This Months News
Jeff Darby - KE0CAZ
Well another Field Day is almost upon us. Field Day will be the weekend of June 21st. If you have not attended one now is the opportunity to take part is this great ham activity For information more contact the Field Day Committee or visit the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club website.
In July there will be another great opportunity get on the air at the WW1USA special event at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo. on July 6th and 7th. This is another great event to participate in a Parks On the Air event.
This is the month the Santé Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club will be volunteering at the Ensor museums as guides. If you have not signed up for the month of June please do so if you have time. You can contact Marty Peters for the dates that we need additional volunteers.
Last week there were a few days of severe weather conditions in our area. Most of the damage was north and west of our club area. During that time I tuned to the local ECS channel on 2 meters (147.24 MhZ) and listened to the reports from the spotters. This group of volunteers goes out at all hours of the day to help the Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications track severe weather related conditions in the county. This is another example how the ham community gives back the community at large. This is another way you as a ham can volunteer and also participate in this area of the hobby.
MEETING TO ORDER:
The President, Jeff Darby KE0CAZ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 AM. Introductions of attendees were made by name and call-sign. A total of 21 club members and 2 guests were present.
The Secretary-Treasurer Report was given by Marty Peters KE0PEZ. He reported the checking account balance. The amounts of club revenue and disbursements since the April meeting were zero and $68.93, respectively. The only disbursement during May was to reimburse Greg for parts he bought for the Audio Interace Unit. Dues payments are always welcome; give them to Jeff, Larry, or Marty at breakfast or send them to our post office box (SFTARC, P.O. Box 3144, Olathe, KS. 66063).
Ensor volunteers [Marty Peters - KE0PEZ]
Volunteers from our club will assist chief tour guide Larry Woodworth W0HXS during the month of June. All volunteer slots are covered with the exception of one volunteer for June 22. Please contact one of the club officers if you would like to volunteer on the 22nd.
Club 501c7 process [Marty Peters - KE0PEZ]
We await word from the IRS about our application to reinstate our tax-exempt status.
Club Newsletter [Greg Wolfe – KI0KK]
Newsletter inputs are due by 7PM Wednesday, June 5th. Greg will include an announcement about the Council Grove event.
Council Grove operating event
Jim Andera and Larry Hall reported on their meeting with Karen Sundquist, Property Manager of the Olathe Towers. They described the issues that need to be addressed in order for it to be possible to continue to house and operate the repeaters in the Olathe Towers. The repeaters must be removed from the elevator equipment room. They can possibly be housed in the "TV Room." A challenge will be to connect the radios to the antennas; moving the antennas would be problematic. New cabling would involve 50-100 feet, and it would need conduit and permits, etc.
Joe had a possibility for obtaining hard-line. Larry spoke about coax. Hardline is available commercially. Jim suggested that hardware costs could reach $1000. PE drawings may be needed. We will need to coordinate with the management of the Olathe Towers and possibly with officials from the City of Olathe.
Karen’s biggest concern was about insurance and liability. Another important issue is the security of the premises.
The repeaters are owned by the trustees. SFTARC owns antennas and provides insurance; gets free use of the repeaters. We need to find out about the emergency power that might be available at the towers.
Jeff cautioned about the possible expense and the limited resources of the club.
WW1USA POTA operating event
This event will be July 6, outdoors at WWI Memorial, sponsored by the WW1USA club. Sponsors have invited SFTARC to bring the club trailer. A tri-band beam will be provided by Joe Krout; use club’s vertical. Another group will put up a loop or wire antenna. There will be two or three stations on air; it is a “good time had by all” type of event. Liberty Memorial is qualified as POTA.
Field Day plans are much the same as in past years. There will be a number of wire antennas. Set up will begin Friday early morning, with only a few people present because of the danger involved in placing the antennas. the City of Olathe must be notified about parking their vehicle out of the way on Friday. There will be a GOTA station, phone, CW, digital. The event will be either 2A or 3A. Larry will talk to Tony about food.
Jim Andera reported on the Hamfest in Xenia, Ohio It was a good event.
Major Bill with Salvation Army passed away a few weeks ago. Posted obit to Larry’s list.
Jeff is following up about Kansas amateur of year with the Wichita club.
Jim Cessna will ask Lawrence club if they would like to host the KS State Convention.
After a motion, a second, and a unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned.
Jim Andera - K0NK
We have been invited by the Santa Fe Trail Association to participate in the dedication of a new interpretive trail, located about 6 miles east of Council Grove, KS. The new ¾ mile long Rock Creek Trail follows the ruts of the historic Santa Fe Trail wagon route. All SFTARC members are invited to participate. This would be a great event for our newly licenses General-Class operators to gain some HF operating experience.
We will be located on S 200th Rd, about ¼ mile north of Hwy 56. Our plan is to set up one or two HF stations with portable antennas, battery power and most likely a canopy overhead. The operating time is expected to be from 1 – 5 pm, coinciding with the dedication events the Santa Fe Trail Association has planned. Published operating frequencies are 7.245, 10.118, 14.280 and 18.145 MHz. In addition to being listed on the ARRL Special Event page, we will also operate as a Parks-on-the-Air station, K-4579, Santa Fe Historic Trail, US-KS. This should also be a good meet-the-public event.
The departure time from the Olathe area has not yet been firmly set, but will likely be between 9 and 10 am on Saturday. We’d expect to stop along the way for a noon meal.
We are told that some refreshments and a porta-potty will be provided. In the event of foul weather, the event will relocate to the Council Grove Recreation Center (Armory) in Council Grove.
The Santa Fe Trail Association works to promote and preserve the history of the historic Santa Fe Trail. They recently worked with the National Park Foundation to obtain funding to create the Rock Creek Trail and seven interpretive exhibits. More information is available on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/325495741654875/
Larry Hall - KD0RIU
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The 10 hour drive was long but uneventful, filled with plenty of conversation on 40M SSB and 2M FM. We arrived late just before the local Subway closed, thankfully they let us in. We all found a bed in the Air B&B house Joe rented for the group, nice job Joe.
On Thursday the group split between the QRP Forum, Contest University and the Air Force Museum, a good day for all.
A Thunderstorm early Friday started our day off. The rain stopped before we headed for the Green County Fair grounds where the hamfest was held. After a short rain shower, as we stood in line for about 30 minutes to enter the event, we finally got in around 8 AM. The event planners did a nice job on the parking as they provided golf carts to transport attendees to the gate from their parking location.
The next two days were filled with forums, flea market, and vendor booths. After an early forum it was off to the Flex Radio booth to order a new Flex 6400. Elecraft announced a new K4 Rig. Yaesu came out with a new FT3 handheld to name just a few. The flea market was filled with rigs, parts and all the things we just had to have HA, HA. I met my "Call Sign cousin" KI4KK from North Carolina in the flea market.
We all had a great time and were ready to leave by Sunday morning.
Geroge, WB0CNK, posted additional pictures at the following link:
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