Meeting Minutes - October 2015
|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|
Welcome Guests & Visitors [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]
Membership Report. [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]
Treasurer's Report. [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]
Officer Nominations [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]
CIARC elections are held in December with nominations being forwarded at the November meeting. Members should start thinking about who they would like to nominate to serve as CIARC officers for the 2016 year.
Amateur Radio License Study & Test Session - Follow Up Report [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]
The next W5YI-VEC test session held by the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club (CIARC) on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Valley County Emergency Operations Center, 108 W Spring St, Cascade, ID. Registration is required. Registrants must bring the following items:
The session will begin promptly, with registration, at 8:00 AM on the scheduled date. There will be regular breaks, including a 1:15 break for lunch.
|8:30 AM||INTRODUCTION & INSTRUCTIONS|
|9:00 AM||STUDY SESSION #1|
|10:00 AM||STUDY SESSION #2|
|11:00 AM||STUDY SESSION #3|
|11:45 AM||LUNCH BREAK|
|1:00 PM||STUDY SESSION #4|
|2:00 PM||STUDY SESSION #5|
|3:00 PM||STUDY SESSION #6|
|4:00 PM||BEGIN TEST SESSION|
Registrants who are going to test but are not attending the class may show up at any time after completion of the introduction and instructions to take their test. Registrants who are taking the class session are asked to arrive by 8:00 AM to enable registration to be completed by 8:30 AM.
Congratulations to Dave Bracht [KC7JHX], Bill Beckham [W7CBS], Bob Renn [KF7JPJ] and Hank Welch [W6HTW] on receiving their W5YI-VE accreditation.
The following VE team members have agreed to assist with the October 3rd session:
|VOLUNTEER EXAMINER||VOLUNTEER TYPE||STATUS|
|Ray Montagne [W7CIA]||CONTACT VE||WILL ATTEND|
|Richard Wagner [W7ELE]||VE||WILL ATTEND|
|John Quinzio [K6JMQ]||VE||WILL ATTEND|
|Dan Kallies [KG7GKO]||VE||WILL ATTEND|
|David McQuade [W7LCC]||VE||WILL ATTEND|
|Bob Renn [KF7JPJ]||VE||WILL ATTEND|
|Dave Bracht [KC7JHX]||VE||WILL ATTEND|
|Bill Beckham [W7CBS]||VE||WILL ATTEND|
Setup for the test session will begin at 7:30 AM. We will need VEs present to assist with check-ins starting at 8:00 AM (a few minutes early would be useful as registrants usually begin arriving ahead of schedule).
Repeater Status [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]
On August 22nd, Larry Stokes [N7IBC], Richard Wagner [W7ELE] and Ray Montagne [W7CIA] traveled to the KA7ERV Pilot Peak repeater to install a link antenna and link radio. Installation of the radio and antenna went smoothly and the signal path between the link hub and No Business Mt. and the Pilot Peak repeater site was verified to be viable. Due to some documentation issues, the link could not be made operational at that time.
On September 24th, Ray Montagne [W7CIA] returned to the KA7ERV Pilot Peak repeater site and installation of the link equipment was completed. The KA7ERV link is now operational and available for emergency communications and for pre-scheduled and pre-approved public service events. Permission must be obtained from Rob Blout [KA7ERV] prior to enabling the link. Control code access is limited to only those control operators that have been approved by Rob. All discussions on policy have leaned toward Rob retaining control of when and how the link is used. The creation of an MOU has been discussed but no written proposal has been forwarded at this time, but it is recommended that we do proceed with an MOU.
|Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club - Repeater Network Status (Captured 28 September 2015)|
|1||CIAR2N||KC7MCC||No Business Mt||2m||147.0200||-||100.0||Repeater||OPERATIONAL|
|2||KC7MCC||No Business Mt||33cm||927.2250||-||023||Link Hub||OPERATIONAL|
|4||KC7MCC||Brundage Mt||33cm||902.2250||023||Link Satellite||OPERATIONAL|
|12||CIAR70||KC7MCC||OUT OF SERVICE||70cm||442.5000||100.0||Repeater||OFFLINE|
|13||KA7ERV||Pilot Pk (Boise Co.)||33cm||902.2250||-||023||Link Satellite||AVAILABLE|
Planned future maintenance tasks include:
IMTUF-100 [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]
Next year's event may impose some operational restrictions with respect to using either simplex (i.e. half-duplex) operations on the repeater output frequency or using reverse repeater channels while the repeater is active. Stations should always use a simplex frequency in lieu of overloading the repeater channel assignments of an active repeater with a self coordinated separate radio network. To use the repeater channels of an active repeater in any other context than through-the-repeater operation is considered to be a very poor operating practice. CIARC technical staff had to respond to a number of false reports of radio failure because of this inappropriate mode of operation, which resulted in both weak signals and hearing only one-half of a conversation. There are very few cases where such operation is appropriate, and those few cases have a very limited duration of scope (e.g. passing a brief message through another station to coordinate switching frequencies after driving out of range of the repeater as one example). Idaho has 18 simplex frequencies available in the VHF 2-meter band-plan, and any of these would be more appropriate than overloading the intended purpose of coordinated active repeater frequencies.
Highway Cleanup [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]
No members have signed up for the Highway Cleanup, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 17th. A sign-up sheet will be circulated at the October meeting. If you are interested and were not able to sign up at the October meeting, please contact Richard Wagner [W7ELE].
CIARC members should log-in to their account and then visit this page to view contact information to volunteer for the Highway Cleanup event.
Club BBQ [Bill Beckham - W7CBS]
Floor Items [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]
SIMPLEX AND DUPLEX MODES [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]