Central Idaho Amateur
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CIARC Meeting Minutes - June 2015
Meeting Minutes - June 2015
Attendance

Attending Members
AD7IW: Bailey, Tim K6JMQ: Quinzio, John K7HCS: Mayfield, Bill KB7BVR: Peterson, Kermit
KB7BVS: Good, Philip KC7JHX: Bracht, David KE7FST: Sorensen, David KE7HKY: Mayfield, Janet
KE7TQV: Lakomski, Peter KF7JPJ: Renn, Bob KG70GQ: Beckham, Christian KG7GKK: Beckham, Bill
KG7GKL: Crogh, Anna KG7GKN: Huston, Mike KG7GKO: Kallies, Dan KG7GKP: Kerby, Jeff
KG7GKQ: Mangum, Larry KG7GKS: Wagner, Richard KG7MFC: Didisse, Karin KG7MGZ: Platt, Richard
N7HQT: Shinn, Jeff N7IBC: Stokes, Larry W7CIA: Montagne, Ray W7HXU: Crogh, Lenard
W7LCC: McQuade, David      

Attending Guests
Call Sign Name
W6HTW Hank Welch
KJ6NIM Judy Welch
KG7SBW Dennis Stewart
  Sue Stewart
KG7UAB Brian Hamilton

Agenda Items
  1. Guests & Visitors - Richard Wagner [KG7GKS]

    Richard Wagner [KG7GKS] welcomed all guests. All attendees introduced themselves.

  2. Membership Report. [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]


    Family 8
    Individual 17
    Life 1
    Associate 0
    Total 26

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


    Balance $1866.42
    Outstanding Debits $0.00
    Outstanding Deposits $0.00

  4. Class & New Hams - Ray Montagne [W7CIA]

    A license study session & W5YI-VEC license testing session was held at the McCall Legion Hall on May 16th. Congratulations to new licensees:

    • Brian Hamilton [KG7UAB]
    • Ben McCammon [KG7UAC]
    • Jeffrey Roff [KG7UAD]

    Congratulations to amateur radio licensees that upgraded to the General class license:

    • Karin Didisse [KG7MFC]
    • David Schott [KG7MFH]

    This was our first session without the assistance of the BAEARS organization. Thank you to the W5YI-VE Team Members and non-VE members who assisted in making this possible:

    • Tim Bailey [AD7IW] - W5YI VE
    • Dan Kallies [KG7GKO] - W5YI VE
    • David McQuade [W7LCC] - W5YI VE
    • Bob Renn [KF7JPJ]
    • Larry Stokes [N7IBC] - W5YI VE
    • Richard Wagner [KG7GKS] - W5YI VE
    • Ray Montagne [W7CIA] - W5YI Contact VE

    For new amateur radio licensees who would like to have us hold a free class to introduce you to how to operate your radio, protocols, language and other topics, please contact Ray Montagne [W7CIA] to indicate your desire for a class and your availability.

    NET proceeds from the study session only results in a deposit of $56.14 into the CIARC general fund.


    By FCC regulation, and W5YI-VEC rules, test fees are limited to $14, of which $7 is forwarded to the W5YI-VEC to cover their cost, and $7 is retained to cover our VE team costs. The additional $16 charge for the study portion of the combined test and study session is used to cover costs of materials related to only the study session, with the remainder being deposited in the CIARC general fund.


    TOTAL FEES COLLECTED FOR COMBINED SESSION $210.00
    PORTION OF FEES FOR TESTING SESSION $98.00
    PORTION OF TEST FEES FORWARDED TO W5YI-VEC TEAM TEST SESSION COST REIMBURSEMENT -$49.00
    PORTION OF TEST FEES RETAINED FOR VE TEAM TEST SESSION COST REIMBURSEMENT -$49.00
    PORTION OF FEES FOR STUDY SESSION $112.00
    ACTUAL COST OF STUDY SESSION -$55.86
    NET FUNDS DEPOSITED TO CIARC GENERAL FUND FROM STUDY SESSION $56.14


    A detailed session accounting has been provided to the Board Of Directors. This document can be made available upon request to Ray Montagne [W7CIA], W5YI-VEC Contact Volunteer Examiner.


    Anyone wishing to sign-up for the next license study session and test session can do so now by visiting the class registration page that is found under the About menu on the CIARC.org web-site. When filling out the registration form, select the option to be notified of the next session as the next session has not been scheduled. Having a roster of 10 or more registrants will trigger scheduling of a session.

  5. Repeater Report - Ray Montagne [W7CIA]

    • No Business Mt

      • Kenwood TKR-750 repeater, donated by Brad Forker [KC7JLU] has been received.
      • A trip was made to No Business Mt on May 26th to perform a visual inspection of the 2m VHF and 33cm UHF antennas. The 2m VHF antenna appears to be in good condition while the 33cm UHF antenna appears to be loose.
      • Per the authorization granted at the May meeting, a receiver pre-amp was ordered from Down East Microwave on June 1st.
      • Maintenance tasks have been documented and a trip to the mountain to swap in the Kenwood TKR-750 repeater is imminent.
    • Brundage Mt

      • An email notification was received from Larry Smith [W7ZRQ] that indicated that the 2m VHF frequency coordination for Brundage Mt. is in the mail.
      • The duplexers and dual-port isolator have been tuned for the new frequency.
      • Pre-installation tasks have been documented and we're working to resolve all critical path issues toward installing the Yaesu DR-1X Fusion repeater at Brundage Mt.
      • There was some discussion on ordering a Telewave 2-bay folded dipole antenna. Telewave offers a 30% discount to amateur radio clubs. This antenna is built for the mountain top environment, and is a D.C. grounded antenna, which is a requirement for lightning protection. Detailed specifications and pricing were not available at the meeting, and no motion was made to purchase the antenna at this time. A purchase will not become critical until the end of summer (must be in place before winter). Detailed specifications and pricing will be made available at the July meeting for further discussion.
    • No Business Mt Kenwood TKR-750 Repeater Donation Thank You

      • A letter of gratitude has been drafted to send to Brad Forker [KC7JLU] for his kind donation. A donation receipt should accompany this letter. Once the Kenwood TKR-750 is installed, the web pages for the 2m No Business Repeater will be updated and will include an attribution to Brad Forker [KC7JLU] to acknowledge his generous donation.
      • A motion was made by Bob Renn [KF7JPJ] to grant a Lifetime Membership to Brad Forker [KC7JLU] in gratitude for his generous donation. This was approved unanimously by the membership.
  6. Brundage Mt MOU - Bill Beckham [KG7GKO]

    Bill reports that the MOU with Brundage Mt. has been signed by Brundage Mt representatives. Brundage Mt. asks that we abide by the Forest Service guidance with respect to access to the mountain. That guidance has not yet been provided but should not present a problem for us. Many thanks to Bill for driving this issue to a successful conclusion!

  7. McCall Trail Running Classic - Ray Montagne [W7CIA]

    The McCall Trail Running Classic, consisting of a 10-mile, 20-mile and 40-mile foot race through the back country east of McCall, will be held on July 18th. The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club provides public service communications for this event, communicating runner progress, and and any other communications that are critical to supporting the race. Last year's event saw approximately 1,000 individual pieces of traffic passed over the CIARC repeater network during the race event.

    The 2015 McCall Trail Running Classic Communications Plan has been completed and posted to the club web-site. The communications plan is available by selecting the MCTRC Comms Plan 2015 menu item, found under the Public Service menu.

    Changes relative to 2014 include the removal of one aid station at the Lick Creek Trailhead, and adding two new aid stations, including one at Louie Lake and one at Kennally, and this has had an impact on aid station numbering at all aid stations except Jug Meadows Saddle. As such, some aid station operator assignments have changed relative to 2014: The 2015 aid station assignments are as follows:


    MCCALL TRAIL RUNNING CLASSIC - STATION DESIGNATORS
    AID
    STATION
    LATITUDE LONGITUDE ACCESS POSITION FCC
    CALL SIGN
    NAME ARRIVAL
    TIME
    TACTICAL
    CALL SIGN
    LOCATION
    Start
    Finish
    44.83678°
    44° 50' 12.4074"
    44°50.2068'
    116.02317°
    116° 1'23.4114"
    116°1.3902'
    Car PRIMARY W7CIA Ray Montagne 05:30 AM Net
    Control
    Jug Mt. Ranch
    SECONDARY KF7JPJ Bob Renn 07:00 AM
    TERTIARY    
    1
    Jug
    Meadows
    Saddle
    44.85049°
    44° 51' 1.764"
    44° 51.0294"
    115.98747°
    115° 59' 14.892"
    115° 59.2482"
    UTV
    ATV
    PRIMARY KG7GKQ Larry Mangum 06:15 AM Aid 1 Jug Meadows Saddle
    SECONDARY KG7GKP Jeff Kerby
    TERTIARY    
    2
    Louie
    Lake
    44.85452°
    44° 51.2712'
    44° 51' 16"
    115.96600°
    115° 57.9600'
    115° 57' 58"
    UTV
    ATV
    PRIMARY KG7GKS Richard Wagner 08:00 AM Aid 2 Louie Lake
    SECONDARY    
    TERTIARY    
    3
    Boulder
    Lake
    Trailhead
    44.86920°
    44° 52' 9.1194"
    44° 52.152"
    115.97408°
    115° 58' 26.688"
    115° 58.4448"
    Car PRIMARY KG7GKK Bill Beckham 08:30 AM Aid 3 Boulder Lake Trailhead
    SECONDARY KG7OGQ Christian Beckham
    TERTIARY    
    4
    Shaw
    Twin
    44.89635°
    44° 53.8710'
    44° 53' 47"
    115.96724°
    115° 58.0344'
    115° 58' 02"
    Car PRIMARY KG7GKO Dan Kallies 09:00 AM Aid 4 Shaw Twin
    SECONDARY KE7FST David Sorensen
    TERTIARY    
    5
    Kennally
    Water
    Station
    44.86804°
    44° 52.0824'
    44° 52' 05"
    115.93036°
    115° 55.8216'
    115° 55' 49"
    Hike PRIMARY KG7MFC Karin Didisse 09:30 AM Aid 5 Kennally Water Station
    SECONDARY    
    TERTIARY    

    This is a very fun public service event. This event is a very good introduction into handling message traffic, and applies many of the protocols used in supporting emergency and disaster communications, making this an excellent EMCOMM training event. More volunteers are needed. Please sign up if you can help with this event.


    Jeremy and Brandi, the organizers of the McCall Trail Running Classic, will be present at the July CIARC meeting to answer any questions and address any concerns.


  8. Field Day - Richard Wagner [KG7GKS]

    The following operators and equipment have been volunteered to operate and/or provide equipment for use on Field Day:


    Field Day Volunteers
    # Name Call Sign Equipment
    1 Richard Wagner KG7GKS  
    1 Ray Montagne W7CIA All-band HF radio, with all-mode VHF/UHF capabilities, balanced terminated folded dipole and mast, table, shelter.
    2 David Sorensen KE7FST  
    3 Bob Renn KF7JPJ  
    4 Larry Stokes N7IBC (probable - schedule dependent)

  9. Balun Class - John Quinzio [K6JMQ]

    John Quinzio [K7JMQ] has expressed a desire to hold a class on constructing BALUN devices. These are a common component of HF stations, and convert between an unbalanced coaxial feed-line and a balanced antenna (such as a dipole). A venue has not been determined, but this may be held at John's QTH in New Meadows. John will have components to build approximately 12 BALUNs.






    The following individuals have signed up for this class. John Quinzio [K7JMQ] will be in touch with you to convey further information.


    Balun Class Sign-Up
    # Name Call Sign
    1 Bill Mayfield K7HCS
    2 David Sorensen KE7FST
    3 Mike Huston KG7GKN
    4 Dan Kallies KG7GKO
    5 Larry Mangum KG7GKQ
    6 Richard Wagner KG7GKS
    7 Karin Didisse KG7MFC
    8 Larry Stokes N7IBC
    9 David McQuade W7LCC
    10 Hank Welch W6HTW
    11 Brian Hamilton KG7UAB
    12 Bob Renn KF7JPJ


    AMENDED 5 JUNE 2015: All twelve spots for this class have now been registered.


  10. Highway Cleanup - Richard Wagner

    • The signs that attribute the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club have been installed.

    • The next Highway Cleanup event will be held on June 13. Richard Wagner [KG7GKS] has still to confirm with the highway department. Cleanup occurs between mile markers 159 and 160. Volunteers meet at the highway maintenance station. Since there will not be another CIARC meeting before this event, Richard Wagner will contact volunteers to confirm the event and indicate time and place of meeting.

      The following members have signed up to help with the Highway Cleanup event.


      Highway Cleanup Volunteers
      # Name Call Sign
      1 David Sorensen KE7FST
      2 Bob Renn KF7JPJ
      3 Larry Mangum KG7GKQ
      4 Karin Didisse KG7MFC
      5 Dan Kallies KG7GKO
      6 Kermit Petersen KB7BVR
      7 Richard Wagner KG7GKS

  11. Business Card - Karin Didisse [KG7MFC]

    Karin Didisse [KG7MFC] has generated some prototype club business cards. These can be left with people who were not aware that the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club exists, or posted to bulletin boards, etc. Karin will research the cost of printing.



  12. Peter Lakomski Thank You - Richard Wagner [KG7GKS]

    Peter and his wife, Angelika, are selling their summer home in McCall. Peter has donated his dual-band VHF/UHF antenna, his multi-band Off Center Fed (OCF) HF antenna, and feed-line to the club. The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club extends it's heartfelt thanks to Peter for his kind donation!

  13. July CIARC NET Control Operator - Richard Wagner [KG7GKS]

    Christian Beckham [KG7OGQ] has volunteered (or been volunteered) to act as the next NET Control Operator for the CIARC NET, which will occur on July 1st (one day before the July CIARC meeting on July 2).

  14. New Members - Bob Renn [KF7JPJ]

    After the meeting, Bob reported to the Secretary that the following individuals have joined the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club at the conclusion of the June meeting. Welcome to:

    • Hank Welch [W6HTW]

    • Judy Welch [KJ6NIM]

    • Dennis Stewart [KG7SBW]

    • Sue Stewart

    • Brian Hamilton [KG7UAB]

    This, and granting of a life membership to Brad Forker [KC7JLU], will bump the membership up to 32 members.


    NEW MEMBERS: If not already completed, please visit the CIARC.org web-site and fill out the Membership Application that is found under the Member menu. Once completed, CIARC staff will update your member record to enable you to log-in and access the member area of the web-site.