Meeting Minutes - August 2013
The 2m repeater is still operating in carrier access mode. A trip to the hill top is required to place the 2m receiver into CTCSS decode mode.
The Down East Microwave 70cm pre-amplifier order has been delayed until August 5th. DownEast Microwave offices are closed until that date. This expenditure was approved at the July 2013 meeting. A receipt for this purchase will be submitted after the pre-amplifier has been received.
Ray Montagne (W7CIA) swapped out the link radio on the evening of July 8th in an attempt to get the 70cm repeater linked to the 2m repeater prior to the McCall Trail Running Classic. Line losses appeared to be excessive and the signal received at the link radio was not usable. A trip to the hill top will be needed to investigate further. It may be necessary to re-install the link antenna on a shorter feed-line, possibly in the attic portion of the building. This may be attempted coincidental to installing the 70cm receiver pre-amplifier.
Bob Renn (KF7JPJ) has had additional antenna bracing fabricated to support the 70cm antenna vertical support at the apex of the roof. This will need to be installed before winter. Volunteers are needed to assist on the roof when this is installed.
The following request was received from Russ Dunn (N7SMA), via the Contact Us form on the club web page:
Thanks for use of the Brundage repeater last year for this 100 mile running event. It is difficult to reach all aid stations, but we did it.
A request is being made to use the repeater(s) again. A second request is for radio amateurs. Last year the race began on Saturday and we were able to staff it. This year it begins on Friday. Local amateurs could be very helpful, particularly on Friday.
Jeremy is the local contact in McCall. Ben Blessing is the contact in Meridian. Detailed information is on the website IMTUF.
Thanks for your consideration.
The IMTUF event is to be held August 30-31. The 70cm repeater was made available last year but the 2m repeater was not operational at the time. Both repeaters are operational and should be available for this year's event. It remains to be seen if repeater linking will be available.
The membership indicated that we should make both repeaters available for those participating in providing communications for the IMTUF event on Friday, August 30 through Saturday, August 31.
Regardless of CIARC member participation, CIARC should indicate to Russ Dunn (N7SMA) as to the availability of the repeaters in support of this event. A club officer can provide a response to Russ Dunn (N7SMA) by replying to the email notification that was generated from the Contact Us form on the club web page.
Although CIARC will not be managing participation in providing communications for the IMTUF event, members are encouraged to volunteer if they wish by contacting Russ Dunn (W7SMA) directly. The email address for Russ Dunn (W7SMA) will not be posted to the web page to avoid spam issues but will be included in the email distribution of the August meeting minutes.
MCTRC post mortem comments have been compiled and posted here.
The Operating Practices web page provides details on squelch tail identification and half-duplex operation that should aid in avoiding interference issues. All other CIARC issues will be addressed in next year's communications planning. The entire set of post-mortem comments, including issues that need to be address by MCTRC race staff, will be forwarded to Brandi Bolli and Jeremy Humphrey.