RARC Meeting Minutes – September 2008
The September meeting of the Rochester Amateur Radio Club was
called to order by President KariAnn Wiles, KCØWIP, at 7:10 p.m., September 9th, 2008. at the RCTC Campus.
There were 28 members present.
KariAnn began the round the room
The July 2008 meeting minutes were approved.
Treasurer's Report: Tuesday, September 9, 2008
||$5689.23 (note 1)
Transactions this period:
|IBM United Way
|College for Kids
|Meal for guest speaker
Notes: 1 - Includes repeater reserve fund, pending ARRL insurance payout
Membership status: 108 club members
Submitted by RARC Treasurer, Bob Hart, KCØGND.
Program – Stan AIØM
For this meeting's program, Robert KØRDA will present some information on the internet,
and Bob ABØBW will talk about the upcoming Rushford emergency drills.
The October program will consist of a Youth in Radio presentation. The RARExpo committee
will also provide an Expo summary, and Jerry Nau from College for Kids has volunteered to
bring refreshments to show his gratitude for the club's support of the College for Kids program.
The November program will be kit-build night. Please let Stan know if you are interested in this.
Technical committee – Rob KCØFOW
The 82 backup repeater is now on the air while the actual 82 repeater is being
repaired. The amp was bad. We suspect that the receiver is also bad. Both
were apparently damaged by lightning strikes.
The auto-patch is down while the 82 repeater is being repaired.
The 625 Echolink is off-line for now.
The 440 repeater is operational. Bob ABØBW has an IRLP node active on that
repeater. He had it connected to the Hurricane Net IRLP node after Hurricane Gustav.
Public Service – Steve WØSTV for John NØHZN
The Treadman Duathlon will be held September 27th. Greg KCØEEU is
coordinating the event. He is looking for volunteers to help.
There are no other public service events scheduled for the remainder of the year.
ARES – Bob ABØBW
David WØTMP is the new AEC.
Bob will be presenting his plan for the Rushford emergency drill during the meeting's program.
ARES badges expire the end of 2008. Bob will be bringing the ARES list to the
October meeting and will begin taking pictures for next year's badges. Please
be present at the October meeting to get your ARES badge picture taken.
We must recover the old ARES badges when the new ones are availble at the
end of 2008. Only the ARES badges issued for 2009 will be valid for ARES and
EOC activities next year.
ARES members are encouraged to get an ARES vest. If you need to obtain a vest
please contact Bob ABØBW.
EOC – Steve WØSTV
Steve went through all of the old equipment in the basement of the EOC, and
put most of it up for sale. The sales brought in $800 which the EOC said we
could use to buy things that we need to support the EOC such as more
equipment or radar software.
We will be using a weather radar program, as well as software that displays
our spotter's APRS positions on the radar. All SKYWARN spotters are strongly
encouraged to use APRS when out storm spotting. Our EOC personnel as well as
the NWS in La Crosse will be able to position us and keep tabs on us better if we
all use APRS.
The last SKYWARN net is being held Wednesday September 17th at 9:00 pm on the
255 repeater. This will be a multi-county net, and the NWS La Crosse will
There is money in the county EOC budget for a new dual band radio for the EM50.
We are planning to purchase a DStar capable dual band radio so we can
communicate on the DStar repeaters in the Twin Cities area if needed.
DX and Contests – Peter N8MHD and Dave KØVH reporting for Stew WØSHL
This coming weekend is Get Your Feet Wet Weekend. It's a slow CW contest for
new people to try.
Saturday-Sunday is the All VHF Contest. Use simplex, but not 146.52.
Education – Bill NØNUV
Nothing new to report at Schaeffer.
There have been equipment donations made to the school stations including
an amp and a tower.
RARExpo – Stan AIØM
The Expo committee is planning a debriefing session for the club during the October
Some people are already talking about the possibilty of doing the Expo again
in 2009. This time it would be different. We would have to rethink the
flea market part of the Expo.
Comments from various club members were that most people went for the
conferences, the information tables were valueable, and the commercial vendors
The financials are not complete, however, it does appear that we
made money on the Expo.
We all learned a lot from the Expo experience. More information will be
discussed at the October club meeting.
As a result of a vote at the July club meeting, the Education Committee will finalize all expenses
related to education and get those covered by the end of the calendar year. That gives the Education Committee
adequate time to review all education related expenses, and for the club to vote on them before the end of the year.
There is no longer any work being done on updating the club bylaws. The bylaws
Steve WØSTV said that we need a generator for the 82 repeater. The other
repeaters in town have backup power. The 82 repeater only has battery backup.
A generator should be purchased as club equipment. It should be stored with the
other club equipment. In the event that the 82 repeater loses power the battery
will keep it going while someone transports the generator to the repeater site
and installs it. The generator could also be used for emergencies, Field Day,
and other events.
The Technical Committee will look at the options that are available. Some
recommendations were made that they look at the QST article on generators
from a couple of months ago. Also, we should not need to spend a lot of money
on a generator, but we should pursue getting one that has an inverter.
Robert KØRDA requested that the club look into purchasing some Byonics Micro-Trak
All In One APRS portable tracker units that could be loaned out to people for events or
for SKYWARN storm spotting. The Micro-Trak All In One unit is based on the TinyTrak3,
and sells for $250 assembled. More information is available at the link
Robert also talked about a very small GPS unit built just for the Kenwood D710
radio by Green Light Labs here in Rochester. More information is availble at the link
The business meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Daryl Mowrer, ACØID
The program had two presentors. The first was Robert KØRDA. Robert provided
a very informative introduction to the internet followed by more details on
how to go about setting up your own web site. Robert also demonstated the content
management system named Drupal which he used to build the RARExpo web site with.
Robert's presentation can be found at the link
RARC Internet Basics.
Bob ABØBW then presented his plan for the Rushford emergency drills which
are scheduled for Saturday October 4th. All ARES members are encouraged to
participate in the exercise. Bob is looking for volunteers to be team leads for HF, digital, and
VHF teams. He also would like others to volunteer to be a member of the team of your choosing.
Please contact Bob for more information or to volunteer.
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