The February 7, 2019 Club Meeting is canceled due to poor road conditions. (more…)
UPDATE 2/3/2019: The BRAARC Technical department made the climb 110 feet to the 440 repeater site to install a temporary feedline and antenna. Early reports of repeater performance are not hopeful. However, the SWR is much improved over the original antenna and feedline. We look forward to your signal report.
The BRAARC Technical department is busy working on adjusting a set of new duplexers for the 440 Repeater. Good progress is being made on the Decibel Products, Inc. model 532-4001-004 Transceiver Duplexer salvaged from a commercial repeater. Club members enjoyed a tech-corner presentation during the January meeting that reviewed the function and construction of duplexers. As discussed, careful adjustments are necessary to block and pass the appropriate frequencies to allow for proper repeater operation. Highly specialized equipment is used to adjust these characteristics of the duplexer. It appears the duplexer is in fair condition and is able to be adjusted after extensive cleaning.
The band pass and block adjustments are visualized and measured using a spectrum analyzer with a tracking generator. The low and high band pass and block adjustments are made in the same fashion. The manufacturer provides detailed instructions to aid in properly adjusting the duplexer. The club expects to install the duplexer soon.
We have lost a dear friend. George Rouman born January 23, 1924, died on January 15, 2019 (Age 94). The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday January 22, 2019 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 330 Lakeside Drive. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Visitation will be on Monday at the church from 6-8pm with a Trisagion Service at 7pm and from 10-11am prior to the service on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans or to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Obituary
UPDATE: Special thanks to the club members who contributed more than 56 ham hours over four days and to those who provided many valuable donations. The club cost to relocate the equipment was $1000 (US) to move the two antenna to the new WDEE tower thanks to the generosity of John, Ray and the crew from J.T Towers, Inc. If you need tower work these are the guys to call. WDEE and Steve are due an extra special thank you for hosting the BRAARC repeater on their brand new tower. WDEE provided all of the infrastructure including the tower, a new radio shack and site power utilities at no cost to the club.
The club members and friends keep the repeaters on the air. Your membership dollars and donations are vital in the maintenance of these systems. Without you, the repeater would soon be QRT.
UPDATE: As of January 13, 2019 the BRAARC 2 meter repeater is fully operational in its home at the new tower site. Early reports are exceptional and club members are ecstatic about the lack of static. There are some reports that the propagation is better than ever. Have you checked into a net yet? Better yet, command this new power as net control. Find the net preamble at the Repeater page or Quick Links page.
The Club along with WDEE and the IRA link system are in the process of moving to a new tower home. The process of relocating the multiple amateur antenna on the old tower started bright and early at 9AM on Friday and was substantially completed Saturday at 5PM. Both Club transmit and receive multi bay antenna were removed from the old tower, inspected, reconditioned, and transferred to the new tower. The 7/8 inch hard line feeding each antenna were also removed, inspected, reconditioned and transferred. The IRA also had multiple antenna that received the same treatment.
The repeater cabinet will also be inspected, cleaned and prepared for installation at the new site once WDEE is ready. There is more work to be completed before the repeater is back on the air. Expect the 2 meter repeater to be down for a week or two. Club members are working hard to get everything back operating. Thank you to those who have helped and to those who have donated funds.
Hello, Fellow Hams.
There are several changes and repairs in process with the club repeaters. (more…)