Club Minutes

April 8, 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 Bob-N4CU.



The meeting was conducted by Club President, Bob-N4CU and there were 16 members present.


Secretary Report:

Cal-W4GMH stated the minutes were completed and ready for posting.  A motion was made to accept the minutes as written by Glenn-W4GAG.  The motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing votes.


Treasurer Report

The Treasurers Report was presented by Bob-KI4MEU.  A motion was made by Glenn-K4GAG to accept the report as read.  The motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing votes.


Repeater Report:

CAL-W4GMH reported the cans we sent out a month ago were back in place and working well.  Our D-Star is having problems.  We still have the strobe noise and research is being conducted on a way to quiet the noise.  Our D-Star antenna is sitting next to another VHF antenna that operates our 36 machine.  Mr. Potter reduced power to attempt to stop the bleed over.  This did not help.  There are other clubs that have the Honey-Well Strobe like ours that are experiencing the same noise.  There is more research that needs to be done to quiet the strobe noise and possibly change the distance between antennas.


Training Report:

Ron-KI5FR requested we place information on the reflector to inform Hams that several Elmer's have CW kits to purchase. So folks wishing to learn CW could build their own kits. These kits require soldering skills, which Bob-WA6VVA will teach these future CW folks how to solder. Soldering irons have been seen on the internet for about $12.00. Classes will be scheduled at a later date.


Website Report:

Phil-N6COP stated the clubs web site is working well. 



There was no one present to give the station report.


ARES Report:

Bob-N4CU states there is nothing new in the county to report.


Activities Report:

April 9th – 11th Scout Jam Function (Includes 3 PM foxhunt-need volunteers

April 17th Pace Tailgate

April 18th Soldering Class at 2PM

April 24th Assemble Pixie 2 QRP 40M transceivers

May 14th – 16th Dayton Hamfest

May 15th Armed Forces Day at Spanish Trail Park, Crestview

June 26th and 27th Field Day

July 23rd and 24th Milton Hamfest

October 16th and 17th Scout Jamboree on the Air


Old Business:

Bob-N4CU states work is continuing on the wireless link.  Phil-N6COP volunteered to climb the tower to install the antenna.


Cal-W4GMH has the draft copy of the Ham brochure.  He is doing some tweaking and will move to get it printed.


New Business:

E.Y. WB4CDR has decided to retire from being our registered agent.  Richard-KE4BFX has volunteered to step up and accept the responsibility as our club Agent.  A motion was made by Jerry-N8PXE to vote on Richard accepting the position.  This motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing votes.  Richard-KE4BFX is our new agent.

Jerry-N8PXE then made the club an offer to purchase the tower laying on the ground behind the club house for $50.00.  A motion was made by Richard-KE4BFX to accept the offer.  The motion was seconded and approved by a unanimous show of hand with no opposing votes.  Motion carried to sell the tower for $50.00.

The Club Station can once again be open on Sunday afternoons to allow new Ham’s the opportunity to work a real radio and also get some training from the Elmer who is supervising.  The club needs experienced ham’s to step up and help educate the newer members.

We have two towers that are still standing that were donated to NOARC.  We need interested customers to view the towers, take them down and the remove them.  The proceeds will be turned into the treasury.  These two towers are located at the Crestview College Campus and at the Defuniak Springs Campus.  Viewers and buyers are welcome to view and decide.  If interested, please contact Cal-W4GMH at the radio station.


General Discussion:

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Glenn-W4GAG.  The motion was seconded and unanimously accepted by a show of hands with no opposing votes.  Meeting adjourned.  


Submitted by Mike-KJ4FNA, Secretary.  


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