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October Regular Club Meeting Minutes

Richard Arnold
 

Jackson County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes, 10/12/19                       


Really late meeting minutes this time! I just got sidetracked and totally forgot to send them out. Brad Arnold, K4NHA called the meeting to order.

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA gave the Treasurer’s report for September

Income:

Donations - $120.00

Dues - $12.00
Expenditures:
Current balance-$3672.35


K4NHA called the meeting to order.
Introduction of members and guests.


K4NHA told the assembled members about the new (to us) EMA/ARES/CERT Mobile Command Post/Communications trailer secured by Felix Jackson for the use of all 3 groups and the club for events such as Field Day, WinterField Day, etc.


K4NHA told of improvements and repairs made to the trailer by KB4RMA.


K4NHA then asked the assembled members to commit to up to $500.00 to be used for improvements and further repairs. After much discussion a motion was made, seconded and passed.


KK4UWF and K4NHA then described an Allstar node and the operation of such.

KK4UWF informed the group that the 90 was now active on Echolink it is listed as K$SCO-R.


John Grider, KF4HAB then asked the group for opinions on a good HF radio which brought on an active discussion of the various radios available, and their advantages and disadvantages.
(I’m pretty sure he left the meeting totally confused) :-)


Ben Lowe then told of microwave operations at 10gHz and of 10M operations from years past.



K4NHA called for a motion to adjourn, a motion was made, seconded and carried.


After the meeting was Adjourned Ron alley tested and passed his Technician exam.


Members present this month were:

Brad Arnold, K4NHA

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA

Brad Ivey. KK4UWF

Byron Lauderdale, KN4QVD

Ben Lowe, K4QF

John Grider, KF4HAB

Mark Pierson, KN4JXL

Jerry Rossano, N4JR

Jim Clifford, NK3V

Janet Lauderdale, KN4WZU

Mel Bartlett, KD4PID


Guests this month were:

Ron Alley - tested

Marlee Ivey

Donna Grider



Club website: http://jcar.us

Club Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonCountyAmateurRadio/


KB4RMA

Secretary/Treasurer


10/12/19


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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

Felix Jackson Spirit Might at Jefferson's

Richard Arnold
 

Don't forget. This is tomorrow.

Leigh-Anne Williams is planning a spirit night November 5 th from 11 am to 10 pm at Jefferson’s in Scottsboro and will be donating the money from it to the Felix Jackson memorial scholarship fund. So accept the challenge come out and show your team spirit have some good food and fellowship for a great cause.

**Update**
Jefferson’s has decided to make this from open to close so from 11 am to 10 pm you can also participate if you place a to go order so whether you dine in or carry out just tell them it’s for Felix when you pay and the money will go to the Felix Jackson memorial scholarship fund


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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

November Regular Club Meeting.

Richard Arnold
 

Don't forget! This coming Saturday, November 9th at Western Sizzlin.
Meeting begins at 10:00AM, come at 9:30 and enjoy their Breakfast Buffet.

All CERT members are welcome to attend as our honored guests and see what goes on.

Hope to see you all there.

KB4RMA  

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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

Honda Generator Recall

Richard Arnold
 

Re: Felix Jackson

Richard Arnold
 

The services will be this Saturday at Stevenson Middle School gymnasium at 12:00PM with visitation from 11:00AM till 11:45.
The school is located at 701 Kentucky Avenue and is very easy to find.
If you exit Hwy 72 onto hwy 117 (Kentucky Avenue) like you are going to downtown Stevenson, the school will be on the left just past 8th street.

Richard.

On Tue, Oct 22, 2019, 6:57 AM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:
We lost a friend and advocate last night. EMA Director Felix Jackson passed away unexpectedly overnight.
There will be no ARES meeting this month, please join me in prayers and condolences for his family and friends.
In the all too short period of time I was allowed the privilege of knowing and working with Felix, he was very easy to call a friend.
I will update with arrangements as soon as they are available.

KB4RMA

Felix Jackson

Richard Arnold
 

We lost a friend and advocate last night. EMA Director Felix Jackson passed away unexpectedly overnight.
There will be no ARES meeting this month, please join me in prayers and condolences for his family and friends.
In the all too short period of time I was allowed the privilege of knowing and working with Felix, he was very easy to call a friend.
I will update with arrangements as soon as they are available.

KB4RMA

October Regular Club meeting.

Richard Arnold
 

Don't forget! This coming Saturday, October 12th at Western Sizzlin.
Meeting begins at 10:00AM, come at 9:30 and enjoy their Breakfast Buffet.

All CERT members are welcome to attend as our honored guests and see what goes on.

Hope to see you all there.

KB4RMA

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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

Retraction. The September ARES/CERT meeting is back on!

Richard Arnold
 

One of our newest members, Veronica Woodall (KN4WZT) has secured the meeting room at the Jackson County Senior Center which is just inside the entrance of Jackson County Park.

Hope to see you all there at 6:00PM on Wednesday night.

If you want to look it up or program it into your GPS, here is the address:  146 Rita Williams Dr , Scottsboro, AL 35769, Scottsboro, AL 35769  

KB4RMA

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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

September ARES/CERT meeting cancelled.

Richard Arnold
 

OK people. We have tried and tried and tried but scheduling conflicts this month leave us with no venue in which to host the ARES/CERT meeting so it is as of now cancelled.
Our apologies to the group but we will pick back up in October with he promised radio operation class.  

KB4RMA

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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

September Regular Club Meeting Minutes

Richard Arnold
 

Jackson County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes, 8/10/19                       


Brad Arnold, K4NHA called the meeting to order.

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA gave the Treasurer’s report for August


Income:

Donations - $41.00

Shirt money - $38.00
Expenditures: 

Radio 10 pack - $212.75

ARRL Testing Fees associated with CERT training - $40.00


Current balance-$3540.35


K4NHA demonstrated the new Echolink setup on the 90 repeater that is currentyl operating through KK4UWF’s Allstar node from his home.

BenLowe explained about the DStar app for Smartphones (Peanut) and gave a demonstration by talking to a ham in the UK across his Smartphone.


John Hilliard (K4JCH) donated an MFJ prize pack consisting of a coffee cup, short PL259 jumper and a pack of coax seal for give-a-way and new member George Patides was the lucky winner.


Ben Lowe then led a lively discussion of changes in the license classes and structure over the years followed by a short presentation and explanation of his latest antenna build out for his 1296 gHz Moonbounce system.


K4NHA discussed the recent CERT training class and the addition of 4 new hams to the radio ranks.


Byron Lauderdale then started a discussion of how we could get in the schools to demonstrate ham radio to the students.


K4NHA called for a motion to adjourn, a motion was made, seconded and carried.


Members present this month were:

Brad Arnold, K4NHA

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA

Brad Ivey. KK4UWF

Byron Lauderdale, KN4QVD

Ben Lowe, K4QF

Patrick Clifford, KN4BRG

Tanya Sparkman, KA4TLH

Mark Pierson, KN4JXL

George Patides, KN4IEE

John Hilliard, K4JCH

Janet Lauderdale, KN4WZU


Guests this month were:

Gloria Arnold

Marlee Ivey



Club website: http://jcar.us

Club Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonCountyAmateurRadio/


KB4RMA

Secretary/Treasurer


9/14/19


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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

Jackson County Fair

Richard Arnold
 

Alright. We are set up with a little finish work to do on Tuesday night when the fair opens.
Hope to see some (all) of you there, come hang out with us one or more nights.

KB4RMA.

TUE-FRI SEP 10-13 - Gates open 5:30 pm Rides begin at 6:00 p.m. 
SAT SEP 14 Gates open 4:30 p.m. Rides begin at 5:00 p.m.  

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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

August ARES meeting cancelled.

Richard Arnold
 

Due to the CERT training we are conducting on Tuesday and Thursday nights this month, there will not be an ARES meeting this Thursday night at the EOC.

We will catch up in September.

KB4RMA

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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

August Regular Club Meeting Minutes

Richard Arnold
 

Jackson County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes, 8/10/19                       


Brad Arnold, K4NHA called the meeting to order.

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA gave the Treasurer’s report for July


Income:

Antenna Auction - $50.00

Shirt money - $264.00
Expenditures: $722.00 for shirt order


Current balance-$3616.75


2019 Dues collection is still in progress. Still have 2 members outstanding.


K4NHA gave an update on the 2019 CERT training class and HamCram training and testing session being held at the Jackson County Board of Education Teacher Resource center in August and put forth a motion for the club to purchase 10 more radios to be presented to the CERT trainees that are also testing for their Technician class license.


Motion carried and was passed by members present.


K4NHA then told the membership of how the 3 VE’s had been absorbing the cosst of ARRL license testing up to this point but would like for the club to pay the licensing cost for up to 14-15 tests to be administered on the same day. A motion for the payment was made and passed by the members present.


K4NHA announced the Jackson County Fair dates and that we were planning to once again be present at the fair along with EMA, CERT and Jackson County Fire Association.


K4JCH told of the success of the HARC Apollo special event at the Space and Rocket Center and then gave an update on Huntsville Hamfest which is less than 1 week away.


K4NHA updated the group on our idea to have a special event station for the Trail of Tears Ride and that after numerous emails he still had no response from the trail organization. Event is questionable at this time.

Open floor discussion consisted of Ben Lowe telling of HF contacts at a past Dayton Hamvention made from his bicycle. 


K4NHA called for a motion to adjourn, a motion was made, seconded and carried.


Members present this month were:

Brad Arnold, K4NHA

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA

Byron Lauderdale, KN4QVD

Mel Bartlett, KD4PID

John Grider, KF4HAB

Ben Lowe, K4QF

Danielle Fuller, KN4SDJ

Jim Clifford, NK3V

Jerry Rossano, N4JR


Guests this month were:

George Patides

Bill Patides

Alix Fuller

Deo Fuller

Mikayla



Club website: http://jcar.us

Club Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonCountyAmateurRadio/


KB4RMA

Secretary/Treasurer


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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

August Regular Club Meeting

Richard Arnold
 

Saturday, August 10th. Don't forget, bring a friend!

Hope to see you all there,

KB4RMA

KB4RMA

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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

Re: Wires-X Node on the air

Richard Arnold
 

One final frequency change seems to have solved the interference issues.
The input frequency for my node is now 440.925 UHF.
This is still analog and requires no tone.

Give it  try.

KB4RMA

On Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 5:52 PM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:
Update on the Wires-X node: Due to some adjacent channel interference I have moved the frequency from 146.430 to 146.575.

KB4RMA

On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 11:10 AM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:
I have a Wires-X node up and running from the house. The antenna is approximately 40' in the air (highest one I have).

As you can see from the picture, the frequency is 146.430 and I am running it analog so anyone that wants to can listen to it and try to use it.

It is on the America-Link and will be on the air any time I am home until I think I have all of the bugs worked out and gain more confidence in operation.

My hope is to have it running 24/7 as soon as I am comfortable with it.

Note; there is a noticeable but not intrusive "Clock Tick" when it is receiving form the link.
From what I have been told and can find out, this is a known problem that Yaesu has yet to address or correct.

Give it a try, if you can hear it you may be able to talk back to it.  
Let me know if you use it and what you think.

73,

KB4RMA

20190714_105659.jpg

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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331


--
Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331


--
Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

Member looking for tower sections

Richard Arnold
 


Carl Wesser is looking for at least 2, 10' tower sections and maybe a top section as well.
If anyone has any sections they want to sell, reply here and I will put you in touch with Carl.

Thanks,

Richard
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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

Re: Wires-X Node on the air

Richard Arnold
 

Update on the Wires-X node: Due to some adjacent channel interference I have moved the frequency from 146.430 to 146.575.

KB4RMA

On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 11:10 AM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:
I have a Wires-X node up and running from the house. The antenna is approximately 40' in the air (highest one I have).

As you can see from the picture, the frequency is 146.430 and I am running it analog so anyone that wants to can listen to it and try to use it.

It is on the America-Link and will be on the air any time I am home until I think I have all of the bugs worked out and gain more confidence in operation.

My hope is to have it running 24/7 as soon as I am comfortable with it.

Note; there is a noticeable but not intrusive "Clock Tick" when it is receiving form the link.
From what I have been told and can find out, this is a known problem that Yaesu has yet to address or correct.

Give it a try, if you can hear it you may be able to talk back to it.  
Let me know if you use it and what you think.

73,

KB4RMA

20190714_105659.jpg

--
Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331


--
Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

July ARES Meeting

Richard Arnold
 

Next Thursday night, 6:00PM at the EOC on the West side of the square.

KK4UWF will demonstrate his Allstar hotspot system and K4NHA will have the Field Day video in case anyone at the ARES meeting missed the regular club meeting this month.

Come see us and bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.

--
Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

Re: Wires-X Node on the air

Richard Arnold
 

One other note about my Wires-X node that I forgot to mention is that it will be taken off the air when lightning is in the area or if storms with the potential for heavy lightning are forecast for the day when the station will be unattended.
Today is a case in point, due to the forecasted storms, I have taken it off the air while I will be at work.
It will be back on the air when I return home at 4:00PM.

KB4RMA.

On Tue, Jul 16, 2019, 5:32 PM Richard Arnold KB4RMA <kb4rma@...> wrote:
Well other than the "Clock Tick" everything seems to be working well.
Developed a noise problem but tracked that down (I think) and left it on the air all night last night and all day today with no problems so I believe it will now stay on 24/7 and connected to the America Link.

Use it if you can get to it.

KB4RMA

On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 11:10 AM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:
I have a Wires-X node up and running from the house. The antenna is approximately 40' in the air (highest one I have).

As you can see from the picture, the frequency is 146.430 and I am running it analog so anyone that wants to can listen to it and try to use it.

It is on the America-Link and will be on the air any time I am home until I think I have all of the bugs worked out and gain more confidence in operation.

My hope is to have it running 24/7 as soon as I am comfortable with it.

Note; there is a noticeable but not intrusive "Clock Tick" when it is receiving form the link.
From what I have been told and can find out, this is a known problem that Yaesu has yet to address or correct.

Give it a try, if you can hear it you may be able to talk back to it.  
Let me know if you use it and what you think.

73,

KB4RMA

20190714_105659.jpg

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Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331

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Wires-X Node on the air

Richard Arnold
 

I have a Wires-X node up and running from the house. The antenna is approximately 40' in the air (highest one I have).

As you can see from the picture, the frequency is 146.430 and I am running it analog so anyone that wants to can listen to it and try to use it.

It is on the America-Link and will be on the air any time I am home until I think I have all of the bugs worked out and gain more confidence in operation.

My hope is to have it running 24/7 as soon as I am comfortable with it.

Note; there is a noticeable but not intrusive "Clock Tick" when it is receiving form the link.
From what I have been told and can find out, this is a known problem that Yaesu has yet to address or correct.

Give it a try, if you can hear it you may be able to talk back to it.  
Let me know if you use it and what you think.

73,

KB4RMA

20190714_105659.jpg

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Richard Arnold - KB4RMA
Emergency Coordinator
Secretary/Treasurer
Jackson County ARES/RACES
Jackson County Amateur Radio club

256-527-9331