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CIARC Meeting Minutes - September 2012 [an error occurred while processing this directive]
Meeting Minutes - September 2012
Attendance

Attending Members:


AD7IW Tim Bailey
KF7JPJ Bob Renn
N7IBC Larry Stokes
W7CIA Ray Montagne
KE7TQV Peter Lakomski
KB7BVS Philip Good
W7HXU Leonard Crogh

Agenda Items
  1. Membership Report.
    • There are no new members since last month's meeting.
    • Number of members in good standing: 13
  2. Treasurer's Report.
    • There have been no debits or credits over the past month.
  3. Search And Rescue (SAR) report
    • Larry Stokes (N7IBC) and Ray Montagne (W7CIA) presented information on Amateur Radio capbilities, as well as CIARC communications infrastructure. This generated some interest with the SAR members in obtaining Amateur Radio licenses. Larry also presented that the wide-band VHF radios, currently in use by Valley County and mandated to be replaced with Narrow Band radios by December 31, 2012, could be re-programmed to Amateur Radio VHF frequencies for SAR use. Larry was asked to return at a future date to provide a demonstration.
  4. Repeater Report.
    • 2m Brundage Eviction
      • Bob Renn (KF7JPJ) and Ray Montagne (W7CIA) removed the 2-meter repeater from Brundage Mountain on August 28, 2012.
    • 70cm Brundage Re-installation
      • Prior to travelling to Brundage Mountain, a new transistor was installed in the front end of the 70cm receiver and a SINAD check showed that the 70cm receiver achieved 0.34µV for -12 dB SINAD. This measurement is within the specification for the Repco Dimension repeater.
      • Bob and Ray re-installed the 70cm repeater at Brundage Mountain on August 28, 2012.
      • A stable SWR could not be achieved when the Club's 70cm antenna and feed-line were re-installed. This will need to be addressed before proper 70cm operation can be realized. It is recommended that the control operator turn off the 70cm repeater in the interim to prevent damage to the 70cm transmitter.
      • The back-up battery, which is cabled for the 2-meter cabinet using Anderson Power Pole connectors, was not re-attached to the 70cm repeater. This task needs a volunteer to complete.
      • Volunteers are needed to complete the task of resolving the high VSWR with the 70cm repeater at Brundage Mountain. Since the high VSWR may be damaging to the repeater final amplifier, it is recommended that the 70cm repeater be commanded OFF until the high VSWR can be resolved.
        • Leonard Crogh expressed interest in volunteering to travel to Brundage Mountain to address the high VSWR issue. Leonard requires information on the feedline and site access. A recommendation was forwarded that Tim Bailey (AD7IW), because of his familiarity with the site, accompany Leonard. Ray Montagne (W7CIA) will forward photos of the antenna to Leonard. Photos and access instructions were transmitted via e-mail on September 7, 2012.
    • 2m No Business - Can we be re-instated at No Business Mountain?
      • Larry Stokes (N7IBC) gave a presentation to the 911 Valley Communications Group regarding the state of the CIARC 2-meter repeater, including disclosing that the repeater had been completely re-built, using commercial grade radio equipment, and that the repeater now includes anti-intermodulation devices in the form of isolators. Initial agreement to move forward with a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) and relocation of the CIARC 2-meter repeater to Lookout Peak on No Business Mountain.
      • A draft MOU between Valley County and the CIARC has been prepared. This draft needs to be reviewed and amended by the CIARC membership prior to both parties signing the MOU. The draft has also been forwarded to Sheriff Bolen and and Chief-Deputy Coombs to afford them the opportunity to amend the MOU language prior to the September meeting.
        • The language of the draft MOU was unanimously approved by the CIARC membership.
        • The CIARC membership designated Ray Montagne (W7CIA) to act as agent in signing of the MOU.
        • Ray Montagne (W7CIA) has notified Sheriff Bolen and Chief-Deputy Coombs that the MOU is in final form and that signing of the MOU can occur at their convenience. A response from Captain Coombs was received on September 7th to acknowledge receipt of the MOU and to indicate that a response is pending review by their technician.
      • Modification of the No Business antenna mount, to acomodate installation of the 33cm antenna, will need to occur prior to repeater installation. A 19in. extension to the existing bracket will be needed to enable operation on a single coaxial feedline.
        • Ray Montagne (W7CIA) will provide dimensions to Bob Renn (KF7JPJ). The CIARC membership approved expenditures and to ’do what is necessary‘ for Bob to complete preparation of the antenna mount. This document was transmitted via e-mail on September 7, 2012.
      • Subject to approval of the CIARC membership, the following placard will be installed on the 2-meter cabinet:
        • No objections were raised to the language of the placard. Philip Good (KB7BVS) offered to laminate two placards. Ray Montagne (W7CIA) will re-format the placard to provide an adequate margin to enable fastening of the placard and will then forward a '.pdf' file to Philip. This document was transmitted via e-mail on September 7, 2012.

A Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) exists between Valley County and the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club (CIARC).

The MOU between Valley County and prohibits adjustment of the radio equipment contained within this cabinet by persons other than those authorized by CIARC and licensed under Title 47 CFR 97.

An excerpt from the MOU, which covers the maintenance of the radio equipment contained within this cabinet, follows:

Maintenance of Radio Equipment

The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club shall be solely responsible for the maintenance and adjustment of CIARC owned Amateur Service radio equipment, which is licensed under Title 47 CFR 97.

Licensees within other radio services, such as Land Mobile, which are not regulated under Title 47 CFR 97, will make no maintenance adjustment or modification to any CIARC owned Amateur Service radio equipment that is licensed under Title 47 CFR 97.

Should there be an urgent need to disable any CIARC owned Amateur Service transmitter, for the purpose of diagnosis or interference mitigation, the following processes are to be carried out:

  • Phone contact should be attempted to the CIARC President or Technical Chairman to request that a specific transmitter be disabled. Disabling a transmitter can be performed remotely via DTMF command.
  • If phone contact cannot be made, the battery back-up power system should be disconnected first, followed by disconnecting the A.C. main power cable to disable all transmitters. Should this method of disabling the transmitter be carried out, the CIARC President or Technical Chairman must be contacted so that a proper problem description, diagnosis and technical approval can be conducted towards restoring operation of the CIARC Amateur Service radio equipment.

Any request to disable a CIARC owned Amateur Service transmitter must be accompanied by:

  • A statement describing the problem or suspected problem with the CIARC owned Amateur Service radio equipment. This will help direct the CIARC in resolving root cause of the issue.
  • A time period indicating the duration of the requested transmitter shut-down.
  • An agreement to have CIARC technical staff meet with the No Business Mountain communications site technical staff, if warranted, to fully investigate the root cause of the issue and plan steps to remedy the issue in a manner agreeable to both CIARC and Valley County / No Business Mountain communications site technical staff.

Should the Valley County / No Business Mountain communications site technical staff require on-site assistance, CIARC will make technical staff available, provided staff is available and site access / travel is possible.

The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club shall make available to Valley County, a list of Control Operator and Technical contacts. The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club shall inform Valley County of any changes to the list of contacts.



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