Central Idaho Amateur
Radio Club
CIARC Meeting Minutes - April 2013
Meeting Minutes - April 2013

Attending Members:

W7HXU Lenard Crogh
W7CIA Ray Montagne
KB7BVR Kermit Peterson
KF7JPJ Bob Renn
N7IBC Larry Stokes

Agenda Items
  1. Membership Report.

    1. Number of memberships in good standing: 13 (2 of which are family memberships).

  2. Treasurer's Report.

    1. Current balance: $1266.43

    2. Outstanding expenditures: $0.00

    3. Outstanding deposits: $0.00

    Bob Renn (KF7JPJ) indicated that $150 in deposits were made in March and included annual dues and purchase of club radios by members.

  3. Bob Renn (KF7JPJ) would like to solicit volunteers to help man a table at the Idaho State Amateur Radio Convention to sell CIARC non-critical inventory. The Idaho convention is held on April 28th.

    Idaho State Convention Volunteers
    Call Sign First Last
    W7HXU Lenard Crogh

    1. ACTION: Prerequisite to reserving a table, Bob Renn (KF7JPJ), Ray Montagne (W7CIA) and Lenard Crogh (W7HXU) will create an detailed inventory (i.e. model number and serial number) to determine conversion capability and assess the value of each item.

      ACTION COMPLETED: Inventory completed on 6 April 2013 by Bob Renn (KF7JPJ), Larry Stokes (N7IBC) and Ray Montagne (W7CIA).

    2. The cost of reserving a table at the Idaho State Convention was determined to be $10. Setup can occur at 7:00AM with sales starting at 8:00AM. See Tailgate Sales and Registration for additional details and contact information.

  4. St. Luke's Hospital - McCall 2-meter equipment.

    1. The Red Cross has provided all St. Luke's Hospitals, including the McCall location, with an Icom IC-2820 transceiver. They have requested that amateur radio operators from CIARC stop by to show them how to use the radio.

    2. Larry Stokes (N7IBC) stopped by to look at the transceiver briefly. He indicated that the radio is in a case with a magnetic mount antenna. They have no licensed amateur radio operators on staff. Larry suggested that we provide amateur radio operator(s) to demonstrate the radio and that it might be good to coordinate the demonstration to coincide with the weekly Idaho ARES District 3 NET that is held on Monday nights.

    3. ACTION: Ray Montagne (W7CIA) to research costs for procuring a dual-band VHF/UHF antenna for installation at the hospital emergency communications room.

      ACTION COMPLETED: Ray Montagne (W7CIA) has created a table of viable antenna selections and provided a recommendation. The table is available in the May 2013 meeting agenda.

    4. ACTION: Schedule a demonstration of the radio for a Monday evening, when the Idaho District 3 ARES NET is active, with Terry (Hospital Maintenance).

    5. ACTION: Provide hospital with a list of amateur radio operators who can staff the station in an emergency. Note that Incident Command (IC) certifications should be obtained prior to an operator being put on a list. IC certification can be done on-line on the FEMA web page and requires approximately 3 hours per course. These are the same courses required for RACES and ARES. The order of courses should be:

      1. IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
      2. IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
      3. IS-800.B: National Response Framework, An Introduction
      4. IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  5. Repeater Report

    1. 2-Meter & 33cm at No Business Mt.

      1. With warmer temperatures, the 2-meter repeater performance seems to be back to nominal.

      2. We should still secure permission to raise the antenna a little higher on the tower before next year so that the same failure is not repeated.

      3. As soon as the snow clears, the lightning arrestor needs to be installed.

      4. 33cm receive performance remains degraded. As soon as the roads are clear, Ray Montagne (W7CIA) will travel to the hilltop to check for any antenna structural issues before any attempt is made to secure keys for a trip to the mountain top.

    2. 70cm at Brundage Mt.

      1. Larry Stokes (N7IBC) spoke with Rob McFadden (Brundage Mt. Maintenance) on the morning of April 2nd. Rob stated that he "has not even seen a ski patrol member, but to not worry about the repeater where it is. No one can get to the top, except on the lift at this point or on a snowcat. He said that "if" he sees a senior ski patrol member, he will ask what has happened. He said that usually they tell him what is going on up at the ski patrol hut, but nothing has been said at all. His opinion was, to just let it ride at this time, until we can get up there. He did not sound worried at all. He also re-iterated that he was unaware of exactly what the issue was about the repeater with them."

      2. The recommended action on this issue remains in a wait and see mode.

    3. Cold Springs Mt.

      1. Larry Stokes (N7IBC) spoke with Fred Carey (KF7QVB) and Fred reports good progress on procuring the site, with the likely location being in a state owned building. Both the 3-RARC and CIARC favor a VHF coordination due to the projected coverage footprint advantage over UHF. Both 3-RARC and CIARC favor obtaining a frequency coordination through Larry Smith (W7ZRQ). Repeater site access is pending snow melt.

  6. McCall Trail Running Classic (Saturday, July 13th).

    1. Ray Montagne (W7CIA) received an email from Jeremy Humphrey on April 2nd, regarding this year's McCall Trail Running Classic:

      1. This year's McCall Trailrunning Classic will be on Saturday, July 13 at Jug Mountain Ranch. Brandi and I would like to invite your communications team to participate in any way you are able. The event was seamless last year, largely due to your help. We would be happy to attend your meetings to discuss it further. I know your first Thursday meeting is coming up in a few days. I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Jeremy D. Humphrey

      2. With correspondence occurring just days before the April meeting, an email was sent to indicate that several of last years participants expressed interest in doing again and that we would contact Jeremy regarding getting on the May agenda.

      3. ACTION: Ray Montagne (W7CIA) will contact Jeremy Humphrey to invite he and Brandi to the May 2nd meeting. The MCTRC will be the major agenda item at the May 2nd meeting. A request for course information and aid station locations will be included in this correspondence.

        ACTION COMPLETED: Ray Montagne (W7CIA) sent an email to Jeremy Humphrey on 4 April 2013 as described immediately above.

      4. NEEDED: CIARC is looking for seven volunteer operators to staff this event. The absolute minimum staffing is 5 volunteer operators. Please contact Ray Montagne (W7CIA) to indicate your availability. Note that we may be able to come up with a few radios if required for staffing.