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

The July 19, 2011 meeting of the Newton Amateur Radio Club met in the Board Room of the Newton Public Library. In attendance were Aaron Diller, Joe Brazell, John Goerzen, Jeanne Groves, Russell Groves, Dan Inskeep, Charles Meisinger, Joe Palmer, Kent Stutzman, Jerry Williams.

The meeting was called to order at 7:03PM by Pres Russell Groves.

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

Marc Friesen, KC0TMH is part of the Kansas UltraRunners. Aaron, N0QD found that "Heartland Spirit of the Prairie Race" was accepting our offer for communications support. The K0HAM repeater at Matfield Green is presently a standalone repeater, with the UHF link to Manhattan needing repairs. We will use K0HAM 147.045 but will also need to supplement the repeater with another link for areas such as Lapland and Battle Creek where comms would still be down and out of repeater reach. Comms will be run in an ICS format, maintaining continuity of traffic handling.

Kent contacted Ken Janzen regarding a Club member attending their planning meetings for t the Flatlanders Biker Ride to be held again on Septembr 17. It will start at the MCC builing on NE 30th in N. Newton. Russell will make an attempt to attend the MCC meeting at the Bread Basket at 7:00AM August 8.

Testing sessions have been discussed. There are 5 ARRL VE in the Club, enough to give Technician Exams and with a few other upgrades, the Club could offer all levels of testing. Testing on Saturdays (to be determined) are targeted to begin in November.

Kent notified the membership he would be out of circulation and might need someone to take the minutes for the August meeting. Also looking for net controls for the Sunday night nets for a few weeks. Kent may be able to set up AR Newsline and give someone access to run the news off of Echostation.

Justin came down and added the Newton repeater to the K-Link system. This now gives the NWS acess to the northwestern warned counties and provides solid coverage from Quinter to Junction City on I-70 and from the Nebraska state line to Newton and into Wichita. At some point, the repeater will be toned to keep Harvey Co Parks from coming across the link.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30PM

Kent Stutzman, KB0RWI

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