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April 2020 Membership Meeting

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April 2020 General Membership Meeting & Agenda

Tuesday, April 21st 2020 @ 6:30 PM (3rd Tuesday of the month)

At the current time as you read this Meeting Notice, it is not known if the Covid-19 Virus Isolation protocols will be in place to impact the meeting Location. If CDC Isolation Recommendations are still in effect, the Board will likely decide to cancel the In-Person meeting at Denny's and hold a Voice Net Meeting similar to this past March MoA [Meeting on the Air]. This page will continuely be updated to reflect any changes to meeting Location.... The Location will be the only thing that will change. The MARCA meeting is still a scheduled club event.

So, get familar with your UHF/VHF and 900 radios (repeaters programmed in memory), Make sure your Antenna is in good shape, and then Test your Skills and Systems with the General Dynamics (Haden) and the South Mountain repeaters. Dave, n7zpy, will be monitoring [scanning} repeaters for activity. Give all our repeaters a call. Dave, n7zpy, suggests we hold a Voice Net using South Mtn Wednesday at either 18:30 or 20:00 hrs MST, not to conflict with the Weather Net. Expect updates to this as the date approaches.

VE Testing Session meeting location is also included within MARCA's decision to following the Covid-19 isolation protocols... Check this site often for updates on April's Schedule and Location.

Presentation: TBD

(Tentitive) VE Testing Session: (Click ARRL for Registration Info; Tuesday, March 17th at 1700hrs by Ray Varsqeuz, k4rmv)

(Tentitive) Meeting location: [or South Mountain Repeaters 440 & 900 Mhz]

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.

Meeting [or Voice Net Check-In] 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  Dave Hall, n7zpy, President, or Norm Johnson, aa7oo, Vice President.

Click the "Read More ....  link at right" to see the full Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda

Welcome, Call to Order (Dave, n7zpy).

Introductions ; Members & Guests (Dave, n7zpy).

Business Meeting

Approve Minutes March_2020 (Paul, kd7kdo).

Treasurer's Report for April 2020 (Don, wa7rll).

Membership Report  (Don, wa7rll).

VE Testing Report (Ray, k4rmv)

QSTs (Dave, n7zpy).

  • Hamfests (http://www.arca-az.org/)
    • Scottsdale Hamfest; Cancelled.
    • Tucson Hamfest; Cancelled.
    • Devry Hamfest, 11 April 2020, Jeopardy of being cancelled, DeVry University, 2149 W Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.
    • Suprise Hamfest, 18 April 2020, 12983 W Grand Avenue, Surprise, AZ.
    • Cochise Hamfest, 5 May 2020, 2756 South Moson Rd, Sierra Vista, AZ
    • Dayton Hamvention is Cancelled.
    • Prescott Hamfest, ?? 19-20 June 2020, Location TBD
    • White Mountains Hamfest, ?? July 2020, Location TBD
    • Tucson Fall Hamfest, 26 September 2020, location TBD, Tucson, Az.
    • Oro Valley Hamfest, 14 November 2020, Marana Middle School, 11285 West Grier Road, Marana, AZ.
    • <enter new Hamfest here>
  • MARCA Members Important Notice: HouseKeeping.... reminder.
    • https://www.w7mot.org; update or register, make sure your profile is current; phone, postal Address, email.
      • Is your email of record out of date? Most likely So, As We Reciently Experienced. 
      • To make things worse, the Secretary's and Treasurer's member contact lists suffer the same aging problem.
      • Club emails to members sent from the Website bounce and or never sent due to:...
        • No email address entered in your Profile.
        • Old or outdated email address entered in your Profile
        • You have not registered as a member on the website... www.w7mot.org
      • Register if not Registered. Then try loging in and checking yoru Profile.
      • Registered and Can't Remember Password? The "Forgot Password" like does work.
      • Login and update your Profile with current contact info.
      • Then: using "Contacts" [About Us>>Contact Us>>Board>> ... send same infor to Treasurer & Secretary.
  • ADAW Desert Airwaves - articles, events, member email updates to the MARCA Editor (Norm, aa7oo).
  • VE Testing - MARCA VEs signup with Ray. Program Lead & Organizer (Ray, k4rm).
  • Latst Months Presentation: 
  • QSTs from the floor.

Old Business (Dave, n7zpy).

  • Club Activities to Grow Club; (Rav, k4rmv).
  • W7MOT DStar Gateway Server Project; Determine Hardware & Pricing (Paul, kd7kdo).
  • <enter missed old business item here>

New Business (Dave, n7zpy).

  • Field Day 2020
  • <enter new business item here>
  • From the floor.

Group Activities

  • Raspberry Pi Group - contact Norm (Norm, aa7oo).
  • <enter new Group here>

Project Reports

  • W7MOT DStar Gateway G3 server replacement (Paul, kd7kdo; Majdi, m0rmz).
  • Rpi Echolink Project Update - reboot (Ray, k4rmv; Mike, k7urk).
  • White Tank Internet: Alternate Internet Service Solution (Paul, kd7kdo).
    • (on hold) White Tank Internet: 3.4G Link (Paul, kd7kdo).
  • enter new project here>

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

  • SDR (Norm, aa7oo).
  • APRS (Paul, kd7kdo).
  • Mesh (Paul, kj7ky).
  • Raspberry Pi (Norm, aa7oo; Mike, k7urk).
  • DX (Don, wa7rll).
  • CW (open).
  • FMT (Norm, aa7oo).
  • VE Testing & Training (Ray k4rmv Ed, k7ola).
  • VEs (Ed, k5ola; Majdi, n0rmz; Ray, k4rmv; Paul, kj7ky; Norm, aa7oo; Mike, k7urk).
  • <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
White Tanks:
        DStar Server 12vdc Replacement
        DStar Gateway UPS
        DStar AC and DC Power Controllers
        Update documentation
    W7MOT-6 Packet
        Frequency change to 145.010

  • Repeater Documentation; website repository. (Norm, aa7oo).
    • Suggestions on Access to Documentation
      • Website
      • Google Group Site
  • Site Issues
    • Chandler Arcom controller cpu & firmware upgrade and re-programming; (Norm, aa7oo).
    • W7MOT Station License posting; (Norm, aa7oo).
  • Repeater Reports (Site Managers)
    • [24 rptrs, 6 VHF, 2 UHF, 5 33cm, 2 23cm]
    • [11 Voice, 5 APRS, 2 packet, 2 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 (Joe, w7lux); OK.
    • W7MOT-8 VHF Packet (Joe, w7lux); OK.
    • W7MOT-10 VHF Mt Ord - APRS (Dave, n7zpy); OK.
    • W7MOT-11 UHF Mt Ord - APRS (Dave, n7zpy); OK.
    • W7MOT-14 UHF Chandler Hosp (Ray, k4rmv; Norm, aa7oo); upgrade controller, OK.
    • W7MOT-15 33cm Chandler Hosp (Ray, k4rmv; Norm, aa7oo); upgrading controller, OK.
    • W7MOT-24 UHF South Mt (Dave, n7zpy); low level ID.
    • W7MOT-25 33cm South Mt (Dave, n7zpy); low level ID.
    • W7MOT-33 VHF Hayden GD (Tom, ke7tm); OK
    • W7MOT-34 UHF Hayden GD (Tom, ke7tm); OK
    • W7MOT-35 33cm Hayden GD (Tom, ke7tm); OK
    • W7MOT-37 Mesh Omni
    • W7MOT-38 Mesh Link to 52nd St
    • W7MOT-37 UHF Fusion Scottsdale (Ron, wb9exl); OK.
    • W7MOT-52 UHF 52nd St (Paul, kd7kdo; Rod, w7ekv); OK.
    • W7MOT-57 Mesa Omni
    • W7MOT-58 Mesa Link to GD
    • W7MOT A 23cm White Tank (Paul, kd7kdo); OK.
    • W7MOT D 23cm White Tank (Paul, kd7kdo); OK.
    • W7MOT B UHF  White Tank (Paul, kd7kdo); OK.
    • W7MOT C VHF  White Tank (Paul, kd7kdo); OK.
    • W7MOT-x UHF Payson (Dave, n7zpy); OK.
    • W7MOT-x 33cm Payson (Dave, n7zpy); OK.
    • W7MOT-x UHF Fusion Payson (Dave, n7zpy); pending.
    • W7MOT-x 33cm All-Star Payson (Dave, n7zpy); pending.

Open to the Floor

Raffel (Dave, n7zpy)


Break (take 10 minutes)

Program:  TBD; (Norm, aa7oo).