The meeting location for the rest of the year has been confirmed. Starting with the January program meeting on the 24th, all JARC meetings will take place in the Conference Room 2 at Mercy Hospital, 100 Mercy Way, Joplin, MO 64804.
Use the Northeast entrance:
Details on entrance to use for JARC Meeting Location
Do not use the Emergency, Clinic, or Cancer Center entrances. The meeting room is on the 2nd floor. After entering the Hospital, take the elevator or stairs to Floor 2. Turn left toward the Gift Shop, and walk past it. On the right side just past the Gift Shop you will see the conference rooms. Here is a link to an interactive floor map of the facility: map.
So far, our meeting location for the January 2017 meetings will remain at the Red Cross building. There was a mention at the Holiday Dinner of possibly meeting at a conference room at Mercy Hospital, however we haven’t been able to solidify that reservation at this time.
Voting will occur at the business meeting on Nov 8, however we are also doing an online vote to try to reach all members. You can either wait to vote at the business meeting or vote online anytime between now and the meeting. Online voting will close 30 mins prior to the meeting time at 7p. I will have a list of those who voted online so we don’t duplicate votes.
The reason we are doing it this way is that the current constitution requires a 2/3 vote of all members to amend the constitution, and with our regular meeting turnout, we cannot reach enough people.
If you did not get an email and think you should have, please let me know and I can give you login information for the ballot site. Either reply here or email me at K0JAA at ARRL.NET
Remember that our annual officer election is also Nov 8, but we do not have an online ballot for that.
Jason Arends K0JAA
I presented information to the club last night on APRS – Automatic Packet Reporting System, and demonstrated some hardware and software to the club. The presentation is available here in a few formats, for compatibility:
Feel free to use or edit these, and let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks everyone who came and for all the great questions, I had fun presenting and I’m glad to see such interest in this aspect of amateur radio – hope to see more packets on the air in our area!
This month’s program meeting (tomorrow night) will be covering the use of LOTW, the incoming and outgoing ARRL QSL card bureau, and eQSL. John has put together the attached handout for further information and links:
Feb 2016 Program
During the July Program Meeting, John Frederick (N8GOU) demonstrated the antenna modelling software EZNEC. This is Windows software that can be used to model all kinds of antennas and then plot the calculated SWR and elevation or azimuth gain for any frequency. There is a free demo available on their website: www.eznec.com.
John modeled a dipole for us and showed the effects of changing the height above ground and the wire diameter, which was very interesting.
Another software that is very similar and compatible is 4NEC2, which is free without the limitations of EZNEC. It can be downloaded here: www.qsl.net/4nec2.
This is a reminder that there is no program meeting this month – the June 23rd meeting is cancelled since Field Day is the same week. Hope to see you all at Field Day!
Field Day is coming up in just a few short weeks!
June 27th and 28th from 1800Z to 1800Z, Joplin ARC will be set up at Dover Hill on North Main Street in Joplin. The club will operate as Class 3A, using emergency power and will have 3 operators on all HF bands and possibly VHF and UHF.
The club will supply 2 tents, restroom facilities, and will have a cook out. One tent will be for operating and one for socializing. Bring your own chair and bug spray!
We plan on logging using N3FJP software, so if you are supplying a laptop, please install that and contact the club to get a key.
Setup will be Friday afternoon so anyone interested, please come out and get involved.
In April, the club performed a Fox Hunt for the program meeting. A Fox (small, low-power transmitter) was hidden in Joplin, and the members used various techniques to find it. In a previous meeting, the club provided materials and instructions for constructing a 2m loop antenna. This particular antenna has sharp nulls which can be used in finding the direction of the transmitter by turning it until the signal disappears.
Various techniques were used and the winner simply drove around with their HT and listened for the signal to get stronger, then walked around the park until they found David Surgi dressed up like a bum, with the transmitter!