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

The December 14, 2010 meeting of the Newton Amateur Radio Club met in the Board Room of the Newton Public Library. In attendance were Dan Inskeep, John Goerzen, Jeanne Groves, Russell Groves, Charles Meisinger, Kent Stutzman, Jerry Williams.

The Meeting was called to order by Secretart/Treasurer Kent stutzman at 7:15PM. Kent read the minutes. The minutes were approved with corrections. Jean moved, Jerry 2nd.  Motion carried.

Old business:
Russ talked to Matt Friesen at Mid-Kansas Co-op, the manager of Cooperative Grain Lyman Adams. Russell is checking with Eagle Communications.

Contact Aaron Diller about the Hearland 100, or Marc Friesen.

John G is a ARRL VE. Jeanne and Russell are going to send their application in soon.

Kent and John went to EOC on Wed the 8th. John programmed the Yaesu FT-8700R for the McPherson 444.600 and the sterling 444.450 K-Link system. Kent was able to reach both on 25w full quieting. John and Kent talked to Justin, N0UJQ about the plan for using HV EOC for back-up to Echolink for NWS Skywarn.

John has put together a system for a packet node to connect to the EOC radio and the packet node will be a BBS system. John has is an Eee mini laptop, Kantronics Packet Comm 3 Plus, with cables for DB-9 and the 8 pin connector for the Yaesu radio. N0KTA is the node in Mulvane. The frequency of the node is 145.070.

New business:
John provided this primer.

The node went live on Dec. 16.  It is listening at 145.070MHz FM.  The equipment includes a Yaesu FT-8800R already present in the EOC which was previously there as a backup for VHF/UHF voice, a Kantronics KPC-3+ TNC given to us for this project by Don KG0HN, a surplus laptop given to the project by John KR0L, and various interface cabling.  The TNC provides a serial interface to the PC and an audio interface to the transceiver, using a Yaesu CT-39 cable to hook into the radio's TNC port.

Packet is frequency-sharing, and any local hams will be able to use this node to communicate with each other in real time, send messages in the BBS (similar to emails), and connect to the Wichita area by connecting via W0BZN and N0KTA, the 120ft node in Mulvane.  Most area hams are not able to achieve a reliable connection to N0KTA, while the height and location of this node makes it possible.

Harvey Co. RACES has an interest in this project as well, and it is hoped that the node will facilitate both emergency and general traffic.

To connect to the node, local hams may tune to 145.070 and connect to W0BZN.  John KR0L is planning to offer some training on using packet during the January meeting.

Other Kansas packet nodes are in Dodge City, Garden City, Hugoton, Scott City, and other HF links reaching into the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles.

Election of Officers;

President Elect - Russell Groves
Vice-President -  John Goerzen
Secretary/Treasurer - Kent Stutzman

Jeanne moved to accept the slate of officers. Dan 2nd. Unanimously passed.

Kent Stutzman, KB0RWI

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