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W8OWN - George and Helen

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

BRAARC Antenna Relocation

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.

Towers on the ridge

Towers on the ridge

WDEE Tower

WDEE Tower

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.

Happy hamming.


440 Nets

Hello, local hams and 440 net participants.

Due to an equipment problem with the 440 repeater, all nets will be on the BRAARC 2M repeater until the situation can be resolved. It appears that the feed line to the antenna has a problem. As we discover additional details, we will let you know. At this time we do not have an estimated time for repairs. Sorry for the inconvenience. Enjoy the 2M repeater and we will get the 440 back on the air soon. (more…)