September 2020

September 3, 2020

Neil Ramhorst KL7JGS President
Eric Anderson AC7V Treasurer
Falicia Anderson KF7TAH Secretary
Rich Michau W7AMT
Gary Gramer KI7QVZ
Walter Weaver KB0VHB
Treavor Lanes KG7KCV
Michael Farrow K7SFC
Jeffrey Riedel KJ7IXV
Zhaun Paddock AI7BM
Bruce Walker KE7SJZ
Rick Smith KC7AWZ
James Hall AA8Y
Wayd Walker WA7YD
Norm Reger KD7TQM
Don Wilson KV7EWZ

Due to the Corona Virus and “Shelter in Place” order the September GHRC meeting was held by a directed net on the 88. Neil Ramhorst KL7JGS directed the meeting. No official meeting in July and August. Meetings will still be held on the 88 but no official notes will be taken.

Call to Order: Neil Ramhorst KL7JGS called the meeting to order @7:00 P.M. on the 88 frequency. There were 16 check-ins
Minutes: Minutes were read. Minutes can be found on Gallatin Ham Webpage: If you have any corrections to the June minutes you can email Falicia Anderson KF7TAH at
Treasurer’s Report: Eric Anderson AC7V Treasurer- starting balance of $1,587.90, $40 income; expenses of $63.90 for web site. Ending balance of $1,564.90
Ham test: Bruce Walker KE7SJZ- There is one scheduled for this weekend, September 5
SAR: Don Wilson KV7EWZ-multiple events per day, very busy with mutual aid and mountain rescue and searches. There is a big change in the mill levy. SAR shack will be cleaned this weekend/old equipment
ERA: Officers; Harley Leach KI7XF President-Neil Ramhorst KL7JGS Treasurer
Neil Ramhorst KL7JGS-There has been a couple generous donations. All bills were paid and thank yous were sent out. . A grant was applied for from the Crazy Mountain Ranch. Taxes will need to be done. Any takers on taxes? Harley Leach KI7XF donated a 4 MPR 2000 to the club
Treavor Lanes KG7KCV-working on APRS, it’s still kurchunking. It’s disabled right now. The new machine is more sensitive. Neil has a pass filter that can be used on the new repeater
88 Net: Wayd Walker WA7YD-Net has been quite busy, new call signs. Control operators are covered. The 88 is doing much better since the work. There has been check-ins from Helena, Butte and Big Timber
Foxhunt: Nothing Reported. Check emails/W7ED Reflector for more information
HF: Don Wilson KV7EWZ-Several groups at breakfast club said everything’s dried up, they are making contacts on FT8 and one guy contacted on whisper mode
Neil Ramhorst KL7JGS-The ARL report stated that they thought it was from sun spots and should pick up soon
DMR: Norm Reger KD7TQM-working fine
Neil Ramhorst KL7JGS-Madeville/50w, old ones been replaced. Old ones going to Horse Butte. It is being worked on right now and will be done with NPR
APRS: Nothing reported
NYAR/Gardiner repeater: Nothing reported
MRLA: Nothing reported

Old Business:
• Field Day- Bruce Walker KE7SJZ-There was about 10 attendees. The generator put out noise on the RF. Group had less than 12 contacts

New Business:
• Rich Michau W7AMT-No news on the Belgrade Fall Festival

  • Announcements/Reminders/Comments:
    • ERL Report: Neil Ramhorst KL7JGS-proposing a $50 fee for getting/renewing licenses
    • Discussion on whisper mode and having trouble with the circuit breaker
  • Next Meeting: October 1st PLEASE READ!

Neil Ramhorst KL7JGS; Previous to the pandemic I had planned in conjunction with PBS Engineer Cyrus Smith, NU7Q, to have a field trip up to the High Flats transmitter site at 4-corners. This is where all of the TV and radio stations had to move when Green Mountain was torn town this last summer. My thoughts were it would be interesting to see how signals were broadcast and the equipment that is used. In addition to equipment I was going to utilize this trip to discuss grounding techniques as they apply to HAM radio.

We will have the meeting as follows:

Meet at my shop at 45 Contractor Drive near 4 corners at 6:30. We can car pool, or individuals that would rather drive by themselves can take their own vehicles to the High Flats site. The tour will take about 1 1/2 hours. After the tour we will adjourn.

I’m planning on a tour next month (November) of the PBS TV studios on campus.

Presentations: No presentation
~If you’d like to do a presentation please talk to Neil Ramhorst KL7JGS or bring it up at the next meeting. Anything would be fun
• November:
• December:

GHRC 2020 Events Schedule
• Field Day: June 27th & 28th; Crow Creek Campground
• Summer BBQ:
• Payton Memorial/Blazing Saddles: July 11th canceled
• Cycle Greater Yellowstone: August 9th-14th; Jim Halfpenny K9YNP;
• Bridger Ridge Run: August 15th canceled
• Belgrade Fall Fest:

Meeting Adjourned @ 7:43 P.M.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Falicia Anderson KF7TAH
• All minutes can be found on W7ED Website:

W7ED Club Information:
Gallatin Ham Radio Club address: GHRC, PO Box 4381, Bozeman, MT, 59772
W7ED Website:
Facebook: Montana Ham Radio
Email group (yahoo group)/Reflector:

Yearly Due Information:
-GHRC Dues; $10 for student, $20 for single member, $25 for family. Please give check or cash to
Eric Anderson AC7V GHRC Treasurer, there is no PayPal account at this time
– ERA Dues; Suggested annual $30, can be paid online with PayPal
-MRLA Dues; Donation based: suggested annual due of $50. Paid to Harley Leach KI7XF

2020 GHRC Officers:
President: Neil Ramhorst KL7JGS
Vice President: Available
Treasurer: Eric Anderson AC7V
Secretary: Falicia Anderson KF7TAH