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GBARC Meeting Minutes March 2017

Meeting Date: 
March 6, 2017
Meeting Location: 
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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