Club News

Repeater Coordination Renewal

The BRAARC repeater trustee KD8GGD submitted MARC Technical Data Sheet update information for the three club KB8QOI repeaters.  See the Mecosta County repeater directory by clicking here.  The Michigan Area Repeater Council coordinates frequency pair assignments for Michigan area repeaters and requires periodic updates to the repeater information by the trustees.

Simply put, coordination is a process used as part of Spectrum Management. Spectrum management is the real, behind-the-scenes job of all coordination organizations. Spectrum management is the act of attempting to achieve the most efficient and effective use of available frequencies allocated for a specific usage. The monetary value of Amateur Radio Service frequency allocations is in the billions of dollars. The importance of maximizing effective usage of our allowed spectrum is becoming more important every year. Powerful commercial interests seek to take more and more of our allocations all the time, and if we do not use our spectrum effectively and efficiently, we will lose it.  -R. Bruce Winchell – N8UT, MARC Coordinator, June, 2003

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440 Antenna Upgrade

440 antenna installed August 2019

440 antenna installed August 2019

The repairs to the 440 repeater are complete as of August 2019.  The Technical Committee of K8OE, WA8AEN and KD8DIB kept their eye on the prize and were able to complete the antenna and coax replacement this summer.  The repeater is working much better now.  Join the nets and hear for yourself.  We are looking for all reports to establish the effective coverage of the new equipment.

Happy Hamming!
KD8DIB

440 Free For All

440-antenna-7-21-2019

440-antenna-7-21-2019

The Technical Committee climbed the 110 feet to the 440 repeater site on Sunday, July 21, 2019 to continue repairs on the 440 antenna system.  However, no good deed goes unpunished.  K8OE, WA8AEN and KD8DIB discovered several problems with the feed line and the antenna.  Water intrusion is suspected due to a damaged cap on the top of the antenna.  The committee will continue to evaluate the components.  The temporary antenna was relocated to a higher location and an additional antenna was placed on the site for future projects.  Stay tuned for more updates.

Happy Hamming
KD8DIB