RARC Meeting Minutes – May 2008
The May meeting of the Rochester Amateur Radio Club was called to
order by Vice President Stan Cram, KDØBQ, at 7:00 p.m., May 13th,
2008. at the RCTC Campus.
Stan began the round-the-room introductions. Two people who passed the test
recently but had not yet received their licenses were present.
The April 2008 meeting minutes were approved
Treasurer's Report: Tuesday, May 13, 2008
|CD @ 2.75% (note
Transactions this period:
Notes: 1 - CD is repeater reserve funds
Membership status: 93 club members
Submitted by RARC Treasurer, Bob Hart, KCØGND.
Technical committee – Rob KCØFOW was absent
The new amplifier for the 146.82 repeater is online.
Education – Bill NØNUV
The school year is ending, so activity at Schaeffer Academy is winding down for the summer.
Contesting – Stew WØSHL
The Chinese Radiosport Association has requested that the frequencies 7.050,
7.060, and 14.270 be cleared for and emergency traffic regarding the recent
earthquake. If you interfere, you may receive a letter from the FCC.
Public Service – John NØHZN
The Stay Out of the Sun Run (May 16) has enough volunteers.
Eric, KFØS is heading the Med-City Marathon on May 25. He will need 15-16 people.
The Diabetes Bikeathon will take place June 7.
Steve WØSTV is heading the Rochesterfest Parade on June 27. Two additional
volunteers are needed, and any additional volunteers would be welcome to provide
back-up help. HTs are the only equipment necessary; headphones are recommended.
They will use the 146.625 repeater.
A leader is needed for the Rochesterfest Triathlon on June 29.
Clipboards were passed around to sign up for some of these events.
ARES – Bob ABØBW
Representatives of the ARES group went to the Winona Amateur Radio Club
meeting to get info on vertical bounce for communication between the
Rushford area and Rochester. The Winona club may be included in future
drills for emergency communication into Rushford.
ARES is working with Peter Cross to set up an emergency trailer.
EOC – Steve WØSTV
Mike Bromberg got a technician amateur radio licence.
Some additional equipment was installed at EOC
There will be a change in staffing, and they are looking for an additional staff member.
Members who ordered Skywarn signs for their vehicles may pick them up.
The EOC would like all storm spotters to provide their driver license number,
insurance policy number, and plate numbers for all vehicles used in storm
spotting. If you are a SKYWARN storm spotter, please get that information to
Steve as soon as possible.
Stan KDØBQ is writing a memorandum that will be sent via e-mail to
RCTC students regarding the Amateur Radio Expo
A document of understanding with Schaeffer Academy is still needed. Bill,
the chair of the Education committee, believes that Scott KØMD was responsible for that.
The following equipment was obtained for a ham radio station at Century high school:
Help is needed to transport the tower
Stew WØSHL asked if anyone had the ground wire trencher that belongs to
the late Curt Preuss. If you know where it is please contact Stew. Curt had
loaned out the trencher, and he requested that when returned, it be donated
to the club on his behalf.
proxy voting by the next club meeting.
Dave KØVH, head of the Field Day committee announced that Field Day
will take place at Pat NØADQ's farm. Pat is in charge of facilities,
and Scott KØMD is in charge of operating. A person to coordinate
food donations is needed; interested volunteers should contact Dave KØVH.
Dave is also in charge of public relations/publicity. Dave also suggested that
a dry run setup is needed to test for interference and get publicity before the
event takes place.
Pat NØADQ announced that the trailer has new tires, but it needs
bearings oiled and tuned. The other tower/trailer was damaged.
- Don KCØTST suggested that we contact Randy Brock, the weatherman at
KTTC to do some publicity tie-in with SkyWarn.
- Joel KDØAFF suggested that we put something together to show in
the movie theaters before the movies begin.
- Bobby KCØNXB suggested that we contact the Rochester Buyer's Guide and
Community News. This is a small paper that is mailed to all Rochester
residents weekly, and an article on the front page would get good notice.
Dave KØVH made further announcements relating to field day.
The station will be 4A or 5A, but we need to really have all of them running
24 hours a day. We will need filters to run these stations on the same band at
the same time. Multiband filters cost about $200. A single band filter costs $40,
and could be used for the digital station.
- Stew WØSHL made a motion to buy a single band filter.
- Peter N8MHD listed out the various stations and concluded that we could use a
single band filter for the digital station.
- Pat NØADQ warns that if you use a single band filter you can burn it out
by using it on the wrong band.
- Bob ABØBW offered to stay off the principal bands, which would remove the need the filter.
- Nevertheless, the club passed the motion to buy one single-band filter.
Joel KDØAFF reported that the police department offerred to loan a
trailer for Field Day use. The trailer is between 30 and 40 feet long.
Ham Radio Expo
John NØHZN announced that the expo committee will be printing and
mailing 5000 flyers to promote the expo. The flyers are 11 by 17 inches. The
club will meet some time to fold and label these flyers. Postage for the
flyers will cost $1000. The addresses they will be sent to were provided by
Steve Gerosh. They are actual entrants in raffles at other hamfests in the region.
Someone proposed that we instead e-mail the flyers to local ham radio clubs
and get them to print and distribute them.
- Pat NØADQ made a motion that the club supply John up to $1200 for postage
for flyers for the expo and a five-year membership to Steve Gerosh in thanks
for the list of names/addresses he provided.
- Dave KCØUCN amended the motion as follows:
The club will be reimbursed as soon as the expo has the money.
- The motion was passed as amended.
Bob ABØBW announced that the flyers will be printed on
KariAnn KCØWIP's commercial printer. She will need an ink cartridge
(for printer model HP-5si) and paper.
In a non-expo related announcement, John NØHZN said that we need to
replace the club's trailers. Possible the club could obtain a civil safety
donation to replace them.
Dave KCØUCN made a motion that the club provide up to $300 for
printing flyers with the understanding that the club will be reimbursed when
the club has the money.
The motion was passed.
Dave KØVH suggested that we get some more help from the Visitors
Bureau, since they said they would help with the Expo.
Stan KDØBQ informed the club that the online ticket form will be in
operation the following day, May 14.
John NØHZN said that other printing companies quote around $500 for
printing 5000 pieces, so the club is saving money.
The business meeting was adjourned at 7:57 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Bobby Ratliff, KCØNXB
The program was presented by Bob ABØBW. Bob talked about FDMDV, a new
HF digital mode that uses 1.1 kHz bandwidth.
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