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Lee Ilse, KD7OED
Lee Isle, KD7OED
Due to our lack of a full-time caretaker for most of the past two years, our facilities at Green Acres are starting to fall into disrepair. We are also overdue for a grounds inspection by the BLM as part of our lease renewal process. Consequently, we have set tentative dates for major repair and cleanup activities this fall on SEP 16th, October 7th, and November 11th. Major projects will include painting the exterior of Larson Hall, removal of the old storage shed between the pole barn and the latrines, and removal of all remaining trash from the northwest corner of the property. In addition to these major projects, we will also do general grounds cleanup and beautification. Please mark your calendars now and plan to participate on all three Saturdays – we need EVERYONE’S help if we are to complete this important project and secure our lease renewal. More discussion will occur during the August Club Meeting.
COCHISE AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION
The meeting was called to order by President KD7OED at . Other officers present included Vice President NJ7C, Secretary KD7HAB, Treasurer KD7TDL, and Member at Large WB6OTS.
Secretary’s Report: A motion was made by KK7NO that the minutes be accepted as published in the Smoke and seconded by N7DQS. The motion was approved on a voice vote.
Treasurer’s Report: KD7TDL reported that as of July 3rd our balances were:
Antenna Fund $ 1,837.25
Checking account $ 6,372.55
Total funds $ 16,744.56
Member-at-large: WB6OTS & KD7OED reported that, on field day, we where down by 40 points because we did not have as many points in voice as we did last year
N7INK reported that the MCU had to go in for a repair to the Antilock Brake
System. The only repair shop for this
type of heavy truck is O’Reilly’s in
Vice President & Membership: NJ7C reported that we have 7 life members, 21 family, 70 full members, 7 associate, and 1 honorary membership.
Report: KB7RDG reported that the ground system has been upgraded at the
Report: KD7OED said
that the Board meeting had a small turn out. The
county is now assisting with the BLM lease renewal process. There will be a lease inspection in the fall,
and we need to have a major cleanup after Labor Day. N7
S.E.A.R.S. N7DQS vice president of SEARS reported that the SEARS club will have their next meeting on the 15th of July and they are meeting at Dawn’s restaurant.
No New Business
next regular meeting will be
The meeting was adjourned at
Pat Thies/ KD7HAB
Cochise Amateur Radio Association
Lee Ilse, KD7OED
This event was held 7-9 JUL at the Williams Rodeo Grounds. Participation was the best yet in our third year at Williams, and the grounds were completely full with swapfest participants on Saturday. Although there was some rain in the afternoon both Friday and Saturday, this did not stop the great presentations and seminars from our national and state officers, nor the great ARCA barbecue dinner Saturday evening. There are three items of particular interest for our club members:
State Convention and Hamfest Location: Some of the participants continue to ask why the convention was moved from Flagstaff to Williams. During the ARCA meeting, the ARCA board explained that the reason for this decision three years ago was strictly financial. The nationwide trend for the past 5 years has been for fewer and fewer participants at state and regional hamfests. The bill for the Coconino County fairgrounds at Flagstaff was approximately $9,600 for the 2003 event, and it is no longer possible to raise enough money during the state convention to pay that large of a bill. The Williams site was offered for free for the first two years, and although ARCA did pay $400 this year, we have been assured that the price will remain very reasonable for at least the next five years. Additionally, lodging is more affordable in Williams, and the community generally rolls out the red carpet to welcome the event. There were no suggestions from the floor for other affordable locations, so the Williams site will be used again next year.
Statewide ARES Database:
The ARRL Arizona Section Emergency Coordinator (Rick Aldom, W7
Registration is a simple process where you create your login ID, password, and enter your email address. The system then sends an email with a validation link that you must respond to in order to continue the registration process. At that point you can enter your name, address, phone numbers, email, and other information. You can also tell Emergency Coordinators unique information such as “can’t stand for long periods” or “Committed to County SAR team” or “prefer to not deploy but will support as a Home Unit” or other similar information. Rick also requests that you enter an emergency contact person and phone numbers and some other personal information in case you encounter your own personal emergency while deployed. You then complete the form by entering the types of equipment and training that you have.
Rick also advises that he has created a new Arizona EMCOM list server. If you would like to join the group, please email Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org. The list server will be open to discussions concerning Emergency Communications throughout Arizona. Although you need to be a member to post, visitors can view messages at http://groups.google.com/group/AZ-Emergency-Communications
Bob Hollister, N7INK
The search was for a
44-year-old male and two kids ages 8 and 11.
They had gone for a day hike near Carr Peak and got disoriented. The callout started around 20:15. Roger (W7RGP), RB (K7HVV), Rob (AC7XA), Hal
We had several things going for
us. Tucson Ranger was able to respond with their
the helicopter was close or eventually overhead. After an hour or so the helicopter vectored in and we had a reasonable grid coordinate in Miller Canyon to send in a ground team. We relocated the command post to the Perimeter Trail parking lot at the bottom of Miller Canyon to facilitate communications. A ground team was dispatched to start toward the grid coordinates we had. The helicopter went back up and spotlighted the location from the air for the ground team and then went back to Tucson.
The ground team established voice contact with the missing persons and then were able to locate them quite a bit off the trail. It took about an hour for them to return back to the
base camp but everyone was in pretty fair condition. The kids had suffered a few scratches and bruises and they had exhausted their water so it was good we got to them when we did.
Unfortunately the family had no
light sources to assist the helicopter and they were in dense enough overhead
cover that the
Charles (K4AFN) picked up home monitoring duties when he completed his shift out at Green Acres Field Day Activities. My thanks to all who turned out and either monitored from home or deployed.
Another successful search. A great job by the ground team to locate them in the dark and off trail. That was an extra Murphy to overcome and to throw into the mix along with the difficult terrain.
MONTENEGRO NOW NUMBER 336 ON THE CURRENT DXCC LIST
The ARRL Letter,
A new ARRL DXCC entity came into being this week! As expected, the United
Nations admitted the Republic of Montenegro as its 192nd member June 28, and
that action automatically makes the tiny Balkan nation the 336th current
DXCC entity. Claims for DXCC credit will be accepted immediately.
The Daily DX
<http://www.dailydx.com> this week quoted Ranko Boca, YT6A, that current
Montenegrin radio amateurs may use their current Serbia-Montenegro call signs
until the International Telecommunication Union (
In anticipation of Montenegro’s new nation status, International DX Festival Montenegro <http://www.yu6scg.cg.yu/international-dx-festival.html> is going on now until August 12. That's when several international operators— with Boca as DXpedition leader and well-known DXer Martti Laine, OH2BH, as radio operations leader — will join forces with Montenegrin Amateur Radio operators from at least three different stations using a common call sign in an effort to meet the DX community's need to work the newest DXCC Entity. Festival organizers have set the ambitious goal of 200,000 contacts for the
event, which will use all HF bands.
OUR 27TH ANNIVERSARY TREK TO PARADISE
Bob Hollister, N7INK
Paradise 27th Anniversary Outing - Just a reminder that we are getting closer to the annual Paradise outing and training event. As always, we will be using the Labor Day weekend as a training event to provide an opportunity to familiarize RACES members with the MCU and its various capabilities. Since it is still relatively new, there are a number of members who will benefit from this opportunity. We will depart from Green Acres in Sierra Vista at 7:30 on Saturday and convoy to the Ghost Town of Paradise to set up and operate over the weekend. Bob needs a headcount for the permit from the Forest Service so please let him know before the 1st of August if you intend to join us for the weekend. Thanks.
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