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May 2018 General Membership Meeting & Agenda

Tuesday, May 15th 2018 @ 6:30 PM (3rd Tuesday of the month)

Presentation: NOAA Skywarn by Marvin Percha

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).Break (5-10 minutes)

Program:   NOAA Skywarn by Marvin Percha;  (Dave, n7zpy).

Business Meeting

Approve Minutes for April2018 (Dave, n7zpy).

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

QSTs (Norm, aa7oo).

  • 2018 Membership dues are due.
  • Hamfests (http://www.arca-az.org/)
    • 2018 ARRL AZ State Convention/Prescott Hamfest, 1-2 June 2018, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ.
    • RST Tucson Fall Hamfest, 29 September 2018, Tucson, Arizona.
    • Copafest, 27 October 2018, Maricopa, Arizona.
    • <enter new Hamfest here>
  • MARCA Members housekeeping: email of record;
    • https://www.w7mot.org;
    • with Treasurer & Secretary;
  • VE Testing - MARCA VE members signup with Ed. Program Lead & Organizer (Ed, k5ola).
  • <enter new QST here>
  • QSTs from the floor.

Old Business (Norm, aa7oo).

  • Membership Report (Don, wa7rll).
  • 52nd St Mesh Node with RF link to GD feasability (Jim, ac7fn; Paul, kd7kdo).
  • W7MOT GDMS Site (Jim, ac7fn; Dave, n7zpy).
  • W7MOT Chandler Site - SARC Proposal (Norm, aa7oo; Ray, k4rmv).
  • W7MOT DStar Gateway hardware replacement (Paul, kd7kdo; Mike, m7msd; Majdi, m0rmz).
  • <enter missed old business item here>

New Business (Norm, aa7oo).

  • ADAW - need articles, member email updates (Norm, aa7oo).
  • Field Day 2018 Update (Don, wa7rll).
  • <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 ; David, n7ajr).
  • 52nd St Mesh Node with RF link to GD feasability (Jim, ac7fn; Paul, kd7kdo).
  • WT Microwave Internet feasability (shared ARA) (Norm, aa7oo).
  • <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
        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
        BBS
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

Adjourn

Break (take 10 minutes)