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RECORD ATTENDANCE: Monday Night, October 3rd, 2016
44 Members and Guests
GUEST SPEAKER: Todd Yakoubian, Meteorologist from KATV Channel 7
We had a memorable meeting on Monday night, October 3rd. We packed 44 members and guests into the Larry’s Pizza banquet room on Cantrell. We had an interesting and dynamic guest speaker and we elected new officers for 2017. Finally, we held a raffle drawing for a Tytera MD-380 hand held DMR radio, won by Mike Clay, AC5XV.
We were truly honored to have KATV Meteorologist, Todd Yakoubian, accept our invitation to speak to the CAUHF Group. He is highly sought after as a guest speaker at many schools, civic groups and first response agencies across Arkansas. Who knew? HE IS A HAM! He is W1BSE, a call that once belonged to his Dad, now a Silent Key.
We wanted Todd to get to know us and we wanted to get to know him even better! He knows that many of us in the CAUHF Group and the AR Links System have been trained as Severe Weather Storm Spotters by the National Weather Service. We feel that one of Todd’s greatest assets is that he a native Arkansan and he has experienced the same memorable storms as the rest of us. He gave us an excellent presentation on the Mayflower/Vilonia Tornado that occurred in Arkansas on the night of April 27, 2014. Following that, he gave us a bit of inside information on what we MIGHT expect for the winter of 2016-2016. We very much appreciate Todd’s presentation and interest in our group.
Following the program, we held an election for new officers for the CAUHF Group. The results are:
President: Steven Hicks, W5NLR
Vice President: Sam Baldwin, N5SRB
Secretary-Treasurer: Margie Wofford, KG5EPM (re-elected for a 2nd term)
Board Member: Ron Stailey, KG5RON (replacing N5SRB, who was elected VP)
Board Member: Mike Clay, AC5XV (replacing N5QLC)
Immediate Past President: Randy Wright, AE5RW
Trustee: Tim Leet, K5TEL (Board Appointed)
Chief Engineer: Joel Echols, N5QLC (Board Appointed)
These officers begin serving on January 1, 2017
NOTE: Our next meeting will be on MONDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 9th, 2017 –NOT ON JANUARY 2nd. This is due to January 1st falling on a Sunday, which causes January 2nd to be observed as a holiday for many. Visit this page often for more details about upcoming meetings and events.
First Annual CAUHF Group Christmas Dinner
Friday Night, December 2nd, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.
Western Sizzlin’ in Benton, Arkansas
Mark your calendars now for our first annual CAUHF Christmas Dinner on the night of December 2nd (well, the first one in a long time, perhaps). We have the front banquet room reserved at Western Sizzlin’ for this event–it’s the one on your left as you enter the front door. This is not a regular club meeting but instead, this is purely a social event. There will not be a program or guest speaker but we may have a few announcements and Santa Claus has promised us some fantastic door prizes! Western Sizzlin’ has always treated us well, so just go through the line and order whatever you like, (pay your own check) then join us in the banquet room directly across from the registers. Spouses, kids and visitors are always welcome!
AR Links System Welcomes a New Partner, WD5B
146.685- (141.3) in Dardanelle
The Central Arkansas UHF Group and the AR Links System would like to welcome Richard Duncan, WD5B as a new linking partner. Richard’s 146.685 (141.3) VHF repeater overlooks Lake Dardanelle and is linked 24/7 to the AR Links System through our main repeater 443.200 in Little Rock. This repeater gives us great coverage in the Russellville and Dardanelle area AND it’s on a backup generator! We have long wished for a repeater in this area. We are very fortunate to have Richard come forward and offer to link to us! Make sure this frequency is in your radio and give a shout anytime you travel I-40 through Russellville and Dardanelle With a good mobile, you should hear this repeater from Pottsville to Ozark and beyond.
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”. These standard frequencies are taken from a similar plan developed by the New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service (ARECS). They use far more than 10 frequencies and they also use PL tones, but these 10 should be enough for us, at least for now. 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. From the ARECS plan, we used the VHF National Calling Frequency as the baseline at 146.520, then for each succeeding “channel”, we went up 15kHz. We also used 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.