RARC Meeting Minutes - March 2002
The March meeting of the Rochester Amateur Radio Club was called to order at
7:00pm, Tuesday 3/12/02, by President Dave Peterson (K7CJO), with 38 members and 1 guest
- Minutes from the February meeting were approved as
posted on the web site.
- Treasurer's Report by Bob (KCØGND): Tuesday, March 12, 2002
Major transactions this period:
|Cash + Checks:
- 2002 dues - $580.00
- URL registration (thru 2003) - $70.00
- Web Site hosting - $119.88
- Recruiting mailing - $96.32
- Telephones - $40.91
- Liability Insurance - $250.00
- Technical Committee - Stew (WØSHL)
- All but one of the Technical Committee members were present, plus 6 additional club members.
- All voice repeaters are working ok.
- APRS (NØEST): The problem at the Simpson site turned out to be a worn-through feed line. It has
been replaced by hard line from Roger,WBØISF, and the digipeater is now working fine. The remote
base has been disconnected since it no longer works.
- The 625 repeater: iLink is running on this repeater and is getting some use.
- The Red Cross can’t allow us to have a Club Station. We reviewed the equipment
owned by the Club and stored at the Red Cross. Several pieces of equipment will be sold
at the SwapFest this coming June.
- The Club antenna/tower trailer need some maintenance. Tires, wheel bearings, some
welding, new cable, etc. The technical committee will review it in the Spring and make
a recommendation as to what the Club should do. We also have 4 10foot sections of Rohn
25G tower, that can be used during a disaster and for Field Day.
- Next month we will work on the Focus Items as collected at a special Technical
Committee meeting conducted last month.
- Membership - John (KØKTY):
- 4 new members have joined, for a total of 121. 30 members haven't paid as of today.
- Boy Scouts - Bob (ABØBW):
- We will visit with the Council in April.
- Public Service - Pam (KCØCJM) and John (NØHZN):
- A number of events are on the schedule as listed on the web site, including the
Med City Marathon on Memorial Day, the Touchstone bike race, a half marathon, the
Rochester Centurion bike race, and the RochesterFest Parade.
- Library - Peter (N8MHD):
- $125 has been donated or pledged to the library project. Approximately $50 more is needed to purchase the ARRL
package for the Rochester Public Library.
- A copy of the ARRL CD "Introduction to Morse Code" was contributed by Art (KCØJKP).
It will be included in the donation to the library.
- ARES - Steve (WØSTV):
- The warning lights for Skywarn are in.
- ARES IDs need to be signed before being laminated.
- A contact for the ARES HF net is needed.
- In connection with Homeland Security, ARES needs to be more structured, and more reliably available.
There will be ARES meetings, probably quarterly, and a lot of practice before the major 3-state drill in October.
- The ARESPac packet program is being updated to Windows, and will make use of forms for efficient messaging.
- There is a Foxhunt Sundays at 7pm using the input frequency to the 82 repeater.
- Yellow t-shirts (the ARES uniform) are available now at Sam's Club.
- There will be a Skywarn class March 27 at Diggers in Kasson.
- Bob (KCØGND) submitted a motion providing for discounted partial-year memberships. New members joining
in the second quarter (April-June) will receive a $5 discount; new members joining in the third quarter will
receive a $10 discount; and new members joining in the fourth quarter (October-December) will receive free
membership with payment of the next year's dues. A new member is defined as an individual/family who has never been a member OR an
individual/family who has not been a member for two or more years. In accordance with the bylaws, this motion will be voted
on at the next meeting, April 9.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:53.
- The Swapfest will be June 9 at Diggers.
- A free Red Cross CPR course will be offered March 16. Other Red Cross courses are required for Red Cross
communication volunteers; call the desk for the schedule.
Following the meeting, John (NØHZN) presented a Virtual Tour of the club's repeaters, showing the
sites and equipment. Then, he demonstrated several of the lesser-known features of the 82 repeater.
A handout with these features is available.
Submitted by Peter (N8MHD).
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