Central Idaho Amateur
Radio Club
CIARC Meeting Minutes - January 2016
Meeting Minutes - January 7, 2016

Attending Members
AD7IW, Bailey, Tim KC7SRF, Forrey, Steve KG7GKQ, Mangum, Larry KG7UAD, Roff, Jeffrey
W7CBS, Beckham, Bill W7BWG, Gestrin, Brian K7HCS, Mayfield, Bill N7HQT, Shinn, Jeff
KG7OGQ, Beckham, Christian KG7GKM, Good, Julie KE7HKY, Mayfield, Janet KE7FST, Sorensen, David
KC7JHX, Bracht, David KB7BVS, Good, Philip W7LCC, McQuade, David N7IBC, Stokes, Larry
KG7GKL, Crogh, Anna N7BMH, Hamilton, Brian W7CIA, Montagne, Ray W7ELE, Wagner, Richard
W7HXU, Crogh, Lenard KG7GKN, Huston, Mike KB7BVR, Peterson, Kermit W6HTW, Welch, Hank
KG7MFC, Didisse, Karin KG7GKO, Kallies, Dan KG7MGZ, Platt, Richard KJ6NIM, Welch, Judy
KG7WVY, Donley, Chuck KG7GKP, Kerby, Jeff KG7WWG, Putman, David  
K7KLE, Eimers, Kirk KE7TQV, Lakomski, Peter K6JMQ, Quinzio, John  
KC7JLU, Forker, Brad KG7YUV, Lappin, Jeff KF7JPJ, Renn, Bob  

Agenda Items

    1. Welcome [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]

      Welcome New Members & Guests.

    2. Membership Report. [Bob Renn - KF7JPJ]

      Associate 0
      Family 10
      Individual 22
      Life 2
      Total 37

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

      Balance $2130.67
      W5YI VE Team Portion $110.00
      Outstanding Debits $0.00
      Outstanding Deposits $0.00

      Members who have not submitted their dues for 2016 will be automatically removed from the roster on April 1st.

    4. Winter Repeater Performance [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]

      With winter conditions bringing snow levels up above the base of the antennas at the No Business repeater, the signal quality of both the 2-meter repeater and the 33cm link backbone can degrade severely. If you hear a weak signal attempting to break in to a conversation, or apparently interfering with a conversation, this can be caused by someone operating on one of the other repeaters, where link performance has degraded. It is possible that the station on the other repeater is hearing and trying to break in. It is equally possible that the station cannot hear your conversation and believes the repeater is free. In either of these cases, it is highly unlikely that any observed interference is malicious. When operators hear a very weak and noisy signal attempting to break in, they are advised to check the other repeaters, by changing frequencies, to see if they can hear the breaking station directly on the repeater that the breaking station is operating on.

      If you observe a weak and noisy signal, please use this procedure to determine if there is a breaking station, or a station that cannot hear you. Please do not make any over the air accusations about the situation as doing so may be inaccurate, and if a real malicious interference situation were to exist, such comments are viewed by the FCC as incitement and detrimental to obtaining any FCC action.

    5. St. Lukes Hospital [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]

      Recent county-wide power outages highlight the importance of having the St. Lukes MOU and antenna installation completed.

      Although St. Lukes had communicated verbally that they would like changes to the proposed MOU, no details of those changes have been received. Richard will be following up with St. Lukes toward completing the MOU and getting the antenna installed at their facility.

    6. Bad Weather / Storms & Amateur Radio [Larry Stokes - N7IBC]

      During the recent power outage, which resulted in Valley County wide notification to residents via the CODE RED system, with projections that power could be out for 24 to 48 hours. Adams County experienced similar conditions, with K7HCS reporting that power was out for 6-days at his location. All CIARC repeaters were off-line, while the phone system remained in service. Communications were available on the W7VOI 146.620 MHz repeater and the K7ZZL 443.300 MHz repeater.

      In the event of county wide emergencies, and in anticipation that ARES may experience an activation request, members are requested to:

      • Turn on your VHF/UHF radio and listen to one of the CIARC repeaters
      • Periodically check to see if the repeater is functioning (remember to identify your transmissions)
      • If the CIARC repeater that you are using is not functioning, and another CIARC repeater is functioning, switch to the functioning repeater.
      • If the CIARC repeaters are not functioning, switch to the W7VOI repeater that operates on 146.620 MHz. This may be a named memory channel on your radio, with the name of W7VOI6.
      • If the CIARC repeaters are not functioning, and the W7VOI 146.62 MHz repeater is not functioning, switch to the K7ZZL repeater that operates on 443.300 MHz. This may be a named memory channel on your radio, with the name of K7ZZL.
      • If none of the repeaters are functioning, switch to 147.530 MHz.

      Even if an ARES activation does not occur, you may be requested to report conditions in your location.

      In order to be better prepared to interact with Served Agencies, in the event of an ARES activation, it is recommended that you complete the FEMA on-line Introduction to Incident Command System ICS-100 course.

      There are four free FEMA courses available on-line. Upon completion, you'll receive a pdf certificate of completion. At minimum, the ICS-100 course is recommended. Each additional course builds upon information covered in a previous course, so it is recommended that you take the courses in the following order:

      The American Radio Relay League has several publications to provide training and field resources for emergency communications. These are:

      Introduction to Emergency Communication Course
      ARES Field Resources Manual
      Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook
      Storm Spotting and Amateur Radio
      ARES Manual (pdf)
      ARES Field Manual (pdf)

      Additional information on the National ARES program is available through the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) by clicking here.

      If you are not an Idaho ARES member, you can register on-line by clicking here. Idaho ARES registration is FREE. Once registered, you can log-in and update your member profile to indicate equipment capabilities and certifications. The profile information is important as it is used by ARES administrators to generate rosters and determine which Idaho ARES personnel are best suited to assist with any given event. If you do not fill out the member profile, you may not be included in any roster.

      Idaho ARES also provides a Member Guide. This document is updated regularly. You can down-load a copy by clicking here.

      Additional training on storm spotting is available through SKYWARN, a program run through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). You can access the SKYWARN web-site by clicking here. SkyWarn has a close relationship with ARES and has been activated in our ARES District to collect local weather data during significant weather events.

      We will be working to create exercises and training programs in support of ARES, and possibly, to obtain Skywarn certification.

      If you complete any of the FEMA ICS courses, please update your member profile to indicate your certifications.

      Valley County Code Red notifications go to all residential phone numbers. Notification to cell phone numbers, text-messaging or email requires on-line registration. Valley County residents who wish to receive notifications via cell-phone, text-message or email will need to register by clicking here.

    7. Winter Carnival [Larry Stokes - N7IBC]

      The McCall Winter Carnival Parade will be held on Saturday, January 30th. Volunteers should contact Larry Stokes by January 15th. Larry will be forwarding the list of volunteers to Dallas Palmer of the McCall Police Department.

      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).

    8. VCSAR Calendar [Larry Mangum - KG7GKQ]

      Upcoming Valley County Search And Rescue (VCSAR) events include:

      • January 16: Snowmobile Fun Run
      • January 30: McCall Winter Carnival
      • February 6: McCall Snowmobile Fun Run
      • February 27: Idaho Snowmobile Association
      • March 12: Disabled American Veterans Snowmobile Ride
      • March 11-13: Idaho State Search And Rescue (ISSAR) annual meeting, to be held at Trinity Pines in Cascade.

      Volunteers with amateur radio licenses are always desired for VCSAR community service events. Please contact Larry Mangum to volunteer.

      Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club members should log-in to their account and then visit this page to view contact information for Larry Mangum (KG7GKQ).

    9. Volunteer Examiner Team Meeting [Ray Montagne - W7CIA]

      A meeting of the Volunteer Examiner team will occur on January 12th, to be held at Richard Wagner's home at 7:00 PM. Of the utmost importance will be the topic of scheduling VE Examination sessions for 2016. Our current model of acquiring registrations until economic viability, and then setting an examination date, is not working as we are loosing a good number of registrants due to an inability to align their schedule. Fixing the dates will allow both registrants and Volunteer Examiners to accomodate the schedule.

      Also to be discussed in participation by Amateur Extra class Volunteer Examiners. When an examinee passes the Technician class license, we are to present the opportunity to test for a higher class license without imposing an additional test fee. If we do not have an adequate number of Amateur Extra class examiners on hand, the registrant cannot take this opportunity to upgrade at the initial testing, and wrongly has to pay a fee to do so at a later date.