April 10, 2014
This meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Bob, N4CU followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation by Bob, N4CU.
The meeting was conducted by President Bob, N4CU and there were 11 members in attendance and one member was attending using “Skype” and one guest for a total of 13.
March minutes were not posted on the W4AAZ.ORG website in time for members to review. Cal W4GMH read the March minutes from the web site. Bob, W5RE made a motion to accept the minutes with two corrections to call signs, 2nd Bob, W6VVA and approved by membership.
Mark, KA5NDH provided the treasurer’s report. Mark said the money the club earned from the Play Ground Amateur Radio Club (PARC) hamfest was deposited in the account. There were 21 paid members and said the old club officers were removed and new, club officers have been given access to the club bank account. Mark indicated that all bills were current but we have not been given the one month utility bill. Cal W4GMH, said he is still working with the fire chief to get a good estimate for a one month utility bill. No further action was taken on the utility bill. Steve, KJ4RWD made a motion to accept the treasures report, 2nd by Dave, WB4EWS and approved by the membership.
Steve, N4GXX made his report using SKYPE. Both the DSTARS and 360 machine were working, with no reported problems. Ron, KI5FR provided a report of the recent movement of repeaters on EGLIN AFB. The 2 meter, 440mhz, and APRS repeaters were relocated from a abandon tower to the roof of Eglin’s building 350. The 440mhz and APRS machine is working but the 2 meter repeater is still being worked. Ron asked for assistance and any financial contributions to offset the $600.00 spent for movement and replacement parts. You can contact Ron at KI5FR@ARRL.NET if you can help.
Richard, KE4BFX, said the club station is working but the Kenwood 940 and the 969 antenna turner are under repair. Bob, W6VVA has the 940 torn down on his work bench. There was a broken power switch and some leaky electrolytic capacitors to replace. The cost should be minimal for the parts. Ron asked Bob to also replace the headphone jack since it was intermittent. Bob has not gotten to the 969 yet.
Ron, K5FIR said he was in the process of contacting Steve Albin, Okaloosa Gas. Steve wants training on emergency radio operation procedures. Please contact Ron at email@example.com if you have any questions, concerns or comments about training.
Phil, N6COP , was not present but there were no known website issues.
Tony, AK4ZI was not present. Bob, N4CU, said he attended an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) meeting on 9 April. During the meeting a description of the facilities was given.
Cal, W4GMH said an ARRL sponsored rookie round-up contest was being held. Hams who have received their first license within the last three years are eligible to compete in the contest. This contest will be held on Sunday April 20th from 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC. Old timers (Elmer’s) are encouraged to communicate with the new Hams on the HF bands, of 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. To find contest activity, tune near these frequencies: Phone: 3.850, 7.225, 14.240, 21.325, and 28.400 MHz’s, CW: 3.550, 7.050, 14,050, 21.050, and 28.050 MHz’s, RTTY: 3.580, 7.080, 14.080, 21.080, and 28.080 MHz’s. Rookie stations are encouraged to identify themselves as a Rookie station by calling “CQ RR” on CW or RTTY and “CQ Rookie Roundup” on SSB. Complete details can be found on the ARRL web site under Rookie Roundup.
Cal reported signal processing software used in the search for the missing Malaysian Flight was developed by a German Ham. Bob, W6VVA, suggested NOARC host a Foxhunt. After much discussion it was felt that members should have a antenna building night. Bob, N4CU suggested building the Tape Measure antenna. Also needed is an attenuator. No action was taken on the Foxhunt.
Mike, KK4KRZ presented changes to the Club Bylaws. Each change was reviewed and voted on by the attending members. The results are presented in attachment 1 to these minutes.
There was much discussion on the pre-qualifications for “Trusted Positions” (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Activities Manager, Registered Agent, Custodian, Station Manager and Trustee) in NOARC. Steve, N4GXX requested there should be a process for pre-qualifications of trusted positions prior to election or assignment. There was no suggested pre-qualification process for inclusion in the latest review of the Bylaws. Pre-qualification issues discussed were 1. What kind of background checks, 2. Who would do the pre-qualification and 3. Should all club members be pre-qualified or only those running for a trusted position? Steve, N4GXX will provide suggested pre-qualification language for consideration of the membership. Other new business was not introduced since the Bylaw review extended the meeting to 08:50 p.m.
Motion to adjourn was made by Bob W6VVA, 2nd by Mike KJ4FNA, and carried unanimously with no opposing votes.
Submitted by Mike Martell, KK4KRZ