December 2017 Meeting Minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Ah, the joys of Christmas Season.  December 2 presented the opportunity for club members to assist with the Grand Haven Jingle Bell Parade.  To the many who answered the call, Thank you! 

December 23rd, 6:00 p.m., kicked off our Christmas party with 30 in attendance at the Spring Lake Library.  Meeting business coming first, President John Sundstrom presented future events as:  January 25 monthly meeting program by Don Meyers speaking on CHIRP [radio programmer] February 22nd program, with Don Meyer you will build a 2 mtr. J-pole antenna.  March date is yet to be announced - the program will review and up-date Yaseu fusion.  On April 26, at the request of the library,  NOARC will present to a general public meeting, the many aspects of Amateur Radio. 1. What is required to obtain FCC license?  2.  What type of equipment is required to communicate?  3.  What are public service opportunities?  4.  Demonstration of equipment: 1. sending message from cell phone to amateur radio.  2.  A long distant radio used to communicate to another "ham".
  Recap of year 2017:  There were many public service events beginning with Memorial Day races to Santa Parade in December.  Field Day results placed us in the middle of the pack in our class.  September brought a repeater move.  Those involved, with Don Meyer in the lead with Hank Riekels, Stacey, Lou, John S. Brian, Craig and Tom Bosher.  The repeater site is owned by the city - we have a 10 year lease.  Our "rent" is our support of public events such as races, Coast Guard events, parades, etc.
  A special "Thank you" went to Hank Riekels for his many years of support in maintaining the 145.49 repeater.
  An election of 2018 officers was quickly motioned and seconded.  President:  John Sundstrom;  Vice President:  Don Meyers;  Treasurer: Craig Christi law; Secretary: Phyllis Simmons.
  Now - for the drawing for the Yaseu FT TODR.  Winner:  Andy Suska.
  And then began the party with tables laden with food and drink.  Potlucks are wonderfully varied.  No one goes away hungry.

  Happy New Year to you all!
  Respectfully submitted,  Phyllis Simmons

September 17 Meeting Minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 5:12 PM
Having had the summer "off" in lieu of NOARC monthly meeting,  it was nice to again gather at 6:30,  in the Spring Lake Library.  Summer finds the club busy with Field Day,  working local parades such as Coast Guard, and races.
  President John Sundstrom opened the meeting  with the treasurers report from Craig Christalaw.  We're still doing "O K"
  Future events are:  October 7, Great Lakes Hamfest and convention at Brooklyn, MI;  October 21, Muskegan Hamfest  on E. Apple Ave;  October 22, Kalamazoo Hamfest in Kalamazoo fair grounds.

  Our Tuesday nite 8 P.M.  controllers are currently KC8UNY;  N8YQD,  N8HUB and KB8NLN.  Please note that currently 7 members  have digital radios and thus have 7:30 net, same station, same night.

  John Sundstrom reports that Te Ne Ke sales, year to date, are 26, netting $1102.59 for the club.  Craig Christalaw is building them and John is selling them for $50.00 on e-bay and off our web site

  The report on moving of the 145.49 repeater from water tank hill to 5 mile hill comes from Don Meyer.  Don explained the process in moving of the antenna;  our present antenna position and future changes.  We're not done - but it's coming together.

  Tonights program topic:  Craig Christalaw on the short range  UHF repeater on 444.500, presently used on Gladys Circle, Grand Haven.  A Motorola GR500 base repeater:  TX output 444.500;  RX input 449.500 + 5.0 MHz;  PL tone 94.8.  KE8FTB- repeater ID.  25 watts.  Operating 5 A.M. - 10 P.M..  Really cool,  Gladys Circle hams.

  We also viewed a video on Winlink digital [ sending e-mail using world wide system with HF ]  This will be used  by hams in Puerto Rico.

  50 / 50 drawing winner:  Andy N8HUB

    Our next meeting is October 19 with a guest speaker from Zeeland , on Ham Radio - remotely through the internet.  November meeting November 16, with Solar World program [ fresh from Las Vegas ] by Jim Wolter.  We can't always get our library room on the 4th Thursday, thus the  3rd Thursday, occasionally.  We hope to see you.

Respectfully submitted;

Phyllis Simmons,  Secretary

Obituary for Roger Simmons, N8RXC (SK)
Posted by N8FQ on Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 2:45 PM
Mr. Roger L. Simmons, age 82, of Spring Lake passed away Friday, July 7, 2017 at home. He was born June 22, 1935 in Grand Rapids to Cecil and Madge (Bradford) Simmons. On August 29, 1964 he married Phyllis Hull. Roger was a member of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes and retired from the Michigan State Police. Roger served in the Michigan National Guard for 13 years. He was the secretary for the North Ottawa Area Radio Club. He enjoyed sailing and military history. Roger had a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed by all. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, Daniel Simmons of Ann Arbor; daughter-in-law, Laurie (Mike) Blake of Texas; two grandsons, Sean and Austin Simmons; sister, Judy (Don) Combs; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by their son, Scott Simmons on December 22, 2007. A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at United Methodist Church of the Dunes (717 Sheldon Rd. Grand Haven, MI 49417) with Rev. Eldon Eldred officiating. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at The Spring Lake Chapel (213 E. Savidge St. Spring Lake, MI 49456) Interment will take place in Spring Lake Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Roger may be given to the United Methodist Church of the Dunes. Please sign the family's online guestbook at

Minutes Of May 2017 NOARC Meeting
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 1:40 AM
At 6:30 the meeting was called to order with names and call signs. Twelve
members were signed in.

Don Meyer made requests for help for the Grand Haven Summer Kick Off 5K
race on Saturday, May 26 and for the Spring Lake Memorial Day parade,
Monday, May 28th. Also please note that there is a Spring Lake Heritage
Festival 5 K race on June 17. The race starts at 8:00 so we will meet at
7:00 at the public service building on Buchanan and Savage.

Saturday, June 3, is the annual Hudsonville Ham Swap. We will have two
tables should you want to sell something.

Treasurers report by Craig Christilaw. We are still O K , with a balance of

This evenings program, “ By The Numbers,” was presented by Tom Bosscher
K8TB, from Hudsonville. Tom is a gifted speaker. The numbers of hams in our
county; the country [ live and silent]; their zip codes, etc., rolled off
his tongue and computer presentation. His research was amazing and most
interesting. Tom also pointed out that if you move you should change your
address with the FCC. He then went on to encourage our club to participate
in “Spark In The Park”, a science fair for amateur radio. Mark August 19 on
your calendar, 9:00 AM – 1:00PM. Address: Home School Building , 5625
Burlingame S.W., Wyoming, MI. There is no admission charge; there are ten
sponsoring clubs, ours included. We will “show 'n tell'- and sell- our
Te-Ne-Ke. You may show any radio related item that you've come up with and
would like to share. This event is an excellent way to introduce new hams
to ham radio.

50/50 drawing; drawn and won by Pat Gardner.

And now for a treat from Craig Christilaw. [he has a sense of humor] Craig
told of his”under the table in a box” find at a swap. A Yaesu FL2000B 572B
amplifier – that had problems. And he told us how he fixed it. And that is
where the humor came in. You had to be there.

Field Day reminder, June 24 – 25. Actually we kick it off with a 'tube
steak” light meal at Coast Guard Park on Thursday, 22nd., between
6:00-6:30. This is the antenna planning evening. Then on Saturday at 8:00
is breakfast. Stations are then set up for the 2:00 event. Saturday evening
supper is a family deal. This is pot-luck with meat, beverage and table
service provided. Time: 6:00

Pat Gardner showed and explained an adjustment to quiet a MFJ power supply.

The Spring Lake Library closes at 8:30 and once again we made our
adjournment by the skin of our teeth. It was a good evening.

Respectfully submitted,

Phyllis and Roger Simmons


March 2017 Minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 10:45 AM
It seemed like March was behaving like a lamb, 6:30 on March 30. Fourteen
members showed up for the March Meeting.
. Craig Christilaw reported $603 expenditure for Te-Ne -Ke
John Sundstrom said that sales of the Te-Ne-Ke is pretty steady.
Our bank and the Community Foundation funds are looking good. A
question was asked about restrictions on our Community Foundation Fund.
The answer,,as I understand it,was that we can use $295 of it annually but
if we have need for more, the Foundation would take a look at our need
before agreeing to it.
Looking at the future meetings make note of April 20th, a third
Thursday, and May 25th. Both are at 6:30 at the Spring Lake Library
Spring Hamfest,season begins. May 6th Cadillac hamfest held at
the Cadillac Jr. High School. We have two tables available to sell your
goods. On June 3rd,Hudsonville hamfest at the Fairgrounds
With Spring comes racing events. May27 this the Memorial Day run
in Grand Haven.
The repeater and water tank hill update by John Sunstrom and
Hank Rickels indicates that the powers to be at least are mentioning us and
our shack. Stay tuned.
And can you believe it ? Field Day draws nigh,June 24th, The
;aalast few years we have found ourselves operating between2-3 locations.
It has been suggested that we use the airport. The airport likes it (I
like it ) and perhaps our antennas will be a challenge, But the facility
has all we would need shelter, Bath rooms of, and no city fee. There will
be further discussion at the next two meetings..
Our program tonight was presented by Greg Poel W8GP, on electrical
wave theory. A film presentation by Bell Telephone Labs of yore, gave neat
illustrations. Thank you Greg.
We have brought back 50/50 drawings. Phyllis won, She thanks you.
Once again we dismissed under the 8:30 library bell.
See you on the 20th

Respectfully submitted :

Secretaries Phyllis & Roger Simmons :

November minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Sunday, November 27, 2016 @ 10:08 PM
Twas the night before Thanksgiving – and 12 members met at the Spring Lake
Library to play with Kits – on – the – air. John Sundstrom brought a 49er
and a Hendrix PFR – 3A. Pat Gardner a “Pixie”, a frequency counter and a
ZZR 40, from QST July, 2016. Craig Christilaw a 49er, Heath HW8, a Tentex
40 mtr and Woody's keyer [ Boyd Mason special]. But first....

The meeting was called to order with a finanial report - - we're still O.K.
And future events. On October3 our help is requested for the Grand Haven
Jingle Bell Parade. We meet at the Grand Haven Public Safety , parking in
the lot on Columbus, and entering the front of the building on Washington.

Our Christmas party is at 6:00, on December 22nd at the library. Guests are
asked to bring a dish to pass and your table service. Meat and drink are

The first two or three months of the year finds a few of us in warmer
climates. However, Hank Reikels has agreed to program the January 19
meeting. The months of February and March are not on calendar as yet.

Report on the repeater: no decisions from the city manager as yet.

Report on new officers: President: John Sundstrom nominated by Craig
Christilaw; seconded by Hank Reikels. Vice President: Don Meyer nominated
by John Sundstrom; seconded by Craig Christilaw. Secretary: Phyllis and
Roger Simmons nominated by John Sundstrom, seconded by Craig Christilaw.
Treasurer: Craig Christilaw nominated by John Sundstrom, seconded by Stacy
Van Buren.

By vote was passed.

From John Sundsrtrom: Help pass the amateur radio parity act that is in the
Senate right now. Letter to: https://arrl.rally – us
– senate – to – pass – amateur – radio – parity – act.

And Field Day report – last June. We were in the top one third of class 3A.
Nice going. And while on the subject of Field Day, the question arose –
could we have Field Day at the airport? Perhaps timing it with a Young
Eagle event.

NOW, it was time to play. A little soldering show and tell [ nice work ]
and there where contacts across the room, at any rate. I believe the patio
antenna wasn't bringing in anything. A fun evening..

See you and yours at the Christmas party!

Respectfully submitted,

Phyllis and Roger Simmons

October Meeting Minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 10:39 PM
With an attendance of 17, the meeting was opened with a roll call. .

Treasurer John Sundstrom N8YQD, reported that we are still in the black.
He also reports that our November 23 meeting will have demonstrations of
kits made by members. Tables and antennas will be on hand.

Other future events are are: December 3 Jingle Bell Parade net and December
22, 6 PM annual Christmas party at the Spring Lake library.

On October 15 NOARC assisted with the Boy Scout Jamboree on the air, at the
Grand Haven Airport. Ten scouts received radio merit badges thanks to Ben
Docter and Alan Koch KA8JJN who presented an excellent four hour class in
one and one half hours. And thanks to our members who provided 20 and 40
meter contacts. Craig Christilaw K8CRC reported that the airport board was
impressed with the efforts for the scouts and would welcome the event next
year. There was suggestion that posting a Young Eagles Event (flying) at
the same time might be a big draw.

The question of the club hosting a Ham in a day class was brought up,
tossed around and will be discussed at the November 23 meeting, with more
information under our belt.

Topic for the night; Hank Reikels W8GVK and John Sundstrom N8YQD discus
repeater events.

The City of Grand Haven and the County plan to go to 800 Mhz digital and
erect a new shack

and tower where Hanks shack and our repeateer is located on water tank
hill.There would be other services in the new facility, using the common
tower. Hank will receive 90day notice that he has to remove the current 100
foot and old shack at his expense. Happpening probably in the spring of
2017. After some discussion the group feeling was that we inquire if the
city would allow us to keep the old shack. Using the old shack may reduce
intermod problems. Our second option would be to use the tower by the Grand
Haven Police and Fire Department , offered by the Police Department. The
tower is lower than the water tank hill, so range would be lost . The City
Manager(Mc Ginnis) wants Ham radio accomodated , recognizing that the club
provides public service for many events.

A plan needs to be made to keep the repeater in service during the
construction time. See you November 23rd?

Respectfully submitted Phyllis & Roger Simmons

September Meeting Minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Sunday, October 2, 2016 @ 2:38 PM
September brings our meeting back in-doors at the Spring Lake Publc
Library. At 6:30 John Sundstrom openned the meeting with the financial
report: we're doing O.K.

Onward to future events. October 15 has the Muskegon Hamfest and our club
will have a table for anyone wishing to sell. That Saturday also commits
our club to Boy Scouts Jamboree on the Air at the Grand Haven Airport. The
scouts begin at 11:00 A.M. until, perhaps, 2:00.

Please note that the November meeting is the 23rd. Thanksgiving the 24th.

Grand Haven's Annual Jingle Bell Parade is December 3rd.

Those wondering if our State of Michigan non-profit status is currant – it

Repeater status: running the Yaesu with controller: no problems.

John Sundstrom reports 31 Te Ne Ke sales for the year thus far. Thank you,
John, for the sales effort and thank you, Paul Zellar, for building them.

Our topic for the meeting: Let's Make Something Together. John S.
demonstrated and reviewed a Chinese 40 – 9er qrp transceiver. The kit going
for $12:00 or finished board for $17:00.

Ben Docter reviewed the 4 States QRP Club 40 meter receiver. Pat Gardner
had a completed one on hand. Pat also brought a $9:00 kit – Digital
Capacitance Meter and a frequency counter for $4:00. He also showed us his
work – station board that was presented in QST magazine, July 2000.

We, as club members, are encouraged to seek out a kit, build it and present
it for show and tell at future meetings. Kalamazoo Hamfest, October 16,
might have just the kit for you.

Coffee and cookies consumed, we adjourned before the libraries call of
closure (8:15)

Respectfully submitted;

Phyllis & Roger Simmons


NOARC Summer Notes
Posted by N8FQ on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 8:26 PM
I may as well call this my summer report. The month of July is a busy one,
if we choose to volunteer our time. The 4th of July brings the Ferrysburg
Parade. We enjoy a pancake breakfast prior to the parade, which seems to be
longer each year.

Then on the 10th, Grand Haven requests our help with a triathalon. Now,
July meeting is generally our Fox hunt. The last couple of years found only
4 – 5 participants so we passed up the pursuit in favor of a show and tell
[ summer projects ] hot dog meet at the Wm Ferry Park in Ferrysburg.There
were six of us, so we gained a couple. It was a nice, breezy but quality
meet and most enjoyable.

And then there was Coast Guard week. Did anyone watch the ships come in on
Monday? Awesome sight! But I'm getting ahead of myself. On the 30th our
help was requested for the 5 and 10K races followed by the Children's
Parade. A long morning but appreciated. The following Saturday. August 6,
which wraps up the festivities, is the Coast Guard Parade. We get fed
breakfast at Russ' Restaurant and a lunch at the G.H. Fire dept. garage,
after the parade.

So we are up to August. The 25th will bring us back to Wm Ferry Park for,
what else, QRP in the Park. Not sure of the time – I'd guess 6:00 – but
tune in to Tuesday night net for correct time.

With summer behind us in September, we'll be meeting at 6:30 on the29th at
the Spring Lake Library.

Respectfully submitted,

Phyllis and Roger Simmons.

July Meeting Minutes
Posted by N8FQ on Sunday, July 3, 2016 @ 11:17 PM
Thursdays, as a general rule ,are when the monthly meeting occurs. So, on
June 23, 6 PM the meeting was on at the Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg.
After a hot dog meal, mapping of the location of the antennas for the radio
stations took place.

Saturday morning began at 8 AM with McDonnell breakfast sandwiches on our
campsite. There were three stations to be set up for W8 CSO. 3-MI.Our
antenna guru,Lou Meisch had hands to assist him..

After a pizza lunch, ( need those carbs to keep going ), . Two o'clock
kickoff time found the stations up and running . 20 m, PS 31 and 20 m
phone 15 m phone and 80 m (night with storm reports ),. 40 m CW (
Gordon Stockhill said that this event was his last. Say it isn't so
Gordon.. Our go- to- station ,was 20 m plus. . .

Saturday morning served up a hot breakfast at 8 AM, just before A
rainstorm moved in for an hour or so..

. Saturday 6 PM ,brought our families together for a for a potluck. It
astounds me to think how the ladies and gentlemen make potlucks work out
with a nice a variety of so good food.. . We thank them for their
contribution . .

Sunday morning served up a hot breakfast that that, just before our
rainstorm moved in for an hour or so.It was pleasant ,sitting, chatting,
with a cup of coffee in the middle ( the pavilion)

After cold sandwich lunch , anyone. r emaining is ready to call it a day
.. We then packed up the radio stations on the vehicles . The sign in
sheet claims 14 attendees and it's hard to say who dropped in.. it realIy

. an enjoy I able weekend.

. Thanks to all who participated , 73's . Phyllis and Roger

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