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October 2019 General Membership Meeting & Agenda

Tuesday, October 15th 2019 @ 6:30 PM (3rd Tuesday of the month)

Presentation: Lithium Battery Behavior, by Norm Johnson, aa7oo

VE Testing Session: (Click ARRL for Registration Info; Tuesday, June 18th at 1700hrs by Ed Olague, k5ola)

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  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 September_2019 (Dave, n7zpy).

Treasurer's Report for October 2019 (Don, wa7rll).

Membership Report  (Don, wa7rll).

QSTs (Dave, n7zpy).

  • Hamfests (
    • Copafest 2019, 26 October 2019, Ak-Chin Circle, Maricopa, Az.
    • Harkfest 2019, 2 November 2019, Escapee RV Park, Congress, Az.
    • Oro Valley ARC Hamfest, 9 November 2019, Marana Middle School, Marana, Az.
    • Superstition Superfest, 7 December 2019, Mesa Comm College, Mesa, Az.
    • <enter new Hamfest here>
  • MARCA Members housekeeping: email of record; communications to members.
    •; update or register, make sure your profile is current; phone, postal Address, email.
    • Provide the same information to the Treasurer & Secretary; see contact info,
  • Membership Dues for 2020 are now being accepted. By-Laws define membership is from January 1 thru December 31.
  • ADAW - need articles, member email updates to the MARCA Editor (Norm, aa7oo).
  • VE Testing - MARCA VEs signup with Ed. Program Lead & Organizer (Ed, k5ola).
  • <enter new QST here>
  • QSTs from the floor.

Old Business (Dave, n7zpy).

  • <enter missed old business item here>

New Business (Dave, n7zpy).

  • Membership Dues for 2020 (Dave, n7zpy).
  • <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).
  • White Tank Internet: Alternate Internet Service Solution (Paul, kd7kdo).
  • Rpi Echolink Project Update - reboot (Ray, krrmv; Mike, k7urk).
  • White Tank Internet: Re-establish Sparkplug Link (Paul, kd7kdo).
  • White Tank Internet: Hot Spot Link (Paul, kd7kdo).
  • 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).
  • DX (Don, wa7rll).
  • CW (open).
  • FMT (Norm, aa7oo).
  • VE Testing & Training (Ed, k7ola, Ray k4rmv).
  • VEs (Ed, k5ola; Majdi, n0rmz; Ray, k4rmv; Paul, kj7ky; Norm, aa7oo).
  • <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).
  • 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); Internet down.
    • W7MOT D 23cm White Tank (Paul, kd7kdo); Internet down.
    • W7MOT B UHF  White Tank (Paul, kd7kdo); Internet down.
    • W7MOT C VHF  White Tank (Paul, kd7kdo); Internet down.
    • W7MOT-x UHF Payson (Dave, n7zpy); OK.
    • W7MOT-x 33cm Payson (Dave, n7zpy); OK.
    • W7MOT-x UHF Fusion (Dave, n7zpy); pending.
    • W7MOT-x 33cm All-Star (Dave, n7zpy); pending.

Open to the Floor


Break (take 10 minutes)

Program:  Lithium Batteries, by Norm Johnson, aa7oo ; (Norm, aa7oo).