PDARC Minutes

 

Minutes from the November 2017 Meeting of the
Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club
The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton
South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by our club president,
Kurt, AE0A.
The meeting started with introductions, and we were happy to welcome 17
members and two visitors.
Bill, W0EJ, moved that we accept last month’s minutes which were disseminated
by email., Don, N7AXW, seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Our treasurer Jim, KE0IDM, reported a balance of $1,737.75 in our checking
account after the $100 donation to Ham Aid, and we have $761.43 in two CD’s at
the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is unchanged at $1,563.68. Bill, W0EJ, moved
to approve the report, with a second from Nick, KE0HQZ, and the motion passed
unanimously.
The repeater club reported that Norwegian Hills repeater had a problem with the
coax to the main antenna and is now operating on a lower, temporary antenna. Ed,
W0SD, and Jim, KE0IDM, worked on grounding at the Vermillion repeater site.
Remote Hams is back up on the link. The transmitter was left on high power,
which was turned down, and after unchecking the “sewer pipe” setting on the
computer’s EQ after a reboot, we are off to the races. If you use the program on
your computer or smartphone, you will need to turn the mic down so that you
aren’t redlining. We had our first DX contact on the net from Alaska via remote
hams last Monday, so the system is working well!
Our VE coordinator Fred, WA0GMH, reported that Ed’s friend Ed, who had tested
Technician and General class last month, tested and passed for Extra. He is a
knowledgeable and affable fellow, and we will enjoy having him in the club.
Old business included the South Dakota QSO Party, which the club will be taking
over next year. The committee met and decided to hold the event on the second full
week of October next year. The committee will need to decide whether to have a
club station, who could work said station, what modes/bands we might work, how
to coordinate the usage of the club call, and what prizes and/or sellable items we
might offer as part of the event. If you have any ideas or would like to volunteer
time or your station towards the event, please let Terry, AE0XI, or another
committee member know.
Field Day results are in for 2017, and the club did very well again this year.
W0OJY +W0EJ placed first in the state and in the Dakota Division. We were 51
overall out of several thousand, and ninth in our class of 3A. Special thanks go out
to all who made this event possible. It was a real club effort.
The annual club Christmas party will be held on the 12th of December in place of
our normal monthly meeting. We will meet at 5:00(ish) at JoDean’s in the south
room where we met last year. You can bring a /non-gender-specific/ white elephant
gift, if you’d like, of no more than $20 in value for a gift exchange. There will also
be door prizes.
New business included discussion of a worked all counties certificate that the club
could offer. We would charge $3 for stateside and $4 for DX stations to cover
printing and mailing of the certificates.
We also discussed a spring contest, or “Spring Fling” that the cub could put on in
the third weekend of March. The contest could serve to generate interest in the
QSO party and be a fun way to get on the air. It was suggested that we run
something like a four-hour sprint.
In anticipation on the ARRL Grid Square Contest, Terry, AE0XI, will serve as a
contact point for those who would like to learn more, coordinate efforts, or
possibly travel to a rare grid square to operate in the coming year.
The officers will hold a meeting soon to talk about what’s working well and what
we could be doing better as officers and as a club, and we will set some goals for
the coming year. If you have any input or would like to participate in the meeting,
let a club officer know within the next few days.
For January’s meeting, we will have a business meeting, treats will be provided by
Fred and Judy, and we will then tour Gavin’s Point Dam and the hydroelectric
plant located within.
Having no more business, Nick, KE0HQZ, moved that we adjourn, and the motion
was seconded by Fred, WA0GMH, and the motion passed unanimously.
Respectfully submitted by,
Matt, AD0P
President Kurt Hauser AE0A kurtehauser@gmail.com
Vice President Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net
Treasurer Jim Brewer KE0IDM Jim.Brewer45@yahoo.com
Secretary Matt Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

Minutes from the October 2017 Meeting of the PDARC
The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton
South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:08 PM by club president Kurt,
AE0A.
The meeting started with introductions, and we were happy to welcome 14
members and five visitors.
Kurt, AE0A, moved that we accept last month’s minutes which were disseminated
by email. Terry, AE0XI, seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Our treasurer Jim, KE0IDM, reported a balance of $1,837.46 in our checking
account after a gain of $0.03 in interest, and we have $749.89 in two CD’s at the
Menno Bank. The repeater fund is unchanged at $1,563.68. Fred, WA0GMH,
moved to approve the report, with a second from Ed, W0SD, and the motion
passed unanimously.
The repeater club reported plans to install backup power on the Yankton repeater
to insure against power loss. Ed, W0SD, ordered a power supply ($189) and will
donate two 6v golf cart batteries, which should power the repeater for two days in
the event of an outage. We hold a weekly net at 8:30 PM CST every Monday, and
the repeater committee meets for coffee at Hy-Vee every Friday morning at 9:00
with all welcome to attend.
Our VE coordinator Fred, WA0GMH, reported no testing this month. If anyone
would like to test, please contact Fred and let him know. Testing can be arranged
before the club meeting on the second Tuesday of every month or by appointment.
A reminder goes out to any hams wishing to travel to Dayton to get in touch with
Kurt, AE0A or Nick, KE0HQZ.
Old business included the topic of raising dues in order to cover costs to the club
that are often donated by members. After discussing the matter as a club, Kurt,
AE0A, moved that we raise dues from $20 an individual and $25 a family to $30
an individual and $35 a family starting next year (January 2018). Dues will be
halved after June for new members, but will remain the same for those renewing
their dues. The motion was seconded by Bruce, K8UDH, and was approved
unanimously by the members.
We also heard from Terry about the SD QSO party. The event will take place this
year on the 21st and 22nd of this month and will be run by the crew in Sioux Falls.
The PDARC will take over the event the following year. The club discussed
purchasing a domain and making a web site for the event next year, as well as how
long the event should be. It was decided that we will run the event in March and
that it will remain a two-day event. The committee will meet again to further hash
out the details.
New business included the election of a vice president and secretary. Terry,
AE0XI, was nominated for the office of vice president, and Matt, AD0P, was
nominated to serve another term as secretary. Further nominations were called for
from the floor, and hearing none, Ed, W0SD, moved to vote with a second from
Don, N7AXE, and both officers were voted in unanimously.
Terry, AE0XI, then called for a donation to be made to Ham Aid to help provide
equipment for those assisting in disaster areas. Terry moved that we donate $100,
the motion was seconded by Don, N7AXE, and the motion passed unanimously.
Terry, AE0XI, announced that there are new bands available to work on 630 and
2200 meters. Hams are asked to register if they plan on working these new bands
in order to avoid interfering with utilities. Members can contact Terry if they
would like more information about registration.
Don, N7AXE, continues to update our member directory. If you haven’t had your
picture taken or information collected, please see Don at our next meeting.
Bruce, K8UDH, announced the Northeast Hamfest in Norfolk NE on Saturday the
4th of November. The event will run from 9:00 to 2:00 and cost $10 a table or $5
admission and will take place at the CHC Hall at 105 W Elm Ave. Talk-in will be
at 146.73 with a tone of 131.8, or 444.250 with a tone of 88.5.
Sandy brought up the cub Christmas party, and Ed, W0SD, moved that we hold the
even at JoDean’s on the 12th of December at 6:00 pm. Bill, W0EJ, seconded and
the motion passed unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned by Kurt, AE0A at 8:00 PM and refreshments were
consumed and Kurt talked about his tower instillation at home as our presentation.
Special thanks go out to Terry and his wife for bringing goodies! Kurt and Carrie
will provide treats for the next meeting.
Respectfully submitted by,
Matt, AD0P
President Kurt Hauser AE0A kurtehauser@gmail.com
Vice President Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net
Treasurer Jim Brewer KE0IDM Jim.Brewer45@yahoo.com
Secretary Matt Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

Minutes from the September 2017 Meeting of the PDARC
The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton
South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by club vice president
Bruce, K8UDH.
The meeting started with introductions all around, and we were happy to welcome
12 members and a few visitors.
Jim, KE0IDM read and the minutes from July’s meeting.
Our treasurer Jim, KE0IDM, also reported a balance of $1,837.43 in our checking
account, and we have $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund
is at 1,563.68.
The repeater club reported no new business other than to mention that the repeaters
are all functioning, we hold a weekly net at 8:30 PM CST every Monday, and that
the repeater committee meets for coffee at Hy-Vee every Friday morning at 9:00
and all are welcome to attend.
Our VE coordinator Fred, WA0GMH, reported that Darren passed his General and
Extra class elements. If anyone would like to test, please contact Fred and let him
know. Testing can be arranged before the club meeting on the second Tuesday of
every month or by appointment.
A reminder goes out to any hams wishing to travel to Dayton to get in touch with
Kurt, AE0A or Nick, KE0HQZ.
Terry, AE0XI, reports having a UHF repeater at his QTH. You can ask for the
frequency on the air.
Ed, W0SD, and Jim, KE0IDM braved the rain and repaired the Norwegian Hills
repeater, and the repeater is back in working condition. The club is grateful to them
for keeping the link up and running.
Old business included the topic of raising dues. It was decided that we table the
issue until we can discuss the matter with club members.
We also heard from Terry that Sioux Falls will run the SD QSO party this year and
email us the data afterwards so that we can take care of the back end of the contest.
Kurt and Terry brought up the idea of having a separate club web page. This is
another idea that we will discuss as a club when we have more members present.
New business included the election of a vice president and secretary. Anyone
interested in running or serving on the board should let an officer know. We will
also open up the floor for nominations at the election meeting in October.
The meeting was adjourned at about 8:45 PM and refreshments were consumed.
Special thanks go out to Jim and Sandy for bringing goodies!
Respectfully submitted by,
Matt, AD0P
President Kurt Hauser AE0A kurtehauser@gmail.com
Vice President Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net
Treasurer Jim Brewer KE0IDM Jim.Brewer45@yahoo.com
Secretary Matt Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

 

Minutes from the June 2017 Meeting of the PDARC
The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South
Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by club president Kurt,
AE0A.
The meeting started with introductions all around, and we were happy to welcome
many members and quite a few new visitors.
We approved minutes from May with no revisions, with Marv moving to accept
and Bruce as second.
Our treasurer Jim, KE0IDM, reported a balance of $2,145.00 in our checking
account, and we have $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund
is at 1,563.68. Bill moved to accept the report and was seconded by Jim.
The repeater club reported no new business other than to mention that the repeaters
are all functioning, we hold a weekly net at 8:30 PM CST every Monday, and that
the repeater committee meets for coffee at Hy-Vee every Friday morning at 9:00
and all are welcome to attend.
Fred, WA0GMH, reported two people who passed their technicians license and
became new radio operators: Bruce’s grandson and Jake, KE0NKC.
Old business included a motion to pay back Ed, W0SD, for the tires he put on
Arliss’ crank-up trailer/tower. The old tires were unsafe. Jim moved that the club
reimburse Ed $231.72 for the tires, and the motion was seconded by Bill. The
motion passed unanimously.
New business included Terry, AE0XI, needing help with this tower raising, and the
Fort to Field 50 Kayak race needing volunteers to help with comms during the
event.
The club also discussed the food situation at the Field Day event.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:42 with a break for refreshments and followed by
a Field Day discussion and demonstration of logging software by Ed, W0SD.
Respectfully submitted by,
Matt, AD0P
President Kurt Hauser AE0A kurtehauser@gmail.com
Vice President Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net
Treasurer Jim Brewer KE0IDM Jim.Brewer45@yahoo.com
Secretary Matt Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

Minutes from the July 2017 Meeting of the PDARC
The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South
Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by club vice president Bruce,
K8UDH.
The meeting started with introductions, and we were happy to welcome many
members and quite a few new visitors.
We approved minutes from June with one correction: we had three hams test in for
the month of June– KE0NTK, Jonah, from Hartington NE; KE0NTL, Thomas,
from Omaha NE; and KE0NKC, Jake, from Mission Hill SD.
Our treasurer Jim, KE0IDM, reported a balance of $1,878.98 in our club checking
account, and we have $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund
is at 1,563.68. We also received a $100 donation from Jarett, KE0FGU, and South
Dakota’s Best River Races LLC for the use of the repeaters and the help the club
gave at the Fort to Field 50. Terry, AE0XI moved to accept the report and was
seconded by Fred, WA0GMH.
The repeater club reported no new business other than to mention that the repeaters
are all functioning, we hold a weekly net at 8:30 PM CST every Monday, and that
the repeater committee meets for coffee at Hy-Vee every Friday morning at 9:00
and all are welcome to attend.
Fred, WA0GMH, reported no VE testing for the month of June.
The club had no old business for the meeting
New business included Terry, AE0XI, reporting that his tower and mast are
assembled. He will have a bucket truck coming to his QTH at 0800 on the 19th and
would welcome anyone who would like to come out and help or see how it all goes
up.
Bruce, K8UDH, reminded members to check in on the net, and called for control
operators. Jake, KC0NKC, volunteered for August, so we should be covered until
December.
Ed gave his annual Field Day report, which is attached. Many thanks go out to all
who made this event possible.
Nick, KE0HQZ, brought up the possibility of carpooling out to Dayton next year
for Hamvention. There were 8 club members interested, so if you have an interest
in going, contact Nick and start planning early. We will be looking into hotel
rooms asap.
We also planned our annual picnic with a club vote as to the location. We had two
votes for remaining at the shelter in Memorial park in Yankton, seven votes to
move to the Cottonwood Recreation Area above the dam, and two votes to move
indoors to a restaurant like JoDean’s. We will grill out again this year, with the
club providing charcoal and some drinks, and members bringing their own grillin’
fixin’s and a side for the table.
Jim, K0HW, brought back some raffle tickets from a hamfest in Colorado Springs,
CO and raised the prospect of having a raffle that lasted six months and holding the
raffle at one of our local hamfests.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:52 with a break for refreshments provided by
Sandy and Jim, and followed by a presentation on satellites by Jim, K0HW.
Respectfully submitted by,
Matt, AD0P
President Kurt Hauser AE0A kurtehauser@gmail.com
Vice President Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net
Treasurer Jim Brewer KE0IDM Jim.Brewer45@yahoo.com
Secretary Matt Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

Minutes from the June 2017 Meeting of the PDARC
The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South
Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by club president Kurt,
AE0A.
The meeting started with introductions all around, and we were happy to welcome
many members and quite a few new visitors.
We approved minutes from May with no revisions, with Marv moving to accept
and Bruce as second.
Our treasurer Jim, KE0IDM, reported a balance of $2,145.00 in our checking
account, and we have $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund
is at 1,563.68. Bill moved to accept the report and was seconded by Jim.
The repeater club reported no new business other than to mention that the repeaters
are all functioning, we hold a weekly net at 8:30 PM CST every Monday, and that
the repeater committee meets for coffee at Hy-Vee every Friday morning at 9:00
and all are welcome to attend.
Fred, WA0GMH, reported two people who passed their technicians license and
became new radio operators: Bruce’s grandson and Jake, KE0NKC.
Old business included a motion to pay back Ed, W0SD, for the tires he put on
Arliss’ crank-up trailer/tower. The old tires were unsafe. Jim moved that the club
reimburse Ed $231.72 for the tires, and the motion was seconded by Bill. The
motion passed unanimously.
New business included Terry, AE0XI, needing help with this tower raising, and the
Fort to Field 50 Kayak race needing volunteers to help with comms during the
event.
The club also discussed the food situation at the Field Day event.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:42 with a break for refreshments and followed by
a Field Day discussion and demonstration of logging software by Ed, W0SD.
Respectfully submitted by,
Matt, AD0P
President Kurt Hauser AE0A kurtehauser@gmail.com
Vice President Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net
Treasurer Jim Brewer KE0IDM Jim.Brewer45@yahoo.com
Secretary Matt Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

 

Minutes for the May 2017 Meeting of the PDARC
The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on
Tuesday, April 9, 2017 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton
South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM by club president Kurt (AE0A).
APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Minutes were emailed to members prior to the meeting. Moved by Bill (KC0DAS) and seconded by Terry (AE5XI) to approve.
TREASURER’S REPORT – In the absence of our treasurer Jim (KE0IDM), Fred (WA0GMH) reported a General Fund balance of $1945.88 in our checking account, and that we have $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund balance is $1,570.69. Motion to approve by Mike (KCODAS),
seconded by Mike (KE0CLO).
REPEATER COMMITTEE – The repeater committee reported that while trying to work on some antenna problems at Norwegian Hill it was discovered that it is almost impossible to climb the pole with the climbing steps currently existing. Jim (KE0IDM) crafted additional steps for the pole. Ed (W0SD), Terry (AE5XI) installed the steps with ground support from Jim (KE0IDM) and Mitch KE0KGS and Jim KE0IDM.. The repeater is now functioning properly, but it is unknown what exactly fixed the problem. The situation will continue to be monitored..
TESTING – Fred (WA0GMH) reported that testing was held prior to the meeting for one participant who passed the technician test. If anyone would like to test, please contact Fred and let him know. Testing can be arranged before the club meeting on the second Tuesday of every month.
SOUTH DAKOTA QSO PARTY – Kurt (AE0A) has contacted Tony (KB0WSW), the current chair of the SD QSO Party and has offered our club’s assistance with the project if needed. The USS South Dakota Wireless Association (the sponsoring club) is discussing whether additional help is needed. Tony thanked us and was glad to hear that someone else appreciates the event and is willing to offer help if needed to keep it alive.
FIELD DAY – June 23, 24, and 25. ED (W0SD) reported that he has confirmed use of the Tyndall park for Field Day 2017. Setup will commence at 9 AM on Friday, June 23. The Field Day competition starts at 12:00 noon Saturday June 24 and ends at 2:59 PM on Sunday, June 25. Mike (KE0CLO) and Shirley (KE0EYI) volunteered to chair the meal. Bill (W0EJ) has made some very nice banners for the event. We
will have three beam antennas and one vertical for Field Day. We have the potential to do really, really well this year. Please  watch for emails to over the next month regarding the event, and please consider volunteering to work at a station during the event.
OTHER ITEMS – Terry (AE5XI) will be looking for some help to get a tower up in his yard during the next month or so. The club participated in one Kayak event this month. Volunteers will be needed for another large Kayak event in July.
The meeting was adjourned and refreshments were consumed. After refreshments and visiting, Ed (W0SD) presented on remote access to ham equipment.
Respectfully Submitted,
Kurt Hauser (AE0A)
President Kurt Hauser (AE0A) – kurtehauser@gmail.com – Cell 605-660-9029
Vice President Bruce Murdock( K8UDH) – murdock27@gpcom.net
Treasurer Jim Brewer (KE0IDM) – Jim.Brewer45@yahoo.com
Secretary Matt Peabody (AD0P) – mpeabody@gmail.com

 

Minutes for the April 2017 Meeting of the PDARC
The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton
South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM by club president Kurt (AE0A).
APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Minutes of the last meeting had not yet been prepared. Will submit at next meeting.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Our treasurer Jim (KE0IDM) reported a balance of $2145.85 in our checking
account, and that we have $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund
balance is $1,563.68. 41 paid members for 2017, with 71% belonging to ARRL. Motion to approve by Fred (WA0GMH), seconded by Nick (KE0HQZ).
REPEATER COMMITTEE – The repeater committee reported that while trying to work on some antenna problems at Norwegian Hill it was discovered that it is almost impossible to climb the pole with the climbing steps currently existing. Jim (KE0IDM) has been working on crafting additional steps for the pole. Ed (W0SD) has devised a plan for installation and has come up with appropriate power tools that can be managed in the air to drive large lag bolts into the pole. The steps will be installed in the near future and after that antenna / coax repairs will be pursued.
TESTING – Fred, WA0GMH, reported no activity with VE testing this month. If anyone would
like to test, please contact Fred and let him know. Testing can be arranged before
the club meeting on the second Tuesday of every month.
FIELD DAY – June 23, 24, and 25. ED (W0SD) reported that he has confirmed use of the Tyndall park for Field Day 2017. Setup will commence at 9 AM on Friday, June 23. The Field Day competition starts at 12:00 noon Saturday June 24 and ends at 2:59 PM on Sunday, June 25. We are looking for someone to volunteer to take charge of the family meal for Saturday evening.
MEETING SPACE DONATION – Motioned by Bruce (K8UDH) and seconded by Ed (W0SD) to approve payment of$200 to Christ the King Lutheran Church for use of our meeting space. This amount is the same as was paid last year. Motion approved.
SD LINK NET CONTROL – SEPTEMBER. Members discussed continuing the tradition of taking care of the SD Link Net Control on Wednesday nights in September. It was agreed that Ed will volunteer our group for September.
The meeting was adjourned and refreshments were consumed. After refreshments and visiting, Terry (AE5XI) presented on logging software.
Respectfully Submitted,
Kurt Hauser (AE0A)
President Kurt Hauser (AE0A) – kurtehauser@gmail.com – Cell 605-660-9029
Vice President Bruce Murdock( K8UDH) – murdock27@gpcom.net
Treasurer Jim Brewer (KE0IDM) – Jim.Brewer45@yahoo.com
Secretary Matt Peabody (AD0P) – mpeabody@gmail.com

No Minutes for March received.

Minutes from the February 2017 Meeting of the PDARC
The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by club vice president Bruce, K8UDH.
The meeting started with introductions all around, and we were happy to welcome 17 members of the PDARC.
Bruce read, and the club approved, the minutes from our January meeting.
Our treasurer Jim, KE0IDM, reported a balance of $1,962.75 in our checking account, and we have $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is at 1,553.68.
The repeater club reported no new business other than to mention that the repeaters are all functioning, we hold a weekly net at 8:30 PM CST every Monday, and that the repeater committee meets for coffee at Hy-Vee every Friday morning at 9:00 and all are welcome to attend.
Fred, WA0GMH, reported no activity with VE testing this month. If anyone would like to test, please contact Fred and let him know. Testing can be arranged before the club meeting on the second Tuesday of every month.
Old business included discussion of raising the dues, perhaps to $25 a year. We will table the vote on this for a later date.
Mike, KE0CLO, will check on the availability of the Tyndall city park for our next Field Day operation.
Members also discussed taking over the duties for the South Dakota QSO party. We will continue to look into that opportunity.
The meeting was adjourned and refreshments were consumed. After the business meeting, Fred WA0GMH, and Bruce, K8UDH, presented on AM mode and Drake radios respectively.
Respectfully submitted by,
Matt, AD0P
President Kurt Hauser AE0A kurtehauser@gmail.com
Vice President Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net
Treasurer Jim Brewer KE0IDM Jim.Brewer45@yahoo.com
Secretary Matt Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

 

Minutes from the January 2017 Meeting of the PDARC
The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton
South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by club president Kurt,
AE0A.
The meeting started with introductions all around, and we were happy to welcome
many members and quite a few new visitors.
The agenda for the meeting was approved, and club members were reminded that,
as it is the beginning of the year, it is time to pay dues.
We approved minutes from October and November and big thanks go out to Bill,
W0EJ, and Bruce, K8UDH for filling in during the absence of our club secretary.
Our treasurer Jim, KE0IDM, reported a balance of $1,793.78 in our checking
account after $90.00 in dues and $0.03 of interest, and we have $761.43 in two
CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is at 1,463.68 after a deposit of
$25.00.
The repeater club reported no new business other than to mention that the repeaters
are all functioning, we hold a weekly net at 8:30 PM CST every Monday, and that
the repeater committee meets for coffee at Hy-Vee every Friday morning at 9:00
and all are welcome to attend.
Fred, WA0GMH, reported no activity with VE testing this month. If anyone would
like to test, please contact Fred and let him know. Testing can be arranged before
the club meeting on the second Tuesday of every month.
A brief rundown of the National Parks on the Air event was presented, in which we
learned that over a million individual contacts were made during the event from
over 460 parks, rivers, trails, monuments and other sites administered by the Park
Service. Many PDARC members were active in the event, including Ev, N0AIE,
who won the state for most contacts made to parks from home, and Matt, AD0P,
who won the state for most park activations.
Ed, W0SD, mentioned that he had invited some hams to his QTH for the RTTY
contest and that they had placed 3rd in the nation in the event. Congratulations to
Ed and friends.
Ed also reported on the club’s Field Day results: The Prairie Dogs won South
Dakota again this year and placed 2nd in the Dakota Division. Big thanks go out to
Ed and all those who participated in Field Day.
Kurt, AE0A, brought up the South Dakota QSO party and mentioned that the club
responsible for putting on the event may not be excited to do so, and that the club
may be able to take over running the QSO party. We will explore this and bring it
back before the club when more is known.
Bill, W0EJ, brought up putting the club directory online so that we can update and
distribute it more easily. We will work out a way for club members to opt out if
they would rather not have personal information online, or we will work to
disseminate the list privately.
Fred, WA0GMH, proposed that we create an equipment/skills list so that we could
share resources as a club.
Bill, W0EJ, mentioned that we might consider raising the club dues this year to
somewhere in the $30 to $35 a year range. We will talk about this, see what the
club thinks, and bring it up for a vote if it seems like the support is there.
The meeting was adjourned at about 8:45 PM and refreshments were consumed. A
special thanks go out to Bill and Donna for springing for pizza! Next week’s
refreshments will be provided by Jim, KE0IDM.
Respectfully submitted by,
Matt, AD0P
President Kurt Hauser AE0A kurtehauser@gmail.com
Vice President Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net
Treasurer Jim Brewer KE0IDM Jim.Brewer45@yahoo.com
Secretary Matt Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

No Minutes received for October and November

 

 

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September Meeting Minutes 9-13-2016
First a hearty congratulations to Kurt Houser KE0HQX and Jim Brewer KE0IDM who were elected to the offices of President and Treasurer, respectively, beginning with the Jan 2017 meeting. Please support Kurt and Jim in their new endeavors.
Second a congratulations to Ev Johnson N0AIE the winner of the Sioux Empire ARC drawing. Bill Spreitzer KC0DAS made the announcement on behalf of SEARC. Thanks Bill

The PDARC Christmas party will be held this coming December 13th, the second Tuesday of December in lieu of the usual meeting. In accordance with the vote last night, the party will be at Jo Dean’s in Yankton. Since the room we usually book into is taken, we will be in the northern room, nearest the cashier’s stand.

The party will start at 5:30 PM to give us more time together. $200 was approved for door prizes, one entry per member/couple/family.

There will also be a voluntary participation White Elephant drawing with a gift not to exceed $10-$20. Let your conscience be your guide.  If you chose not to participate you need not bring a W.E. gift. The W.E. gift exchange is open to each individual that chooses to participate.

We always have a great time at the PDARC Christmas Party and hope to see you all there.

The meeting was followed up by a presentation by Jim Wennblom K0HW on Setting Up  a Ham Station. Jim had tons of literature and hardware to demonstrate and he did a great job. Very entertaining.and interesting Jim, thanks again.

PDARC Meeting Minutes

September 13, 2016

Our club President, Bill Nixon (W0EJ) called the PDARC Meeting to order at 7:00.

 

After introductions, the Treasurer’s Report was presented by Fred, our Treasurer, (WA0GMH) and approved.  There were no meeting minutes for August due to the Club Picnic.

 

Fred also gave the Repeater Committee Report.

 

The Club Christmas Party will be on 12/13 at Jo Dean’s at 5:30, then we will eat at 6:00.

 

Next we had our annual elections.  Kurt  (KE0HQX) and was elected as President and Jim (KE0IDM) was elected as Treasurer.

 

Jim (K0HW) gave an excellent presentation on How To Set Up a Ham Radio Station.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Bruce

K8UDH

73 Bill W0EJ

See you all at the October 11th meeting.

 

 

August Meeting Minutes 8-9-2016
Due to the annual picnic during the August meeting time slot the business meeting was abbreviated with two points of business:

1. Fred De Roos WA0GMH PDARC Treasurer reported that the bank we do business with has changed hands. There is now a $5 per month checking account fee and any savings interest is reduced significantly. A motion was heard and a vote passed to authorize Fred to look for another banking institution to work with where we do not incur the monthly fee for checking.

2. Elections for President and Treasurer will be held next month at the September meeting. We need nominations!  Please submit nominees for these two offices as soon as possible. Nominations will be accepted the night of the meeting and you may nominate yourself.

3. Everett Johnson N0AIE made a trip to the Norwegian Hill repeater to check battery water levels. The water levels were up and no additional water was required. Thanks to Everett and everyone that volunteers their time for maintaining the PDARC repeaters.

 

Minutes from the May 2016 Meeting of the

PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South

Dakota. Bill, W0EJ, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

The meeting started with a report on our VE testing, and the club was pleased to

announce that Eric and Lynn, visitors from last month, passed their test! They will soon

be granted licenses and call signs by the FCC.

We followed with introductions from the 21 members and 5 guests in attendance.

Our acting treasurer Fred, WA0GMH, reported a balance of $2,199.94 in our checking

account after deposits equaling $65.00 for dues, $19.00 for name tags, and $0.11 in

interest. Expenses included a $200 payment for insurance, and $259.98 for radios for new

hams. We still have $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is

currently at $1,446.11 after a $180 expense for electricity for the year at the Norwegian

Hills repeater site.

The repeater committee met on May 5th to discuss the work done at the Vermillion

repeater site. Ed, W0SD, Ed, AD0ED, and Fred, WA0GMH went to the site on the 3rd to

investigate the intermittent signal that has plagued the site this winter. Ed, W0SD,

climbed the tower and replaced an N female to UHF female coax adapter. Kenny,

KD0TGH helped the work crew test the repeater and determine that the performance was

much improved. We will continue to test and improve the repeater.

We are still looking for someone to be in charge of a single fundraising event each year

for the club. If anyone has any ideas or interest in working on such an event, please let a

club officer know.

Thanks went out to Marv Olnes, N0MHL, for a donation towards the radios for new

hams fund.

Special Events reported on an event in which Bill, W0EJ, and Nelson, KA0WTZ, helped

introduce ham radio to 1,000 youngsters as part of the Outdoor Education Rendezvous at

the Niobrara State Park. The kids got to talk on the radio as a class with Bill’s wife

Donna, WD5JRL, on the Springfield Repeater.

Old business for the club included a vote to change the election date for club officers

from January to September so that we will have more members in attendance. We did not

have enough members to constitute a 2/3’s majority necessary to amend the constitution,

so we will have to table the motion until our next meeting.

New business included discussion about hosting a National Parks on the Air event at the

Missouri River as part of the national event the ARRL is putting on this year. A call was

put out for: hams to be in attendance in order to help explain radio to the public, solar

panels to show how hams can operate in emergency conditions, and someone to do a

digital mode demonstration. We will send out an email soon and finalize plans among

those who are interested in participating in this event.

We also discussed our upcoming Field Day, June 25th and 26th, when ham radio operators

throughout the country go portable in an effort to test our equipment and skills, as well as

see how many contacts we can make in a 24-hour period. Ed, W0SD, will again be

heading up our Field Day following a very successful Field Day last year that saw the

club place 1st in our Dakota Division and 42nd overall in the nation.

We will have a Morse code station, run by Ed, W0SD, a SSB (voice) station run

by Matt, AD0P, a digital station run by Terry, AE5XI, and a Get On the Air

(GOTA) station for new or non-hams run by Bill, W0EJ. We will try again for a

satellite contact as well as all the extra point categories that Bill and Donna get for

us each year. This year there will be new point categories for social media and

having a safety officer, so we will work with our members to get those points as

well.

We are still looking for a location after losing our preferred location of Spirit

Mound north of Vermillion. We are looking at the park in Tabor, running on

Terry’s land, or going back to the Scout Camp.

There was a motion from Shirley, KE0EYI, to allocate a $200 payment from the

club for food for the traditional Field Day Saturday afternoon picnic. The motion

was seconded and passed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55.

Edith, W0OE, volunteered to bring refreshments to the next meeting.

Following the business meeting, Matt, AD0P, gave a lively presentation on the

Ionosphere and radio propagation.

Respectfully submitted by:

Matt, AD0P

President—Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice Pres –Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net

Treasurer—Fred de Roos WA0GMH flderoos47@gmail.com

Secretary—Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

Minutes from the April 2016 Meeting of the

PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South

Dakota. Bill, W0EJ, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

The meeting started with introductions, with 22 members in attendance. We were glad to

welcome 2 visitors who are interested in getting involved in ham radio.

Our acting treasurer Fred, WA0GMH, reported a balance of $2,575.81 in our checking

account and $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is currently at

$1626.11.

The repeater committee reported that they discussed the use of the Yaesu digital repeater

as a portable cross-band repeater to increase our repeater link’s coverage as needed in an

emergency communications situation, linking our repeater system to the internet to allow

travelling club members access, and a map showing the coverage of the PDARC repeater

system. The committee’s full report is attached to this email.

Fred, WA0GMH, reported that we had one VE testing this month, with a ham who just

passed his technicians test last month upgrading to general.

For special events, we discussed the upcoming club activation of the Missouri National

Recreational River. We will shoot for an activation towards the end of May, with final

discussion and planning to take place at the May meeting.

Old business included the upcoming vote to change the election date from January to

September. Officers would still change in January, but the revised election date would

allow for more members to be in attendance.

New business included a discussion about offering classes for people interested in getting

a ham radio license, or upgrading their existing license.

We welcomed into the club Terry, AE5XI, who moved to a place west of Yankton from

Arizona.

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:30 PM. Matt, AD0P volunteer to bring

refreshments to the May meeting to make up for his forgetting treats, and thanks go out to

Shirley, KE0EYI for running out for treat at this meeting.

Following the business meeting, Bill, W0EJ, gave a presentation on QRP—or low

power—radio operations, including the equipment involved, organizations that support

QRP work, and the modes that are typically used to work QRP.

Respectfully submitted by:

Matt, AD0P

President—Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President –Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net

Treasurer—Fred de Roos WA0GMH flderoos47@gmail.com

Secretary—Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

 

PDARC Repeater Committee Minutes

April 7, 2016

The PDARC Repeater Committee met at 9 am on April 7, 2016 at the Yankton Hy-Vee.

Present were Don, N7AXW, Bruce, K8UDH, Mike, KE0CLO, Ed, W0SD and Fred,

WA0GMH.

The first topic of discussion was identifying the best use of the Yaesu digital repeater. It

was decided to pursue converting it into a portable cross band repeater that could be

moved to locations in the three county area to increase the coverage of our linked

repeater system, when needed. It is anticipated that this will be of interest to the Yankton

County EC group when we contact them to see how the PDARC can work with them. To

build the cross band repeater, it will be necessary to procure VHF and UHF mobile

transceivers to interface to the Yaesu. It will also be necessary to build or buy several

portable antennas. Parts for the interface are already available for use. It was decided to

put this project on hold while we complete several other repeater-related tasks.

The second topic of discussion was whether we wanted to link our repeater system to the

internet so that club members could use the repeater system remotely. It is thought that

this would be of use to the club members who travel south for the winter. Access would

require a computer with Windows or a tablet/smart phone with the Android operating

system. The software, Remote Hams, is available for free. The club would retain

control of who could connect to our system via the remote access. Setting up remote

access will require a VHF radio that can access our repeater system, a computer running

the server software and a simple interface. Mike, KE0CLO, has located a computer that

will be donated to the club, Jim, K0HW, has offered to donate a VHF radio and Fred,

WA0GMH, will provide the interface. It will be necessary to identify a location in

Yankton, with internet access, to locate the system.

The third topic of discussion was the preparation of a map that shows our repeater

coverage. Mike, KE0CLO, is trying to get some maps that we can use to show our

coverage. Much of the coverage is already known, but it will be useful to show the

coverage on a map when we interact with others, such as the Yankton County EC group.

Ed and Fred are waiting for a reasonably warm day, with low winds speeds, to go to

Vermillion to troubleshoot the noise problem. The problem seems to be either

intermittent desense or an arc due to a poor connection. It is probable that the problem is

located on the tower, so a climb will probably be needed. An approach to isolate the

problem has been developed, so we’re optimistic that the problem can be solved.

 

Minutes from the March 2016 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. Bill, W0EJ, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

The meeting started with introductions, and we were glad welcome 12 members to the meeting.

 

Our acting treasurer Fred, WA0GMH, reported a balance of $2,761.19 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is currently at $1626.11.

 

The repeater committee did not meet this month and had to report.

 

Fred, WA0GMH, reported that we had four VE tests this month, with two new Technician class licenses issued, and two upgrades to General.

 

Old business for the club included a review of the equipment that we retrieved from the emergency center.

 

New business included a motion by Shirley (KE0EYI) to donate $200 to the church for letting us meet at their facility. The motion was seconded by Jim (K0HW) and passed unanimously.

 

We also discussed setting up remote access to the repeater link for club members only that are too far to reach the repeater, out of town, or don’t have the necessary equipment. There should be little to no cost associated with setting up the link, and Jim (K0HW) offered to donate a radio for the project.

 

We also discussed the proposed amendments to the constitution and bylaws. We decided to vote next month to change the voting date for club officers from December to September so that more members can be in attendance. We will vote at the next club meeting, as well as send out an email so that members may submit an absentee ballot.

 

We also discussed moving the meeting night from the second Tuesday of the month to the first. The idea didn’t have much support from the members in attendance, so will not act on that idea.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 after a motion from Everett was passed unanimously.

 

Matt (AD0P) volunteered to bring refreshments to the next meeting.

 

Following the business meeting, Fred, WA0GMH, gave an informative and entertaining presentation about digital modes and Matt (AD0P) talked about the Parks on the Air event.

 

Respectfully submitted by:

Matt, AD0P

 

President—Bill Nixon                 W0EJ              w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President –Bruce Murdock K8UDH            murdock27@gpcom.net

Treasurer—Fred de Roos            WA0GMH       flderoos47@gmail.com

Secretary—Matthew Peabody     AD0P               mpeabody@gmail.com

Minutes from the February 2016 Meeting of

the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South

Dakota. Bill, W0EJ, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

The meeting started with introductions, and we were very pleased to have 5 new people

in attendance.

Our acting treasurer Fred, WA0GMH, reported a balance of $2,77.09 in our General

Fund after taking in $220.00 in membership dues and $63.00 for badges, and paying out

$10.00 to renew out state registration. The repeater fund has $1,606.11 after no deposits

or withdrawals. There is also $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank.

The repeater committee reported that there appears to be some signal intermittence issues

on the Vermillion repeater, which seem to be caused by the wind. The committee meeting

covered having a mobile radio clinic, plans for the digital repeater, a subcommittee to

handle fundraising, and a call for volunteers to look after the batteries at our repeater

locations.

Fred, WA0GMH, reported that we had three tests administered this month by our VE’s

with three new hams passing their test and earning their Technician’s class license! The

VE program would like to find out who among us has their VE credentials, and also who

would be interested in getting theirs.

Old Business included the final chance to order nametags as a fundraiser for the club.

New business included a brainstorming session led by Bruce, K8UDH, in which we

thought up ideas for presentations for club meetings. Bruce will email the list out to

members and call for a vote, after which we will line up presenters for the most desired

topics.

Bill, W0EJ, floated the idea of changing the date of officer elections to June or

September so that we can have more members in attendance. For some reason, the colder

months are typically our lowest attended meetings. We will table this idea for discussion

and bring it up for a vote when more members return with the Spring weather.

Bill also extended the invitation for someone to serve as our chief fundraising operative

to be in charge of an annual fundraising event. If anyone is interested in helping the club

in this regard, please contact one of the club officers.

The club also discussed social outreach, and how we might encourage those that are

interested in radio to get licensed and get involved with the club. We talked about a radio

PSA, newspaper ads, and having a tailgate party/weenie roast before a meeting. The club

has also started a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PrairiedogARC Please like the

page and share posts so that we can reach a greater audience.

Don, K7AXW, is putting together a directory of the members of the PDARC. He will

take our pictures, write up a short bio and list of interests, and print the directory out. He

asked for help from the club for ink, and Jim, K0HW moved that the club pay the cost of

the ink for the directory. Everett, N0AIE, seconded the motion, and the club passed it

unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at about 8:20 PM. Bill and Donna, W0EJ and WD5JRL,

volunteered to bring refreshments to our March meeting.

Following the business meeting, Fred, WA0GMH, gave an informative and entertaining

presentation about SDR and demonstrated the $20 dongle. We tuned in an FM broadcast

station, the local NOAA station, and watched Everett have a QSO on the Yankton

repeater with Ed, W0SD, who was working his Salem station remote from Arizona.

Respectfully submitted by:

Matt, AD0P

President—Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President –Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net

Treasurer—Fred de Roos WA0GMH flderoos47@gmail.com

Secretary—Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club

Repeater Committee Report

February 9, 2016

The PDARC Repeater Committee met on 9:00 AM Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Hy-

Vee in Yankton. Those in attendance were: K8UDH, WA0GMH, KE0CLO, and K0WIU.

A summary of the meeting is as follows:

PDARC 2 Meter Net

The net continues to be held on Monday evenings at 8:30 PM local time utilizing the

Yankton, Norwegian Hill, and Vermillion repeaters. This net is open to all amateurs.

Bruce, K8UDH, will continue the role as Net Manager and will be creating a list of Net

Control stations for 2016.

Vermillion Repeater Site

Intermittent noise in the receiver continues to plague the Vermillion machine. It is

suspect that there may be a faulty connection in the line, coax connectors, or antenna.

The problem seems to be more prevalent during windy conditions.

WA0GMH, AD0P, W0SD, and K0WIU will be investigating the problem when weather

permits.

Yankton Repeater Site

The Yankton machine appears to be working very well with no apparent problems.

Norwegian Hill Repeater Site

The NH repeater is also working with no apparent issues.

A sub-committee consisting of W0SD, W0EJ, and KE0CLO will look into the feasibility

of supplying solar power to the Norwegian Hill repeater. A report will be forthcoming at

a future date.

Yaesu Repeater Status

Fred, WA0GMH, will investigate the feasibility of the newly purchased Yaesu repeater

being used as a portable, multifunctional repeater that could be used on either VHF,

UHF, or both. The portable repeater would also be able to be linked into any existing

UHF or VHF repeater at a given location. IRLP interface to the Internet may also be

possible.

Radio Clinic

The committee is looking at having a Radio Clinic at a future date this summer. This

would allow amateurs to have their mobile, fixed, or portable VHF/UHF rigs checked out

for basic parameters such as power output, VSWR, modulation/deviation, receiver

sensitivity, etc.

Fund Raising Sub-Committee

K8UDH, N7AXW, KE0EYI, and AD0P will continue persuing ways of raising funds for

the various repeater needs and maintenance.

Repeater Coverage Map

The Repeater Committee discussed the possibility of creating a repeater coverage map

that would depict the coverage of the Yankton, Vermillion, and Norwegian Hill repeaters.

We will be looking for volunteers to participate in the project, as it will require several

mobile units to be situated at different locations in or area.

Repeater Site Battery Maintenance

The Repeater Committee recommends that the batteries located at the Norwegian Hill

and Vermillion sites be put on a regular Maintenance Schedule to assure proper

performance and battery life. Any volunteers?

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Jennewein, Chair of the Repeater Committee

Minutes from the January 2016 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South

Dakota. Bill, W0EJ, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

The meeting started with introductions, and we were glad welcome 11 members to the

meeting.

Our acting treasurer Fred, WA0GMH, reported a balance of $2,503.99 in our checking

account and $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is currently at

$1606.11.

The repeater committee reported that all three repeaters are running, linked, and available

for amateur use. The committee encourages club members and local amateurs to make

use of the repeaters and report performance of the machines to the committee. The

committee will schedule meetings as needed from now on, but will continue to get

together on an informal basis at 9:00 AM the Thursday prior to the club meeting at the

Yankton Hy-Vee. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Fred, WA0GMH, reported that we had one VE testing this month, with an amateur from

the Parkston area upgrading to an Extra class license.

There was no old business for the club to conduct this month.

New business included elections and a planning session for presentations and activities

for the coming year.

Elections for club officers this year included a new vice president and secretary, both of

which will serve a two-year term. The committee nominated Bruce, K8UDH, for vice

president, and no other nominations were heard from the floor. A vote was taken, and

Bruce was voted in unanimously.

The committee also nominated Matt, AD0P, for a term as secretary as the position of

secretary was up for election as per the constitution and by-laws. After this term, all

officer positions will fit in the two-year term. A vote was taken and Matt was voted in

unanimously.

The position of treasurer was left vacant with the passing of Bruce, W8MHW. Fred

agreed to step in to serve a one-year term to fill the gap until a new treasurer’s election is

held in 2017. No other nominations were heard from the floor, and Fred was voted in

unanimously.

The club also elected Bill Jennewein, K0WIU, to serve as the chair of the Repeater

Committee. We are glad to have his experience and enthusiasm on this important aspect

of the club because our repeaters are an important service that the club provides and also

serve as a point of contact for our new members as they enter the hobby.

Ed, W0SD, was voted in to serve as the Field Day chairman. We are lucky to continue to

benefit from Ed’s support and attention to detail during Field Day since that event

provides our members with valuable experience in setting up and operating a portable

station. Field Day also serves as a point of contact between the club and the public, so we

are happy that Ed will continue to bring success to this event.

As far as activities go, the club will have the opportunity to operate publically in a

number of exciting events this year. With the National Parks on the Air event, we have

the opportunity to operate in the Missouri River Recreational Area, designated as WR05

by the ARRL. This includes the area by the river from Ft. Randall to Running Water, and

from Yankton to Ponca.

We will also be looking for another island to activate this year for the US Islands Awards

event.

There should be a place for us in the Fort to Field 50 Kayak Challenge this year since the

event organizer Jarret, KE0FGU, is now a ham.

And of course, Field Day will be a big part of the club’s yearly efforts, as well as our

annual picnic and Christmas party.

We didn’t hear a whole lot of suggestions from the floor as far as presentations are

concerned. We, as officers, will be on the lookout to find out what our members would

like to learn more about, as well as to find people that are willing to talk about an aspect

of the hobby that they find interesting. We will also look for a tour or field trip type

activity this year that would prove entertaining or educational for our members. Please

contact the club officers or come to a meeting with any suggestions that you may have for

meeting presentations or opportunities for the club to be of public service or operate radio

in public.

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:40 PM. Shirley, KE0EYI volunteered to bring

refreshments to our February meeting.

Following the business meeting, Fred, WA0GMH, gave an informative and entertaining

presentation about antennas, gain, feed line, and loss.

Respectfully submitted by:

Matt, AD0P

President—Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President –Bruce Murdock K8UDH murdock27@gpcom.net

Treasurer—Fred de Roos WA0GMH flderoos47@gmail.com

Secretary—Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

 

1/12/16

Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club

Repeater Committee Report

The PDARC Repeater Committee met on January 7th at 9:00 at the HyVee in

Yankton. The PDARC Linked Repeater System is working well with no major issues

at this time.

Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club Two Meter Repeater Net

We had some discussion and concern about activity on the Linked Repeater

System. Beginning next week we’ll have some interesting discussion topics

during the weekly net, every Monday evening at 8:30 local time. The Net Control

operator for the month of January is Shirley (KE0EYI). Please use the Repeater

System and join us for the net whenever you can.

Repeater Committee Meetings

Meetings will be scheduled only when needed. However, we will still continue to

gather every month at the regular meeting time, which is on Thursdays prior to

the club meeting. The location is the Yankton HyVee at 9:00 in the morning. We

have lots of fun together and many of us want to see each other. Everyone is

welcome to join us.

Repeater Fund Raising

During the past few months we’ve had several Fund Raising Projects, such as

raffles and sales of tee shirts, sweat shirts, jackets, and call sign pins. We will

continue to focus on the importance of fund raising. Our objective is to have

funds to purchase back up equipment, make system improvements, replace a

repeater if it suffers damage, pay electricity bills, and other expenses.

Bruce Murdock (K8UDH)

Chairman, PDARC Repeater Committee

December 2015 meeting Christmas Party

 

 

Minutes from the November 2015 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Ed, W0SD.

The meeting started with introductions, and we were glad to see Jon (K0JCN) and Leesa (K0LAM) who were also able to make it up from Sioux City.

Our acting treasurer Ed, W0SD, reported a balance of $2,323.79 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is currently at $1103.01.

The repeater committee reported on the states of the Yankton, Vermillion, and Norwegian Hill’s repeaters. The committee reports that all three repeaters are running, linked, and available for amateur use. The committee will schedule meetings as needed from now on, but will continue to get together on an informal basis at 9:00 AM the Thursday prior to the club meeting at the Yankton Hy-Vee. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Ed, W0SD, reported the results of Field Day 2015 which were posted last week by the ARRL. The results were quite favorable for the club, to say the least! W0OJY won the state with more than double the points of the next club to place. We won the Dakota division and came in second in the entire Midwest. We placed 5th in our class of 3A. Overall, out of all the clubs that participated in Field Day this year, we placed 42nd. Although the greatest value was in the lessons learned, the experience gained, and the friendships forged, it is rewarding to have done well in the rankings.

We were also able to present certificates sent to us by the US Islands Awards Program to all the operators who activated Goat Island on the Missouri River last August. Ed, W0SD; Steve, KC0ZXI; and Matt, AD0P were awarded certificates, and Kenny, KD0TGH; Bill, W0EJ; and Jarett, KE0FGU have certificates that will be awarded when next we see them.

Old business included bringing the Handhelds for new Hams motion to a vote. The motion was amended to include all hams who receive a new license and join the club, whether they test in through our VE program, or that of another club. The program was renamed The Bruce Brazelton Memorial Handhelds for New Hams Program, and read as follows:

I move that we as a club provide a handheld radio of inexpensive design to all new amateur radio operators that become members of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club. We will be able to obtain said radio for under $40, and the money could come out of the general fund so as to keep the repeater fund for the maintenance of the PDARC repeater system.

The motion passed unanimously, and the program will be implemented immediately.

New business included further planning of the annual club Christmas party. The party will be held at JoDean’s on December the 8th, in lieu of our usual business meeting and presentation. The dinner will start at 6:00 PM, all are invited with spouses encouraged to attend, and we will feature a white elephant gift exchange again this year

The meeting was adjourned at about 8:45 PM and refreshments provided by Bruce, W8UDH were enjoyed by all.

Following the business meeting, a planning session for emergency communications was conducted. It was decided that a committee will be formed to handle the planning and implementation of EC within Yankton, Bon Homme, Clay, and Union counties. We will poll our club members to find those who would be interested in serving as EC operators for the various locations that we would like to serve, and the committee will then meet and plan out our next steps.

Matt, AD0P

President Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Secretary Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

Minutes from the October 2015 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by our club vice president, Ed, W0SD.

The meeting started with introductions and the approval of last month’s minutes.

Our acting treasurer Ed, W0SD, reported a balance of $2,489.54 in our general club fund. The club still has $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is currently at $1103.07 with no deposits, outlays, or outstanding obligations being reported this month.

VE testing, with Fred, WA0GMH, reported no activity as far as testing. Edith, W0OE now has VE credentials.

The repeater committee reported on the states of the Yankton, Vermillion, and Norwegian Hills repeaters. Jim K0HW reported making $117 from the handheld that he donated and raffled during the Sioux City Hamvention. The committee’s report will be included with these minutes.

Old business included tabling the “hand helds for new hams” motion, the t-shirt orders and samples, and involvement with the Boy Scouts.

New business included the mention that new officer elections will be held in January. Positions to be filled are Vice President and Secretary and will run for two years. We will also need to elect a treasurer for one year to fill in for Bruce, who passed away.

Following the business meeting, Ed, W0SD; Fred, WA0GMH; talked about radio protocol.

Respectfully submitted by,

Matt, AD0P

President Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Secretary Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

 

Minutes from the September 2015 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Ed, W0SD as Bill was out of town.

The meeting started with introductions. We took some time to go around the room and share our favorite memories of Bruce Brazelton, W8MHW, who passed away on September 7th, 2015. Many fond memories were shared, with the consensus being that Bruce was a great and positive man, a huge part of the Prairie Dog Club, and a wonderful friend. He will be sorely missed, but remembered with love.

Bruce, K8UDH, gave an update from the repeater committee, which will be attached to the email containing these minutes.

We heard a special event report in regards to the Goat Island QSO party and island activation. We were pleased to report that the activity was a success, that we activated the island, and made many good contacts. Jarett, KE0FGU, was able to make his first HF contacts, and much fun was had by all.

New business included a discussion in regards to the motion proposed by Matt, AD0P, to provide handhelds to new hams. The motion was amended to include language that the new ham must also join the PDARC to qualify for the handheld. Voting on the motion was tabled until a meeting in which more members would be in attendance.

Ed, W0SD, proposed looking into name badges with a PDARC logo, operator name, and call sign. More information will be forthcoming about this opportunity.

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:50 PM and coffee was consumed.

Following the business meeting, an informative and useful presentation by Paul Scherschligt, the Yankton County Emergency Manager.

Matt, AD0P

President Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

 

Minutes from the August 2015 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was suspended for our annual picnic held on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at the Fantle/Memorial Park in Yankton South Dakota.

We enjoyed some fine fixings, with many delicious dishes brought and shared by all. The club provided charcoal, plates, and utensils. Ray, K0YKN, organized the event, and everything went very smoothly. We appreciate all of Ray’s efforts organizing the event and the Field Day dinner. He is the glue that holds these events together.

After the picnic, we had a brief meeting in which our treasurer Bruce, W8MHW, reported a balance of $2,373.54 in our checking account after a deposit of $270.00-$20 of which were dues and $250 a gift. The club has $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is currently at $1286.00 after $35 in raffle ticket sales and a $250 gift as deposits, and no outlays, or outstanding obligations being reported this month.

There was no old business discussed at the meeting.

A report from the repeater committee was emailed by Bruce, W8UDH, and will be included with these minutes.

New business included a report on the upcoming Goat Island QSO Party and activation by Matt, AD0P. The event will take place on August 29th on Goat Island. Participants may camp out Friday night with Matt, AD0P, Jarett, KE0FGU and family, or convene at the Myron Grove recreational area Saturday in the AM for a ride out the island with Bill, W0EJ on his boat. We will be listening on the Prairie Dog repeater system for those who would like to be ferried out to the island.

Ed, W0SD, reported on the upcoming VHF contest. The event will take place on September the 12th through the 14th at Ed’s QTH. Participants may camp out at Ed’s place, at a campsite close by, or just come out for the day. It will be a less-formal event, so feel free to come out, ask questions, and make some contacts. Contact Ed for more information.

The club was also pleased to present Shirley, KE0EYI, with a handheld radio. The radio was presented by our club president Bill, W0EJ, and was charged, programed, and ready to go. The club also presented Jarett, KE0FGU with a radio outside of the meeting.

Following the business meeting, Ed, W0SD, hosted a foxhunt, in which he drove to an unknown location in Yankton and transmitted on a set frequency. There were many participants, including Kenny, KD0TGH, Fred, WA0GMH, Bill K0WIU, and Matt, AD0P. The contest lasted about 18 minutes, and Fred and Bill were the winners, locating Ed at the old Yankton Bridge. They won the prize of a 2m yagi antenna donated by Ed.

Respectfully submitted by,

Matt, AD0P

President Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

 

Minutes from the July 2015 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by our club president, Bill, W0EJ.

The meeting started with introductions including name and call, and we were happy to welcome a new visitor Tim, KD0UUU from Sioux Falls.

Our treasurer Bruce, W8MHW, reported a balance of $2,103.45 in our checking account after a total of $117.02 was spent for dinner at Field Day. The club still has $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is currently at $1101.00 with no deposits, outlays, or outstanding obligations being reported this month.

There was no old business discussed at the meeting.

VE testing, with Fred, WA0GMH, reported that Jarett Bies, who heads up the kayak races, tested in as a Technician Class operator. We welcome him to ham radio, and hopefully to the club as well.

The repeater committee reported on the states of the Yankton, Vermillion, and Norwegian Hills repeaters. The committee’s report includes information about the now functional Vermillion Repeater on 146.375 + pl 146.2. The report is included at the end of these minutes.

New business included a vote on the Constitution and Bylaws for the PDARC. We needed a 2/3’s majority for the implementation of a new C&B, which meant 17 votes. We had four absentee votes and 14 yea votes in attendance, which made 18 yea votes total. The new constitution and bylaws are posted on the club website at pdarc.org.

Matthew, AD0P, made a motion which is as follows:

I move that we as a club provide a handheld radio of inexpensive design to all new amateur radio operators that test in through the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club. We will be able to obtain said radio for under $40, and the money could come out of the general fund so as to keep the repeater fund for the maintenance of the PDARC repeater system. I think that this would be money well spent as there are some hams who might find it difficult to select the proper radio or pay for it, and it would also be a nice incentive for people considering taking the test and getting licensed.

A discussion followed the motion in which most members wanted to stipulate that the new ham must also join the PDARC in order to qualify for the handheld. The vote was tabled until our September meeting so that more club members will be able to read the motion and place a vote.

It was decided that we will have our annual picnic at the Memorial Park Picnic Shelter. The announcement will be forthcoming, but it will be the same deal as last year, with the exception that this year we will have a fox hunt put on by Ed, W0SD at 8:00.

Ed, W0SD is also gauging interest in operating the VHF contest on the 12th – 14th of September. Options include operating and camping out at Union County State Park just south of Beresford, SD, or operating from Ed’s home near Salem. Union county is a beautiful park with a nice, high operating location, but Ed’s house has better equipment, more power, and we could camp for free on his land or at a moderately-priced campsite nearby. Operating would be serious, but not overly so. If you are interested in operating and have a preference as to operating location, let Ed know.

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:43 PM with refreshments provided by Fred, WA0GMH and Shirley, KE0EYI.

Following the business meeting, Ed, W0SD; Fred, WA0GMH; Bill, W0EJ; and Bruce, W8MHW reported our Field Day activates and results and Matt, AD0P reported on the Vermillion repeater installation and the Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle.

Respectfully submitted by,

Matt, AD0P

President Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

 

Minutes from the June 2015 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Bill, W0EJ.

The meeting started with introductions, and we were pleased to welcome Shirley, who passed her exam and is our most newly licensed ham! We were also happy to see Ray (N0AYL) and Pat (KB0TZF), who donated the site for the Norwegian Hills repeater.

Bruce, W8MHW, reported a balance of $2,200.38 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is currently at $1100.00.

Old business included discussion about the revision of the Constitution and Bylaws. Club members are encouraged to voice any opinions in club meetings or by contacting their officers.

VE testing reported two tests given out before the meeting, and we are excited to announce that Shirley passed her technician’s exam and is awaiting her new call sign!

Ed, W0SD, gave a report about Field Day 2015. Dates are June 27th and 28th, and the location this year will be the Lewis and Clark Boy Scout Camp, located at 31069 430th Ave Tabor, SD 57063. Anyone who can is encouraged to show up at the Scout camp on Friday the 26th around 11:00 AM to help set up. There will be a dinner on Saturday night at 5:00 PM with the club providing food and beverages. Ed moved that the club allocate $200.00 for dinner, and the motion was seconded and carried unanimously. A complete Field Day report from Ed will be included with these minutes.

The repeater committee reported on the states of the Yankton, Vermillion, and Norwegian Hills repeaters. The committee’s report includes information about the now functional Norwegian Hill Repeater, the new site for the Vermilion repeater, and work done on the Yankton repeater. The report is included at the end of these minutes.

New business included a discussion about an opportunity for the club to serve as communications for the Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle. Canoers and kayakers will put it up by the Ft. Randall Dam and proceed to Springfield SD. Event organizers

are looking for operators to fill in a communications gap for their first two checkpoints. We will send out information about the event, and if you would like to participate please contact Matt (AD0P), Scottie (AD0DN), or Bill (W0EJ).

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:30 PM and refreshments were not consumed this month.

Following the business meeting, a thorough presentation about grounding, bonding, and lightning protection was presented by Ed, W0SD.

Matt, AD0P

President Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

2015 PDARC Field Day Field Day will be June 27th and 28th from 1 pm local until 1 pm local. We will be setting up starting at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 26th and tearing down at 1:00 pm on Sunday June 28th. If you can operate SSB during FD please contact Matt AD0P who is heading up the SSB station. The SSB station will be using a rotatable HEX beam at about 35 feet and using a K3. They will be using a fan dipole for 80/40. They will be using Writelog for logging. They will be operating from a tent. Matt will be trying to make a satellite contact for the bonus points. If you can operate CW please contact Ed W0SD. The CW station will be using a rotatable HEX beam at about 60 feet and using a K3. They will be using a fan dipole for 80/40. They will be using Writelog for logging. Please bring you own paddle. We will have a six meter station so if you are interested in working 6 meters please let W0SD know. Both stations will be in the Jayco 5th wheel as in the past. If you can operate digital please let W0SD or W8MHW know. Bruce and Fred are getting the vertical ready and lining up emergency power. Ed W0SD will be lining up the digital equipment and we will be using Writelog. Bill W0EJ will have the GOTA station and be the GOTA coach and Donna WB5JRL together will be working on the bonus points. Ken KD0TGH will be gone so we are looking for someone who has a simple solar set up so we can get our solar bonus points. Please let W0SD know if you can help with this. We will be operating Class 3A. A family picnic will be at 5 pm on Saturday. In the past the club has furnished items for the picnic and it has cost about $150.00 I move that the executive committee is authorized to spend up to $200 for getting the food and other items for the picnic.

5/12/15

Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club

Repeater Committee Report

The PDARC Repeater Committee has again made very significant improvements in the club repeaters during the past month. Our face-to-face meeting was June 4th.

Yankton Repeater

1. On Wednesday, May 27th, a work crew consisting of Bill (K0WIU), Fred (WA0GMH), Ken (WD0TGH), and Bill (W0SD) installed a new HyGain V2-R antenna on the water tower.

2. A UHF link between the Norwegian Hill and Yankton Repeaters was installed in late May using controllers built by Fred (WA0GMH).

3. On June 4, Fred and Ed (W0SD) went to the Yankton site, set the audio levels, and got rid of virtually all the de-sense. Also, other details such as water proofing the entrance to the building, cleaning out the building, improving some existing connections, and finishing up the grounding were completed.

4. The Yankton site is now completed. Norwegian Hill is also totally completed, including an outstanding battery backup system. Now that both repeaters are linked, we call the system the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club Repeater System.

Vermillion Repeater

1. The site for our new Vermillion Repeater will be on a tower at a cement plant in east Vermillion. It will be a free site at no cost to the club.

2. The Repeater Committee expects to have Vermillion up and running within the next two months.

Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club Two Meter Repeater Net

1. In January, 2015, the club decided to start a 2 Meter Net to encourage use of the Yankton Repeater. When the Norwegian Hill Repeater was installed and activated on April 22nd, we started the Norwegian Hill Net, and met shortly after the Yankton Net on Monday evenings. Then when the two repeaters were linked we merged the two nets and created the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club Two Meter Repeater Net. When Vermillion is linked it will join the system.

2. The Net Manager has recruited volunteers who will serve as Net Control Stations for one month at a time. We are covered from June through October.

In summary, your club now has two outstanding linked repeaters, with a third joining the system later this summer.

Respectfully submitted,

Bruce Murdock (K8UDH)

Chairman, PDARC Repeater Committee

 

 

Minutes from the May 2015 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Bill, W0EJ.

The meeting started with introductions, and we were happy to welcome visitors and prospective hams, Shirley, Gordon, and Beth. Jon (K0JCN) and Leesa (K0LAM) were also able to make it up from Sioux City.

Bruce, W8MHW, reported a balance of $2,200.29 in our checking account and $761.45 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is currently at $1186.00.

Old business included discussion about the possible segregation of PDARC life member funds. Members are encouraged to voice their opinions at club meetings or contact their officers if they would like to weigh in on the matter. We are still looking for feedback and revising the Constitution and Bylaws as well.

Brian, AE0P, reported no VE activity or fundraising activity.

Ed, W0SD, gave a report about Field Day 2015. Dates are June 15th and 16th, and the location this year will be the Lewis and Clark Boy Scout Camp, located at 31069 430th Ave Tabor, SD 57063. We will have a CW station, a GOTA station, a digital station, and new this year will be a SSB station. Donna, WD5JRL, will teach a CW class for new and interested individuals.

The repeater committee reported on the states of the Yankton, Vermillion, and Norwegian Hill’s repeaters. The committee’s report includes information about the now functional Norwegian Hill Repeater, and is included at the end of these minutes.

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:20 PM and refreshments were consumed.

Following the business meeting, a captivating presentation about the DX Code of Conduct construction was presented by Bruce, W8MHW.

Matt, AD0P

President Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

5/12/15

Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club

Repeater Committee Report

The PDARC Repeater Committee has been very active during the past month working on and installing repeater systems. Our face-to-face meeting was May 7.

Norwegian Hill Repeater

1. After being off the air for several years, I am pleased to announce that a new repeater system has installed at Norwegian Hill and it went back on the air 4/22.

2. I would like to thank the Repeater Committee plus many others who have worked with the committee since it’s inception several months ago.

3. Almost everything needed for Norwegian Hill has been donated. It’s an OUTSTANDING repeater with great coverage and a top-notch battery backup system.

4. It will soon be linked via UHF to the Yankton Repeater.

Yankton Repeater

1. Since March 12, we have been using a commercial grade Kenwood repeater, loaned to us by Bill Tilton (KC0DXE) from Sioux City. We now have the new Yaesu DR-1X repeater that we ordered. We will return Bill’s repeater and install the club’s new repeater with the UHF link to Norwegian Hill soon.

2. We are working with the Human Services Center for permission and information about climbing the water tower. We need to climb the tower to evaluate the antenna and the feedline system.

3. Two 2 meter nets are now on the air. Monday — 2030 Yankton and 2045 NWH.

Vermillion Repeater

1. The Vermillion Repeater is currently not operational. The water tower supporting our antenna is coming down soon.

2. The Repeater Committee is looking for an alternate site.

Fund Raising

1. We have received numerous donations of equipment, antennas, heliax, all types of supplies, and time from many people. No withdrawals have been made from the Repeater Fund during the past month.

2. The D-104 Microphone Lamp donated to the PDARC for Fund Raising traveled to two area clubs since our last meeting. We picked up donations of $130 from the SARA Club in Sioux City and $60 from the EVARC Club in Norfolk. $5 per ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. The drawing will be held July 14 at the club meeting.

3. The lamp will also go to the North Bend NE Hamfest July 11 for more ticket sales

Respectfully submitted,

Bruce Murdock (K8UDH)

Chairman, PDARC Repeater Committee

 

Minutes from the April 2015 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Bill, W0EJ.

The meeting started with introductions, and we were happy to welcome a visitor, Shirley, who came with Mike, KE0CLO.  Bruce, W8MHW, reported a balance of $2,110.21 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund is currently at $1186.00.

The chair, Bill, W0EJ asked for old business from previous meeting, but none was brought before the membership.

Brian, AE0P, reported no VE activity or fundraising activity.

We were pleased to present Barry Schloss, KC0TOW, with the Amateur Radio Service to Scouting award. Barry earned this award through his efforts to educate young scouts about radio, and promote radio in the scouting organization. The PDARC is proud of Barry’s efforts to kindle an interest in radio with the youth, and we are pleased to count him among our members.

New business included discussion in regards to the new constitution and bylaws that are being drafted by the club. Brian, AE0P, pointed out that this could be a long process, and that we should be sure not to rush. Bill Tilton, KC0DXE, brought up the idea of a constitutional convention. Brian, AE0P, also suggested that we are careful to inventory the club’s assets.

Ed, W0SD, gave a report about Field Day 2015. Dates are June 27th  and 28th, and the location this year will be the Lewis and Clark Boy Scout Camp, located at 31069 430th Ave Tabor, SD 57063. We will have a CW station, a GOTA station, a digital station, and new this year will be a SSB station. Donna, WD5JRL, will teach a CW class for new and interested individuals.

The repeater committee reported on the states of the Yankton, Vermillion, and Norwegian Hill’s repeaters. The committee’s report will follow these minutes.

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:20 PM and refreshments were consumed, with cupcakes provided by Mike’s, KE0CLO, XYL Shirley.

Following the business meeting, a captivating presentation about antenna construction was presented by Matt, AD0P.

Matt, AD0P

President Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club

Repeater Committee Report

The PDARC Repeater Committee met several times at the Club Repeater Sites to work on and adjust the Repeater Systems. Our face-to-face meeting was held on April 9th.

Yankton Repeater

1. On March 12, several members of the Repeater Team adjusted the cavities and performed on air testing, resulting in incremental improvements.

2. Bill Tilton (KC0DXE) from Sioux City offered to loan the club a Kenwood commercial grade repeater to use until our new Yaesu DR-1X repeater is received. Bill brought the repeater to Yankton on March 18 and we installed it later that day. Repeater system performance improved immediately.

3. A yagi antenna is mounted on the water tower railing pointed toward Vermillion. Another one will be similarly mounted pointing toward Norwegian Hill.

4. Bill (W0EJ) will talk to the Human Services Center where our repeater is located for permission and information about climbing the water tower in early May. In addition to antenna work, we may replace the hardline. Approximately 150 feet will be needed.

Norwegian Hill Repeater

1. Bill (W0EJ) has taken care of electricity to the site.

2. Ed (W0SD) is donating a Kenwood repeater, antenna, and hardline.

3. During the past week the Repeater Team has been hard at work at NWH.

4. The repeater should be up and running soon.

Vermillion Repeater

1. The Vermillion Repeater is QRT and the water tower supporting out antenna is coming down in late May.

2. Options for an alternate site are being explored.

Fund Raising

1. The Repeater Fund has received donations to cover the cost of the new Yaesu repeater mentioned previously. Additional equipment has also been donated.

2. A D-104 Microphone Lamp has been donated to the PDARC for Fund Raising. Consider donating to the Repeater Fund and have a chance to win. $5 donation per ticket or $20 for five tickets. The drawing will be held July 14, 2015 at the PDARC meeting.

3. The Lamp is traveling to other clubs for additional exposure.

4. Other Fund Raising Ideas are being explored.

Respectfully submitted,

Bruce Murdock (K8UDH)

Chairman, PDARC Repeater Committee

 

Minutes from the March 2015 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Bill, W0EJ.

The meeting started with introductions, and we were pleased to welcome a visitor who attended with Mike, KE0CLO. Bruce, W8MHW, reported a balance of $2,022.13 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund was at $471.00.

Brian, AE0P, reported that we had one person test for, and pass, the Technician’s exam. Testing remains open for all those interested, but the party wishing to test must schedule an appointment for 4:30 PM on the day of the club meeting, which is always the second Tuesday of the month.

New business included the special event report about kid’s day and the information that Bill W0EJ will not be available to run the event as usual. Fred, WA0GMH; Matt, AD0P; and Bill KC0DAS have volunteered to help with the event.

The Repeater Committee made its report, which is as follows:

The PDARC Repeater Committee met twice since the February Club meeting. The February 12 meeting was on the repeater and February 19 in a face-to-face meeting.

Yankton Repeater

1. The Repeater Committee went to the repeater site to check out the repeater and view our antenna on top of the HSC water tower.

2. The committee determined that the repeater should be replaced. We decided to purchase a new Yaesu DR-1X Repeater. Expected delivery in 1-2 months.

3. There are no plans to demolish the water tower, as we were previously led to believe.

4. The new repeater will be installed and tested before any decisions are made to either replace the current ¼ wave ground plane antenna, replace the hardline, or relocate the Yankton repeater to another site.

Norwegian Hill Repeater

1. Bill (W0EJ) and Bruce (K8UDH) toured the Norwegian Hill Repeater site near Springfield. Fantastic location.

2. Arrangements are being made to obtain electricity.

3. The antenna and hardline are being donated by Ed (W0SD). He will also loan the cavities needed for the repeater to the PDARC.

4. The rig was hit by lightening. Fred (WA0GMH) has it and is working on it.

5. Most of the items needed for the Norwegian Hill Repeater have been donated.

6. The repeater should be up and running in the next few months.

Vermillion Repeater

1. It has been reported that the Vermillion Repeater is not in operation.

2. The Repeater Committee will check it out.

Fund Raising

1. A PDARC Repeater Fund has been established.

2. A member donated the money needed specifically for the purchase of the new Yaesu repeater mentioned previously for the PDARC.

3. A D-104 Microphone Lamp has been donated to the PDARC. Consider donating to the Repeater Fund and have a chance to win. $5 donation per ticket or $20 for five tickets. The drawing will be held July 14, 2015 at the PDARC meeting.

4. Other Fund Raising Ideas are being explored.

Respectfully submitted,

Bruce Murdock (K8UDH)

Chairman, PDARC Repeater Committee

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:20 PM and refreshments were consumed, with treats provided by Bruce, W8MHW. Next week’s refreshments will be provided by Mike, KE0CLO.

Following the business meeting, an informative presentation about technical Tuesdays and the Arduino microcontroller was given by Fred WA0GMH.

Matthew, AD0P

President Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

Trustee Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

 

Minutes from the February 2015 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Bill, W0EJ.

The meeting started with introductions, and we were happy to welcome visitors Dennis, KD0TTF; Dan, KD0ZWF; and Leah. Bruce, W8MHW, reported a balance of $2,043.79 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. The repeater fund was at $61.00.

The chair, Bill, W0EJ brought up old business from previous meetings, including: the states of the Yankton and Vermillion repeaters, the upcoming installation of the Springfield repeater (which is on track), and some club equipment that is at the Emergency Opps Center in Yankton and is awaiting liberation.

Brian, AE0P, reported that Bruce, W8UDH, was testing for his Extra Class License after the meeting (he passed, congratulations!). Testing remains open for all those interested, but the party wishing to test must schedule an appointment for 4:30 PM on the day of the club meeting, which is always the second Tuesday of the month.

New business included the establishment of a repeater committee to oversee the repeater fund, make routine decisions in regards to repeater maintenance, and bring new repeater business before the club for discussion and voting. Bruce Murdow, W8UDH; Don, N7AXW; and Bill Jennewein, K0WIU, were nominated for chairpersons, with Bruce acting as chair of the committee. They were unanimously voted in by the club.

Bill, W0EJ brought up the need to have an introduction package set up explaining the club and what we can do to help in an emergency situation, as well a liaison from the club to act as a point of contact between the club and emergency services. Bill nominated Nelson Stone for the position pending his return from warmer climes.

There was also much discussion about the possible purchase of a new Yaesu DR-1X digital repeater, which is being offered at the discounted rate of $500 through the end of March. The repeater can be run digitally or as an analog repeater. The decision in regards to the new repeater was given over to the repeater committee for discussion.

Fred, WA0GMH, talked about the institution of a Technical Tuesday, in which members could meet sometime in between meetings in order to work on basic electronics, projects, or other educational aspects of the hobby. If you are interested in such a meeting, please let Fred know by email at flderoos@svtv.com.

We also discussed the Formidable Footprint activity, with emphasis on the March 28th event which will focus on tornado preparation. The event starts at 3:00 PM central time and is an internet based event. For more information, please see either the club email or Yahoo group posting regarding the event.

We also got a report on the club’s 2 meter net that has been meeting on the Yankton repeater at 8:30 PM evey Wednesday. Bruce, W8UDH reported 7, 7, 5, and 7 check-ins for each week respectively.

The meeting was adjourned at about 8:30 PM and refreshments were consumed, with cupcakes provided by the XYL of Matt, AD0P. Next week’s refreshments will be provided by Bruce, W8MHW.

Following the business meeting, an informative presentation about Logbook of the World was presented by Bruce, W8MHW.

Matthew, AD0P

President Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

 

Minutes from the January 2015 Meeting of the PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton South Dakota. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Bruce, W8MHW as Ed, W0SD, and Ray, K0YKN, were out of town.

The meeting started with introductions all around, and we were happy to welcome a new member, Bruce K8UDH, to the club. Bruce, W8MHW, reported a balance of $1,843.78 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CD’s at the Menno Bank. An expenditure of $34 for a control crystal for the Springfield Repeater was the only expense incurred by the club.

The acting chair, Bruce, W8MHW, brought up old business from previous meetings, including: a report on the Christmas party at Jo Dean’s (a good time was had by all), the states of the Yankton and Vermillion repeaters (tenuous at best), the upcoming installation of the Springfield repeater (which is on track), and some club equipment that is at the Emergency Opps Center in Yankton and is awaiting liberation.

Brian, AE0P, reported that there were two possible candidates for VE testing, but neither one confirmed their appointment and took the test. Testing remains open for all those interested, but the party wishing to test must schedule an appointment for 4:30 PM on the day of the club meeting, which is always the second Tuesday of the month.

There were many items brought before the club on this first meeting of the year. Many members expressed interest in learning CW (Morse code), and Bill, W0EJ, generously offered to teach a class online if enough people were interested and committed to attend and practice the code on their own for 30 minutes a day, preferably broken into two or three separate sections. Bill teaches with the CWOPPS organization, and would be a very valuable resource in helping our club members learn code. Please contact him if you are interested in a class.

Bruce, K8UDH, brought up the idea of having a local net on the Yankton repeater (146.850 – PL 146.2) in order to encourage the use of the repeater, meet and engage with new people, and test the repeater and our personal equipment. Club members were enthusiastic about the idea, and decided on Monday nights at 8:30 PM as a time for the net. It will be tentatively known as the PDARC Net, and Bruce was volunteered as the first control operator, which he accepted.

A motion was introduced by Brian, AE0P, and is as follows:

The treasurer of PDARC shall segregate all funds received that are specifically designated for the purchase, support, or maintenance of any repeaters. Those funds, and only those funds, shall be used for repeaters and/or repeater expenses.

Club members discussed the motion with little dissent, other than the fact that many club members were not in attendance. The motion was voted on and passed unanimously. It was decided that when more members were in attendance a motion to establish a three person committee in charge of dispersing the repeater funds would be explored.

Next in the meeting, the floor was opened for club members to suggest ideas for presentations, programs, and activities for the coming year. Bill, W0EJ, suggested a presentation on grounding, RFI mitigation, and bonding. Fred WA0GMH, suggested a presentation on propagation, a presentation on basic electronics, and a presentation or activity involving the Raspberry Pi unit. Matthew, AD0P, suggesting building some kits or antennas as people enjoy activities and many of our newer members might benefit from learning from our more experienced members. Brian, AE0P, suggested putting together a handheld beam antenna and doing a club foxhunt (searching for a hidden transmitter).

At the end of the meeting, elections were held for new club officers. Ed, W0SD, and Bruce, W8MHW, held on to their offices as Vice President and Treasurer, respectively. Bill, W0EJ, was nominated for the office of president, and was easily elected with himself being the only dissenting vote. Matthew, AD0P, was nominated for the office of secretary and was voted in unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at about 9:00 PM and refreshments were consumed, with cookies provided by Fred, WA0GMH. Next week’s refreshments will be provided by Matthew, AD0P.

Matthew, AD0P

President Bill Nixon W0EJ w0ej@goldenwest.net

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Matthew Peabody AD0P mpeabody@gmail.com

 

Minutes from November 2014 Meeting – PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ed, W0SD. Ray, K0YKN is down south for the winter.

Introductions were made and the minutes from the October meeting were approved. Bruce, W8MHW reported that we have $1,870.68 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CDs at the Menno bank.

Bill, W0EJ, reported that he met with the owner of the Springfield repeater, Ray Thomas, and the owner of the land (Russell Wynia) on which it is located and that we have permission to take over the repeater and use the site. No rent will be charged for the site, but we will have to pay for electricity service. Ed, W0SD, estimated that power will cost approximately $30/month. There is a single 20 amp breaker inside of the building. The owner also asked if we would put in an outlet box outside of the building for his occasional use.

A key for the building, that would open the lock, could not be located, so it was necessary to cut the lock to gain entry into the building. A new lock was installed by Bill. He reported that there is a 60 foot high pole at the site with a crossbar at approximately 40 feet. There is also a run of heliax up the pole. The pole includes metal screw in steps. Both Ed and Fred worked Bill on simplex from the Springfield site, so the repeater should have good coverage. The club voted and approved taking over the Springfield repeater.

The repeater was delivered to Fred to determine its condition and whether it could be used. Rumor was that it had been hit by lightning. So far it’s been determined that the transmitter and controller sections are working. There were no cavities in the building, but Ed offered to loan a four cavity duplexer to the club. He also offered some pieces of Heliax that were too short for his use and the UHF link radios. 2

Ed brought up that we hadn’t voted to approve funds for the Christmas party committee. A vote was taken and the funds were approved as discussed last month. Bruce told the club that the party would be held next month on the regular meeting date at 6 pm at Jo Dean’s in Yankton. This year we have reserved a room toward the front of the restaurant, rather than the back room that we have used before. The party will include a White Elephant gift exchange. Everyone is asked to bring a gift (~$5) to the party. The rules of the White Elephant gift exchange will be provided at the party. Attendees will order off the menu or choose the buffet with everyone paying for their own meal.

Ed reported that we did very well this year at Field Day. We easily beat all other South Dakota entries and possibly also North Dakota and Iowa. The results are in the December issue of QST. We came in #23 in Class 2A.

Brian reported that no one signed up for VE testing this month. Due to the party next month, we will not be offering a test session.

Ed asked whether the club would be interested in having a grid square DxPedition. He mentioned that there is relatively rare grid square just south of Valentine, NE. Another possibility would be the site of the Springfield repeater, as QRZ shows that there are no hams in the grid square. Ed said that most of the activity is on 6M, with some on 222 MHz and some on 432 MHz.

We also discussed whether we should have a Fox Hunt at next year’s summer picnic. Members could build simple antennas for 2M handhelds and use them for triangulation. It was suggested that we discuss this at a future meeting.

Everett, N0AIE, mentioned that there is a good video on U-tube about solar activity. And Ed mentioned that he’s talked with Kenny, KD0TGH, on 17 M while he’s down South. They are usually between 18.125 – 18.135 MHz at 3pm CST. Jim, K0HW, mentioned that since the club paid for electricity at Turkey Ridge for many years, we may have some capital credit checks waiting for us.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8 pm and a short break was taken before the evening’s presentation. Ed and Edith provided cookies and bars for the break. 3

Ed, W0SD, gave an overview of the South Dakota Link, which started approximately 23 years ago. He shared much of its early history and showed pictures of the various sites, including towers and antennas. The group secured an $87k grant in 1996 which allowed them to add additional sites that provided coverage to the western edge of the state. The most recent addition to the link was a UHF site in Sioux Falls.

There are a total of 12 sites that cover all the large cities in South Dakota and allow for communication along our interstate highways. Each of the sites has battery back up power (some have generator backup) which should allow them to operate for up to a week without commercial power. The South Dakota Link has a net each Wednesday evening at 9 pm local time. Most in this area access the link through the Turkey Ridge repeater, which transmits on 444.975 MHz and receives on 449.975 MHz.

An announcement for the annual Christmas Party will be sent out the week before the party.

Fred WA0GMH

President Ray Monfore K0YKN rgmonfore@gmail.com

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

 

Minutes from October 2014 Meeting – PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ed, W0SD. Ray, K0YKN is down south.

Introductions were made and the minutes from the September meeting were approved. Bruce, W8MHW, was on vacation and asked Fred, WA0GMH, to present the financials. He reported that we have $1,922.63 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CDs at the Menno bank. A check for $100 has not yet cleared the account.

Brian, AE0P, reported that one test was administered before the meeting and that the applicant passed his Technician exam. Ed reported that Bill, KI0AJ, is a silent key and suggested that Jim, K0HW, sell the estate on Ebay. Jim mentioned that he is now mostly buying the entire estate, rather than selling the items on Ebay and splitting the proceeds. Bill, W0EJ, mentioned that he listed the PDARC in the local Springfield paper. Bill, KC0DAS, said that the PDARC is much more visible than the Sioux Falls club and that many people know that we offer VE testing and that we are the place to go for VE exams.

Ed said that Matt, AD0P, has a friend on the Vermillion city council and that it is expected that the existing antennas on the old water tower will be allowed to relocate to the new water tower in Vermillion. Barb and Gene Hoag also know the mayor, so it is hoped that we will be able to use the new water tower for the Vermillion repeater antenna and future UHF antenna for linking to Yankton. The move should occur sometime early next spring or summer.

The officers of the club met prior to Ray heading south and voted to hold Field Day 2015 at the Boy Scout Camp west of Yankton. Barry reported that we will be assisting scouts who want to earn their Radio Merit Badge. There are three different Radio Merit Badges, one for Broadcast Radio, one for Ham Radio and one for Shortwave Listening. Barry said that the camp has the teaching materials available. He expects that most of the scouts interested in earning their Radio Merit Badges will be from the local area.

Ed expects our performance in Field Day to have been very good. We should find out in November how we did.

Fred reported that Bruce will be coordinating the Christmas party this year. He will be assisted by Brian and Fred. The party will be held on December 9th at Jo Deans and we will exchange White Elephant gifts. Each attendee is asked to bring a small gift (~$5) that can be shared with another attendee. It is suggested that the hams bring gifts of interest to hams and the others bring regular gifts. The club approved an expenditure of up to $200 to purchase 3-5 gifts for the party and for miscellaneous items needed for the party. There will be no official meeting the evening of the party. It is hoped that someone can take pictures that will be posted on the Website.

The club discussed ideas for activities for the coming year. Some of the suggestions included:

Field Day Special Events Station

DXpedition VHF DXpedition

VHF Contest Kayak Race from Pierre

Kid’s Day JOTA

RTTY Contest Fox Hunt

Next month’s presentation will be an overview of the South Dakota Link system.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8 pm and a short break was taken before the evening’s presentation. Bill, W0EJ, provided a great selection of goodies for the break. Marv also brought some very good brownies. This evening’s presentation focused on SWR and basic antenna troubleshooting. It was presented by Ed, W0SD.

Ed said that South Dakota is a tough environment for antennas, due to the high winds and ice storms. He started the presentation discussing the utility of the ohm meter for trouble shooting and discussed the importance of installing coax connectors properly and water proofing them so that they don’t degrade. The best approach for water proofing is to wrap the junction with self-fusing silicone tape, followed by an overwrap with a good tape, such as Scotch 33+ or Scotch 88.

He also discussed the importance of using good coax. This means not only using coax that hasn’t degraded, but also choosing the correct coax for the application. As an example, RG-58, although easy to work with, has very high loss, especially

at the higher frequencies. LMR400 is more difficult to work with, but has much less loss. Another approach is to use open wire feeding a dipole. This is one of the easiest ways to get multi band performance from a single antenna. He said he purchases his center insulators from Quick Silver and that a good watt meter is the Diamond DX-200. Ed will continue his presentation on antennas at the January meeting.

Fred WA0GMH

President Ray Monfore K0YKN rgmonfore@gmail.com

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

 

Minutes from September 2014 Meeting – PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ray, K0YKN.

Introductions were made and the minutes from the August meeting were approved. Bruce, W8MHW, reported that we have $2,054.31 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CDs at the Menno bank.

Ed provided an overview of the Special Events Station, W0D. He said that pictures and other information were now on the PDARC website. He also mentioned that we worked all continents, except for Africa. The operation was successful, but we could have used more operators at the bridge site. Also, the site was not optimal for visibility to the public. Marv, N0MHL, mentioned that it was difficult dealing with some of the city employees.

Marv, N0MHL, passed out certificates of appreciation to those who operated as W0D. They included as background, the picture of the bridge that was on the QSL cards, and looked very professional. The club thanked Marv for the certificates. We also discussed when we should relinquish W0D on QRZ. It was decided that we would release the call on September 18th. As of September 16th, approximately 100 QSL requests have been received and answered.

Ray, K0YKN, suggested that we stop by the Press and Dakotan and express our thanks for the publicity that they provided. He also asked that the club reimburse him for a tarp that was purchased during the event when it looked like it would rain. The club approved the expenditure of $31.79.

Ed, Edith, Ray, Ken and Everett visited the Boy Scout Camp to evaluate it as a site for Field Day 2015. Ed reported that there is a lot of room for us to setup so that we can have a little more distance between the stations. The only concern that was voiced was whether it would be difficult to get campers to the location. Ed felt that it wouldn’t be much of a problem. The club voted to hold Field Day 2015 at the Scout Camp.

The scouts will be leaving the camp on Friday before Field Day and returning on Sunday. It was hoped that the scouts who were working on their merit badges could be there during Field Day. Ed will check into the requirements for the Radio Merit Badge.

Fred, WA0GMH, asked what the club’s plans were for the PDARC equipment that is stored at the EOC in Yankton. It was decided to wait until Nelson Stone returns before approaching them to reclaim the equipment. He also asked about the Springfield repeater. Bill, W0EK, will talk with Ray Thomas to see what their plans are.

Brian, AE0P, reported that there was no activity in the area of funds raising. He also asked if we really needed to raise funds, as our checking balance has stayed the same or slightly increased over the year. It was agreed that we would not continue to try to raise funds until we identified a need for the funds.

Linking the Vermillion and Yankton repeaters was discussed. Ed expressed concern that since the water tower in Vermillion will be torn down; does it make sense to put up a new antenna there? We may be able to locate the repeater at the new water tower site, but have not yet been given permission. It was asked if the repeater could be tied into the South Dakota Link. Ed said that the Link was currently as large as it can be and that delay in bringing up all of the repeaters is a concern.

It was decided to give a donation to Spirt Mound and to Christ the King Lutheran Church, as was done last year. Bill, W0EJ, made a motion to give $100 to each and the motion was seconded and approved.

Brian, AE0P, reported that we had one person take the Technician and General exams earlier in the day and that the applicant passed both. There is another applicant scheduled to test at the October test session.

Ray, K0YKN, told the club that he will reserve a room at Jo Dean’s for our Christmas party. He won’t be here for the party and asked that a committee be appointed to coordinate the event.

It was also discussed whether we wanted to have a float in the River Boat Days parade next year. We could get a pickup and have a table with someone operating a radio.

Refreshments for the October meeting will be provided by Bill, W0EJ.

Bruce reminded the club that there will be an internet presentation on Gray Line propagation this evening at 8 pm. Several of the club members, including W0EJ, W8MHW and WA0GMH were preregistered for the presentation.

The meeting was adjourned at 8 pm and a short break was taken before the evening’s open discussion on digital radio modes. The discussion started with those who operate digital modes discussing the mode they operated and the software that they used. Many questions were asked and much information was shared. Many positive comments were heard after the discussion.

Next month’s presentation will be given by Ed, W0SD. He will discuss some of the tools we have to build and tune antennas. This will include a definition of SWR, how to use watt meters and antenna analyzers, and the use of dummy loads and ohm meters.

Fred WA0GMH

President Ray Monfore K0YKN rgmonfore@gmail.com

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

 

 Pictures of the 2014  PDARC  picnic can be found under PDARC EVENTS

Minutes from August 2014 Meeting – PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Memorial Park in Yankton. A Potluck-BBQ was held from 6 pm until 7 pm, followed by a short business meeting. The meeting was called to order at ~7 pm by Ray, K0YKN.

Introductions were made and the July minutes were approved. Bruce, W8MHW, reported that we have $2,054.31 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CDs at the Menno bank. The only expenditure in July was $94 for W0D QSL cards.

Ed summarized the W1AW/0 event and said that we made over 35,000 contacts. He asked if the club would be interested in providing certificates for those who operated. The club approved an expenditure of approximately $30 -40 for the cost. Fred mentioned that he had talked with W1AW representatives and that they might also be giving out certificates to those who operated as W1AW/#.

Ed also mentioned that we are ready for the W0D special events station. The station will be set up on the West side of the Meridian Bridge on Friday and we will operate from 10 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Bill, W0EJ, will prepare a spread sheet so that members can sign up to operated. We will also be able to operate using the W0D call from Thursday through Monday. There will be no limit as to how many can be operating simultaneously on the same band using the same mode. The only requirement is that anyone using the W0D call sign must be a PDARC member. They must also identify with their own call sign at least once each hour. The club will award certificates to the person who makes the most RTTY contacts, the most digital (non-RTTY) contacts, the most CW contacts, the most phone contacts and the highest total contacts. All logs (in ADIF) must be submitted to Ed, W0SD.)

Ray asked for volunteers to visit the Boy Scout Camp with him. He will arrange a date for the visit with Barry. Ed mentioned that he has visited the site and was concerned that RVs may not be able to navigate the road, due to ruts. Ray will keep us informed as to the date and time for the visit.

The meeting was adjourned at ~ 8 pm and several members played horse shoes, while others held eye ball QSOs. We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather!

Fred WA0GMH

Minutes from July 2014 Meeting – PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ray, K0YKN.

Introductions were made and members were polled whether The July minutes were approved, and Bruce, W8MHW, reported that we have $2,106.26 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CDs at the Menno bank. $152.76 was spent for food on Field Day.

Ray recapped the 2014 Field Day. He mentioned the extremely high population of bugs this year and what seems to have become the norm, severe weather. He recognized the efforts expended by Ed, W0SD, for overall coordination and Bill, W0EJ, for his efforts with the GOTA station. He also recognized the others who made this year’s Field Day a success. Ed reported that we did much better than last year and that the results will be on the PDARC website shortly. This year we had 1,300 bonus points and 2,995 claimed points for a total of 4,295. Our score has been submitted to the ARRL and we have a confirmation number. Ray mentioned that we will still be checking out the Boy Scout camp as an alternative to the Spirit Mound site. W0EJ commented on how the club handled safety, particularly with respect to the tower. He also commented on how the entire club was involved. W8MHW commented on the planning and availability of backup equipment that helped to make the event a success. Edith thanked those who helped Ed put up the tower.

The special event station, W0D, will be operated from the Meridian Bridge on August 16th and 17th. The QSL card has been designed and the cost for printing the cards will be $89/500 cards. Bruce coordinated the design and ordering of the cards and said that the vendor will not be charging extra for the cards. He said that they will be ordered to arrive before the August meeting. It was suggested that we put a schedule together for who will be operating and that we will need a tent. We also need to contact the media to advertise the event. We will be setting up on Friday, August 15th and operating on Saturday and Sunday. W0D is now listed on QRZ.com and was advertised

Ray, K0YKN, donated an HQ170a receiver to the club. The officers discussed selling it to a member or advertising it on EBay. It was decided that the best option was to sell it to a member. W0EJ purchased it for $75.

The August meeting will be a pot luck at Memorial Park. The club will purchase charcoal and lighter fluid and each person is requested to bring whatever meat they want to cook and one dish to share with the group. Up to $75 was authorized for purchase of the charcoal and lighter fluid, as well as the rental of the pavilion. Spouses and guests are welcome to attend. There will be plenty of eye-ball QSOs, and Ray plans to bring horse shoes. A reminder for the pot luck will be sent out approximately one week before the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8 pm and a short break was taken before the evening’s presentation. Matt, KD0MFQ, provided the refreshments for the evening. A special thanks to his wife for the great cupcakes.

The evening’s presentation was entitled Crystals 101 and was presented by Bill, K0WIU. Bill described the crystal making process all the way from the raw quartz crystal to the finished frequency adjusted blank installed in a holder. He discussed some of the parameters that affect stability and some of the problems crystal manufacturers have in producing accurate and stable crystals. The presentation was highly informative and elicited many questions.

Fred WA0GMH

President Ray Monfore K0YKN rgmonfore@gmail.com

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

Minutes from June 2014 Meeting – PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ray, K0YKN.

Introductions were made and members were polled whether they would be attending Field Day. It appears that most will be attending. The May minutes were approved, and Bruce, W8MHW, reported that we have $2,183.96 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CDs at the Menno bank.

Due to schedules, it has been difficult to arrange a visit to the Boy Scout Camp to see if it would be a good place to hold Field Day. It was decided to return to Spirit Mound and to pursue other Field Day locations next year. We have the permit in-hand for Spirit Mound. Ray will line up the food again this year. The membership voted to approve the expenditure of up to $200 for food. The meal will be at 5:30 pm on Saturday evening, June 28th. All members and their spouses are invited. Bill, W0EJ, has been submitting news releases to advertise the event.

Bill, W0EJ, will coordinate the GOTA station and will work with KD0TGH to arrange solar powered contacts for extra points. The HF CW station and the 6 M station will be located in Ed’s camper. We will be using an 80M/40M fan dipole and a Hex Beam. The RTTY station will be located in Arlis’ camper. Brian, Bruce and Arlis will coordinate RTTY operation. We plan to start setting up the Field Day site on Friday morning at 10 am.

The Special Events station will be set up west of the Meridian Bridge on the South Dakota side. We’ve received the call sign W0D and plan to operate the station from 10 am until 10 pm on August 16th and 17th. Marv, N0MHL, will be the focal point for the Special Event station. Ray, K0YKN, will handle local publicity and Ed, W0SD, will provide the radio and either tent or RV for the operations site.

Bill, W0EJ, will be coordinating Kid’s Day again this year. The event will be held at the Yankton Walmart on June 21st between 1 pm and 5 pm. Certificates will be available for those who want them. Bill asked for volunteers to be available on 2M to talk with the kids. Ken, KD0TGH said he would be available. Anyone else who wants to help with this event should contact Bill. I’m sure he’d appreciate any others who would be willing to talk with the kids.

Brian, AE0P, reported that we took in $95 from last month’s raffle. He also reported that we tested one applicant, KB0MFQ, and that he passed both the General and Extra Class exams. Matt, KB0MFQ, will provide refreshments for the July meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m., and coffee and cookies were served. Following the break, Bill, WR0B, presented information on electrical shock, including DC, AC, lightening and RF. He also handed out a page of references for those who would like additional information. The presentation was well received and some of the members shared experiences that they have had with electrical shocks.

Fred WA0GMH

President Ray Monfore K0YKN rgmonfore@gmail.com

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

 

Minutes from May 2014 Meeting – PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ray, K0YKN, who recently returned from a vacation down South. Welcome back Ray.

Introductions were made, including mention of the last contact you had. We had several visitors, Marilyn (KA0WTY) and Nelson Stone (KA0WTZ), Don Clifford (N7AXW) and Matt (KB0MFQ). I think there may have been other visitors, but I have to apologize for not remembering the names. The April minutes were approved, and Bruce, W8MHW, reported that we have $2,063.91 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CDs at the Menno bank.

It was decided that we will apply for permission to again hold Field Day at Spirit Mound. There is no cost for the application, so we can still check out the Boy Scout camp and decide which site will be best. Ed mentioned that Field Day coffee cups and T-shirts can be purchased from the ARRL. Bruce, W8MHW, said that he has a vertical antenna that we can use this year. Brian, AE0P, will let us use his DX Engineering base plate. Nelson mentioned that there is an antenna and other stuff stored at the Yankton EOC building. He will contact them and see if we can make arrangements to retrieve the antenna and other items.

Fred, WA0GMH, submitted the form to get liability insurance through the ARRL. After slight prodding, Bruce received a request to pay the $200 premium. The check was mailed, but has not yet cleared our checking account. It is expected that the insurance will be issued within the next several weeks.

The Special Events station will be set up west of the Meridian Bridge on the South Dakota side. Ed requested that we be issued W0D as our call and was notified that we are approved to use this call. We plan to operate the station from 10 am until 10 pm on August 16th and 17th. A short discussion was held about QSL cards. Suggestions included having an outline of ND and SD on the cards and also whether we could use the Riverboat Day’s logo. Brian suggested that we might want to wait until we know how many cards are needed and also that we might consider sending the cards through eQSL. Marv, N0MHL, will be the focal point

for the Special Event station. Ray, K0YKN, will handle local publicity and Ed, W0SD, will provide the radio and either tent or RV for the operations site.

Ray showed a copy of “Radio Active” from American Profile. It highlights amateur radio and was included in one of the local papers.

Bill, W0EJ, was unable to attend the meeting, but will be coordinating the club’s participation in Kid’s Day. More information will be provided at the June meeting.

Brian, AE0P, reported that there will be a raffle this evening for an Afghan, provided by Edith, W0OE. Tickets are $5 each, or $10 for 3 or $20 for 6.

Brian, AD0P, reported that our VE testing sessions are now advertised on the ARRL web site. We will accept only applicants who pre-arrange for testing. This month we had two applicants take the Technician test. Both passed.

Ed reported that there will be six PDARC members participating in the ARRL Centennial celebration operating as W1AW/0. The event runs from Tuesday evening, May 13th, through Tuesday morning May 20th.

Nelson asked if there was interest in helping repair the Springfield repeater that is located on Norwegian Hill near Springfield. He suggested that it would be useful to have the repeater linked to the Yankton and Vermillion repeaters. Fred, WA0GMH, will work with Nelson, and also Ray Thomas of Springfield, to determine if this is feasible.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m. Coffee and cookies were served and the raffle for the Afghan was held. The winner of the Afghan was . Following the break, Ed, W0SD, discussed logging programs with special emphasis on WriteLog. WriteLog is Ed’s choice for logging software and the club owns a copy registered as W0OJY. Ed gave each member a handout that listed several web sites for additional information. Ray (K0YKN) will provide snacks for the June Meeting.

Fred WA0GMH

President Ray Monfore K0YKN rgmonfore@gmail.com

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

 

Minutes from April 2014 Meeting – PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ed, W0SD. Ray, K0YKN, is on vacation until next month. There were fifteen people in attendance.

Introductions were made. We had two visitors, Daniel Fields, K0YG, and Steve Buchy who passed his license exam and is waiting for his call. The March minutes were approved, and Bruce, W8MHW, reported that we have $2,258.85 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CDs at the Menno bank.

Brian, AE0P, reported that there have been no requests for VE testing, but that we will soon be listed on the ARRL website as offering VE testing. We will not be accepting walk-ins at present. The club’s information on the ARRL website has been updated; however we are still waiting for a club identification number so that we can purchase liability insurance.

Ed reported that we will not be participating in the Kayak Challenge this year. They have decided to try using Wi-Fi along the route. He also reported that several sites are being considered for Field Day, however, the Spirit Mound site is his favorite.

Marv, N0MHL, reported that the bridge can’t be rented during River Boat Days or the 4th of July. Fred and Marv looked at several other sites and the club voted and approved that we locate our special event station just to the West of the bridge. Marv will make the arrangements. Tentatively we will operate the station from 9 am until 9 pm on River Boat Days weekend.

The next fund raising raffle will be held at the May meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:20 PM and a short break was taken before driving out to the WNAX transmitter site for a tour. Coffee and three different types of cookies were served by Brian, AE0P.

The tour of the WNAX transmitter was conducted by Jerry Oster, who is the station’s Chief Engineer and News Director. We were shown several generations of transmitters, including the current solid state transmitter made by Nautel which uses pulse duration modulation (or pulse width modulation). This transmitter is only slightly larger than a four drawer file cabinet.

A second solid state transmitter is kept “hot” so that it can be switched on as a backup if the main transmitter would fail. Jerry demonstrated how quickly the backup transmitter could be turned on by feeding 5 kW of RF into a dummy load with just the push of a button.

An older transmitter, built into the wall between two rooms was also shown to the group. This transmitter was used during the 1960s when the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club held its regular meetings at the transmitter site. The meters to monitor the performance of the transmitter were located in one room, while the doors used to get in to tune and repair the transmitter were located in the other room.

Part of an older transmitter dating from the 1930s was also shown to the group. Unlike most transmitters that were built in a cabinet, this transmitter was built on flat Bakelite panels and the transmitter was enclosed in a wire cage to prevent people from contacting the high voltages used on the tubes. The RF and modulator tubes used in this transmitter are unique in that they were water cooled. Much of this transmitter had been removed since the dielectric used in the capacitors and transformers contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

The club thanks Marv, N0MHL, for arranging this tour and Jerry Oster for conducting the tour.

Respectfully Submitted,

Fred WA0GMH

President Ray Monfore K0YKN rgmonfore@gmail.com

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

 

The following was added by Ed W0SD

You can find lots of history about WNAX by searching.  Some other history was discussed on the tour but you will get most of it by reading the links from the WNAX search.

There is a 90 KW diesel generator that will run WNAX for at least a week from the existing fuel tank.  The studio also has a big generator.  WNAX day time coverage is second in square miles coverage of any radio station in the USA with Fargo KFYR being first.  Not bad for 5000 watts.  Of course for ground wave the low frequency and good ground conductivity and about .56 wavelength vertical with lots of radials is key.

They use the single tower for day time and a 3 direction array beaming north from sunset to sunrise.

Following are some pictures from the WNAX tour.

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P1020438   New TransmitterP1020435 Old Transmitter
Minutes from March 2014 Meeting – PDARC

The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ed, W0SD. There were sixteen people in attendance.

Introductions were made, including having each person telling how far they drove to attend the meeting and also some of their recent ham radio activities. The February minutes were then approved. Bruce, W8MHW, reported that we have $2,104.79 in our checking account and $761.43 in two CDs at the Menno bank. The checking account balance includes $135 from raffle tickets sold at the February meeting.

Ed reminded us that Field Day will be held on June 28th and 29th. We will either return to the Spirit Mound site or the Boy Scout Camp located West of Yankton. We will be visiting the Scout Camp sometime this month to decide if it will be a viable location.

As mentioned in the Treasurer’s report, Fund Raising activities have raised $135. Tickets are still available for tonight’s raffle. They cost $5/ticket, or $10 for three tickets or $20 for six tickets. The drawing for the “D-104 Microphone Lamp” will be held following tonight’s business meeting. The club thanks Bill, W0EJ, for donating the lamp.

There have been no requests for VE testing. Brian, AE0P, mentioned that we are still waiting for our ARRL affiliation so that we can advertise on the ARRL web site. Ed told us that the club was originally affiliated in 1952 and reactivating or affiliation is just a matter of applying. The paper work has been submitted and we expect affiliation shortly. At that time we can purchase liability insurance for $200.

Kid’s Day will be held on June 21st. Bill, W0EJ, will be coordinating this event for the club and can use help from anyone who would like to volunteer. Ray, K0YKN, is talking with the Kayak Challenge committee to determine if we will be assisting with the event this year. It will be held on May 24th. Linking of the Yankton and Vermillion repeaters is still on hold pending better weather. Ed is coordinating W1AW/0 which will start May 14th and continue for seven days.

Marv, N0MHL, reported that it won’t be possible to have a booth at River Boat Days this year. The booths are available through a “Jury” process that requires at least one year, possibly two years, of advance notice.

Bill, KC0DAS, suggested that we operate a Special Events station, possibly during River Boat Days or during the Governor’s Wagon Train, commemorating statehood for the Dakotas. Ed told us that Special Event calls are either W0_, K0_ or N0_ and suggested we apply for W0D, with the D signifying Dakotas. Advertising in QST will require two months of lead time.

Another option would be to rent the Meridian Bridge and operate the station from it. A committee consisting of Marv, N0MHL, Barry, KC0TOW and Fred, WA0GMH will evaluate options and report to the club at the April meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:40 PM and a short break was taken before the evening presentation. Coffee and brownies were served by Bruce, W8MHW. Brian, AE0P, will provide refreshments for the April meeting.

Following the meeting, Bill, W0EJ, made a presentation describing how integrated circuits are manufactured. He started with sand and continued through the lithography to put the circuit on the wafer. Information about the need for an ultra-clean environment and the relative sizes involved was presented. The presentation elicited much interest and many questions.

Respectively Submitted,

Fred WA0GMH

President Ray Monfore K0YKN rgmonfore@gmail.com

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

 

PDARC  February Minutes

February 11, 2014

President Ray- K0YKN called the meeting to order at 7:00 Pm, Tuesday night February 11, 2014.

Introduction of members had each one make a short presentation on their activities on the radio during the last month. It needs to be noted that all licensed hams attending except on had been on the radio this past month.

Attending were: K0YKN, W8MHW, W0SD, W0OE, W0EJ, WD5JRL, N0MHL, KD0VWM,

N0AIE, AE0P, AD0DN, AD0BN, KC0DAS, Gordon Olson, and K0HW.

Fred WA0GMH is recovering from rotor cup surgery and a get well card was signed and will be sent. Ed W0SD will take minutes for the meeting.

Bruce W8MHW treasure reported a balance of $1770.75 and CD’s totaling $761.43. Dues for 2014 were due in January so if you have not paid please do so. The dues are $20 per person or

$25.00 for a ham family.

Field Day:

It is planned to look at the Boy Scout Camp in early May and see if it might be a FD site or the other option is the Spirit Mound Park. There is also interest in working with the the BSA radio badges. Ed W0SD said planning is well underway for FD. There may be a need for a work day in May or early June.

VEC:

Brian AE0P reported there is a VE Session being planned before next meeting. Anyone interested should contact Brian.

Raffle Tickets:

Raffle tickets were sold for the D104 microphone lamp that Bill W0EJ put together. You may

still by tickets at next months meeting or send your money with someone to buy them. One ticket costs $5 or you can buy 5 tickets for $20.

Old Business”

Brian AE0P moved that PDARC become an affilitated ARRL club and that the secretary make the application, seconded by Bill W0EJ. Motion carried

Brian AE0P moved that the PDARC get liability insurance that we are eligible for once we are

affiliated with the ARRL and the the secretary make to application ofr liability insurance and that

this expense is approved, seconded by Bill W0EJ. Motion carried.

Ray K0YKN said he will be gone in March and April and W0SD Vice President will be conducting the minutes.

New Business:

There was no new business

Activity reports:

Club members were asked to let the club know of activities they would be interested in.

Possible Activities

Ham coffee (when, where)

.85 net and Vermillion/Yankton when linked this spring

Planned activites are:

Field Day

Kids Day

Kayak Challenge under discussion with their committee

Possible booth at River Boat Days (N0MHL will check on this) 1st week in August

W1AW/0 activity from SD

Fall picnic

Christmas Party

Marv N0MHL had coffee and snacks this month. For next month W8MHW volunteered.

The program was on the Heath company by Mark Rapaich retired Heath Company engineer.

It was an outstanding program with a lot of great inside information on the Heath Company.

 

Motion to adjourn by Brian AE0P, seconded by Jim K0HW

Acting secretary

Ed Gray

Minutes from December and January Meeting should be published later as Secretary Fred WA0GMH is recovering from surgery.

Minutes from November Meeting – PDARC

The November meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ray, K0YKN. There were thirteen people in attendance.

Introductions were made, and then the minutes from the October meeting were approved. Bruce, W8MHW, reported that we have $1,554.62 in our checking account and $742.15 in two CDs at the Menno bank.

Fred reported that he and Ray had visited the Water Department official in Vermillion and that they will allow us to climb the water tower to perform antenna work as long as we give them one days’ notice, that the work is carried out on a week day during working hours and that we provide them with a copy of the climber’s insurance policy. In talking with Ed, W0SD, it was decided that it was too late in the year to do the antenna work and that it would be scheduled for next spring.

The back room by the bar has been reserved at Jo Deans for the Christmas party. The party will be held on December 10

 

th at 6 PM. Friends and spouses are invited to attend.

Ray reminded the club that the election of officers would be held at the January meeting.

Brian discussed fund raising with the club. Flea markets and jamborees do not seem to be a good option any more. Either a table at the 2014 Sioux City ham fest or selling donated items on Ebay were thought to be most likely to be successful. Gordon suggested going in with the American Legion to hold a soup kitchen. We would supply the pies and they would supply everything else. We would get 40% of the total money raised. Ray and Fred will check on this.

Bill, W0EJ, scanned through the ARRL Field Day results and confirmed that W0OJY scored the highest number of points of any club in South Dakota. Much of our success was due to extra points we received.

Ray reported that we received a thank you note from the Spirit Mound Trust for our $100 donation and that they would welcome a brief story for their newsletter.

Bruce, W8MHW, discussed the purchase of name tags for the club members with extra tags available for visitors. The tags would be kept with the club materials and would be handed out for members to wear at the meetings. The members approved of the idea, so Bruce will check into the details.

Ed reported that W0SD will operate as W1AW/0 during the last week of July, 2014. He asked for volunteer operators. There will be two stations in SD helping celebrate the 100

 

th anniversary of the ARRL.

Two people have expressed interest in VE testing sometime next year. Fred checked with the ARRL as to why we are not listed when their VE database is searched and learned that they only list ARRL affiliated clubs.

Marv, N0MHL, brought up the idea of having the club tour the WNAX transmitter site. It was decided to schedule the visit for the spring when it is warmer. Ray also reminded members to let one of the officers know of any interest in holding sessions for the members to learn how to build simple VHF/UHF antennas or other basic electronics construction projects.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8 PM and a short break was taken before the evening presentation. Coffee, Juice and cookies were served. Ed and Edith provided the cookies.

Following the meeting, Fred showed several videos relating to Ham Radio. One was a video from 1944 describing the building of the Hallicrafters BC-610 transmitter for the war. This video was especially relevant, since it Veteran’s Day was on Monday. The other clip was a promotional video for ham radio from 1939. Additional videos are available for future meetings.

Respectively Submitted,

Fred WA0GMH

President Ray Monfore K0YKN rgmonfore@gmail.com

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

Minutes from October Meeting – PDARC

The October meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ray, K0YKN. There were fifteen people in attendance.

Introductions were made, and then the minutes from the September meeting were approved. Bruce, W8MHW, reported that we have $1,696.58 in our checking account and $742.15 in two CDs at the Menno bank. We have a $100 check outstanding

Fred reported that the controller for linking the Yankton and Vermillion repeaters has been completed and that the squelch gate and station control modules for the Yankton repeater have been modified. The UHF link radios were programmed by Ed and are now waiting to be interfaced to the controllers. The next step in linking the repeaters will be to install the UHF antenna in Vermillion and verify that we have a solid link between the two repeater sites. Ray and Fred will visit the Vermillion site to identify a location for the antenna and will arrange for a time for Ed to install the antenna.

A room has been reserved at Jo Deans for the Christmas party. The party will be held on December 10

 

th at 6 PM. Ray requested $75 for party gifts and the motion was approved.

A thank you note was received from the pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church for our donation of $100.

Brian reported that there has been no activity related to fund raising.

Ed reported that W0SD will operate as W1AW for a week sometime next year. There will be two stations in SD helping celebrate the 100

 

th anniversary of the ARRL. He said he will be asking for volunteers to operate the station.

Ed also reported on the recent SET. He said that we have good coverage of most of the major hospitals in his district, but that Gettysburg and Dakota Dunes will require a portable repeater.

There have been no requests for VE testing since the last meeting.

Ray reported that he will be driving to the Sioux City Hamfest and that he has room for one additional rider. He will be leaving Yankton at approximately 6 am on October 12.

A brief discussion was held whether to start holding a local NET on the Yankton repeater or possibly on 6M or 10M simplex. Some interest was expressed, but no decisions were made at this time.

Lisa reminded the group of the Juno flyover on October 9

 

th.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8 PM and a short break was taken before the evening presentation. Coffee, Juice and cookies were served. Ray’s wife Pam provided the cookies, which were judged to be outstanding.

Following the meeting, Ken, KD0TGH, described his experiences in setting up a station and getting on-the-air as a new ham. He mentioned the value of finding good mentors and especially of staying persistent. He showed pictures of his shack and of his antennas. The presentation was well received and elicited many questions and much discussion.

Respectively Submitted,

Fred WA0GMH

President Ray Monfore K0YKN rgmonfore@gmail.com

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

Minutes from September Meeting – PDARC

The September meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ray, K0YKN. There were seventeen people in attendance.

Introductions were made, and then the minutes from the August meeting were approved. Bruce, W8MHW, reported that we have $1,771.54 in our checking account and $742.15 in two CDs at the Menno bank. There was no income and no expenditures during August.

The club voted to proceed with linking the Yankton and Vermillion repeaters. A motion was made to spend up to $350 for coax and a UHF antenna for the Vermillion site. A discussion on whether to purchase Times Microwave or equivalent coax followed. It was decided that equivalent coax should be acceptable for the next two years, after which the Vermillion repeater will have to be moved to a different location. Extra coax not needed for the Vermillion site will be offered to club members on a cost basis. Ed will be providing two UHF transceivers for the link and also several crimp-type N connectors.

The Christmas party was discussed. It was decided to have the party on December 10

 

th, our regular meeting night rather than on a weekend. It was hoped that we could secure better facilities on a Tuesday as compared to a weekend. Ray volunteer to locate a facility and it was agreed that the party would be open to members, spouses and visitors. Ray will provide more information at the October meeting.

K0HW moved that we donate $100 to Christ the King Lutheran Church each year as long as we meet there. Edith seconded the motion and it was approved. Bruce wrote a check which was then given to the church.

Ray suggested that we form a committee to look into fund raising activities. Several options including a raffle and having a table at the Sioux City hamfest were discussed. Brian, AE0P, will coordinate this.

Outreach programs were also discussed. Ideas included continuation with VE testing, Field Day, kid’s day and tutoring of new hams. Fred, WA0GMH, volunteered to coordinate Elmering for the club.

It was decided to continue to offer VE testing upon demand. No tests were administered during August and no requests for testing were received. Ed mentioned that there is a Technician level ham in the Wagner area who wants to upgrade.

Having coffee and cookies at the meetings was discussed. No decision was made; however many seemed interested in this. The church has several coffee makers that would be available for the club to use.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8 PM and a short break was taken before the evening presentation.

Following the meeting, Fred continued with last month’s mini technical session focusing on coaxial cable and SWR.

Respectively Submitted,

Fred WA0GMH

President Ray Monfore K0YKN rgmonfore@gmail.com

Vice President Ed Gray W0SD w0sd@triotel.net

Treasurer Bruce Brazelton W8MHW bhbrazelton@gmail.com

Secretary Fred DeRoos WA0GMH flderoos@svtv.com

Minutes from August Meeting – PDARC

The August meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Memorial Park in Yankton. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ray, K0YKN. Prior to the meeting, a potluck picnic was enjoyed by all. The club provided plates, plastic ware and hot coals for cooking.

Introductions were made, and then the minutes from the July meeting were approved. Bruce, W8MHW, was in Alaska, so it was estimated that the club has approximately $1,730 in the checking account and that the two CDs are worth $742.15.

Ray and Fred visited with Gene and Barb Hoag in Vermillion to discuss linking of the Vermillion and Yankton repeaters. They introduced us to Randy Isaacson who is the Water Department Superintendent. He told us that it would be ok to have someone climb the water tower and install a 440 MHz antenna needed for linking the repeaters. He also told us that the water tower will be taken down in a couple of years and that the city will be building a new water tower on the West side of the city. A decision has not yet been made on whether they will allow antennas on the new water tower, but from what we were told, we are optimistic that they will allow our antenna on the new water tower.

The cost for installing the antenna on the Vermillion water tower is approximately $55 for an antenna, $32 for coax connectors and $200 for LMR400 coax. It was discussed whether the club should purchase a 500 foot roll of coax and allow the members to purchase the extra coax not needed for the antenna project. Bill, W0EJ, asked if there would be an additional discount if we were to purchase 1000 feet of coax. Fred will check on this. No motion was made to authorize expenditures on linking the repeaters at this time.

Ray reported that he sent a letter to the Spirit Mound group thanking them for letting us hold field day there. Spirit Mound is operated jointly by the State of South Dakota, the National Park Service and the Spirit Mound Trust. Ray suggested that we offer a donation to the Spirit Mound Trust. Bill, W0EJ, made the motion and AE0P seconded it. The motion was approved. AE0P suggested that we should consider making a donation to Christ the King Lutheran Church for allowing us to use their facilities. This will be discussed at the September meeting.

At the August meeting a survey of possible club interests was distributed to the attendees. It was also sent to members whose EMAIL addresses we have on file. The topics receiving the most votes were “Basic Electronics” and “Using Test Equipment (a tie). The second most voted for topic was “Setting up a Ham Station”.

It was decided that we will discuss the Christmas Party, fund raising and outreach programs to attract new members at the September meeting. One fund raising suggestion was to host a flea market. Suggestions for attracting new members included presenting a basic electronics course and a course focusing on the Raspberry Pi computer.

Donna made a motion to adjourn and Brian seconded it. The meeting was adjourned.

Following the meeting, Fred presented a mini technical session discussing coaxial cable. Pieces of several coaxial cables, including RG-174, RG-58, RG-8 and LMR400 were available for examination. The loss that occurs with different types of coax at different frequencies was discussed. The take home message was that at low frequencies (up to ~10 MHz) the loss in most coax is relatively low. At higher frequencies, especially at 440 MHz, the loss is significant and a good coax, such as LMR400 or Heliax

 

TM should be used.

He also discussed the additional loss that occurs when there is a standing wave ratio (SWR) greater than 1:1 on the coax. Using 100 watts into a 100 foot length of RG-8 at 146 MHz as an example, the loss in the coax will increase from 42 watts at an SWR of 1:1 to 52 watts at an SWR of 3:1. This difference in loss would not be detectable by ear. A future presentation will explain SWR and the coupling loss that occurs between the coax and the antenna when they are not matched.

Respectively Submitted,

Fred WA0GMH

 

Minutes from July Meeting – PDARC

The July meeting of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The officers in attendance were Ed, W0SD, Bruce, W8MHW and Fred, WA0GMH. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Ed. Attendees introduced themselves to the group, briefly describing their ham radio interests.

The minutes from the June meeting were approved. Bruce, W8MHW, reported that the club has $1,731.45 in the checking account and that we have two CDs worth $742.15. The club received $540 in dues last month, including one lifetime membership.

The Yankton and Vermillion repeaters have not yet been linked, but Ray, K0YKN, is arranging for a meeting with Gene and Barb in Vermillion so that we can get permission to mount a UHF antenna on the Vermillion water tower.

A survey of possible club interests was distributed to the attendees. It will also be sent to members whose EMAIL addresses we have on file. The purpose of the survey is to help choose topics for future meetings.

Ed, W0SD, updated the club on upcoming contests and suggested that members interested in contesting do a Google search to find the list. He mentioned that this time of the year is when sporadic E occurs and that single hop contacts are typically 1,200 miles and multiple hops can extend this to 4,000 miles. Conditions are best on 10 and 6 M, however some 2 M sporadic E also occurs.

Next month’s meeting will be a pot luck held at Riverside Park in Yankton on August 13

 

th. Bill, WOEJ and Ray, K0YKN, will coordinate the pot luck. More information will be sent to members as details are finalized. An RSVP will be requested to help determine how much food will be needed. Bruce, W8MHW, made a motion that the club approve the expenditure of up to $50 for food. Fred, WA0GMH, seconded the motion which was then passed by the membership.

It was suggested that Ray send a thank you note to the Spirit Mound officials for allowing us to hold Field Day at the site. Everyone agreed that the site was a good choice for the event, since it was free of QRN, had water and toilet facilities. A decision will be made next spring whether to hold 2014 Field Day there.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 pm and a break was taken before Ed updated us on Field Day.

Ed made a Power Point presentation discussing the PDARC participation in Field Day. Based on previous scores, he believes that the club may be the winner from South Dakota. We had a total claimed score of 3,756. There were 734 CW QSOs, 119 digital QSOs and 172 phone QSOs. Thanks to the efforts of Bill, W0EJ, we had an additional 1,230 bonus points. Conditions on 6 M were poor, so only 32 QSOs were made on VHF.

Please don’t forget to reserve August 13