  Both are located on the Clinton, WI tower.  One Beacon is transmitting on 220.025 MHz at 1.5 Watts and the other beacon is on 28.295 MHz with a power of 5 Watts.  Both use vertical antennas. 

New Business:  President Brett, K9BY, announced a Committee for determining a new annual event for the club.   Committee members are:  Conrad, W9DL; Chuck, WD9BB; Dave, N9GQ; and Al, KC9QQO.  A number of  possible activities were mentioned.  KD9BSA, Markus, recommended a video:   A Poor Man's Repeater.   It was viewed and discussed by the club. 

A discussion was held about getting the monthly club meeting mentioned in the Stateline Shopping News, The Messenger, etc.  Also, the Goups/yahoo.com has an meeting announcements.

50-50 Raffle:  The ARRL 100 Year Commemorative Coin was won by Kevin Christensen, a visitor.  The Cash prize of $29 was won by Kim, N9UBJ.

Program:  Dave Sterna, WQ9G, presented his logging program using a Telnet cluster located in Thief River Falls, MN.  The information provided is who is being heard and where on the ham bands.  The equipment uses a Personal Computer, the internet, and a transceiver.   Dave is a programmer for a Madison company.  He wrote this program in Windows BASIC language.  It is a bit similar to a Program HRD.   It seemed to function well even without a full set of electronic equipment.

Final:  Brett, K9BY, announced that our next meeting will be Monday, November 3rd.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:42pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                  September 8th, 2014

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Brett Johnson, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.   Attendance was 20.  Introductions were made.  Later in the meeting, Mark Venable, KD9BSA was introduced as a new ham.   The Secretary report for the June meeting was given by Carl, W9BJ.  The Treasurers report was given by Al, KC9QQO.  Both reports were accepted.

Announcements:  President Brett, K9BY, discussed the Hamfest in Belvidere, Illinois on Saturday, September 13th.   This is an annual affair sponsored by the Chicago FM Club.  $10 at the door.  An early start at 6:00 am is for the tail-gate sales and 8:00 am for the activities in the buildings.   Also, information was given for the Hamfest at Peoria, Illinois on Saturday, September 20.    Doug, W9PN, discussed the W9DX Hamfest in the Chicago area on Friday-Saturday, September 19-20.  It features DX presentations only.

Old Business:   Conrad, W9DL, shared a photo series showing the improvements of the Clinton repeater.  This amounted to new antennas and a 220 MHz beacon.  5 or 6 hams worked on the all-day improvements.  Details are on this web site under Rock County Repeaters.  Carl, W9BJ, showed photos and video clips of the June Tub Run charity event where our club provided communications as a public service activity.  June Field Day club photos taken by Bob, K9BNR, were shown and Doug, W9PN led a discussion of opinions of the event.   The activity was considered very positive for those that participated. The club used band-pass filters for the first time with great success; they were on dispay at the club meeting.   Carl, W9BJ, showed photos and video clips of the September 6th BARC Fox Hunt held in Janesville.  The winner was Brett, K9BY, with a sophisticated doppler 2 Meter collection of gear.  Second place went to Norm, KC9RGG, who used his 3-element Yagi beam home-brewed from yellow tape measure stock.  A good time was had by all.

New Business:  Brett, K9BY, discussed our club web site, RockHamRadio.com.   Brett has plans to host the web site on his server rather than using our present company, Go Daddy.   He would change both the hosting and domain registration for the club.  Plans are to rewrite our web site using new, second generation software, web 2.0.  The users of our web site will experience easier operation and better information presentations.  The timeline for implementing the changes is near the end of this year.    Brett, K9BY also briefly discussed the Special Event Station we hope to have to celebrate 50 years of BARC.  We could tie the event to other activities like the County 4-H Fair, the Beloit Film Festival, Beloit RiverFest, or similar activity.  More planning is needed.  Al, KC9QQO, announced that the Rock County ARES/RACES participation in the annual, national Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will happen Saturday, October 4th, from 9:00am to 12 noon.  It will be centered at the Rock County Office of Emergency Management.  Sargent Sheena Koehler is our county Coordinator.    This year, we will try for some communications with other county SET programs.   

A brief discussion was held about a $200,000 system for locating gun shots in Beloit.  The city didn't want to pay the $40,000 yearly maintenance contract, preferring to do any repairs themselves.  Well, the system is now non-functional.  Can we help?

Program:  Dave, N9GQ, asked the Question of the Evening:  What did you do during summer vacation?   Some hams worked on antennas and some had acquired new equipment.  Some wished that they had done more improvements. 

A 50/50 Raffle was held; it was won by Bob, K9BNR, who donated the $22 pot to the club treasury. 

Final:  Brett, K9BY, announced the next meeting will be October 6th.  The meeting adjourned at 8:45pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                          June 2, 2014

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Brett Johnson, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:07 pm.   Attendance was 19.  Introductions were made.  Question of the evening:  " Do you use any form of lightning protection or static electricity discharge units?"  Answers:  Grounds on equipment, antennas switch to ground or disconnected, commercial units.   The Minutes of the May 5th meeting were presented.    In the absence of Al, KC9QQO, no Treasurer's report was available.

Old Business:  Brett, K9BY, reminded members that the charity Tub Run is Saturday, June 14th from approximately 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.   At least 15 hams are needed to man the checkpoints on the route.   Al, KC9QQO, is the Rock County ARES Coordinator.   Contact him to volunteer you and your handitalkie or mobile 2 meter station.  More details can be found at the ARES/RACES portion of this web site.

As a club, we plan to have a 50th Anniversary QSO Party, Special Event Station, with a club call.  Dave Wendt, N9GQ, will apply for the license and we plan for the event this fall.

The club ARRL Field Day activity was discussed.  Exact details of the main assignments for activities are shown on the 2014 Field Day portion of this web site.  Greg, K9GJN, has purchased a new tent that measures 20 by 40 feet, minus the four sides.  Possibly, all can operate from this tent.  A desire was expressed to operate from a central area.  It was recommended that all operators use head sets.  This will reduce confusion.  Computer logging is again expected.

The order of Band Pass filters for the station transmitters was discussed.  The order for five individual units, 80-10 meters, was placed after the last meeting.  The order is due any day.   

New Business:  Dave, N9GQ, discussed the Dayton/ARRL Hamvention, Mid-May.  Four Days in May program had eight presentations.   K9AY, Gary Breed, from near Madison, WI, presented topics about a 160 Meter antenna.  Also discussed:  Extra Receiver Port,  Smith Charting Software, Raspberry Pie to Elecraft KX3, etc.  Dave returned with a number of goodies such as a Drake 2A Receiver (1960's) and an Antenna Analyzer with a color LCD screen.  Also attending the Hamvention were Bob, K9BNR, and Ed, N9QG.

It was decided that we will have a vacation this summer, no meeting, and start regular meetings in September.

Open Discussion:  A box of electronic parts was auctioned.  Our normal 50-50 club auction was not held do to our Treasurer being absent. 

Doug, W9PN, discussed his progress in Working All States, W1AW/portable.   Doug will operate Super Station, WA0AIH soon, as W1AW/0

Ken Olson, N9KMO, discussed his Hex Beam antenna.   It covers 20 through 6 meters.

Final:  Meeting adjourned at 8:22 pm.   After Field Day, our next regular club meeting will be Monday, September 8th.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                           May 5, 2014

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Brett Johnson, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm.   Attendance was 17.  Introductions were made.  Question of the evening:  " What are you planning to accomplish this Spring and Summer?"  Answers:  repair equipment, adjust antennas, fix rotors,and improve operating skills.   The Minutes of the April 7th meeting were presented and corrected.   Al, KC9QQO, gave the Treasurer's report.

Old Business:  Doug, W9PN, announced that in working with his new Chinese handietalkie, he was quickly able to erase all his programmed frequencies and return ON the Chinese language.  He has been able to finally switch back to English.  Brett, K9BY, encouraged club members to check the club's Yahoo Group information.

New Business: Brett, K9BY, discussed plans for our Field Day, FD, activity at the Janesville Fire Training Facility in North Janesville.   The Field Day Site Manager/Officer will be Greg, K9GJN.    We are planning to enter the emergency preparedness exercise as W9PN in category 3A; three simultaneous stations using emergency power. 

Brett, K9BY, will be the GOTA Station Officer, and Message Officer.  Our Logging Officer and Our Safety Officer will be Al, KC9QQO; He also will be the Satellite Officer and Public Information Officer Lyndon, WA9JLD,will be our Emergency Power Officer.    Field Day Data Submission Officers will be Brett, K9BY and Al, KC9QQO.   Carl, W9BJ, will be the Food Officer.   We have tentative Band Captains:  Station One, Bret, K9BY, and Greg, K9GJN using 20 and 40 meters; Station Two, Doug, W9PN, 40 and 15 meters; and Station Three, Carl, W9BJ, 80 and 10 meters.  These positions are subject to change but will finalized at the June 2nd club meeting.   Helpful additional operators are valuable.   The FD site will be examined before June 2nd.

Carl, W9BJ, presented a program about reducing interference and harmonics.  He described using 1/4 wavelength coaxial cable or stubs.   He then showed some pictures and diagrams of bandpass filters.  They are very effective at both harmonic attenuation and phase noise of transmitters that can only be filter at the transmitter.  He made a motion for the club to purchase five, (80 - 10,) of the best filters for use with our Field Day stations.  The motion was amended and passed to purchase two filter.  These filters should eliminate or reduce interstation interference on Field Day. 

Activities:  Chuck, WD9BB, discussed and showed his home-brew dual meter SWR Bridge with a black wrinkle finish.  He also discussed the installation of a Heat Pump for his house and radio shack.  It provides improved heating and cooling, and lessens his dependency on Propane fuel.  A Dutch Auction was held for some donated equipment to the club.  $25 for miscellaneous parts.  Also, a 50-50 Raffle was held and Norm, KC9RGG, won $26.00.  He graciously donated the winnings to the club treasury.  A wireless router was won by Dave, KA9SFT.  

Final:  The club meeting adjourned at 9:02 pm.   Our next club meeting is on June 2nd.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                             April 7, 2014

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

Vice President, Dave Arndt, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm.  Attendance was 15 (Guests:  WQ9G, Dave Sterna and KC4ZYC, Howard Herhold).  Introductions were given.  Question of the evening:  "What was you best DX since Jan. 2013?"  Answers:  S. Africa, Netherlands, Christmas Island from mobile, Reunion Island, Serbia 40 meters, and some DX iPad face-to-face QSOs.  The Minutes of the March 3rd meeting were presented and corrected.   Al, KC9QQO gave the financial report.  We are in good shape for expenditures on Field Day and similar club activities.

Old Business:  We are still planning to apply for a club License.  This would be nice for an activity for celebrating our 50th anniversary.  Conrad, W9DL, discussed the AES SuperFest in Milwaukee.  It was a bit smaller than last year, inventory of equipment seemed smaller, no future print catalogs, just internet. 

New Business:  Kim, N9UBJ, has study materials for the General Class FCC license for sale or barter.  He is going to begin studying for the Extra Class license.  Also, others suggested that internet tests are valuable.  The Stoughton hamfest is Saturday, April 12th.  Dave, N9GQ, has paid for a table.  Help him make sales or bring an item or two to sell.  We reminisced about previous locations of this hamfest.   The Wisconsin QSO party was popular.  20, 40 and 80 meters were active.  Greg, K9GJN, worked on 20 and 40 and made 31,000+ points and 52 counties.  Donn, K9DA, had 50+ QSOs.  Dave Rounds, AK9F, worked about 38 stations.  Chuck, WD9BB, hosted another ham and together they had a good time.  Conrad, W9DL, was impressed with the variety of Wisconsin towns with indian names.   Dave, N9GQ, enjoyed the challenge of low power operation.

Announcements:  Greg, K9GJN, led a discussion about the ARRL Field Day.  We discussed various situations including low power, antennas, and band pass filters.  We discussed mutual-desensing type of interference.  We may try building or buying some band pass filters or coaxial Stubs.  Carl, W9BJ, volunteered to present a short program at the May meeting about the state of the art of Band Pass filters.   Dave, AK9F, has a new handitalkie, the new Baufeng UV-82.  This a Chinese radio, UHF/VHF with improved features.   Carl, W9BJ, showed his new gold ARRL stick pin:  ARRL 50 Years (a member).   Tornado Awareness Week is April 21-25; with a county wide drill on April 24, 1-2 pm.   The Severe Weather Spotter Training classes were held on March 24th.

Program:  Dave, N9GQ, presented a video collection of photos of a number of members station arrangements.  The contents of each photo was discussed.  Emphasis was on transceivers, tuners, accessories, power supplies, operating aids, charts, clocks, and amplifiers.

Final:  The club meeting adjourned at 8:46 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Cub Meeting                                                                               March 3, 2014 
Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI.
Vice President, Dave, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm.   Attendance was 23 (4 guests).  Introductions were given.   The Question of the Evening was “Name your first call and the year it was issued.”   Most had ninth area calls and years ranged from the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the 2000’s.
The Secretary report for February was given by Carl, W9BJ.   The Treasurers Report was given by Al, KC9QQO.   Dues for 2014 were collected.
Old Business:  Conrad, W9DL, introduced long-time club member Ivan Makovec, W9AFW (1960's).  Ivan recently completed being the Network Control operator of the Senile Net on 20 meters.  He did this, Monday through Friday, 8-9 am, for the last seven years.   Ivan, a US Navy veteran of WWII, turns age 90 this month.  Conrad provided a birthday cake and coffee for all.  We sang Happy Birthday to Ivan.  Ivan was appreciative.   A good time was had by all.
New Business:  A 50-50 Raffle was introduced as a fund raiser.  A ticket for $1.  The winner of the cash pot of $48, was Dave, N9GQ.   The winner of the Baofeng 2 Meter Handitalkie was Doug, W9PN.   A discussion about the June 2014 Field Day was lead by Greg, K9GJN.  We should use the months remaining to plan.   A discusssion of QRP, low power operation, was held.   Some decisions will be made at the April meeting.  FD location will be the Janesville Fire Training facility again.  President Brett, K9BY, discussed the possible change of hosts for our club website.   We could save money by changing internet hosts.  A motion passed to make a change.  
Announcements:  Conrad, W9DL, announced the next Ham Breakfast at Denny's at the Flying J truck stop in South Beloit on Saturday, March 8th at 8:00 am.  Everyone is invited.   Dave Rounds, old call KC9UQD, has a new call, AK9F.   Dave, N9GQ, stated that the year 2014 was our club's 50th anniversary and after we obtain a amateur radio call for the club, we could had a special events station this fall.   A computerized video frame was shown by Doug, W9PN.  He had it loaded with QSL card images.   Conrad, W9DL, will have a table at the Jefferson Swapfest Sunday, March 16, 8:00-12:00.   Wisconsin QSO Party is this month.

The ARRL 100th anniversary stations are doing well.   Dave, N9GQ, recommended that club members participate in our club's Yahoo message board.
Program:  Dave, N9GQ, introduced Chinese Radios.  He discussed and showed a variety of Chinese electronics by using the internet.   At least eight club members have Chinese units.   The main feature seems to be the bargain prices.  The down side was the complexity of programming channels and deciphering the instruction manuals. Also, there was an episode of faulty capacitors that harmed a lot of units.    Al, KC9QQO, described techniques that he has found successful.   The quality seems to be improving.   The discussions-presentations lasted for about an hour.  
Final: The meeting adjourned before 9:00 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                         February 3, 2014 

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.   Attendance was 13.

The Secretary report for January was given by Carl, W9BJ.   The Treasurers Report was given by Al, KC9QQO.    

Old Business:  Brett, K9BY, discussed our new club constitution.  Club Officers were determined after the January club meeting.  Brett Johnson, K9BY, is President and Dave Wendt, N9GQ, is our Vice President.  Club Treasurer is Al, KC9QQO, and Carl, W9BJ, continues as Secretary.   Our Past President is WD9BB, Chuck.   The new club By-Laws will be filed this year with the State of Wisconsin as part of our corporation requirements.

New Business:  A 50-50 Raffle was introduced as a fund raiser.  One ticket for $1 and 5 tickets for $5.  The winner of the pot of $18, was Carl, W9BJ.

Announcements:  Conrad, W9DL, announced that Augie Weber, W9HSQ, of Janesville is deceased (SK).   He was well known in the area and was age 87.

Conrad also passed out plastic Page Protectors as a give-away.   David Rounds, KC9UQD, announced that he had passed the FCC Extra Class license exam.

Greg, K9GJN, announced that the Rock County repeater yearly support donation of $20 is being received.  The funds support both VHF and UHF repeaters.  Donations can be sent to Greg.  New antennas are planned for the Clinton repeaters.   Conrad, W9DL, announced the next Ham Breakfast at Denny's at the Flying J truck stop in South Beloit on Saturday, February 8th at 8:00 am.  Everyone is invited.  He also recommended that we have an informal get-to-gether discussion on the 440 repeater in Clinton.   We need more activity on this repeater.    This would be after the Wednesday, 2-meter net.

Program:  Dave, N9GQ, introduced Computer Applications (Apps) for Amateur Radio.  There are many ham radio programs that are available for smart phones, iPads, and laptops.   Main contributors to the discussion were:  Al, KC9QQO; Conrad, W9DL; and Dave, KC9UQD.  The discussions-presentations lasted for about an hour.   Some application programs were viewed on the projection screens.

Dues for 2014, should be paid to the Treasurer.  The meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                         January 13, 2014 

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.   Attendance was 17.

The Secretary report for January was given by Carl, W9BJ. The Treasurer's Report was given by Al, KC9QQO; and he collected some dues for 2014.

Old Business:  Chuck, WD9BB, lead a discussion about our new club constitution.  We are in a transition year.  Five Club officers, as the Board of Directors, will  normally serve for a term of two years.  In order to provide continuity, two directors will be replaced each year.  Thus, initially, two will serve only one year, this transition year.  Present club officers will meet before the February meeting to elect new officers.  Brett Johnson, K9BY and Dave Wendt, N9GQ, were elected as candidates for the club's Board of Directors.   Carl, W9BJ, reported that the club High Frequency transceiver, a ICOM-701, was returned and is now available to loan in accordance with our new written policy.

New Business:  Chuck, WD9BB, called for a Board of Directors meeting after the end of the normal meeting.

Announcements:  Conrad, W9DL, led a discussion about the arrivals of CQ and QST magazines.  CQ for December 2013 arrived late today; the company is reorganizing their publications.  QST, February 2014, the digital edition only, arrived recently also.  The print edition for QST will arrive later.  Conrad also announced the Tri-County Swap-Fest in Jefferson, WI will be Sunday, March 16th.  He is paying for a table to sell items.  He is also selling admission tickets for $5, tonight only. 

Greg, K9GJN, announced that that renewal of the Rock County repeater yearly support donation of $20 is being received.  The funds support both VHF and UHF repeaters.  Donations can be sent to Greg.  He also announced that the new ARRL Field Day site can be the Janesville Fire Training Facility on County F.  Bob, K9BNR, also mentioned that the Milton Park, across from the Milton High School, is available.

Program:   Ham Wallpaper-continued.  W9PN, Doug, discussed the new 100th Anniversary of the ARRL Contest award  The special Worked All States award will be available for working W1AW Portable in all fifty states during 2014.  On a sequence of two week intervals, two states will be represented. Doug will be an operator for Wisconsin.  Consult QST for details.

Dave, N9GQ, presented a humorous video on Ham Newcomer's Qualification Test information.  Dave also demostrated a recently obtained IBM-Lenovo R60 laptop computer.  It was a $100 unit from UW-Surplus in Madison.  It comes with Windows 7 Pro installed.  A docking unit is available for a $1.  Many units are available.  The video program was run on the bargain laptop.  He also discussed that a new Baofeng VHF/UHF handytalkie can be purchased for about $30.  We could initiate a new club program of presenting new hams with the unit upon passing the FCC examination and joining the club.  We would collect $20 for membership and the club would contribute $10 for the radio.  Information about the offer could be made available to Scott Fry and the VEC program.  Dave also announced that the February program would feature computer applications for amateur radio.

Reminder:   $20 dues for 2014, should be paid the Treasurer, if you haven't done so. The meeting adjourned at 8:17 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                       December 2, 2013       

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:09 pm.   Attendance was 17.

Announcements:  Bob, K9BNR, announced that he had just passed his Amateur Extra Class license exam.

The Secretary report for November was given by Carl, W9BJ, and corrected.  The Treasurer's Report was given by Al, KC9QQO; and he collected some dues for the 2014 calendar year.

Old Business: Chuck, WD9BB, suggested that a letter should be prepared and sent to the ham using our loaner HF rig.  The transceiver should be returned so others can use it; this is in accordance with our new club loaner policy.  The Secretary will prepare the letter.   Chuck also discussed the possibilities of giving a prize each meeting to some lucky ham.  Carl, W9BJ, mentioned that CQ magazine for November has a nice article on ham clubs.  

New Business:  In accordance with the club's new By Laws, Dave Wendt, N9GQ, and Brett Johnson, K9BY, were elected as candidates for the club's Board of Directors.  More election action will occur during January and February.

Program:  Ham Wallpaper  Dave, N9GQ, kicked off the program and discussed two ham books that were self-published. He also discussed QRP antennas.  Conrad, W9DL, presented a lot of items that were extra, pieces and parts for projects, and available for "taking-home."   Chuck, WD9BB, presented a brief interlude of Swiss Yodeling from YouTubeCarl, W9BJ, showed his first Novice Class ham license.  His call was KN0KYC, in 1957; he lived in Missouri.  He also showed his ceramic plaque of ARRL Life Membership obtained about 1967.    Dan, K9IBM, discussed electronic QSLs using eQSL and LOTW.  He also described his Slow-Scan TV work.   Chuck, WD9BB, discussed Wisconsin Ham Auto License tags available for an additional $15 above the normal renewal cost.  You must make a written request on the appropriate form.   Al, KC9QQO, described the fact that the special ham plates may not be listed in the normal data base used by law enforcement officers.   Brett, K9BY, discussed the 13 Colonies award, awarded for communicating with hams in the original British colonies.   Dave, KC9UQD, explained some space communications awards; like the 30th anniversary of the orbital space station.  Most astronauts are ham operators.   Greg, K9GJN, described PSK-31 digital communication with FR1XX, on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.   W9DL, Conrad, discussed the web site QRZ.COM and its financial support.

Reminder:  Pay your $20 dues at the January 6th meeting, if you haven't done so.  The meeting adjourned at 8:52 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                  November 4, 2013       

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.   Attendance was 17.

The Secretary report for October was discussed.  The Treasurer's Report was given by Al, KC9QQO.

Announcements:  Dave, KA9SFT, thanked all the fellows for the successful Tower and Antenna Raising Party at his house.    Life is good.

Old Business:  Chuck, WD9BB, suggested that Norm, KC9RGG, consider preparing a video of our 2013 Field Day activity and having it played over the Beloit cable access.    Modifications could be limited to some titling of the video.

The new B.A.R.C. Club By Laws were discussed.  After the recent special Saturday, October 23rd meeting for final adjustments, the By Laws were posted on our club web site.    A vote was take on approval of the proposed By Laws.  They were accepted unanimously.

New Business: Dave, N9GQ, Discussed the upcoming December program.  He described having full club participation with Ham Wallpaper; this would include showing your first QSL card, earned certificates, photos of your first station, and similar ham wallpaper.

Al, KC9QQO, Treasurer, announced that he would be accepting dues for the 2014 year starting with the December meeting.

Program:   Doug, W9PN, introduced a presentation from the W9DXCC meeting recently held in the Chicago (Elk Grove Village) area.  This was using the actual presentation software from the conference.  Is 3 dB Worth a Divorce? is about Dr. Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, a leader and participant in many DXpeditions.  He presented the highlights and lowlights of station construction at his new QTH on the prairie of northeastern Iowa.   He emphasized location, transceivers, antennas, and accessories.   Money can make quite a difference. 

Carl, W9BJ, presented a discussion on Frequency Equalization, for better voice quality communications.  He showed a video that used a bongo drum set played through a Krohn Hite 330-M Band Pass Filter.   The Low and High Pass filters were adjustable.    The quality of the sound of the drums changed markedly with different frequency equalization.   Then, he demonstrated a similar experiment using a broadcast AM radio as an audio source; again, using the Krohn Hite variable band pass filter.   He then challenged those in attendance to consider the voices of familiar hams from two meter activities.   Some voices sound natural while others lack bass or treble response.   Frequency equalization can pay big dividends in communication enjoyment.   Also, the broadcast receiver used in the demonstration was obtained from Conrad, W9DL.  It was a 1960 Heath Kit unit using 6 vacuum tubes.   It was rehabilitated by replacing one tube, a dial lamp, some capacitors, and one I.F. transformer.    The aluminum chassis was polished with metal cleaner-polish; it now shines like chrome.  It really works well.

Reminders:   Chuck, WD9BB, discussed using some club money to buy prizes for attending members.  We could present one prize at each monthly meeting. More details to follow.   Our next club meeting will be Monday, December 2nd.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                                                  October 7, 2013       

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.   Attendance was 17.

The Secretary was absent .      The Treasurer's Report was given by Al, KC9QQO.

Announcements:   A final meeting to discuss the new, club By Laws will be held at the Red Cross building, Parker Dr., in Janesville, on Saturday, October 23rd, at 10:00 am.   The vote of acceptance will be at the November club meeting.  The October ARES meeting will be October 28th at 7:30 pm with a guest speaker about the Salvation Army's SATURN Emergency Program.

N9GQ, Dave, discussed having a club Special Event station, with a special commemorative call, for the 50 anniversary of our club (1964-2014).

Program:  Norm Aulabaugh, KC9RGG, showed a professionally produced video of our Field Day activities at Thresherman's Park. This video was produced by Norm for the local cable TV, Public Access channel.   Field Day 2013 was the weekend of June 22 amd 23.  The video was a twenty minute documentary of the activities of our club in this ARRL Field Day.   Well done.

Our next club meeting will be Monday, November 4th

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                            September 9, 2013       

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.   Attendance: 24. 
Introductions were made. The question of the evening, “Have you acquired a new email address?” was answered with nos.    Minutes of the June meeting were read.  The Treasurer's Report was given.

Announcements:  The Belvedere, IL Hamfest, on September 7th was enjoyed by many.    Al, KC9QQO, announced that the national Simulate Emergency Test (SET) will be held on Saturday, on October 5th from 10:00 am to noon.   This is an annual ARES activity.   Operation will be from the Rock County Emergency Management site on County Road F, near 14 and 51 intersection.   Operation will be on two meters using the 145.45 repeater.  All hams were invited to call in and participate. 

Old Business: The club New By-Laws committee discussed the proposed New By-Laws.  The Equipment Loan policy was discussed.   Kevin Christ, KC9PZI, has the club HF transceiver on loan.  It was mentioned that he should keep it for present time.  Both the proposed new club By-Laws and Equipment Loan policy statement are posted on the club website, rockhamradio.com

More study is recommended.

New Business:  Antenna Modeling for Beginners is a new book available from the ARRL . It contains a simplified version of EZnec antenna modeling software. It may be available on Amazon.com with free shipping.

Program:  Conrad, W9DL, presented a new feature at the club.   A Question and Answer  (Q & A)session was held.   Hams were encouraged to discuss their radio problems and others contributed their expertise on the subject. It seemed to be well received and we may make it a regular feature of the club meeting.

Carl, W9BJ , showed a video presentation honoring long time Amateur Radio Ham, Tom Christian, VR6TC. He has been DX on Pitcairn Island in the south Pacific Ocean for 50 years. He was a well known gentleman. He died this summer.

Our next club will be Monday, October 7th, 2013.

Meeting adjourned about 9:00 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                           June 3, 2013       
Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.   Attendance: 20. 
Introductions were made. The question of the evening, “What are your summer ham radio plans?” was answered in a variety of ways:  travel, repair, antenna work, QRP portable kits, and complete projects.    Minutes of the May meeting were read.  The Treasurer's Report was given.

Announcements:  KA9SFT, Dave, said that a breakfast get-together will be held at Sophia's Restraurant, Highway 51, Beloit, on Saturday, June 8th, am.

Bob, K9BNR, and others, described the National Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio. The weather was rainy, partly sunny.  Some exhibitors booths were empty.  Strong trends in communications gear included Software Defined Radios (SDR). 

Norm, Aulabaugh, KC9RGG, just received his upgrade to a General Class license.

Old Business:  Sectretary, Carl, W9BJ, discussed the new policy for loaning club equipment.

The document was prepared by Doug, W9PN, and is posted on the web site; paper copies were available.

It was decided that it was acceptable with three modification:

1.  The agreement must contain a clause holding the club free of any liability.

2.  It should contain a statement that the equipment must be used in accordance with FCC rules.

3.  No modifications of the equipment should be undertaken.

We will examine the policy again at the September club meeting.

Al, KC9QQO, discussed the Tub Run for Muscular Dystrophy, which will be held Saturday, June 15th from 11 am to 4 pm.  About 15 mobile hams on two meter FM are needed for the communications network.  Sign up continued; a need for a few additional volunteers was expressed.  This an ARES

preparedness/practice activity.  We do, as we practice.

New Business:  None at this time.

Program:  Dave, N9GQ, moderated a panel discussion on Operating Tips for Improvement.

Donn Ambrose, K9DA and Greg Niles, K9GJN, were guest experts.  The three hams represented a wide range of operating ideas and recommendations.  Topics discussed were:  logging contacts with both electronic and paper, QSL techniques, importance of listening about 90% of the time, brevity of word messages, using plain English normally, microphone techniques, answering CQs, working DX stations, band edge operation, know your equipment operation, contesting, operating aids like frequency charts and country prefixes, propagation knowledge, and many more.

Questions and Answers:  There were gaps during the program, where topics were discussed by the entire club.  

Due to our summer recess, our next club will be Monday, September 9th, 2013.  Remember Field Day!

Meeting adjourned about 9:00 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                           May 6, 2013       
Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.   Attendance: 22. 
Introductions were made. The question of the evening, “Have you attended the Hamvention at Dayton, Ohio?” was answered yes by 8 people; one ham yearly since 1987.    Minutes of the April meeting were read.  The Treasurer's Report was given.
Announced: May 11th, Crossband Military Operation; May 17-19, Dayton; May 25-26, CQ WW Contest; and May 27, Memorial Day.
Old  Business:    Greg, K9GJN, gave an update on planning for Field Day, June 22-23, 2013.   We will pay the insurance fee for the use of Thresherman’s Park; also food and fuel bills for F.D. will be due in June.   Since the club began in 1964, this will be the 49th F.D.   We may have a Special Event station for our 50th anniversary next year. .
F.D. Band Captains were discussed: Greg N9GJN, Digital Modes and 15 meters; Doug, W9PN, 20 meters SSB, CW and 40 Meters CW; Carl, W9BJ, 80 SSB and CW, 40 SSB.
We would benefit by having a GOTA station, a satellite station, and a VHF/UHF station. We will consider a 3A or 4A classification.
It was noted that our club incorporation papers (Legal) are updated yearly with a fee.
The club program to loan ham equipment was discussed; the Request for Loan form
was developed by V.P., Doug, W9PN, and will be posted on the club website. The form will be dicussed at our June 3rd meeting.
A group discussion on our Bylaw changes will be held by Chuck WD9BB, Al KC9QQO, Doug W9PN, and Lyndon WA9JLD.
New Business:  Kim, N9UBJ, will be studying for passing the General Ham license. He invited other to join him.
Al, KC9QQO, discussed the Saturday, June 15th Tub Run for Motorcycles to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy. 15 - 20 mobile hams on two meter FM are needed to help out. The time is about 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Program: Dave, N9GQ, presented the Arduino microcontroller; this is one of many microcontrollers available. It is popular because it has software that is Open Source. It is programmed in a language similar to C. Also, it is one of the easier unit to use. There is world-wide forum for comments, hints, and help; the ARRL recently published a new book about using the Arduino. The program adjourned at 8:30 pm.
Questions and Answers: A few topics were discussed including a Raspberry Pie unit.
The June program will feature: Habit of Effective Operators, Dave, Doug, and Greg.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm. 

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting      April 1, 2013        Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.   Attendance: 18. 

Introductions were made. The question of the evening, “Have you recently checked-in to the ARES Tuesdays 2 meter network?” was answered yes by 12 people.    Minutes of the March meeting were read.  The Treasurer's Report was given.

Old  Business:  Doug, W9PN, discussed a formal set of rules for future use of club loaner equipment.   The document is still being improved.  Doug also discussed his participation in the Wisconsin QSO Party.   Total QSOs were 503 with a score of 77,900 points.

Greg, K9GJN, gave an update on planning for Field Day, June 22-23, 2013.   He attended a board meeting of Thresherman's Park Association.  We will pay the insurance fee.  We are looking forward to a great Field Day Activity.

Al, KC9QQO, discussed Severe Weather in Wisconsin.  Amateur Electronics Supply (AES) in Milwaukee has their Ham Fest this weekend.

New Business:  None at this time.

Program:   Dave, W9GQ, presented information on balun matching networks and choke baluns.   He discussed a variety of baluns emphasizing the most common types of 1 to 1 and 4 to 1 baluns.   A number of practical examples were passed around.

Questions and Answers on all topics were discussed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm. 

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting      March 4, 2013        Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.   Attendance: 24. 

Introductions were made. The question of the evening, “Have you recently checked-in to the club’s Wednesdays 2 meter network?” was answered yes by 17 people.    Minutes of the January meeting were read and approved.  The Treasurer's Report was given.

Discussion: Chuck, WD9BB discussed a recommendation from Conrad, W9DL.    He recommended that we have a session of Questions/Answers; where, people with ham problems could ask for assistance. Those people with solutions would them offer their best ideas.

Old  Business:   New club bylaws are being prepared.  The club-owned HF transceiver has been used by Kevin, KC9PZI, for the past year.   It was decided that it should be available to other new hams upon request.    Kevin will keep it until it is needed.   Doug, W9PN, will draft a formal set of rules for future use of loaner equipment.

New Business: None at this time.

Program: Doug, W9PN, discussed his vertical antenna, which is 5/8 wavelength on 80 meters; about 83 feet tall. He can tune it on all bands, 160-10 meters, with a base fed antenna tuner, an L network.   He discussed his interest in computerized antenna modeling for performance optimization.   He purchased the ARRL book, Antenna Modeling for Beginners.  It is available for the standard price at Amazon.com with free shipping.  The software used for antenna analysis is based on a simplified version of EZnec.

Doug demonstrated some of his recent DX contacts using the Vertical and a beam by going to the internet and viewing the results of his contacts with the DXpedition to Clipperton Island. This island is uninhabited and located in the Pacific Ocean southwest of Mexico. Doug has worked the crew there on many different bands using CW and SSB.

The real-time demonstration was extensive and impressive. The DXpedition continues through March 10.

Carl, W9BJ, presented information of a relatively new organization, VOAD of Rock County, Wisconsin.   VOAD, Volunteers Organizations Aiding in Disasters, is composed of groups that assist before, during, and after a disaster.   Carl has attended monthly meetings for the organization since May, 2012.   ARES/RACES Rock County is a supporting member along with the Red Cross, Salvation Army, local area churches, and similar organizations. Their new website, voadrockcowi.webs.com   was presented. The program session ended at 8:04 pm.

Questions/Answers:  Conrad, W9DL , discussed the idea of a club help session .   Comments related to working QRP, 5 Watts, KX3, and the need for a high impedance test meter for alignment of circuits.   A VTVM or a digital multimeter are high impedance test meters and thus provides measurements with minimum disturbance to the circuit under test.

Announcements:  Wisconsin QSO Party, March 10.  Next meeting, Monday, April 1st.   Meeting adjourned:  8:25 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting      February 4, 2013  Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Chuck, WD9BB , called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Attendance: 19. 

Introductions were made. The question of the evening, “Are you a member of the
ARRL” was answered yes by 15 people. Minutes of the January meeting were read and approved.  The Treasurer's Report was given.

Discussion: Announcements were given about the AES Superfest, April 5 and 6 in Milwaukee. Soldering techniques were discussed. Liquid solder flux and liquid solder techniques for mounting integrated circuits were discussed. This related to our Software Defined Radio (SDR) kits that many are building. Some kits were shown.

Monitoring aircraft transmissions over Southern Wisconsin was mentioned. These are AM transmissions around 125 MHz. Dave, N9GQ, had a computer dongle, SDR receiver that is wideband. It works well with free software. It originally was designed for receiving PAL format TV.

Old  Business :   Old club bylaws need reconstruction.

New Business :  A video tribute to deceased club member Jim Opdyke, WA9JTX, of Beloit was present by Carl, W9BJ . Jim passed away in 2011. The history of the Glenn Martin B-26 medium bomber of WW II fame was given. Jim was a lead bombardier for a squadron of B-26’s. He was awarded the Silver Star for his courage and heroism for leading a important successful bombing run in central Italy. Jim is Lyndon Opdyke’s, WA9JLD , father. Also, the Beloit Repeater Group has named the 147.120 MHz repeater with Jim’s old call, WA9JTX , as a memorial in his honor.

Program: An Auction was held to benefit the Rock County Repeater Association. The auctioneers were Al, KC9QQO and Greg, K9GJN . Items included were lengths of coaxial cable, an APRS unit, an audio isolator for digital work, an antenna tuner, and a heavy duty 12 VDC 30 Ampere power supply, and more. Much money was collected. All were thanked for supporting the Repeater Association modernization program.

Free gifts were given to all by WD9BB, Chuck . He dispensed large rolls of Solder Wick. These will come in handy for IC soldering of the SDR kits and other projects.

Announcements :  Next meeting, Monday, March 4th.   The meeting adjourned at 8:31 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting    January 7, 2013    Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Visitors were welcomed.  Attendance:  21.  Introductions were made.  The Question of the Evening was:  “Have you constructed electronic kits?”  Fourteen people had made kits.

Secretary Carl, W9BJ, read the Minutes of the November meeting; they were approved. 

Treasurer Al, KC9QQO, presented his Report; it was approved.  2013 dues of $20 are due.  Membership cards were distributed; names are posted on our club web site.

Old Business:  Our H.F. transceiver on loan should be returned.

Greg, K9GJN, discussed the Rock County repeaters.  They are working well; some new antennas are planned.  New controllers have been recent improvements.   A history of Rock County repeaters should be prepared and posted on our website.  We will have an auction for the benefit of the Repeater Association at our February club meeting.  Bring your items to sell and money to purchase.  Greg also discussed the club plans for the 2013 Field Day, June 22-23.  We will have the use of the pavilion at Thresherman’s Park, North of Janesville.  More information will follow.

Al, KC9QQO, discussed and distributed our club project kits of Software Defined Radio transceivers.  The Softrock RXTX Ensemble SDR transceiver kit from fivedash.com was shown.  About 12 people had ordered a kit.   Many construction sessions will be needed.  Ham Nation is building the same kit and has videos on the web.

President Chuck, WD9BB, discussed our club officers who were nominated last meeting.   He conducted the voting and our 2012 officers were reelected.  He also discussed the F.C.C.’s use of FRN numbers for official activities. We each have a FRN number assigned.  Also, a group was commissioned to examine our New By Laws and report back with revisions.

New Business:  Al, KC9QQO, discussed the usability of certain electrical test meters.  All test meters disturb the operation of a circuit to some degree.  The best meters disturb the least amount.  Know the characteristics of your test equipment for best accurate results.

Kim, N9UBJ, who recently attended Handihams camp, reported that they have merged with another group.

Dave, N9GQ, requested new ideas and people for the club program committee.

Ken, N9KMO , showed and discussed his new Elecraft KX3 H.F. Transceiver, 12 Watt, all mode.  Lyndon, WA9JLD, also has a KX3. Ed, N9QG, has built the K2.  A photo was taken by Conrad, W9DL, using his iPad and it will be posted on our web site.

Bob, K9BNR , discussed a ham group in Hortonville, Wisconsin that has formed a charitable organization, a 501C3 classification. It is in the process in accepting donations of electronic communication equipment such as Commercial transceivers and towers.  He visited and returned with two Motorola Motrac transceivers, 100 Watts output.

Dave, N9GQ , discussed a “USB Radio”, available for $21.95.   It is a Soft Ware Defined radio, an SDR.  A QST article discussed it.  Also discussed was Raspberry Pi, a single board computer.

Our next meeting is Monday, February 4th. The meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting    December 3, 2012    Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Visitors were welcomed.  Attendance:  21.  Introductions were made.    Santa (Chuck) made a surprise appearance. Chuck gave everyone a special present.  Wooden “ solder roll dispensers ”, designed and made by Chuck , were distributed to all in attendance. Just the thing for construction and repair projects. The Question of the Evening was:  “Have you held a club office?”  Nine people had held multiple offices over the years, most had not held any office.

Secretary Carl, W9BJ, read the Minutes of the November meeting; they were corrected and approved. 

Treasurer Al, KC9QQO, presented his Report; it was approved.  2013 dues of $20 are due at the January meeting.  New membership cards were distributed to those that paid this month.

Old Business:   Al, KC9QQO, discussed our club project of building kits for a Software Defined Radio transceiver.  The Softrock RXTX Ensemble Software Defined Radio transceiver kit from fivedash.com was shown. The kits cost $75, down from $85.  When we order in quantity, we get the discount and shipping is free.   About 10 people agreed to order a kit.   Al will order the kits when he gets the deposits.  Send your check for a $50 down payment to club Treasurer:  Al Homan, 1019 Hawthorne Ave., Janesville, WI 53545.   Final payment is due when the kits are delivered.

New Business:   A discussion was held about our club antennas at the fire station.  At this time, we have two coax lines into the main room.  One line runs to the roof for a VHF antenna.  The other line runs to a front outside flagpole for a vertical.  We have no equipment installed.  It was suggested that we install both a High Frequency Station and VHF/UHF stations.  Bob, K9BNR, suggested that he could donate a Kenwood TS 440 HF transceiver.  Some minor repair should be performed.   Possibly, commercial FM rigs could be obtained for VHF and for UHF.  

Carl, W9BJ, presented a few video screens about the 2012 Field Day results.  He also mentioned the movie, “Lincoln”.  In the film, President Lincoln was shown in the War Office Telegraph station for sending and receiving important messages.  Carl demonstrated a straight key controlling a telegraph sounder.  He also switched in a beeper so we could hear the difference in the sounder rhythm and the tones that we use on CW.   A short discussion ensued about the original American Morse code and the (Continental) International Morse code.  

Kim, N9UBJ , discussed his trip to near Minneapolis for the HandiHams camp, Camp Courage .   A number of photos were shown.

Program:  Dave, N9GQ, presented the updated club Bylaws.  Club officers read the Bylaws and they were discussed.  The Bylaws are posted on the Club Web Site to study. They will be discussed again at the January meeting.  Club officers were recommended to remain the same for 2013.  A formal election will be held at the January meeting. 

Our next meeting is Monday, January 7th. The meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting    November 5, 2012    Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Chuck, WD9BB , called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Visitors were welcomed.  Attendance:  24.  Introductions were made.   The Question of the Evening was about Ham Test Equipment; some had none, most had some items, and some had too much.

Secretary Carl, W9BJ, read the Minutes of the October meeting; they were corrected and approved. 

Treasurer Al, KC9QQO , presented his Report; it was approved. The Club Auction last month of items enriched our treasury. Rock County Repeater Association could use some funds. This will be considered.

Old Business:   Al, KC9QQO, announced that new club business cards to promote the club have arrived.   He revised the cards, had them printed and he distributed them. 

Doug, W9PN, presented updated club bylaws.  These will be posted on the Club Web Site for all to study. They will be discussed at the December meeting.

Kim, N9UBJ, discussed his trip to Minneapolis for the HandiHams camp, Camp Courage . Some photos were shown. More will be shown at our next meeting.

New Business:   Al, KC9QQO, reminded us about our club project building kits of PSK31 transceiver. He then purposed a new building project for club members. The Softrock RXTX Ensemble Software Defined Radio transceiver from fivedash.com was recommended. The kits cost $89, plus postage. After discussion, the motion passed. When we order in quantity, we get a $10 discount. About 15 people agreed to order a kit. Al will order the kits when he gets the deposits. Send you check for a $50 down payment to our Treasurer: Al Homan, 1019 Hawthorne Ave., Janesville, WI 53545. Final payment is due when the kits are delivered. The XCVR uses a PC computer for display and control. Free public domain software is available. It was mentioned that Midnight Engineering has a unit that allows operation without a separate computer.

Field Day result are available in Dec. QST. Early reports say that our club did very well; among the best in Wisconsin.

Program: Show and Tell! The following participated:

KC9QQO, Al , discussed his new oriental multiband handitalkie available at a bargain price.

W9PN, Doug , showed his TenTec RX320 receiver, an SDR unit, TenTec Orion RCVR upgrade, Elecraft KX3 kit XCVR, and his ARRL Award for DXCC 5 Bands.

K9GJN, Greg , showed his Motorola GP380 handitalkie, 255 channel, commercial quality, rugged and dependable.

K9BNR, Bob and N9QG, Ed, discussed Mars operation on military frequencies using MP63 and Encryption. Just a reminder that “secret codes” are not legal on amateur frequencies.

W9DL, Conrad, showed his new Apple iPad with internet access.  He likes QRZ, QTH; he also has QST magazines accessable.  He said the iPad was great fun and easy to use.

W9BJ, Carl showed an old resistance standard and a resistance bridge for low Ohmic resistors.  He showed QEX that detailed a nice analog Linear Lo-Ohmmeter to build.

KC9TRC, Calvin, discussed his Yaesu FT 270 XCVR.

K9BY, Brett, discussed radio direction finding, his DB22S unit and RDF antennas.

N9GQ, Dave, showed his Yaesu 817 XCVR and his “monster” telescoping antenna.

WD9BB, Chuck, showed his electric Wire Wrap tool. He had the special wire and WW sockets to match. In his “past life”, Chuck was a Master Wrapper! making commercial PC boards for his company in Janesville.

Closure: Our next meeting is December 5 th . The meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting    October 1, 2012     Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm.  Attendance:  26.  Visitors were welcomed.  Introductions were made of all attending.    WB5MSB from Alabama and Beloit was a guest.   Minutes of the September meeting were read and approved.  Al, KC9QQO, presented the Treasurer's Report; it was approved.

Old Business:  Yahoo Groups has some Field Day photos of the club.  You must become a member of Yahoo Groups to view them.   Al, KC9QQO, announced that we need some new club business cards for promoting the club.   He will revise the cards, checking for errors.  The cost will be in the $50 range; this includes dual side printing and color. 

Doug, W9PN, will work on updating the club bylaws.  These will be available for discussion soon.

New Business:  Interest in learning the International Morse code (CW) was expressed.  W9PN, Doug offered to start a class for those interested.  Code practice is available from "on the air" stations like the ARRL ham station, W1AW.  Computer generated code practice is also popular.   The need for more publicity for our annual Field Day was discussed.    A couple of announcements were in the Beloit paper, but more could be done with the Janesville paper.  At least one article appeared in the Janesville Gazette after our Field Day.  Some had hoped to see more visitors at the site.

Program:  Club Auction Time!   N9GQ, Dave served as the Host and Auctioneer; while Al, KC9QQO was the Recorder.    Auction items included:  Interface units for computer to ham transceiver, soldering irons and supplies, handitalkies, telegraph keys, coax lengths, test equipment and miscellaneous electronic parts.   A special present was given to all attendees by Rob Best, KC9LGS and Dan Welch, KC9LGR of Whitewater.  They presented each person a digital readout, "Inside/Outside Caliper" made by their company.   It will measure from to 0 to 6 inches using a 3 digit LCD display.  It is switchable to display millimeters.    It is a very convient tool for electronic construction.   A good time was had by all.

Our next club meeting is November 5th.    The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm.

Bonus:   And extra 15 minute optional session started immediately.  It was a short presention of LT-Spice by Rob and Dan.  This is a circuit simulation program.  It is used to design electronic circuits, and to understand and optimize the circuit even before it is constructed.  It is available from Linear Technologies and is free.   The circuit used for the discussion was a "chirping bird"; simulated by two interacting oscillators.   Very nice.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting    September 10, 2012   Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Attendance:  22.  Minutes of the June meeting were read and approved.  Al, KC9QQO, presented the Treasurer's Report; it was approved.

Chuck welcomed our guests and all the oldtimers.  He provided attendance prizes for all; consisting of rolls of Solder-Wick, a valuable soldering aide.  He described the many activities of the club such as the two meter networks, the Senile Net on 20 meters, Field Day, Fox Hunting and maintains a website at rockhamradio.com.  It was mentioned that 2012 is the 100th aniversary of Amateur Radio licensing in the USA.   For new members, prorated dues can be paid.

Dave, N9GQ discussed the efforts of the Program Committee.  At our October 1st meeting we will have an Auction.  Please bring up to 5 items, each worth up to $50.  The club will assess a 10% auction fee.

Old Business:   Field Day June 2012 was discussed.  Carl, W9BJ, the statistics of our past Field Day efforts.  He showed a short video of the Field Day site at Thresherman's Park, NW of Janesville. 

New Business;  A discussion followed about the possible FD sites for 2013.  It was decided to continue at the new location.  A committee was set up to plan those activities.  It consisted of Greg, K9GJN, Bob, K9BRN, and Carl, W9BJ.

Also mentioned was that club members can exchange thoughts on Yahoo Groups:  Rockhamradio.   The Belvidere, Illinois hamfest is Saturday, September 15th.

Program:  Dave, N9GQ presented the DVD video of the 1971 Field Day efforts of the Pacific Palisades Amateur Radio Club of Culver City, CA.

Announcements:   Next meeting, Monday, October 1st.    The meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting       June 4, 2012     Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.  Attendance: 19.   Minutes of the May meeting were read and approved.  The Treasurer's Report was read and approved.

Old  Business:   Doug, W9PN, discussed finalized plans for Field Day, June 23 and 24.    Band Captains were discussed and a handout was given.  See 2012 Field Day section of this web site for details. 

Conrad, W9DL, discussed acquiring a large tent for Field Day. This would promote camaraderie. He quoted many prices for new tents. It was decided to wait for next year to try the large, common tent. A common tent would necessitate longer coax or feed line runs for some stations.

New Business:    Dave, N9GQ, discussed the Tub Run on June 16 th, 12:00 to about 4:00 pm.   More volunteers are needed.    Doug, W9PN, discussed the Diamond DX Award.

Program: N9GQ, Dave discussed our next Greater BARC meeting in September. We will take a break for the summer and will meet again on September 10 th , the first Monday after Labor Day. Our Program for that meeting will consist of a review of our June Field Day effort. We will show a DVD video of Field Day activities from another area. Members are to bring past Field Day photographs to display. The October 1 meeting will be a Club Auction.

Old Radios: Conrad, W9DL, displayed a photo of the BARC club house on County J from the 1970’s; old log books, a reprint of the original 1915 edition of QST, certificates, Call Books, ARRL books, a low pass filter, and a crystal calibrator.

Frank, KB9MG, showed a variety of old pre world war II literature.

Carl, W9BJ, discussed old quartz crystals and passed around a dozen of the older type of crystals used by hams. He also showed a Navy 1940 LM-11 Heterodyne Frequency Meter. It was used to find the frequency of transmitters and receivers.  It was also used to monitor Morse code sending quality.  A unique variable inductor was shown.

Dave, N9GQ, showed an old log book, and an adjustable crystal holder. You could change the frequency slightly by adjusting the tension on the crystal.

Announcements :  Next meeting, Monday, September 10th.   The meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting        May 7, 2012  Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

 President, Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.  Attendance: 20.   Minutes of the April meeting were read and approved.  The Treasurer's Report was read and approved.

Old  Business :  Doug, W9PN, discussed plans for Field Day.   Camping sites and restrooms are available.  Club leaders and members were commended for their good efforts in past Field Days.  Band Captains were discussed.  See 2012 FD section of this web site.  Bret,  K9BY, will attempt a computer network to link all FD stations for logging purposes.  Public relations will be active.

Dave, N9GQ, discussed the Tub Run on June 16th. 

New Business:  A Fox Hunt is scheduled May 12th.  A Disaster Volunteer group  is forming May 10th and 18th in Janesville.    Carl, W9BJ, will attend.

Program:  A 41 minute video, was presented, by Dave, N9GQ.    The video was about the Field Day efforts of the Potomac Valley Amateur Club.  They routinely run one of the largest FD operations in the country.  The call they use is W3AO.   The club voted to reimburse Dave for the cost of the DVD.

Announcements:  Old Radio Night for June 4th meeting.   Dayton Hamvention in one week. 

Question of the evening:  Have you attended Dayton?  Five hams have attended, some multiple times.

Next meeting, Monday, June 4th.   The meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting       April 2, 2012   Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President, Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Attendance:  31, a recent record. 

Minutes of the March meeting were read and approved.  A Treasurer's report was given and approved.

Business:   Need new Field Day location; Greg, Carl, and Doug will check for a suitable site.

Report from AES SuperFest-Milwaukee.  Conrad gave handouts from AES.  Club business cards were given out.

Program:  A comprehensive look at the D-Star Digital Communication System was presented by our guest,

Mark Thompson, WB9QZB, of Palatine, Illinois.  He presented a discussion and a video to explain the

digital communication mode.   QST for May 2012 contains articles on D-Star like Mark described.

He had a good Question/Answer session and ended with handouts of commercial Digital literature.

Announcements:    Madison Hamfest at Stoughton, Saturday, April 14th. 

Question of the evening:  Have you been to SuperFest at AES?  The majority present had attended,

some multiple times.

Next meeting, Monday, May 7th.    The meeting adjourned at 9:10 pm. 

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting      March 5, 2012  Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

Secretary, Carl, W9BJ , called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm. The other club officers were absent.

Hams present were asked to introduce themselves by stating their name, call, and community. There were 19 hams in attendance.

Secretary Report by Carl, W9BJ :   Minutes of the February 6, 2012 meeting were read and approved.

Treasurers Report :   Conrad, W9DL , moved that the Treasurer Report be omitted, the motion passed.

Old Business:   Carl, W9BJ , discussed preparations for Field Day in June. Our club has had fun being one of the outstanding ham clubs in Wisconsin. Our finances are good and we can expect another excellent effort.

Wisconsin QSO Party is next Sunday, March 11 from 1-8 pm. Check QST or the ARRL website for details.

The Ham Fest at Jefferson, WI is Sunday, March 18.  Same place, same time.   Lots of good fellowship and shopping.  Take with a friend.

The club promotion cards were shown in their preliminary form. The color and layout was impressive.

Some suggestion were made. These may be incorporated in the final design. All will receive a supply.
New Business : A life-time achievement award was presented to Ivan Makovec , W9AFW, for being a club founding member and long time supporter. Ivan received a standing ovation of gratitude and thanks.

Program : Dave, N9GQ , discussed our special guest and program for the April 2, 2012 club meeting. Our speaker, Mr. Mark Thompson, WB9QZB, has the topic of the D-STAR Digital Communication System.

Dave explained that tonight, we could have up to 10 minutes for volunteers to discuss their favorite radio systems.

Dave, N9JDQ, started the program by demonstrating his new Ten Tec Orion transceiver. It was impressive and Dave was happy. The rig uses an external DC switching power supply.

Bob, K9BNR, showed photos on the big screen of his favorite radios. Bob does commercial installation of communication equipment for law enforcement agencies. Some patrol cars are “electronics rich”. A lot of wiring and installations are in cramped quarters and thus are challenging.

Norm, KC9RAA , discussed his first kit receiver, the Knight (Star) Space Spanner. This was a three tube super regenerative receiver. After giving it the smoke test, he found a wiring error, corrected it and the radio came to life. The little receiver was fun but took both hands to tune in a good signal.

Ed, KC9GTB , discussed his Yaesu all band rig which he uses on ham bands and military frequencies. Digital modes are favorites of Ed.

Conrad, W9DL , showed his Yaesu Ft-897. 160 meters through ¾ meters transceiver. It also is general coverage. It has a built-in switching power supply. It even includes a morse code practice setting.

Carl, W9BJ , had a slide video of his 1950-60’s stations. They included WW2 Command sets, the ART-13 Collins Autotune transmitter, an RAS National receiver, and his newest rig, the Kenwood TS-930S DX machine.

Dave, N9GQ , discussed his King of the QRP rigs : the Elecraft K2. This all band transceiver is powered by an internal gel-cell that can be recharged by a solar array. This was a kit rig originally. It is a great rig for backpacking and field day activities.

Announcements: The Question on the Sign-in sheet asked about participating in a hidden transmitter hunt.  Only four hams had done so.  Our club had fox hunts 40 years ago.  The Rock County ARES/RACES is promoting a 2 meter Fox hunt this spring.  All are invited to acquire some gear and join in the hunt.

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 2, 2012.  The meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.

Carl Cramer, W9BJ, Secretary

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting           February 6, 2012       Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit WI

President Chuck, WD9BB: called the meeting to order at 7 pm. All present were invited to introduce themselves with name, call, and community.

Secretary Report from Carl, W9BJ: Minutes for the January 6th meeting were read and approved.

Treasurer Report by Al, KC9QQO: The treasurer report was read and approved. Al will be in Qatar, the Middle East, ( the location of U.S. Central Command’s Forward Headquarters and the Combined Air Operations Center) next month and will not be at the March meeting. Good DXing.

Old Business: Membership Cards. A discussion was held on club Business Card information: name, meeting times, club web site, repeater frequencies, club secretary email address, 10 reasons to join, etc. The cards cost about $30 from Staples. We need a good quantity for each person to distribute and boost the club.

Certificate for Life Membership: Carl, W9BJ , passed around the color certificate of appreciation for Jerry Wallen, K9EP. Jerry has been a long time member of the club up to a couple of years ago. He now lives in Madison. The certificate will be mailed to Jerry.

Committees: Dave, N9GQ , is chairman of the club Program Committee, the Education and Training committee. The programs have been outlined for the year. For the next club meeting in March, on Equipment Reviews, he requested that we email (send) a desired list of rigs to him in advance. Future programs: Digital VHF/UHF communications by the D-Star system (Apr-May), Fun of QRP low power communications, Likes and Dislikes of Ham gear, DXpeditions Video, Field Day video with a category 22A club, (22 simultaneous stations operating FD.), Ham Software evening-Logging-Testing-Design, Old Radios night (Boat anchors), A Club Auction, 5 items max. ($10-50), Show and Tell, etc.

New Business: Doug, W9PN , discussed the ARRL Field Day, Sat.-Sun. June 23 & 24. Make plans early to join in the fun. We have one of the top Field Day Club efforts in Wisconsin. He also discussed the Wisconsin QSO Party, March 12, 2012, 1:00-8:00 pm CDT, the first day of daylight saving time. He said that it was easy, a lot of fun, and contacts were needed from Rock County. See QST or the ARRL web site for details.

Doug, W9PN, discussed the Dayton, Ohio ARRL Hamvention, May 18-20, 2012. He is planning to attend and rent some facilities. See him.

Dave, N9GQ, reported on a Fox Hunt (Hidden Transmitter Hunting) on 2 Meters. It is sponsored by Rock County ARES/RACES with an open invitation to Greater BARC members. This will be held in May or June. AA9EP, Dale, showed his portable 2 meter, 6 element, Yagi beam. His design is from QST, May 2008 issue. Ed, KC9GTB, showed his 2 meter, portable, tape measure , 3-element Yagi. All are encouraged to get equipment prepared for a fun activity.             

Program: Chuck, WD9BB, began the program with a demonstration of his home-brew , high-tech, RF signal attenuator. The attenuator is variable, uses an IC, a 4 MHz crystal and a 9 VDC battery. This is desirable device for use with a handie -talkie and beam on a Fox Hunt. Lyndon, WA9JLD , works with electronic equipment at the Beloit Hospital. He has his own collection of test equipment. Lyndon said that with test equipment, “Too much, … isn’t enough”! He showed his pride and joy , a Rigol 1052E Digital Oscilloscope.  Rigol is a Chinese company that supplies high tech material for Agilent. LeCroy brand is equivalent equipment. It has dual channel inputs, good frequency response to 100 MHz and beyond, and a 3” by 4” color LCD screen, USB storage with computer connectivity. This ‘scope is available for 1/10 of the price of similar American ‘scopes. Dave Wendt also has purchased this same oscilloscope. Dave also demonstrated his hand held oscilloscope with frequency response up to 1 MHz; it does well on audio frequencies.

Dave, N9GQ, also demo’ed: a Constant Current Generator, a reboxed power supply, a Geometric Resistance box, Two-Tone Generator for SSB testing in an Altoid box, an RF Noise Source in an Altoid box, LC Standards, a 50 Ohm Non-inductive resistor standard, a DC Isolation Capacitor, a Power Supply Variable Dummy Load (QST recent issue), and a Rubidium Secondary Frequency Standard of 10 MHz with divided outputs

Announcement: Chuck, WD9BB , mentioned that he was obtaining the best price for printer ink from:  clickinks.com          It is located in Minnesota.  A PSK-31 QSO was completed with a Minneapolis, MN ham that was using an 80 meter Warbler Kit, 2 Watts XCVR; this was last years club project.

Twenty-one hams were in attendance. Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm. Next Meeting will be Monday, March 5 th , 2012 at 7:00 pm.     

Recording Secretary: Carl F. Cramer, W9BJ

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                    7:00 pm          January 9, 2012

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, Wisconsin

President Chuck, WD9BB, called the meeting to order at 7 pm. He commented on New Club officers. He thanked the leaders of ARES, and the Rock County Repeater Assoc. No visitors were present. 

Secretary, Carl, W9BJ, read the Minutes of the December meeting. They were approved.

 

Treasurer, Al, KC9QQO, read the report of our Financial Statement. It was approved. Dues for 2012 were accepted.

 

Old Business: Chuck, WD9BB, discussed new , two sided Membership Cards , New cards for Ham Fests. We will look at designs at the February meeting and then get them printed. Carl, W9BJ, moved and Al, KC9QQO, Seconded. It was discussed and passed. Discussed Award for Life memberships, Jerry Wallen , K9EP, will receive a certificate in the mail this week. Dave, N9GQ, renewed web site license, rockhamradio.com, $60+, for another year. The Treasurer reimbursed him.

 

New Business: Chuck, WD9BB, discussed the recent Wakesha Ham Fest. Conrad ,W9DL , attended. Kids Day 2012 was discussed. It is sponsored by the ARRL. We do something similar at our June Field Day. Baseball Caps with call, etc., was recommended for publicity and good public relations. President Chuck read the statement of the Purpose of our club. We should promote amateur radio. The RTTY Sprint ARRL Contest was held recently. PSK31 was used by Al, KC9QQO . Dale, AA9EP, discussed 60 Meter regulation changes Social ham breakfasts are held on the Second Saturday morning at the Flying J ; Rockton & S. Beloit hams are well represented. We could meet in Beloit at Sophia’s for Beloit. Janesville hams have been meeting for years on Saturday at the Milwaukee Grill at 8:15 am weekly.

 

Program: Dave, N9GQ, chairs the Program Committee, the Education and Training Committee. He presented a Contest which required identifying the audio of 15 Digital communication modes. The contest was won by Donn, K9DA;  he had 9 correct answers.  He was awarded a new digital multimeter .

 

Greg, K9GJN, gave a second program demonstration using Remote Station Operation. He connected his computer laptop by the internet to his home computer in Janesville. That computer was connected to his radio interface, a MFJ 1292. The interface controlled his Yaesu FT-897D ham transceiver. By using the digital PSK-31 mode, he had a contact on 40 meters with a California station. Both stations used about 50 watts of RF power. He had full control of his home station by remote control. He used the Team Viewer Six program (Free) on the laptop. His home computer used the free control program, Ham Radio Deluxe. His home antenna is a G5RV antenna 100 feet long and 50 feet high at its apex. Reverse beaconing was described.

 

Future programs will be planned by the Education and Training Committee . Club members should make suggestions to the chairman, Dave, N9GQ, or members, Conrad, W9DL, Greg, K9GJN, and Al, KC9QQO. A discussion was held and Show and Tell evenings have been popular and a D Star Digital VHF/UHF Guest Speaker is available. Talk it up on the air and/or use email to communicate new program ideas to our committee. What do you want to know about?

 

The Sign-In Sheet question was: Have you operated in previous Sun Spot Cycle Highs? Twelve hams said yes and eight said no. Some have enjoyed great DX contacts for multiple sun spot cycles.

 

The Meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm. Next meeting will be Monday, February 6 th , 2012 at 7 pm.

Minutes by Carl Cramer, W9BJ, Secretary.

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Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting               December 5, 2011                            

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit WI

President Carl, W9BJ:  called the meeting to order at 7 pm.  When you introduce yourself give your name, call, and town you live in.  Holiday candy treats were furnished by Carl, W9BJ.

Recording Secretary Report by Conrad, W9DL:  Minutes for the November 7th meeting were read and approved.

Treasurer Report:  Al, KC9QQO:  Read and approved.

Committees:   Dave, N9GQ, wanted to activate the Education and Training Committee to arrange programs for our meetings.   After a discussion was held and Conrad, W9DL, Dave, N9GQ, Greg, K9GJN, and Al, KC9QQO volunteered.

Update By LawsDoug, W9PN, was not at the meeting but we look forward to the update.

New Business: Election of officers for the Greater Beloit Amateur Radio Club for the year of 2012.  The positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Carl, W9BJ, and Conrad, W9DL, wanted to step down from their positions.  A discussion followed and from the floor, nominations were offered:  President, Chuck Bell, WD9BB, Vice President, Doug, W9PN, Treasurer, Al, KC9QQO, and Secretary, Carl, W9BJ.   A motion from the floor was made to accept this slate of officers and they were elected by a unanimous voice vote.

Program: Carl, W9BJ:  Showed us his book on Surplus Radio Conversion, Vol 1.  Three volumes of the Surplus Radio Conversion Manual are available free on the internet.  He told us how good some of the publications are and when you see something like this stop and take a look.  He also showed two video clips from YouTube.  Two hams telling us what they think is wrong with ham radio.  His comments were if you give someone a microphone and a camera, anything goes.  Carl, W9BJ, said they have a lot of neat things on ham radio on YouTube. Check it out.

Chuck, WD9BB , demonstrated his latest project. It was an electronic kit from K1EM.com that will transmit and receive Morse code by keyboard.  He built it, used it on the air, and thought it was designed quite well.  He hopes the club will have a building project soon.

Repeater Association: Greg, K9GJN, talked about the repeater systems we have in our area. He commented about the talent that is needed to install and maintain the systems.   We were asked for a membership donation of $20.00 per year.  The repeaters are out there and we want everyone to use them.  You can make your check to Greg.  His address is K9GJN, Greg, 2025 Crestview St., Janesville WI. 53546. He will email you a receipt.

Club Recognition Awards: Bob, K9BDR, purposed to award Honorary Life Membership certificates to hams for their outstanding contributions to the club over the years.  Motion passed.

Dues for 2012:  Al, KC9QQO, accepted dues from a number of hams for the 2012 year.  Dues are $20.

Announcement: The ARRL 10 Meter Contest is this weekend, December 10-11, 2011.   Conditions are excellent and it is fun!

The question on the Sign-In Sheet was:   What Repeaters do you monitor?   With 20 people in attendance, the breakdown was:  Beloit 147.120 had 8, Clinton 146.715 had 5, Janesville 145.45 had 8, Clinton 443.175, had two, Janesville 444.750, had two, Rockford 146.610, had one, and Monroe 145.110 had one.   We had two hams and three guests that had none.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.   Next Meeting will be Monday, January 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm.  

Recording Secretary Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                            November 7, 2011                          Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7 pm.    Self-Introduction Comments:   Antennas and towers you worked on this year.   Doug, W9PN, talked about his homebrew, low band, vertical antenna project.   With the help of Conrad, Chuck, and Al, two adding additional straight sections of tower were added, bringing the tower height to 50 feet.   A 33 foot vertical aluminum stinger sits on top of the tower, bringing the total height to 83 feet or 5/8 wavelength on 40 meters.   This is an insulated tower that Doug uses for good performance on 160 - 30 meters.   Norm, KC9RGG, from Orfordville , told about his antenna; an MA- 5B. and the project he is working on with amounted rotator and mast on his deck.   His photographs showed his engineering job.    Dale, AA9EP, installed his KLM tri-band beam up 40 foot and said it is performing well.   Al, KC9QQO, tri-band beam is up and receiving well.   Ken, N9KMO, is happy with his antenna work.   Ed, KC9GTB, is happy with his four antennas.   Chuck, WD9BB, had a show and tell program of his installation with the crank up, tilt over, tower and the TH7DX, 7 element tri-band beam.   Other hams had one or two antenna installations. The amateur who took the cake had over 100 installations of antennas; that person is Bob, K9BNR.   Remember, Bob commercially installs antennas on law enforcement patrol cars.

We had two guests:   Ashley, KC9HGY, of Clinton, daughter of Dale, AA9EP; and Alan, KA9VRV, of Beloit.

Secretary Report by Conrad, W9DL:    Minutes for the October 3 rd meeting were read, corrected, and approved.

Treasurer Report by Al, KC9QQO: The October 3 Treasury Report was read and approved.   A printed report was passed around.

Old business:   Doug, N9PN, said he is reviewing club bylaws.   He told us about the CW sweepstakes was last weekend and the phone contest is this weekend.   Carl, W9BJ, said he will be checking on the club In House antenna and the antenna feed line stored in the fire station.

New BusinessElection of Club Officers for 2012 will be held at the December meeting.   Please think about it if you want some fun and responsibility.   Positions are President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.   Nominations and the election will be both be at the December 5 th meeting.

Dues for 2012 will be accepted for the December meeting.    Checks for $20 are requested.

Membership cards were discussed.   The old cards are inaccurate with a bogus P.O. Box number.   No new fancy membership cards will be issued, maybe just the old yellow ones to show that you paid.    Maybe, a supply of club promotion cards can be printed for prospective members.

QST Magazine:   Some members said they didn’t receive the November QST.   You can call the ARRL Circulation Department number at 1-860-594-0200.     They will mail you one out.     Many subscribers just received it later than usual.

Carl, W9BJ, presented a program about his recent trip to Spain and Germany.    He also showed photos of the Northern lights on October 24th with all the colors.   Carl got into switching power supplies and some of the interference (birdies) that they cause.   QEX had a great article describing how to eliminate the R.F. hash of this type.    You can checkout more about this in the ARRL RFI Book.   His handout was on feed lines, Untangling the Mystery of the Twisted Pair.    Be sure to look up the World Radio Online magazine.    It has been free, but you will soon have to subscribe.

Dave, N9JDQ, talked about his trip to Nashville, Tennessee and the Grand Ole Opera.    Since Sevierville, the home of TEN-TEC, was close by, Dave stopped in.    He came home with a new, Omni V11 Transceiver.     Cool! Dave.

The Sign In Sheet question was:   How many Antennas/Towers have you put up this year?   Fourteen hams had something going, one had just moved here, and one ham had her dad put up a Yagi beam.    So, 100% got it done.

Club Give Away:   A number of ARRL Handbooks from previous years were available.

The Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.   The next Meeting will be Monday, December 5th at 7 pm.

Recording Secretary: Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club           October 3, 2011                                                    Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit WI 53511  

Vice President, Doug, W9PN, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.    When introducing yourself, comment on how often you participate in Sweepstake events on amateur radio; and are you active in the Wisconsin QSO party and other state QSO parties?   Bob, K9BNR (K9RIJ) had 100 contacts in the California QSO party.    Several members make a competitive effort.     They are Doug W9PN, Dave N9GQ, and Bob K9BNR.    

Minutes by Conrad, W9DL:  Minutes of the September 12th were read and approved.

Treasurer Report by Al, KC9QQO:  Were read and approved.

New/Old Business:   Doug, W9PN, talked about club bylaws that he is currently working on.    Greg K9GJN said the Beloit repeater is working well but continued updates are planned; such as obtaining and installing new hard-line coax (transmitting line).  He is looking at a voice and cw IDer.    The new frequency pair seems to be working fine.       It is 147.120 MHz output, Pl of 123 Hz; input (+600 kHz).   

Other Club and ARES activities:  Ivan, W9AFW, is Net Control for the Senile Net weekdays 8 to 9 am on 14.287 MHz on the 20-meter band.     ARES net is every Tuesday on the Janesville repeater 145.45 MHz with a Pl of 123, (-600 Hz). The time is 7:00 pm with rotating net control stations.  The ARES call sign of KB9UNX is used.  The Beloit Amateur Radio club net is on the Beloit Repeater of 147.120 MHz with a Pl of 123, (+600 Hz).       Dave, N9JDQ, is net control every Wednesday at 7:30 pm.   

Log Book of the World:   In 2006 Doug W9PN started his DXing and using the ARRL Log Book of the World (LoTW).  He now has over 13000 contacts.      He passed around some of his QSL cards from his college days and how he uses Log Book of the World.  Conrad, W9DL, passed around several of his old novice WN9OGS QSL cards.      Greg, K9GJN, worked China on PSK.   

Club attendance:  22         Club web page is     www.rockhamradio.com         Next meeting is Monday, November 7 th

Recording Secretary     Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                    September 12, 2011                    Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit WI 53511

President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.    He had everyone introduce themselves.    We have four new guests. KC9UNK, Kelsey Kenney, Beloit; KC9UOR, Jacob Edwards, Beloit; KC9COL, John Miller, Janesville; and N9DAZ, Rick McGlynn, Rockton.

Minutes by Conrad W9DL were read and approved

Treasurer Report by Al KC9QQO was read and approved.         Field Day expense for gas and food was $119.

Old Business:    Field Day:    Our total score was 5114 with CW and phone.    Our class was 5 Alfa.     Our Field Day was at the Janesville Fire Department training center on N. Parker Drive.    We did have many digital contacts; and many hams got their "feet wet".

New Business/ General discussion.

Radio Expo Fest, or as we call it, the Belvidere Hamfest was discussed.     Everyone liked it and had a good time.

WD9BB, Chuck:   told about his new crank up, tilt over tower and TH-7DX seven-element tri-band beam.    He explained about using ½ “ hard line and how he used it; plus he showed how he installed a PL259 coax connector.

N9GQ, Dave:   talked about the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) at theRed Cross, Saturday am, October 1.  Please check in on the 145.45 MHz repeater.

Free Ham Radio magazine called World Radio Online.

Question asked:    What size of a power supply would be good for a VHF/UHF radio?     It was suggested 30 Amps.

Club web page is www.rockhamradio.com

Next Meeting is October 3, 2011.       Recording Secretary, Conrad W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                          June 6, 2011                       Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit WI

President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7 pm.   Members amd guests were introduced.

Recording Secretary Conrad, W9DL, read the minutes of the May meeting.  The minutes were approved.

Treasurer, Doug, KC9QQO, Al, gave the financial accounting.  It was approved.

Field Day 2011:  Co-Chairmen Al, KC9QQO, and Greg, K9GJN, discussed preparations.  We are financially able to support the field day activity.  Our common call for Field Day will be W9PN.  Since Doug, W9PN, is an extra class amateur operator, all Field Day operators will be able to use extra class privileges such as maximum frequencies on each band.  Early set-up will be about 7 pm on Friday, June 24.  Possible antennas were discussed.  There is interest in having at least one digital station this year.   A guest operator will be with us, a Texas ham, a friend of Doug's, W9PN.    Lyndon, WA9JLD, will have the gasoline-powered, electrical generator in good condition for all to use.   The Saturday night meal is available to all hams and visitors.

The Tub Run report was given by Dave, N9GQ.  We provide communications for the charity event featuring thousands of motorcyclists.  All seems to be ready for the Saturday, June 18th event.   This activity is one of our most valuable ARES/RACES training opportunities.

Program:   The Dayton, Ohio HamConvention report was given by a number of our members, including our newest member, Dan Servais (Ser-vay'), K9IBM.   Dan lives in Janesville and was a long-time employee of International Business Machines.   A number of new equipment purchases were made in Dayton and wild stories were exchanged.   Additional topics were given by Carl, W9BJ.   The newest Ham literature (Magazines) was examined.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.   Next meeting is Monday, September 12, 2011 at 7 pm.    After Field Day, June 25-26, enjoy the Summer Break!

Acting Recording Secretary, Carl, W9BJ

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                          May 2, 2011                                     Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit WI

President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7 pm.    Members and guests were asked to introduce themselves and comment about antennas. 

Dave, KA9SFT, wasn't ready to go, but he just retired from Hormel in Beloit.

Recording Secretary Report by Conrad, W9DL:  Minutes for the April 4th meeting were read and approved.

Treasurer Report by Al, KC9QQO:     For May 2, meeting were read and approved.

Field Day 2011:    A discussion on what band’s will be used.    In general, see the FD section of this site for Band Captains.   Doug, W9PN, would like the computer laptops being used on field day to have the N3FJP’s Amateur radio program installed and running.   He will have a Show and Tell at the

June meeting on this program.   Several want a digital station setup.    It seems most club members will be at F/D but not sure about the all-nighters.

Most members seem to know the rules, aware of setting up, and getting the stations going on time.

ARES/RACES Coordinator Dave, N9GQ: Talked about the upcoming Tub Run that will be Saturday, June 18, a charity event.   He will need a Net Control for the event plus many volunteers at the check points around Rock County.

Program by Dave, N9GQ:   He was in Minnesota on Easter weekend and had the opportunity to attend the On-Air Museum of Broadcasters in St. Louis Park,(Suburban Minneapolis).   Dave’s slide show showed old broadcast radio equipment, recording equipment from the WWI and WWII, ham Radio stations and equipment like Collins, Johnson, Heath, and many others.

The question on the sign in sheet was:   Is all your equipment ready for an Emergency?   We had three said yes, eight said no.   The concerns and comments about what emergency meant was expressed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.    Next Meeting is Monday, June 6, 2011 at 7 pm.

Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                          April 4, 2011                        Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, WI

President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7 pm. Members and guests were asked to introduce themselves and comment about how their antennas made it through the winter.   Dave, N9GQ, said one antenna went down but he hustled out and got it fixed before the second snow.   Dale, AA9EP, lost his vertical on the top of tower, Conrad, W9DL, lost his G5RV and Carl, W9BJ, had his multi-band dipole come down.

Recording Secretary Report:  Conrad , W9DL Minutes for March 2011 were read and approved.

Treasurer Report : Al , KC9QQO For March 2011 were read and approved.

ARRL Field Day 2011: Carl, W9BJ, asked last year’s Field day committee if they would coordinate the event in 2011. They are Al, KC9QQO, Doug, W9PN, and Greg, K9GJN. They agreed to run it. Kevin, KC9PZI was on last year’s committee and will have to be contacted.

ARES/RACES Coordinator Dave, N9GQ : A special net on the Janesville repeater, 145.45 MHz, will be held at 7:30 pm, April 17 to see if we heard our weather sirens during the week. Dave discussed the coming Weather Spotter training class to be held April 25, at the Red Cross building in Janesville, at 7 pm.

Broadcast Interference (BCI ) Greg , K9GJN, lives near the WCLO am broadcast antenna . A discussion was held about the RF interference from the broadcast station that Greg is experiencing. A kit of powdered iron, toroid cores were loaned to Greg to use to stop the BCI. The toroids are to be placed on input/output wires to act as RF chokes. Also, he was to look for wires that not grounded and unshielded cables.

Special Membership Award : The club will consider a special membership award to acknowledge long-time club members. This would be in consideration for service given our club.

Program: Carl, W9BJ:  He updated the pertinent formation on the ham radio repeaters in Rock County.  This included the cities of Beloit, Clinton, Janesville, on the 144, 220 & 440 MHz bands.   N9BUL, Tom, explained what the CBS RG means on his 220 MHz machine.  It stands for Clinton, Beloit, Shopiere Repeater Group. Another part of Carl’s program was on AERIALS.   His hand out was entitled, The Power Play: Non-Resonant vs. Resonant Antennas.  The article showed that both classes of antennas radiate equally well when they are properly matched.  This article was from WorldRadio Online, April, 2011 issue; it is the only on-line amateur radio magazine.   Also, some humorous photos were shown.

Program on Callbooks Conrad , W9DL : He had several old Amateur Radio Callbooks to show. These callbooks look like a telephone book of today; they have listings of ham call letters, names, address, and license classes. When you worked a ham, you would look him up in the callbook and send him a QSL card. Today, we just go to the computer and check QRZ or ARRL. A computer was used to demonstrate. The 1961 Spring Callbook had 556 pages and cost $5.00 The 1988 book was $25. The 1994 Callbook was $29.95 and over 1800 pages. You could buy a 6 month supplement for $10 that had a little extra in it with new calls plus DX calls. His oldest Radio Amateur Callbook was for foreign hams; it was the Fall-Winter 1959 book of 246 pages and sold for $3.00

Dale, AA9EP, asked if the club had a jacket with their club emblem that they wear for club events? His jacket, from another club , was industrial, fluorescent light-green, and had a radio club logo. It looked nice. Dave, KA9SFT, has his BARC jacket that members purchased some years back.

The question on the sign-in sheet was : Have you ever used the Amateur Radio Callbook to look up calls? (Not on the computer). Ten said they had and seven hadn’t.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm. Next club meeting is Monday, May 2, 2011 at 7 pm.

Recording Secretary: Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                             March 7, 2011                                              Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, WI

President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. He asked everyone to introduce themselves. They started with their name, call and what they had for breakfast. That seemed to be a challenge because some couldn’t remember.   Some had a lot of food and others had coffee only.  We also had a guest, Don Shaw, W9UG, Extra Class from South Beloit, Il.

Recording Secretary Conrad W9DL:   Minutes for February, 2011, were read and approved.

Treasurer Report by Al KC9QQO:   for February, 2011 was read and approved.

Field Day 2011:   Carl, W9BJ, Said we should put the ARRL Field Day event on things to talk about at the coming meetings.   Who is going to be in charge and so on?

ARES/RACES: Coordinator Dave, N9GQ:  He talked about ID badges for ARES/RACES members.   Be sure to get to the next meeting on March 28th, Red Cross Building in Janesville so the photographer can take your picture.    If you are not a member, you are invited to join,

Program by Carl W9BJ:  The Comet (ARES/RACES) vertical antenna, model CHA250B, was the subject.  Not knowing much about the antenna, he went on the internet to check it out. He selected one review that was very positive and one very negative.   Also, a QST review was presented.   Several thought it was a good antenna, saying they would give it a 3.6.    Others said that it didn’t do well on the transmit.  The Comet Company recommends mounting it on a long pipe at 35 feet; (Antenna is 24.5 ft of aluminum), no radials or ground.  This led to a round table discussion.   By going around the room, everyone had a story about a vertical antenna.   Some of the verticals that we talked about were Hy-Gain 10-80 meters, Gap Challenger Antenna, Mosley 10-40 meters, MFJ 2990, 160-6 meters, several home brews and even a vertical mounted on the side of the tower.  The discussion also included a good grounding system.  The Comet Model CHA250B, vertical antenna is stored at the fire station. 

A humorous reading of "HamFest/Flee Market" translations was given.

Carl also had a slide program on his trip to Israel.

Chuck, WD9BB:   Talked about his Crystal Calibrator project he built.    His “Show and Tell”, was directed to the ham’s who have not seen one in use. He also showed his Clock of the World for all time zones.

Conrad, W9DL:   Showed his Dow-Key Coaxial antenna relay; and how it was used when you have separate transmitters and receivers like 50 years ago.

The question on the sign-in sheet was:   Have you ever used a Crystal Calibrator in a ham radio? 6 said yes and 7 said no.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.     Next meeting is April 4, 2011 at 7 pm

Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                      February 7th, 2011                                          Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, WI

President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.  He asked our guests to introduce themselves.  KC9PME, Daniel, attends Blackhawk Tech and lives in Janesville WI; and Dale, AA9EP;  He is married and lives in Clinton WI.   His daughter Ashley is KC9HGY.

Recording Secretary Conrad, W9DL:    Minutes for January 2011 meeting were approved as read.

Treasurer Report by Al, KC9QQO:   was read and approved.  Dave, N9GQ, was reimbursed $50.   He paid the 1 year internet fee for the club web site.   We have 17 paid members.

ARES/RACES:   Coordinator Dave, N9GQ, received a call from Shirley Connors, Emergency Management Coordinator for Rock County.   She asked how things are going.   Dave will give her a list of the members.    He hopes to have membership tags at one of the coming meetings.  ARES/RACES membership is open to all licensed amateurs.

Program Carl, W9BJ:  An ARRL video tour of W1AW was shown.  The memorial station uses a combination of Amateur and Commercial equipment.  Quizzed the group with a list of radio call signs.  Amelia Earhart, KHAQQ, WAR, Army Headquarters, and he had many more.   To look up call letters other than ham’s, just type in call signs in a Google Search.

Conrad, W9DL:   Gave a comment on the ARES/RACES antenna that is stored at the Fire Station.   It is a Comet Model CHA250B, vertical antenna 23.5 feet high and covers most all the ham bands.   Check it out on eHam or on the internet.

A Funny by Dave, N9GQ:  How do you stop a ham operator from talking about ham radio? ….. You Can’t!!!

Unfinished Business:

Dave, N9GQ:   He is still working on a list of kits that might be of interest to the club.

Doug, W9PN:  Review the club’s by-laws .

Chuck, WD9BB:  will talk about a Crystal Calibrator project he is working on.

Carl, W9BJ will try to get a PSK station working at a club meeting.

A raffle, was sponsored by K9EP, Jerry Wallen:  Items from his shack.    Proceeds went to the Rock County Repeater Association.

The question on the sign-in sheet was:  Are you a member of the Rock County ARES/RACES group?  We had 5 no and 8 yes.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

Next meeting is Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7 PM

Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                         Monday, January 3, 2011                      Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, WI  53511

President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.   He asked our guest to introduce himself.    Bob Knox, a Beloit resident, worked at Warner 's his entire life.    He has always been interested in radios.    When in the military service, he was in charge of a radio station on his post that also included the tower work.

Recording Secretary Conrad, W9DL:    Read the minute’s with the additions.     We will have a new starting time of 7:00 PM for a 6 month trial.

Treasurer Report by Doug, W9PM:    Read and approved.

Election of Officers:   After some discussion from the floor, with no secret ballot, the following members will run for office:   President:  Carl Cramer, W9BJ, Vice President:  Doug Spears, W9PN, Recording Secretary:   Conrad Herold, W9DL, and Treasurer:  Al Homan, KC9QQO.   They were approved unanimously.

Club By-Laws:   A discussion on our constitution and bylaws was held.   It was agreed that they should be looked at and possibly be updated.   Doug, W9PN, will present them at the next meeting.   They then will be discussed and revised.   This was a motion from the floor and then approved.

For Fun:  Conrad, W9DL, handed out a list of local ham calls; also a list of names was provided.    The object was for members to match the call with the correct name.  This was an interesting challenge.

Chuck, WD9BB, talked about a Crystal Calibrator project he is working on.    He will have a "show and tell" at the February meeting.

Dave, N9GQ, asked if the club members were interested in a new building project?    It will be a kit and cost about $20.   He is looking at a kit called LCR Meter, which will measure Inductance, Capacitance, and Resistance.

Carl, W9BJ, will try to get a PSK station working station at a club meeting.

Carl, W9BJ, showed a YouTube program from VE7ALD; he also read a paper about Precipitation Static and how to solve its problems, and finally he presented a video about "How to Know When you are a Ham Old Timer".

The question on the sign-in sheet was, Will you be attending any Hamfest this year.   We had 10 say yes.   Two said no, and several questionable.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Next meeting is Monday, February 7, 2011 at 7 PM.

Recording Secretary:   Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                    Monday, December 6, 2010                               Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit WI 53511

President Carl W9BJ called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.  He had everyone introduce themselves.  We had 13 people attend.  The "sign-in question" was “Did you get all your antenna work done for the year”?  We had five hams say yes, five said no and several comments: "it is never done", "after the wind", "still in the basement", and "just made it in November."

Minutes for October and November were read by Conrad, W9DL, Recording Secretary and approved.

No Treasurer report this month. Some work needs to be done on improving the club Constitution and By-Laws. 

Internet Site for the club .   Club will pay $50/year for hosting of the web site on the internet for the coming year.  Motion was made, seconded and approved. Carl, W9BJ, is our web master. 

The Beloit repeater is expected to be back on the air soon.   The frequency is 147.120 + MHz , with a Pl of 123.   Lyndon, WB9JLD, is renovating the repeater equipment.   Greg, K9GJN, is riding "shot-gun" on the project.

 

Motion made and passed to increase Beloit Amateur Radio Club dues for 2011 to $20. The dues will be collected at the January 3rd meeting.

ARES/RACES :  Rock County Repeaters Association sponsors four repeaters in our area. The two in Janesville are 145.45- and 444.750+ MHz.   In Clinton, they are 146.715 – and 443.175+ MHz.   All with a PL access tone of 123.  They ask for a donation of $20 per year.   Dave, N9GQ, president also talked about NIMS testing at the last meeting.

Program by Carl, W9BJ, talked about publications.  Several magazines were passed around.  QST, QEX, CQ, Electric Radio, QCWA Quarter Century Wireless Association magazine. for hams of  25 years and Radio. a magazine of 1942 and several others. A video of a ham's Christmas was shown. Carl's wife, Luci , N9FYT, provided homemade Chocolate Coconut Bon- Bons for a seasonal treat.

Chuck, WD9BB, talked about homebrew SWR bridges and the best way to calibrate them; and what to use, like a Bird 43 wattmeter.  It is nice to have a 50-ohm dummy load. 

Other area repeaters in our area are: Beloit:  224.300 MHz, sponsored by N9BUL.  Janesville 147.075 MHz, sponsored by K9FRY.

 

Next club meeting will be Monday, January 3, 2011.     New club starting time is 7:00 PM.

Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                            Monday, November 1, 2010                       Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit WI 53511

Vice President, K9DA, Donn Ambrose, called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. 

Doug, W9PN, gave a Treasurer Report.   There is still money in the "kitty".   Dues for 2011 will be payable at our December 6 meeting.

Bring your check books.

Minutes of the October meeting were not available.

Donn, K9DA, led a discussion on "hot" topics of general interest.

Election of club officiers for 2011 will take place at the December meeting.  "This may be your year to be more involved."

Members attending were 15.     Next meeting is Monday, December 6, 2010.

Acting Secretary:   Donn, K9DA

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                            Monday, October 6, 2010                          Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit WI 53511

Vice President K9DA, Donn Ambrose, called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.   Everyone introduced themselves.   N9FCN, Bob, and KA9SFT, Dave, are looking for help on their antenna project.

Minutes were read by W9DL, Conrad, and approved.    No Treasurer Report.

Program by W9DL, Conrad:  About installation of towers, cement, house brackets and guide wires.   The handouts were information from the Rohn catalog on specifications requirements on the subject.    A discussion followed how others do their tower projects.


KC9LGR, Dan, and KC9LGS, Rob, talked about their projects at work, and their homebrew 30 meter transceiver.   This was "show and tell."

Question on the sign-in sheet:  “In your life time as a ham, how many towers have you put up at your QTH?”   The answers were 2 had zero, 8 had one, 1 had two towers, 1 had three, and two had many.

Members attending were 14.     Next meeting is November 1, 2010


Recording Secretary     W9DL, Conrad
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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                        Monday, September 13, 2010                       Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI  53511

President Carl Cramer, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.    He had everyone introduce themselves and tell what they did in the form of ham radio this past summer plus their comments on Field Day, June 26-27.    W9BJ, Carl, and a Ham team put up the highest 40-80 meter dipole ever, at 50+ feet on F/D.   On tower One, we had a tri band beam; and on tower Two, we had a 20 meter beam.   The F/D antenna farm also had 3 vertical antennas.   A good time was had by all on Field Day. 

Other activities this summer were KC9QQO, Al, replaced a tower with a Rohn 25 tower and antennas.   KC9PZI, Kevin, put two more sections of tower plus a beam antenna.   W9PN, Doug, has a tower and antenna project in progress.   KA9SFT, Dave, in Beloit, is looking for help on his tower and antennas.   W9BJ, Carl, talked about his Central Electronics 100 V (1957 vintage) that he is bringing back to life with a new multimeter faceplate and other parts.

Minutes were read by W9DL, Conrad, and corrected with KC9PZI, Kevin, having the Clubs' ICOM 701 HF Transceiver.

Treasurer Report by W9PN, Doug, was read and approved. .

Program by W9BJ, Carl, who talked about the contents of several Ham magazines, K9GJN Greg talked about the New Beloit FM repeater with a new frequency 147.120+ and the same PL.   WA9JLD, Lyndon, will also be involved with the repeater.    There is a need for a UHF receiver.

ARES/RACES meetings are the 4 th Monday of the month at the Red Cross building, 211 N Parker Drive, Janesville, Wi.  at 7:30 PM.     All Hams are invited.    N9GQ, Dave, talked about the national Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on Saturday, October 2, 2010, approximately 9 -11AM.    The Amateur station at the Rock County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), in Janesville, will be activated.    You are encouraged to check in with as many forms of power you have.   The frequency will be 145.45 MHz, the Janesville repeater.

Hamfest at Belvedere, Illinois will be Saturday, September 25 th.   The "flea Market" will open at 6 AM.  Tickets are $10 at the gate.

Members attending were 13.

Next meeting will be Monday, October 4, 2010

Recording Secretary W9DL Conrad

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                         Monday, June 7, 2010                             Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, WI  53511

President Carl W9BJ called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. He had everyone introduce themselves and tell what special DX they everworked.    Cuba and PSK 31 were mentioned.  W9PN Doug had a lot of P5’s.

Minutes by Carl W9BJ: were read and approved for the May meeting.

Treasurer Report by Doug W9PN was read and approved.  We are in good shape to pay the expenses of Field Day.

Dave N9GQ talked about June 19, MDA Tub Run.   He wants hams to be in communication with our own net control providing the coming and goings of the parade. When notified, we will inform the Road Guards when the main body of motorcycles is coming.   Then the Road Guards will close the intersections to traffic.   Not all intersections have police and communications at them.   We will be using the Janesville repeater 145.450 MHz.   Instruction sheets along with maps were passed out at the meeting.   Intersection assignment will be e-mailed by Dave N9GQ.

Program:   Carl W9BJ showed pictures of Greg's K9GJN, tilt over base for his tower on the overhead.   Greg and Doug, W9PN have the same tower and setups.   N9GQ, Dave talked about the Dayton Hamvention.    Five club members went.   Kits and handout were passed around.   Several books CQ, Electric Radio, HF digital and others were passed around.

Larry Reimer of Janesville gave the club an IC-701 HF Transceiver Ham Radio to be used by a club member who might not have a HF radio.  The transceiver was cleaned, lubricated, and electrically adjusted by W9BJ.   The transceiver and matching power supply was taken home by Al, KC9QQO.

Field Day is always the last full weekend in June.  The event is June 26 and 27, 2010.   People in charge are Greg K9GJN, Al KC9QQO, and Kevin KC9PZI.   Rich, K9RJF, and Jim KA9VHG are in charge of the dinner on Saturday night.  The details are "a work in progress."  The site is the Janesville Fire Department Training Center on the north edge of Janesville.

Number attending were 16.

Beloit Amateur Radio Club web page is www.rockhamradio.com

Our next club meeting is Monday, September 13, 2010.  We have a summer recess until then.  Happy Communicating!

Recording Secretary:   Conrad W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                         Monday, May 3, 2010                             Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, WI  53511

President Carl Cramer, W9BJ called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.  Self introductions were given; and the question of the evening was, "Have you been doing any antenna work this Spring?"  Eleven members were in attendance.

Minutes of the April club meeting were read, corrected, and approved.  The treasury hasn't changed since the April meeting, so no specific report was given.

Field Day 2010  Greg Niles, K9GJN, Al Homan, KC9QQO, and Keven Christ, KC9PZI, lead the discussion of Field Day preparations.  A number of early tasks have been completed.  The site will be the Janesville Fire DepartmentTraining Center. An emphasis this year will be to increase our point count.  Of course, we will be making many radio contacts on the air but a strong effort to earn points by utilizing area media for publicity, etc., will be attempted.  The electrical generator for all stations will be ready. 

Greg, K9GJN, discussed his project on constructing a steel tilt-over mechanism for his tower arrangement.  Photos were shown.  (See project photos on this web site.)

Bob, K9RIJ, shared some challenges that have been experienced in working with the two-meter repeaters.  Also, the 440 MHz repeated will be linked to a larger network of repeaters.

Dave, N9GQ, discussed the receiving of a donation to the club of an Icom 701 HF Transceiver (1970's) and its matching power supply and speaker. 

The unit was from Larry Reimer of Janesville.  It was decided to recondition the unit and use it to loan to new hams in the club that need HF capabilities.

Dave, N9GQ, discussed the Saturday, June 19 "Tub Run" motocycle activity.  We would like 15 to 20 ham volunteers to help with communications during the afternoon ride around Rock county.  Net control activity and mobile units are planned for 2-meter FM.   More detail at the June 7th meeting.

A general discussion on a variety of topics concluded the meeting.

Our next club meeting will be Monday, June 7th.                                                                                 Acting Recording Secretary, Carl F. Cramer, W9BJ

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                         Monday, April 5, 2010                         Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, Wi  53511

President Carl Cramer, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.  The question of the evening was, "Have you ever had the opportunity to be a coordinator for Field Day?".    Five members had that experience of the sixteen attendees.

Minutes of the March club meeting, provided by Secretary Conrad Herald, W9DL, were read by Carl, W9BJ, and approved.

Treasurer, Doug Speer, W9PN, gave the financial report with a excellent balance in the checking account.  This gives us a good working fund for use

at the June Field Day activity.  The total funds are more than usual due to the club incorporation last year.  This lowered our yearly expenses.

Doug Speer, W9PN, led a discussion on organizing for the June Field Day.  Using the survery of members "likes and dislikes" on Field Day, it was decided to request the same location as the last two years; this is the Janesville Fire training Center.  Co-Chairmen for this years Field Day activity are Greg Niles, K9GJN, and Al Homan, KC9QQO.  A notebook of last years organizing activities was passed on to the new chairmen.  Field Day is a time

that everyone can contribute in one way or another.  Let's get behind Greg and Al by volunteering to help out as we can.

Dave Wendt, N9GQ, led a discussion of the PSK-31 club kit project.  Three completed units were shown and passed around.  Greg, K9GJN was prepared to demonstrate on-the-air operation using his commercial PSK-31 station.  But due to the rain, plans to install an outside antenna for the demonstration were cancelled.

A couple of short movie clips of amateur radio topics were shown.

Our next club meeting will be Monday, May 5 th.                                                                               Acting Recording Secretary, Carl F. Cramer, W9BJ 

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                          Monday, March 1, 2010                          Main Fire Station 1111 Church St. Beloit WI. 53511

President Carl Cramer, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.   A motion was made to table the minutes and the treasures report and proceed to the program.   The motion carried.
Two things were mentioned:   Field Day is coming soon and Doug, W9PN, discussed our survey for 2010 Field Day; and a package deal of a tower, rotor and antenna will be posted on the club WEB page soon.

Greg, K9GJN, introduced Don Norwood, K9DN, to present his program on Enhanced SSB (eSSB).  Don’s ham station is one of those eSSB stations. This is Don’s K9DN program on eSSB:

*“Extended” vs “Enhanced”   (Enhanced is Hi-Fi, but not necessarily audio frequency extended.)

*Standard SSB Characteristics     *Narrow Tx bandwidth: approx. 2K-2.9 kHz      *Narrow audio response: approx. 200-2900 Hertz, or less

*Enhanded SSB Characteristics     *Wide Tx bandwidth: 3K-6 kHz     *Wide audio frequency response: 50-4000+ Hertz    *Smooth audio response curve

      *Low IMD, harmonic distortion, hum, etc.

*Signal” Processing” and Shaping     *Basic EQ (audio frequency equalization)      *Downward expansion (noise gating)     *Compression and limiting

      *Parametric EQ     *Dynamic EQ

*Hardware Requirements     *Rig with Rx and Tx bandwidth     *Wide frequency range microphone-condenser/dynamic     *Mixer to feed ACC Input jack

      *RFI issues      *Good cabling-balanced audio with XLR connections      *Good grounding, toroids, isolation transformer (avoiding ground loops)
*Simple Processing     *W2IHY boxes: 8-Band EQ and EQ plus

*Complex Processing-DSP     *The Behringer DEQ 2496 Ultra-Curve Pro audio processor (31 bands of equalization, etc.)

*A spectrum analyzer is a great tool to improve you signal.   Don uses the Spectra-Plus program.  (Computer software, expensive $400+)
*A separate SSB receiver is best used to monitor your own signal.  The built-in monitor circuits of some transceiver are not accurate in their response.

*Some good Web sites     *www.nu9n.com/essb.html     *www.essb.us     *www.k6jrf.com (for Yaesu FT-2000, which Don uses.)

Don, K9DN, was flattered when he received a phone call from Dave, N9JDQ, about his quality eSSB signal.   K9GJN, Greg ,invited him to speak at the club meeting.   He wanted to thank them.

To hear eSSB signals, listen on 14.178 MHz at 5 PM. You could hear Don ,K9DN, and KA7GKN, Marty, along with others.  Then there was a question and answer session.

We had 18 sign the attendance sheet.  The question was:  Do you read club minutes on the WEB before the meeting? The answer was 9 Yes and 8 No.

Our website is:  www.Rockhamradio.com

On Saturday, March 6 th , Dave, N9GQ, will have the PSK31 Warbler kit-group meet at the Red Cross Building in Janesville to build their kits.

Next meeting will be April 5 th .

Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club                                       Monday, February 1, 2010                Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, WI 53511

President Carl Cramer W9BJ called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.  When introducing yourself please talk about what you are up to in ham radio. Comments were:  two meter antenna problem solving, using PSK31, using Olivea, building a interface using old computer parts, receiving special QSL card, when using the Yaesu TS-950 how the new menu driver radio works and performs compared his other radio, two meter mobile radio is picking

up a noise, and new antennas to be put up in the spring.   Everyone had something to say including trying to solve the problems.

Minutes for January 4, 2010 meeting by Conrad W9DL were approved as read.

Treasurer Reports for December and January by Doug W9PN were read and approved.  It was decided that Carl Cramer would get his signature on the club checking account at Blackhawk Bank.  This is in addition to the club Treasurer, Doug Speer.  Two signatures on the account is a recommended procedure for all groups.

ARES/Races, Dave N9GQ: We will have a meeting the 4 th Monday of February at 7:30 p.m at the Red Cross building in Janesville. If you would like to support our ARES repeaters on 2 meters and 440 in Janesville and Clinton, (Rock County Repeater Association) a donation of $20 a year is requested. The antenna on the big tower west of Janesville was lost in the recent snowstorm.

Kit Project, Dave N9GQ and Doug W9PN: Participating members will be doing the Warbler PSK 31 Transceiver for 80 meters. This could be a Saturday project. The club will place the order for the kits to receive the best price. This will be a new mode of operating for many.

Program, Carl W9BJ: Carl led a discussion on voice modulation for amateurs.  He stressed the audio bandpass that is transmitted and received.  Most amateur equipment severely limits the frequency response of the audio information.  This is helpful for DX operations but unnatural and annoying for other contacts.  Carl talked about YouTube and ham radio. He showed programs on audio filtering and PSK 31.  Using your computer with YouTube you will be able to see several hundred subjects and programs about ham radio. You just need to pick the subject.

Several items and books were passed around including a 1969 Allied Radio catalog and a Shure 1965 microphone manual. The "freebees" were several transistor books, an electrical code book, and tube sockets.

There were 15 in attendance and the question was: "What would be an interesting programs in the coming months." Several had no preference, Noise problem solving in mobiles, direction finding, antennas (small loop) and correct way of putting up a tower and what is needed.

Next meeting will be March 1 st . The program will be on good audio quality for Extended SSB. Our guest speaker will be Don Norwood, K9DN. Bring a guest.

Recording Secretary Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                   Monday, January 4, 2010          Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI 53511

President Carl Cramer W9BJ called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. He asked everyone to introduce themselves and what they were up to in regard

to ham radio. Comments were working on a PSK 31 kit, assembling parts to build an amplifier; several have antenna problems with his G5RV and quad, working QRP on CW with an old Heath kit, looking for an antenna tuner and an audio tuner.

Minutes Report: Conrad W9DL read the minutes of December 7, 2009.   They were approved as read.

Treasurer Report: Doug W9PN was out of town on company business.


ARES/RACES: Dave N9GQ
no meeting is planned for January 2010.  Rock County Repeater Association membership dues for 2010 are due to Dave.

Kit Building Club Project by Dave N9GQ:   He proposed four kits that have been posted on our WEB page and talked about at several meetings. The names are Sudden Storm Receiver, VXR-1 Receiver, PSK Warbler transceiver and Scout Regen Receiver.   Several were interested in doing more than one project.  A sign-up sheet was passed around on a kit preference.   This could be a Saturday building project.   Ed KC9GTB has built a PSK31 kit.  He showed and talked about his project.

Beloit Repeater was discussed. The club wants to reactivate and maintain the Two Meter repeater on the hospital as part of the Beloit Amateur Radio Club.   Greg K9GJN will pursue this with the owner.

Club is looking at a club call sign.   Maybe a 1x1 call sign for special events.  Many years ago the club’s call sign was WB9AMF.

Club dues were collected.

January 4, 2010 attendance sheet was 17 . The question on the sign-in sheet was:  Do you have any stuff you would like to pass on or pawn off to club members at a club meeting?  Several said yes. Conrad W9DL will schedule the distribution of the stuff with the member.

The next meeting is February 1, 2010.   Voice modulation techniques will be featured.   Members can present for 5 or 10 minutes on the topic.
Greg K9GJN will inviting a guest to attend and speak on "Enhanced Audio SSB" 

Recording Secretary, Conrad W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club meeting                               December 7, 2009                              Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit WI 53511

President Carl Cramer, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.    He asked everyone to introduce themselves and comment on what type of contest they work for amateur radio.  Many were Wisconsin QSO party with one working 23 states in 3 hours. ARRL Sweepstake November SSB and others.

Secretary Report by Conrad W9DL for October and November was read and approved
No Treasurer report was given due to the absence of our treasurer.  Dues for club membership for the 2010 calendar year were collected. We will also collect dues at the January 2010 club meeting.

We had 13 presidents at the meeting.   The sign-in sheet asked if you have ever worked any of the new bands?

Most all worked 17 meters, five worked 30 meters and one worked 60 meters.

UHF/VHF, N9JDQ Dave said the BARC 2 meter net on 146.715 on Wednesday night checkins are picking up.

Dave N9GQ talked about an individual building project we could do. He passed out a sheet showing 4 kits that can be built. This could be a Saturday project, possibly at the Red Cross Building. These kits are posted on our WEB page.


Program:  Carl, W9BJ, showed a 30-minute video he made of ham activities.  It included the BARC participants of the ARRL 2007 Field Day. The comments were the operators were using 300 and 450-ohm open wire feed line and a lot of PSK31.   Most of us just assume we used normal phone and CW.

We were asked to bring a gift to exchange, not wrapped, and not to exceed $5.  Not sure what it was called, but someone said it was a "goodie-box" night.  Then if you saw something you liked you could take it.  One guy brought five hammers and a crow bar.  Other goodies were a SWR bridge, printer and other stuff.

To get to the Beloit Amateur Radio Club web page, type this: Rockhamradio.com

The next club meeting will be Monday, January 4, 2010

Recording Secretary,  Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                         Monday, November 2, 2009.                       Main Fire Station 1111 Church St.,  Beloit WI 53511

President Carl Cramer, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.     He asked everyone to introduce themselves and comment on how many ham clubs you have belonged too.    W9PN Doug 6, K9IMN Ted 8 or 10, W9BJ Carl 4, W9MEH Paul 3, many others said two.   W9AFW Ivan said only one because he and Dan, WA9EZT, started this club.    Carl read part of a letter from Beloit Fire Chief, Bradley Liggett, giving permission to meet at the Central Fire Station.   Carl asked if anyone objected to postponing the minutes to get to the program for the evening.

Program:   Ted Gisske, K9IMM, presented a slide show about the trip he and about 6 others made to Swan Island.    It was called an Islands on the Air (IOTA) DXpedition to Swan Island, Honduras.  (Swan Island is in the Caribbean Sea.)  Ted described the trip with getting the program going from assembling the gear, loading four pickup trucks full (like going out to field day with no going back home to get what you forgot). His slide show showed loading and unloading of the contents, and what they endured to do this DXpedition.  Before they could get their transportation going to the Island, they had to repair the electrical system that steers the ship.  The boat was a confiscated drug runner named FREEDOM.  It was about 85 feet long.  The 30-hour trip only seemed bad because they had no seating and had to lie on deck.  When they arrived at the Island they had two small puddle jumpers to transport the gear to shore.  No nice long shore man dock to pull up to.   It was like, stop where the big rock is on land, pull the gear up at least 6 foot (including the four generators) and go from there.   They made some 8000 QSO on cw and phone.   The event cost about $4000; which they paid out of pocket.   Ted, K9IMM, said this was his 6th DX trip. They had no electrical power on the Island.   Swan Island is about one mile long and 3/10 mile wide.   The web page has been taken down for this event.

The next meet will be Monday, December 7 th .

Recording Secretary, W9DL, Conrad

The following 20 hams were in attendances:

W9BJ Carl, Janesville.  K9DVB Dave, Beloit.  N9JDQ Dave, Janesville.  N9HMB Rollie, Janesville.  W9MEH Paul, Janesville.  John Schicles, Beloit. W9AFW Ivan, Beloit.  K9IMM Ted, Daleyville.  KA9SFT Dave, Beloit.  K9GJN Greg, Janesville.

KC9OAH Rich, Janesville.  W9DL Conrad, Clinton.  KC9GTB Ed, Milton.  W9PN Doug, Janesville.  N9BUL Tom, Beloit.  KC9QQO Al, Janesville.   KC9PZI Kevin, Janesville.  N9GQ Dave, Janesville.  KC9LGS Bob, Whitewater.  KC9LCR Dan, Whitewater

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                       Monday, October 5, 2009                       Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, Wi  53511

A short business session was held.  We then engaged in a general discussion of possible club activities.  A list follows.

License classes, group home brew projects, multi-Operator contests, plan a county roamer for the 2010 Wisconsin QSO party, field day entry into a VHF/UHF contest,  field day improvements, future club programs, social activities, recruit more members, monthly news letter, December ham gift exchange.

Acting Recording Secretary,

Doug Speer, W9PN

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                       Monday, September 14, 2009               Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, Wi  53511

President Carl Cramer, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:40 pm, after some delay with the large screen projector for the computer.

Minutes of the June 1, 2009 meeting were read and approved.

Treasurer Report was not available.  Expenses for Field Day were within our guidelines.

Self-Introductions were given along with comments about summer ham activities.  The latest amateur radio publications were circulated.

A discussion was held about the Chicago FM Club's Hamfest at Belvidere, Illinois last Saturday and Sunday.  Some photos of the "happenings" were shown.  Carl, W9BJ, presented "Flea-Speak"; this was a translation of what sellers at the flea market say about their used equipment and what we are to actually understand.  It tended to be humorous.

Paul Monroe, W9MEH, discussed a variable attenuator using the principle of a wave guide beyond cutoff.  This was a quality flea market special.  Also, his newly acquired book, 200 meters and Down was discussed.  It was a historical presentation of early amateur radio and the ARRL.

Bob Barker, K9RIJ, handed out a multitude of "goodies" of used equipment consisting of a multitude of cables and connectors, etc.  This was appreciated.

Some video presentations were given on a short clip of Hiram Percy Maxim, the founder of the ARRL and President until 1936.  He was attending an open house of George Eastman on the occasion of the first Kodak movie camera and motion picture color film.   Also, a presentation from the ARRL on Amateur Radio featuring Walter Cronkite (SK), was shown.

Acting Recording Secretary:  Carl Cramer, W9BJ

The next club meeting will be in three weeks on Monday, October 5, 2009.

17 Hams were present.  Beloit:  Ivan-W9AFW, Frank-KB9MG, Dave-KA9SFT, Tom-N9BUL, Dave-K9DVB, Timm-KC9NMW

Janesville:  Dave-N9JDQ, Donn-K9DA, Paul-W9MEH, Dave-N9GQ, Rich-KC9OAH, Greg-K9GJN, Carl-W9BJ

Milton:  Bob-K9RIJ, Ed-KC9GTB                         Whitewater:  Dan-KC9LGR, Rob-KC9LGS

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                           June 1, 2009                                         Main Fire Station 1111 Church St Beloit WI 53511

President Carl Cramer, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:30pm.

Minutes by Conrad, W9DL, for the May 4, 2009 meeting were approved with correction of Tub Run date.

Treasurers Report by Doug, W9PN, for the May meeting was read and approved.

Articles of Incorporation: The Club (Greater Beloit ARC INC.) is a nonstock corporation, filed May 8, 2009.   Doug, W9PN, is the registered agent.

ARES/RACES and the Club.    Dave, N9GQ, is coordinating communication for the Tub Run (Muscular Dystrophy) event again this year and needs 24 hams for checkpoints and net controls for the event.    He also is helping coordinate the program where hospitals communicate with the Rock County EOC.    Bob, K9RIJ, will be at the 911 communication center, Dave, N9GQ, is at the Edgerton Hospital, Ed, KC9GTB, at Mercy Hospital, John, KC9CDY, at Beloit Hospital and Conrad, W9DL, will be at Rock County EOC with Shirley Connors the coordinator for the county.   The exercise will be Thursday, June 25th.

Field Day event for 2009 is the weekend of June 27 & 28.   The Club will use Carl’s call, W9BJ.   The Janesville Fire Station Training Center (same place as last year) will be the location.   The club will have a dinner on Saturday night; Rich, KC9OAH, will be the cook.    A discussion was held on who will work what bands, who will bring what equipment as needed (radios, tents, antennas, etc.).   WA9JLD, Lyndon, will make the club AC generator available for the event.

Were you at theDayton, Ohio HamVention?   Several hams from the club were.   Dave, N9GQ, passed out to everyone at the meeting a free CD.   It is a Morse Code Course guaranteeing to double your code speed or your money back.    They thought the attendance at Dayton was 20,000.

Next Meeting for the club will be September 14, 2009.

Recording Secretary:   Conrad, W9DL

The following were in attendance:  W9BJ, Carl, Mike from Seattle, WA son-in-law of Carl, N9JDQ, Dave, KC9GTB, Ed, W9AFW, Ivan, KA9SFT, Dave, N9BUL, Tom, KC9OAH, Rich, K9GLN, Greg, K9RIJ, Bob, K9DA, Donn, KC9NMW, Timm, KC9NMV, Vince, N9GQ, Dave, W9PN, Doug, W9DL, Conrad

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                         May 4, 2009                                                  Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI 53511

President Carl Cramer, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.   He asked when introducing yourself comment on what you use a computer for at your ham station.   Many use a computer for logging stations, several have more than one logging program they use and some don’t use a computer at all.

Minutes by Conrad, W9DL, for April 6th, 2009 was read and approved

Treasurer Report by Doug, W9PN, for April was read and approved.

Field Day Update  Carl, W9BJ.   The club will hold the event at the Janesville Fire Station Training Center on Hwy 14 and 51 in Janesville WI on June 27th & 28th.   It will be the same location as last year.    See web site for further details.

ARES/RACES and the club will again provide communications for the South Central Wisconsin Janesville Chapter Harley Owners, Tub Run, on Saturday, June 13, 2009.   See details on the club web site under ARES/RACES;  or attend the June 8th meeting at the Red Cross Building in Janesville at 7:30 pm.

Repeater 145.45   Bob, K9RIJ, talked about a fellow ham helping on the repeater tower.    He was here on two separate occasions working to solve our repeater problems.   Bob said he should be thanked immensely.

Program: Carl, W9BJ, showed how the WEB page of the Club is working.   Pictures of officers and members are posted, the Minutes of the club over the last couple years and old field day pictures.   Most all have seen the WEB page and Carl asked for suggestions, comments and input from the members.   Carl, W9BJ, talked about attending the Madison Hamfest and made four purchases for $1 each.   One was a Kenwood antenna tuner for two meters, a very nice SWR bridge, and bench power supplies.

Beloit Amateur Radio Club Web Site address is:   www.rockhamradio.com

The next meeting will be Monday, June 1st, at the main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI at 7:30pm.

The Question on the sign in sheet was:  Do you plan to attend Field Day this year?

Ten said yes, three had ?, one was a maybe, one said depends, and one was a no.

Attending were N9JDQ, K9DA, W9PN, KC9GTB, K9DVB, W9AFW, KC9NNW, KC9OAH, KC9NMV, N9BUL, K9GJN, K9GLD, N9GQ, K9RIJ, W9BJ, W9DL

Recording Secretary:  Conrad, W9DL
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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                April 6, 2009                                      Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI 53511

President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm .  He asked when introducing yourselves, to comment on performing maintenance on your station, how do you handle it.  The comments were when setting up their station, they do fine.  When it comes to repairing a radio, most could use help.  As far as antenna work, we seem to build, fix and install it ourselves.   

Beloit Amateur Radio Club Web Site is:  www.rockhamradio.com

Treasurer report by Doug, W9PN, for March 2009 was read and approved.

Minutes by Conrad, W9DL , for March 2009 were read and approved.

ARES/RACES Dave, N9GQ:  Next meeting is the 4 th Monday, April 27, 2009 at the Red Cross Building, 211 N. Parker Drive, Janesville, WI at 7:30 pm.    We can sign up for the Tub Run for Muscular Dystrophy.

Field Day Up Date:   Carl, W9BJ, will be chairman of Field Day this year and said we hope to have the event at the same place as last year.    It will be at the Janesville Fire Department Training Center.   See web site for a map.

Program By Paul, W9MEH, on types of antenna tuners .  His slide show and program had several old tuners dating to WW11.  Plus he explained the Collins Radio Company invention of the pi network in 1933.  He showed the T match and the L network matching of tuners.  In the 1950’s several companies like E.F. Johnson and Millen had external commercial antenna tuners.  W9PN displayed his Ten-Tex 238 B tuner.  Paul also displayed his homebrew tuner, an LDG AT-1000 600 watt auto tuner, a Heath HA-2040 "Ultimate Transmatch", and a high power Harvey Wells tuner, and an Yaesu automatic tuner.   He said the automatic antenna tuners are fine and the new radios with automatic antenna tuners that are built in are great.  We had a chance to touch, pick them up and handle them.

There will be an area Hamfest at Stoughton , Wisconsin Saturday, April 18th.  It is sponsored by the Madison Area Repeater Association (MARA).   All are welcome.

Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

Seventeen in attendance at the meeting: W9PN, K9RIJ, N9GQ, N9JDQ, KC9GTB, KA9SFT, N9BUL, K9GJN, W9AFW, K9EP, K9GLD, K9DA, KC9NMV, K9DVB, KC9MJQ, W9BJ, W9DL.

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                 March 2, 2009                                       Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St. , Beloit , WI

 

President: Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M.  He asked everyone to introduce themselves and what they did or plan to do in the form of ham radio, soon.  The comments were that they installed an antenna on the top of their truck, get the sound card going in the computer, get the new repeater 145.450 MHz installed in the new building site, order new QSL Cards, install radio for bicycle mobile, take down tilt over tower and install two HF antennas, and investigate two way communications for nursing home. 

 

Treasurer Report by Doug, W9PN, was read and approved.

 

Minutes by Conrad, W9DL, for the February 2009 club meeting were read and approved. 

 

Old Business:   Doug, W9PN, commented on Club By Laws Review/Changes and Club incorporation papers. 

 

Field Day:   Carl, W9BJ, will head-up Field Day planning for June 27-28 this year.  

 

RACES/ARES and the Club: Dave, N9GQ, reported the 15th annual Tub Run for Muscular Dystrophy (South Central Wisconsin Janesville Chapter Harley Owners) would be coming up in June.  Please keep this in mind.  We had 15 participating with new communication jackets last year.  

 

Elecraft K3/100 Transceiver owners, KC9GTB, Ed, and N9GQ, Dave, have been working on the up-grades for their radios. They say they are experts on sucking solder.  Cool!

 

Program: W9BJ, Carl, showed what our club web site looked like on his laptop computer.  With the Fire Station overhead projector, you could read and see it all.  He asked for our comments on how it looked.  Carl said this is a work in progress.  He has all the officers and paid members of the club pictures posted.  Minutes for the last couple years are also posted.  Carl ,W9BJ , is the club web master.  Take a look at it and then send him your pictures, articles about your ham station, suggestions for improvements, and the big DX QSL card you received, to W9BJ@ arrl.net. 

Also, a video about the making of a triode vacuum tube was viewed.

Wisconsin QSO Party on March 15, 1800Z - March 16, 0100Z, 3.5-28 MHz.  For more data:  www.warac.org     Armed Forces Day is May 9 and 10.  Ed, KC9GTB, said we would have to use the A/B VFO setting (split-frequency) for this operation because the MARS stations are not on our ham bands.  Any questions, contact Ed, KC9GTB, as he monitors the 145.450 MHz Janesville repeater.   

 

Hamfest coming up in Sterling , IL on Sunday, March 8, 2009 and Tri-County Hamfest in Jefferson , WI is Sunday, March 15, 2009 .

Also, Amateur Radio Supply, (AES), Milwaukee is sponsoring "AES Superfest 2009 on April 3-4; Friday 2-6 P.M. and Saturday, 8:30 A.M .- 3:00 P.M.   Details in March 2009 QST, P. 100.  

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 P.M.   Next meeting is Monday, April 6 th 2009 at 7:30 P.M. .

Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club meeting          February 2, 2009                                 Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI 53511

President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM and asked:  When introducing yourself, to comment on what you do in the winter time in the form of Ham Radio.  Some of the comments were:   repair my ham radio equipment that I have been putting off, when in need, work on my antenna, even go outside to do it, read more of my ham publications, reread my operator manuals, work more 160 meters, and keep my Mars net going even with small turnouts.

Treasurer Report by Doug, W9PN, was read and then approved.

Minutes By Conrad, W9DL, for the January 2008 meeting were read and approved.

Old Business:  Doug, W9PN, is working on the constitution for the club and getting the club incorporated.

Silent Key:  Dan Hammell, WA9EZT, died January 24, 2009. He was 87.   Dan and Ivan, W9AFW, were among the starters of the club in the mid 1960's.

New Business: Doug, W9PN, talked about the 160 meter band and working DX.   Check out DXER.org There are other links to help you.

Bob, K9RIJ, talked about someone that tried to scam him at self-service gas station on his credit card.  Inserting your credit card outside was the problem.  The same scam happened to a Clinton police officer.  He says go inside and pay your gas bill.

At the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) meeting last Monday, about ten 2-Meter J-Pole antennas were built.  They are 18½-inches long, 300-ohm twin lead with 7 foot of RG-58 coax and a BNC connector for your handy talky radio.  It could be used in the woods in place of your rubber duck antenna on your handy talky to greatly extend its range.  Also in February 2009, QST, page 79, it showed how to build a hook using a coat hanger to support the antenna in a high spot for better reception.  There were four antenna analyzers at the workshop that night.  Hams come prepared.

Program: Carl, W9BJ, talked about ham publications you can get to enhance our hobby.  They are QST, CQ, QEX, and Electric Radio.  He passed copies around.  Carl talked about working J79WWW, Gaynell, in the island of Dominca.  Finding the station on the map was a challenge at first.  You have to look southwest past Cuba, to locate it.  The Island is only 40 miles long and 16 miles wide.  The other amazing part was that he found that station on YOU TUBE.  Carl showed us a video of the station working other US stations and other stations around the world.  He asked us to ID some of the equipment and the antenna on the videos.  We got an A.  He told and showed there are a lot more videos available to see on YOU TUBE.

Ed, KC9GTB, brought a 2-meter radio with a remote head and speaker (all Midland) mounted on an 11 ½ X 22 inch board to the meeting to give away.  The new home is at W9DL's shack.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 P.M.   Next meeting is March 2, 2009.

Recording Secretary Conrad, W9DL

14 attended the meeting.

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                     January 5, 2009      Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, Wisconsin  53511

New President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order and asked when introducing ourselves, to comment on our most memorable contact on ham radio.  Several talked about a first six-meter contact.  Two mentioned their first contact as a novice on CW.  Greg, KC9MIZ, worked his neighbor Carl, W9BJ on phone.  Donn, K9DA, talked about working a ham on CW who was both blind and deaf.  He told how the contact was made (receiving morse code with fingertips on a vibrating speaker cone.).

Treasurer Report by Doug, W9PN, was read and approved.

Minutes by Conrad, W9DL, for December 5, 2008 were read, corrected, and then approved.

Old Business:  Doug, W9PN said that the club insurance policy was officially cancelled and we are looking for a single coverage policy for Field Day only.  Doug is also working on incorporating the club.

New Business:  A new slate of officers for the year 2009 are:  President:  Carl Cramer, W9BJ, Vice-President:  Donn Ambrose, K9DA, Treasurer:  Doug Speer, W9PN, and Recording Secretary:  Conrad Herold, W9DL.

A motion by Ed Green, KC9GTB, was made to approve the slate of officers.  It was seconded by Carl, W9BJ.  The motion passed.

Program:  Carl, W9BJ talked about the old WWII Command Sets (Articles in January 2009, QST).  He displayed his three sets, one receiver and two transmitters.  These types of radios were used in WWII airplanes to communicate between planes.  With a quick disconnect, they were easily changed when shot up and failed in service.  The transmitter had two 75-watt tubes that ran only 20 watts when operating.  Carl use them for Novice CW when he first got started.

Program:  Dave, N9GQ, showed what a CW signal on 40 meters looked like when using a computer with software.  The spectrum he showed, you could see the actual dits and das.  He also pointed out if the signal wasn't a clean CW signal, the picture would show the clicking and chirping on the monitor.  He also talked about the CW Skimmer program of frequency.  You can review programs like this on the Internet called YOU Tube.

Bob, K9RIJ, brought some of his extra shack and garage stuff which included:  an MFJ antenna tuner, an extra class ham studies book, a mobile mounting bracket, and a two meter FM commercial 40 watt transceiver.

Next meeting is February 2, 2009.

Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting           December 1, 2008                          Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI 53511

President Dave, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.  He had everyone introduce themselves and what they would like for Christmas in the form of ham radio.  Some of the wants are: a headset with a boom mic, an antenna mount for the car as the last one flew off, and an Icom 7700.  One commented his XYL said he had too much ham gear and should downsize but that won’t ever happen.  The rest of us just kept quiet.

Treasurer Report by Doug, W9PN:  We had no income or expenses.

Minutes by Conrad, W9DL:   Were read and approved.

Old Business: Club Insurance:   Dave, N9GQ, asks do we need this costly insurance policy because we only have the tower on the hospital (which is going to be taken down) and field day.  Tom, N9BUL, said reason for the policy was because the club had many activities, scouting, parade, field day and the repeater.  Today we don’t have these activities. A motion by Paul, W9MEH, was made not to pay for this policy.  2 nd by Doug, W9PN.   Then Doug, W9PN, made a motion to get the club incorporated again as a non-profit, it was seconded by Carl, W9BJ.  The Club is to look at a single coverage policy for field day.

Contesting:   The ARRL November Sweepstake.  The object of the stations in the United States, Canada (including territories and possession) to have to work as many hams on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 meters.   A "Clean Sweep" is working all 80 ARRL/RAC sections.  Congratulations to Donn, K9DA, for having a "Clean Sweep" by working all 80.  Donn, we want to see your "whisk broom" award.  Congratulations to Doug, W9PN, for working 79 of 80 sections.  Other contests coming up are December 7, ARRL 160-meter contest, December 13, ARRL 10 meter contest, and Straight Key night 0000- 2359, UTC on January 1, 2009.  See December QST page 68, for more contests.

Bob, K9RIJ, passed out an information sheet about the Rock County Repeater Association.  We are looking for more new members to help support our area repeaters.  The VHF repeater frequencies are 145.450 and 146.715 MHz on the 2 meter band and the UHF frequencies are 443.175 and 444.750 MHz on the 70 cm band. This will be talked about on our local nets. The consensus was that if we use the repeaters, we should pay.  The asking amount is $20 a year.  The repeaters ham call is WB9SHS.  This was Hap Littles call, a long time supporter of the Beloit club and repeater, who now is a SK.

Dave, N9GQ, passed out a Calrad 60-188 Battery Meters and asked us to build them into something.  Ivan, W9AFW, built an RF detector consisting of a wire loop and other components.  Carl, W9BJ, built an RF “Sniffer” for wire and cable.  It is useful for RFI testing.  Carl says it is valuable to test the quality of your RF ground for your station.  It clamps on a cable and the meter indicates the RF present.

Numbers attended 16.  The Club web page is www.rockhamradio.com

Next Meeting is January 5 th.  This will be a business meeting, with the election of Officers and dues for 2009 will be collected.

Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting          November 3, 2008                              Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI 53511

Vice President Carl, W9BJ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.   He had everyone introduce themselves and tell what band they liked using and how they used it.  Most used 20 meters, with some 17 meters.  The bands mentioned were 160, 80, 60, 40, 20, 17, 15, 10, 6, and 2.  Two talked about PSK, with one uses 40 meters CW.  No one said 30 meters.

Recording Secretary Minutes by Conrad, W9DL, were read and approved

Treasures Report by Doug, W9PN, was read and approved.

Carl, W9PN, talked about Amateur Radio magazines that people can subscribe to.  They are CQ and QST. The results that our club had at field day is posted in QST.

Doug, W9PN: The program for the meeting was on Logbook of the World.  He describes it as a very good logging program.  He gave his insight how and why he likes it.   To view this program on your computer, type in ARRL LOGBOOK OF THE WORLD.  This program was developed by the ARRL.  It has system boxes you can bring up to understand the workings.

Meeting ended at 9:15 P.M.  Number attending was 18.

Beloit Amateur Radio Club web page is www.rockhamradio.com

Next meeting is December 1, 2008

Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club                                 October 6, 2008             Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, Wisconsin  53511

(Regular meeting was held but minutes of the meeting are unavailable.)

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club                                     September 8, 2008         Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, Wisconsin  53511

President Dave Wendt, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.  Everyone was to introduce themselves and tell what their activities this summer were in regard to ham radio.  N9JDQ, Dave, replaced his rotor on the tower; W9BJ, Carl, got his beam and rotor down for repairs; KA9SFT, Dave, wanted to do tower work but no progress yet; and K9EP, Jerry spent time on 3.9825 MHz.  His group moved from 3.985 MHz to accommodate the AM hams.  KA9GTB, Ed, spent time on his digital receiver; K9DA, Donn, worked on special events; K9RIJ, Bob, relocated his shack and nothing is working, Hi Hi; and W9AFW, Ivan, was also busy in his shack.

Guests from Whitewater, WI were KC9LGS, Rob, and KC9LGR, Dan.  We hope to see them at our future meetings.  We thank them for their show and tell (surface-mount electronics).

Treasurer Report by W9PN.  It was read and approved.

Recording Secretary Report by W9DL, Conrad.  After corrections, minutes were approved.

Beloit Amateur Radio Club Web site has an address of:  www.rockhamradio.com       Sign in, join up, and be informed.

Field Day:   W9PN, Doug, filed the Field Day results via email and we received extra points.  K9RIJ, Bob, has photos on disk of Field Day.  To obtain a copy, see him.

Beloit Amateur Radio Club Wednesday Net.  N9JDQ, Dave, is concerned because no one is checking in.  Members are not overly concerned because of other summer activities.

ARES/RACES testing with on-the-air activities on Saturday, October 4, 2008.  You could be part of this national Emergency Simulating Testing/Training, (Simulated Emergency Test, SET).

Our next club meeting will be October 6, 2008.

Recording Secretary,

W9DL, Conrad                E-mail:  W9DL@ARRL.net

Fourteen people in attendance at the meeting.

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club                                June 2, 2008                                         Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI 53511

President Dave Wendt, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.   He asked the attendees to introduce themselves and tell how many calls they had over the years.  They range from only one to six and that was Doug Speers, W9PN.

The next meeting will be September 8, 2008.  The club does not meet in July & August.

Beloit Amateur Radio Club WEB Page:  www.rockhamradio.com.   Sign in, join up and be informed.

Treasurer Report by Doug, W9PN:   Start out the month of May with $459.54.    Income was from the April raffle $31.00. No expenditures for the month leaving a balance of $490.54

Recording Secretary Report by Conrad W9DL:   Was read and approved.

Challenge for club members:   Dave N9GQ passed out small battery meter.  They are to use in a project of your choice or build something the meter would fit into.  Your project is for show and tell at the September meeting.    Dave will have a prize for the winner.

Field Day 2008 Chairman:  Doug Speers, W9PN

The club will hold the annual event at the Janesville Fire Station Training Center on Hwys 14 & 51 in Janesville WI.  This event starts at 1 PM Saturday and ends Sunday at 1 PM.   It runs for 24 hours.   Stations will consist of tower with a 20-meter beam; 40-meter station will have an inverted V antenna, and an 80-meter setup with the same.  There will also be a digital ham radio station and a GOTA station.  Club members will provide their own ham radio equipment. The club’s generator will provide the stations power for the 24 hour event.   WA9JLD, Lyndon, is in charge of the generator.

Newspapers will be provided information of the event by Conrad, W9DL, to the Beloit Daily News and Dave N9GQ for the Janesville Gazette.

KA9VHG, Jim, is in charge of the club meal on Saturday evening and maybe the Sunday breakfast.

Remember the next meeting is September 8, 2008 at the Main Fire Station.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary, Conrad W9DL

Fifteen people were in attendance at the meeting.

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                  May 5, 2008                                        Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, WI

President Dave Wendt, N9GQ, called the meeting to order.  With the members introducing themselves and answering the question, "Have you ever been QRM and explain".  The following answers were:  XYL on the treadmill, streetlights in the area, turn on the lights in the upstairs bedroom, a motor running in the area and Charter cable.

Treasurer Report by Doug, W9PN:  No expenses for the month of April 2008 with a balance of $459.54.  We have 18 paid members for 2008.

Recording Secretary Report by Conrad, W9DL:  Minutes were read and approved.

Field Day:  Doug, W9DL, has been in contact with club members to address the band assignments.  Stations planned are:

                20 meters CW/SSB, 40 meter CW - Doug Speer, W9PN

                40 meters SSB - Dave Fisher, N9JDQ

                75/80 meters CW/SSB - Carl Cramer, W9BJ

Field day is June 28th and 29th, Saturday and Sunday.

The club is paying for the Saturday evening meal and volunteers are needed for serving.

The ARES/RACES and this club will provide communication for the South Central Wisconsin, Janesville Chapter of the Harley Owners, June 14th, TUB Run.  The intersection assignments will be assigned at the ARES/RACES meeting in May.  If interested, call Dave, N9GQ.

Get connected to the Internet.  Dave, N9GQ, is working on putting the club on the internet.  (Yahoo Group)  This way, club information such as: bulletins, minutes, and current activities can be monitored by you at home.  Other clubs do this.  We need your correct e-mail address.

Beloit Amateur Radio Club website is:    www.rockhamradio.com

The next meeting will be Monday, June 2nd at the Main Fire Station.

Respectfully submitted,  Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

Fourteen people were in attendance at the meeting.

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                     April 7, 2008                           Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, Wi    53511

President Dave, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.  He had everyone introduce themselves and answer the question "Have you ever had a temporary shack?"    We had several who had a ham station when they were in college, two retired school teacher had portable stations at school, several more took a radio on vacation and put up an antenna in the woods, plus one had a station at a boy scout camp.  We had 17 people at the meeting including two from Beloit College.

Treasurers Report:    Doug, W9PN was on work assignment but Carl, W9BJ, gave his report.

Recording Secretary Report:  Minutes were read by Conrad, W9DL.  They were approved as read.

New/Old Business:

Field Day was discussed.  On possible location was behind the Fire Station on Cranston Road in Beloit; and the other location was at the Blackhawk Technical College campus on Prairie Avenue.   It is alittle out in the country but everyone knows the location.

Beloit Repeater:  Lyndon, WA9JLD, the owner and man-in-charge of the Beloit repeater, 146.600 MHz, for the last 37 years is looking at a different direction in keeping the machine going.  The repeater is located at the Beloit Memorial Hospital on Prairie Avenue.  Lyndon stated that there have been so many changes in the laws, new rules and regulations by Homeland Security, and building changes that require that the repeater site be addressed.   Larry Fry, K9FRY, a repeater owner himself, wanted to make sure it wasn't going silent.  Lyndon said that it wasn't going to happen.  Other solutions are being explored.

Pictures of Your Shack:  Several members had memory sticks with lots of pictures.  A couple of CD's were also shown on a screen and several pictures were passed around.

Dave, N9GQ, asked if we knew about Yahoo Groups.  He is looking into setting up a web site information page.  Ron, N9SZV has resigned as our club web master.

The next meeting is May 5th, 2008.  The program will be on WIN Link.

Recording Secretary, Conrad, W9DL

Present at the meeting:  Ivan, W9AFW; Scott, N9FRY; Larry, K9FRY; Dave, K9DVB, Jim, KC9MJQ; Carl, W9BJ; Dave, KA9SFT; Jerry, K9EP; Ed, KC9GTB; Dave, N9JDQ; Donn, K9DA; Dave, K9DA; Davem B9GQ; Paul, W9MEH; Lyndon, WA9JLD, Robin, KC9KHC; Dan Murphy; Conrad, W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                                              March 3, 2008

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI 53511

President Dave, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM .  He had everyone introduce themselves and answer the question, what did you solder last?  The answers were:  solder a PL259 on my coax, solder a high-voltage capacitor, solder my water pipe for a water softner, building a PSK31 for the transmitter, assembled and built a Elecraft transceiver and several other items.

New Business/Old Business

N9GQ, Dave, nominated W9PN, Doug, to be the new club treasurer.   The motion was made and was passed.  W9PN accepted.  No treasurer report was given at this meeting.

W9PN, Doug, and W9DL, Conrad, sent out 201 informational letters to area hams inviting them to the club meetings and to participate in club activities.  

N9GQ, Dave, talked about the Wisconsin QSO party, March 9-10, 2008.  You are the DX and the rest of the world wants to work you, Dave said. The frequencies are 3.5–28 and 50 and up.  The modes are phone, cw and digital. Wisconsin has 72 counties.

The Jefferson ham fest is March 16th, 2008 .   Try this one, it’s not far. 

Ron, N9SZV, is the club WEB master.   Send your articles, pictures, wanted to buy, sell or trade items to him at rcalla706@charter.net.   We have one of the most informative WEB pages around.   The club WEB page is www.rockhamradio.com

Members to decide on Field Day site.   No decision was made as to the location.  Members seemed to like it being accessible to the public, but it lacks supports for antennas.  W9PN, Doug, is in charge of Field Day.  He would like to have a concerted effort keeping several stations on the air with multiple operators to keep everything going.  What type of a station would you like?  What frequency and mode.    Do you want to be in charge of a station and whom do you want on your team.   Now is the time to get it organized. 

N9GQ, Dave, showed about 10 programs that came off the Internet.  www.YouTube.com. How-to-make-a-vacuum-tube. This program showed you how to bend the wire making your filament, making the glass tube round and shaping the glass, inserting all the components in the glass tube and how to vacuum seal it.  Another segment was how to fine-tune a PSK31 and how to hook it up and see the signal on the screen.  We have several club members using PSK31.

President N9GQ, Dave: Ask about GOTA.  What is GOTA?  It means Get On The Air.  Do you need help to get going on the air?  That’s what the club is for.  Members who can help you with your questions, antennas, how to set up a station and how to operate it.  We want to help.

N9GQ, Dave, asked us to bring a CD with pictures of our ham shack to the next club meeting.  You have a chance to show and tell.

Meeting ended at 9:15 PM , next meeting April 7, 2008.

Recording Secretary, W9DL, Conrad Herold

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club                        February 4, 2008                     Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, Wisconsin  53511

President Dave Wendt, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M.  He asked everyone to introduce themselves and to tell how many working radios they had.  The amount ran from 2 to over 9; that included HF, VHF, UHF, mobile, and handy talkies.

Treasurer Report by N9GQ.  $409 plus the income from dues paid at the last meeting.  No final amount was given.

Recording Secretary Report by Conrad, W9DL:  minutes were read and approved.

Announcements:  KB9DVB, Dave came with treats to celebrate his upgrade at the last FCC license testing session.  Also upgraded were k9GLD, Glen and KC9AGR, Jennifer.

Membership Project:  N9GQ, Dave composed an informational mailing to be sent out to all the hams in the S. Beloit, Beloit, Clinton, and Janesville area.  This flyer invites the hams to our next club meeting.  The flyer told what activities the club was involved with, how to check our club web site, and dates and times of our meetings and directions to the meetings.  A special rate of $12 to those that sign up through April 2008.  The normal yearly dues are $15.  W9PN, Doug, will make the labels and get the flyers printed.  W9DL, Conrad, will put the labels on and mail them out.

N9GQ, Dave, talked about the new Rock County Repeater Association.  It's purpose is to maintain and support the area repeaters.  A discussion ensued.  All these years, we have never been asked to support something like this and remember that there is "no free lunch".  Someone has to contribute.  The cost per year will be $20.  There will be more information later.

KA9SFT, Dave, passed out a HF Half-Sloper antenna paper that he thought was interesting to the members.

Meeting ended at 8:50 P.M.

The next meeting will be Monday, March 3, 2008.

Recording Secretary, W9DL, Conrad Herold

In attendance:  N9GQ, Dave; K9DBV, Dave, N9JDQ, Dave; K9DA, Donn; KA9SFT, Dave; W9MEH, Paul; W9BJ, Carl; W9AFW, Ivan; WB9ITB, Ed; W9DL, Conrad 

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting January 7, 2008          Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI 53511

President Dave N9GQ called the meeting to order at 7:30pm

Treasurer Report: Dave N9GQ announces that WD9BB Chuck resigned as treasurer.  At election time the post will be filled.  The liability insurance has been paid for the coming year. 

Recording Secretary Report by W9DL Conrad: Minutes were read and approved.

N9GQ Dave said we will be looking at the bylaws in the coming months.    We are not following them and maybe cleaning them up will help.

 

General discussion for the evening

N9GQ Dave asked what we were up to the last month and did we get anything for Christmas in the way of ham radio.  N9JDQ Dave got money for ham radio and after the holidays he was going to AES.   K9DVB Dave is working to get his EXTRA class license and will test after the first of the year. The FCC will have a new set of questions after June 31st.   N9SZV Ron is working on his WEB page , http://n9szv.webhop.org  and said to stop by and look at it. W9DL Conrad brought a small piece of lead water pipe from WB9YWL, Charle's place for show and tell. WA9JLD, Lyndon works for the Power and Light here in Beloit .  He talked about lead pipes in parts of the city; they are very common to find.  Regarding water towers here in the city he has a lot of knowledge about them, their size and the amount of water they contain.  The members in attendance found his talk very interesting.

Reminder Dues for 2008 are now due.

Meeting ended at 9:05 PM

The next meeting will be February 4, 2008

Recording Secretary , W9DL Conrad Herold

In attendance: Dave N9GQ, Dave KA9SFT, Bob WB9CKE, Ivan W9AFW, Dave K9DVB, Ron N9SZV, Lyndon WA9JLD & Conrad W9DL

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting   December 3, 2007  Main Fire Station,  1111 Church St., Beloit , WI     53511

President, N9GQ, Dave, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM .  Eight members were present.

Treasurer report and Meeting Minutes were not available due to absences.

 

Old/New Business

¨Recording Secretary, W9DL, Conrad, has the retyped club constitution.

¨Membership lists from March 1997 - 2007 are available.  We also have the 1993 membership list.

¨A motion was presented by Doug Speer, W9PN.  He proposed a Club Membership drive for 2008.  This would involve preparing a flier that promoted joining our club.  It should emphasize fraternalism and fellowship.  It could be printed at Staples,  A mailing list of area Hams would be needed and a club commitment on postage.  The mailing would be done at least two weeks before the March 2008 meeting.  We could offer a special dues rate of $12 for the remainder of 2008.   We would plan and discuss the implementation of the plan during the January and February 2008 meetings.

 The motion was seconded by KA9SFT, David, and was unanimously agreed to.

 

Program for the Evening "Websites for Amateur Radio" was presented by President David, N9GQ.

Using the high speed internet access available at the club room, a large variety of web sites were visited.  The program used David’s laptop computer and video projector.

AA6Z  (World Directions),  AF4K (finding Ham radio information),  AC6V, W4RNL (for Cebik Antennas), FINDU.com, BSSS.org (Badger Smoke Signals-Online), BAMA (Boat Anchor Archives), beaconsee.htm, eHam, danssmallpartsandkits.net (in Montana), dxing.com, telia.com (Sweden), gqrp.com(British Low Power), heathkit-museum.com, freepatentsonline.com, users.tpg.com.au/use (VK5BR, a good writer), dx.qsl.net/propagation/greyline,html, announceddx, ng3k.com, yugop.com/ver3/stuff/03/fla.html, dxer.org, cccluster(Who is working who?), rigpixs

Announcements:  Wisconsin QSO party is March 9, 2008.  10 Meter Contest is the weekend of December 7-8-9.   Straight Key night is January 1, 2008 (UTC).   Doug, W9PN, worked a KH6 (Hawaii) during the recent 160 Meter contest.    N9GQ signed up for the ARRL Log Book of the World following procedures outlined at our last meeting.

Next meeting will be January 7, 2008.  The meeting ended at 9 PM.

Respectfully submitted by W9BJ, Carl Cramer

Vice-President, acting Recording Secretary

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                 November 5, 2007       Main Fire Station, 1111 Church Street, Beloit, Wisconsin  53511

President N9GQ, Dave called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.  He asked the group, "How many QSL cards have you sent out for the year?"  W9PN, Doug, had sent out 2000 plus.

Treasurer Report by WD9BB, Chuck.  We started the month with $633.99.  We paid out $25 to the Double D Bees for three honey bears for their efforts of putting on a program for the club on October 1, 2007.  The balance is $608.99.

Recording Secretary Report by W9DL, Conrad, was read and approved.

Old/New Business:

   *  Field Day:  N9GQ, Dave, said that he read the Field Day report on the ARRL web site and we did very well.

   *  Insurance:  The Liability Insurance for the club for Field Day needs to be paid and kept as it is for another year.

   *  Web Site:  The web site is no longer available.  We are looking for a new volunteer to maintain the site for the club.

   *  Club Bylaws:  Update.  N9GQ, Dave, has a 1984 version and will send them to W9BJ, Carl and W9DL, Conrad to

be looked overwith possible revisions.

Program for the Evening:

Display old QSL Cards:  Members who showed their cards were N9GQ, Dave; K9RIJ, Bob; W9BJ, Carl; W9DL, Conrad; and N9JDQ, Dave.

Logbook of the World:  W9PN, Doug, explained what the Logbook of the World is and how it can be found.  You go to the ARRL web site.  Click on Logbook of the World.  The program will tell you about it, how to down load it and answers the most frequently asked questions.  Other club members are using the program.

Winners of the drawing for the Honey Bears were N9JDQ, Dave; K9EP, Jerry, and WD9BB, Chuck.    Conrad, W9DL, was a winner but turned his honey bear back in because he had plenty of honey at home.

Our next meeting will be Monday, December 3, 2007.   Our program:  "What are some of the web sites that you find information about ham radio on?"   Please email Dave at   N9GQ@ARRL.net

Respectfully submitted by W9DL, Conrad, Recording Secretary

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club meeting         October 1, 2007                                        Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President N9GQ, Dave Wendt, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.  He asked everyone what they did in regard to ham radio this month.  W9AFW, Ivan, runs the Senile Net every morning 8 to 9 AM local time on 14.287 MHz.   K9RIJ, Bob, runs the Navy Mars net.  N9GQ, Dave, runs the ARES program for Rock County.  This meets at the Red Cross Building in Janesville on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:30 PM.

N9JDQ, Dave, runs the Beloit Amateur Radio Club 2 meter net on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.

Treasurer Report By WD9BB, Chuck Bell, was approved.

Recording Secretary Report by Conrad, W9DL, was read and approved

President N9GQ, Dave, will be looking at the by-laws and report back to the club. 

Carl, W9BJ, will look into insurance for Field Day activities for the club.

Club members are to look at the mission statement on the Beloit Amateur Radio Club Web site and report back. 

Program for the evening was on Honey Bees.  N9GQ, Dave, had WD9BB, Chuck, (a bee keeper himself) introduced Dan and Terry Dodge of Double “D” Bees from Beloit.  They had nine different types of honey.  Everyone had a chance to sample them all and discuss the one’s they liked.  Dan & Terry talked about Honeybees, Queen Bees, Killer Bees and more.  They also had popcorn with honey for the club members to sample.  Program for next month is everyone brings old QSL Cards.   W9PN, Doug, will do a computer program on the Book of the World.   Meeting adjourned at 9:20 PM. 

Submitted By Recording Secretary, W9DL, Conrad

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Minutes           September 10, 2007

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Dave Wendt, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

The rest of the year all club meetings will fall on the first Monday of the month.    October 1, November 5, and December 3rd.    Please mark your calendar.

 

Dave asked what have you have been doing this summer relating to ham radio.    N9GQ, Dave, installed a tracking system (APERS) in his car and traveled to Alberta, Canada on his 2-week trip (around two countries).  Dave also passed around his summer building project of a 40-meter kit transceiver, MMR-40, SSB and CW, 7 watts output.  Can be held in the palm of your hand.   Also, a home-brew Noise Generator was shown.   W9BJ, Carl, spent much time fixing up and cleaning up old equipment.   Climbing belts for tower work were reconditioned for use this fall.    N9BUL, Tom, got a lot of his ham radio paperwork cleaned up with his DX and contest logs.  W9AFW, Ivan, got his 40 meter antenna up plus runs the Senile net every morning on 14.287 MHz at 8 to 9 local time, N9SZV, Ron, added information to the WEB page for the club plus getting all his equipment grounded.   W9DL, Conrad, worked on Charlie’s, WB9YWL, QTH.   He sold the antenna and got his shack and machine shop taken care of.  When cleaning out we had something for everyone from Charlie’s shack.   W9PN, Doug, started his DXCC award again and he is doing quite well.   W9HME, Paul, completed his 3700-mile vacation to Canada and Alaska.    N9JDQ, Dave, is working DX with his new general class and the beam.   He also runs the Beloit Amateur Radio Club, 2-meter net every Wednesday at 7:30 PM.   Dave also displayed his QSL card that commemorated the Navaho Indians “Code Talkers “ of WWII.    W9AFW Ivan served with those American Indian Marines on the island of Saipan, in the South Pacific. 

Treasurer Report By Chuck, WD9BB

Recording Secretary Report by Conrad, W9DL was approved

New/Old Business

Field Day Report:  N9BUL, Tom, had a notice in the shopper, but the Beloit Daily News lost their article and apologized. They will run something for the club later on.   W9PN, Doug, had the Janesville Gazette come with a photographer and they did nice article with pictures in the paper.   Also Deputy Fire Chief Bryan Northrop came out and looked at our Field Day site.   He said he could get a place behind the Fire Station up on Cranston Rd. for next year’s field day.   We would have a lot more exposure to the public.

President Dave Wendt, N9GQ, asked what we could have for programs this fall.    Some suggestions were:  Show and Tell your old QSL cards, Programs on Logbook, Ham Radio DX Cluster computer, logging by the computer, Stamps on old QSL cards, Win link and getting ready for Field day 2008.

Questions on the WEB page.  Club approved putting membership on the WEB page.  The treasurer report will be given with no money posted.  The recording secretary can post minutes with one other officer approval.  Then the minutes read at the regular meeting.    Club dues are to be collected on the first of the calendar year.   The Mission Statement for the Beloit Amateur Club as posted on the WEB page to be read and reviewed by the members for discussion at the next meeting.  The president will have a review of by-laws at the next meeting.

The RADIO EXPO Hamfest is September 29th Saturday and Sunday the 30th at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere, IL

People in attendance:  Dave N9GQ, Tom N9BUL, Dave KA9SFT, Chuck WD9BB, Doug W9PN, Carl W9BJ, Dick Burns W9NVC, Ivan W9AFW, Conrad W9DL, Ron N9SZV, and Dave N9JDQ

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting       June 4, 2007   Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President N9GQ, Dave Wendt, called the meeting to order at 7:30pm.  Everyone introduced themselves and what they have been up to.

Treasurer’s report by WD9BB, Chuck.

Recording Secretary Report by W9DL, Conrad:   The Club May Minutes were read and approved.

New/Old business:  N9GQ, Dave, was given a copy of the club bylaws.  He will put them in order, with an update for the next meeting.

W9DL, Conrad, is still looking for old club minutes.   If you have any old club minutes please turn them in to him.  They belong with the recording secretary’s minute book.

Dayton Hamvention:  The discussion was:   who went and the good time they had.

Motion made and approved to spend $100 for the food for Field Day supper.   N9JDQ, Dave, and his XYL, Jackie, will be in charge of getting and fixing the supper.    Also approval was given to purchase the fuel for the generator.

Field Day

N9GQ, Dave, will not make the event.  N9BUL, will put a notice in the Shopper.   W9PN, will talk to the Janesville Gazette and see if they will do a story.  W9DL, Conrad, will talk with the Deputy Fire Chief Bryan Northrop to see if he will come out and see what we do as an organization on Field Day.  Several hams said what bands they wanted to work on Field Day.  N9SZV, Ron, & N9KRK, Kirk, will be on 75 phone, 2meters, 440, maybe more.  K9DVB, Dave, and W9DL, Conrad, will be on 20 meters with a beam.  W9PN, Doug, and W9BJ, Carl, will be on 40 meters CW.  W9AFW, Ivan, and N9JDQ, Dave, will have a 6-meter beam.  KA9VHG, Jim, with PSK.  Others will show up and choose a frequency.  The Field Day site will be behind the Stateline Printing in So. Beloit.  At the same location it has been in the last several years.

Attendance list attached.  (?)

The next club meeting is September 10, 2007.

The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.

Recording Secretary, W9DL, Conrad Herold 

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting    May 7, 2007         Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Dave Wendt, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.  Dave had everyone introduce themselves and say what they do in their spare time. There were a variety of comments, including several on gardening.  K9EP, Jerry, said that he played in the Janesville senior citizens band.  Come and join in the dancing on Friday morning at 9 AM. WD9BB, Chuck, has his bees, about 50 fruit trees, and his humongous garden.  Everyone seems to have something going including ham radio.

Treasurer Report by WD9BB, Chuck: Started out the month of May with $409.99.  With an income of $89 from stuff sold at the hamfest that was given to the Club by Norm, WB9BJU, and dues paid by Bob, K9RIJ.  

Recording Secretary Report by W9DL, Conrad, was read and approved.  He is still looking for the old minute book and the current club bylaws.

Old Business/ New Business

K9RIJ, Bob, has Ham Radio stuff in his garage left over from WB9BJU, Norm, who moved from the area.  You may call Bob and come and take it.   

Beloit Amateur Club WEB Site.  N9SZV, Ron, is in charge.  The secretary will send out a special email on this with the proper information and web address for you to use.   

Field Day June 23 & 24 of 2007 will be discussing at the next meeting.  Be prepared to discuss what you want to do. So far the club is looking to have the event at a location with a better exposure to the general public, like a city park.      

Program for the Night:   KA9VHG, Jim, presented a program on Digital Mode.  Getting on the air is easy with your amateur radio license and the following.  A computer with the proper software (probably free in the Internet). Also a transceiver radio with SSB and /or FM.  The windows program must be 2000 or better.  The signal from this setup is very narrow and quiet. You talk with others bye the keyboard.  Jim brought his antenna mounted on a tripod (Buddy Pole) in the corner of the room.   A lot of the typing jargon is still from the CW days.  There are traffic nets.  If you want to speak with Jim on this, his email address is KA9VHG@arrl.net. We did monitor the sound from this setup and it sounds like CW with a musical tone.  This was shown to us from an overhead.  He used digital on field day, scoring 722 points last year.

The next club meeting June 4th.

The meeting ended at 9:15 PM.

Recording secretary, W9DL, Conrad Herold  
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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting                             April 2, 2007

Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit , WI .

President Dave Wendt, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM Dave, N9GQ, had everyone introduce themselves with the date they got their licenses.   N9GQ, Dave, 1997, KB9QJE, Herb 1997, K9EP, Jerry 1965, W9AFW, Ivan, 1960, K9DA, Donn 1978, WD9BB, Chuck 1974, W9PN, Doug 1971, W9MEH, Paul 1954, N9JDQ, Dave 2006, W9DL Conrad 1965. Five members of the club participated in the Wisconsin QSO party. Thirteen people attended the National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction (IS700) Posttest.  Eleven took the test and passed.

Treasurer Report by WD9BB, Chuck.  Paid members are N9BUL, Tom, WD9BB, Chuck, K9EP, Jerry, W9BJ, Carl, W9PN Doug, WA9JLD Lyndon, WA9JTX, Jim, N9JDQ, Dave, W9DL, Conrad, K9DA, Donn, K9GLD, Glen, N9GQ, Dave, W9AFW, Ivan, KB9QJE, Herb, W9MEH, Paul. The treasurer reported a balance of $409.99 in the Club account.

N9GQ, Dave, presented a short demonstration of an antenna modeling program called EZNEC.  It is used for the ARRL Antenna Course.  It allows for building all kinds of antennas on the computer and testing out the performance without stringing a single wire.

Other Discussion was Club By-Laws review.  Who has them?  Looking for the minutes.  Talk about it at the next meeting.

Do we have someone to do the club Website?

Future programs.  WD9BB, Chuck, will line up some one to talk about Bees after the rush of the season is over.  What do you have for a program for the club?

Other discussion was on Log of the World, Digital Mode, Win Link, and the 911 Center.

Meeting ended at 9:00 PM .

The next meeting will be Monday, May 7 at 7:30 PM in the main Fire Station, Beloit.

Recording Secretary, W9DL, Conrad Herold

In attendance: Dave N9GQ, Herb KB9QJE, Jerry K9EP, Ivan W9AFW, Donn K9DA, Chuck WD9BB, Doug W9PN, Dave N9JDQ, Conrad W9DL, Dave KA9SFT, Paul W9MEH, Lyndon WA9JLD

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting   March 5, 2007     Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI

President Dave Wendt, N9GQ called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Dave, N9GQ, gave his report on ARES/RACES noting the next meeting will be an instructional course on the IS700.  Shirley Connors at the Emergency Operations Center County Health Building in Janesville will give this class on Monday, March 26 at 7PM.  This program will be 2 ½ hours in length.  You must register with me to attend this class.  Dave passed out forms to join the ARES/RACES group.  Also the schedule for 2007 Storm Spotter Training was distributed. He also passed out 2006 All-Hazard Emergency Response Checklist booklets.  Be sure to participate in the Wisconsin QSO party from 1-to 8 p.m. on Sunday March 11. Dave also talked about the book he has from the library by Steve Woziak from Apple Computers.  Remember the Jefferson Hamfest on March 18th.

Treasurer’s report by Chuck, WD9BB.   Account balance is $130.99.    He will collect dues from any members at this meeting who wish to pay for 2007. 

Recording Secretary report by Conrad Herold, W9DL.  It was read and approved. 

New BusinessHome Brew Show & Tell

Doug, N9PN, brought homemade key he put together as a Novice - 2 straight keys back-to-back using them as a keyer.

Frank, WA9CWX, brought his transceiver he built.   An Elecraft that he used on the air with QRP 7 watts.

Donn, K9DA, brought his home brew tuna-tin QRP transmitter with a RF output of 200/300 mw.

Tom, N9BUL, brought his old catalogs from 1929 to 1936.

Chuck, WD9BB, displayed his adjustable regulated power supply and resistive bridge.

Jerry, K9EP, talked about Heath Kit equipment that he built.

Ivan, W9AFW, talked about his 6-meter transmitters & converters.

Ed, WB9ITV, talked about his old 2-meter stuff including a 2-meter lunch box.

Conrad, W9DL, displayed his Heath Kit keyer he built and used taking his code test in Chicago at the Federal Building.

Lyndon, WA9JLD, displayed his 6-meter amplifiers of 35 watts working a Japan station.   The tubes in the final are 6146B’s. 

Conrad, W9DL, displayed Carl, W9BJ’s, Elecraft XG1 receiver test oscillator he built.  It supplies S1 and S9 strength CW signals on 80, 40, and 20 meters; crystal controlled.   

Dave, KC9JDQ, displayed his RCA jack  splitter with a SO239.  He uses it all the time.

Dave, N9GQ, talked about his a transceiver operating on 2.4 gigs about the size of a quarter fitting in the hub of a bicycle. This is from his work place.

The next Beloit Amateur Radio Club meeting will be April 2, 2007 at the main fire station in Beloit on Park Ave.

Meeting ended at 9:10 PM.

Recording Secretary:   Conrad Herold, W9DL

Members present are Dave, N9GQ; Lyndon, WA9JDL; Dave, KC9JDQ; Jerry, K9EP; Ed, WB9ITV; Tom, N9BUL; Frank, WA9CWX; Doug, W9PN; Ivan, W9AFW; Donn, K9DA; Glenn, K9GLD; Dave, KA9SFT; Chuck, WD9BB; and Conrad, W9DL.

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Beloit Amateur Radio Club Meeting December 4, 2006  Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI.

President Dave Wendt, N9GQ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Chuck Bell, WD9BB, gave the Treasurer Report.  The balance as of December 1st $ 405.99.  Chuck, WD9BB, then made a motion to pay our liability insurance for the club that is $275 for the year of 2007.

Conrad, W9DL, submitted Field Day Report for 2006 that was in the December 2006 issue of QST.

New Business:   Install officers for the year of 2007.

After a lengthy and friendly discussion, these candidates were chosen:  

     President - Dave Wendt, N9GQ, for his third term.

     Vice President - Carl Cramer, W9BJ, old call was W9KRP

     Recording Secretary - Conrad Herold, W9DL

     Treasurer  - Chuck Bell, WD9BB, for his third term.

Beloit Amateur Radio Club sponsors a 2-meter net on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM, on 146.67 MHz; the net control stations are Dave, N9GQ and Dave, KC9JDQ.

Larry Fry, K9FRY, and Scott Fry, N9FRY, will conduct Volunteer Examiner’s (VEC Testing) for an amateur radio license this coming year.  The dates are: January 20, April 21, July 20, and October 21, at 1pm.  Location will be St. Johns Lutheran Church, 302 N Parker Dr., (upper entrance on Pease Ct.), Janesville, WI.  Their repeater frequency is 147.075MHz + with a PL of 123. Phone Number 608-449-8513.   Email is Radarkilowatt@aol.com.  You can look this information up on the computer under QRZ at Scott’s call N9FRY.    

Giveaways for the night were provided by K9RIJ, Bob, and W9DL, Conrad, that included a handy talky, Swr Bridge, other unidentified objects and one good size junk box.

The Program for the night was (WEB sites of Interest) was given by Dave, N9GQ.   It was laptop presentation.   A flyer was given to attendees. 

The next meeting will be January 8, 2007

Meeting adjourned at 9:22 PM.

Conrad Herold, W9DL, Recording Secretary

Members Present: Dave Wendt, N9GQ; Chuck Bell, WD9BB; Bob Barker, K9RIJ; Ed Green, KC9GTB; Ivan Makovec, W9AFW; Lyndon Opdyke, WA9JLD; Dave Ferguson, KA9SFT; Dave Fisher, KC9JDQ; Carl Cramer, W9BJ; and Conrad Herold, W9DL


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