12-14-17 Trading Post Two items posted on the Trading Post Page. Check em Out.

12-14-17 From MCARC President, Daniel L. Jones KK4SKU Well here we are, 2018 just around the corner, a new year with new and exciting opportunities. This Club has achieved a lot in the past couple of years and is continuing to grow in the right directions. There will be bumps, but these are small things when we work together to get the job done. We as a whole are a dedicated group of individuals with a love for the hobby and the service we bring to the community. With our sights set forward we can only achieve our intended goals. This past year has seen many changes. The new repeater on Starr Mountain, The rebuilding of the repeater site for the 060, and everyone has worked hard to see these goals met. There has been changes in the club also. These changes are regrettably a reality that was played out to no ones pleasure, but they did. I want each member to realize the importance they have within the club. YOU ARE WHAT MAKES THIS ORGANIZATION GREAT, not the officers. You make our job easier. With this in mind let us not have the remorse or anger of situations from the past cloud our sight for the goals of the Club. Each member of this Club is a vital part of what it takes to succeed. We have a lot of work to do and together we can see nothing but good results.

12-13-17 From Don K4DLS I recently sent a radio, insured, via Staples/UPS to Gainesville GA for repair of a low power problem. The package and radio were damaged by UPS in transit, and I filed a claim for reimbursement of $265 for the damage repair. UPS denied the claim, stating that since the radio was repaired before they could inspect the damage, they had no responsibility. The original packaging and replaced parts were available, but they weren't interested. So, apparently I'm a thief, they don't need my business, and I'm out $265 for damage they inflicted on my radio. This apparently is a new policy of UPS. Hams beware!

12/11/17 70cm REPEATER TESTING Finding it necessary to periodically test the McMinn County Amateur Radio Club 70cm (440) repeaters, the following protocol has been established. A roll call net will be conducted on the second Thursday of each month at 2030 hours. (8:30 PM) Three repeaters will be tested sequentially beginning with 441.800 (Starr Mountain), then 442.275 (Athens) and finally 443.275 (No Pone). The roll call will be called first of those members of the McMinn County Amateur Radio Club Net Committee. Then any amateur radio operator will be invited to check in. A two minute break will then ensue to allow time to change to the next sequential repeater as described above and the same procedure will follow as described above. During check-ins, necessary relays will be provided by net members only. The net will then be closed and the frequencies will be returned to normal amateur use. The net control operator shall keep a log of check-ins and necessary relays as required on each repeater. This protocol may be changed as circumstances require.