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

Attending Members
AD7IW, Bailey, Tim KC7JLU, Forker, Brad KG7YUV, Lappin, Jeff KF7JPJ, Renn, Bob
W7CBS, Beckham, Bill KC7SRF, Forrey, Steve KG7GKQ, Mangum, Larry NG7O, Roberts, Darin
KG7OGQ, Beckham, Christian W7BWG, Gestrin, Brian K7HCS, Mayfield, Bill KG7UAD, Roff, Jeffrey
KC7JHX, Bracht, David KG7GKM, Good, Julie KE7HKY, Mayfield, Janet N7HQT, Shinn, Jeff
KG7WVX, Copperi, Brett KB7BVS, Good, Philip W7LCC, McQuade, David KE7FST, Sorensen, David
KG7GKL, Crogh, Anna N7BMH, Hamilton, Brian W7CIA, Montagne, Ray N7IBC, Stokes, Larry
W7HXU, Crogh, Lenard KG7GKN, Huston, Mike KB7BVR, Peterson, Kermit W7ELE, Wagner, Richard
KG7MFC, Didisse, Karin KG7GKO, Kallies, Dan KG7MGZ, Platt, Richard W6HTW, Welch, Hank
KG7WVY, Donley, Chuck KG7GKP, Kerby, Jeff KG7WWG, Putman, David KJ6NIM, Welch, Judy
K7KLE, Eimers, Kirk KE7TQV, Lakomski, Peter K6JMQ, Quinzio, John  

Agenda Items
  1. BUSINESS MEETING

    1. Welcome [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]

      Guests:

      • Cliff Steele (KA6QOR)
      • Joy Smith (N7MY)
      • John Earl (KL3UY)
    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 5 Families, 10 Individuals
      Individual 27
      Life 2
      Total 39

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


      Balance $2699.43
      Outstanding Debits $0.00
      Outstanding Deposits $30.00 (2X Dues)
      W5YI-VEC Testing Reimbursement Fund $211.12

      The February 20th Technician class license study session and W5YI-VE test session saw gross proceeds of $930. Of this, $434 was generated from testing fees of $14 per person, and $496 was generated from study session fees of $16 per person. Of the $434 generated from testing fees, one-half of the amount (i.e. $217, or $7 per person) is forwarded to the parent Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (W5YI-VEC), as required by FCC and VEC rules, and the remaining half ($217) is used to reimburse VE team costs (and cannot be used for any other purpose, according to FCC and VEC rules). The VE team was reimbursed $115.88 for costs associated with testing, leaving $101.12 to be deposited into the VE test reimbursement fund. Of the $496 collected from study session fees, the VE team was reimbursed $178.36 for costs associated with the study session, resulting in generating $317.64 for the general fund. A detailed accounting was provided by the VE Team, to the Treasurer and the Board of Directors shortly after completion of the February 20th study/test session.

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

      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 will be available at the April CIARC meeting to solicit volunteers to support this public service communications event.


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

      On February 20, four CIARC VEs traveled to Horseshoe Bend to support the KA7ERV Repeater Group (Boise County) in conducting a technician class study session, followed by a W5YI-VEC test session. This session saw 31 registrants, with 27 registrants passing the exam (an 87% passing rate). This session had three times as many registrants than our previous average attendance.

      CIARC wishes to congratulate the following new Technician class licensees:

      • JOHNATHAN ADAMS, KI7BTP
      • JAY BANGERER, KI7BTQ
      • VICKY BANGERER, KI7BTR
      • KATRINA BARBER, KI7BTS
      • RANDALL BARBER, KI7BTT
      • MASTON C BARRON, KI7BTU
      • RANDOLPH BATES, KI7BTV
      • DAYTON T BUTCHER, KI7BTW
      • ERICK COBB, KI7BTX
      • SHARRY COLES, KI7BTY
      • VICTOR COLES, KI7BTZ
      • BRIAN HECK, KI7BUA
      • KEVIN HECK, KI7BUB
      • RONALD HECK, KI7BUC
      • RONALD JENKINS, KI7BUD
      • EDWIN JONES, KI7BUE
      • RICHARD JONES, KI7BWF
      • LARRY LUTKE, KI7BUF
      • STEVEN RANSOM, KI7BUF
      • GARY RINDLISBACHER, KI7BUH
      • JOHN RINDLISBACHER, KI7BUI
      • MARSLEE ROBERTS, KI7BUJ
      • JIMMY SMITH, KI7BUK
      • KURT SUNDQUIST, KI7BUL
      • JOHN UPDEGRAFF, KI7BUM
      • RANDALL WHITING, KI7BUN
      • BRANDON WITHERS, KI7BUO

      Thank you to the following VE TEAM members for their support in making this session happen:

      • Dave McQuade, W7LCC
      • Ron Wilson, AD7DQ
      • Bob Glenn, N7BVX
      • Bill Beckham, W7CBS
      • Rob Blout, KA7ERV
      • Richard Wagner, W7ELE

      Remaining study and test sessions for the 2016 calendar year are shown below.


      REMAINING 2016 AMATEUR RADIO STUDY & EXAM SESSIONS
      SESSION DATE LOCATION NOTES
      7 Saturday, 2 April McCall Technician Class Exam ONLY
      8 Saturday, 6 August Cascade  
      9 Saturday, 5 Nov McCall  

      Individuals interested in attending a study / test session must pre-register by visiting the registration page by clicking here.

    6. Highway Cleanup Schedule [Richard Wagner - W7ELE]

      The next Highway Cleanup event will occur on May 21st.


      A sign-up sheet will be available at the April CIARC meeting to solicit volunteers to support the Highway Cleanup.


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

      If Larry is not available, known schedule information will be presented by a CIARC member.

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

      • 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. VCSAR is hosting a meet and greet on Friday at 5:00 PM.

      Volunteers with amateur radio licenses are always desired for VCSAR community service events. Please contact Larry Mangum (KG7GKQ) 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) . If you are not a CIARC member, please use the contact form to make an inquiry by clicking here.


    8. Valley County ARES [Larry Stokes - N7IBC]

      • Idaho ARES District 3 held an exercise on Monday, February 29th. The exercise had each county operating on their county 2-meter simplex frequency, with each county holding their own NET. Each county appointed an HF liaison station to relay NET check-in rosters to the District 3 HF net control station. The District 3 HF net control station then passed traffic back to the county HF liaison stations, using an ICS-213 form. The HF liaison station then passed the ICS-213 form traffic back to the VHF NET control station, where the traffic was then relayed back to the roster of stations that had checked into the VHF NET. Procedures were directed from Chapter 5 of the Idaho ARES Member Guidebook (available by clicking here).
      • This exercise is planned on being repeated again in April and May.
      • Similar exercises will be planned for Valley County ARES, with focus applied toward using the ICS-213 form.
      • Please keep June 25-26 available on your calendar for Field Day operations.

      Amateur Radio operators can join Idaho ARES by visiting the registation form found on the Idaho ARES web-site by clicking here. Registration in Idaho ARES is FREE.


      ARES related publications are available:

      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)

    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. CIARC NET [Floor Item: Richard Wagner - W7ELE]

      Richard Wagner (W7ELE) extends his apologies to the club, and to Brett Capperi (KG7WVX) for not coordinating with the NET control station for the March NET. Look for Richard to provide NET control services in April.

    11. VALLEY COUNTY FAILED COMMS [Floor Item: Dave Sorensen - KE7FST]

      Dave Sorensen (KE7FST) brought up that during December's power outage, it became clear that we need to have a Lost Communications procedure, to be used in the event that repeaters in our network become unavailable. Larry Stokes (N7IBC) and Ray Montagne (W7CIA) will work to get a Valley County ARES page posted on the CIARC web-site.

      In the event of lost communications, the following frequencies are advisable:

      • 147.53 SIMPLEX: VALLEY COUNTY ARES SIMPLEX
      • 146.620, +Offset, 100.0 Hz CTCSS: W7VOI Repeater on Snowbank Mt
      • 443.300, +Offset, 110.9 Hz CTCSS: K7ZZL Repeater on Snowbank Mt