February 14, 2013
This meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Club President Bob, N4CU followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Cal, W4GMH and the invocation by Sharon, KJ4TPQ.
The meeting was conducted by Club President Bob, N4CU. There were 13 members present.
January minutes were posted on the W4AAZ.ORG website. Richard Russell, K6SSD made a motion to accept the minutes as posted. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing votes.
The Treasurer report was not available.
The repeater report was presented by Steve, N4GXX. The repeater is working with no reported problems.
The station report was presented by Bob, W6VVA. The station changes will include buried antenna and ground cables. An outdoor and indoor junction box will have removable connections so the antenna and radios can be isolated in two places. The inside junction box will allow any radio to be connected to any antenna. There was a discussion on grounding plans. It was suggested that the ground cable be laid in the same trench as the antenna cables. All antenna cables underground, will be enclosed in PVC pipe sloped to prevent any water collection (see activities report for more station improvements).
Ron, KI5FR reported he has about 15 students interested in taking the technician class. The class date is Saturday the 9th of March starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Dorcas Fire Station. Contact Ron, KI5FR for details. Ron also indicated there is a lot of Amateur radio interest in the Destin area. Ron suggested NOARC make contact with those in Destin area to encourage cooperation. Steve N4GXX, is holding DStar training on Saturday the 16th of February at 7:00 p.m. (Frequency is 444.95 Mhz).
Phil, N6COP was not available, therefore no report was given.
Jerry, N8PXE was not available, therefore no report given.
The activities report was presented by Cal, W4GMH. Cal showed diagrams of the new station proposed layout. Changes will involve moving a wall, building equipment enclosures and creating up to 6 operating positions. Cal asked that $250.00 be set aside to pay for materials. There was a discussion on the number of sheets of structural paneling needed but no action taken. Cal showed a junction box, several cooling fans, cables and other purchases he made at the Orlando Hamfest. Cal asked for volunteers to begin construction on the 23th and 30th of March. Contact Cal at email@example.com for more information. Cal said he is in contact with the owner of the adjacent property to the fire station and wants to get written permission prior to erecting the telephone poles for NOARC antennas.
Chicken Picken will be held at the Falling Rivers State Park, FL. Only cost is the park entrance fee. Chicken will be provided but bring condiments. There will be a “Big Toe” CW contest. You will be sending CW with your foot. Last year’s Big Toe contest was won by a NOARC club member.
15 and 16 March
The Fort Walton Beach Hamfest will be held at the Okaloosa County Fair Grounds.
(1) Triple B, Bar-B-Que from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. downtown Crestview.
(2) Boy Scout Jamboree will be held at the Okaloosa County Fair Grounds. NOARC is looking for volunteers to provide a communication demonstrations for the scouts.
(3) Walton Ham Tailgate will be held at the Farmers Market on 331 in De Funiak Springs, FL.
Earth day will be held in Crestview, FL. NOARC would like to set up an all solar powered station. Inquires will be made for the use of a solar powered van to set up the radio station. Volunteers are needed.
Bob, N4CU indicated the new proposed Club Vice President will be Jim, AJ4XK. Formal approval will be asked at the next NOARC meeting. Bob, N4CU provided brief comments of the FCC presentation at HAMCATION. Laura Smith, FCC enforcement officer said there are more and more violations in the Amateur bands. Most of these violations are common courtesy mistakes. Not checking the band before transmitting and not using call signs. Laura said there is less money in the FCC budget for enforcement. The FCC depends on official observers for their enforcement. Laura said she will back the official observers and will not tolerate any harassment. Laura also said any operators who harass the official observers will have a hold on their license.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Steve, N4GXX, seconded by Bob, W6VVA and carried unanimously to accept the motion with no opposing votes.
Submitted by Mike Martell, KK4KRZ