Meeting of February 13, 2018

Big Bend Amateur Radio Club
Minutes of Meeting
February 13, 2018

The meeting was attended by 18 members and guests.

N5NYM  ALLEN   ALPINE
W5NPR  BILL    ALPINE
KG5LMG MARVIN  FT DAVIS
K5WSA  BILL    FT DAVIS
       JUDY    FT DAVIS
KE5WCP STEPHEN FT DAVIS
KD5KBU JIM     FT DAVIS
KE5OG  BILL    ALPINE
KE5KNQ ROB     ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK   ALPINE 
WA5MHO DEAN    ALPINE
AF5QS  CLINT   FT DAVIS
KB5R   RUSTY   ALPINE
W5DWI  Dick    ALPINE
W5JUW  LORA    ALPINE
KG5LMK MIKE    FT DAVIS
W5ATO  BILL    ALPINE
N5MVV  ANGIE   FT DAVIS

Meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by President, Allen Moore N5NYM at Sul Ross State University, Range Animal Science Building, Room 130.

The usual business meeting was not conducted due to the Skype presentation by Tim Duffy K3LR. Tim is the Chief Operating officer of DX Engineering. He is a member of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame and a member of Team USA for the World Radio Team Championship 4 times. He is the recipient of the 2015 Amateur of the Year Award presented by the Dayton Hamvention Awards Committee and the 2016 YASME Excellence Award.

Tim’s program covered his operation station and antenna farm designed for team usage. There are 11 operating stations and multiple antennas covering all bands. The operating site is 65 miles northwest of Pittsburg, PA. and just off of I-85.

A question and answer period followed the presentation.

Allen N5NYM made the following announcements:
A Finance Committee of Marvin KG5LMG, Tom KG7KQP and Chuck KA5PVB had been appointed to determine ways for the BBARC to generate income for the repairs to the Club Communication Vehicle and other expenses. A $1000 donation from the Alpine American Legion had been received, thanks to Rusty KB5R;
The Border to Badlands Ultra Run would be conducted on February 24th. Contact Jim KD5KBU to volunteer;
A Technician class was scheduled for March 5, 2018. Contact bill KE5OG for information;
A reminder that $36.00 per year dues for 2018 were payable as of January 1st plus an assessment of $15.00 for 2018; and
SKY WARN was scheduled for April 10, 2018, with probable location Sul Ross Range Animal Science Building, Room 130.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

Respectively Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR
Secretary

Meeting of January 9, 2018

The meeting was attended by 18 members and guests.

N5NYM  ALLEN    ALPINE
W5NPR  BILL     ALPINE
KG5LMG MARVIN   FT DAVIS
K5WSA  BILL     FT DAVIS
       JUDY     FT DAVIS
KE5WCP STEPHEN  FT DAVIS
KD5KBU JIM      FT DAVIS
KE5OG  BILL     ALPINE
WA5ROE BOB      ALPINE
KE5KNQ ROB      ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK    ALPINE 
WA5MHO DEAN     ALPINE
KX5SP  STEVE    ALPINE
       KATHLENE ALPINE
AF5QS  CLINT    FT DAVIS
       LINDA    ALPINE
K5AHI  BOB      ALPINE
KG2KQP BOB      ALPINE

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

Minutes of the December 12, 2017 meeting were read and approved. Motion to approve by Chuck KA5PVB and second by Bill W5WSA.

Angie N5MVV was not present and no Treasurer’s Report was presented.

OLD BUSINESS:
Jim KD5KBU, net control for the event, reported on the UltraRun at Big Bend State Park. He reported that the emergency repeater was moved to its operating site at the Park the day of this meeting. All stations on the race route were manned by San Antonio hams. All went well.

Allen N5NYM reported that the Border to Badlands UlraRun was scheduled for February 24th and volunteers were needed. This is the first time that BBARC has been requested to assist. Only one Ham from Austin was coming to work the event.

Allen N5NYM gave a reminder that the dues were payable on January 1st.

NEW BUSINESS:
Allen N5NYM reported that the radio equipment owned by Barb KM5VM had been donated to the BBARC and was available for purchase. Allen presented a list of the equipment available.

It was discussed that fund raising activities were needed to raise money for needed maintenance on the BBARC communication van. Allen discussed the need for a fund raising event committee and asked for volunteers. Chuck KA5PVB moved to approve a one time $15 per member accessment to help with needed maintenance expenses, second by Bill K5OG, motion approved.

Bill KE5OG reported that an ARRL ham license class had been scheduled and would begin on March 5th. Efforts to notify anyone interested in this class was requested.

Bill KE5OG discussed recent efforts by the ARRL Board of Directors to censor comments by a director critical of the ARRL, with the possibility of removal from the Board and membership in the ARRL dissolved. It was discussed that this could be interpreted as a gag order and should not be allowed. After discussion, Judy moved for a letter from BBARC to be sent objecting to the action of the ARRL Board of Directors, second by Chuck KA5PVB, motion approved.

Bob WA5ROE discussed recent changes in the ARES and that it had been suggested that Disctrict 5, which had included all Texas counties west of the Pecos River, be changed. The change would separate the counties of El Paso, Culberson and Hudspeth from the old District 5, and designate those counties as District 6. The reminder of the counties would continue to be designated as District 5. The suggested changes would take effect in 2018.

It was reported that the February 13th meeting would be the K3LR/Tim Duffy DX Engineering presentation via Skype and would be held at the SRSU Turner Range Animal Science Building Room 130.

Allen N5NYM reported that the SKYWARN and the BBARC Annual Banquet schedules were pending.

The business meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Steve KX5SP reported on his recent involvement in the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Recovery. He stated that he had been involved in 70 plus emergency relief efforts and that this was the most severe he had been involved with. He stated that all power was down on arrival and even after some repairs were made, every day from a power stand point was a new day. Emergency supplies which began arriving almost immediately, could not be distributed due to severe road damage. He was on site for approximately 3 weeks. His presentation was most interesting and he is to be commended for his service to the area.

Respectively Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR
Secretary

Meeting of December 12, 2017

The meeting was attended by 21 members and guests.

N5NYM  ALLEN   ALPINE
W5NPR  BILL    ALPINE
KG5LMG MARVIN  FT DAVIS
K5WSA  BILL    FT DAVIS
       JUDY    FT DAVIS
N5MVV  ANGIE   FT DAVIS
KE5WCP STEPHEN FT DAVIS
KD5KBU JIM     FT DAVIS
W5DWI  DICK    ALPINE
W5JUW  LORA    ALPINE
KE5OG  BILL    ALPINE
WA5ROE BOB     ALPINE
KE5KNQ ROB     ALPINE
KG5LMK MICHAEL FT DAVIS
KA5PVB CHUCK   ALPINE 
N5JOE  JIM     ALPINE
KB5R   RUSTY   ALPINE
K5AAI  BOB     ALPINE
WA5MHO DEAN    ALPINE
KD5ITB RADAR   PRESIDIO
KG5BMK CHUCK   TERLINGUA

Meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by President, Allen Moore N5NYM

Minutes of the November 14 meeting were read and approved. Motion to accept by Rusty KB5R and seconded by Chuck KA5PVB.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Angie, N5MVV who reported a balance of $2,455.04. Jim KD5KBU made a motion to accept the report and Rusty KB5R seconded. Motion approved.

OLD BUSINESS-
It was discussed that a gathering of friends of Barb KM5VM, Silent Key, would be held on December 12 at the Alpine Community Center from 4 to 6 PM. Members of BBARC were encouraged to attend.

Repeater Report-
Allen N5NYM reported that 146.62 was temporarily down, probably due to problems created by ice and snow.

Rob KE5KNQ reported that the Santa Net was a success, in spite of severe weather. He thanked the volunteers who participated.

NEW BUSINESS-
Allen N5NYM reminded the BBARC members and potential members that the annual dues of $36.00 were due as of January 1.

It was discussed that the BBARC Website and the monthly newsletter listed many ham radio related items for sale.

It was reported that the annual UltraRun at Big Bend Ranch State Park was scheduled for Martin Luther King weekend in January, with the official race to be on January 14, 2018. Volunteers are needed and a 2-day commitment is required. It was noted that the January BBARC meeting was prior to the UltraRun, and would be discussed farther at that time.

It was reported that the Border to Badlands Ultra Run is scheduled for February 24.

The BBARC annual election of officers was conducted after the report of the Nomination Committee. Nominated were: Allen N5NYM, President; Marvin KG5LMG, Vice-President; Angie N5MVV, Treasurer and Bill W5NPR, Secretary. Bob WA5ROE moved to elect the nominated slate of officers, second by Dick W5DWI, motion passed.

Chuck KG5BMK discussed the need to update the maintenance log for Christmas Mountain repeater 146. 82, stating that it would be good to know when the batteries were last changed.

The business meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM and the annual BBARC Silent Auction was conducted.

Respectively Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR
Secretary

Meeting of November 14, 2017

The meeting was attended by 17 members and guests.

N5NYM  ALLEN   ALPINE
W5NPR  BILL    ALPINE
KG5LMG MARVIN  FT DAVIS
K5WSA  BILL    FT DAVIS
       JUDY    FT DAVIS
N5MVV  ANGIE   FT DAVIS
KE5WCP STEPHEN FT DAVIS
KD5KBU JIM     FT DAVIS
W5DWI  DICK    ALPINE
W5JUW  LORA    ALPINE
KE5OG  BILL    ALPINE
WA5ROE BOB     ALPINE
KE5KNQ ROB     ALPINE
KG5LMK MICHAEL FT DAVIS
KA5PVB CHUCK   ALPINE 
N5JOE  JIM     ALPINE
KW4FA  BERT    GREENVILLE, NC

Meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by President, Allen Moore N5NYM
Minutes of the October 10 meeting were read and approved.  Motion to accept by Chuck KA5PVB  and seconded by Jim KD5KBU.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Angie, N5MVV who reported a balance of $2,790.20. Jim KD5KBU made a motion to accept the report and Chuck KA5PVB seconded.  Motion approved.

OLD BUSINESS-It was reported that the storage shed was cleaned out and vacated on October 14th.  Thanks were extended to all who participated in the cleanup.

Repeater Report- Allen N5NYM reported that Echolink was up and running after the replacement of the router.

NEW BUSINESS-It was reported that Barb KM5VM, longtime resident of Double Diamond south of Alpine,  member and a past president of the BBARC has become a Silent Key.  After discussion, Chuck KA5PVB made a motion to make a club donation of $300.00 to the Alpine Humane Society in Barb’s name.  Jim KD5KBU seconded and the motion passed.

It was reported that Steve KX5SP was in Puerto Rico operating with the disaster relief team.

Recent unauthorized pirate radio operator on the BBARC repeater system had been identified and would be contacted and requested to cease all communications.

Allen N5NYM discussed the election of officers for the coming year with the election to be held during the BBARC December 12th meeting.  Rob KE5KNQ, Bob WA5ROE and Bill W5NPR were appointed to serve as the Nominating Committee.

The annual Santa Net was discussed and the date of Thursday December 7th was elected.  The net would be held in front of True Value from 5:30 pm-7:00pm.

It was reported that the annual UltraRun at Big Bend Ranch State Park was scheduled for Martin Luther King weekend in January, with the official race to be on January 14, 2018.  Volunteers are needed and a 2-day commitment is required.

Bill W5NPR reported that Dr. Billings had asked the BBARC to consider removing the antenna tower from the building previously owned by Bill Sohl, which housed the TV Cable business.  The tower after removal would be donated to the Club.  After discussion, it was decided that the tower was beyond the capability of BBARC and that Dr. Billings should be notified that the BBARC Club would be unable to remove the tower.

The business portion of the meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm and was followed by CW Bingo provided by Bill KE5OG.
Respectfully submittedBill Roberts W5NPR

Meeting of October 10, 2017

The meeting was attended by 15 members and guests.

N5NYM  ALLEN   ALPINE
WA5MHO DEAN    ALPINE
KG5LMG MARVIN  FT DAVIS
KB5R   RUSTY   ALPINE
N5MVV  ANGIE   FT DAVIS
KE5WCP STEPHEN FT DAVIS
KD5KBU JIM     FT DAVIS
KG7KQP TOM     ALPINE 
KG5LTE SCOTT   ALPINE
W5RHN  BOB     FT DAVIS
KE5OG  BILL    ALPINE
WA5ROE BOB     ALPINE
KE5KNQ ROB     ALPINE
K5AHI  BOB     ALPINE
K5FRN  FRAN    ALPINE

Meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by President, Allen Moore N5NYM
Minutes of the Sept 12 meeting were read and approved.  Motion to accept by Jim, KD5KBU and seconded by Stephen, KE5WCP.

Treasurer’s report was presented by Angie, N5MVV who reported a balance of $2,637 and requested authority to pay reimbursement to Doug, N5HYD  $311.64 for repeater repair expenses. Rusty, KB5R made a motion to accept the report and the payment request which was seconded by Jim, KD5KBU and passed unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS-
The volunteer work crew for cleaning out the club’s storage unit agreed on meeting at 9am on Oct 14 to vacate the facility.

Repeater Report- On Sept 23, volunteers completed the full battery replacement for the 146.82 Christmas Mountain site.EchoLink was reported temporarily down due to a router failure; however, Allen, N5NYM expected service restored within the week.

Jim, KD5KBU reported that volunteers provided comms for a Bicycle Race held on Oct 7, sponsored as a fund raising event for the Jeff Davis Food pantry.  The event was attended by 4 volunteers and ran well with no reported incidents.

Jim, KD5KBU reported on comms provided during the Sept 16-17 CycleFest event involved 8 operators and were involved in requesting emergency services for a rider who experienced an estimated 30mph crash resulting in broken ribs, road rash and damaged helmet.  Permian Basin Cycle Club is expected to donate $500 from the event which Jim will provide to Angie upon receipt.

Congratulations to Bob WA5ROE and the founders of the Big Bend Emergency net which celebrated it’s forty year anniversary! Founded Sept 18, 1977.

NEW BUSINESS-
Bob, WA5ROE reported that unlike years past, no representative had been in contact with the club regarding communications for the upcoming Marathon to Marathon event, scheduled for Oct 21.

Fran, K5FRN detailed her and Bob, W5RHN’s recent attendance at the NorthWoods (MI) radio club meeting which opened with a Pledge of Allegiance and an Invocation.

Discussion continued concerning the possibility of future SET (Simulated Emergency Training) for the club to possibly involve local police, fire and hospital personnel.

The business portion of the meeting was adjourned at 7:58pm and was followed by a documentary movie provided by KE5OG on the Desecheo Dxpedition.

Respectfully submitted
Rusty  Hermann KB5Rfilling in for Secretary –
Bill Roberts – W5NPR

Meeting of September 12, 2017

                                                   Minutes of meeting
                                                  September 12, 2017

The meeting was attended by 11 members and guests:

KA5PVB       CHUCK          ALPINE
K5WSA        BILL           FORT DAVIS
             JUDY           FORT DAVIS
KB5R         RUSTY          ALPINE
N5NYM        ALLEN          ALPINE
KE5WCP       STEPHEN        FORT DAVIS
KG5LMG       MARVIN         FORT DAVIS
WB5YFG       J.P.           FORT DAVIS
KD5KBU       JIM            FORT DAVIS
WA5ROE       BOB            ALPINE   
KE5KNQ       ROB            ALPINE

Meeting was called to order at 7:31 PM by President Allen Moore – N5NYM.

Minutes of the July meeting were read and approved, motion to accept by Rusty – KB5R, and seconded by Stephen – KE5WCP.

No Treasurer’s report as Angie was absent.

Old Business –
BIG THANKS to Jim  – KD5KBU for the August meeting held at the Mc Donald Observatory
16 Spectographs are now on – line and total of 18 installed by the end of October.
Also, in October they are expecting the delivery of the “Habitable Planet Finder” equipment.

Purging the club’s storage unit could possibly take place September 30th, with club elders needed
to identify the older items and someone to take what’s left and store it for the club.

Repeater Report-
146.82 – Christmas Mountain – Charge Controller was destroyed by lightning and some of the solar panel diodes also destroyed. Possible helicopter lift of new and old batteries in near future to re-power the repeater.

146.92 – Glass Mountains – West Texas Connection Hospital Net used Echo-Link last week to communicate with the net control station in Midland. Past problems with the Net appear to be “on their end”as all our equipment seems to be working properly.

New Business –
Cyclefest  is this weekend (Sept. 16-17) KD5KBU coordinating event for the club. The loop ride has 5 water/food stops and radio ops needed to support the riders. Meet Saturday morning at 7:00 AM at Mad Dog Cantina in Fort Davis. A minimum of the ops needed, race starts at 8:00AM should end about 4:00PM and is 75 miles long. Sunday is the hill climb from Fort Davis to the Observatory.

Jim – KD5KBU made a presentation on Radio Astronomy including:
Projects for amateurs –
Meteor Scatter Communications on 2 meters with FSK441 mode or EME JT65 mode.
FSK441 mode is high speed CW (1600 WPM) and 100 watt transmitter, with a Yagi @ 40 FT.

Sudden Ionispheric Disturbance – Solar flare impact on our D-layer causing VLF ducting.
Simple receiver @ 15-40 KHZ needed to monitor the submarine communications stations.
Monitor RF Emissions from Jupiter. Best heard in 18-28 MHZ. region on quite nights (electrically).

More info at http://radiojove.gsfe.nasa.gov?
Radio-astronomy.org
WWW.aavso.org

Meeting adjourned at 8:37PM

Respectfully submitted
Chuck Dobbins – KA5PVB
filling in for Secretary – Bill Roberts – W5NPR

 

Meeting of July 11, 2017

Minutes of meeting
July 11, 2017

The meeting was attended by 10 members and guests:

KA5PVB CHUCK   ALPINE
N5NYM  ALLEN   ALPINE
K5WCP  STEPHEN FORT DAVIS
KD5KBU JIM     FORT DAVIS
K5WSA  BILL    FORT DAVIS
 JUDI GLASS    FORT DAVIS
KE5OG  BILL    ALPINE
N5MVV  ANGIE   FORT DAVIS
WA5ROE BOB     ALPINE
WA5MHO DEAN    ALPINE

Meeting called to order at 7:30 by President Allen – N5NYM.

Minutes of the June 13, 2017 meeting were read and approved with correction, on a motion by KD5KBU-Jim and seconded by WA5ROE-Bob.

Treasurer’s Report by Angie-N5MVV gave an end of month balance of $3551.81. Report was approved by a motion by KE5OG-Bill and seconded by WA5ROE-Bob.

Old Business –
The committtee assigned to purge the storage shed will find a Saturday in September to finalize the removal of all articles from the shed. The next rental payment is due in December!

Repeater Report – 146.82/ Christmas Mountain is DOWN, likely a power issue possibly a Charge Controller failure due to lightning strike. No batteries installed as yet!

147.12/Cibolo Creek will have a remote set-up function installed, sometime this fall after other more pressing issues are settled!

146.92/Glass Mountain has possible issues with the West Texas Connection link and as a result has low output and possible antenna issues. These issues will be addressed AFTER Christmas Mountain issues and before Cibolo Creek needs!

No Calling Tree updates are available from Fort Davis yet! Per KD5KBU-JIM.

Allen-N5NYM advised us to check Newsletter and club website for possible sale items.

Field Day report from Bob-WA5ROE: we took in $674.00 in fees and donations for the Field Day food plan. Bob spent $485.91 of that for the food items, leaving a total of $208.09 surplus, which was added to our treasury!

KE5OG-Bill reported that our performance wasn’t “up-to-par” from previous events due to “Mother Murphy” causing SSB antenna issues shortly after the start of the event (rain the previous evening got into the coax and shorted it our for us). Also, the bands were in “horrible” condition on Saturday but were much better on Sunday.

WE made a total of 1222 CW contacts, 5 digital contacts, 903 SSB contacts, acrued 1180 bonus points, AND OVER 100 CONTACTS on the GOTA station (the most in many years)!
OUR GRAND TOTAL SCORE IS 7,894 POINTS!
We missed out on 200 points by not having an Elected Official or Law Enforcement attend our event (previous commitments were not fulfilled for the folks).

Bill-KE5OG reported that Midland lost a couple of their better operators when a husband/wife team moved out of the area, AND their GOTA station didn’t do very well!

Bill-W5WSA asked what was needed for next years event? Bill-KE5OG said, more CW ops, and more GOTA ops. were both needed.

Stephen-K5WCP asked about our problems with Field Day, and Bill-KE5OG stated that the bands were “stinko” on Saturday and 15/10 meter bands never opened, making the 20 meter band “EXTREMELY” crowded.

New Business-
Allen-N5NYM asked for ideas from the members for future programs for presentation at upcoming meetings.

Jim-KD5KBU announced that the August meeting “could” be held at McDonald Observatory as the HET is up and running on a nightly basis although the Spectrograph units are still being worked on. The meeting WILL be August 8, 2017 and meeting in the parking lot of the HET at 7:30PM.

Bob-WA5ROE reported that the “group” took a Field Day impromptu vote to put a decent radio into the van. Bob bought a Kenwood TM-281A radio and got it installed. The radio cost the club $132.95. Bill-KE5OG made a motion to reinburse Bob for the radio cost and JiM-KD5KBU seconded the motion.

Program for the evening-  Allen-N5NYM did an intro to a Magnetic Loop Antenna he is building for himself and one for his son in Tucson who lives in an “Antenna Restricted” community.
The Loop Antenna is small in size (about 3 foot Octagional) and therefore can’t be seen from the street by the “Antenna Police”! Allen is building the antenna to accommodate a 100 watt transmitter (or more) and really high voltages appear on the antenna, saturating the tuning ability of the unit.

Allen is currently working on a controller box that reads the frequency from the transmitter and tunes the antenna with Stepper motors (with gear boxes due this week)! This should make the antenna tuneable across the entire CW and SSB portion of the 20 and 40 meter bands!

Meeting Adjourned at 8:37 PM.

Chuck Dobbins – KA5PVB
Acting Secretary for this meeting
filling in for Bill-W5NPR

 

Meeting of June 13, 2017

Minutes of Meeting

June 13, 2017

The meeting was attended by 11 members and guests:

KA5PVB Chuck Alpine
W5NPR  Bill    Alpine
N5NYM  Allen   Alpine
KE5OG  Bill    Alpine
KD5KBU Jim     Fort Davis
KG5LMG Marvin  Fort Davis
WA5ROE Bob     Alpine
N5MVV  Angie   Fort Davis 
KG5LTE Scott   Alpine
KE5WCP Stephen Fort Davis
N5JOE  Jim     Alpine

The meeting was called to order by Allen N5NYM at 7:30 PM.

The minutes of the May 9, 2017 meeting were read and approved after a motion by Jim KD5KBU and second by Chuck KA5PVB.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Angie N5MVV, with an end of month balance of $3556.15. The report was approved after a motion by Jim KD5KBU and a second by Chuck KA5PVB.

Old Business:

Allen N5NYM reported that the visit to the Star Party Radio facilities at Prude Ranch had been beneficial and had been well attended. He also discussed the viewing of the sun and several solar flares that were visible.

Allen N5NYM reported that the Elephant Mountain 147.02 repeater was back on line, and that the two antennas did not require separation. He discussed the need to install batteries at the 146.82 Christmas Mountain repeater.

It was discussed that an attempt to empty the storage unit was underway, but the anticipated
completion would be delayed until after Field Day.

New Business:

Scott KG5LTE reported on planned AT&T cell phone upgrades.

Allen N5NYM discussed the upcoming Field Day on June 24th & 25th and referred further discussion to Bill KE5OG who would present the program on Field Day.

Program:

Bill KE5OG began the Field Day program by stating that in 2016 BBARC finished 7th nationally in the 2A category. He discussed Field Day preparation; rules ; scoring and bonus points; publicity; ARRL education display; the radio equipment and antenna requirements used for the 2A category; meals and other matters concerning Field Day. He stated that Field Day is not technically a contest, but that it is handled as such, and that clubs and individuals are serious participants and that point totals are taken seriously.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Bill Roberts W5NPR, Secretary

Meeting of May 9, 2017

Minutes of Meeting

May 9, 2017

The meeting was attended by 9 members and guests:

KA5PVB Chuck  Alpine
W5NPR  Bill   Alpine
N5NYM  Allen  Alpine
KE5OG  Bill   Alpine
KD5KBU Jim    Fort Davis
KG5LMG Marvin Fort Davis
WA5ROE Bob    Alpine
N5MVV  Angie  Fort Davis 
KG5LTE Scott  Alpine

The meeting was called to order by Allen N5NYM at 7:30 PM.

The minutes of the April 11, 2017 meeting were read and approved after a motion by Jim KD5KBU and second by Chuck KA5PVB.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Angie N5MVV, with an end of month balance of $4364.24. She also reported that a bill for batteries had not been paid. The report was approved after a motion by Chuck KA5PVB and a second by Jim KD5KBU.

Old Business:
Allen N5NYM reported that the Elephant Mountain 147.02 repeater was still disabled due to interference problems. A future trip was planned to increase separation of the two antennas. It was noted that 448.00 was still operative and an alternative. Batteries for the 146.82 Christmas Mountain repeater had been purchased but not yet installed. Most likely installation would be May 20th. It was also reported that the problem with the 147.12 Cibolo Creek repeater could not be handled remotely and would require an on-site setup to allow remote reset.

It was reported that the Texas Star Party was scheduled for May 23rd from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Those attending are encouraged to car pool to Prude Ranch.

It was discussed that an attempt to empty the storage unit was underway , but the anticipated
completion would be delayed until after Field Day.

The BBARC calling tree is under revision and Bill KE5OG circulated a draft copy for additions, deletions or corrections.

It was discussed that the gin pole needs repair and that new tubing would be need to be purchased . A motion for the club to pay for all repair costs was approved after a motion from Bill KE5OG and second by Chuck KA5PVB.

It was discussed that Steve KE5QFC from Terlingua had been missing for several days. The search for Steve continues.

Bill W5NPR reported that Wink High School’s Physics and Science Technology classes would launch a balloon with amateur radio equipment included in the pay load during the last week of school. Bill reported he is planning to attend the launch.

Bill KE5OG presented the program on Contesting 101. His presentation was geared to those who have little or no contest experience, as well as those with experience. He discussed the rules, the bands in use for each contest, exchanges, multipiers, time limits, categories, how to get moving, DX and domestic, endurance and determination, logging programs etc. He discussed single-operator, single-transmitter; multi-operator, single-transmitter; and multi-operator, mult-transmitter contests. He encouraged all to jump in and get their feet wet!

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Bill Roberts W5NPR, Secretary

Meeting of April 11, 2017

Minutes of Meeting

April 11, 2017

The meeting was attended by 16 members and guests:

KA5PVB Chuck  Alpine
W5NPR  Bill   Alpine
N5NYM  Allen  Alpine
KB5R   Rusty  Alpine
KE5OG  Bill   Alpine
KD5KBU Jim    Fort Davis
KG5LMG Marvin Fort Davis
K5WSA  Bill   Fort Davis
       Judi   Fort Davis
WA5ROE Bob    Alpine
KX5SP  Steve  Alpine
W5DWI  Dick   Alpine
W5JUW  Lora   Alpine
N5JOE  Jim    Alpine
KE5KNQ Rob    Alpine
N5MVV  Angie  Fort Davis

The meeting was called to order by Allen N5NYM at 7:30 PM.

The minutes of the March 14, 2017 meeting were read and approved after a motion by Rusty KB5R and second by Chuck KA5PVB.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Angie N5MVV, with an end of month balance of $3998.07. The report was approved after a motion by Rusty KB5R and second by Chuck KA5PVB.

Jim KD5KBU reported on the Hammerfest Bicycle event held in Fort Davis on April 1st and 2nd. He reported good weather and no injuries on Saturday. Sunday started with reasonable weather, then turned to rain, then sleet and eventually snow. The event was cancelled before completion of the Men’s Scenic Loop race around 10-11:00 am, however the shorter Junior and Women’s events were completed. A donation for the BBARC of $475.00 was received.

Old Business:
Allen N5NYM reported that the Elephant Mountain 147.02 repeater was still disabled due to interference problem. A future trip was planned to increase separation of the two antennas. It was noted that 448.00 was still operative and an alternative. Batteries for the 146.82 Christmas Mountain repeater have not been installed .

It was reported that the Texas Star Party was scheduled for May 23rd from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A RSVP list was passed around. Those attending from BBARC need to attend as a group.

It was discussed that an attempt to empty the storage unit was underway with anticipation that it be completed before field day.

Chuck KA5PVB circulated a list of field day merchandise, and took orders for that merchandise.

It is possible that DX Engineering will present the program for the May meeting, and if so, the meeting will be held at the Range Animal Science Building.

Bob WA5ROE presented the program on Emergency Communications. He discussed ARES, stating that there are ARES training courses that although not required, are recommended. He specified that should an emergency occur, family and neighbors of ham operators should come first. He discussed the appointed ARES positions, which are the Section Manager, Section Emergency Coordinator, the District Emergency Coordinator, and the Emergency Coordinators for each county. He passed around the BBARC Calling Tree for updates and ARES enrollment forms for updates/new members, as well as the ARES Emergency Plan for the Big Bend of West Texas..

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Bill Roberts W5NPR, Secretary