For our June 28 Meeting Program we have the pleasure of hosting Jim Marco, W8JGP. Jim is the Chief Engineer for WPBN-WGTU, which some of you may recognize as “TV 7&4” up on the hill just off M-72.
WPBN-WGTU is an ABC Television affiliate owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Inc. which is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the US today.
WPBN-WGTU has graciously hosted the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club’s 2-meter and 70-centimeter repeaters for many years, starting in early 1980.
This (hosting our repeaters) is just a drop in the proverbial bucket of the different outreach programs and public services that Sinclair and WPBN-WGTU offer to the Traverse City are and surrounding communities.
Jim will offer a presentation on these programs and services, present an overview of the station and some of its history, and will also share some of the juicy technical details behind running a flagship broadcasting station in the area. We hope you can attend, this program is sure to be fascinating! See you there!
We will also have a report on the Field Day activities that happened this past weekend. Wow, what a weekend! This had to be the best Field Day that I have ever attended. Our Field Day band captains will give a run down on each of their stations.
The whole Field Day was a success because everyone was working together to make it happen. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the club effort. I know there are many people who made Field Day as success (I think more than 30 hams showed up) but I would like to thank the following people for their special efforts:
First of all there is the Kiessel family who generously let us use their orchard as our Field Day site, Glen Johnson who cooked up special meals (yummy lobster and ribs) for the folks, and Chris Parish for furnishing the solar power array that powered all the stations for the whole 24 hours.
We have some upcoming events that we want to discuss at the meeting. First of all there is the annual summer picnic that is held in July. Also, the Salvation Army has asked for our assistance in two events.
The first event is “Christmas in July” which is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army. We are asked if we could ring the kettle bells for this event. We’ve been offered our favorite site, the Horizon bookstore. The dates are July 15th-16th from 10 AM to 6 PM. The Salvation Army has been our main served agency and has supported our club by letting us use the clubroom and also host our meetings. Let’s show them our support on July 16th. I’ll have a sign-up sheet at the meeting.
The second event is a youth event down in Rockford Michigan on July 9th. They are looking for some hams to come and monitor the event, which I think is a long distance foot run for youth.
So, as you can see, we have an interesting meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 PM at the Salvation Army. Coffee and donuts provided (I’m still digesting ribs!)