RARC Meeting Minutes - April 2006

The April meeting of the Rochester Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 7:03pm, Tuesday 4/11/06, by President Eric Van Norman (KFS).

We welcomed 3 new members, KC0WIP, KC0WIJ, and KC0WJH


  • Meeting Minutes
    The February and March meeting minutes were approved.
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Club members wishing to join the ARRL should join with the club. The club is allowed to take a $15 donation and from the registration price and register you with the ARRL.

    Checking: $ 2219.53
    Savings: $ 1783.24
    CD @ 3.92%: $ 4000.00 (self insurred repeater fund)
    Cash: $ 20.00
    Total: $ 8022.77
    Major transactions this period:

    • 2006 Dues: +$345.00
    • Educ Income: +$80.00
    • Educ Cost: -$77.24
    • Web URL (5 years): -$92.95
    • RPU (2Q): -$60

Committee Reports

  • Technical committee - Rob (KCFOW):
    • There was no tech committee meeting this month
    • The Diamond SWR meter arrived
  • Programs - Bill (KRGR):
    • Jon Turk gave a program on the EOC and our role as Ham Radio Operators in Olmsted County.
    • Next month Niel W0VLZ will give a program on vintage homebrewed equipment.
    • We need new ideas for meeting programs.
    • Still not sure when the auction will be
    • Bill also announced that there is a VHF contest in June and perhaps a few of us could do a rover?
  • Membership - Bill (K0RGR):
    • We welcomed 3 new callsigns to tonight's meeting
  • Public Service - John (NHZN):
    • The next scheduled event is the Med-City Marathon. May 28th. Art KC0JKP will be coordinating again and we need 12-18 operators for this event. We also will need a new APRS bicycle mobile operator.
    • Tour de cure is June 3rd, the website needs (and probably has been) updated.
    • Rochesterfest is field day weekend this year.
    • There is a potential for new events this year, watch the website for details.
  • ARES - Bob (ABBW):
    • Registration for ARES is still online, make sure you have registered.
    • At the skywarn training meeting we had a callout and half the room left, nothing majorly interesting happened as far as the weather was concerned.
  • EOC - Steve (W0STV):
    • Nothing was presented because of the program for tonight (EOC by Jon Turk)
  • BPL - Mel Kc0P
    • New proposals for BPL were turned in yesterday (April 10)
    • 1 bid, Hiawatha Broadband with Corinex equipment.
    • They intend to rely more on fiber optics and WiFi this time
    • There should be a downtown WiFi blanket if all goes as planned.
    • Houston Texas is a spot we looked at for evaluation.
  • Contests/DX - Stew (WSHL):

  • Other/New Business
    • we need to get in the community ed system for our October class.
    • QST's available at club meetings for those who are interested.
    • Red river radio flyer was available
    • DMRAA hamfest announced.
    • Scholarships available.

      The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.


    The Program this month was Jon Turk on the EOC

    Submitted by BJ (KC0NPF).

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