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CIARC Agenda - June 2012
Meeting Agenda - June 7, 2012

Final planning for the McCall Trail Running Classic will occur at the June 7 CIARC meeting. The following amateur radio operators are on record as volunteering to provide radio communication services for this event and are requested to be present at the meeting:


Martin Tushkowski KE7KQE
Bob Renn KF7JPJ
Philip Good KB7BVS
Larry Stokes N7IBC
Kermit Peterson KB7BVS
Ray Montagne W7CIA

Agenda Overview
  1. Membership Report
  2. Treasurer's Report
  3. Rotating Net Control
  4. Repeater Report
    1. 2m Repeater Site Report
    2. 70cm Repeater
    3. 2m Repeater
    4. 70cm / 2m / 33cm Antenna Mounts
  5. McCall Trail Running Classic
    1. Course Review
    2. Staffing and Station Position Assignments
    3. R.F. Survey
  6. Web Page Report
  7. Constitutional Issues
A. Membership Report
  1. Welcome Guests
  2. Welcome New Members
  3. Number of members in good standing
  4. Number of renewals outstanding
B. Treasurer's Report
  1. Expenditures
  2. Income
  3. Balance Summary
C. Rotating Net Control
  1. Net control volunteers:

    June
    Date Net Control Operator Call Sign
    June 7 No Net - Club Meeting  
    June 14    
    June 21    
    June 28    

    July
    Date Net Control Operator Call Sign
    June 5 No Net - Club Meeting  
    June 12    
    June 19    
    June 26    

D. Repeater Report
  1. Martin Tushkowski (KE7KQE) has been in contact with the site owner for the No Business Mountain - Midway Peak repeater site. We will not have any access to this site until after August 21st. Further, we have no guarantee of a 2m repeater site at this time.
  2. The 70cm repeater has become extremely unreliable and seems to be degrading further. Although the transmitter signal has been observed to be at a consistent level, the transmit signal is significantly weaker than it was over the past year. The reliability has degraded to the point that the repeater should not be considered reliable for the July 14 McCall Trail Running Classic event that the club will be providing communications for. Options for addressing this issue on a temporary basis includes:
    1. Temporarily move the 2m repeater to the Mt. Brundage site while simultaneously removing the 70cm repeater for maintenance. Ray Montagne (W7CIA) has a Comet GP-15 (i.e. tri-band: 6m, 2m & 70cm) vertical that could be installed in place of the 70cm 4-bay dipole that is currently installed at the site. Approval of the site manager would be required. Other relevant data for this approval may include:
      1. Cabinet size: 46 in tall X 22 in wide X 15 in deep.
      2. Acoustic noise:
        1. The speakers will need to be disabled (radios set to minimum volume).
        2. The 2m repeater has 3 fans installed to improve reliability by maintaining cooling of the radio stack, power supply and 2m power amplifier.

      http://www.ciarc.org/img/Brundage2m50w.jpg
      (Click on image to see larger view)

      http://www.ciarc.org/img/Brundage2m50w.jpg
      (Click on image to see larger view)
      To see a comparison between the Mt. Brundage repeater site and the No Business Mountain - Midway Peak repeater site, click here.
    2. Note that a permanent move to Mt. Brundage would require frequency coordination.
    3. Larry Stokes (N7IBC) has a 70cm repeater, operating on 444.150 MHz with a + offset and 100.0 Hz CTCSS tone, that could be temporarily moved to the Mt. Brundage repeater site while the 70cm repeater is removed for maintenance. This option requires acquiring a suitable cabinet to mount the repeater radios, duplexer and controller.
    Note that for the purpose of fulfilling our obligation to provide communications for the McCall Trail Running Classic on July 14th, and knowing that not all operators are equipped to operate on 70cm, the 2m option may be the better choice to support the clubs interests and obligations.
  3. 2m repeater status report.
  4. Discuss Antenna Mounting requirements for both repeater sites.
    1. Two antennas will be installed, using a common feed-line, for the No Business - Midway Peak repeater site, consisting of:
      1. 2-Meter Omni-directional Vertical Repeater Antenna
      2. 33cm Omni-directional Vertical Link Antenna
      These two antennas should be attached to a mounting bracket that maintains both antennas at the same base height to accomodate the common feed-line. Further, the antennas should be separated by a half wavelength at the lower frequency in order to minimize influences on the antenna radiation pattern. The mount will need to be heavy duty to withstand a combined ice load and wind load. The horizontal spacing should be 39 inches minimum.

      Note that the 2-meter antenna is approximately 17 feet tall while the 33cm antenna is approximately 7 feet tall.

      The following is a photograph of the original No Business - Lookout Peak antenna mount:

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    2. Two antennas will be installed, using a common feed-line, for the Mt. Brundage repeater site, consisting of:
      1. 70cm Omni-directional Vertical Repeater Antenna
      2. 33cm Omni-directional Vertical Link Antenna
      These two antennas should be attached to a mounting bracket that maintains both antennas at the same base height to accomodate the common feed-line. Further, the antennas should be separated by a half wavelength at the lower frequency in order to minimize influences on the antenna radiation pattern. The mount will need to be heavy duty to withstand a combined ice load and wind load. The horizontal spacing should be 12 inches minimum.

      Note that the 70cm antenna is approximately 6 feet tall while the 33cm antenna is approximately 4 inches tall.

    We need a volunteer that can provide pipe for construction and welding services.

E. Public Service - McCall Trail Running Classic
  1. This event starts at 6:30AM. Stations need to be in place prior to the start of the event.
  2. Discuss Route & Station Locations (i.e. co-located with aid stations).
  3. Discuss Route Assignments for list of volunteers:

    Martin Tushkowski KE7KQE
    Bob Renn KF7JPJ
    Philip Good KB7BVS
    Larry Stokes N7IBC
    Kermit Peterson KB7BVS
    Ray Montagne W7CIA

    If your name is listed above, please plan on attending the June meeting.

  4. Course information for the McCall Trail Running Classic:

    McCall Trailrunning Classic 10 Mile Distance 20 Mile Distance 40 Mile Distance
    Start: Bear Basin Trailhead West Face Parking Lot 0 0 0
    Junction FR 451/ 452 / 844 2.57 2.57 2.57
    Junction FR 451 & Middle Sheep Trail 7.17 7.17 7.17
    Junction FR451 / Upper Sheep Trail / FR 456 NA 9.36, 10.88 9.36, 10.88
    Brundage Reservoir Dam NA NA 15.26, 32.77
    Grouse Campground (Goose Lake) NA NA 18.72, 29.32
    Granite Mountain Trailhead, Grazing Association Cabin NA NA 22.79
    Titus Parking Log, Goose Creek Falls Trailhead NA NA 36.78
    Road 452 / North End of Bear Basin
    (AKA Point Q by the Snowmobilers)
    10.3 16.45 NA
    Finish: Bear Basin Trailhead, West Face Parking Lot 10.9 20 40.9

    Where multiple distances appear on the same course, that checkpoint is used more than once on that course.

    Course details (NOTE: Aid stations in RED:

    1. 10 Mile Course:
      1. Begin at Bear Basin West Face Trailhead, take West Trail to The Hub junction and continue east on a jeep road to join Road 451.
      2. Go North on 451 to junction with Roads 452 and 844.
      3. Go Right on 844 and follow it until it becomes Payette Rim Trail.
      4. Follow PRT until it ends on Road 659.
      5. Follow 659 until it ends at the Junction with 451.
      6. Go Right on 451 for approximately .5 mile to the junction with the Sheep Trail. there will be a small Aid Station here with 1 folding table and volunteers serving water and simple energy food - this will be the only aid station on I.D.L. lands.
      7. Turn left on Lower Sheep Trail and descend 2.3 miles to Junction with Road 452.
      8. Go Right / West on Road 452 and follow it for about 1.2 miles to the jeep road access point into Bear Basin. This junction is known as Point Q by the snowmobilers. There will be an Aid Station here with a few volunteers and a table.
      9. Take the jeep road and stay Right at all junctions and finish at the West Face Lot.
    2. 20 Mile Course:
      1. Follow 10 Mile Course until you reach the Aid Station at the Junction of Roads 451 and the Sheep Trail.
      2. At the junction with the Sheep Trail GO RIGHT and follow the Upper Sheep Trail until it rejoins 451 under the Brundage Lookout.
      3. Go Left on 451 for 30 yards then Right on Road 456.
      4. Follow 456 to Brundage Lookout
      5. From Brundage Lookout, retrace the route back down 456 to 451. Runners will re-visit the aid station.
      6. Go South / RIGHT on 451 and follow it to Lower Sheep Trail Junction, revisiting the aid station here too.
      7. Go right on Lower Sheep Trail and descend to its end at Road 452.
      8. Go RIGHT on 452 and follow it for about 1.2 miles to a jeep road access point into Bear Basin. The junction is known as Point Q by the snowmobilers. There will be an Aid Station here with a few volunteers and a table.
      9. Runners take the jeep road into Bear Basen.
      10. Make a small loop on Rising Sun trail and Ditch Witch trail before rejoining the jeep road, staying right at all junctions, and finishing at the West Face Lot.
    3. 40 Mile Course:
      1. Follow the 20 Mile Course to Brundage Lookout.
      2. Descend to the Aid Station at the bottom of Road 456.
      3. Leave the 20 Mile Course heading North on Road 451. Go 1.2 miles to a faint hiking trail heading West and climbing to Brundage's North Summit.
      4. From the summit, continue West, descending on a cairned hiking trail and reaching Road 257 (Goose Lake Rd) after about 1 mile.
      5. Go North on Road 257 for 3 miles to Grouse Campground on Goose Lake and an Aid Station at the Six Mile Creek Trailhead (Trail #172).
      6. Runners head west on Trail #172, skirting the South End of Goose Lake, then turn North and climb a faint trail through open alpine country up the crest of the South Ridge of Granite Mountain to the Lookout.
      7. Descend Granite Mountain trail $165 heading east to Granite Mountain trailhead. There will be an Aid Station here with crew access and plenty of parking at the nearby corrals.
      8. Runners head south on an ATV road to the North End of Goose Lake, then follow a path along the entire West end of Goose Lake. This path joins Trail #172 at the South end of Goose Lake.
      9. Turn East / Left on trail #172 and return to Grouse Campground and the Aid Station there.
      10. Runners return to Road 257 and follow it back to Brundage Reservoir and its Aid Station.
      11. Runners then head South on the Goose Creek single-track trail for about 3 miles where they turn LEFT and cross the wooden bridge over Goose Creek.
      12. Climb 1.2 miles to the Titus Lot Aid Station and crew access point.
      13. From Titus Lot, cross Goose Lake Road and access a jeep road that runs parallel to Goose Lake Road on its East Side. Turn Right / South and descend this jeep road to join Road 452.
      14. Turn Left / South on Road 452 and follow it to a jeep road access point into Bear Basin. The junction is known as Point Q by the snowmobilers.
      15. Take the Jeep road from Point Q and stay Right at all junctions and finish at the West Face Lot.
  5. Aid Station Locations:

    Description Latitude Longitude Applicable Course
    Jct. FSR 451 & FSR 452 N44°56.948' W116°08.179' 10 / 20 / 40 Mile Course
    Grouse Campground N45°04.044' W116°10.079' 40 Mile Course
    Granite Trailhead N45°06.500' W116°10.453' 40 Mile Course
    Goose Creek Falls Trailhead - Titus Lot N44°59.924' W116°09.968' 40 Mile Course
  6. Course Map:

    http://www.ciarc.org/PublicService/McCallTrailRunningClassic/McCall_ClassicMap.jpg
    (Click on image to see larger view)

  7. Discuss performing an R.F. Survey along the route and between station locations (if the repeater does not cover all locations). A mobile extender may be employed if necessary (i.e. a simplex frequency on another band will be repeated into the repeater, providing simplex access to the repeater from that band. Note that multiple simplex stations may not hear each other but will be heard on the repeater. Using a mobile extender is dependent on operation of a directed net).
F. Web Page Report
  1. The web page has undergone a significant update with the goal of reducing the complexity of representing information and to provide new features.
    1. Categorized tabbed browsing.
    2. Calendar.
G. Constitutional Issues
  1. When generating the club web page and posting the constitution and by-laws, several issues, where we are not upholding the letter of the constitution or by-laws, were revealed:
    1. The constitution requires that an officer be a member for one full year prior to be elected to office (ref: Article III). This disqualifies Ray Montagne (W7CIA) from holding office.
    2. The constitution requires that Vice-President be elected and that position also serves on the Board of Directors. We have no Vice-President.
    3. The constitution requires a Secretary-Treasurer. This is a single office and not separate offices of Secretary and Treasurer.
    4. The constitution requires appointment of a Technical Committee with the responsibilities and duties of the Technical Committee described in the constitution.
    5. The constitution requires appointment of a Training Committee with the responsibilities and duties of the Training Committee described in the constitution.
    6. The by-laws indicate that the regular club meeting is held on the second Tuesday of each calendar month.
    7. The by-laws require that the vice-president organize the net on the 147.02 MHz repeater.
    8. The by-laws require that the Technical Committee keep inventory and report assets and asset value to the Board of Directors within two weeks following election.
    9. The by-laws indicate that an audit committee is to be appointed to audio the books each December.

    No record of constitutional or by-laws amendements could be found in the file of past meeting minutes. The club needs to consider amending the constitution and by-laws. This may include one or more of the following suggestions:

    1. Amend the constitution to remove the 1-year membership requirement for officers.
    2. Amend the constitution to separate the offices of Secretary and Treasurer, defining the responsibilities of each, rather than maintain an office of combined Secretary-Treasurer.
    3. Make a determination regarding the office of vice-president.
    4. Amend the by-laws to indicate the current meeting schedule (i.e. meet ins held on the first Thursday of the calendar month).
    5. Review whether the by-laws should retain a Technical Committee or fulfill this requirement.
    6. Review whether the by-laws should retain a Training Committee or fulfill this requirement.

    The constitution and by-laws are a short read and are available on the new web pages (see the About menu). If any of this is to be addressed, the constitution describes a specific procedure to be followed in carrying out the amendment process. The amendment must be proposed, in writing, and presented at a monthly meeting. The amendment cannot be voted on until the next monthly meeting at the earliest. Amendments to the constitution or by-laws require a two-thirds approval by a quorum consisting of 10% of the membership.