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CIARC Meeting Minutes - August 2015
Meeting Minutes - August 2015
Attendance

Attending Members
AD7IW, Bailey, Tim KG7GKM, Good, Julie KE7HKY, Mayfield, Janet KE7FST, Sorensen, David
W7CBS, Beckham, Bill KB7BVS, Good, Philip W7LCC, McQuade, David KG7SBW, Stewart, Dennis
KG7OGQ, Beckham, Christian KG7UAB, Hamilton, Brian W7CIA, Montagne, Ray SSTEWART, Stewart, Sue
KC7JHX, Bracht, David KG7GKN, Huston, Mike KB7BVR, Peterson, Kermit N7IBC, Stokes, Larry
KG7GKL, Crogh, Anna KG7GKO, Kallies, Dan KG7MGZ, Platt, Richard W7ELE, Wagner, Richard
W7HXU, Crogh, Lenard KG7GKP, Kerby, Jeff K6JMQ, Quinzio, John W6HTW, Welch, Hank
KG7MFC, Didisse, Karin KE7TQV, Lakomski, Peter KF7JPJ, Renn, Bob KJ6NIM, Welch, Judy
KC7JLU, Forker, Brad KG7GKQ, Mangum, Larry KG7UAD, Roff, Jeffrey  
KC7SRF, Forrey, Steve K7HCS, Mayfield, Bill N7HQT, Shinn, Jeff  

Attending Guests
Call Sign First Last
KG6JJM June McCollough
KF6HBU Roger McCollough

There were 15 attending members and 2 guests.

Business Meeting Agenda Items
  1. Membership Report. [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]


    Bob was unable to attend the meeting and provided his report information to members of the board prior to the meeting. Bob's report was given by Richard Wagner [W7ELE].


    Please welcome new member Jeffrey Roff [KG7UAD]


    Associate 0
    Family 12
    Individual 20
    Life 2
    Total 34

  2. Treasurer's Report. [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]


    Bob was unable to attend the meeting and provided his report information to members of the board prior to the meeting. Bob's report was given by Richard Wagner [W7ELE].



    Balance $1377.63
    Outstanding Debits $0.00
    Outstanding Deposits $0.00

    As previously approved by the membership (see July 2015 meeting minutes), an order was placed for a Telewave ANT150D3 2-bay folded dipole with a cost of $593.59. Delivery of the Telewave ANT150D3 has occurred (see repeater report).

  3. Repeater Report [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]


    Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club Repeater Network Status
    # Memory
    Name
    Call Sign Location Band Frequency
    MHz
    Offset CTCSS DCS Type Status EchoLink IRLP Notes
    1 CIAR2N KC7MCC No Business Mt 2m 147.0200 - 100.0   Repeater Operational Note 1 Note 2

    2 KC7MCC No Business Mt 33cm 927.2250 -   023 Link Hub Operational

    3 CIAR2B KC7MCC Brundage Mt 2m 146.9000 - 123.0   Repeater Operational

    4 KC7MCC Brundage Mt 33cm 902.2250   023 Link Satellite Operational Note 1 Note 2

    Radome installation pending.

    5 N7IBC N7IBC McCall 70cm 444.1250 100.0   Repeater Operational Note 1 Note 2

    6 N7IBC McCall 33cm 902.2250   023 Link Satellite Offline

    No link path at current location.

    7 W7CIA W7CIA Cascade 70cm 441.9250 100.0   Repeater Operational

    8 W7CIA Cascade 33cm 902.2250 +   023 Link Satellite Operational

    9 CIAR2S W7CIA Cascade 2m 147.0200 - 110.9   Remote Receiver Operational

    10 W7CIA Cascade VOIP 0.0000     IRLP Operational 3210

    See Note 2 below.

    11 W7CIA-R Cascade VOIP 0.0000     EchoLink Operational 696264

    See Note 1 below.

    12 KC7MCC Brundage Mt 70cm 442.5000 100.0   Repeater Offline

    Removed from service.


    Note 1:    EchoLink Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) access provided through this repeater over the 33cm link back-bone via the W7CIA repeater. Click here for web page with information on procedures and restrictions for use of EchoLink. Station operators that abuse or violate the published EchoLink policies and procedures may be denied access to the EchoLink service.


    Note 2:    IRLP Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) access provided through this repeater over the 33cm link back-bone via the W7CIA repeater. Click here for web page with information on procedures and restrictions for use of IRLP. Station operators that abuse or violate the published IRLP policies and procedures may be denied access to the IRLP service.


    • Larry Stokes [N7IBC] and Ray Montagne [W7CIA] installed the Kenwood TKR-750 repeater at the No Business Mt. communications site on July 13th.

    • Richard Wagner [W7ELE], Larry Stokes [N7IBC] and Ray Montagne [W7CIA] installed the Yaesu DR-1X fusion repeater and Telewave ANT150D3 2-bay folded dipole at the Brundage Mt. communications site on July 16th. A few tasks remain:

      • A Micom squelch gate (RLC-MOT), from Link Communications, needs to be installed to improve the squelch gate behavior. The built-in squelch circuit is quite noise and presents a poor user experience.

      • The 33cm link antenna that is installed in the attic will be replaced with a Radome equipped antenna that will be installed externally on the antenna pole to improve link quality.

      • Investigate reworking the VHF antenna mount to improve durability.

  4. McCall Trail Running Classic - Public Service Communications [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]

    The McCall trail running classic was held on July 18th. Participating communications volunteers included:

    • Bill Beckham [W7CBS]
    • Christian Beckham [KG7OGQ]
    • Karen Didisse [KG7MFC]
    • Dan Kallies [KG7GKO]
    • Jeff Kerby [KG7GKP]
    • Ray Montagne [W7CIA]
    • Bob Renn [KF7JPJ]
    • David Sorensen [KE7FST]
    • Larry Stokes [N7IBC]
    • Richard Wagner [W7ELE]
    • Larry Scarborough

    During this event, volunteers provided 114 hours of volunteer communications and handled 536 scheduled traffic messages. The McCall Trail Running Classic race organizers expressed their gratitude for an effort that they described as ’flawlessly awesome‘. Thank you to all who participated.

  5. Planning Next VE Test Session [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]

    The current on-line registration for the amateur radio study session and testing has 11 people registered. I would like to schedule a class and test session for early September. We need to secure a venue. The First Bank in McCall has been discussed previously but the third Saturday of the month needs to be avoided as the room is in use at 5:00 PM for Bingo and we cannot guarantee that we would be done by that hour. Dave Bracht (KC7JHX) has indicated that the County EOC in Cascade may also be available.

    If you filled out a form to become a W5YI VE, and did not provide a copy of your Amateur Radio License, I cannot forward the application until you provide a copy of the license, which must accompany the application.

    I will be sending out an email to all of the VE team members to determine if we can gather enough volunteers to hold a session. Although a minimum of three is all that is required by FCC regulations, we really need a minimum of five VEs to run a session. If anyone wishes to test for the Amateur Extra class license, we will need three Amateur Extra class licensed VEs.

    Anyone wishing to up their license class, or anyone wishing to obtain an Amateur Radio license for the first time, they can register on the CIARC web-site. If they do not have internet access, any member that has internet access should be able to assist them by registering them on the CIARC web-site. Registration allows us to contact the registrant regarding required documentation, and any changes schedule or venue.

    Once a venue and commitment from VE team members has been determined, the CIARC web-site will be updated to indicate the class date and venue and all registrants will be notified of this information.

  6. Balun Class [John Quinzio - K6JMQ]

    The session is presently scheduled for Saturday August 15 at 0900 hrs and will be held at my place. If you are planning on attending please let me know. If you wish to attend but cannot be there on the 15th, please indicate an alternate date that works for you. If enough members cannot attend on the 15th I'll do my best to reschedule.

    We will be constructing from scratch a Ruthroff type air core voltage balun suitable for use on single-band center fed dipoles and inverted v's. The balun will not work on end-fed, off center fed, zep, or G5RV antennas. This balun works well on all bands except 10m showing a typical SWR of 1.5 - 1.7 at 25 ft. above ground. It is rated at 1.5kw, however I recommend no more than 1kw. It makes a great balun for you emergency "go bag".

    The session should last about four hours and will run into the lunch hour. I will have hamburgers, hot dogs and refreshments available. If you have any dietary restrictions (vegan, lactose or gluten intolerance, red meat, etc.) please let me know. There is no cost involved. If you are traveling on Hwy 55 through Goose Creek Canyon please allow about 20-30 minutes of extra time for road construction.

    I know this is short notice, my schedule over the past two months has made it difficult to find a date to get together. I hope to see you here for what I know will be a fun time.


    In an effort to avoid exposing our members to spam that is generated by bots that scan web pages for email addresses, we do not publish any member email address in the clear. If you wish to contact John regarding attending this class, you will need to use the contact information that is provided in the membership roster. You can generate a roster of current members by signing into the member section of the web page and then select the Generate Roster menu item that is found under the Member menu.


  7. Presentation: Repeaters & Repeater Linking - Ray Montagne [W7CIA]

    After the business meeting, Ray Montagne gave a presentation on repeaters, repeater linking, and how to adapt your operating procedures to get the most out of the linked repeater network. A pdf copy of the slides and presenter notes from this presentation is available by clicking here.

    The presentation includes information on how to adapt your operating habits through the linked network so that the number of requests to repeat the first sentence are reduced or eliminated.

    The last five slides discuss Idaho ARES District 3 NET participation, why you are not heard by the Idaho ARES District 3 NET control operator, how to check-in to the NET (using the K7ZZL repeater) and our long term goal to provide bidirectional full-quieting communications with Idaho ARES District 3 operations.


    RELATED UPDATE...

    The above mentioned presentation has been converted to a web page, titled Operating On A Linked Repeater Network, and can be found under the Repeater menu at the top of this page, or by clicking here.