Congrats to Club President WH6FaM for his 5th Place Win in the 2017 Hawaii QSO Party!
April 11, 2018 Maui Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes Located in the Maui County EOC
Trip, WH6FAM opened the meeting at 7:05 pm
Minutes of the March, 2018 meeting were distributed and formally approved.
The Treasurer's report was distributed and formally approved.
Mark, WH7ZK: lives on the big island (BI) and on Maui for work.
Rob, WH6DXW: Has a new radio – FTDX3000. He upgraded to Extra a year ago.
Jim, K6JAT: New ARRL Pacific Division director. Operated in WPX SSB with 550 QSOs
Kent, KH6CJJ: Longest member of MARC (?)
Bob, N0DQD: Built an IC tester based on an existing design, and got really cheap PCBs from China.
Dave, W7VKC: on vacation from Seattle, WA
Ron, KH6AH: Neighbor's grow lights now off so QRN is gone. However leaving for mainland soon.
Jim, KH6HTV: Did a vacation cruise around Asia. Noticed more PSK activity now.
Tom, NH6Y: Listened to WPX, Worked new countries EME & FT8. Noted that Brandon Island
Dxpedition is QRV (3B7A). Brought an oscilloscope & box of resistors to give away.
Mel, KH6H: Reminded all to check into the Siren net every 1st Monday at 11:45 am.
Everett, WH7EZ: Busy, but not on the air.
Riley, NH7O: not active this month.
John, K6GSS: Loved that Tesla SUV that he saw on O'ahu.
Dave, AH6EE: Finished 40 and 20 meter loop antennas but not tested yet. Got on for afternoon net.
Shawn, KH6RSB: has a new (used) radio.
Alan, AD6E: Broke tower again .. getting it fixed with help from Kent. Did WPX as AD6E/AH6.
Robyn, NH7U: Busy with non-ham stuff, FT8 sort of works through the S9 solar panel noise.
Cherie, WH6FQL: New ham in Lahaina. Emcomm interest and looking for portable equipment.
Jim, K6SV: Visiting from the bay area.
Joe, AH6CU: will give talk on AUXCOMM (below)
Anita, AH6AH: Will be giving a “ham cram” class at LDS church on Sat (4/14) with Joe.
• Interest from someone on Moloka'i about taking ham exam there.
• KH6BFD on the BI is looking for a Maui repeater to link with others using RF.
• Rookie Roundup SSB will be April 15 – lots of fun!
• There is supposed to be a new ARES net on 40 SSB but it doesn't seem to be happening.
• New club member: WH6FQL
• Renewed club member: WH6DXW
Joe, AH6CU then gave a talk about his and Anita's AUXCOMM training on O'ahu which dealt with
how ham radio can be used as an overlay to FEMA communications. If we can get 10 local hams, we
can then get that training here. Requirement is FEMA 100, 200, 700, and 800.
Short Field Day discussion: Should we do 2A or 3A? Maybe 3A if one is dedicated to FT8.
Ron, AH6AH then gave a discussion on how to build remote station for use anywhere there is internet
connectivity. Several examples. Info at KY6N.com
Trip adjourned the meeting at 9:35 pm.
MARC Meeting Minutes 3/14/18
Treasurer’s Report Approved
Meeting Minutes from 2/14/18 Approved
N6AI - Bill : mostly inactive for the past decade, new member to MARC
KC7ASJ - Dave : active on Lahaina repeater
KX4IJ - Charles : visited Tom’s shack and compared it to a Ferrari
N0DQD - Bob : new signal link sound card for FT8, visited Florida and reports that hurricane damage left quite an impression
NH6Y - Tom : hosted W5JR to operate from his QTH, invited club members to come operate from his shack during upcoming WPX contest, shared recent CW transceiver project kit from QRP Labs, mentioned that Alan and CW Academy have a portable antenna and tuner package with discounted pricing from MFJ.
KH6AH - Ron : QRT because of neighbor's grow lights
KH6RSB - Shawn : bought a second-hand radio (said it was a good deal), updated the KH6RS.com website, reports that other clubs in Hawaii have not updated their sites.
KH6DDT - Dave: Has not been active in the club for some-time but has been licensed since 1977, mentioned a Motorola 2001 Analyzer and a boom truck for tower setup.
KH6PO - Diane : Visited widow of Steve Tenney (inherited his radio equipment), told her missile attack story, moved to a new QTH in Huelo and is planning antenna setup.
K6GSS - John : described a “banana bug” telegraph key, researching EME, surprised that he isn’t contesting this season.
KH6CJJ - Kent: active contesting, Kent was also this months featured member for HAM Radio Auto-biography. First Licensed in 1957 as WH6CJJ : He described MARC (at NASKA) in the 1950s and 60s. His HAM activities from around the world while he was in the Air Force: (Air Force Academy, Wake Island, Johnson Island, Israel /4x, Okinawa - KA6KC) , contacts with the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
NH7O - Riley (formerly WH6FEM) : received a new call sign after upgrading to Extra Class: Riley was also our presenter with an entertaining talk on Optics, Electromagnetics, contsructive and destructive interference and holograms and nano-Yagi antennae. He related the personal anecdote of how holograms on comic books lead him to a Ph.D. in physics and an Extra Class Amateur Radio License.
KH6H - Mel : upcoming test date
need CALLsign - Steve : thanks past officers for their service to the club
WH6FIB - Roland: Kahoolawe tree planting
WH6EDT - Dale: working on a mag-loop antenna
WH6FAM - Trip: shared photos of portable operation
AH6CU - Joe: attended AuxComm training and will share more next month, will be a VE for Ham Prep Class test.
AH6AH - Anita: submitted treasurer’s report, will be a VE for Ham Prep Class test.
Club Inventory sheet presented as a work in progress.
Test dates announced.
Field Day mentioned.
The calendar of events for 2018 has been updated. Check it out for upcoming events in Maui, Hawaii, and across the nation. http://www.kh6rs.com/events.html
Reminder, our next club meeting is this Wednesday at the EOC.
Feb 14, 2018 Maui Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes
Opened meeting at 7:05pm in the Maui County EOC
KH6HTV provided some desert.
Minutes of the January, 2018 meeting were distributed and formally approved.
The Treasurer's report was distributed and formally approved.
Discussion about how much club money will be needed for File Day activities.
Visitors Charlie and Barbara Smith, KX4IJ, are staying on Maui for two months every year. Charlie is a
new licensee after many years QRT.
Ron, KH6AH is QRT due to “grow lights”. Cuba visit.
Dave, AH6EE is building a magnetic loop antenna due to antenna restrictions.
Joe, AH6CU will go th a state wide meeting concerning Emmcon that is outside of ARES and Races.
Will report back next month.
Tom, G4BKF is visiting his son here for three weeks. This is his 5th visit to Maui.
Anita, AH6AH needs ham help for VOAD
John and Marry, K6GSS showed off a fancy socket. Mary noted she is a 39 year ham veteran.
Jim, KH6HTV brought desert and has been doing some FT8 operating. He notes a resurgence of PSK
Trip, Elina, Brea, WH6FAM: Trip showed off his LoTW summary of the last six months of activity.
Elena made one or two QSOs on kids day. Brea made no QSOs.
Tom, Lesli, NH6Y: Tom gave a ham radio demo for the Boys & Girls club and also the Paia CERT
group. There is a rather old and HEAVY FT-1000 for sale. Showed off a single band $50 transceiver
kit. Also, W5JR will operate ARRL DX contest from NH6Y.
Alan AD6E is completing another CW Academy class and will start another one in April.
Leslie, xyl of NH6Y gave a talk about what it's like to be married to a ham. Specifically an EME
Discussion of doing a membership drive.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm
A huge mahalo to a fellow club member Brett VR2BG (pictured above operating from the MARC Field Day location at Ho'okipa Point) for compiling and researching this history of Field Day results for the Maui Amateur Radio Club. Our club was established in 1936 and records indicate participation in the event dates back to 1939. See the attached document below for the complete list of results.
Don’t forget Grid Madness, this Sunday 1 to 4 pm
Pull out your 2m or 70 cm radio and make some simplex contacts.
Hope to hear you on the air.
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Here is everything you need to know to get on the air and participate in Hawaii's QSO Party. Scroll through the presentation above and contact us if you have any questions.
Click the photo above to be taken to the FCC maps of the estimated effective ground conductivity in the United States. This data is used to predict the propagation of AM signals across the United States. A higher ground conductivity indicates better AM propagation characteristics. The map shows that the ground conductivity in the U.S. ranges between 0.5 and 30 millimhos (or millisiemens) per meter. The conductivity of seawater is 5,000 millimhos per meter, resulting in the best propagation of AM signals.
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