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October 5, 2017

All,

  Please see the below letters of approval from the ARRL concerning the Southeast Iowa Hamfest.  In 2018 we have been approved to host the ARRL Iowa Section Convention. In 2019 we will host the ARRL Iowa State Convention.

  Hours - With the added events such as the convention and seminars, we have changed the hours to 7:00am to 2pm. This will give us an extra hour to get the seminars done without having to start first thing in the morning when the early birds are trying to catch a bargain.

  Seminars - The plan is to build events that are centered around the seminar topic.  For instance: Seminar #1 - Emergency Communications;  With new ARES teams in both Muscatine and Washington Counties this will be a great recruiting tool.  Since we attract many other counties, having their ECs in attendance might also add members to their team, or spark the interest of someone that will start an ARES group in some of the many counties that don't currently have an ARES pres...

September 23, 2017

ATTENTION: All MARC Members,

This evening Kevin - N2AM and myself visited the repeater site. Owen - KEØNOF joined us shortly afterwards. The initial readings on the machine was showing a mere 9 watts output, and 2.8 watts returning which confirmed that we have a problem. Upon running the antenna analyser on the feedline it was evident that there was a drastic problem and a horrendous mismatch at a point 253' up the feedline. This means that the club is going to have to hire a climber to go to the feedpoint of the antenna and see if the problem is in the short jumper near the top, or in the splitter that feeds the elements.

To get us by until we can do something Kevin installed a circulator in the feedline between the cans and the repeater. This will re-route the reflected power from the mismatch into a dummy load rather than it coming back int the finals of the repeater and damaging the finals. The repeater was also set to high power (50 watts instead of 25 watts).

Tomorrow (Sunday) Kevin...

June 6, 2017

TO ALL MEMBERS:

  Please be advised that due to the Summer Reading Program at the Musser Public Library that the June 12 meeting of the Muscatine Amateur Radio Club has been moved to the Pizza Ranch in Muscatine, and will be held in the back room at the normal meeting time of 6:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact club President, Bill Coulter - KC8TWZ

  Additional temporary meeting locations will be discussed at the June 12 meeting. Bring your appetite (and your wallet)!

  Thank you & 73,

      de Scott - NØMRZ

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Club Meetings

We meet the second Monday evening of each month at 7:00 pm.

Our meetings are held at:


Musser Public Library,

600 E. 2nd Street

Muscatine, IA 52761

All are invited to attend.

Club Repeater - KCØAQS

The KCØAQS/R 146.31/91 repeater located at the Muscatine Community College campus.


The repeater is an open access machine for the use of all licensed amateurs.


The repeater requires 192.8 Hz CTCSS for access.
Weekly net every Sunday at 8:30 pm Local Time. Please check in and meet the local hams.

This machine can also be accessed via Echolink on the KCØAQS-R Echolink repeater

Weekly Club Net

Weekly net every Sunday at 8:30 pm Local Time. Please check in and meet the local hams.

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HELPFUL HINTS!

Buy a $25 Baofeng H/T to hook to your antenna during stormy weather.

Compliments of Arnold - KCØALT