Hellgate Static


July 2007



Next meeting is July 9, 2007

At St. Patrick Hospital Meeting Room







Hellgate Amateur Radio Club

P.O. Box 3811

Missoula, MT. 59806-3811

HARC Board of Directors

Club President, N7GE, Jerry Ehli at jehli@modernmachinery.com
Vice-president, W7PAQ Frank Kisselbach at fkissel@hughes.com
Treasurer, K7PX, Steve Schlang at ripply1@msn.com

Secretary, KE7NO, Craig Nelson at twincreek@blackfoot.net

Program Director, AC7UZ, Lewis Ball at ac7uz@blackfoot.net 

Training, W7DHB, Dennis Barthel at w7dhb@montana.com  



Hellgate Amateur Radio Club


June 11, 2007President Ehli, N7GE called this meeting to order at 7:06 P.M.. Twenty members were present at the meeting.  Treasurer’s report (INCOME for month of May was $1,300.00 vs Expenses of $76.00 so we have a net gain of $1,223.30. Balance June 1, 2007 is $5,764.23) was accepted and approved.  Meeting minutes from the June Hellgate Static were approved, however, Paul, N7PAS, has corrected an error in last month’s Static.


Old Business

Eric, NZ7S, has purchased new controllers and the new tone board for the 146.96 MHz repeater at his house.  Hopefully they will be installed this weekend.  The 146.80 MHz repeater will be next with 144.90 MHz, 147.04 MHz, and the 146.80 MHz repeaters to follow.


The State Boy Scout Jamboree will be held north of Helena.  Two stations will be set up.  There will be a tent at the entrance.  Governor Schweitzer and Senator Baucus will be at the event.  K2BSA/7 will be on used and will be on the air Friday and Saturday.  APRS, PSK, will be used and will be on the 146.82 MHz and 146.85 MHz machines out of Helena.


It was discussed and voted upon to license the antenna trailer.


New Business

Lewis, AC7UZ, reported and described the marathon planned on July 15th.  It appears that he will need 17 operators to cover the route.  The race will begin at approximately 6:30 AM at two separate sites.  They are expecting up to 1,500 people including runners from every state in the union and some foreign countries.  We plan to use the 147.00 MHz repeater.  It is predicted to be over by 12:30 PM.  A QST will be sent out on the Wednesday night net.


Field Day operations will be at Fort Missoula.  Coffee and doughnuts will be available at the set up on Saturday morning around 9:00 AM.  Folks will meet for breakfast at the Lucky Strike.  Byron, NN8A, will construct the needed HF antenna and we will use the Kenwood TS-440.  Bob, N7MSU, will set up the CW station.  We are still searching for guy lines.  A motion to spend $250.00 was passed ($150.00 for food, etc.).  Two other operations from the club will be set up as “Bravo” stations at Barecone Peak (Steve, K7PX and Vick, W7VK) and Union Peak (Craig, KE7NO).


The River Cleanup will be July 28.  Russ, AB0CY, is the contact (244-0617) and would like some more ham volunteers.  The event will kick off at Pfister’s place on Rainbow Bend.  Please see last month’s Hellgate Static.


Fourth of July is planned to be set up at the old chapel at Fort Missoula around 9:00 AM.  Bob, N7MSU, is the contact for this special event station.  We will put up the vertical and have one station that is on the air.  Teardown will be at 4:00 PM so that we can be out by 5:00 PM.  If you want to help with the station, please park on the east side of the site.  We will need coax, one of the Kenwood TS-440’s, a computer for logging, extra power cord and a power block.  You won’t need to pay if you are helping the club.  It will be listed in the July QST under special event stations.


Wednesday night net NCS as follows

June 14   Eric, NZ7S

June 20   Lewis, AC7UZ

June 27   Frank, W7PAQ

July 4      Dennis, W7DHB and Mike, KE7IZG

July 11    Jerry, NG7E


Donny, W7XY, received an emergency call he received recently.  Any time that we have an emergency call, we must signify what is wrong, where it is, and others need to understand that this conversation should not interrupt this contact. 


Meeting closed and Bob, N7MSU, discussed computer logging, programs that we use, and was a great help to those folks that don’t use computer programs.




After the August 13 meeting Steve, K7PX, will feature a discussion on QRP.  He will discuss QRP equipment, techniques, and mountain scenery (winter & summer) where Steve is an active QRP'r.  A good one to attend!  



At the request of a one of the members, here is a list of some of the local nets on HF and on VHF frequencies.

MTN (Montana Traffic Net)- 0030 UTC 3.937 MHz.

IMN (Idaho Montana Net CW)- 0300 UTC 3.578.5 MHz.

Farm Net- 0200 UTC 3.937 MHz.

Later Day Saints Wednesday net- 7:00 PM 3.916 MHz.

Hellgate ARC Wednesday net- 9:00 PM 147.04 MHz.

Bitterroot ARC Wednesday net- 8:30 PM 146.72 MHz.

Flathead Valley ARC Monday net- 9:00 PM 147.380 MHz. and 147.04 MHz.

Flathead Valley ARC ten meter Thursday net- 8:30 PM 28.470 MHz.


Glacier Waterton International Hamfest and Montana State Convention

Well, the days are longer, and kids are out of school.  The weather is warmer and families are looking to go on vacation.  If you are looking at a quick vacation “get away”, please consider the 2007 Glacier Waterton International PeacePark Hamfest (73rd annual) and the Montana Section Convention.  It will take place on July 20th through the 22nd near Essex, MT. near Glacier National Park.   It is sponsored by the Glacier – Waterton Directors, and will be held at the Three Forks Campground (13 miles west of East Glacier on Highway 2).


Features include a flea market, craft sale, tailgating, vendors, dealer displays, old equipment auction, transmitter hunts, seminars and programs, VE sessions, and meetings (QCWA, ARES, etc.).  Barbeque meals (Saturday bring your own meat and tableware) and breakfast (Sunday) will be available.


Camping is available at Glacier Meadow Park and other areas (406)226-4479.  There will be “talk-in” on 146.52 MHz.


Admission is $20.00 with folks under 16 years of age are admitted free.  Please contact Jim Cummins, N7YO, (406)453-9992 n7yo@mpiwifi.com and www.gwhamfest.org



Since I can’t guarantee that I will be able to get the Hellgate Static out over the summer, I wanted to get the meeting dates out while I can: July 9, August 13, and September 10. Testing will be on July 9, but remember new General class examination will be needed on July 1.  Testing will be at St. Patrick’s Hosp. conference room.



Check out the story about Joe Rudi (former MLB star and NK7U) in the latest Sports Illustrated....vy fb N7MSU 


We hope the Hellgate Static was interesting for you this month.  Let us know if this newsletter  is to your acceptance.  We are STILL in need of articles that are of interest to YOU, AND are supplied by YOU.  We always want your input.  If you have something (even a simple one-liner) please write to me at our address or e-mail me (Craig, KE7NO) at twincreek@blackfoot.net.  We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.   If not, still help us with some of the activities.