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News Alert: Notice:  The next meeting is January 17th, 2018 at Central Community College Dawson Building Room 132.  See Forum for More Information.  Notice:  Meeting will be at 7:30pm!!

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1  General Category / ARAN News / 11 July, 2015, Hamfest at North Bend, NE on: July 07, 2015, 01:09:11 AM
On Saturday, 11 July, 2015, the Pioneer Amateur Radio Club will sponsor their 18th annual Flea Market from 0900 to 1230 at St. Charles Parish Center, 8th and Locust Street, North Bend, NE.  Admission is $2.00.  VE testing is at 1000 hours.

Several members of ARAN are attending.  For more information visit

2  General Category / ARAN News / Successsful Field Day and our July Meeting on: June 29, 2015, 02:45:57 PM
A BIG thank you to all the members who worked so hard to ensure the success of the 2015 Field Day events where over 300 contacts were make with almost 300 counting for points.  Smiley

If we plan on having a work session a couple of hours prior to our July meeting, perhaps we can move forward with our HF installations in our new shack. 

During the meeting we will have an After Action critique and suggestions for improvements.

Stay tuned for Brad's great newsletter for further information!


3  General Category / ARAN News / 2015 Field Day on: June 23, 2015, 04:53:29 AM
In addition to HF and simplex two-meter transmissions from the Adams County Emergency Management's communications bus using alternate power, IRLP will be demonstrated at the EOC in the basement of the North Fire Barn.  The EOC and ARAN's meeting facilities will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday. 

For those who wish to test for either a license or an upgrade, Testing will be given at 1800, Saturday, in the basement of the North Fire Barn.  Applicants will need to bring photo identification and if already licensed, a copy of the current license.  The testing fee is $15.00.
4  General Category / ARAN News / 25 February, 2015, National Weather Service annual Weather Class on: December 21, 2014, 07:11:50 PM
The National Weather Service will be presenting their annual Weather Class for Adams County on Feb. 25, 2015.  The class will start at 6:30 and will take about 90 minutes.  It will held at the Lincoln Park Fire Station (1145 S. Hastings Ave.)  Treats and drinks will be served.
This is a good refresher for local fire departments, current spotter, Ham radio operators.  This is also a good class for those who have expressed interest in volunteering as a spotter for the Hastings area.
If you have any questions or want to RSVP please email me back.
Chip Volcek
Adams County Emergency Management Agency
1313 N. Hastings Ave.
Hastings, NE  68901
402-461-2361 Office
308-530-0227 Cell
5  General Category / ARAN News / 17 December, 2014 meeting events on: December 21, 2014, 06:41:55 PM
1.  Roll - 8 members present.
2. Treasurer - tonight received dues from six members plus spouse ($62) and a donation of $90.
3. Old Business
a. SKYWARN -86 total 15 NWS contacts
b. License waiver - WX0GID - alternative transmitter at NWB
4. New Business
a. Election -  nine votes counted - (one proxy)
b. Tower/antenna - need to set date
c. EOC preparation date - email to members 4 possible dates 7,8, 14 ,15 Jan '15.
d. Dues $10
e. Need to appoint committee election reform
f. Need to appoint committee Update Bylaws
g. Steve Meyer - donate GAP 50' antenna 10 meter
h. Secretary will set up Yahoo user group
i. VHF/UHF contest 24.01.15
j. Training - 2015 later in year for Technician
k. Weather Spotter training - 24.02.15 1839 Lincoln Park Station
l.  Chip ADEM would like to be on Jan agenda - weather spotters
m. Lincoln Hamfest 14.03.15
n. February meeting will be 24.02.15 1830 Lincoln Park Station
o. Allen and Brad will redo website in Word Press format
p. program each meeting.  Secretary will email membership what wanted what will do
5. Adjourn.


KD0JCP, ARAN's new Secretary will send minutes to the membership along with the annual $10.00 dues request.  PLEASE JOIN and support the repeaters.

6  General Category / ARAN News / SKYWARN 2014 on: December 07, 2014, 02:54:31 PM
86 total contacts were made, with 18 being other NWS contacts, during the 05-06 December, 2014, SKYWARN at the National Weather Service.  Operators included KB0ASQ, N0SJM, KD0JCP, KD0QEO, AND KD0RLZ.

Thanks to the extraordinary expertise of KB0ASQ, digital contacting was enabled, and also thanks to KB0ASQ, THE IRLP node was repaired and contacts were made Saturday afternoon.

Contacts were made on the two two-meter seventy-centimenter KenwoodS using simplex, repeaters, and IRLP.  The HF Yaesu was operated in both analog and digital modes.

An interesting HF contact was made with HK3Z0R, Harry, in EL Rosa, Columbia, South America, on 14.347.00, where it was 61 degrees, while Hastings enjoyed a chilly 35 degrees at the time.

A GIANT THANK YOU goes out to the Hastings Weather Service staff for their fantastic hospitality; to N0SJM, KD0JCP, and KD0QEO for erecting the HF antenna; to KD0QEO for disassembling the HF antenna; to KB0ASQ for his aforementioned continbutions; and the entire membership of ARAN for their continued support and paraticipation.

7  General Category / ARAN News / Re: August 2014 draft Meeting Agenda on: August 07, 2014, 11:03:59 AM
7.      Go to if you want to sign up to volunteer to work at the Nebraska State Fair.
8  General Category / ARAN News / AGENDA: 20 AUGUST, 2014, MEETING (first Draft) on: August 06, 2014, 01:06:23 PM
(first draft)
20 August, 2014

1.   Roll Call – signup sheet will  be distributed.
2.   Treasurer’s Report – W0STX
3.   Old Business
a.   N0SJM     – report on meeting with Alton Jackson
b.   KB0ASQ  - report on Trimmers/hospitals
c.   KD0JCP   – report on BSA – J.O.T.A.
d.   KD0JCP   - report on HF open night operations
e.   N0SJM     - report on Victoria Springs hamfest
f.   KB0ASQ  - report on Technician licensing class
g.   N0SJM     - report on net contacts
h.   WA0JCE  - report on Aviation and 6 meter contacts
i.   KC0EQA – report on Liaison with other clubs
j.   Other
4.   New Business
a.   Other
b.   KB0ASQ – demonstration
5.   Adjournment   
6.   Other news           -  145.475- repeater at Gilead is not functioning due to the
                collapse of the roof
7.      Go to if you want to sign up to volunteer to work at the Nebraska State Fair.
9  General Category / ARAN News / HAPPENINGS FROM OUR JULY MEETING on: July 16, 2014, 10:42:20 PM
W0STX gave the treasurer's report that included the $250 received from the sale of the tower that has been kept by KB0ASQ.

The Club welcomed two new members. [Readers please fill in call signs.]

KD0JCP reported that over 180 contacts were recorded on field day.

KB0ASQ and N0SJM reported on the operation of the repeaters and the hamfests in Lexington and North Bend.  26-27 July, 2014, will be the hamfest at Victoria Springs with N0SJM representing the Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska.

The membership voted to participate in the Boy Scouts Jamboree-on-the-Air that will be held 17-19 October, 2014.

The membership voted to have KD0JCP contact KD0JCT regarding Trimmers and hospital alternate communications options.  Further information will be gathered by W0STX and KB0ASQ.

The membership voted to have N0SJM contact Alton Jackson about the sale of the ambulance.

KB0ASQ will conduct a Technician licensing class this fall.

Beginning 07 August, 2014, KD0JCP will open the W0WWV ham shack for use by the membership, 1900-2100, with additional Elmers providing assistance and guidance on the HF rigs.  If interest is shown, he will continue this on the FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH, 1900-2100.

OTHER BIG NEWS:  At the August meeting, KB0ASQ will give a demonstation.

The presiding officer acknowledged the extra efforts and hard work that N0SJM, KB0ASQ, W0STX, and KD0JCP have expended in helping both the club and the individual members.


10  General Category / ARAN News / JULY 16 MEETING, WEDNESDAY, 1900. SPECIAL GUEST! on: July 13, 2014, 06:22:08 PM
Wednesday, 16 July, 2014, meeting at 1900 at the Red Cross Building.  We will honored with a special special guest, KB0ASQ, who will have an insightful presentation and demonstration.  Be there or be off the air! 73
11  General Category / ARAN News / 16 April, 2014. Meeting at 7:00 P.M. on: April 16, 2014, 03:58:45 AM
16 April, 2014.  Meeting at 7:00 P.M.
12  General Category / ARAN News / Lincoln Hamfest 2014 on: January 14, 2014, 07:59:41 AM
The 2014 ARRL Nebraska State Convention/Lincoln Hamfest will be held on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at the Lancaster Events Center at 84th & Havelock in Lincoln. Hours will be from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm. Flea market setup will be at 7:30am.
VE Exams 1000 and 1300.

Note:  Same weekend as the Four Rivers Sportsman's Club Gun Show at the Fairgrounds in Hastings.
13  Classifieds / For Sale / Icom 718 $500 on: January 09, 2014, 12:48:24 AM
For sale by KD0NHU:  High Gain 52' retractable antenna with rotor and winch,  $750.00.
Antenna base,  $450.
Icom 718  $500.

contact::      bradysleap@hot
14  Classifieds / For Sale / High Gain 52' retractable antenna with rotor and winch, on: January 09, 2014, 12:47:51 AM

For sale by KD0NHU:  High Gain 52' retractable antenna with rotor and winch,  $750.00.
Antenna base,  $450.
Icom 718  $500.

contact::      bradysleap@hotmail
15  General Category / ARAN News / Re: Skywarn Day 2013 Results on: January 05, 2014, 06:53:41 AM
Thank you for the update from the NWS
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