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February 2020 General Membership Meeting & Agenda

Tuesday, February 18th 2020 @ 6:30 PM (3rd Tuesday of the month)

Presentation: "Why we tune Antennas and ... " by Dennis Campbell, AE7WU

VE Testing Session: (Click ARRL for Registration Info; Tuesday, January 21st at 1700hrs by Ray Varsqeuz, k4rmv)

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 January_2020 (Paul, kd7kdo).

Treasurer's Report for January_2020 (Don, wa7rll).

Membership Report  (Don, wa7rll).

VE Testing Report (Ray, k4rmv)

QSTs (Dave, n7zpy).

  • Hamfests (
    • Scottsdale Hamfest, 21 March 2020, 17705 N Pacesetter Way, Scottsdale, AZ
    • Devry Hamfest, March ??? , Devry Campus, Phoenix Az.
    • Tucson Spring Hamfest, 28 March 2020, location TBD, Tucson, Az.
    • Cochise Hamfest, ?? May 2020, 2756 South Moson Rd, Sierra Vista, AZ
    • 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.
    • <enter new Hamfest here>
  • MARCA Members housekeeping: email of record; communications to members.
    • 2020 MARCA Membership Dues reminder.
    •; 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 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).
  • <enter new QST here>
  • QSTs from the floor.

Presentation Links

Old Business (Dave, n7zpy).

  • Club Activities to Grow Club; (Rav, k4rmv).
  • WT Mesh Nodes (Dave, n7zpy; Gary, ac7r).
  • W7MOT DStar Gateway Server Project; Determine Hardware & Pricing (Paul, kd7kdo).
  • <enter missed old business item here>

New Business (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).
  • 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:  Why we tune Antennas and ...  by Dennis Campbell, AE7WU; (Norm, aa7oo).