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We had a good meeting tonight with over 15 people showing up. The VE session that took place before the meeting saw someone pass their General exam, congrats! During the meeting we covered the current state of things as well as upcoming events and projects. Once the official meeting ended almost half of those who attended broke out some tools and got some hands on experience building some antennas for their HTs. Rather than a picture of those leading the meeting this month we grabbed a shot of those in attendance. Check it out, not one person is napping!

icrc jan member meeting






chadsvote inspectorIt is November and everyone knows what that is right? Elections! Anyone attending this month’s monthly member meeting of the Insurance City Repeater Club has to be wondering how votes can go wrong. Here’s a list of names. Look it over for 30 seconds. Everyone votes. It’s all over. No recounts of the recounts. No hanging chads mucking up the works. No voter fraud. Of course there was no kissing the heads of strange babies nor lobbyists tossing campaign funds around like there was no tomorrow. Here’s to a simple fast election. If you don’t like them you always can vote them out next year. So far so good and we wish them and the club well! We’ve updated our board members in the member section of our site.

arps class Prior to the meeting two people showed up for the 6pm exam session. Both of them passed their Technician’s exam, congrats!
After the official meeting business concluded a training season took place that covered APRS (Automatic Reporting Positioning System).

This technology has been around since the early 1980’s when it was used to track ships. While it can be used to send messages and other information over packet the ICRC Insurance City Repeater Club) has found its use in tracking to be most useful.


aprs mapCreating mobile units that are placed on chase or lead vehicles during race events allows communications to take place as far as where the participants are contained. Just in the past few years these GPS outfitted radio devices have been sealed up and protected from the elements within boxes that are secured to the wooden sleds that Scouts push (and sometimes drag!) through the snow on during their yearly Klondike Derby events. These youths go from station to station, performing skills that they are graded on, while trying to complete the course as faster than others. Sometimes their orienteering efforts lead them astray. Using APRS the ICRC communication team knows exactly where each outfitted sled is located at and can send assistance in their direction if need be. If you are interested in joining in on activities like this it’s as simple as reaching out to the ICRC.

Klondike Derby Sled

08-16-2013 Meeting

We had a fantastic meeting this Friday. We started with a VE session directed by AB1NH. Our officers lead discussion and planning on up coming events such as the Bike MS ride September 8th. And a technical presentation lead by our own Dan W1ZFG taught all in attendance how to use packet radio…