*** Club Meeting - Saturday February 3, 7:15 AM, Perkins, Olathe ***
This Months News
G Wolfe - KI0KK
Hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year's Day holiday with family and friends. The club Christmas party at the Gardner Senior Citizens Center was an enjoyably time of visiting with fellow hams and their families. The SFTARC web site has been moved to its new server and should be back in it's normal web address, sftarc.org, by February. Please login to the new web site and make sure your passwords work before we migrate to the sftarc.org URL Jan 2018?
Thanks to everyone who donated to or helped with the club trailer build out/clean up this year.
2017 has been a busy year for the SFTARC. I want to take time to thank everyone who helped make this another successful and fun year. The special events that we participated in were well attended, fun and a learning experience.
Here is a summary of those special events:
In January-February 2017, SFTARC instructors taught an EXTRA license class at Olathe City Hall with a special W5YI test session on March 4, 2017 headed by Jim Lee.
One of our 2016 events associated with NPOTA (National Parks on the Air) was covered in an Overland Journal magazine article authored by Jim Andera, K0NK. Check the web site home page for details.
The club needs volunterrs to lead the following events in 2018:
The bands continue to be active on the new digital mode FT-8. JT-65/JT-9 activity has been significantly reduced. Band conditions remain poor but there are openings on 15M during the midlle of the day.
SFTARC will be participating in the KS Day operating event again this year. Check the club calendar and web home page for details.
The May 12 - 13 WW1USA event will be sponsored by SFTARC. Watch for announcements of details and for sign up information later in 2018. We will be using the Club Trailer for this outdoor event.
The Mo-Kan Regional Council of Amateur Radio Organizations will meet on Jnauary 27 to discuss plans to sponsor the 2020 ARRL Midwest Division Convention in the Kansasa City area. SFTARC is participating in the discussion to dettermine if area arganizations will commit to being the 2020 sponsor of this ARRL event.
If you have a topic you wish to write about or find an interesting topic please publish it either in the newsletter area or Tech Blog on the web site. We can also list web links on the website if you find ones that are useful. Several members contributed articles to Newsletter in 2017, thanks for your participation. Jim Cessna, AC0KN, has been a regular contributor of multiple articles each month. Rick Nichols has also contributed several very professional articles on club events to both our newsletter and local newspapers. Lets try and get more Tech Blog postings for 2018. If you have club news, event pictures or ham related comments the club also has a Facebook page, "Sftarc Olathe".
Read the Meeting Notes in this newsletter for more details on these and other subjects.
Check out the web site/club calendar for upcoming events.
See you at our February 3rd meeting at Perkins in Olathe.
MEETING TO ORDER:
The President, Greg Wolfe KI0KK, called the meeting to order.
Introductions of attendees were made by name and call-sign.
Secretary/Treasurer Mike Costello KBØISQ reported the bank balance and that the contribution from City of Olathe for volunteer work at Ensor has been received and deposited. Dues are payable now thru the end of February and five members paid at the meeting.
Web site is up in development mode at “dev3.sftarc.org”, all functions appear to be operational and migration to the “sftarc.org” URL should happen in mid January (est. 1/15).
An article by Jim Andera, K0NK, was published in the Overland Journal magazine. The artilce, "making our historic trails RADIO ACTIVE" is about our clubs recent special event stations at historic trails locations. Links to the article and the magazine may be found on the club web site home page.
Tech night in January Will be a skype presentation by Tim Duffy - DX Engineering. Location will be at 11701 W 129th St in Overland Park, the residence of Larry, KDØRIU, a couple blocks East of Quivira, North of 135th St.
Nothing was decided on the future of Tech Night, it will be discussed at future meetings. The proposal discussed was to hold Tech Night every 3 months vs the current monthly.
CW & Technician Classes
On January 6, 2018 our CW & Tech class will start . Location has been changed to the Salvation Army center on Santa Fe in Olathe. CW class is from 8:30 to 9:45 and Technician license classes from 10:00 to 12:30. CW class is free to SFTARC members and $5.00 for others. Technician classes are $15.00 for those 16 and under and $30.00 for others, includes Technician manual. SFTARC members voted to make a donation the the Salvation Army of $100.
WW1USA for 2018
Discussion was do we want to sponsor an event next year? It was decided we shall try to secure the event on May 12 commemorating the Battle of Cantigny. The plan is to use our trailer and a tent to make the event happen outdoors. A Volunteer is needed to coordinate the event, let Greg, KIØKK know if you are interested (contact information is on the website).
We will once again commemorate Kansas Day On January 27th, from 10 am to 3 pm At the shack of Del (KØDDS). Come and join the fun with others, four or five operators and loggers will be needed throughout. Jeff Darby will get the event posted on the ARRL web site.
Mike (KBØISQ), requested someone else to take over the coordination of volunteers for tours at Ensor Park and Museum. Mike has coordinated the volunteers since we started doing tours. SFTARC supplies volunteers for Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm to 5 pm in June and September. Johnson County Amateur Radio Club supplies volunteers for May and October.
Marty (KEØPEZ), volunteering to take over the task of coordinating Ensor Tour volunteers.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned..