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February 2018 General Membership Meeting & Agenda

Tuesday, February 20th 2018 @ 6:30 PM (3rd Tuesday of the month)

Presentation: The Safford Remote Site, by Ned Sterns, aa7a.

Meeting location: 

Denny's Tempe
825 S 48th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281

Located on the South East section of University Dr and 48th Street.
Access is only from 48th Street, NOT the Hohokam Freeway (AZ 143). South bound 48th Street is just EAST of the Hohokam Fwy (exit and entrance intersections) on South side of University. Driving south bound on 48th Street, the parking entrance is the first LEFT; or if North bound on 48th St from Broadway Rd, the last RIGHT before University Dr.
Plenty of lighted parking.

Meetings start at 6:30 pm ; typically 2 hours in duration.

Meetings are open to anyone interested in Amateur Radio, any particular presentation of interest, MARCA Members of course, any any friends and family. There's alway opprotunity to open a discussion topic on just about any thing related to amateur radio or just plain ol chit chat about the weather.

Come early, socialize, and have a bite to eat.

Meeting Agenda (Always a work in progress): continually updated as the meeting approaches. To include a topic for the agenda, or input to a topic, contact Norm Johnson, aa7oo, President, or Dave Hall, n7zpy, Vice President.

Click the "Read More .... " to see Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda.

Welcome, Call to Order (Norm, aa7oo).

Introductions ; Members & Guests (Norm, aa7oo).

Program:   The Safford Remote Site, by Ned Sterns, aa7a;  (Dave, n7zpy).

Break (5-10 minutes)

Business Meeting

Approve Minutes for January 2018 (Dave, n7zpy).

Who was the 1st Ham to "Transmitt" from the Bottom of the Grand Canyon? Knowing the date is the tie breaker.

link1 and link2

Treasurer's Report for January 2018 (Don, wa7rll).

QSTs (Norm, aa7oo).

  • 2018 Membership dues are due.
  • Hamfests (
    • 2018 Arizona Section Convention/Yuma Hamfest, 16 - 17 February 2018, Yuma, Az.
    • Scottsdale Springfest, 17 March 2017, 
    • Devry Hamfest, no information at this time.
    • 2018 ARRL AZ State Convention/Prescott Hamfest, 1-2 June 2018, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ.
    • <enter new Hamfest here>
  • MARCA Members housekeeping: email of record;
    • with Treasurer & Secretary;
  • VE Testing - MARCA VE members signup with Ed. Program Lead & Organizer (Ed, k5ola).
  • ADAW - need articles, member email updates (Norm, aa7oo).
  • <enter new QST here>
  • QSTs from the floor.

Old Business (Norm, aa7oo).

  • Membership Report (Don, wa7rll).
  • Fusion Repeater Upgrade status (Dave, n7zpy).
  • Update on Amazon Smile (Ray, k4rmv; Norm, aa7oo)
  • Mesh Node at GD, (Jim, ac7fn).
  • <enter missed old business item here>

New Business (Norm, aa7oo).

  • WT Project - ARA P-25 - share internet - direct microwave link for Internet WT.
  • <enter new business item here>
  • From the floor.

Group Activities

  • (Discussion Phase) CW Skills & Traffic Handling (Erik, k7tv; Norm, aa7oo).
  • Raspberry Pi Group - contact Norm (Norm, aa7oo).
    • Rpi Echolink for W7MOT-14 : (Norm, aa7oo: Ray, k4rmv; Mike, k7urk).
    • Rpi APRS - group project :  (Jim, ac7fn; Norm, aa7oo).
    • Rpi WSPR - group project :  (Norm, aa7oo).
  • <enter new Group here>

Project Reports

  • Rpi Echolink Project Update - reboot (Norm, aa7oo).
  • GD Mesh Node (Jim, ac7fn)
  • W7MOT Dstar G3 Upgrade complete by Paul, kd7kdo (Norm, aa7oo; Paul, kd7kdo; Ron, wb9exl).
  • W7MOT-9 Pinal Pk 1200 packet digi 145.010MHz (Dave, n7zpy).
  • Fusion Repeater Upgrade (Dave, n7zpy).
  • <enter new project here>

Elmers: (subject matter experts, resources, and assistance contacts)

  • SDR (Norm, aa7oo).
  • APRS (Paul, kd7kdo).
  • Mesh (Paul, kj7ky).
  • DX (Don, wa7rll).
  • CW (open).
  • FMT (aa7oo).
  • Emcom (open).
  • CERT (open).
  • VE Testing & Training (Ed, k7ola, Ray k4rmv).
  • VEs (Majdi, n0rmz; Norm, aa7oo; TD, n7isr; Ray, k4rmv; Ed, k5ola; Paul, kj7ky).
  • <add Subject and Elmers here>

Technical Committee (Majdi, n0rmz).

Review open maintenance and repair issues discussion for sites. Need for any work parties and site visits. 

Maintenance Discussion
Repeater Issues
Mt Ord:
    W7MOT-10 VHF APRS appears weak
White Tanks:
        DStar G3 Upgrade completed 1/5/2018
        DStar Gateway UPS
        DStar AC and DC Power Controllers
        Update documentation
    W7MOT-6 Packet
        Frequency change to 145.010
Pinal Peak:
    Install Packet system
South Mountain:
    UHF weak or not hearing

  • Repeater Documentation; website repository. (Norm, aa7oo).
  • Site Issues
    • GD 33, 34, 35 : RLC benched for repairs; (Jim, ac7fn).
    • Chandler Arcom controller cpu & firmware upgrade and re-programming; (Norm, aa7oo).
    • W7MOT-15 900mhz receiver ensitivity & receiver - resolved; (Norm, aa7oo).
    • W7MOT Station License posting; (Norm, aa7oo).
  • Repeater Reports (Site Managers)
    • [20 rptrs, 6 VHF, 8 UHF, 3 33cm, 2 23cm]
    • [8 Voice, 5 APRS, 2 packet, 1 Fusion, 4 Dstar/APRS 134 users]
    • W7MOT-3  VHF White Tank APRS (Paul, kd7kdo); OK.
    • W7MOT-4  UHF White Tank APRS (Paul, kd7kdo); OK.
    • W7MOT-6  VHF White Tank Packet (Paul, kd7kdo); OK.
    • W7MOT-8 VHF Mt Elden APRS (Mark, kc7kmp); OK.
    • W7MOT-8 VHF Packet (Mark, kc7kmp); OK.
    • W7MOT-10 VHF Mt Ord - APRS (dave, n7zpy); OK.
    • W7MOT-11 UHF Mt Ord - APRS (dave, n7zpy); OK.
    • W7MOT-14 UHF Chandler Hospital (Norm, aa7oo); upgrade controller.
    • W7MOT-15 33cm Chandler Hospital (Norm, aa7oo); All OK.
    • W7MOT-24 UHF South Mt (Jim, ac7fn); low level ID.
    • W7MOT-25 33cm South Mt (Jim, ac7fn); low level ID.
    • W7MOT-33 VHF Hayden GD (Tom, ke7tm); RLC3 / new controller.
    • W7MOT-34 UHF Hayden GD (Tom, ke7tm); RLC3 / new controller.
    • W7MOT-35 33cm Hayden GD (Tom, ke7tm); RLC3 / new contrroller.
    • W7MOT-37 UHF Fusion Scottsdale (Ron, wb9exl); upgrade controller.
    • W7MOT-52 UHF 52nd St (Rod, w7ekv); OK.
    • W7MOT A 23cm White Tank (Paul, kd7kdo); OK, G3 Upgrade in process.
    • W7MOT D 23cm White Tank (Paul, kd7kdo); OK, G3 Upgrade in process.
    • W7MOT B UHF  White Tank (Paul, kd7kdo); OK, G3 Upgrade in process.
    • W7MOT C VHF  White Tank (Paul, kd7kdo); OK, G3 Upgrade in process.

Open to the Floor


Break (take 10 minutes)

Program:  TBD (Dave, n7zpy)