CORDOVA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING Minutes

Monday, January 17, 2017

CVFD Training Room – 7 p.m.

 

 

  I.  Program – Getting back on track with programming: a  DISCUSSION J

It was decided to plan for only a few months in advance:

 

February   Soldering Intro (Stephen) buy flux and PCV boards?

March   Soldering…build a FOX for Fox Hunt

 

ALSO part of this discussion was:

***Ralph would like to see a HAM comms portion in local Search and Rescue.

***Emergency Comms class?

***Should we inspect repeater coax?

***Weekend trip to mountain?? In Jan./Feb.

 

  II.  Call to Order  

Meeting called to order @ 7:09 PM

 

  III.  Roll Call

Present were: KL4DL Stephen Phillips, KL2XZ Dick Groff, KL4DN Katherine Mead, KL1AL Ralph Bullis, KL2XN Joanie Behrends, KL2XM Bob Behrends, KL4AF Bryan Mills, KL4DM Rheo Reroma, KL4HF James Thorne, and KL4FE Mark Meredith.

 

  IV.  The Reading of our Purpose

Joanie read the Purpose.

 

  V.  Approval of Agenda for January 17,  2017 

Moved: Dick; Second: Bryan to approve the January 17, 2017 agenda. Motion passed unanimously.

 

  VI.  Approval of Minutes for November 14, 2016  approve without reading …

Moved: Bryan; Second: Katherine to approve November 14, 2016  minutes.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

 VII.  Treasurer’s report

a.  Bob reported CARC balance on 1/17/17 to be $317.79

b.  Bob also has the CARC patches $10 each

c.  Bob reminded us that it is time to renew memberships  $60 (New members get ARRL enrollment)

 

VIII.  Communications  - None

 

  IX.  Committee Reports – None

a.  There are no standing committees to report. 

 

  X.  Emergency Coordinator Report

a.  There is an ARES drill in March:  “MARCH HARE”  100+ folks in OR and WA will be participating.  Date TBD.  Ralph asks: How can we utilize the West Coast ???

b.  Use of external antennas on radios:  if you use Baofeng radio, GET an external antenna

c.  HF band NOT good lately.

 

  XI.  Unfinished Business

a.  Any Visitors coming?  (Still no….per joanie)  Stephen mentioned (Wl7lP) Russ….expert in IRLP. He is “THE guy” for IRLP and has 37 IRLP nodes in AK. He drives a semi from Prudoe Bay to Anch and has nodes all the way along.  Mike Tibor (Stephen’s friend) knows him. Maybe he would come play IRLP with us

b.  Finding Transmitter for Fox Hunt …we will MAKE one!  “FOX in a BOX”

c.  Domain Name and Site/E-mail  Update (Bryan )  Most recent change was creating an email account for Stephen , at his request.  If anyone wants one, let Bryan KNOW.  Bryan needs to update the IRLP database…and needs to add the club email. The IRLP is working GREAT!  9109…easy to find folks to talk to.  Bryan wants to be surprised…and so does Stephen and actually HEAR some CARC members in the node.

d.  Test canceled for January 30th

 

 

 XII.  New Business

a.   a.   Moving IRLP Node to Repeater Frequency. / Establishing internet circuit in repeater house

 

 There is fiber to the repeater shack and Adrian from CTC is proposing moving the connection from IRLP to the repeater shack. Connecting the two could be good as long as repeater interference doesn't cause IRLP issues. Would need to disable repeater ID and simply use IRLP node auto ID. Dick also suggested Echolink could be a valuable addition to our VOIP suite as well. Bryan and Stephen confirmed that our setup should be able to allow this.

Motion was made by Ralph to change IRLP node settings to operate on repeater. Kathryn seconded.

Bryan noted that there are a few issues with joining the IRLP node to the repeater that we'll need to address in order to be good IRLP citizens: repeater interference that recurs each summer, squelch tails (the second or two of open key air at the end of each repeater transmission), and the repeater ID are the primary ones that came to mind.

XIII.  Good of the Order

Executive session?

 

Stephen mentioned that the password that had been allowing access to the IRLP computer is not working any longer. Bryan attempted to connect to the node remotely using software that had worked in the past, and he was unsuccessful. This presented a concern about the node possibly being compromised. Bryan and Stephen will research further.

James will contact Chief about phantom grant re: clearing the repeater shack.

It was discovered that the constitution calls for annual elections instead of biannual as was previously thought. There was a review of the bylaws regarding officer terms and elections.

Dick Groff moved to unanimously affirm the current officers for a second term. Ralph seconded. This term will end with the 2017 calendar year.

Bob and Joanie were contacted by phone to complete a quorum. All present voted in the affirmed. Motion passed unanimously.

Kathrine moved to adjourn at 8:47pm. Bryan seconded. Unanimously passed

 

 

XIV.  Next Meeting Time 

a.  February 21st 6:00 PM

 XV.  Adjournment @ 8:47 PM