May 9, 2013
This meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Club Vice-President Jim Morrison, AJ4XK followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation.
The meeting was conducted by Club Vice-President Jim, AJ4XK. There were 13 members present.
April minutes were posted on the W4AAZ.ORG website. A motion was made to accept the minutes by Mike, KJ4FNA as posted. The motion was seconded by Richard, K6SSD and carried unanimously by a show of hands to accept the motion with no opposing votes.
The Treasurer was not present and no report was given.
Steve, N4GXX reported the repeater was functioning. Reports were received the repeater was only for official traffic. Steve, N4GXX and other club members agreed the repeater is for all amateurs to use. Just use common curtacy and good operating practices.
Richard, K6SSD reported the station is currently under renovation (see activities report). All station equipment is being stored at member’s homes until cabinets and fixtures are installed.
The first Tuesday in August, Ron, K5IFR will provide a briefing and demonstration of Ham Radio at the Crestview Public Library. Ron asked for volunteers at the briefing and at home stations to provide call in demonstrations. Several club members volunteered. Please contact Ron if you can help. Ron will be conducting a General class towards the end of the summer. Information about date, time and location of the General class will be provided at a later date. Steve, N4GXX said there was only one person at the last offered DStar class. Until there is more interest DStar classes have been suspended. Ron also said that Field day will provide a chance to expose club members and visitors to many forms of amateur radio communication.
Phil, N6COP was not in attendance but members observed the website is working with no reported problems.
Mike, KJ4FNA reported there will be a Hurricane exercise in Okaloosa County on May 21st starting at 8:00 a.m. Operators are needed to act as shelter communicators from their home station. Mike also said the National Hurricane Center predicts 19 storms, 9 major and 4 direct hits on land including one in the Gulf. Club members suggested if you have neighbors new to the area to check and make sure they know what to do in case of a hurricane. Mike said if you volunteer to work in the Emergency Operations Center those amateurs operators are not to leave the communication section and go into the command center unless invited to do so.
Cal, W4GMH described the work on the new station is nearly completed. Cal showed three wooden cabinets with working doors and a built in closet for power supplies, cables and storage. Cal also explained (using a diagram) how the 5 telephone poles could be modified for hanging various antennas.
Cal, W4GMH led the club members behind the Fire Station to inspect the five telephone poles lying on the ground and 2x6 treated lumber for cross arms. After inspection it was decided to use existing holes in the poles, threaded rod, nuts and washers to secure 2x6 cross arms to the top of the poles. Galvanized pulleys will be attached to both ends of the cross arms (and possibly a pulley in the middle) to raise and lower various antenna. Also it was suggested that poles located in the four corners of the lot have their cross arms at right angles from a direct line to the center pole (located in the middle of the rectangular lot). Using this configuration a loop antenna can be erected that will encircle the entire area.
As a special note: Cal, W4GMH asked for approval to spend up to $200.00 for the purchase of antenna hardware. A motion was made by Mike, KK4KRZ, 2nd by Cal W4GMH and approved by the membership to provide up to $200.00 for the purchase of needed hardware.
It was decided the cross arms and hardware will be installed on the 25th of May. Please contact Cal if you can help. Members were asked to bring drills, circular saw, hack saw, sockets, and wrenches on Saturday the 25th of May at 8:00 a.m. to the Fire Station to attach the cross arms and hardware to the five telephone poles. Once this is completed the poles can be erected.
Ron, K5IFR said the next Tech Night will be devoted to field day planning. Ron also asked for donation to buy T-shirts and hats as prizes for field day. Ron said he will need $400.00 and he believes he can raise $200 but asked that members help in raising the additional $200.00 dollars. Contact Ron if you can help with donations.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Steve, N4GXX. The motion was carried unanimously with no opposing votes at 7:50 p.m.
Submitted by Mike, KK4KRZ