GHRC W7ED NewsletterOctober 2000 Issue
Jim Hall, AA8Y
Hamfest time is just around the corner. October 14th, and it looks like it will be another good one with
a nice Grand Prize for someone to take home. Don, KC7EWZ, and his crew Have put a lot of work
getting the hamfest going again.
It looks like fall is here from the weather we have been having this past week and that brings to mind
again that it’s time to get any outside antenna projects finished up before the weather gets really bad.
Anyone that needs help needs to only ask and I am sure that many of us, including myself, will be
willing to help out. Just let some of us know.
Newsletter Editor Needed!
I’ve always wanted to produce a newsletter! Now, I’ve done it! It’s been a THRILL to
do the GHRC newsletter for one year. Thank you all for letting me produce it for you.
Now that I’ve accomplished my goal, I have many more "family goals" that need to be
attended to. I’m passing the pen to someone else in the club to carry on the newsletter.
This is to let members think about who they would like to have as newsletter editor.
Someone who’s never done the newsletter before should try it. It’s an experience like
no other in Amateur Radio.
Start your search for your new newsletter editor today!
Please continue until November 30th to send your newsletter articles and information to:
Newsletter Editor for year 2000.
Lyndel Thiesen N7LT
1679 Remuda Dr.,
Belgrade, MT 59714
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 388-9531
Bob Leo, W7LR
We all know about wattage and tolerance ratings - but many may not know about resistor voltage ratings. 2 watt carbon resistors should not have more than 500 volts
across them. Smaller resistors, even less voltage. I have found that ANTIQUE ELECTRONICS has the best choice and info on these. Here is a
summary: * 1/2 watt carbon film 350v working * 1 watt carbon film 500 v working * 1 and 2 watt metal oxide 350v working * 1/2 watt carbon composition 350v working * 1/2 watt metal film 350v working * 5 and 10 watt power resistors 350v working I have been told that long wire wound resistors are rated at 500 volts per inch of length. I have used the 1 watt carbon film resistors for a resistive bleeder to measure high voltage
with a scope or digital voltmeter. Resistors should not be used at their maximum ratings as their resistance value will change
over time when used that way. I usually use them at half rated wattage.
submitted by KD7FVR, Ron Schimpf
The September meeting was held at Sacajawea Middle School. President Jim AA8Y called the meeting
to order at 7:00 PM. 22 members were in attendance.
Minutes of the June 2000 meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.
Harley KI7XF reported that the club balance is $1020.00. Treasurer’s report was accepted by unanimous vote.
Jack N7ODN announced that all elements will be available for the VE session Saturday September 9.
Exams will be held in Cobleigh Hall room 632 at 9 AM. The club discussed holding classes in late February
for those wishing to test for a Technician or General license during the March 2001 exam session.
Ric KB7KB reported on repeaters. The 145.25 repeater will have to be moved as the house on the Southeast hill is sold. Possibilities for a new site include the hospital with the 447.00 repeater, or in Cobleigh Hall with the 447.70 repeater.
The MARLA system is all up and working. Expansion is planned into Great Falls by October. The repeater,
146.68, will be in a private residence on the north hill above the TV towers. It should have excellent propagation north to Havre.
Boise now has a link to the Intermountain (Snowbird Interlink) system. Sawtell has changed frequency from
147.12 to 145.23. Access tones are: 100.0 Hz for the link and 124.0 Hz for local.
Lyndel reported that his repeater, 448.45, is down due to lightening. He intends to get it working again.
Don KI7OJ said that the fires put a damper on working on the Eaglehead Repeaters. They will attempt to
check batteries and bring down Big Sky Lumber’s old equipment as soon as possible.
Don KC7EWZ scheduled a meeting at his house for the Ham Fest Committees. Lyndel N7LT volunteered to
present a program on beacons. Fred KE7X is willing to present a program. Don KB6KJ will discuss PSK31,
and Bob W7LR will speak about the Hallicrafters Expedition of 1948. It was decided to schedule all the programs at separate times.
Jack N7ODN inquired about a table to sell ARRL and educational materials at the Ham Fest. It will be available.
Steve AB7MV announced that the ICOM IC-706 MKIIG radio for the grand prize cost $200.00 more than planned. The club voted to cover the additional cost.
Mal N7GS said that the results of the School Club Roundup 2000 were in the September QST
magazine. Sacajawea Middle School, K7BZN, placed second in the US.
Don KC7EWZ announced that Jason Jarrett, SAR liaison, asked any ham who worked fires and incurred
expenses to fill out an SAR form for reimbursement. EOC shifts may also be paid if the County receives
any funds from FEMA. Don N7FLT suggested that if we receive any funds, we should purchase new radio
equipment for the EOC.
Jeff AA7GK suggested that we do something nice for Roy from Electronic Service and Distributing. He has
sold to Radar, Inc., an Electronics Distribution firm that is opening a branch by Four Corners. The club decided to take cake and ice cream to his store Friday afternoon, September 15 at 4:30 PM. We will present him with a $30.00 gift certificate for a dinner and a (tongue in cheek) $5.00 gift certificate to Radio Shack.
Bob W7LR will look into locations and date for the GHRC Christmas Party.
Harley KI7XF, and his XYL, Karla KC7BLA are leaving on October 10 for the ARDF Competition in China.
Neil KL7JGS is organizing hams to help with communications for MSU home football games.
The meeting adjourned at 8:21 PM.
Upgrade Honor Roll
This column honors all who receive or upgrade their license 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
Kim Snider KD7ILW
Joshua Alzheimer KD7JBD
Tanner Currie KD7KKM
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
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
Element 1 = 5 WPM CW Test
Element 2 = Technician Class
Element 3 = General Class
Element 4 = Extra Class
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
5 Club Meeting 7pm SMS
7 Ham & Eggs @ 4– Corners
10146.88 Net at 8pm
17146.88 Net at 8pm
21 Ham & Eggs @ 4– Corners
24146.88 Net at 8pm
28 Ham & Eggs @ 4– Corners
31146.88 Net at 8pm
Note:The paper issue of the calander has September instead of October….
Sorry about that!
If you have any events you would like to see posted here, please email or mail them to the Editor for inclusion in the October
newsletter. Deadline is Oct. 23rd
Oct. 5th – Club Meeting 8PM at Sacajawea Middle School.
Oct. 7th – Ham and eggs at 4-corners café 7:30AM.
Oct. 10th - 146.88 Net at 8PM.
Oct. 14th - GHRC Hamfest at SMS starting at 9:30AM.
Oct. 17th - 146.88 Net at 8 PM
Oct. 21st - Ham & eggs at 4-corners cafe 7:30 AM.
Oct. 24th - 146.88 Net at 8 PM.
Oct. 28th - Ham and eggs at 4-corners cafe 7:30 AM.
Oct. 31st - 146.88 Net at 8 PM
Hamfests & National Amateur Radio Events
The 3rd ANNUAL GHRC HAMFEST
OCTOBER 14, 2000 IN BOZEMAN, MT.
Talk in: 146.88/146.52/447.7
Hours 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Contact Don Wilson, KC7EWZ for more information
Chehalis Valley ARS
October 1, 2000 in Chehalis, WA
Talk in: 147.06
Contact: Bill Harwell, KC7QHJ 360-748-8086
Montana Amateur Radio History
10 years ago – October 1990
Section Manager: Pete Peters, KF7R. Lots of tech upgrades.
New packet BBS in Bozeman area, call sign KL7JGS; connect through BZN. For personal contact with KL7JGS, connect to KL7JGS-14, the freq is
145.01. W7IOJ was in hospitals & had an operation; George is out & doing well, except for being sore from the operation.
20 years ago – October 1980
Section Manager: Bob Leo, W7LR. The QST cover carries a picture of the new "official" ARRL flag. Montana QSO Party: start 1800Z Oct 11,
end 2300Z Oct. 12. Rest period 0500Z – 1400Z Oct 12. Sponsors Butte & Gallatin ARC’s. You may QSO same stn each band and mode exchange
RST and location. W7LR wants to advise that he does not plan to run for SCM next time – too much engineering & consulting work, and time for new
blood as SCM. WA7OBH reports lots of good DX. W7LBK reports he & K7ELW build 2 meter antennas. FB summer hamfests in Seattle & WYMU in
W. Yellowstone. W1XX idea: have an OBS for each repeater area to copy W1AW and read bulletins on 2 meter nets. KB7Q OVS report: 6 E’s July days
6 meters. Wants list all Montana 6 meter hams. N7ANR, N7ATT, KB7BJ, KA7AYN worked Bannak Dxpedition. KB7Q reports result of VHF path tests.
QSO’s between Butte, Bozeman, Billings from Mountian peaks. KB7Q has 47 states on 6 meters. N7ATT QSY to WY.
25 years ago – October 1975
Section Manager: Harry A. Roylance, W7RZY – Asst. SCM: Bertha A. Roylance, K7CHA. SEC. WA7IZR. PAM: WA7PZO. WR7ABY Butte, in new home on
Red Mountian & doing an FB Job. Billings Repeater on with a temp rig installed & plans are being made to go to solid state. WIMU Hamfest was well attended
and a good program was provided with lots of goodies along with several dealers present. W7PGY had to cancel his appearance because of a heart attack
but now is much improved. W1YL from headquarters also was present and gave a slide presentation on ARRL headquarters.
Sept 5 N7LT Nov 7 N7LT
Sept 12 (open) Nov 14 N7GS
Sept 19 (open) Nov 21 KD7FVR
Sept 26 KD7FVR Nov 28 (open)
Oct 3 KI7XF Dec 5 (open)
Oct 10 (open) Dec 12 (open)
Oct 17 (open) Dec 19 (open)
Oct 24 K7CUB Dec 26 (open)
Oct 31 (open)
PLEASE HELP OUT BY VOLUNTEERING!
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.
GHRC Christmas dinner set for Dec 10th at Valley View Golf
Clubhouse, Kagy Blvd.
Set aside that evening on your calendar. We will have the place for our members if we have at least 30 attending. They have facilities for a group of 30 to 100. No host bar.
Meal choices, prices and arrangements will be announced soon after I work out the details with the clubhouse manager.
We will propose at the next GHRC club meeting that the club pick up the dinner tip. Later on we will request your dinner choice and discuss your time preference, and method of payment - probably checks to GHRC before the dinner.
73 Bob W7LR
NORTHERN ROCKIES WEAK SIGNAL GROUP
YOUR INVITED TO JOIN IN WITH THE
NORTHERN ROCKIES WEAK SIGNAL GROUP EACH TUESDAY EVENING AT 830PM ON 144200 USB.
FORMAT IS CASUAL ROUND TABLE.
NET CONTROL IS BOB N7CZ AND JIM N7YO IN GREAT FALLS.
Ferrite Loopstick antennas in the 6 inch by 1/2 inch in diameter size (like the ones you find in old broadcast radios.)Call K7YXU, John Nash, at 284-3217.
7 to 10 amp power supply to run a mobile 2 meter rig. Also, plastic battery case for a deep cycle marine battery. Call Terry, N7GDM at 587-7400.
Gallatin Ham Radio Club
P.O. Box 4381
Bozeman, MT 59772
Dues: GHRC dues are $20/person, $25/family, $10/student