Central Idaho Amateur
Radio Club
CIARC Meeting Minutes - August 2014
Meeting Minutes - August 2014

Attending Members
Call Sign First Last
AD7IW Tim Bailey
KG7GKK Bill Beckham
W7HXU Lenard Crogh
KG7MFC Karin Didisse
KB7BVS Philip Good
KG7GKN Mike Huston
KE7TQV Peter Lakomski
KG7GKQ Larry Mangum
W7LCC David McQuade
W7CIA Ray Montagne
KB7BVR Kermit Peterson
KG7MGZ Richard Platt
KG7MFG Shelley Platt
KF7JPJ Bob Renn
KG7GKS Richard Wagner

Attending Guests
Call Sign First Last
KG6NIM Judy Welch
W6HTW Hank Welch

Agenda Items
  1. Membership Report. [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]

    Family 8
    Individual 17
    Total 25

  2. Treasurer's Report. [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]

    Balance $1848.92
    Outstanding Debits $0.00
    Outstanding Deposits $0.00

  3. Silk Screened Hats & Shirts [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]

    The following club members have one or more items, which have been paid for, that can be picked up at the August meeting:

    • Dave McQuade [W7LCC]
    • Bill Beckham [KG7GKK]
    • Lenard Crogh [W7HXU]
    • Philip Good [KB7BVS]
    • Mike Huston [KG7GKN]
    • Kermit Peterson [KB7BVR]

    The hat color of several hats were changed due to the specified color not being available.

    Please send feedback to Bob Renn [KF7JPJ] if there is any problem with the items you ordered.

    Any member wishing to purchase club vests, caps or t-shirts with the club logo and your call sign are asked to contact Bob Renn [KF7JPJ].

    Tim Bailey (AD7IW) reports that some of his materials do not have his call sign silk screened correctly (i.e. AD71W where AD7IW should be screened).

  4. Review St. Luke's Hospital MOU Draft [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]

    Aside from review input provided by Tim Bailey [AD7IW], acting as a representative of Valley County ARES, no input has been provided regarding review of the proposed Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between CIARC, Valley County ARES and the McCall St. Lukes Hospital. The MOU draft has been available for review for the past two months, and is posted online at:


    Ray Montagne [W7CIA] proposes that the draft be accepted by the CIARC membership and then forwarded to Tim Wilcox of St. Lukes Hospital, McCall, for review and to collect any change requests from St. Lukes Hospital.

    Note that the Tram Dual-Band VHF/UHF antenna has been purchased for St. Lukes Hospital. Bob Renn [KF7JPJ] has handed off approximately 70 feet of LMR-400 coax to accompany the antenna. Both are available to be presented to St. Lukes Hospital. Larry Stokes [N7IBC] had previously recommended that the local press be engaged to witness a presentation of the antenna and coax to St. Lukes by the CIARC President, with representation of Valley County ARES.

    After reviewing the draft MOU in the meeting, a motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the draft MOU. The draft MOU will now be forwarded to Tim Wilcox to have St. Lukes Hospital McCall provide any request for changes and to propose that the MOU process move forward.

  5. The Thunder on the Snake jetboat race [Tim Rynearson - N7UBO]

    The following agenda item was submitted via the web site contact form. Tim Rynearson will not be present at the meeting. The content for this agenda item needs to be read aloud at the meeting.

    The Thunder on the Snake jetboat races in Lewiston is in need of Amateur Radio operators to provide life safety communications between safety boats and fire and law enforcement resources. There is also a need for operators that can provide cross-band operations because of the very rough terrain towards the upstream half of the race course (Hells Canyon).

    The dates for the event are the 23rd and 24th of August. For any that are wanting to get signed on, there is a Google spreadsheet that has been created just for that purpose at:

    Thunder On the Snake Sign Up

    There are many positions that have yet to be filled. This event creates a tremendous training opportunity for those that are interested in emergency communications because of the tactical net properties of this type of event. If anyone has questions or needs to contact me regarding the event, my email address is:


    So again, please spread the word so that there can be the seamless communications of the entire race course that is vital to the safety of everyone involved.

    Regards, Tim Rynearson, N7UBO Communications Director 2014 Thunder on the Snake.

  6. McCall Trail Running Classic Report [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]

    Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club expresses its thanks both participating members and guests for your support in providing public service communications to the McCall Trail Running Classic.

    This year's event saw the following accomplishments:

    • Provided a total of 9 volunteers to support four aid stations and the start / finish line.

    • Provided 95 hours, 21 minutes of man power of public service communications.

    • Handled a scheduled 914 separate pieces of scheduled traffic, conveying the status of each runner to race staff. Had all registrants participated, you were prepared to handle 1021 separate pieces of scheduled traffic.

    • Handled countless other pieces of unscheduled traffic to clarify or fill in data, assess the status of individual racers, and assess the condition of the race course.

    Participating operators were:

    • Jeff Kirby (KG7GKP)

    • Richard Wagner (KG7GKS)

    • Larry Mangum (KG7GKQ)

    • Peter Lakomski (KE7TQV)

    • Hank Welch (W6HTW)

    • Judy Welch (KJ6NIM)

    • Dan Kallies (KG7GKO)

    • Bob Renn (KF7JPJ)

    • Ray Montagne (W7CIA)

  7. Amateur Radio Class Announcement [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]

    The next Amateur Radio Licensing Class & Test Session is scheduled for September 27. Information and registration is available under the About menu on the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club web-site, or by clicking here for the announcement or here for registration.

  8. Presentation On Repeater Linking [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]

    A presentation was given on how the repeater linking back-bone operates, and how you, as a station operator, can best choose which repeater to use when accessing the repeater network.

  9. Highway Cleanup [Lenard Crogh - W7HXU, Philip Good - KB7BVS]

    Highway clean-up is scheduled for the 23rd of August, at 9:00 AM. The assigned section needs to cleaned twice per year. It isn't clear that is a calendar year, and it may be necessary to perform two sweeps before years end. Lenard pointed out that this will be easy since it will have been recently cleaned on the first sweep on the 23rd.

    Signatures are required when signing up. Philip would like to FAX the signatures in by this Friday. Please contact Philip ASAP if you are interested in participating.

  10. Training Class for New Amateur Radio Operators [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]

    There was not much response to a previous request for participants in a training class. Ray will be scheduling a training class in the near future. Email notification will be provided when a date and venue have been determined.