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Pawnee Amateur Radio Club

April 10, 2018      (Preliminary club meeting agenda)

The Pawnee Amateur Radio Club held a meeting April 10th, 2018 at the Emergency Operations Center in Columbus Nebraska.  Club president, Dave AC0TF, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  AC0TF read the minutes of the February 2018 club meeting.   Club Treasurer, Ted K7CLP, gave a treasury report as of 4/10/2018 with one outstanding bills (club insurance) for the month.  The treasurer report was approved as read.  



Old Business

Columbus Rotary Club Loup-de-loup bike ride  Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Presentation by Fred KB0LF on the 2018 Nebraska QSO Party which will be held April 21, 22.  They are looking for phone (voice) stations to participate.  Nebraska will allow FT8 mode this year.  More information at   WD0AAH has offered to host club members at his home location if anyone wants to work the Nebraska QSO event from there.  

Ted, K7CLP indicated that he will be trying to set up a station in Genoa at the Indian School site.

N0RHM discussed looking at a Point to Point Internet wireless connection between the Court House and the DStar tower site.  This would replace the cellular modem (with its monthly charge) currently being used.  K7CLP presented his findings.  His recommendation is to use Ubiquity equipment on the 5 GHz frequency band.  Tim N0RHM recommended using the tower on top of the Sheriff's office.

Gene KD0OBA discussed a report from KD0RIZ talking about the need for a new network router at the DStar tower site.

Suggestions for future club topics are:

    Radio Astronomy - Ted K7CLP - Ted did this at the February meeting

    HF gear and antennas - Adam KD0RIZ

    HF vertical antennas - Gene KD0OBA

    IRLP information - Adam KD0RIZ

    DStar using the Columbus repeaters - Gene KD0OBA - Gene lead the discussion at the March meeting

    Transmitter hunt - Dave AC0TF

    Whats in your shack? - Gene KD0OBA - Gene lead the discussion at the March meeting

New Business

DStar - Reflector 002 status, KD0OBA report on conversation with NEMA.  Reflector 002 is no longer under control by NEMA.  All Nebraska DStar sites will no longer be permanently linked on 2 meters to Reflector 002.  This will mean that all HAMs can now link and unlink the 2 meter side to any reflector on the DStar network.  It also means that the bi-monthly Nebraska DStar net will now need to move to a different reflector.  Adam and Gene will report back next month with an update. 

Tim N0RHM offered ID badges to the PARC members.  These can be used for ID and access to the EOC.

With no further business, a motion to adjourn was made by Chris AC0DN seconded by Adam KD0RIZ.  Motion carried.


Dstar - Digital Radio in Columbus and around the world  - Gene KD0OBA lead a discussion 

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm


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