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Smooth QSL

Smooth QSL is a simple QSL manager designed for amateur radio clubs in mind. The primary design consideration is a simple, effective way for hams of all computer skill levels to be able to upload ADIF logs and to provide a quick and easy way for hams to download their QSLs for the club. Designed originally to support the Silvercreek Amateur Radio Association’s 40th Anniversary Special Event.

https://github.com/jxmx/smooth-qsl/tree/rel_1_0_0

 

Ronald Sweeney  rsweeney@ohiowebhosting.com

Want to help out the club!     Make your donation today and also take a tax deduction!

The Troy Foundation announced today in the Dayton Daily News a program to assist 501(c)(3) organizations serving the needs in Troy. This would be an excellent opportunity to support our club with an individual donation that would then be matched up to $250 each. This is a very generous opportunity offered by The Troy Foundation. The matching funds are limited to the first $45,700 applied for.

The match can be achieved by mailing or dropping off your check, made payable to The Troy Foundation, with a notation of the organization (TMS) and others that you intend to receive the gift.  The Troy Foundation  mentioned that there are already generous contributors taking advantage of this opportunity…so don’t wait!

Can be as low as $25.00

The Great Miami County Fair
 
Let me begin this document by offering my apologies to the newer members of the MCARC concerning the fair.  Sometimes we club veterans get to a subject, start a-ramblin’ and forget that there are those present that do not have the historical background that we have.   Just keep the nudges and questions coming………..we’ll get you caught up.
 
The MCARC took care of all the Public Address and Paging systems at the annual fair for decades.  Approximately 8 years ago I took it over for the club after interest and time had waned steadily to almost nothing.  My thought was that this move would allow the MCARC function as a radio club first and all else would fall into place.  Both myself and my sound partner David Watson incorporated the work into our small sound production business and rented the club’s equipment; providing the sound and paging for the fair while giving the club some income.  At the fair there is  1- Overall paging system, 2- Grandstand and infield PA, 3- Site PA systems for the horse arena, swine barn, goat/dairy barns, sheep barn, poultry barn, bunny barn, dog show area, and selected events in the entertainment tent……….utilizing 14-15 amplifiers, 76 speakers, 11 microphones, and miles of wire.   This year approximately 80% of the gear will belong to the MCARC and 20% my own. 
 
The hard part is that the Ag Board needs somebody on site to support these systems from 9:00 am to end of grandstand entertainment daily……12-14 hours.  There is occasional equipment failure accompanied by trouble-shooting, special event set-ups, and built in problems that need attention due to fact that we’re dealing with human beings who tinker with the gear.  Grrrr.  In our joint adventure, the MCARC has provided personnel and technical support on the Saturday & Sunday of the fair which are the 2 busiest days and technical support during the year maintaining/repairing the equipment.  In 2015 we had a very noticeable MCARC presence at the fair which probably was one of our best efforts ever.  Financially, everything has been handled above-board and by contract between myself and the club.  It has been a good relationship all around.
 
In 2014 I told the MCARC that 2016 would be my last year doing the 40+ hours of set-up, the 90-100 hours on site during the fair, and the 8-12 hours of tear-down and winterization in the fall.  I.E. no more Lone Ranger.  In one of my State-of-the-Club addresses in 2013 I dreamed of the club taking over the entire project again.  Folks there is potential for $3500-4500 income just a quarter mile north of the club house.  But is also not a snap decision that can be made lightly; especially in the light of the above-listed tasks involved.  This is a conversation that Dave/WB8PMG wants to lead this fall.  The short-term goal is to get help during the 2016 fair and continue educating/training folks on the systems & events at the Fair Grounds.
 
There will be a sign-up sheet at the July meeting.  I hope this helps a bit.  Please direct all questions and thoughts to me.
 
Scott Swink/KB8JOY

 

Dear MCARC Member,

On Sept. 14, 2015 the MCARC officers attended the Piqua City Commission meeting.

At the meeting, KB8JOY made the following presentation:

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The MCARC is an activity-based volunteer organization, based in Troy and exists strictly for the purpose of promoting amateur radio activity.  We currently have 45 members of whom 10 are from Piqua or the general vicinity of Piqua.  Our club is involved with a wide variety of (1) radio communication skills, (2) community service and education, and finally (3) emergency communications.  The MCARC currently owns and operates a high-profile communication repeater located on the Time-Warner tower in Troy with space and utilities provided by the 911 communications center.

On September 1st the PARC ceased operation and dissolved their club.  In accepting the assets of the PARC the MCARC complied with all guidelines for contributions pertaining to  501©3 organizations.  We have also made all necessary arrangements with Piqua utilities and for the lease agreement before you now.  Part of the transfer of assets included the W8SWS repeater located at the water tower at 1234 ½ East Ash Street.  It is important to our club that this repeater stay on the air for casual amateur radio communication and for emergency communication preparation.  This repeater allows us to communicate using hand-held or vehicle mobile radios and have the communication be transmitted over a much larger area that the small transmitter could do by itself.  (example..Fletcher)  Should the Piqua area be exposed to a catastrophic event- i.e. a tornado as we have seen in Oklahoma & Missouri the past few years…..cell phone and internet communications systems will be the first to be disabled.  Amateur radio operators in Miami County, using their own personal communications gear are quite capable of providing emergency radio communication support where-and-when as needed and as directed by the Miami County EMA office…….which is covered in your city disaster preparedness plan.

We actively practice our skills in 2 ways- (1) designed drills and exercises using pre-determined scenarios.  In recent years sites for our drills have included Piqua FD, Piqua PD, the power distribution center, the Piqua Airport, and UVMC hospital.  (2) We do community service…….absolutely free of charge (FCC/$)….such as the West Milton Triathlon, TriTroy Triathlon, and just this past weekend’s Winan’s Troy/Piqua half-marathon where a dozen volunteers on the course passed health-and-welfare messages for 4 ½ hours ensuring that all participants were accounted for.  Given adequate lead time we can provide special event communication as part of our community service…….any place in Miami County.

Educationally, we are currently teaching entry-level amateur radio licensing classes here in Piqua at Hartzell, who is allowing us to offer the classes free of any charge for the use of their facility.  We also set up educational displays combined with interactive activities at the National Night Out Against Crime and the WACO fly-in.

Although we are not in existence to be noticed the MCARC appreciates the opportunity to be part of the Piqua area in our activities.   Contact with our club can be made by visiting our web site W8FW.com.

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Following the presentation and a few positive comments from spectators in the audience, the Piqua City Commission acknowledged that PARC has been “folded into” MCARC, and therefore voted unanimously to not only authorize a lease  of $1 per year for the building adjacent to the W8SWS repeater, but to also absolve MCARC of the monthly utility payments.

That’s the short and sweet of it.  No doubt there will be much more said at our monthly meeting.

73,
ed KA8CBE

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