Meeting Minutes - January 2014
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Membership Report. [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]
There are currently 22 members on the roster.
Treasurer's Report. [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]
Bob was not able to be present at this meeting and no treasurer’s report was available for January 2014 in time for publication of the meeting minutes. Dues from three members were received at the January meeting and these will be forwarded to Bob.
McCall Winter Carnival. [Larry Stokes - N7IBC]
Larry Stokes (N7IBC) reported that the Patrol Sergeant would like to have volunteer amateur radio operators assist with the McCall Winter Carnival. A show of hands resulted in 10 volunteers from members present at this meeting. Volunteers should meet at the McCall Legion Hall at 10:30 AM on January 25th, the day of the McCall Winter Carnival Mardi Gras Parade. Operations will be carried out on 2-meter simplex, using 147.410 MHz. The 70cm repeater on 442.500 MHz will be the back-up frequency.
Field Day is held on the 4th weekend of June. Many members are expressing interested in participating this year. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce new amateur radio operators to operating modes and bands that they may otherwise be unfamiliar with. Larry Stokes (N7IBC), Richard Wagner (KG7GKS) and Ray Montagne (W7CIA) have been discussing ideas for locations, with a focus on locations that will present a high probability of generating a large number of VHF / UHF contacts, as well as having HF capabilities. This will be a continuing topic of discussion at future meetings.
Club Antenna Project
Richard Wagner (KG7GKS) has been discussing antenna projects with Larry Stokes (N7IBC), and the idea of having a club project to build both VHF/UHF and HF antennas has grown from those discussions. The idea is to have the club finance a small number of antennas that could then be used for Field Day, Emergency Communications or even checked out by members for short term use. A specific proposal for antenna construction projects and projected cost are needed to bring this up as a motion for vote.
New Ham Class
Richard Wagner (KG7GKS) has brought up the need for mentoring classes for the new amateur radio operators. Richard Wagner (KG7GKS) and Ray Montagne (W7CIA) have been asked to form a syllabus for a series of classes to cover the physical operation of a radio, operational protocols and to introduce many other topics so that new amateur radio operators will be aware of other facets of amateur radio.
Richard Wagner (KG7GKS) and Ray Montagne (W7CIA) will meet on January 4th to generate the first outline for this class.
Ray Montagne (W7CIA) will send out an email survey to all new amateur radio operators to determine whether appending the class to a meeting date or holding the class on a weekend would be most beneficial to the majority of new amateur radio operators. Bill Beckham (KG7GKK) has graciously offered the use of his facility for the class (Thank you Bill!).