RARC Meeting Minutes – March 2008
The March meeting of the Rochester Amateur Radio Club was
called to order by President KariAnn Wiles, KCØWIP, at 7:02 p.m., March 11th, 2008. at the American
Red Cross. There were 40 members present.
KariAnn began the round the room
Stan KDØBQ announced that
the program would be provided by Scott KØMD and Jay Bellows KØQB.
Scott was there to present on his DXpedition in the Caribbean, and Jay Bellows
was there to talk about the RARExpo Dakota Division Convention and how he and the
ARRL can help.
Treasurer's Report: Tuesday, March 11, 2008
|CD @ 3.39% (note
Transactions this period:
Notes: 1 - CD is repeater reserve funds
IRS Form 990-N (e-Postcard) filed March 11, 2008
Membership status: 118 club members (66 paid for 2008)
Submitted by RARC Treasurer, Bob Hart, KCØGND.
RARC Secretary, Daryl ACØID,
presented the old and new business from the February 2008 meeting minutes.
- A suggention was made in regards to the upcoming SKYWARN training session being
held on March 19th. Someone recommended that the club should have a booth setup
to recruit potential new ham radio operators as we have had in years past.
Bill KØRGR said that someone will take care of putting up a display at
the spotter training session.
The February 2008 meeting minutes were approved.
Technical committee – Rob KCØFOW
- Repeater maintenance on the 82
repeater is planned for sometime in April.
- Planning to perform repeater
maintenance on the 625 repeater later in the year.
- The 440 UHF repeater will be
evaluated in the near future by Dave KCØUCN.
- John NØHZN has the
service monitor. Dave KCØUCN will recalibrate it.
- Rob KCØFOW will be taking
inventory of the club equipment stored at Pat NØADQ's farm.
- The Technical Committee needs to
evalute the tower trailers and determine if they are in good working
condition of if they might need to be salvaged or replaced.
- The generator needs to be tested
when the temperatures are consistently warmer.
- The Techincal Committee is planning
to perform some testing of APRS communications out of the Rushford area later
this year in conjunction with the ARES drills that are being planned.
ARES – Bob ABØBW
- Bob has more ARES badges to pass out. The
current badges are good through the end of 2008.
- The 2008 ARES NCS schedule will be posted
on the web site by the end of the week.
- We would like to do some drills
later this year to test our communications capabilities in the Rushford area. We
would like to see if we can use HF, possibly 80 meters, to communicate with
the Red Cross in Rochester from the Rushford area.
- We still need to come up with a solution
for communicating health and welfare reports during emergencies.
EOC – Steve WØSTV
- Jon Turk is taking over the
documentation responsibilities for the emergency preparedness plan for Rochester.
- Deputy Mike Bromberg has taken over
Jon Turk's position at the County EOC. Mike is also taking the Technician class
to become a ham radio operator.
Education – Bill NØNUV
- Schaeffer Academy station is coming
along good. Bill, Bobby KCØNXB, and a couple of other students have been
using the equipment at the school and have recently made a few contacts.
- Scott KØMD picked up the
borrowed radio from Schaeffer to return it to Pat NØADQ.
- No activity planned at the Schaeffer
school station this week since Bobby is up at the state capital being a page.
- Trying to get the Century school station
started. Several club members are meeting Friday March 14th at Century to assess the site there.
- Also have contacted the principal at
Lincoln at Mann choice school about joining our group.
- Scott KØMD reported that they are
trying to get a project going at Schaeffer where interested students can purchase
a kit radio. Niel WØVLZ has helped with ideas for that project.
- Scott also plans to do a parent/child
education program on how to get your ham radio license at Schaeffer later
this spring, perhaps in April.
- Bob KCØGND asked that we obtain
a document of understanding with Schaeffer, and any other schools that have
stations sponsored by RARC, and he will hold that document for the club.
Field Day – Dave KØVH
- KariAnn annoounced that Dave
KØVH would be taking the lead on the Field Day committee.
- Scott KØMD mentioned that
he and Pat NØADQ had already done a fair amount of planning for
the event, which they had planned to hold at Pat's farm again.
- Dave asked that club members
communicate ideas and comments to him before the April club meeting. The
sooner the better so that he can get plans in place.
- Dave will come back at the April
club meeting with a Field Day plan presentation, and the club will
vote on where it should be held this year.
RARExpo – Stan KDØBQ
- There has been a "walk through" with
the food service and a good menu has been planned.
- There are still concerns about
- Our biggest concern remaining is the
vendors. We currently have approximately 12 vendors committed, but would like
to have closer to twenty for the space we have.
- Dave KCØUCN is investigating the
possibilty of vendors getting a 3 day temporary tax permit for the expo. This
would help bring in more out of state vendors that are concerned about the
state sales tax requirements.
- If anyone has connections to any vendors,
please communciate the need to have them attend the RARExpo. If they can't
attend then ask them to donate prizes, or gift certificates for prizes. We
need more vendor involvement.
- Charlie WØTAX and Jay Bellows
are helping with the 501(c)(3) application.
DX and Contests – Stew WØSHL
- Just had the ARRL SSB DX contest.
- Currently have the 2008 Clipperton
DXpedition. They want 100000 contacts.
- Two weeks ago we had Goose
Island. The 15 operators running 8 hour shifts made 183686 contacts on
160 - 6 meters. That's a record for any DXpedition so far.
- St. Bart in the Caribbean is coming online shortly
- 10 meters is opening up nicely now.
- CQ Worldwide is the end of March
Public Service – John NØHZN
- Had the Frozen Goose Event February 2.
- The Med-City Marathon will be held May
25th. Eric KFØS is running it. It is the largest event the club does so Eric
is looking for lots of people to help.
- The following week is the Diabetes Tour de Cure.
- The Rochestefest Parade is held the day before Field Day.
Steve WØSTV is heading up that event.
- There is a new triathlon event for RochesterFest
this year too. More to come later.
- 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.
- More public service event information
will be on the event calendar soon.
- There is a group of club members
headed up by KCØGND currently reviewing and updating the club bylaws to
make them more current. Nothing is happening currently on that front. One
thing being considered is proxy voting for the annual club elections. The
bylaws should be updated before the end of the year.
- Bob ABØBW talked about
his interest in IRLP (Internet Radio Linking Project). It is only available
on Linux, and is radio to radio. Bob may be using the 440 repeater later this
year to experiment with it. He is also looking for funding for any
equipment that may be needed.
- Stan KDØBQ handed out
flyers containing information on the proposed new club meeting location at the RCTC
campus. Stan has booked two rooms for us to consider.
Both rooms are "smart rooms". Plenty of parking is available in the evenings. KariAnn proposed
that the club meet at the college for the April club meeting as a trial. The club
will then vote on whether we should continue to use the college location for club
meetings. VE exam sessions and classes will continue to be held at the Red Cross.
A motion to hold the April club meeting at the college was approved. Signs will
be posted at the college and at the Red Cross.
- SH210 - seats 108 people. Located on the 2nd floor near the elevator
- EH109 - seats 50 people. Located on the 1st floor near the door at the west lot
- Dave KCØUCN announced that his
store, The Spy Shop Direct located in the Soldier's Field Plaza, is now affiliated with Radio City. He offers a
wide variety of ham equipment and accessories and also provides ham equipment
service. Dave passed out flyers and business cards at the meeting as well.
The business meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Daryl Mowrer, ACØID
Jay Bellows (KØQB) talked about
the RARExpo and Dakota Division Convention and how he and the ARRL can help
us with that event. He thanked the club for taking on the challenge of holding
such a large convention, expo, and hamfest. He also offered suggestions for the
event, and offered to lend his services to help where ever he could.
Following Jay's presentation,
Scott KØMD gave a delightful presentation on his recent DXpedition in
the Caribbean. Scott's presentation, as always, was very interesting and informative,
as well as very fun to watch. What a wonderful break from our Minnesota winter that
must have been. Thank you Scott for sharing your experiences with us!
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