March 2017 Meeting Minutes

March 2017 Meeting Minutes

Ashland Area Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes

Date:  March 14, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

Place:  Ashland County EMA

February meeting minutes read and approved.

Treasurer Report:  Checking: $309.91;  Savings:  $2,668.55  Received bill for $298.00 from VASU for repeater repair.  Treasurer report approved.

Repeater Report:   Would like to put a pre-amp on the the 147.105.  The 2 meter amp is not hooked in yet. Passed a motion to purchase a pre-amp.

Old Business:  Discussed options for a new HF antenna at the Ashland County EMA.  General consensus was a Windom antenna would probably be a good fit.

New Business: March 22nd tornado drill.  9:50 am. Do we want to run the net 147.105 machine.  Doyle will run a net for the tornado drill.

Steve Carroll wanted to know about setting up communications from Samaritan Hospital to Loudonville (old Kettering hospital).

Loudonville repeater discussion for hospital communications.  There is tower at the radio station.  Can those be used?  There may be antennas that we can use?  We need a way to communicate between Loudonville and Ashland hospital.   Doyle and Jeff will go to Loudonville to check out options for repeater.

2017 Cleveland Marathon.  Sunday May 21.  8K race on Saturday May 20.  This is the Hamvention weekend so volunteers are desperately needed.  To work on Sunday go to to register.  To work on Saturday contact Carl KB8VXE

Questions can be sent to  Mathew Nickoson Kc8NZJ is Cuyahoga County EC.

Mohican 100 Mile run – Starts Saturday June 17 at 5:00am and finishes at 1:00pm on Sunday.  Need 2 workers at each aid station during the day.  Help needed about 8:00am on Saturday.

This year they are looking for people comfortable working with FLDI (FLDigi?) and Excel spreadsheets.

Send questions to Mike Brugger, N8CEY, Wayne County ARES EC at 330-466-0114 or


Meeting ended at 8:00PM


Talked about moving the 147.105 repeater from Haysville water tower to the Ashland County EMA if the county sheriff puts up a new tower for the Sheriff Department backup communications.  This would eliminate our electrical bill.  Also there is internet connectivity if we ever went to a digital repeater.