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CQC MINUTES 111817 – Addendum 1

CQC MINUTES 111817 – Addendum 1
Minutes – Regular Membership Meeting
November 18, 2017


VIA EMAIL from Treasurer, Roger Wendell WBØJNR:

CQC Treasurer’s report for 11-18-2017

Checking $ 100.00
Savings $ 2,552.90
Total $ 2,652.90

Submitted by: Dick Schneider, ABØCD, CQC Secretary


Minutes – Regular Membership Meeting
November 18, 2017
Koelbel Public Library (Arapahoe Libraries)
5955 S Holly St, Centennial, CO 80121

Officers Present: Ed Comfort KCØZLR, President; Scott Garcia KØFRP, Vice President; Dick Schneider ABØCD, Secretary; Roger Wendell WBØJNR, Treasurer

Total attendees: 11

Meeting called to order by President Ed Comfort at 10:30 a.m.


Treasurer, Roger Wendell WBØJNR said he did not have a precise financial print out, but said the club’s combined checking and savings account balances totaled approximately $2,600, which is down slightly from the historical balance, due mainly to a change in the club’s dues structure from $10 per year to $5 for life. He said he planned to email a precise Treasurer’s report to club officers.


Secretary, Dick Schneider ABØCD, reported that the previous meeting was the club annual picnic at the Genesee Mountain Park. No business was conducted. Attendance was sparse, but consisted of a small group of hard core club stalwarts, two of whom had arrived early to hike to the top of Genesee “Mountain” – a SOTA peak – to put it on the air before picnic festivities began. Weather was cool and we experienced a bit of rain, but a goodly quantity of both meated and unmeated hot dogs were grilled and packed away into empty bellies. The horseshoe tournament was postponed.


Fox Hunt. Marshall Emm N1FN reported that the winter 40/80 meter fox hunts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings were underway. Too bad the bands were not cooperating. He said the foxes and hounds would take a break during Thanksgiving week. We are anxiously awaiting the season’s first complaint about the savage nature of fox hunts.

Field Day. Scott Garcia KØFRP. No extensive discussion. However, there appeared to be a consensus that the club would return to member Jim Moravec NØCOT’s spread out near Strasburg east of the Queen City of the Plains for the 2018 event. Final plans are still to be determined.

Buildapalooza. Dick Schneider ABØCD. Dick reported that the Buildapalooza was underway and a number of club members have signed up and reported what they planned to work on over the 2017-2018 building season. He said he took 25 Buildapalooza flyers to the 285 Tech Connect Radio Club’s 2017 Techfest, where he presented the club’s QRP 101 basic course module, and all but two were taken by attendees. He said updates would be posted on the club’s Elektrik newsletter, The Low Down (; PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!), and the club’s website (

The Low Down. Dick Schneider ABØCD, editor. Dick recommended that members subscribe to The Low Down, which is located online at That way new postings will be emailed to subscribers. He also solicited articles and announcements for the newsletter. The Low Down is now in the form of a WordPress Blog/Website and is no longer being sent out via snailmail in an analog form factor. The current rendition of the newsletter is manufactured exclusively from recycled electrons and light emissions on computer screens, so no trees or Japanese pine beetles are ever harmed in its publication. Individual members, however, can print out articles from The Low Down. We recommend using printers that utilize recycled paper made from old pop bottles and toner or ink fashioned from discarded soft drinks at Broncos and Rockies games.


Colorado Repeater Association repeaters. Ed Comfort KCØZLR reporters that the CRA had completed is relocation of the 147.225 repeater, further south than its older location, and that it was once again available for the club’s weekly 2-meter net on Monday evenings at 8:00 p.m. MST. However, several members said the temporary CRA repeater, 145.460 worked better than the new 147.225 repeater. It was agreed to keep the net on the 145.460 repeater until further notice. That repeater is linked to the 147.225 machine, as well as several others, so some of the members south of the metro area might be better off using the 147.225 repeater for the net.


Colorado Repeater Association membership. The issue arose regarding CQC membership in the CRA, since it has used its repeaters for nets for many years. While individual CRA membership has always been promoted by the club, club treasurer Roger Wendell WBØJNR raised the question: should CQC officially join the CRA? Club officers agreed it would be a good idea and authorized Roger to make arrangements to join CRA.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved at 11:00 a.m.


James Kretzschmar AE7AX from Cheyenne, Wyoming, presented an informative educational module on getting started in homebrew construction. The presentation featured his recently built homebrew 40-meter CW transceiver and homebrew test equipment. The 10-watt transmitter section uses six switched crystals for frequency control. The seven-transistor direct conversion receiver utilizes three of the semi-conductors for the mixer/detector, two for the oscillator, and two for the audio amplifier. The presentation covered schematics for the rig, construction techniques, where to find parts, and the joy of homebrewing.


QRP hams are always hungry, so members trekked over to Panera Bread on the other side of Holly Street for chow and the swapping of more exaggerated stories.

Submitted by: Dick Schneider, ABØCD, CQC Secretary

Homebrewing Featured at Next CQC Meeting Nov. 11

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 10:30 a.m.
Koelbel Library
5995 South Holly Street, Centennial, CO 80121

You don’t have to be a member. Everyone is welcome!

James Kretzschmar AE7AX will be traveling all the way from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to discuss homebrew construction. The presentation will feature his recently built homebrew 40-meter CW transceiver. The 10-watt transmitter section uses six switched crystals for frequency control. The seven-transistor direct conversion receiver utilizes three of the semi-conductors for the mixer/detector, two for the oscillator, and two for the audio amplifier. The presentation will include discussion of schematics for the rig, construction techniques, and the joy of homebrewing.

Our meetings usually end with an optional luncheon at a nearby southeast Metro area restaurant for a lot of fun chat and chow!


285 TechFest Sat. Nov 11 – BE THERE!

One of the best ham radio deals in Colorado is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Lakewood — the annual 285 Tech Connect Radio Club’s TechFest.

The TechFest boasts five hours of presentations on technical topics related to amateur radio, plus a “demo corner” where club members show off some of their operating technology. All for only ten bucks!

This educational feast runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a 1-hour break for lunch. The TechFest presentation lineup includes these speakers and topics:

  • KØNA – Larry Weinstein: Practical Tricks with Transformers
  • NØCU – Bill Leonard: Transmission Lines as Impedance Transformers
  • W6OAV – Bill Rinker: Small Magnetic Transmitting Loops Demystified
  • ACØKQ – Willem Schreüder: Raspberry Pi Software Defined Radio
  • ABØCD – Dick Schneider: QRP 101 – The Basics

Doors open for registration at 8:00AM. Cash on the dash. No time for pre-registration. For morning talk-in, we’ll be using the 145.145 CRA Repeater.

So be there! It’s at the Lakewood Elks Lodge, 1455 Newland Street, Lakewood, CO, in the upstairs dining room. Refreshments will be available. You are on your own for lunch.

Morse Express 2017 Christmas Key

In Celebration of the Season…

So far, Morse Express has designed and produced a special key for the holidays, every single year in this century. No, wait every single year in this millennium!

The Morse Express 2017 Christmas key is the seventeenth in the series. This year’s key combines a traditional camelback lever with a translucent red knob and a walnut base, for a stunning little key that will turn heads wherever it goes. The camelback provides for an elegant level transition down to the contacts but it also adds mass to the lever, giving it a smoother “feel.” That and the added leverage that you get with the trunnion at the rear of the key make it an excellent key for sending code.

The wires from the miniature binding posts are traced into the base and covered with a felt pad so the key will be less likely to slip, and won’t mar the table. The hardware is solid brass, highly polished and, gold plated so that it will not tarnish or corrode. Contact spacing and spring tension are both controlled by the single adjusting screw just forward of the trunnion. The 2017 Christmas key weighs 2 1/4 ounces (60g) and measures 2 3/8 x 1 5/8″ (60 x 40mm) at the base.

“The Christmas keys represent my annual opportunity to play around with key design and to work with a master craftsman to bring new designs to life,” Morse Express owner Marshall Emm, N1FN. “I hope the 2017 Christmas key will bring a little joy to your celebration of the holidays, and add something special to Straight Key Night.”

The Morse Express 2017 Christmas Key is a limited edition, priced at $89.95 plus shipping and handling. Each key has a label with “Christmas 2017” and a unique serial number.

CONTACT INFO: where you will also find secure ordering facilities. Call (800) 238-8205 toll free to order by phone, or (303) 752-3382.



Kit Building – Homebrewing – Elmering – Prizes – On Air Event

WHY WHY WHY? — In a world gone mad with high-tech prebuilt gear, The CQC Buildapalooza is an event designed to encourage CQC members to:

  • Build their own gear
  • Place those projects into service
  • Elmer hams to enhance construction skills
  • Increase participation in the hobby

WHEN? — The club sponsored event will take place over the 2017-2018 winter season, beginning November 15, 2017, and ending March 31, 2018.

WHERE? — Everywhere! BUILDAPALOOZA IS LOCAL – The club plans to secure a local building site in the Denver metro area (TBA). BUILDAPALOOZA IS GLOBAL – Most participants will be building their projects at their own benches in their own shacks, anywhere on Planet Earth.

ELMERINGBuilders will be Elmered directly at the Denver area Buildapalooza location and through distanced learning via email and blogs.

RECOMMENDED MAJOR KITS — The club is suggesting two top notch 5-watt QRP transceiver kits: the Oak Hills 100A (1 band of your choice: 80, 40, 30, 20, or 15 meters) and the PFR-3 Trail-ready CW Transceiver (3 bands 40-30-20 meters). Experienced builders of each of these radios will be available for Elmering questions.

OHR-100A      PFR-3B

DO YOU HAVE TO BUILD THESE KITS? NO NO NO — Buildapalooza participants can build ANY KIT THEY WISH. The club has suggested a few alternative transceiver, transmitter, receiver, and accessory kits. Or, pick one of your own that is not on the club’s list. Scratch built projects are also eligible. The club just wants YOU to build something related to amateur radio and put it into service. More information can be found at WWW.CQCLOWDOWN.ORG and WWW.COLORADOQRPCLUB.ORG. 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? — Colorado QRP Club members with a CQC number, OLD AND NEW. This means any of the 1,000 PLUS hams that currently have a CQC number. NOT A MEMBER? It is easy to join through the club’s website WWW.COLORADOQRPCLUB.ORG. Our dues are QRP as well, $5 for a lifetime membership. JOIN THE COLORADO QRP CLUB.

PRIZES!!! — The Club will be providing prizes awarded by drawing registered participants’ names out of a hat, similar to hamfest door prizes. The club will secure an independent third party to draw names. No additional fees are required for this. Colorado QRP Club officers or Executive Board members ARE NOT eligible to receive prizes.

CQC BUILDAPALOOZA ON AIR EVENT — The club will sponsor an on-air event after the Buildapalooza completion date, sometime in Spring of 2018. Builders can put their rigs or accessories on the air for extra points. This will be a QRP event, 5 watts or less. Stay tuned for more details.


NOTE: Details subject to change as planning progresses, but let us know your interest ASAP – CQC

CQC will post other kit options AND suggestions at WWW.CQCLOWDOWN.ORG (this blog) and WWW.COLORADOQRPCLUB.ORG