January 13, 2011
This meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by club President Bob N4CU followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation.
The meeting was conducted by Club President Bob N4CU. There were 20 members present.
Minutes from the December meeting were posted on the W4AAZ.org website. A motion to accept the minutes as posted was made by Richard KE4BFX. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing votes.
The treasurer report was presented by Bob KI4MEU. A motion to accept the report as read was made by Richard W4RLR. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing votes. Membership dues for 2011 is now being accepted.
The repeater report was presented by Steve N4GXX. The 36 machine is working however there are indications that there is water in the jumper. To correct this will require a climber to ascend the tower and replace the jumper then seal the line. While the climber is up the tower we need to attach the 1.2 GHz D-Star antenna for the county. Steve KE4VGB volunteered to complete this task. Two other club members stated they would like to train to climb the tower to relieve the demand on Steve. Safety harnesses will be required. Jerry N8PXE will try to borrow a “Safety Climb.” Safety is paramount. The date to climb is pending approval by Jim WAAZ.
There was no training report presented.
There was no website report presented.
The station report was presented by Steve W4RLR. The NOARC club is open every Sunday at 2 PM for those members that wish to use our station equipment. The usage of this benefit is poor. If there isn’t interest, the station will close until more interest is voiced. What an opportunity for those wishing to increase their ham knowledge or just rag chewing on equipment they don’t have.
The ARES report was presented by Bob N4CU. The PARK Club held a Tech Night at the new EOC building at the college. Several NOARC members were in attendance. Steve KB4OID conducted the walk through tour of the new facility. For those who did not attend, there will be another walk through on 27 January at 0700 for our next Tech Night.
A question arose about our current club site being designated as an alternate EOC. Steve N4GXX stated we are an alternate EOC for Field day as well as during emergencies. Dorcas Fire House #42 is still an active station and will be a fueling point as well as distribution point when deemed necessary. Richard W4RLR is currently working with Steve KB4OID putting the County Emergency Plan together that will clarify the Dorcas Fire House #42 function during disaster’s. There will be more information to follow.
Chayne KI4WBN announced the following activities for 2011 are as follows:
January 27, 2011 Tech Night, Tour of the new EOC
February 11-13, 2011 Orlando Hamcation
March 25-26, 2011 Ft Walton Hamfest
March 26, 2011 Crestview Blackwater, Bluegrass, & Barbeque Festival
May 20-22, 2011 Dayton Hamvention
June 25-26, 2011 Field Day
July 22-23, 2011 Milton Hamfest
October 1-2, 2011 SET
October 15-16, 2011 JOTA
Fox Hunt is still pending. Only a few members are ready and others are waiting on a tech night to build their offset oscillator attenuator. Kits can be purchased for about $20. If there is interest, we might have Chayne KI4WBN teach us how to build a tape measure beam. There will be more information to follow.
The next scheduled meeting on February 10, 2011 has been cancelled due to The Orlando Hamcation during this time which several members will attend.
Bob KI4MEU made a motion to pay the Dorcas Fire District $120 for the yearly use of their station to offset utility expenditures. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing votes.
Bob KI4MEU made a motion to buy a microphone for the Kenwood radio in our station. Someone attending the Orlando Hamcation could buy one and the club would reimburse. Estimated cost is between $100 to $150. Bob W5RE volunteered to accept this project. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing votes.
Bob N4CU made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands with no opposing votes.
Submitted by Mike KJ4FNA