2001 Club Officers
AA8Y Jim Hall
KK7VC Doug Peterson
KD7FVR Ron Schimpf
KI7XF Harley Leach
Gallatin Ham Radio Club
Dues: GHRC dues are $20/person, $25/family, $10/student
The January Meeting will be held at the Sacajawea Middle
The meeting starts at 7 PM.
Harley, KI7XF , will give a presentation on his and Karla’s, KC7BLA, trip to the ARDF World Championships in China
After Harley’s presentation there will be a an annual business buy the Eagle Head Repeater Association.
Any business needing attention may be presented during a very short business meeting.Presidents Column
Jim Hall, AA8Y
The GHRC Christmas party held at the Valley View Country Club was a GREAT success. Bob Leo, W7LR, arranged the party. Thanks Bob for the fine job. The food was good and the company was even better. I had a nice time visiting with everyone.
We all, including myself, need to sigh up for net control duty if we are to be able to keep the Tuesday Evening net operating. So please sign up. Running the net is easy and doesn’t even hurt very much and is good practice when we have to operate a directed net for emergency purposes.
We are starting a New Year and with the exception of a new Vice-President, Doug, KK7VC, we have the same officers as we had last year.
For the present time it looks like I will be doing the newsletter until someone decides they can’t stand it any more and takes the job, HI HI. This is a new endeavor for me and I haven’t had much time to get acquainted with the software. So please bear with me until I get this figured out. That is if I ever do get it.
If you have any events you would like to see posted here, please email or mail them to the Editor for inclusion in the November newsletter. Deadline: 27th.
December Meeting Minutes
submitted by KD7FVR, Ron Schimpf
Minutes of December 7, 2000 Meeting – submitted by KD7FVR, Ron
The December meeting was held at Sacajawea Middle School. President Jim AA8Y called the meeting to order at 7:08 PM. 16 members were in attendance.
Minutes of the November 2000 meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
Harley KI7XF reported that the club balance is a little over $1000.00. Treasurer’s report was accepted by unanimous vote.
Jack N7ODN announced that all elements will be available at the V.E. session on Dec 9th. He is planning Technician class sessions the last two weeks of February 2001 before the exam on March 3. Exact dates will be announced. General class sessions are planned in late May before the June session.
Bob W7LR confirmed the Christmas Party Dec. 10 at the Valley View.
Lyndel N7LT reminded us that the club will be operating from Cobleigh Hall for the 10 meter contest. The contest runs from 5 p.m. Friday December 8 through 5 p.m. Sunday December 10.
Eaglehead Repeater Association
Don KI7OJ announced an Eaglehead Repeater association meeting just after the regular club meeting in January. GHRC needs to elect a representative for the ERA.
Vivian K7CUB has been asked for ham support at the cross-country ski race qualifier on Jan 27 and 28. There will probably be 3 or 4 races each day.
There is a possibility that volunteers will be needed for Olympic qualifier races in 2002.
Bob W7LR announced that the ERA received a donation and thank you letter from the Wind Drinkers for our assistance with the Ridge Run. The GHRC also received a thank you and donation.
Lyndel N7LT requested a new caretaker for the club archives.
Ron KD7FVR requested information for updating the GHRC website. The URL is http://ghrc.bizland.com.
Walt WB7USV said that 145.25 is off until further notice. Ric KB7KB had to remove the repeater from Dr. Matthew’s residence.
Programs were discussed for next year’s meetings.
Election of Officers
Results of election of officers:
President - Jim AA8Y
Vice Pres. - Doug KK7VC
Secretary - Ron KD7FVR
Treasurer - Harley KI7FX
We still need a Newsletter editor. Volunteers?
The club voted to donate $25.00 to Bob Jackson’s medical fund. He is an amateur operator who is still listed in critical condition.
The meeting adjourned at 7:46 PM.
Upgrade Honor Roll
This column honors all who receive or upgrade their license through the GHRC in 2000.
Congratulations to all who upgraded!
Vikki Bohlman KD7HGY
Scott Graber KD7HGZ
Andy Macrae KD7HXA
Shelley Peterson KD7HXB
Melody Schimpf KD7HXC
Ross Snider KD7IEV
Tanner Currie KD7KKM
J. L. Stuker KD7KRY
Charles Sucharda KD7KRZ
Steven Shaw KD7LIC
Andrew Jesaitis KD7EMO
Wendy Reeser KD7DYW
James Sweaney KD7DYU
Ron Schimpf KD7FVR
Darrell Berreth KC7NHF
Don Wilson KC7EWZ
Pat Sands N7SVI
Don Bissell K7DRB
Kurt Borge KC7PFG
Gordon Lister KD7HHA
William Loman N7PWC
Kent Rudolph N7WHL
Glen Gallier KD7AEP
Glen Bradbury KD7AZT
Robert Williams N7ODM
Walt Baxter WB7USV
Ralph Bergantine KC7PFH
Ric Helvey KB7KB
John Nash K7YXU
Doug Peterson KK7VC
Don Regli KI7OJ
Larry Cronenwett KA7WXN
Dale Heidner W7NAV
Theodore Hundtoft KA7QCY
Willard Cox N7FMT
Greg Estep KC7SK
Jim Fuller N7VMR
Jerome McDonald W7FVB
Albert Zoller W6OTE
Darrell Berreth KC7NHF
Harley Leach KI7XF
Theodore Hudtoft KA7QCY
Michael McFeters KE7VQ
Carl Bartman KD7AZX
Mabel Berreth KC7RCU
Greg Estep KC7SK
VE Test Sessions
Test sessions are held at 9 am in room 632 at
Cobleigh Hall on the MSU Campus the first Saturday AFTER the first Thursday during the following months: December, March, June, September. This schedule may be revised. Make sure to check your newsletter each month for any changes to the VE Testing Schedule.
For more info: Contact Jack, N7ODN
2 146.88 Net at 8pm
4 Club Meeting 7pm SMS
6 Ham & Eggs @ 4– Corners
9146.88 Net at 8pm
13Ham & Eggs @ 4– Corners
16146.88 Net at 8pm
20 Ham & Eggs @ 4– Corners
23146.88 Net at 8pm
27Ham & Eggs @ 4– Corners
30146.88 Net at 8pm
Schedule of Events
Jan. 2nd– 146.88 net at 8PM.
Jan. 4th – Club Meeting 7PM at Sacajawea Middle School
Jan. 6th – Ham and eggs at 4 corners café.
Jan 9th – 146.88 net at 8PM.
Jan. 13th – Ham and eggs at 4-corners café 7:30AM.
Jan. 16th – 146.88 Net at 8 PM
Jan. 28th – Ham & eggs at 4-corners cafe 7:30 AM.
Jan. 23rd – 146.88 Net at 8 PM.
Jan. 27th – Ham and eggs at 4-corners cafe 7:30 AM.
Jan. 30th – 146.88 net at 8PM.
Hamfests & National Amateur Radio Events
ARRL RTTY Roundup
Begins 1800 UTC Jan 6th to 2400 UTC Jan 7th., See Dec. QST page Page 111 for details.
2001 ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes
Begins 1900 UTC Jan 20th to 0400 UTC Jan 22. See Dec. QST page 112 for details.
2001 W1AW HF Digital Run
The run will feature two new digital modes, PSK31 and MFSK16 at three power levels and on four HF bands on Jan 13-14, See Jan QST page 49
VE Exam ReportCongratulations to those upgrading during the December 9, 2000 exam session! They were:
Glen Bradbury KD7AZT to General Class
Greg Estep KC7SK to Extra Class
Steven Shaw KD7LIC to Technician Class
NORTHERN ROCKIES WEAK
TUESDAY EVENING AT 8:30PM ON 144.200 USB.
FORMAT IS CASUAL ROUND TABLE.
NET CONTROL IS BOB N7CZ AND JIM N7YO IN GREAT FALLS.
Jan 2 KC7EWZ
Jan 9 AA8Y
Jan 16 (open)
Jan 23 (open) PLEASE HELP OUT
Jan 30 (open)
Feb 6 (open)
Feb 13 (open)
Feb 20 (open)
If you’ve not signed up as a net control operator yet, please do so! As members of the GHRC, each of us should take a half an hour each month to run the net. This is a very small sacrifice of time which greatly enhances the quality of our net and club.
If you’ve never run the net before, contact KC7EWZ, Don for info on running the net. It’s really easy! Running the net is a great experience which will help prepare you for participating in emergency communications.
The net is every Tuesday evening at 8:00 PM on 146.88.
TECHNICIAN CLASS COURSE
Technician Class Course
The Gallatin Ham Radio Club will be sponsoring a short course for preparation to take the Technician Class exam during the March 3, 2001 VE Exam session. The course will be held on four evenings, February 19, 21, 23, and 26 at MSU’s Cobleigh Hall room 632. Each session will be dominantly video tapes and discussion. There will be a $30.00 fee required to take the course. The fee covers the book being used to accompany the course, the exam fee ($10.00 mandated beginning January 1, 2001), and a minor amount to cover the cost of copies to be handed out in the class. Spread the word and have any interested parties contact Jack Myers, N7ODN at 587-3511 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Advanced registration will be required by February 5, 2001 for attendance in order to allow time for the books to be ordered and arrive by the first meeting.
W7ED 2000 ARRL 10 Meter Contest
Submitted by Lyndel, N7LT
The 2000 ARRL 10 Meter Contest was this past December 8, 9, and 10th and the Gallatin Ham Radio Club once again had a great time competing in the ARRL's premier event.
The next time you see Don, N7FLT, at a club meeting. Thank him for going the extra mile and making sure everything was in place for this contest. He was the coordinator who made the whole thing possible. Also, thanks go to Fred, KE7X, and Todd, WA7U, for the use of their equipment.
The contest always begins at 0000Z the second Saturday of every December. 0000Z is 5PM Friday night here in Bozeman Montana so we began the contest with a bang and started working Japan like crazy. We also worked a few state side stations and closed down operations around 7pm just as in years past. Saturday morning at 6AM we straggled in and started working state side stations and Canada as fast as we could. Bob, W7LR came by and worked some CW for us, which got us 2 points more per contact on CW! Thanks Bob! By Saturday afternoon, things started to slow down and with no DX to Europe, we plugged along and kept an eye on the blizzard out the window that dumped up to 6 inches of snow….wish the DX was piling up like that. By that evening, we were back to working Japan stations and at 7pm Don, N7FLT and Doug, KK7VC, closed down the operation for the night and headed home through the slick streets of Bozeman.
Sunday morning was slow and we all arrived at just after 8am and continued on with our working the states. This time we concentrated on getting the last multiplier states and with the help of Mal, N7GS, Bob, W7LR and others, via packet spotting, we netted almost all-50 states! Europe DX did show up for a few minutes Sunday morning but other than that, DX into Europe was pretty bad, about the worst we've seen since we started operating the contest as a club.
We continued into the afternoon and worked as many South American stations as we could until 5pm when the contest ended.
How did we do? Well, not as good as in past years but then again, we had about half the operators and the conditions on 10 meters wasn't much to write home about.
Our final score was:
MODE QSO QSO PTS ST/PR COUNTRIES
CW 150 600 32 10
SSB 1368 2736 56 54
Total = 1518 3336 88 64 = 508,288 pts
Compare this to our past years scores:
MODE QSO QSO PTS STATES COUNTRIES
CW 307 1228 47 24
SSB 1132 2264 56 50
Totals= 1439 3492 103 74 = 618,084
MODE QSO QSO PTS STATES COUNTRIES
CW 389 1556 41 10
SSB 1318 2636 50 44
Totals = 1707 4192 91 54 = 607,840
MODE QSO QSO PTS STATES COUNTRIES
CW 59 236 14 3
SSB 225 450 27 12
Totals 284 686 41 15 = 38,416 points
As you can see, we've not done as well as in past years, (except 1997 when the band was dead) but we sure had fun operating this year!
I would like to thank all of those who participated in the W7ED 2000 ARRL 10 Meter Contest.
N7FLT, N7LT, KK7VC, W7LR, KD7HEW, AB7VR, KC7PFH, K7AVJ. Thanks guys for putting W7ED on the air!
Catch you again in another contest!
WT6G and KE7X10M contest Participation
Submitted by Klein, WT6G
This past weekend, Fred, KE7X and Klein, WT6G entered the ARRL 10M contest and had a ball…..and a good result too. Altogether, over 2400 contacts and over 230 multipliers for a score of over 1,600,000 points. Right now this looks about 20th nationally and probably the best score in the Northwest. Klein is very happy, as this is only the second contest he’s ever entered in 43 years of being a ham. This is a mixed mode contest on 10M only. Klein worked most to the SSB contacts and Fred did all the CW chores. They competed in the Multi/Single High Power category, i.e., more than one operator but only one signal on the air at any one time. They used Klein’s new (arrived the day of the contest) AMCOM 2000A amplifier which Klein is now raving about. Many thanks to Mike Lamb, N7ML for building such a fine antenna system.