Past Reports

December 7, 2010 Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club


ACARC Annual Christmas Party at Carolina Barbecue, no formal meeting minutes.


November 16, 2010 Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club


No club minutes reported


October 19, 2010 Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club


No club minutes reported


September 21, 2010 Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club

Cape Fear Community College (North Campus)


President Vaughan (K4UWH) called the meeting to order at 1900 Hours. Each member introduced themselves to the assembled members. During this time each member told of his activities during the past month. Club members continue to report a good bit of activity.

President Vaughan reported the contact was made with the Battleship Missouri in Hawaii. Communications was made on 20 meters, with excellent results.

The Beach to Battleship Triathlon is scheduled for November 13th. Bill Morine (N2COP) will be looking for volunteers to help with communications.

The clubs Icom 725 seems to be working OK. President Vaughan is looking for a CW filter for this radio. The Icom 746 is now working OK, the filters were not properly installed and the software was not seeing the filters.

The treasurer (NK0S) gave the financial report. A copy is available to members; contact the treasurer if you desire a copy. Hutch reported that the organization now has 59 paid members. With all the bills paid the treasury has a balance of $(withheld from public record) and is on budget for the year. The repeater fund has a balance of $(withheld from public disclosure).

Rag Chew Net Report: NONE

VE Test Session: The October VE Test Session has been moved to the 3rd weekend in October (October 18th).

Battleship North Carolina: Work will start again with the comm gear when the weather starts to cool down.


Old Business:

The club now has an email reflector. Access to the email system will be open to the membership. Instructions on how to use the system will be given at the next regular meeting (October 19th).

Plans for the JOTA operation continue to develop and will be forth coming. The event will take place October 16th and 17th. It looks as if the station will be in operation at Elizabethtown at Camp McNeill.

New Business:

The Wilmington Air Show will be the 1st weekend of April 2011. Brad (WD4FTR) is the contact person for this event.

Door Prize: Yaesu Hat won by Allen Pellnat KX2H, 50/50 won by Bill Morine N2COP Bill donated the winnings to the repeater fund. Bravo Zulu, Bill.

Program: Antennas & Feed lines by Charlie Vaughan (K4UWH).


The program about different types of antennas and associated feed lines was very interesting. Nice job Charles.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM

Respectfully Submitted: Ed W3NZ


Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club - August 17, 2010


No report


Battleship Report

Battleship work has quit until cooler weather !


Repeater report

No repeater work this month.


Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club - July 20, 2010

Cape Fear Community College (North Campus)

President Vaughan (K4UWH) called the meeting to order at 1903 hours. Each member introduced themselves to the group. During this time each member told of his activities in amateur radio during the past month. Club members continue to report a good bit of activity.

The Treasurer (Hutch - NK0S) gave a financial report. A copy is available to members; contact the treasurer if you desire a copy. Hutch reported that the organization now has 57 paid members. With all of the bills paid the treasury has a balance of $[withheld from public record] and is on budget for the year. The repeater fund has a balance of $[withheld from public disclosure].

There is no net (147.18 repeater Rag Chew Net) report.

There will be a VE test session on August 14 at 9 AM. It will be held at the Cape Fear Community College (North Campus). The regular VE test session for October will be on the 3rd Saturday, rather than the 2nd Saturday, this is due to a schedule of a fire training the 2nd weekend at the college.

Jack Jacobs reported that an oscilloscope was needed at the battleship and the Star News provided one for the ship. Mark Blackwell (KJ4OFH) was instrumental in obtaining it for the ship. Bravo Zulu, Mark. The guest operator program is running along with out problems. Work is underway to see is a contact with the USS Missouri in Hawaii can be made as a part of the 65th Anniversary celebration of the ending of WWII. USS North Carolina will be using the original radio gear on this end – with luck and some propagation we should make it.

President Vaughan reported that a proclamation was presented at the 2010 Field Day by the Chairman of the County Commission accompanied by the Mayor of Wilmington. The proclamation recognized amateur radio operators in the area for their contribution to the community. The club made almost 800 contacts during Field Day and doubled their performance indicator compared to last year. A fun time was had by all, thanks to all the membership who assisted in the operation. The Saturday night feast orchestrated by Brad (WD4FTR) and Linda (KD4TXY) and greatly supported by a number of other ladies of the club was a fantastic event! Bravo Zulu

There will be several state QSO parties going on this fall and the membership is encouraged to participate as a way to become more comfortable with operating conditions, using their rigs and learning computer logging.

Old Business - NONE

New Business

A) The club is looking into adding an email server to the website (AC4RC). More information will be forth coming as soon as a decision is made on the best course of action.

B) The Boy Scouts International JOTA event is October 16 and 17. ACARC has decided to offer to work with the local scouting organization if they desire to provide an operating/educational event – most likely on 10/16 at a local park.

C) The Beach to Battleship event is scheduled for November 13th. Drawings Glen Cox won the door prize at the meeting Jim Wilder (AJ4AA) won the 50/50 and donated the prize money to the club. Bravo Zulu, Jim.

Program: Jack Jacobs (WD4OIN) presented a very interesting program about county hunting on amateur radio. It was enjoyed by all and several favorable comments were made. It was yet another way to make operating interesting and highlighted the usefulness of logging programs like N3FJP and related support software that is compatible via {adif}file transfer.

President Vaughan adjourned the meeting at 8:52 PM

Respectfully Submitted

Ed Redington - W3NZ

Secretary, Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club


Battleship Report

Battleship work has quit until cooler weather !


Repeater report

No repeater work this month.


Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club - June 15, 2010

Cape Fear Community College (North Campus)


President Vaughan (K4UWH) called the meeting to order at 1902 hours. There were eighteen (18) members in attendance. Charlie thanked everyone for their interest and attendance. Each member introduced themselves to the group. During this time each member told of his activities in amateur radio during the past month.

Treasurer Report: Hutch (NK0S) our treasurer reported that the treasury as of May 31st was fiscally sound and that the club was on budget for the year. The repeater fund was reported and is adequate currently. As of June 15th membership is at fifty-two (52).

The fifty-fifty was won by David (KB4FXC) this evening.Vice President Hall (N4OFF) reported that the rag chew net continues to do well with typical check-ins of 13 to 15 per session.

President Vaughan reminded everyone that the club needs a news letter editor and also he reminded them that in November we would have to elect a new treasurer and secretary as both incumbents needed to be relieved.

Plans continue to materialize for Field Day in two weeks (June 26 and 27). Club support is essential and we do need operators for the two stations. We are really trying to have a successful outing this year. Members were encouraged to come on out to Ogden Park and have some fun and good times with your fellow club members. Also there will be a family style dinner Saturday night. Many of our members have put in a lot of time to develop a good event this year.

The plaque for Bill Castor is ready and will be presented to Mr. Castor soon. There being no further business before the club, President Vaughan adjourned the meeting at 2012 hours.

Respectfully Submitted

Ed Redington - W3NZ

Secretary


Battleship Report


We have stopped work for the summer on the ship, how ever our Guest Operator work is still going strong with 5 guest operators this past month.

Norman KI4SYS


Repeator Report

No repeator work this month.

Bill AG4PA


ACARC Meeting Minutes May 18, 2010

Cape Fear Community College (North Campus)


President Vaughan called the meeting to order at 1905 hours. There were nine members present. As per custom each member told the assembled group his activity in amateur radio this past month.

Treasurer Report: Our treasurer reported a balance of ($withheld*) in the treasury. There were no expenses. The repeater fund had a balance of ($withheld*). As of May 18, 2010 there were 52 paid members.

VE Testing: There is a VE test session scheduled for June 12th at the college.

Battleship North Carolina: June 6th is Museum Ships Weekend. Our club will be joining in the operating event. All members are encouraged to come on down to the ship and operate. We will gather at the College Diner for breakfast at 8 AM and then travel to the ship.

Guest Operator Weekend at the ship is scheduled for June 12th. A group from the Goldsboro ARC will be coming down to operate.

Ten-Ten Chapter: Interest continues to establish at Ten-Ten Chapter in Wilmington. Members are requested to come forward and give us a hand in setting up a chapter. See Hutch (NK0S) for details.

New Business: A motion was made and seconded to present Bill Castor with an award for his contribution to amateur radio. The motion was passed and the award will be made at a future date.

Door Prize & 50/50: Glenn Cox (KE4BMY) won the door prize and Bruce Glisson (KJ4RWK) won the 50/50. Bruce donated his prize to the repeater fund. Bravo Zulu, Bruce- Thanks.

Program: Field Day plans were laid out and explained to the membership. There will be much to do in the next few weeks and the club will need all the help it can get from the membership. There being no further business before the organization, President Vaughan adjourned the meeting at 2045 hours.

Respectfully Submitted

Ed Redington - W3NZ

Secretary

*Fiscal details of the club are only reported to the membership in attendance at the regular meeting. Members may request details.



Battleship Report

We have stoped the work on the battleship for the summer. The heat is to high, we will resume in the fall when it cool's down. The Guest Operator position that we run has had 5 guest come over in May to operate. All have enjoyed operating from the battleship.

Norman KI4SYS

Repeater Report

No problems this month with the repeater. David Wicker is very busy with his job right now and it will be the middle of July before we can work on linking the 440 repeater and the 147.180 repeater.

Bill AG4PA


ACARC Meeting Minutes April 20, 2010

Cape Fear Community College (North Campus)

President Vaughan (K4UWH) called the meeting to order at 1905 hours. Each member introduced themselves to the group. During this time each member told of his activities in amateur radio during the past month.

The treasurer (Hutch - NK0S) gave a financial report. A copy is available to each member; contact the treasurer if you desire a copy. He also reported that the club now has a membership of 47 paid members. With all the bills paid the treasury has a balance of $1,844.43.

The vice-president (Don Hall - N4OFF) reported that the number of check-ins to the Monday night rag chew net is increasing and it averages around 12 to 15 check ins per session.

Jack Jacobs (WD4OIN) and Bill Usher (AG4PA) reported that the repeater is up and running with both machines operating very nicely. When you are out and about try them out, you might be surprised who answers on the repeater.

Ed Redington (W3NZ) reported that the swap meet came off very well. Several amateurs that were there reported they were impressed and would return next year.

Jack Jacobs (WD4OIN) reported on the on going work on the Battleship North Carolina. Both electrical generators are down but arrangements are being made to get them going again. Several contacts on 20 meters have been made with good signal reports.

On June 5th and 6th , Museum Ships Weekend will be going on and plans are being made to operate during this event. For details contact Jack or Bill for details.

Hutch (NK0S) is trying to stir up some activity on 10 meters. Several members are making contacts and the group is trying to establish a net on 28.400 USB on Sunday afternoon at 1700 (5 PM). Check into the group if you have a chance.

OLD BUSINESS - NONE

NEW BUSINESS - NONE

PROGRAM:

David McGough (KB4FXC) gave a very interesting talk and demonstration on digital modes. For more information contact David.

There being no further business before the club, Charles adjourned the meeting at 8:45 PM

Equipment Sale

Many years ago, K4YNY donated to the ACARC a complete 440MHz repeater system, including a 50/144/220 MHz linking system. Available information indicates that the system had never been placed in full operation before the donation, and held in storage for almost a decade afterwards. At the October 2009 Club meeting, the members voted to sell off the equipment, with the prevailing sentiment that the condition of the equipment was unknown at the time, effort and probable expense to place the equipment in operation might be prohibitive, and, given the pattern of decline in repeater usage in the area, to include both the Club’s own 2 Meter repeater and those operated by WVHFA, those expenditures were not justified. Further, with the recent replacement of the Club’s 2 Meter transmitter and receiver, this old equipment also became available for sale.

All equipment was offered for sale on e-bay. The 2 Meter amplifier and the 50/144/220 MHz linking system, after e-bay account expenses, yielded $417.00 from the buyers. Packaging and shipping/insurance costs incurred by the sellers were $60.00. No serious offers were received for the remaining equipment. There were inquiries, but despite assurances that any reasonable offer would most probably be favorably considered, no offers of cash were forthcoming. The remaining equipment was taken to the Raleigh Hamfest on April 10th, where one offer of $75.00 for the lot, cash in hand, —“…bird in the hand as opposed to two in the bush…” was accepted.

When the Club replaced its 2 Meter transmitter and receiver, it also reactivated its long dormant 442.500 repeater system. However, the combination of the old controller and the “new” 2M & 440MHz radios required that the two systems be linked through the controller—i.e. neither band can be accessed independently. Separation of access to the two repeaters requires a separate controller. At the March Club meeting, the membership voted to purchase a second controller. The new controller has been purchased, received, and as this document is prepared (4/16—2:00pm), we are attempting to coordinate instillation.

Here are the numbers.

Receipts $492.00

Expenses $ 60.00 Shipping & Insurance—Receipt Attached

$211.00 Purchase of 440MHz Controller—Receipt Attached

Net $221.00 Check Attached

We were able to purchase the 440 controller and the clubs treasure has been given $221.00 that was left over from the sale of the equipment.

WD4OIN, AG4PA

Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club – April 20, 2010 - Cape Fear Community College (North Campus)


Battleship Report

This month we continued working on the TBK-7 Transmitter. Unfortunately, the generator started smoking and failed. It appears the bearing burnt up. We have the generator disconnected and will try and see if the Battleship will ship it out for repairs.

We failed to get the TDE Transmitter generator going also and hope to have it shipped out to a repair center.

Norman KI4YSY


Repeater Report

We were able to sell all of our old repeater equipment and purchase a new controller for the 440 repeater. Hope to get the new controller installed soon.

Bill AG4PA


Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club – March 16, 2010 - Cape Fear Community College (North Campus)

President Vaughan (K4UWH) called the meeting to order at 1904 hours. Each member introduced themselves to the group with lots of good ham radio input.

The treasurer (Hutch - NK0S) gave a financial report. A copy is available to each member; contact the Treasurer if you desire a copy. He also reported that the organization now has 47 paid members.

The vice president (Don Hall - KJ4OFF) gave a rag chew net report. The clubs 440 repeater is on the air from the hospital. Its frequency is 442.500 MHz (Positive Offset - 5 MHz and 88.5 PL Tone).

There was a suggestion to change the net time back to 9 PM. Don said he would announce the change next Monday night. The new time for the net will be 9 PM (DST).

Jack Jacobs (WD4OIN) reported that the North Carolina QSO party was a success. Operation on 20 and 40 meters was productive. The ships radio equipment was on the air and good CW contacts were made despite a bit of instability in the 1940 era transmitters.

The Hamfest at Battleship Park is moving along nicely. The club has received several gifts to be given away as prizes during the event on April 10th. N3FJP has donated a copy of his logging software for a prize.

Field Day plans are moving along and the club will be operating from Ogden Park on June 26th and 27th. Charlie (K4UWH) has sent out an email requesting help in the planning. A number of people have volunteered to help with the effort.

Glenn Cox reported that members are signing up to help with the Relay for Life on April 23rd and 24th. The MS Walk is scheduled for May 15th. Contact Glenn for more information if you would like to volunteer to help.

Jack Jacobs informed the club that several pieces of the original repeater are for sale and if interested contact Jack Jacobs or Bill Usher for more information.

Charlie (K4UWH) gave a very interesting talk about the N3FJP logging software. This logging software is used by the club at the battleship, lighthouse operations and the club’s field day operation.

There being no further business before the organization president Vaughan adjourned the meeting at 2050 hours.

Respectfully SubmittedEd Redington – W3NZ

Secretary


Battleship Report

This month we continued to work on the TDE transmitter motor generator. We were able to get Cape Fear Tech to make some brush caps for the generator. No place in the world had one so thanks to Cape Fear Tech's Machine Shop that was able to produce an exact replica.

We were able to get the TBK-7 running for the first time in 63 years. The electric motor shop in Rocky Mount was able to get us a new set of brushes for the generator. We continue to work to work on the transmitter and was able to replace two bad meters.

At this time the transmitter will load on 40 meters into a dummy load. It seems to have very little output on 20 meters but we are still working on it.

On march 13 the battleship crew manned radio 2 for the hidden battleship tour. We had 62 people who came through and we explained what the club was doing on the ship and the function of the radio room. We spent 8 hours with 6 groups of people.

Norman KI4YSY


Repeater Report

After a lengthy search of the used equipment markets for available and suitable transceivers, the Club was finally able to procure 2 units for the long dormant 440MHz repeater system. On March 12, 2010 the equipment was installed, tested and put on the air. As presently configured, the 440 system is linked to the Club’s 2 Meter repeater through the same controller. Keying up on one will automatically key up on the other. The systems will remain linked for the immediate future. Independent operation of the 440 system will require a separate controller.

At the last club meeting it was passed that we could purchase a new controller for the 440 repeater.

Bill AG4PA


ACARC Meeting Minutes February 2010


Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club – February 16, 2010 - Cape Fear Community College (North Campus)

President Vaughan (K4UWH) called the meeting to order at 1904 hours. Each member introduced themselves to the group. This included an excellent discussion of individual activities by club members during the past month.

The treasurer (Hutch - NK0S) gave a financial report. Contact Hutch if you have a question or need a copy. He also reported that the club now has 46 paid members.

The vice president (Don Hall - KJ4OFF) gave the rag chew net report. Check INs are up and the net is going quite well at this time. Contact Don if you are interested in an assignment as a Net Control Station.

The VE test session has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday (February 20th). It will be held as usual at the Cape Fear Community College (North Campus) at 9 AM in room 308. Bill Usher (AG4GA) and Jack Jacobs (WD4OIN) are the contact points if you would like to become a VE.

The North Carolina QSO party will be held this coming February 28th. The club will operate from the Battle Ship North Carolina (BB-55). All members are encouraged to come down and operate from the ship. We will gather at 11:30 at the break room. Please come and Support the club.

The Wilmington Swapfest/Hamfest is scheduled for April 10th at Battleship Park. It will start at 8 AM and run until 1 PM. Coffee and donuts are free (while they last). Admission is FREE. There will be a VE test be session scheduled onsite. Also there will be a raffle for a two meter radio and several other prizes that have been donated.

The ARRL annual Field Day is scheduled for June 27th and 28th at Ogden Park (Shelter 2). Don Hall is chairing this event. For more details contact Don - KJ4OFF.

NEW BUSINESS:

The MS Walk is scheduled for May 15th and volunteers are needed. Contact Glen Cox (KE4BMY for details.

The Relay for Life is scheduled for April 23rd and 24th at Ashley HS. There is an opportunity to demo ham radio at this event. Contact Glen Cox (KE4BMY) for details and planning.

There will be a weather training class at the Hanover EOC on Friday, March 15th from 9 to 5 PM. Contact Glen Cox (KE4BMY) for details. You must be registered to attend.

Ed Redington gave a demonstration and showed a CD about the early days of spark radio. Excellent Program!!

President Vaughan adjourned the meeting at 8:50 PM.

Respectfully Submitted

Ed Redington - NC4ER

Secretary


VE Report

VE Test Session Report for 2/20/10

Our three candidates were anxious to get it done after last weeks’s postponement when the College closed due to weather. Three candidates, three exams, one new Tech and two new Generals. Five VEs were present.

Bill Usher AG4PA


Battleship Report

Not much progress this month in repairing the TDE motor generator. We have it torn apart and making resistance readings but no progress yet. We really want this transmitter up for the NC Qso party but it doesn't look good.

The brushes we ordered for the TDM-13 has come in.

Norman KI4YSY


Repeater Report

This month the repeater is working great, good reports on getting into it. We are still looking for 440 transmitters

Bill Usher AG4PA




ACARC Club Meeting Minutes January 2010


Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club - January 19, 2010 - Cape Fear Community College (North Campus)

President Vaughan (K4UWH) called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM (1904 hours).

Each member was asked to talk about his past few weeks activity with amateur radio. Many of our members have been very active lately and the discussion was high lighted by some very interesting stories about our hobby.

Jack Jacobs (WD4OIN) has been working very hard on the clubs web page. In fact the membership is encouraged to keep in touch with the club's web page (www.ac4rc.org) for periodic updates of important information.

Our Treasurer, Hutch Hutchinson (NK0S) gave the financial report and the club is on a good financial track going into this year. The membership is encouraged to please pay your dues by the end of the month.

Our Vice-President Don Hall (KJ4OFF) reported the Monday night rag chew net is going very well. He reported that the average check in count is around 12 to 15 per session. After the net and around 8:30 several members are going to 10 meters. Ron Cerra (KM4VX) has been coordinating that activity. Listen to the 2 meter net for the operating frequency on 10 and 6 meters.

There will be a VE test session on Saturday, February 13th at 9 AM. The location of the test session will be the Cape Fear Community College (North Campus). As per custom we will meet at K&W for breakfast at 8 AM.

The North Carolina QSO Party will be held on Sunday, February 28th. The location of this operating event will be at the Battleship. We gather at the entrance at 11:30 AM.

The Wilmington Swapfest/Hamfest is scheduled for April 10th at Battleship Park from 8 AM to 1 PM. The event is free and open to the public. There will be free coffee and donuts (while they last). There will be a raffle for a 2 meter radio as well.

The proposed budget for 2010 was submitted and approved by the membership. If any member would like to see the budget, see Hutch.

Bill Morine (N2COP) the newly elected Section Manager of North Carolina spoke about a very important piece of pending legislation that will be going before Congress later this year, The Amateur Radio Enhancement Act.

This very important measure is needed and we as amateurs need to write Congressman McIntyre and ask that he support this piece of legislation. The club support for this effort was excellent.

The membership was asked to approve an expense measure to purchase additional QSL binders for use with the special event QSL from the club’s activities. The motion was moved and seconded. The request was approved by the membership.

The membership was asked to approve an expense measure to purchase Guest Operator certificates. The motion was moved and seconded. The expense measure was approved by the membership.

The door prize for January was an ARRL Operating Manual. The lucky winner of the prize was Stephen Russ (NI4SR). Stephen donated the prize to one of our newest members. Brovo Zulu, Stephen.

There being no further business before the club, President Vaughan closed the meeting at 8:54 PM.


Respectfully Submitted Ed Redington - NC4ER Secretary

Battleship Report


This month we started work on the TBK-13 Transmitter which is similar to the TDM-4 transmitter. The first check was that we were missing brushes and had worn brushes in the generator. We ordered new brushes through the Electric Motor Shop in Rocky Mount,N.C. They have a connection in Alabama that can make any size brush that you need. There are no spare brushes for these old generators.

While waiting on the brushes, we went back and started working on the TDE Transmitter which had failed. On the inital check it appeared that the motor-generator was not putting out high voltage. We worked for two weeks getting the motor-generator out where we can work on it.

On January 23, members of the club assisted the Battleship with their Hidden Battleship Program. We took approximately 40 tourists on a tour of the radio room, explained the function of the radio room and what we are doing on the ship.


Norman KI4YSY


Repeater Report


The recent whine and low audio problems on 2M were isolated to the receive component and corrected by swapping the XMT and RCV components. We are in process of securing a third unit to serve as backup This will allow us to switch out a problem unit for repair without a lengthy shutdown. The search for a second and third 440 MHz unit continues


Bill AG4PA

VE Report

Next Volunteer Exam Test Session is February 13

The ACARC administers these VE Sessions under the auspices of The American Radio Relay League as Volunteer Exam Coordinator. The ARRL awards certification as a VE upon satisfaction of minimal requirements—18 years of age, valid General or higher class license, no prior history of suspension or revocation of license—and satisfactory submission of an application form and successful completion of an open book exam. The Club has the application and study materials at hand.

Three accredited VEs are required to conduct a test session. There is a protocol established by the ARRL for administering the exams and submitting the paperwork. As a practical matter, more than three VEs are necessary to insure the integrity of the exam process and error free completion of the “government” paper work.

A large pool of certified VEs guarantees the availability of a sufficient number for every Test Session. Join the VE Team and help insure the continued success and growth of our hobby/public service. Contact any Team members for further information.


Bill AG4PA