Club News

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

June – July – August Meeting Location and Dates

The meeting location for June through August 2019 will continue to be the Mecosta-Osceola Central Dispatch Conference Room in Paris, Michigan.  http://mcd911.org/  The July meeting will be the second Thursday due to the 4th of July Holiday,  No meeting on July 4th.

June 6 – Field Day Logging Software http://n3fjp.com/

July 4 – Rescheduled for July 11 due to holiday

July 11 – Ice Cream Social & Fusion Radio  ATTENTION!!  This is the second Thursday of July!!

August 1 – Are you Radio Active?

2019 BRAARC Field Day

Join the club for a mini Field Day at Meceola Central Dispatch on Saturday (6/22) from 1 to 5 pm. Dinner at The Rock Cafe at the conclusion of operations.  Club members will be operating the EOC station and others are welcome to visit and operate too.  If you’d like to bring a portable set-up and operate outside the building, there are opportunities to do so during the event times only.  We have authorization to set-up starting at 1 PM and operations will conclude at 5 PM.  The eyeball QSO dinner at The Rock Café on the campus of Ferris State University is a great way to top off the day.  No reservations necessary and you may pay at the door. ($10.60)  All are welcome.  See the menu here.

Share your Field Day set up on the BRAARC Facebook page.

Happy Hamming

KD8DIB

2 Meter Repeater Update

The BRAARC 2 meter repeater once again has battery back-up capabilities.

2 meter repeater

2 meter repeater

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019 the technical department (KC8BAR & KD8DIB) made the trip up the access road to the repeater site.  Conditions were not the best but were passable.  A new battery shelf was fabricated off site prior to the visit and installed on the cabinet.  The new battery and battery box were delivered and placed on the new shelf.  The original battery charger was extensively cleaned and tested prior to returning to the site.

The team attached the new shelf to the cabinet to keep the battery off of the floor of the radio shack.  This is to prevent any condensation formed from impacting the floor and causing rot-out as was experienced in the old shack.  Everything looked great at the site.  The conditions in the new shack are a world apart from the prior site.  The only issue is the carpenter ants milling around the shack trying to determine where to build their next nest.

After completing the install and testing of the new battery back up system, a quick clean up of the shack took place.  An old mouse nest in a box of light bulbs was removed. Looked like it was brought over from the old shack in that condition.  As the new site is still quite sandy, the shack floor was swept to remove any sand tracked in.

Happy Hamming!

KD8DIB