RARC Meeting Minutes - January 2002
The January meeting of the Rochester Amateur Radio Club was called to order at
7:00pm, Tuesday 1/8/02, by President Dave Peterson (K7CJO), with 32 members
- Minutes from both the November and December meetings were approved as
posted on the web site.
- Treasurer's Report by Bob (KCØGND): Tuesday, January 8, 2002
Major transactions this period:
|Cash + Checks:
The FY2001 Annual Financial Report was presented and circulated at the meeting as required by the recently revised and approved bylaws.
- 501C3 donation for uniform fund - $500.00
- 2002 dues - $225.00
- Telephones - $49.26
- RPU - $42.00
- Technical Committee - Stew (WØSHL)
- New members of the Technical committee are Pat NØADQ, Rob KCØFOW,
and Bob NØEST. Committee meetings are Monday evenings before Tuesday
club meetings, 7:00pm at the Red Cross building, and are open to all club
- All repeaters are working fine.
- The Simpson site is shut down. Discussions with KTTC are under way to
clarify whether we can continue to use the site in the future. It is an excellent
site, but needs work (SWR of 5) and discussing alternatives.
- The watertower digipeater WØMXW-2 is running, and the amp from the
Simpson site was installed. However, the water department has changed the
locks for security, and access has become difficult. Discussions are under
- Two proposals were brought to the committee: A Rochester Linux group is
interested in developing a wireless ISP with RARC, and a crank-up tower was
offered for sale. The Technical committee recommends "no" to both. If any
club member wants to reconsider either one, it will need to be brought up as
- An inventory of club equipment will be done in March.
- ARES - Steve (WØSTV)
- New ARES ID cards are needed; all ARES members should fill out a form
(available on the web site) and return to Steve. Pictures for the ID's will be
taken next meeting.
- The organizational structure of the ARES group is changing. The Mayo
ARES group will remain as is; there will be an A team (high training and
participation), a B team (irregular training and participation), and also a
Mobile Assistance Team (ARES MAT), prepared to go out to fairly distant
emergencies and stay for a period. All club members not otherwise
participating in ARES will become Associate ARES members, so that they
can help out if needed.
- There will be ARES meetings this year for training. Also, Red Cross classes
are available and free to ARES members.
- There will be a major drill in Fall of 2002, the TriState Nuclear drill at Prairie
- For Skywarn, there is an issue with parking and safety. Roof flashers may be
needed, Steve will look into what is available in the $10-$30 range.
- A new packet protocol, EOCPAC, is being tested.
- Net Control Operators are needed for the coming year.
- There will be a Skywarn class March 27 at Diggers in Kasson.
- Remember the breakfasts Saturdays 6:30-8:30 at Grandma's (Silver Lake),
and the 8:00pm Monday ragchew nets.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45.
- The Plainview bike race has been moved to Winona, and the club there will
take primary responsibility for communications.
- Preparation for next year's JOTA should start soon. Bob ABØBW will
- Field Day will be June 22-23 (4th weekend in June). Preparation will begin
soon. Pat NØADQ will coordinate, with help from Peter N8MHD.
- Testing sessions for the year are listed on the web site; March 14 is next.
- The Library donation project is actively looking for money. Peter N8MHD
Following the meeting, capabilities and features of the major logging programs were
presented by Dave Naatz (KØVH), Stew Lewis(WØSHL), and Pat Cahill (NØADQ).
Submitted by Peter N8MHD.
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