A quorum was not present at the May meeting and as a result, no business could be
McCall Trail Running Classic event scheduled for July 14, 2012.
An email was received from Jeremy Humphrey, apologizing for
missing the May meeting due to illness. Jeremy indicates
that he and Brandi will attend the July 5th meeting. Any
requests for information can be directed to him via email.
IMTUF 100 event scheduled for October 6-7, 2012.
The club had prepared a printed letter to be presented to Brandi &
Jeremy Humphrey to indicate that the club is not able to support the IMTUF
100 event. This letter was to be presented at the meeting. Martin
Tushkowski (KE7KQE) handled this notification via email after the meeting.
Welcome New Members
No new members have been added.
Number of members in good standing
The number of members remains at 13.
A payment of $100 was made to Bill Leoppard (K1BMW) for the 80-watt
amplifier that is being installed in the repeater.
The balance now stands at $1277.58.
Rotating Net Control.
- May 10: Ray Montagne (W7CIA)
- May 17: Larry Stokes (N7IBC)
- May 24: Ray Montagne (W7CIA)
- May 31: TBD
UHF (33cm) Status
A Link Communications RLC-1 controller has been installed and the interface to
the VHF radios has been completed.
The hunt for a 2-meter isolator is over. Ray Montagne (W7CIA)
purchased an isolator for $125 at the Idaho State Convention that
was held on April 20-22. After the convention, Larry Smith (W7ZRQ)
donated (through Larry Stokes N7IBC) a 2-port isolator that is pre-tuned to 147.020 MHz.
Isolator installation will occur upon completion of the amplifier installation.
Amplifier installation is almost completed. A fan will be installed on the
amplifier. The amplifier is wired to be powered off of the primary power supply.
In the interested of maximizing repeater operation in the event of a power failure,
the amplifier will not be wired to the battery backed up power bus, resulting in
reduced transmit power when operating on battery.
Micor Squelch Gate.
A failure in the Micor Squelch Gate occurred. Many days have been spent seeking root
cause for what appears to be an open ground connection. A micro fracture of a trace
on the printed circuit board is suspected. The Micor Squelch Gate is being rebuilt
in the interest of making progress.
As soon as the Micor Squelch Gate is completed and the installation of both the isolator
and amplifier is completed, the 2-meter portion of the repeater will be completed and
the repeater will be placed on the air for testing at the W7CIA QTH.
Ray Montagne (W7CIA) reported acquiring two Kenwood TK-705D radios through eBay for $30 each (plus $15 shipping)
on April 19th. These
radios are to be held as back-up radios in the event of a failure of the repeater
radios. These radios will be made available for purchase by the club at a total
price of $75 at the discretion of the club.
Work to occur after VHF is completed
Radio Conversion will require re-programming of both the transmit and
receive radios. Further, 902 MHz filters will be installed in the receive
The next club meeting will be held on Thursday, June 7.