SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING ELECTION OF OFFICERS for 2018
Please read below.
Next meeting will be held Monday night, January 8, 2018
Did You Miss It? Our 4th Quarter Meeting was held Monday Night, October 2nd
Location: Western Sizzlin’ , 1916 Congo Road in Benton, Arkansas
Our Guest Speaker was: James D. Ferguson, N5LKE, Arkansas Section Manager,
Delta Division of the ARRL
At the October 2nd meeting, we were be fortunate to have our newly elected ARRL Arkansas Section Manager, J Ferguson, N5LKE, as our guest speaker. He talked to us about the importance of being involved in the ARRL and how the ARRL needs the full support of every member of every amateur radio club in Arkansas.
Following J Ferguson, we also heard from Shane Lee, WX0X, about the status of Arkansas Skywarn. Shane is president of the Cabot STARS club and the new ARRL Arkansas Section Emergency Coordinator. More information will be forthcoming on changes to Arkansas Skywarn.
We also received an update on our DMR project from Michael Clay, AC5XV, our project manager for this new repeater installation. The location has finally been chosen and that will be the Congo Road Water Tower in Benton. The is excellent high point location that will cover all of south Little Rock, Alexander, Bryant, Bauxite, Benton–that is to say, most of Saline County and the surrounding area. Time will tell us more about the actual coverage area.
Also, it is never too late to contribute to the DMR repeater fund. We began on April 3rd with a goal of $2500.00 and many of you pledged to contribute. If you have not fulfilled your pledge, please do so as soon as possible by check or use the PayPal button at the top of this web page. In the PayPal note or remark section, please indicate that your donation is FOR DMR REPEATER, as we also receive regular membership dues through PayPal.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
(1) Due to some inconsistencies in the voting process during the Election of Officers that was held on Monday night, October 2nd, the CAUHF Board of Trustees has nullified that election and ordered a NEW election at the next regular meeting: Monday night, January 8, 2018. The meeting location has not yet been determined–check back often. The new election will be held using paper ballots, provided only to members who pay their 2018 dues by December 31st, 2017.
(2) Again, in order to be eligible to vote in the next election, YOU MUST PAY YOUR 2018 DUES by December 31st, 2017. You can mail your check to our business address at the bottom of this web page–OR you may use PayPal. Mailed checks must be received by 12/31/17 and PayPal payments must be dated on or before 12/31/17. No exceptions! If you use PayPal, you must indicate your call sign and note “2018 Membership Dues” on the PayPal transaction. Use a printed copy of your cancelled check or your PayPal receipt as proof of dues payment. Cash payments will not be accepted until after January 8, 2018. Remember, you cannot pay your dues at the January 8th, 2018 meeting and then be eligible to vote in this election of officers. Yes, it’s complicated but no more than the Technician Class Exam.
Dues are $20.00 for an individual membership or $30.00 for all licensed hams in a single family.
(3) Additionally, nominations for officers (new or re-elected) must be submitted to our Immediate Past President, Randy Wright, AE5RW, no later than December 1, 2017. Nominees must be paid members of The Central Arkansas UHF Group. There will no “nominations from the floor” on election night. We will vote on three positions: (1) President, (2) Vice President, (3) Secretary-Treasurer. Our two At-Large Board Positions do not expire until the end of 2018. Counting the Immediate Past President, there are currently six (6) CAUHF Board of Trustees; however, the Secretary-Treasurer position is currently vacant.
We wish to continue our custom of granting free memberships to any new ham who presents a copy of his/her license issued in the previous calendar year. However, there will be no free memberships granted this year until after the January 8th, 2018 election has concluded. The CAUHF Group is friendly and inviting to all new members, especially new hams. Please come and join us at the next meeting.
— The above directives are subject to change by the CAUHF Board of Trustees —
2017 CURRENT OFFICERS:
President: Steven Hicks, W5NLR
Vice President: Sam Baldwin, N5SRB
Board Member: Ron Stailey, KG5RON (2 year term; beginning 2nd year January, 2018)
Board Member: Mike Clay, AC5XV (2 year term; beginning 2nd year January, 2018
Immediate Past President: Randy Wright, AE5RW
During times of severe weather, AR Links System will activate the National Weather Service SKYWARN Program
You can listen to our AR Links Skywarn Net by clicking this link on Broadcastify.com
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Let’s All Get Together!
For quite some time, we have considered establishing standard simplex frequencies for use within the CAUHF Group (and for anyone else who wishes to play along with us). All of these frequencies fall within the ARRL Band Plan for VHF and UHF. Here’s what we’ve come up with thus far. We will not use PL tones on any simplex frequency (unless it becomes necessary in the future). During special events, disaster drills, etc., we can refer to these as “tactical channels”. Please program all of these simplex frequencies into your mobile radios and HT’s. You never know when you might need them.
|VTAC Channel||VHF||UTAC Channel||UHF|
|VTAC-1 National Simplex||146.520 MHz||UTAC-1 National Simplex||446.000 MHz|
|VTAC-2||146.535 MHz||UTAC-2||446.025 MHz|
|VTAC-3||146.550 MHz||UTAC-3||446.050 MHz|
|VTAC-4||146.565 MHz||UTAC-4||446.075 MHz|
|VTAC-5||146.580 MHz||UTAC-5||446.100 MHz|
Some folks just pick any old frequency for simplex but that really is not wise. If you are not careful, you can accidentally pick a repeater frequency. Also, you must remember that VHF simplex frequencies need to be at least 15kHz apart and UHF simplex frequencies need to be at least 25kHz apart (as shown above) to avoid interfering with each other. We began with the VHF National Calling Frequency as the baseline at 146.520, then for each succeeding “channel”, we went up 15kHz. We also began with the UHF National Calling Frequency as the baseline at 446.000, then for each succeeding “channel”, we went up 25kHz. At this point, this is merely a proposed plan–just a suggestion. Let’s hear your thoughts.
This is the place to come for the latest news and information about the CAUHF Group. Also, don’t forget to check-in to our regular Tuesday Night Net, held every Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m. on all of the AR Links System Repeaters such as 443.200 in Little Rock, 444.700 in North Little Rock and a dozen or so more around the state. Click on the AR Links System tab above.