October 10, 2013
This meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Club President Bob Walker, N4CU followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation given by Lew, KA4KMP.
The meeting was conducted by Club President Bob, N4CU. There were 18 members and 1 guest present.
September minutes were posted on the W4AAZ.ORG website. Richard, KE4BFX made a motion to accept the minutes as posted, seconded by Bob, N4CU and approved by membership.
None given and there was no discussion.
Steve, N4GXX said two weeks ago the repeater tower was struck by lightning causing the UPS (Uninterruptible Power Source) to cycle many times. During these power fluctuations the repeaters computer hard-drive crashed. Steve was able to replace the hard-drive and bring the 147.360 repeater back on line.
Richard KE4BFX said the station was active and would be used this weekend (September 12, 2013) for the Simulated Emergency Test (see ARES report).
Ron, KI5FR said there will be a Technician class on Saturday, October 26th at 9 a.m. in the Live Oak Baptist Church hall on Live Oak Church road. The class will last until 4 p.m. and is open to the public. There will be a Technician only test given on Saturday the 2nd of November at 9 a.m. in the Live Oak Baptist Church Hall. The Okaloosa Gas Company (OGC) has several Technician licenses holders and has asked the NOARC for assistance in using their radios in an emergency. Currently OGC uses cell phones as a means of communication. However, if cell phones go down OGC wants to be able to use amateur radio frequencies in an emergency. OGC has asked NOARC to provide training in communication with existing amateur emergency plans. NOARC will provide a training class on the 23rd of October at 11 a.m. OGC has several Yaesu VX7-R radios they utilize as well. This will be an ongoing training requirement provided by NOARC. Several club members asked about other services (Water department, etc) obtaining Technician licenses and getting training. There was a consensus that NOARC should provide emergency communication training to any local organization that has licensed amateurs. Any persons wanting to attend the Technician class, or help with training, please contact Ron at email@example.com.
Phil, N6COP, Webmaster, was not in attendance. However, the website is up and working.
Tony, AK4ZI said the Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be conducting a Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 12th at 9 a.m. Ron and Tony will be at the EOC and Steve, KJ4RWD will be at his home station simulating a shelter. Anyone wanting to participate in the SET please contact Tony, AK4ZI.
Cal, W4GMH said the club will be supporting several activities. Cal contacted several scouting organization and there was no interest in participating in the Saturday October 19th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). Boy Scouts of America is hosting a nationwide JOTA but local scouting organizations have other commitments and will not participate.
On Saturday the October 26th between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. there is a Fall Festival in Downtown Crestview. NORAC has been asked to provide communications. We will meet at the monument in the circle on Main Street at 12 p.m. Volunteers are Bob N4CU, Alex KC7MEX, Jim AJ4XK, and Cal W4GMH. We need a few more to support the Fall Festival so please provide support. Suggested meeting frequency is 146.52 (this may change).
On Saturday November 2nd NOARC has been asked to support the “RACE FOR LACE”. Volunteers are Alex KC7MEX, Cal W4GMH, and Bob N4CU. We need more operators for this event. Amateur operators are needed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will meet at Main Street and the railroad tracks. Starting frequency is 146.550.
On Monday November 11th is the Crestview Veterans Parade. Volunteers should meet at Main Street and the Rail road tracks at 9 a.m. Volunteers are Mike KK4KRZ, Ron KI5FR, Steve KJ4RWD, Alex KC7MEX, Mike KJ4FNA, Bob W5RE, and Cal W4GMH. The starting frequency is 146.555.
On Saturday December 7th is the Crestview Christmas Parade. NOARC has been asked to provide communication. This is the largest Parade in Crestview. Volunteers include Jim AJ4XK, Bob W5RE, Bob N4CU, Richard KE4BFX, Mike KJ4FNA, and Ron KI5FR. More radio operators are needed. Meet at Main Street and the railroad tracks at 4 p.m. The Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. and support is needed till 8 p.m. Starting frequency is 146.555 (this may change).
NOARC members take an active role in the running of this parade. As parade entrants begin they are assigned a number. This number must be affixed to the entrant and communicated to the judging stand along with a description of the entry. Keeping these in order is a challenge.
In addition it has been suggested that exiting entries proceed to side streets in an orderly fashion and not stop at end of parade to unload. Stopping at the parade end stops the entire parade. Keeping these entries moving to their designated side street will also require communicators, working with parade staff.
Mike, KJ4FNA made a motion to purchase an RT systems interface for club use at a cost of about $40.00. This was 2nd by Bob N4CU and approved by the membership. Alex, KC7MEX made a motion for the club to pay for flowers for Bernice Mock, WB4CDR who passed away. Bernice Mock’s husband was a founding member of NOARC. The motion was seconded by Cal W4GMH and approved by the membership.
There was a discussion on the purchase of club equipment. This discussion led to a replacement of backup power for the club repeater. Discussion considered battery backup, generator, and UPS. No decision was made by it was a suggested topic for Tech night or a separate committee.
Motion to adjourn was made by Richard KE4BFX, 2nd by Bob N4CU and carried unanimously to accept the motion with no opposing votes.
A Motion to adjourn was made by By Richard, KE4BFX and seconded by Bob, N4CU and carried unanimously to accept the motion with no opposing votes.
Submitted by Ron, KI5FR for Mike, KK4KRZ
Secretary’s comments (not addressed during the October meeting): In supporting the last veteran’s parade I found it helpful to keep a card with a list of radio operator’s names, call sign, and their location on the parade route. Also it was helpful knowing the command post operator and call sign and place this at the top of the card. This card can be created when the operators first assemble at the parade site. I will bring a sign-up sheet to this year’s Veterans parade and a number of cards and see if you find it helpful. It may also be useful to have a simple map of the parade route with operator locations and other designated areas of importance.