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Pawnee Amateur Radio Club

Sept 11, 2018     

The Pawnee Amateur Radio Club held a meeting September 11th, 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 June 2018 club meeting.   Club Treasurer, Ted K7CLP, gave a treasury report as of 9/11/2018.  The treasurer report was approved as read.  

Members Present – AC0TF, K7CLP, AC0DN, KD0OBA, KE0AUP


Old Business

No Update - N0RHM is waiting on his current budget cycle before committing to 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.

Update:  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. 

New Business

Jamboree on the Air October 21st.  We encourage club members to listen and respond to any Boy Scout requests for communication.

Discussion to change the club meeting schedule to a less frequent schedule.  Next meeting will be scheduled for December 11th.

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

    FT8 Digital Communications - Ted K7CLP let the discussion at the June meeting

With no further business, a motion to adjourn was made by Adam KD0RIZ, seconded by K7CLP.  Motion carried.


FT8 - Digital HF communications - K7CLP

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm


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