|The September 19th 2017 meeting of the Newton Amateur Radio Club met in the Board Room of the Newton Public Library. Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Jerry Williams.
Present were Charles K0HNC, Jeanne KS0JG, Russell WX0RG, Jerry KD0LWX, Dave WX0DH, Kent Price KE0NJP, Greg KD0QNF and Joe KD0QNG.
Minutes were read by Secretary/Treasurer Charles Meisinger. Jeanne moved and Dave seconded to approve the minutes as read.
Treasurer’s report was read by Secretary/Treasurer Charles Meisinger. Jeanne moved and Dave seconded to approve.
Falun Classic will be Oct 8th. It starts at Swenson Park in Lindsborg at 13:30. Operators should be there by 13:00 to get station assignments. There will be 3 SAGs. Use the 147.33 repeater.
The Heartland100 run will be Oct 14th and 15th at Cassoday. Russell described the event for new members. Aaron N0QD will be coordinating the event for radio operation. He will find operators and assign them to SAG stations. We will be using a Google spreadsheet that is shared over the internet to track runner times at each stop. Internet access and a phone, tablet or computer to run the app will be needed. Any operator without this capability can still call in numbers and times by radio. The spreadsheet was tried last spring for the 50mi/50k event and worked where there was adequate cell signal strength. There was some discussion about our responsibility in the event of a medical emergency. It was decided that we would notify the race director, who has emergency contact numbers.
The Wichita Hamfest will be Oct 7th at the church across from Century II.
Jerry reported on the MCC Flatlander. It was delayed 15 minutes because of lightning on the course. There were 188 riders, which was a new record turnout.
Jerry will attend the first meeting in October for next years Chisholm Trail bike ride, which will be the first weekend in May 2018 in Newton.
Kansas QSO party: Charles reported the N6MU in CA worked all 105 counties again this year and N8II in WV worked 104. As of several days ago there were 301 logs received. There were more mobiles out this year than last year. A new word, BISON, was added to KANSAS, SUNFLOWER and QSOPARTY. These words are spelled using the last letter of one of the 1x1 calls.
Charles reported on the Route 66 special event that ran from Sep 9th to Sep 17th. 21 stations along the original route were on the air. He worked all but Riverton KS and Tulsa OK. They are hard to get propagation wise and were not on the air much.
Charles passed around pictures of the eclipse from his trip to Beatrice NE . There was light traffic. It rained before the eclipse, but stopped and there were only thin clouds during the event. The 80 meter band opened up to IL and IN area just before totality. It wasn’t completely dark during totality, just a deep twilight, because daylight was only 30 miles away. Dave moved and Jeanne seconded to adjourn at 7:46.
Updated: Sunday, November 5, 2017 17:15
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