May 14, 2009
The meeting started by a prayer by Bob-KI4MEU and the pledge
of allegiance led by Chayne-KI4WBN.
There were 15 members and two guests present. The meeting was conducted by Vice-President Cal-W4GMH. Club President N4CU-Bob is attending the ARRL hamvention in Dayton, Ohio.
Minutes for April 2009 have been posted on W4AAZ.ORG website.
Motion to accept the minutes as posted was made by Richard-KE4BFX
and seconded by Jerry-N8PXE. Motion approved by a show of hands, no
Bob-KI4MEU reported a previous balance of $1,107.24 with deposit of
$248.00. Current balance is $1,355.24. Motion to accept the treasurer's
report was made by Mike-KI4FNA and seconded by Lew-KA4KMP.
Motion approved by a show of hands, no opposing votes.
Cal-W4GMH reported that Whitaker Communications had paid a Marianna tower crew to do work on the repeater tower including installing the new dual band antenna on the tower for D-star, both for 2 meters & 440. Cal-W4GMH discussed having a D-star Net on Wednesday morning at 8:30am. Some adjustments were made to the NOARC 147.36 antenna that seem to have improved coverage to the south.
No report for last month.
Cal-W4GMH reported that Phil-N6COP advised the website is working
great, with plenty of room to expand.
Cal-W4GMH reported that the Kenwood HF radio is being checked by
Bob-WA6VVA. He asked for a volunteer to work on the Icom 2 meter SSB-FM transceiver. No one offered to take on that project.
Emergency Operation Center:
Cal-W4GMH reported an EOC SET exercise had been held on May 7, 2009 in Alabama but notification to Florida was poor. However, there were some participation by Panhandle hams.
Cal-W4GMH reported there will be some Foxhunts in the near future. Also the Club station was open on Sundays for the last several weeks.
Richard-KE4BFX reported on the Valparaiso park event. The Club had a 20 meter dipole and made 86 contacts on HF including working several Europe stations and the Marconi anniversary station at Rocky Point, NY.
Cal-W4GMH reported Field Day is June 27 & 28. He contacted Dan Henderson -N1ND, the Contest Director at ARRL about the class we would be using. It is acceptable to use the Class 2F, and getting bonus points for using 2-HF; 1-VHF & Gota station. Okaloosa County Emergency Director Randy McDaniel has designated the Dorcas Fire Station #42 as an alternate EOC to be used for communications and POD as needed. Mr. Henderson said this would qualify the Club using the existing tower and beams. Further discussion revealed that Walton County, Jackson County and Santa Rosa County clubs will be operating from their respective EOC's so we might be able to develop a friendly competition among these four panhandle clubs. Field Day chairman are; Ron-KI5FR for Gota and sattelite QSO's, Bob-KI4MEU for the rig using the tribander on 20-15-10 meters; Cal-W4GMH for HF on 75/80 and 40 meters and Chayne-KI4WBN for VHF on 6 meters and up. Richard-KE4BFX would be the Food Coordinator.
Doug-KI4YKK reported he is still working on the brochure for amateurs.
Bob-W5RE reported a Silent Key- Tom Madden-KG4CMZ of Mossy Head.
Cal-W4GMH reported he had typed a verbatim copy of the original 1984 Club Charter as issued by the Florida Secretary of State and sent the file to Phil-N6COP to place on the WWW.W4AAAZ.ORG website. Cal pointed out By-laws will need to be officially amended to reflect the members vote in Februrary, 2009 to increase dues from $12.00 to $20.00 annually for members and set a dues of $12.00 for associate members. Cal said he hoped this would encourage the many amateurs that use our repeaters to support their costs by becoming associate members. Cal said according to the corporate charter, the board of directors which is actually the four officers must meet, draft the amendment and then provide notice to the members in advance of the by-laws vote to be held at a future meeting.
There was round table discussion by the members and guests.
Motion to Adjourn and attend our regular ragchew at the highway 90 BK was offered by Mike-KI4FNA, seconded by Richard-KE4BFX. Unanimously approved by a standing vote.
Submitted by Glenn-K4GAG, Secretary.