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All licensed operators welcome on the 146.61- repeater.
Newton, KS

The April 19, 2011 meeting of the Newton Amateur Radio Club met in the Board Room of the Newton Public Library. In attendance were Dan Bosnant, Aaron Diller, Greg Brazell, Joe Brazell, John Goerzen, Jeanne Groves, Russell Groves, Bob Harder, Dan Inskeep, Charles Meisinger, Joe Palmer, Wendell Sauder, Janet Smith, Don Smith, Jeremy Stiggins, Stan Stephenson, Kent Stutzman, Jerry Williams.

The meeting was called to order at 7:03PM

Kent read the minutes. Dan made a motion, Jeanne 2nded, and the Club unanimously voted to accept.

Kent gave an update on the Club checking and petty cash balance. Checking balance was $686.62 with $26.44 in petty cash.

New Business:

Noise and QRM have been noticed on the repeater, especially during windy days. Possible causes could be the antenna is leaned against the tower during this time and the inductance reduces the sensitivity. Dan will take his test equipment out to the site and check for problems on frequency and in the area of the repeater inputs and outputs. Temperature extremes at night and warm-ups during the days can also cause equipment to not be as stable as would be typical.

Stan Stephenson from the McPherson Club came and invited the Club to participate with them at Maxwell Game Reserve north of Roxbury. They have secured a cabin and a meal will be served. The Newton Club will furnish a radio and CW operators, another 240w solar array and battery for another station; making the operation 100% emergency power.

Don Smith came and pitched the Tour de Cure, a diabetes bike ride May 21. They feel that the Newton repeater will best cover most of the route and will be running tests to see if the furthest station from the repeater can hit it before the event. There are three rides, 25, 35, and 60 miles. The rides last from 8:00am to approx 5:00pm.

John Goerzen expressed setting up a station at area festivals. Examples were the Goessel Octoberfest, October 1, and the Bethel Fall Festival, October 8. There are other festivals in Newton that the Club can approach to see if there is interest in having us set up a GOTA station at these events - i.e. Chisholm Trail Festival.

Aaron is still looking into the 100 mile Kansas Ultra Runners event. Dan is going to secure the portable tower to take to the site out by Cassoday and we will need to do further topographical studies to find the best location for the tower. We would also have a repeater with the tower.

Kent mentioned that during the Skywarn meeting that Chance feels that we are headed for a very active year for tornadoes. Kent expressed the need for people to stay alert as the storm season continues.

Several non-hams were in attendance and Russell did an excellent job of explaining some of the terminology. A younger attendee is also in Scouts and is looking to get merit badges and was encouraged to get a Technician study guide.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45PM

Kent Stutzman, KB0RWI

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