RARC Meeting Minutes - May 2006

The May meeting of the Rochester Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 6:59pm, Tuesday 5/9/06, by President Eric Van Norman (KFS).

A thankyou note was mailed to N7EF, Don for his $50 donation.


  • Meeting Minutes
    The April Minutes were approved
  • Treasurer's Report

    Checking: $ 2127.82
    Savings: $ 1783.43
    CD @ 3.92%: $ 4000.00 (self insurred repeater fund)
    Cash: $ 20.00
    Total: $ 7931.25
    Major transactions this period:

    • 2006 Dues: +$65.00
    • Donations: +$124.20
    • Test Equipment: -$262.60 (Swr meter)

Committee Reports

  • Technical committee - Rob (KCFOW):
    • There was no tech committee meeting this month Due to Skywarn.
    • There is a new repeater in Wabashaw on 146.745Mhz with a 136.5hz PL tone
  • Programs - Bill (KRGR):
    • June: Field Day and Contest Strategies by N8MHD
    • July: ?
    • August: Club picnic
    • September: Red cross class on Damage Assessment, take "Introduction to disaster" online first.
  • Membership - Brad (KC0QVH):
    • We recieved $65 more in dues, next month there will be discussion on who takes over duties for membership
  • Public Service - John (NHZN):
    • June 17 is the Y-ride, check the Event Calender.
    • Rochesterfest is field day weekend this year, June 23rd.
    • June 24 is the Quarry Hill Triathlon, supposed to be a very short event
    • There is a potential for new events this year, watch the website for details.
  • ARES - Bob (ABBW):
    • Make sure you're registered, registration available online
  • EOC - Steve (W0STV):
    • The EOC is adding APRS and eventually ATV.
    • The IMES van is not becoming a ham vehicle, instead some ham gear will go in the new EM-50
  • BPL - Mel KC0P
    • The visit to Tx has been canceled
    • RPU looked, mostly 'vaporware'
    • There may be another trial in Rochester soon with Corinex/Motorola gear.
    • They rely more on fiber-optics and wifi.
    • Still not the "ARRL Approved" gear.
    • Homeplug compatible
  • Contests/DX - Stew (WSHL):
    • No contest/dx information available

Other/New Business

  • K0RGR presented a cumulative 2m contest designed to get new Tech licensees to operate more. June 1 to Aug 31 was the time frame suggested. FM repeaters allowed, however there should be only voice contacts (at least in this catagory). Top 3 people may get trophies. Incoming echolink allowed. See rules on the website.

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:29 p.m.


The program this month was Neil W0VLZ on Vintage Homebrew

Submitted by BJ (KC0NPF).

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