February 17, 2010
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Club President Bob-N4CU followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by Chayne-KI4WBN and the prayer by Richard-W4RLR.
The meeting was conducted by Club President, Bob-N4CU and there were 15 members present.
Minutes for the January 2010 meeting were posted on the W4AAZ.ORG website. A motion to accept minutes as posted was made by Glenn-W4GAG. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing.
Bob-N4CU presented the treasurers report. A motion was made to accept the report as read by Glenn-W4GAG and seconded. A show of hands indicated all in favor with no opposing votes.
Cal-W4GMH spoke about the cans in the repeater building. They have been sent out to be tuned and cleaned up. Jimmy Whitaker states the TX/RX cans are the best in the business. We should have the cans back in about a month.
Ron-KI5FR reported he held a successful class in January and that 8 members made Technician Class and 1 person made General Class. The satellite presentation is now on line at NOARC and everyone has the ability to train from it. Tech night on 25 February 2010, we will have a presentation by Ken-KG4SEZ and our own Richard- KE4BFX about their Camp Landing Training, “ Interoperability Field Test” transmitting under emergency conditions.
Phil-N6COP stated the clubs web site W4AAZ.ORG is working well. The Satellite Training for Beginners is now loaded and ready for use. There were some difficulties getting it loaded, but with some behind the scenes help it’s now up and running. D-Star information has been placed out there for all to use. Attached are websites strictly for D-Star as well as D-Star for dummies to use when programming your radios.
Cal-W4GMH reported that a work day needs to be scheduled to reconfigure our radio cabinet as well as re-design our operations. Once the weather stabilizes and warms up, we will schedule a date either on a Saturday or Sunday. Sun spots are up so communications with South Africa and other countries is on the rise. Come out on Sundays and use the equipment.
Bob-N4CU reported that Paul-KJ4G, our Northern Florida Section Manager organized the D-Star training the weekend of 6 February 2010. Paul works very hard for us and would appreciate that we register in the Constellation which is found under Florida Disaster.org, a Florida Division of Emergency Management. If you are activated for disaster deployment and want reimbursement for travel and lodging, you must be registered before activation because the Constellation is shut down during disasters therefore not allowing you to register. Registration after the fact will not get you paid. There are questions about the level of training required to work in the EOC during a Natural Disaster. You must have completed training from the Emergency Management Institute. The required courses are ICS-100, 200, 700 and 800 all dealing with Incident Command Structures from local level to National Response. The courses are located on line and there are exams that must be completed in order to obtain a completion certificate. The local EOC has to have copies of these certificates on file in order for you to volunteer your time in case there is a state audit. Randy McDaniel will lose his grant monies if he can’t prove you were trained.
February 25, 2010 Tech night-Program in the Interoperability Field Test by Richard-KE4BFX and Ken- KG4SEZ.
March 19-20, 2010 Playground Ham Fest, Ft Walton Beach Fl.
March 27, 2010 Crestview Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival
April 9-11, 2010 Scout Jam Function (Signaling merit badge)
Apr 10, 2010 Mobile Ham fest
Apr 10-11, 2010 Eglin AFB, 75th Anniversary Air Show
Apr 17, 2010 Pace tailgate Florida town Tailgater
May 1, 2010 Greenville, Al. Hamfest
May 15, 2010 Military Appreciation day Spanish Trails
May 14-16, 2010 Dayton Hamvention
May 22, 2010, Open House at Rangers Camp Rudder on Eglin AFB
June 5, 2010, Atlanta Hamfest
June 26-27, 2010 Field Day
July 23-24 Milton Hamfest
August 21-22, Huntsville Hamfest
October 16-17, 2010 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)
Ron-KI5FR and Bob-N4CU are setting up classes for CW with new Hams. Ron researched kits and placed an order for twelve kits to be mailed to him with the goal to receive them by tech night. Bob WA6VVA volunteered to supervise the new hams with their soldering techniques. A motion was made by Ron-KI5FR to purchase the initial twelve kits out of his pocket. The kit’s can be purchased from him later if so desired. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing votes. Six club members stated they would help with the training and building of these kits. They are Cal-W4GMH, Bob-WA6VVA, Richard-W4RLR, Ron-KI5FR, Bob-N4CU and Claud-KI4JDU.
Wireless link using the county Fibre circuts to the D-Star site can cost as much as $30,000. Much discussion was on how we could connect cheaper. In this month's current DStar magazine, there is an article about how a club in California connected to the internet cheaper. Bob-N4CU made a motion to purchase two 2.4 GHz bullets with no antennas on a budget of $300 which includes supplies and cables. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing votes. Phil-N6COP spoke about the new Red DVAP Dongle that was demonstrated during the D-Star training in Tallahassee. It does not perform as the Blue Dongle does. There are problems currently between the two. Be sure to do your research before purchasing a Dongle.
Bob-N4CU made a motion to close the meeting. The motion was seconded and unanimously accepted by a show of hands with no opposing votes. Meeting adjourned.
Submitted by Mike-KJ4FNA, Secretary.