September General Meeting

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The September ARROW general meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30 PM in or near room BE-172 at Washtenaw Community College. We start gathering for eyeball QSOs at 7:00 PM. The business meeting starts at 7:30 PM.

This month’s presentation topic is Obtaining Homeowners/Condo Board Approval for an Outside Antenna: A Success Story by Gary Ilker, W9CLQ. Gary will go through the process he used with his Condo Board for their approval: his approach, strategy, process, presentation, installation, and follow up of a resident’s complaint.

Jay, WB8TKL will bring in some boxes filled with ARROW stuff that will be up for grabs.

Dan, KB6NU would like to meet with anyone who is interested in the Boy Scouts Radio Merit Badge program before the General meeting at 6:30 PM to go over the material and fill in the counselor applications.

All are welcome to attend, whether you are a member or not. After the meeting, many of us meet for a late dinner at Red Robin on Carpenter Road.

I hope to see you there.

Dinesh Cyanam, AB3DC
ARROW President

ARRL Field Day 2016

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2016 Field Day Logo

The combined ARROW/UofM Field Day will take place, Saturday & Sunday June 25th and 26th on the soccer fields on the North side of the Ann Arbor Airport (intersection of State St. & Ellsworth). Setup begins Friday afternoon around 2pm and operations begin at 2pm Saturday and runs through 2pm Sunday afternoon.

Public Are Welcome!!!

A “Get On The Air (GOTA)” station will be available for non-hams to try their hand at operating an Amateur Radio Station with help from a coach. The Information Tent will have handouts, general information, demonstrations, and educational activities to assist the public in learning what Amateur Radio is all about.

More information about Field Day can be found here:

Missed the ARROW bus? Here is another chance

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If you missed getting on the ARROW “Prize” Bus to Dayton our good friends at the USECA Amateur Radio Club have about 15 seats left on their bus for 2016. Below is the message from Ken, N8KC USECA President:

USECA ARC is doing a bus trip to Dayton as well (mostly club members) and have about 15 seats remaining.We aren’t doing prizes or a sell table, just some light snacks on the way down. Price is $50. Our bus will be leaving from Warren (14 Mile and VanDyke) at 4 am, Sat the 21st. If someone is interested, have them contact me, Ken or Jerry directly and ASAP for details and to work out payment up front. There may be seats available on departure morning and those will be sold 1st come 1st served prior to 4 am.

Touch-a-Truck 2016

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The Touch-a-Truck was held on May 7th, 2016 at the Ypsilanti High School and it went extremely well. The following hams helped out during the event: Joe Glandorf AC8ES, Jeff Zupan W8SGZ, Dinesh Cyanam AB3DC, Ed Thierbach AB8OJ, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Thomas Martin W8TAM

Let’s Build An Antenna on Tue, February 16

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AADL Secret LabEd, W8EMV and Dan, KB6NU are going to be holding an antenna-building session next week at the not so “Secret Lab” at the Ann Arbor District Library in downtown Ann Arbor. Here are some of the particulars:

What: Antenna build night!
Where: Ann Arbor District Library downtown “Secret Lab”, basement
When: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM.
Who are you: Amateur radio operator, shortwave listener, or curious about how radio works
Who are we: Workshop led by Dan Romanchik KB6NU, author, “No-Nonsense” amateur radio license study guides,” and Ed Vielmetti, W8EMV, noted man about town and avid amateur radio enthusiast.
What we will do: Build and test a 2m J-pole antenna made from 450 ohm ladder line (
Why: Because you can never have too many antennas.
Why: A good antenna gives you better reception and transmission.
Why: Get introduced to the Secret Lab at the Ann Arbor District Library.
Why: Help us plan future build nights!
What to bring: Your handheld radio if you have one
What we’ll bring: Antenna wire, connectors for your radio, crimping tools – everything you need!
How much: Approximately $12 – $15 for the materials.

We’re buying enough parts to build 20 antennas, so the first 20 that contact Dan will get first dibs. This is the first of what we hope will be several build nights, though, and we can certainly make more antennas in the future. We also expect to tackle other, perhaps more complex projects.

If you have any questions, please contact either Dan, or Ed,

Monthly Egg Chew, Saturday, January 16, 9:00 AM

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The ARROW Monthly Egg Chew (breakfast) will take place on Saturday, January 16 from 9-11 AM at the Classic Cup Cafe, 4389 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.

Please join us for some good food and good conversations. Everyone is welcome, including friends and family members.

Monthly Egg Chew, December 26, 9-11 AM

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The monthly ARROW breakfast will take place a week later than usual on Saturday, December 26, 9-11 AM at the Classic Cup Cafe, 4389 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Anyone interested in ham radio (or eating breakfast, for that matter) is welcome to join us. Family members and friends are also welcome.

One-Day Technician Class, January 30, 2016

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My next one-day Tech class will be held on Saturday, January 30. For more information, go to



ARROW Meeting with PIZZA! Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 7:30 PM

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The December ARROW general membership meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM in or near BE-172 on the Washtenaw Community College campus. We will have PIZZA and SOFT DRINKS at the meeting! We start gathering for eyeball QSOs (social time) at 7 PM.

This will be our annual election of officers, as well as our traditional White Elephant Swap. Participation in the White Elephant Swap is optional, but it’s usually entertaining. Just find something in your ham shack that you no longer want or will never get around to using, wrap it in festive paper, and bring it along. If you bring an item, you get to take an item from those collected. It’s as simple as that.

As always, guests are welcome!

I suspect there will also be some who will go to Red Robin for the usual after-meeting gathering despite having pizza. As K8GEO says, at Red Robin it’s Dutch treat.

I hope to see you there!

Mary Anne, W8VWY
ARROW Secretary (for one more week)