Central Idaho Amateur
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CIARC Meeting Minutes - April 2016
Meeting Minutes - April 2016
Attendance

Attending Members
AD7IW, Bailey, Tim K7KLE, Eimers, Kirk K7HCS, Mayfield, Bill KG7UAD, Roff, Jeffrey
W7CBS, Beckham, Bill KC7JLU, Forker, Brad W7LCC, McQuade, David N7HQT, Shinn, Jeff
KG7OGQ, Beckham, Christian W7BWG, Gestrin, Brian W7CIA, Montagne, Ray KE7FST, Sorensen, David
KC7JHX, Bracht, David N7BMH, Hamilton, Brian KB7BVR, Peterson, Kermit N7IBC, Stokes, Larry
KG7WVX, Copperi, Brett KG7GKN, Huston, Mike KG7MGZ, Platt, Richard W7ELE, Wagner, Richard
KG7GKL, Crogh, Anna KG7GKP, Kerby, Jeff KG7WWG, Putman, David W6HTW, Welch, Hank
W7HXU, Crogh, Lenard KE7TQV, Lakomski, Peter K6JMQ, Quinzio, John KJ6NIM, Welch, Judy
KG7MFC, Didisse, Karin KG7YUV, Lappin, Jeff KF7JPJ, Renn, Bob  
KG7WVY, Donley, Chuck KG7GKQ, Mangum, Larry NG7O, Roberts, Darin  

Agenda Items
  1. BUSINESS MEETING

    1. Welcome [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]

      New Members:

      Guests:

      1. Brian Schrage (KD7TSN) [email address hidden for non-logged-in users]
      2. Robert Wagner (KI7DHJ) [email address hidden for non-logged-in users]
      3. Ben Wallin [email address hidden for non-logged-in users]
      4. Alec Wallin [email address hidden for non-logged-in users]
    2. Membership Report. [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]

      CIARC Members that have not forwarded their dues for the 2016 calendar year will automatically be removed from the roster at midnight on March 31st. Dues can be forwarded to the Treasurer, Bob Renn, by mailing a check to:

      CIARC
      C/O BOB RENN
      PO BOX 543
      DONNELLY, ID 83615-0543

      New member applicants, who have registered on the CIARC web-site, will not appear in the CIARC roster, and will not be granted member log-in access privileges to the CIARC web-site, until their dues payment has been received and recorded by the Treasurer.



      Family 3 (6)
      Individual 26
      Associate 0
      Life 2
      Total 34


      There are several individuals who have registered to join the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club on the web-site. The membership accounts for those individuals cannot be activated until a dues payment has been received by the treasurer.


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

      The Volunteer Examiner team conducted a study and exam session on Saturday, April 2. There were seven participants in the combined study and exam session, resulting in $210 in fees.

      One VE team member upgraded (test only), with the W5YI-VEC test fee of $7 paid from the study session fund. Our policy is to pay the W5YI-VEC test fee for VE team members as it is too our great advantage to have VE team members upgrade.

      A summary follows:


      Total Fees Collected $210.00
          Portion of Fees associated with Study Session $112.00
      Portion of Fees associated with Test Session $98.00
      Portion of Fees for W5YI-VEC Reimbursement $49.00 + $7.00 = $56.00
      Portion of Fees for VE Team Reimbursement $49.00
      Cost of Test Session Materials $46.66
      Remainder for Test Fund Deposit $2.34
      Cost of Study Session Materials $19.36 + $56.80 = $76.16
      Portion of Study Material Reimbursement to W7ELE $19.36
      Portion of Study Material Reimbursement to W7CIA $56.80
      Portion of Test Material Reimbursement to W7CIA $44.66
      Total Dispersement to W5YI-VEC (CHECK #392) $56.00
      Total Dispersement of reimbursement to W7ELE (CHECK #390) $19.36
      Total Dispersement of reimbursement to W7CIA (CHECK #393) $103.46
      Total Dispersement to Test Fund $2.34
      Total Dispersement to General Fund $28.84

      A detailed accounting ledger has been provided to the CIARC Board.


      General Fund Balance $2561.15
      W5YI VE Team Balance $213.46
      Combined Balance $2775.61
      Outstanding Debits $0
      Outstanding Deposits $0

    4. McCall Trail Running Classic [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]


      EVENT DATE: 16 July 2016
      EVENT WEB SITE McCall Trail Running Classic

      The date for this year's McCall Trail Running Classic has been posted to the McCall Trail Running Classic Blog. This year's event will be held on Saturday, July 16th. Please mark your calendars. We would like to have approximately 10 volunteers to assist with this event. We typically staff a total of five locations (i.e. start/finish and four aid stations). Some locations are busier than others, and require multiple staff to support timely communications regarding race participant status. Each location will require a radio operator but supporting staff need not have an amateur radio license.


      A sign-up sheet was circulated at the April CIARC meeting to solicit volunteers to support this public service communications event. If you were unable to attend the meeting and want to participate in this event, please contact Richard Wagner (W7ELE).



      Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club members should log-in to their account and then visit this page to view contact information for Richard Wagner (W7ELE) . If you are not a CIARC member, please use the contact form to make an inquiry by clicking here.


    5. Four Summit Challenge Bicycle Race - July 30, 2016 [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]


      EVENT DATE: 30 July 2016
      EVENT WEB SITE 4-SUMMIT CHALLENGE

      The 4-Summit Challenge is an annual bicycle race, starting from Cascade and travels east and then north in the eastern section of Valley County. Larry Scarborough (KG7WWI) of Valley County Search And Rescue is requesting that CIARC become involved in this event, after experiencing how CIARC handles the McCall Trail Running Classic. Larry also indicates that if CIARC signs up to man an aid station for this event, CIARC would receive $300 for manning the aid station (NOTE: this is compensation for manning an aid station and is not compensation for providing communications, which, of course, Amateur Radio operators are precluded from pecuniary interest by FCC regulation for communications). Larry is a member of the 4-Summit Challenge committee, representing VCSAR.


      Four Summit Challenge Map

      A Google Earth kmz file, that includes the locations of aid stations, can be downloaded by clicking here.

      A quick tally of attending members showed 6-members interested in participating. A sign-up sheet will be circulated at a future meeting.

    6. Field Day [Jeff Lappin - KG7YUV]


      EVENT DATE: 25-26 JUNE 2016

      Field Day is a social event, emergency preparedness exercise and public relations event, and pseudo contest event, all rolled up into one activity. The event runs continuously over a 24 to 27 hour period (depending on when the station is set up).

      Field Day is also an excellent opportunity to gain High Frequency (HF) operating skills, and to build skills in traffic handling. The goals are to:

      • Set up a station in simulated emergency conditions (usually battery, solar or generator powered)
      • Work as many stations as possible during the operating period. Each contact is a structured traffic message that consists of passing:
        • Field Day Operating Class
        • American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Section (i.e. Idaho)
        The information received from the other stations must be recorded in a log.
      • Working stations involves avoiding working the same station multiple times. This is called duplicate checking, or DUP CHECK. This skill has direct application to contest operation.
      • Afte the close of operating hours, the station must be dismantled.

      Additional information on Field Day can be found by clicking here. The Field Day information packet can be downloaded by clicking here.

      Participation in Field Day requires coordinating equipment (i.e. radios, antennas, generators, etc.) and a roster of participants ahead of the event. Field Day can be one of the most fun events that is available and many clubs achieve high levels of participation. Please contact Jeff Lappin (KG7YUV) to express your interest in participating.


      Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club members should log-in to their account and then visit this page to view contact information for Jeff Lappin (KG7YUV) . If you are not a CIARC member, please use the contact form to make an inquiry by clicking here.


    7. W5YI-VE Testing [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]

      April 2, 2016 saw the VE team holding a study and exam session at the First Idaho Bank in McCall. The following individuals successfully passed their Technician Class license exam:

      • David Pfost - KI7DHH
      • John Platt - KI7DHI
      • Robert Wagner - KI7DHJ
      • Kayden Zimmerman - KI7DHK
      • Konner Zimmerman - KI7DHL
      • Kyan Zimmerman - KI7DHM

      The following individual successfully upgraded to Amateur Extra class:

      • Bob Glenn (N7BVX)

      Congratulations to all new licensees and upgrades! Please make these new operators welcome when you hear them on the air.

      Thank you to the following W5YI-VE Team Members who made this session possible:

      Dave McQuade (W7LCC), Ron Wilson (AD7DQ), Bob Glenn (N7BVX), Dave Bracht (KC7JHX), Bob Renn (KF7JPJ), Larry Stokes (N7IBC), Richard Wagner (W7ELE).


      The next study and exam session will be held on Saturday, August 6th, at the Valley County Emergency Operations Center in Cascade. Pre-registration can be performed on-line by clicking here.


    8. Highway Cleanup Schedule [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]

      The next Highway Cleanup event will occur on May 21st and occurs between mile markers 160 and 161. Approximately 8-people (4 on each side of the highway) are needed for this event.


      A sign-up sheet was circulated at the April CIARC meeting to solicit volunteers to support the Highway Cleanup. If you were unable to attend the meeting and want to participate in this event, please contact Richard Wagner (W7ELE).



      Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club members should log-in to their account and then visit this page to view contact information for Richard Wagner (W7ELE) . If you are not a CIARC member, please use the contact form to make an inquiry by clicking here.


      certificate
    9. Idaho Amateur Radio Convention

      The Idaho State Amateur Radio Convention will be held on April 22 through 24th. See the Idaho State Convention web-site for more information.

      Bob Renn (KF7JPJ) has volunteered to take surplus CIARC inventory to the convention to sell at the swap-meet (thank you Bob!). Bob would like any CIARC members that have excess equipment, parts, etc., to consider making a donation of stuff to CIARC so that Bob can try to generate funds to support CIARC communications infrastructure and activities.


      Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club members should log-in to their account and then visit this page to view contact information for Bob Renn (KF7JPJ) . If you are not a CIARC member, please use the contact form to make an inquiry by clicking here.


    10. Valley County Search And Rescue [Larry Mangum - KG7GKQ]

      There was nobody present to represent VCSAR this month.

    11. Valley County ARES [Larry Stokes - N7IBC]

      Larry was unable to attend the meeting. FEMA versions of the ICS-205 and ICS-213 forms were passed out to all present. A pdf booklet of all FEMA ICS forms, National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG), National Emergency Communications Plan and Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide (AUXFOG) can be downloaded by clicking here.

    12. Sky Warn Class [Larry Stokes - N7IBC]

      A SkyWarn class will be held at the Valley County Emergency Operations Center, located at 108 Spring Street in Cascade, on June 8th at 3:00 PM. This is a week-day event that is scheduled for Valley County First Responders, and we have also been invited to attend. The class will be customized for Valley County weather patterns.

      Please note that there have been previous Idaho ARES / SkyWarn activations with observations reported every 30 minutes over Amateur Radio.


      A sign-up sheet was circulated at the April CIARC meeting to sign up interested parties for the Sky Warn class. If you were unable to attend the meeting and want to participate in this event, please contact Richard Wagner (W7ELE).



      Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club members should log-in to their account and then visit this page to view contact information for Larry Stokes (N7IBC) . If you are not a CIARC member, please use the contact form to make an inquiry by clicking here.


    13. Optimist Club Fund Raiser [Kermit Peterson - KB7BVR]

      Kermit reports that the Optimist Club will be holding a fundraiser at the Idaho First Bank in McCall on April 12th. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with games beginning at 6:30 PM. The event has a Progressive Block-Out Bing game.


      Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club members should log-in to their account and then visit this page to view contact information for Kermit Peterson (KB7BVR) . If you are not a CIARC member, please use the contact form to make an inquiry by clicking here.


    14. Relay For Life [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]

      Richard spoke of this American Cancer Society event, which generates a large amount of revenue for Cancer Research. The Kick-Off Party for this event is on April 16th, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at the McCall Donnelly High School. The Relay For Life event will take place in October.


      Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club members should log-in to their account and then visit this page to view contact information for Richard Wagner (W7ELE) . If you are not a CIARC member, please use the contact form to make an inquiry by clicking here.