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Membership Meeting Minutes – April 11, 2015

Stillwater Amateur Radio Association

1618 Pine Street West

Stillwater, Minnesota 55082


President: Joe KCØOIO

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM.

Secretary’s Report: Steve KAØOBI

The minutes from the March 14th, 2015 meeting were approved as published.

Treasurer’s Report: John N5JLZ

Beginning Balance:     3/1/2015         $2,897.41

Income:                                                 $235.00

Expenses:                                               $29.80

Ending Balance:          3/31/2015      $3,102.61

Education and Training: Bob WØGAF

Spring Technician Classes end April 23, 2015 and will be held at Boutwells.

Spring Technician VE Session – April 30, 2015 at Boutwells from 6 to 9 PM. Looking for one additional VE for this session.

New Ham Hands-on Skills & Demo – scheduled for May 21st from 6 to 8:30PM at Pioneer Park, Stillwater. Topics to be discussed include: programming radios, using repeaters, operating simplex, checking into formal nets, and using common protocol on VHF & UHF.

Activities & Events: Dave WØOXB

Thursday Night Eyeball Sessions – Held every Thursday at 6:00 PM CDT at the Stillwater Public Library.

Field Day 2015 is scheduled for June 27th to 28th at Autumn Hills Park, Oak Park Heights.

Mobile & Portable Operating Show ‘N Tell – scheduled for Saturday, June 13th from 9 to 10:30 AM at Autumn Hills Park, Oak Park Heights. Event will include assembling mobile and portable stations, erecting and matching antennas, grounding, and hints, tricks and tips.

White Rock Tri-State Special Event – planning for September, exact date TBD (either 11th -13th or 18th – 20th).

SARA Mentor Project – Need volunteers to mentor one or two new hams and get them on the air and more involved in the hobby.

Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald 40th Anniversary event – scheduled for Oct 30th to Nov 1st at Split Rock State Park, Beaver Bay, MN.

Handihams: Pat WAØTDA & Dave WØOXB

HEART (Handiham Equipment Assessment Repair & Tracking) – volunteers are needed now to help.

Radio Camp – August 18th – 24th at Camp Courage, Maple Lake, MN. VE session will be held on Sunday, Aug 23rd in the Woodland Dining Hall.

Handihams will be at Dayton Hamvention May 15th -17th in Booth 330 by Flex Radio.

Washington County ARES: John KAØHYR (not present)

Project Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th from 9:30 AM till Noon at Woodbury High School, Room 248. For more information go to jeregan@mnmicro.net.

Washington County Prairie Island Reception Center Drill on June 10th and FEMA graded exercise on July 22nd.

Public Safety Whole Community Expo – May 2nd – from 10 AM to 2 PM. For additional details go to their website at www.mnwashcoares.org.

Digital Net: Joe KCØOIO

SARA DigiNet will be on summer hiatus.

2 Meter ragchew will be on Wednesday night at 9 PM CDT. 147.060 MHz.

1.966 KHz Round Robin Ragchew – 8 PM CDT every night except Tuesday and Thursday.

River Valley Slow Speed CW Net – has had promising testing results on 15 & 6 Meters and poor results on 80 & 40 Meters. Watch for future test runs this Fall.

Newsletter & Website: Pat WAØTDA, Dave WØOXB, Peter NØGRM, & Keith AGØH

Deadline for articles for the newsletter is the last Saturday of the month. Always looking for new contributors.

DX News: Mike NØODK (not present)

Check www.NG3K.com for the DX & Contest Calendar. SARA still offers an outgoing DX QSL service – contact Bob WØGAF for details.

Good of Association: Joe KCØOIO

Upcoming Meeting Programs:

May – Mike Tabbert KCØIQW – Broadband HamNet

Oct – Mike Paskeuric NØODK – Fun with DXing

Future program ideas include: SSTV & EasyPal, fresh look at APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System), Maidenhead Grid Squares, hamming with smartphones and tablets.

Hamfests coming soon:

April 18th – Brainerd Hamfest in Brainerd Armory – 0900 to 1300

May 2th – ARAC Swapmeet in Superior, WI

May 15th -17th – Dayton Hamvention

June 6th – TwinsLAN Tailgate Swap fest at 3M Ctr (date may be changed for security issues)

SEMARC Meeting – April 28th – at Zion Lutheran Church, 8500 Hillside Trail S, Cottage Grove.

ADA Tour de Cure – Saturday, May 30st – see Joe KCØOIO if you can volunteer.

2015 Ironman – Sunday, April 26th 6 AM to 6 PM. The repeater will be in use for this event.

The business part of the meeting adjourned at 9:34 AM.


Program: Lyle Koehler KØLR, What We Mean By Software Defined Radio

Lyle gave a well-organized overview of SDR and some great demonstrations of inexpensive ways to experience this technology.

Software-defined radio (SDR) is a radio communication system where components that have been typically implemented in hardware (e.g. mixers, filters, amplifiers, modulators/demodulators, detectors, etc.) are instead implemented by means of software processes.

Unique Features of SDR include: Waterfall and panoramic spectrum display, point and click tuning, completely configurable filters, multiple simultaneous receivers, and audio/RF recording feature.

Negatives for some people: Not a ‘single box’ radio, computer required, non-traditional user interface, too many choices, might be necessary to read the manual, accessibility, and cost.

Special uses for SDR: VHF/UHF band monitor (with transverter), IF panadapter, and “IF DSP” for existing transceiver.

Demos: RTL-SDR dongle, playback of DX contest on 20 meters, and “SDR-enhanced” IC-706.

SDR Resources: QST product reviews, “Cheap and Easy SDR” – QST Jan 2013, Wikipedia, and RTL-SDR.com.

Examples of SDR Radios: Flex $700 – $7,500, Apache Labs(ANAN) $1,000 – $4,300, Fun Cube dongle $210, Soft Rock Lite kit (HF, RX, single band) $21, RTL-SDR dongle (RX 24-1700 MHz) $15.


Meeting was adjourned at 10:30 AM.

Meeting attendance: 24