Mortty Review in April 2019 QST

Steve N8AR and Larry K8UT have some new bragging rights. Their home-brew activity Mortty, has a review in the latest copy of QST.

Check it out in the Product Review portion of QST. It is on page 58, entitled Mortty Morse Code and RTTY Keying Interface Kit

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March Club Meeting

Everyone,

Because of the cancelation of February’s meeting due to the Weather, this month’s informational meeting will have last month’s agenda.  Also, DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD AN HOUR ON SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH.

Meeting Announcement

When: Sunday March 10th, 2019, 6:30 PM EDST

Where: Witch’s Hat Depot – Freight House

Agenda

6:30 – 6:43 p.m.        Meet and greet. – Pass around Sign in sheet

6:43 – 6:45 p.m.        Everyone introduces themselves.

6:45 – 7:00 p.m.        Q & A.  Does anyone have a question about amateur radio, the South Lyon Club,

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Informational Presentation.  Presenter will be Steve Smith – N8AR, and he will


Mike W8XH
President SLAARC

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Presidents Message and Dinner Announcement

Year in Review

Winter Field Day

We had a great outing last January, getting three stations on the air, some satellite work, and a visit from a Scout troop.

 

Parks on the Air

We activation Island Lake Recreation Area so many times, we received an award…over 1000 QSO’s!

Summer Field Day

We ran with four stations, two voice, one digital and one mixed CW and digital.

 

Astronomy at the Beach

We set-up a station at the Astronomy at the Beach event and indroduced our club to many STEM interested attendees

First visitor

….and our Favorite Activity

Coffee, food and taking.

Meeting time

Thank You

I greatly appreciate all the wonder experiences and support received during my two years as President. I look forward to supporting Mike W8XH as President and a Big Thanks to Craig W8ELD for all his great work as Treasurer.

Dinner Time

When: 06:30 PM, Sunday, December 9th

Where: Zukey Lake Tavern

http://zukeylaketavern.com

Map

http://mapq.st/2mpAmVQ

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2019 Officers Elected during November Meeting

Election Results

Please join me in congratulating the following club members in their election to the Board of Directors

Officers

  • President – Mike Sharpe W8XH
  • Vice President – John Haworth NU8M
  • Secretary – Harvey Carter AC8NO
  • Treasurer – Jerry Grimes K8GNG
  • Member at Large – Elaine Atallah W8ELA

Officers and Committees 

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November Club Presentation – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

ARISS Webinar

ARISS-proposal

ARISS Suggested Equipment Set-Up

ariss_ground_station

Videos

 

 

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November President’s Newsletter and Meeting Notice

Perfect Weather for Antenna Work

The weather is turning and that means time for all the antenna work that was not done during the Summer. Current forecast is for wind and rain with potential for snow at the end of the week. We all know that antennas perform the best when snow is falling during their installation.

ARISS

The Salem-South Lyon Library and South Lyon East High School are working on the ARISS proposal for the second half of 2019. SLAARC’s role will be minimal until the educational and community package has be put together.

Updates to SLAARC Constitution and Bylaws

We are updating the two documents to reflect the wishes of club members to focus club meetings on presentations, projects, show-and-tell and Elmer’ing new members. Please review the two documents sent-out by our Vice-President Mike W8XH.

Election of Club Officers for 2019

We will nominate and elect club officers for 2019. We have individuals interested in serving all positions, however, if you have an interest in a particular position, please contact any of the current officers to ask about expectations for the office. These positions are open to all members in good standing.

Meeting Announcement

When: Sunday November 11th, 2018, 6:30 PM EDT

Where: Witch’s Hat Depot – Freight House

Agenda

  • ARISS: Information and Status of Application

Attendance Sheet

  • Verify Quorum

No Meeting Minutes – no Quorum during October meeting

Old Business

New Business

  • New Constitution and By Laws
  • Election of Club Officers – Directors of SLAARC
  • Repeater Committee

Meeting Adjournment

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October President’s Newsletter and Meeting Announcement

Hello Fall

The temperatures have begun to edge ever colder and the leaves have begun their changes. As the days become shorter and summer storms lessen, the lower bands become more intriguing to operate.

ARISS

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

On Thursday, there will be a meeting and video-conference about the application process for hosting an ARISS event. The Salem-South Lyon Library is hosting the meeting and will include representatives from the South Lyon Schools and a local ARISS-experienced ham. The meeting will go from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Salem-South Lyon Library on October 11th.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1255190427956054/

Astronomy at the Beach

We had a great time at the 2018 Astronomy at the Beach event on September 14th and 15th. Many visitors stopped by and were introduced to the various facets of the hobby. A video shot by Mike K8MRD highlights some of the activity.

Presentation-Show and Tell

“AMSAT: Current Status and Future Plans”

Come discuss Amateur Satellites with Keith, KB1SF/VA3KSF
Treasurer and Past President of AMSAT-NA.

Keith lives in Ontario, near the border of Michigan. He is active in many areas of the hobby. I would recommend checking out his web page.

http://www.kb1sf.com

Meeting Announcement

When: Sunday October 14th, 2018, 6:30 PM EDT

Where: Witch’s Hat Depot – Freight House

Agenda

  • AMSAT: Current Status and Future Plans

Attendance Sheet

  • Verify Quorum

Secretary’s report from last meeting

SLAARC_September_2018_Meeting_Minutes

Treasurer’s report

President’s Report

  • ARISS Proposal

Vice-President’s Report

Committee Reports

  • Event/Field Day
  • Web Committee

Old Business

New Business

Meeting Adjournment

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September President’s Newsletter and Meeting Announcement

Late Summer

We are in the last month of Summer. Even though the bands may be poor, there is plenty of activity on the ft8 portions of the bands.

Late Summer and Early Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. When going out be sure to bring your favorite radio and antenna to work some portable set-up.

Presentation-Show and Tell

Astronomy at the Beach

This is an annual event. This year it will occur at Island Lake Rec Area on Friday, September 14th and Saturday, September 15th. The astronomy programs start at 6:00 PM and go until 12:00-Midnight.

SLAARC will set-up on both days. On Friday, we would be there sometime before 6:00. On Saturday, we will be there sometime mid-afternoon.

More details will be discussed at the membership meeting.

Portable Set-Up’s

What are some of the portable set-up’s members are using? We will have some portable radio and antenna’s set-up for show-and-tell.

Meeting Announcement

When: Sunday September 9th, 2018, 6:30 PM EDT

Where: Witch’s Hat Depot – Freight House

Agenda

  • Open Discussion

Attendance Sheet

  • Verify Quorum

Secretary’s report from last meeting

SLAARC_August_2018_Meeting_Minutes

Treasurer’s report

President’s Report

Vice-President’s Report

Committee Reports

  • Event/Field Day
  • Web Committee

Old Business

New Business

  • N8BHT/R

Meeting Adjournment

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August President’s Newsletter and Meeting Announcement

Summer Time

Parks on the Air (POTA) is in full swing. Many are bringing their equipment with them on trips and taking the time to activate parks along the way. Keep an eye out for club members and be sure to spot them.

So far the Summer has been fairly hot and dry. It’s about this time that one begins to long for the cool days of Fall.

What!!!

Good news spreads fast…bad news faster. Unfortunately, the 2nd running of the Great Lakes HamCon was cancelled. It was due to failure to reach an agreement for use of the MIS facility. This also means that SLAARC will not be running the special event station K8MIS.

Next Event

Our next planned event is Astronomy at the Beach. It will occur at Island Lake Rec Area, September 14th and 15th. Keep a lookout of what the event committee will be planning for this.

Presentation

Mortty

Starts approximately at 7:00 PM

Steve (N8AR) and Larry (K8UT) will present “The Mortty Story”.  Mortty is an inexpensive Do-It-Yourself construction project (like a Heathkit) using a miniature enclosure, Arduino Nano and custom PCB to build a platform to run K0SM’s TinyFSK RTTY Keyer software, K3NG’s CW Keyer (K1EL Winkeyer compatible) software as well as W1HKJ’s nanoIO software using fldigi. They will describe how Mortty came to be, how it evolved, how it works, how it is used and why you might want one (or two). There will be several demos of Mortty in action.

Meeting Announcement

When: Sunday August 12th, 2018, 6:30 PM EDT

Where: Witch’s Hat Depot – Freight House

Agenda

  • Open Discussion
  • Show and Tell
  • Verify Order of Agenda

Attendance Sheet

  • Verify Quorum

Vote to accept Secretary’s report from last meeting

SLAARC_July_2018_Meeting_Minutes

Treasurer’s report

President’s Report

Vice-President’s Report

Committee Reports

  • Event/Field Day
  • Web Committee

Old Business

New Business

Meeting Adjournment

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Introducing Groups.io for the e-mail list

Members of the SLAARC e-mail list may have noticed a new e-mail that came out during July. It was generated from a newly created e-mail group created on Groups.io

What is Groups.io?

At base, it is a new form of an e-mail group. It allows for a clear method of managing a list of e-mail users.

More information is available in this article

Introducing Groups.io

How will SLAARC use Groups.io?

We will replace our manually managed e-mail list with Groups.io. When sending out group-wide communication, it will be done thru Groups.io. Other features are available and may be activated over time

https://groups.io/static/features

How is it different?

  • Members are able to subscribe and unsubscribe to the list
  • When responding to a group e-mail notice, the response may also go out to all in the list
  • Some types of communication require authorization of the group owners
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