RARC Meeting Minutes – November 2008
The November meeting of the Rochester Amateur Radio Club was
called to order by President KariAnn Wiles, KCØWIP, at 7:05 p.m., November 11th, 2008. at the RCTC Campus.
There were 26 members present and 1 vistor.
KariAnn began the round the room
introductions. During introductions, it was announced that VE Testing will be
held in December and the club should be offering a class next spring.
Amateur Radio Club
Treasurer's Report: Tuesday,
November 11, 2008
|Savings: (note 1)
|Total: (note 2)
Transactions this period:
|IBM United Way:
1 - Includes repeater reserve fund, pending ARRL insurance payout
2 - Does not include undeposited $665.48 USPS rebate check for Expo
Membership status: 111 club
2009 Club dues are now being accepted.
The October 2008 meeting minutes were approved.
Tonight's Program – Stan AIØM
Tonight was going to be a kit build night, however no one responded
Stan AIØM is doing a presentation on HF amps and proper tuning
Robert KØRDA is doing a presentation on digital modes and APRS on the cheap/free
An idea has been raised for a mid-month kit build night, possibly a TinyTracker night?
Technical committee – Rob KCØFOW
The 82 repeater was running on the backup repeater
The backup was originally replaced because of issues
While the backup repeater was working, those old problems have returned so 82
is currently off the air (it may be up at some times, but use with caution as it
may go offline without notice)
The committee hopes to hear back on current 82 repeater repairs as early as tomorrow
DX and Contests – Dave KØVH
Sweepstakes sideband was this weekend, was a mid afternoon Saturday through Sunday event
End of November is the CQWW CW contest
10 meter and 160 meter contests coming up in December
If you have worked all 80 sections, you can get a mug and broom for "clean sweep" - one time only thing
Education – No one present
ARES – Bob ABØBW
New ARES membership list is available for review
Pictures will be taken for new badges
Simplex frequency lists are available on the web site
Emergency Communication vest orders will be taken - See Bob ABØBW or John NØHZN to order
EOC – Steve WØSTV
Mass inoculation took place at RCTC two weeks ago
They tested the link to the Preston/Fillmore EOC and 800 MHz backbone
Fillmore EOC can reach the Olmsted EOC on the 255 repeater
A Red Cross shelter drill took place this past Saturday - Opened EOC and Red
Cross building - link operational between all three locations - 2 people at the
Olmsted EOC, 2 people at the RC, 3 people at the shelter at the church.
Discussed several protocol related issues with regards to communications and
An Airport drill is in plan for 2009
EOC has portable ATV station on UHF ready to go, batteries, camera, and radio all packaged together.
The Wabasha group is putting together a program on their new ATV repeater
Public Service – John NØHZN
Frozen Goose run will be sometime in February
Diabetes Ride is planned for June 2nd
We are down to the point of purchase for a backup generator for the 82 repeater
per Steve WØSTV. Cost estimate is $350 plus shipping. There was discussion on
holding off until next year since there are not general funds available at this
time and the education funds are still allocated until the end of year. Based
on the July club motion, the educations are allocated until the end of the year.
Motion was made to pay for generator out of insurance check for power amp when
the money arrives from the insurance policy. The motion passes.
KariAnn KCØWIP announced the December meeting will be at O'Neill's Pizza Second
Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. A social hour, dinner, and elections will take place.
Dave KØVH announced a Field Day 2009 mailing group has been setup. If you want
to get involved, contact Dave.
Dave also announced the IBM Radio Club is having a Swap fest this Thursday at
6:30 in RCTC room EH244.
Finally, Dave made a plug for the 10 Meter net on Tuesdays 8:00 pm, except club
meetings, on 28.320. 10 meters is getting better as solar cycle 24 is getting
started and it is open to all Tech licensees.
Bob KCØGND did a RARExpo finance review. There was no loan for postage - only
money out was cash box seed money, which was returned and is accounted for in
the values below. The money is currently being held as seed money for next
John NØHZN announced that a group has started planning on RARExpo 2009, looking
for a single day event. RCTC should be good for next year's event. They want
to work with CVB again, but start working with them earlier and as a group as
opposed to a single point of contact. It would not be a Dakota Division
convention, but could be MN section event.
KariAnn KCØWIP presented the nominating committee and their recommendations for
Bill - KØRGR
Bill - NØNUV
Don - KCØTST
Dave - KØRPD
Peter - N8MHD
Nominating committee made the following recommendations:
|President:||Peter - N8MHD|
|VP:||Robert - KØRDA|
|VP:||Dave - WØTMP|
|Treasurer:||Bob - KCØGND|
Dave KØRPD was nominated for President but declined because of other commitments.
The business meeting was adjourned at 7:58 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Robert Andrews, KØRDA
The program tonight had two presenters. First Stan AIØM presented on HF amplifiers.
The presentation covered the various types of amplifiers: tube and solid state.
How to properly tune the amplifier based on the band, cable, and antenna. Maintenance
and upkeep costs were also discussed.
The second presenter was Robert KØRDA. Robert presented on how to work digital
modes and APRS for free. First was AGWPE, a free software based packet engine
that does the analog audio to digital conversion. With this, you can then run
the free UI-View 32 or WinAPRS. UI-View requires purchased maps while WinAPRS
can use free government provided TIGER maps. Finally, the free program MultiPSK
was presented. This program has its own packet engine built in and works several
digital modes, including APRS, RTTY, Oliva, and SS TV. None of these require
any hardware, just cable the speaker and microphone jack into the soundcard of the PC.
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