RARC Meeting Minutes – February 2008
The February meeting of the Rochester Amateur Radio Club was
called to order by President KariAnn Wiles, KCØWIP, at 7:02 p.m., February 12th, 2008. at the American
Red Cross. There were approximately 28 members present.
KariAnn began the round the room
Treasurer's Report: Tuesday, February 12, 2008
|CD @ 3.39% (note
Transactions this period:
Notes: 1 - CD is repeater reserve funds
Membership status: 118 club members (60 paid for 2008)
Submitted by RARC Treasurer, Bob Hart, KCØGND.
The January 2008 meeting minutes were approved.
Technical committee – Rob KCØFOW
- Did not meet this month. Monthly meetings
will resume in March. See the event calendar
for more information.
- Bob ABØBW and Robert KØRDA
reported that there are problems with Echolink. They suspect that the problems
may be caused by antenna problems at KØRGR's residence. Rob will investigagte.
Public Service – John NØHZN
- Frozen Goose Event was February 2.
- There is a new event May 16th called the
SOS (Stay Out of the Sun) Run. It is a Friday night event, starting at 4:00 pm,
or 5:00 pm, and it will last roughly 1 to 2 hours. We still need a volunteer
to coordinate the event. See John NØHZN if you would like to help.
- The Med-City Marathon will be held May 25th.
- There may be a new event for RochesterFest
this year. More to come later.
- No word yet on the Centurion.
- The Rochester Half-Marathon will be held in August.
- More public service event information
will be on the event calendar soon.
Programs – Stan KDØBQ
- This meeting Charlie Pederson will
present tax implications while voluteering for amateur radio
- Next month Jay Bellows will present ARRL events
- In March, Scott Wright will give a
presentation on 4 square, vertical dipoles, and more on DXing
ARES – Bob ABØBW
- Bob has more ARES badges to pass out.
EOC – Steve WØSTV
- There will be a seperate EOC for the city
of Rochester headed up by Jon Turk.
- The Olmsted County EOC will still be located out
at the airport and will be responsible for county-wide emergencies.
- Rob KCØFOW will most likely
be the new Rochester city EOC ham radio resource. Steve WØSTV will
continue to work with the county EOC.
Contests – Stew WØSHL
- No contest report from Stew.
- Bill NØNUV reported that
the Schaeffer Academy school was participating in the ARRL School Roundup
contest held during the week.
Field Day – KariAnn KCØWIP
- We are setting up a Field Day
task force, If you are interested in being involved in planning this
year's Field Day activities, please contact KariAnn.
Education – KariAnn KCØWIP
- We are looking for more members
to help with school station setup and education. If you are interested
in helping setup school stations in or around Rochester, please oontact
- Stan KDØBQ reported that
Bob KCØGND had placed some member's pictures on the web site as discussed
during the last month's meeting. See the
members page. The pictures are a really nice
addition to the web site, but we need more pictures. If you have a picture you
would like to have posted, send it to Bob KCØGND. Also let Bob know if
you do not wish to have your picture placed on the web site.
- There is a group of club members
currently reviewing and updating the club bylaws to make them more current. If
you would like to contribute to updating the bylaws, please contact
Bob KCØGND or KariAnn KCØWIP.
- Bobby KCØNXB talked about the
Science Fair that was held at Schaeffer Academy. He mentioned that there were
some 9th graders interested in Electrical Engineering that also may be interested
in joining the school radio club. Bobby also shared the project that he had
entered into the Science Fair. The project was a UV sensor that he had built and
experimented with. He received a 1st place ribbon for the project.
- The Technician class that KØRGR
is holding on April 26th is now listed on the Community Education system web site.
- This year's Olmsted County SKYWARN
Severe Weather Spotter Training session is being held at 6:30 pm, Wednesday
March 19th at the Rochester International Event Center.
- Pat NØADQ asked whether we
would like to move the VE license exam session currently scheduled for June 12th
up to be closer to when the Technician class is being held. If so, there is
work that would have to be done to accomidate that. KariAnn KCØWIP agreed
that we should reschedule the June 12th VE license exam session so that it
takes place shortly after the April Technician class.
The business meeting was adjourned at 7:27 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Daryl Mowrer, ACØID
Just in time for tax season,
club memeber Charlie Pederson, WØTAX, presented what some of the possible
charitble deductions are relating to voluteering your time in amateur radio.
Following Charlie's presentation,
Stan KDØBQ, and KariAnn KCØWIP discussed the current status of the
Rochester Amateur Radio Expo, and walked everyone through the information
contained on the RARExpo web site.
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