Meeting of May 8, 2018

Big Bend Amateur Radio Club
Minutes of Meeting
May 8, 2018

The meeting was attended by 23 members and guests.

N5NYM  ALLEN  ALPINE
W5NPR  BILL   ALPINE
WA5ROE BOB    ALPINE
KE5KNQ ROB    ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK  ALPINE 
KX5SP  STEVE  ALPINE
KG5ZME ZANE   ALPINE
KG5ZIA STEW   TERLINGUA
KG5BMK CHUCK  TERLINGUA 
W5DWI  DICK   ALPINE
W5JUW  LORA   ALPINE
KG5LMG MARVIN FORT DAVIS
KE5OG  BILL   ALPINE
KG5LMK MIKE   FORT DAVIS
K5AHI  BOB    ALPINE
KG5AAH BRIAN  ALPINE
KG5ZIB JUDI   FORT DAVIS
N5NVV  ANGIE  FORT DAVIS
K5WSA  BILL   FORT DAVIS
KG5LTD ADRIAN ALPINE
KG5ZHY J J    ALPINE
KD5KBU JIM    FORT DAVIS
WA5ROE BOB    ALPINE

Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President Allen Moore N5NYM.

The minutes of the April 10, 2018 meeting were read and approved on a motion by Chuck KA5PVB and second by Jim KD5PVB.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Angie N5NVV with an end of month reported as $6,893.78 with RV registration due and yet to be paid. Also reported was an upcoming insurance payment due later in the year. Report was approved on a motion by Jim KD5KBU and second by Bob WA5ROE.

OLD BUSINESS:
Allen N5NYM discussed the recent ARRL testing of approximately 39 prospective amateur radio operators, with about 25 successful. He expressed congratulations to all the new hams, several of which were in attendance.

Participation by several BBARC members at the March Saint Patrick’s HamFest in Midland was discussed.

The April HammerFest bike race had been a success with 120 starting the race and 90 completions, with no accidents. He reported that 9 volunteers participated on Sunday, and that it was the best turn out of volunteers in several years. He expressed his appreciation to those participating.

NEW BUSINESS:
It was discussed that a new repeater link had been installed in Alpine. The new link is a UHF band with the frequency of 446.150 SIMPLEX with 146.2 PL Tone.

Allen N5NYM reported that a bicycle race event was planned for November 10, 2018 in the Big Bend State Park. It would follow the paved highway route of State Highway 170, also known as the River Road. It was probable that crossband communications would be required. It was also discussed that HF communications should be considered.

It was discussed that ARR L Field Day was scheduled for June 23 &24. It was reported that the Double Diamond location used for a number of years was available and that the June BBARC meeting would precede the event and more detailed plans would be discussed at that time. It was discussed that the event is no contest—contest.

The business meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.

The program was presented by Bill KE5OG on the FT-8 Mode. Bill explained that FT-8 was developed by Joe Taylor K1JT and Steven Frank K9AN as part of the W8JT-x suite of low-power, sound card apps that include JT65, JT9, MSK!$$, WSPR and other digital programs. His presentation demonstrated the installation, operation and logbook capabilities of the program. It is in use throughout the ham Radio universe. The program was well presented and informative.

Respectively Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR
Secretary