2019 Annual Updates

Today we folded, stuffed, and stamped 167 annual updates for 2019. Most repeaters owners and clubs should receive something in the mail over the next few days.

The annual updates are very important, so please review them. If you have changes like email address, HoC or contact info, please make the changes to the update, sign it, then either mail it back, scan it and email it to us, or now scan and upload the document to the WAR website. Instructions are on the upper-right hand corner of the annual update form.

If there are changes to your repeater (power, antenna, height, etc), then notify us by filling out an updated coordination form, as this will require us to reexamine your setup to make sure that the changes don’t affect another repeater in the area. If you have any questions, please let us know as soon as possible.

Don’t forget our next membership meeting on March 21st at HRO in Milwaukee. Look forward to seeing you there!

Until next time, 73 de Dean KB7QDI

August 2019 Membership Meeting Minutes

Hey Everyone!

Thank you to all that were able to come out and attend the August Membership meeting. The minutes have been posted to the archive, which you can access here.

For the first time, we also are able to provide a recording of the meeting.

WAR Membership Meeting – August 31st 2019

We hope to provide these moving forward baring any technical issues and as always we appreciate any feedback you may have.


Webinar Information

Hey Everyone –

Hope you’re all enjoying this great summer weather! Can you believe August is almost gone? That also means our August Membership meeting is just around the corner on August 31st in beautiful Eau Claire, WI.

However, as we mentioned previously, we’re also going to try hosting this via a webinar as well and so, below is the information you will need to join the online web conference next Saturday.

Meeting Information

Meeting link: https://jamf.webex.com/jamf/j.php?MTID=md69353f8a9bd7b58c975418a154de0e3
Meeting number: 807 702 928
Password: war2019

More ways to join

Join by video system
Dial 807702928@jamf.webex.com
You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone
1-866-469-3239 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
1-650-429-3300 Call-in number (US/Canada)
Access code: 807 702 928
Global call-in numbers Toll-free calling restrictions

Please note: This will be primarily one-way this time so you can see and hear what is being presented. But, if we are able we will monitor the chat as well to pass along any questions from those on the webinar to the meeting room.


President’s Report – July 2019

As we break out of July and into August, I wanted to talk about a few subjects.

First, we are just over 30 days before our next WAR membership meeting. It is being held in Eau Claire again, and I encourage everyone who can attend to do so. It will be on Saturday, August 31st promptly at 10:00 AM, so registration will begin at 9:30 AM. Josh posted earlier this month on the specifics, and more details are on both our website and Facebook page.

Next, I drove down to Indianapolis this month to attend the Indiana Repeater Council membership meeting, and had a great time. The meeting was held at the same time as the annual Indianapolis Hamfest, so not only did I get to visit with the IRC, but also got to look around at all the ham radio gear for sale (held firm – didn’t pull out the credit card) and attended many of the forums. One in particular was very good. It spoke of the growing technology of hotspots – something many of you have probably heard of, and perhaps even own one.

On a personal level, while I appreciate the manufacturers helping forge new technologies for ham radio operators to use, I’ve always felt that it was more about branding. C4FM (Fusion) can only talk to other C4FM users, specialized (and therefore more expensive) radios, etc. Thankfully, some of that is changing. With the new set of hotspots, digital technologies can be different, yet still talk to each other. Someone on Fusion can join the same “chat room” as someone running D-Star, or P25, and that chat room trans codes the conversation to each specific user’s technology. Still a lot of work to do, but personally I’d rather have a hobby where everyone can talk to each other versus only people using one manufacturer.

Also, this month WAR also sponsored another conference call with the adjacent states. Indiana is looking at a web-based coordination database, and part of the reason I went to Indianapolis was to see a demo of what they are working on. Illinois is also working on an alternative to Radio Mobile (terrain modeling based on various repeater parameters) that is open source and runs on Linux. I look forward to hearing from our neighbors on how they have been progressing.

Lastly, I want to remind everyone that volunteers are still needed. If you have some time to spare, and are interested in what this organization does, talk to any of our Board of Directors.

Again, I look forward to seeing all of you at your membership meeting in August.

Until next time, 73 de Dean KB7QDI