Meeting of October 9, 2018

The meeting was attended by 15 members and guests.

W5NPR  BILL    ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK   ALPINE 
KG5LMG MARVIN  FORT DAVIS
KE5OG  BILL    ALPINE
KG5LMK MIKE    FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIB JUDI    FORT DAVIS
N5MVV  ANGIE   FORT DAVIS
K5WSA  BILL    FORT DAVIS
KE5WCP STEPHEN FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIC PAMELA  FORT DAVIS
K5AHI  BOB     ALPINE
KG5LTE SCOTT   ALPINE
KF5KNQ ROB     ALPINE
K5ITT  KITTY   FORT DAVIS
KD5KBU JIM     FORT DAVIS

Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President Marvin Voiers KG5LMG.

The minutes of the August 14, 2018 meeting were read and approved on a motion by Chuck KA5PVB and second by Jim KD5KBU. The minutes for the September 11, 2018 meeting were read and approved on a motion by Chuck KA5PVB and second by Jim KD5KBU.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Angie N5MVV with an end of month balance reported as $5298.57. The Treasurer’s Report was approved on a motion by Chuck KA5PVB and second by Jim KD5KBU.

OLD BUSINESS:
Jim KD5KBU reported that the CycleFest event went well with approximately 350 riders participating. He reported that one accident occurred on Bear Mountain resulting in a broken shoulder blade, broken pelvis and back injuries.

The Hunger Hike event was discussed. Two hikes were scheduled, one up to the summit of Livermore Mountain. Also discussed were the upcoming Ultra Run on Martin Luther King day in January and the Presidio to Lajitas event, although no new information was available on that event.

Bill K5WSA reported that he had received Ham Radio brochures from ARRL and that practice licensing tests were available on line.

Ticket sales for the upcoming raffle of True Value Gift Certificates was discussed. It was reported that ticket sales had been arranged at Porters on the last Saturday before Thanksgiving. Bob Ward at True Value would be contacted about the possibility of ticket sales in front of the store with the BBARC RV

parked at the location so that those buying tickets would understand what the sales were supporting.

It was reported that the drawing would occur on December 13th, the night of the Santa Claus Net.

NEW BUSINESS:
Marvin KG5LMG appointed Bill Brooks, Bob Ward and Bill Roberts to serve on the Nominating Committee for BBARC officers for 2019. The election of officers would occur during the December meeting.

The business meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM.

The program presented by Bill KE5OG was on propagation and its effect on ham radio operating bands. He discussed the Isophere and the E, D and F layers, solar flux, the A and K indices, the ARRL Propagation Reports and the software and internet tools available to ham radio operators.

Respectively Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR
Secretary

Meeting of September 11, 2018

Minutes of Meeting
September 11, 2018-

The meeting was attended by 14 members and guests.

KD5KBU JIM     FORT DAVIS
W5NPR  BILL    ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK   ALPINE 
KG5LMG MARVIN  FORT DAVIS
KG5LMK MIKE    FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIB JUDI    FORT DAVIS
K5WSA  BILL    FORT DAVIS
KE5WCP STEPHEN FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIC PAMELA  FORT DAVIS
KG5LTE SCOTT   ALPINE
       TERRI   FORT DAVIS 
       JEFF    FORT DAVIS
AI4BA  DAVID   ALPINE
       HENDI   ALPINE

The meeting was a field trip to the Hobby Eberly Telescope on Fowlkes Mountain in Jeff Davis County, which is a part of the McDonald Observatory complex. Jim KD5KBU conducted the tour. He led those present through the dome which houses the 11-meter (433 inch) telescope, explaining the structure of the scope with its 91 mirrors. He demonstrated the method of rotation which runs on air inflated pads. The telescope weighs approximately 130 tons. The tour also included a visit to the operation rooms where the astronomer and telescope operators are on duty. A question and answer period followed the presentation.

The tour was was well presented and much appreciated by those in attendance.

Respectively Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR
Secretary

Meeting of August 14, 2018

Minutes of Meeting
August 14, 2018

The meeting was attended by 19 members and guests.

W5NPR  BILL    ALPINE
WA5ROE BOB     ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK   ALPINE 
KG5LMG MARVIN  FORT DAVIS
KE5OG  BILL    ALPINE
KG5LMK MIKE    FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIB JUDI    FORT DAVIS
N5MVV  ANGIE   FORT DAVIS
K5WSA  BILL    FORT DAVIS
KE5WCP STEPHEN FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIC PAMELA  FORT DAVIS
WA5MHO DEAN    ALPINE
KB5R   RUSTY   ALPINE
K5AHI  BOB     ALPINE
K1YBA  DAVID   ALPINE
KG5LTE SCOTT   ALPINE
KF5KNQ ROB     ALPINE
KD5ITE RADAR   PRESIDIO
KG5ZHW RONALD  ALPINE

Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President Marvin Voiers KG5LMG.

The minutes of the July 10, 2018 meeting were read and approved on a motion by Mike KG5LMK and second by Chuck KA5PVB.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Angie N5MVV with an end of month balance reported as $5385.18. Also reported was payments of $400.76 for batteries for the 146.92 Repeater, $300 for liability insurance and $33.00 to Big Bend Telephone. Treasurer’s Report was approved on a motion by Rusty KB5R and second by Chuck KA5PVB.

OLD BUSINESS:
It was reported that needed maintenance on 146.62 and 146.92 had been completed.

CycleFest which was discussed last meeting was scheduled for September 15-16.

It was decided that the raffle recommended by the Finance Committee at the last meeting would be scheduled for the night of the Santa Claus Net on December 13th. Rusty KB5R moved that the raffle for True Value gift certificates be in the amounts of $700.00 for 1st place; $200 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place, second by Bill K5WSA. Motion was approved. Tickets would be ordered immediately so that sale of tickets could begin.

NEW BUSINESS:
An Outreach Program advertising the activities of the BBARC to encourage membership was discussed. Bill KE5OG moved that Scott KG5LTE be appointed Marketing Director., second by Bob WA5ROE. Motion passed. Bill K5WSA volunteered to contact ARRL about acquiring a supply of amateur radio pamphlets.

Bill KE5OG recommended that the September BBARC meeting be a tour of the McDonald Observatory recently installed telescopic equipment. He volunteered to contact Jim KD5KBU to set up the tour.

The business meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM.

The program presented by Bill KE5OG was a video of an amateur radio DX Expedition to de Deschio Island, a small uninhabited island 13 miles from the west coast of Puerto Rico and 31 miles northeast of Mona Island. The video emphasized the initial preparation, transportation to the island, setup of communication equipment and antennas, and on-the-air DX operation of the team.

Respectively Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR
Secretary

Meeting of July 10, 2018

Big Bend Amateur Radio Club
Minutes of Meeting
July 10, 2018

The meeting was attended by 15 members and guests.

W5NPR  BILL    ALPINE
WA5ROE BOB     ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK   ALPINE 
KG5LMG MARVIN  FORT DAVIS
KE5OG  BILL    ALPINE
KG5LMK MIKE    FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIB JUDI    FORT DAVIS
N5NVV  ANGIE   FORT DAVIS
K5WSA  BILL    FORT DAVIS
KD5KBU JIM     FORT DAVIS
KG7KQP THOMAS  ALPINE
KE5WCP STEPHEN FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIC PAMELA  FORT DAVIS
WA5MHO DEAN    ALPINE
AF5QS  CLINT   FORT DAVIS

Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President Marvin Voiers KG5LMK.

The minutes of the June 12, 2018 meeting were read and approved on a motion by Tom KG7KQP and second by Chuck KA5PVB.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Angie N5MVV with an end of month balance reported as $6,963.58. Also reported was Field Day income of $795.00, expenses $512.33 for food and $32.33 to True Value, for a total of $544.66, and a net gain of $245.34. The Treasurer’s Report was approved on a motion by Chuck KA5PVB and second by Tom KG7KQP.

OLD BUSINESS:
It was reported that new batteries were needed for the Glass Mountain 146.92 Repeater. Four new batteries had been ordered and would be installed on arrival.

Upcoming races involving BBARC were discussed, including CycleFest on September 15, 2018, Food Pantry hike to Livermore Mountain October 6, 2018, Big Bend Ranch Marathon January 2019, Presidio to Lajitas in February 2019.

The Finance Committee outlined suggested fundraiser events of two raffles per year with those funds to be designated for repeater expenses. The first to be in September with 90 day sale time. Bill KE5OG emphasized the need to start planning the September raffle NOW. The suggested raffle prize would be a gift certificate from True Value of an amount to be determined. The gift certificate would be made available from True Value at a 20% discount. Tom KG7KQP made a motion to discharge the Finance Committee, second by Chuck KA5PVB, motion failed.

New Business:
Bob WA5ROE reported that he had resigned as DEC for the district including Brewster County and that Jim KD5KBU had been appointed DEC beginning July 1, 2018.

Bob also reported that new batteries had to be installed in the communication RV after a major meltdown of the electrical system from the generator. He had purchased the needed batteries at a cost of $1371.96. Tom KG7KQP moved that Bob be reimbursed, second by Bill KE5OG. Motion passed.

The business meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.

The program was presented by Bill KE5OG on the results of Field Day. He reported that operating conditions had not been good and that the score for BBARC was lower than in past years. He also stated that all Field Day operations experienced the same conditions and that he anticipated that BBARC would do as well or better in the standings for the 2A category. He reported that our score was 6888, with 1767 contacts and 1402 bonus points. Based on last years scores, we would be in the top thirty.

Respectively Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR
Secretary

Meeting of June 12, 2018

Minutes of meeting
June 12, 2018

The meeting was attended by 17 members and guests.

N5NYM     ALLEN            ALPINE
KA5PV     CHUCK            ALPINE
KE5OG     BILL             ALPINE
KG5LMK    MIKE             FT. DAVIS
KE5WCP    STEPHEN          FT. DAVIS
KG5LMG    MARVIN           FT.DAVIS
K5WSA     BILL             FT.DAVIS
KG5ZIB    JUDI             FT.DAVIS
KG7KQP    TOM              ALPINE
W5SKJ     JUDY              
N3PQ      DAVID             
N5MVV     ANGIE            FT. DAVIS
KG5LTE    SCOTT (and son)  ALPINE
WA5MHU    DEAN             ALPINE
KX5SP     STEVE            ALPINE
K5AHI     BOB              ALPINE

Meeting was called to order at 7:29 PM by President – Allen Moore – N5NYM.

Minutes of the May 18th meeting were read and approved with corrections by Rusty – KB5R and seconded by Tom – KG7KQP.

The Treasurer’s report was presented by Angie – N5MVV that we have $6,958.64 in the bank account with one more insurance payment due on the club’s RV.

Old Business-
The pending bike race to be held along the Hwy 170 route across Presidio and Brewster counties, discussion was tabled to a later meeting as KD5KBU was not in attendance.

Tom – KG7KQP discussed a raffle for the club to hold as a funds raiser, as they are very successful if the club can sell the 300 tickets! Dawson @ Tru-Value says it will cost the club $800 for a Rugar AR-596 rifle and case, plus cost of getting tickets printed up to sell. Tom suggested that the winning ticket could be drawn during our September meeting. Selling the 300 tickets at $10 each would net the club about $2200 for our treasury! Tom recommended we have 2 raffles per year to raise needed funds.

Discussion – Scott KG5LTE said raffles by the VFW group were mostly 3 item packages with 3 winners drawn and the first winner got their first choice of the 3 items,  second winner second choice, etc. He also questioned whether or not a person not  allowed to have a gun could buy a ticket, and possibly get the club into trouble with the law! Tom said, a “disclaimer” could be printed on the tickets to cover our liability.

Another suggestion made was to offer a choice of 3 guns (rifle, shotgun or pistol) with the winner getting his choice.

Also, if we sell raffle tickets at Tru-Value, we need to have the club’s RV parked out front so people will tie the ticket sales to our club!

Tom’s motion for a raffle was tabled for a future meeting.

New Business –
Bill – KE5OG asked Angie – N5MVV if the club’s insurance covered our Repeater Sites radios and equipment and she said “not currently”! Bill said he will contact ARRL about coverage”.

Bill – KE5OG presented a plaque to outgoing President – Allen Moore N5NYM to thank him for his outstanding leadership/service to our club. Allen will be moving the the Port Lavaca, TX. area soon as their house has been sold. Our current Vice President – KG5LMG-Marvin  will step-in to become our new President immediately.

Bill – KE5OG discussed our Field Day results from 2017, 2A class, WTX section, W5JSR GOTA station and 6 meters stations totaled 6,714 points and additionally 180 bonus points for a total of 7,894 points. With 18 participants, we finished 15th out of 383 entries in that class!

This year we will again be a 2A Class with 3 K3 stations (SSB, CW and GOTA). The Double Diamond location building out front is being rented so placement of the CW station (in the club RV) location is “up-in-the-air”.

Bill – W5ATO will get the Jeff Davis tower/generator trailer for the event. Meals will be $30 per person or $40 for family, and Bob – WA5ROE needs our RSVP’s  and money by Monday the 18th! Raw materials (food) needs to be purchased!

Bill – KE5OG ran through a checklist of what’s needs to be done for the bonus points that the ARRL offers.

This year Rusty – KB5R will act as our Safety Officer.

We will start on Thursday at 7:00 PM to layout the antennas and make sure we have “all the parts”. Actual assembly will start Friday morning and runs up until event starts on Saturday at 1:00 PM. FT8 mode will be on our 6 meter station, as it’s better that SSB or CW!

Our Echo-Link station is moving from Allen – N5NYM to Bill – KE5OG QTH!

Meeting was adjourned by NEW President Marvin – KG5LMG at 8:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Chuck Dobbins – KA5PVB
filling in for secretary Bill – W5NPR

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

Meeting of April 10, 2018

Big Bend Amateur Radio Club
Minutes of Meeting
April 10, 2018

The meeting was attended by 10 members and approximately 40 guests.

N5NYM  ALLEN ALPINE
W5NPR  BILL  ALPINE
WA5ROE BOB   ALPINE
KE5KNQ ROB   ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK ALPINE 
KX5SP  STEVE ALPINE
TECH PENDING RALF          FORT DAVIS
TECH PENDING JOHN JAMIESON ALPINE
TECH PENDING ZACK BORDER   ALPINE
TECH PENDING LONNIE HILLON VAN HORN

Others attending the session included law enforcement police officers, students of Sul Ross State University and area residents.

No business meeting was scheduled for April 2018.

The meeting was the annual SKYWARN session presented by Rick Huckan of the Midland office of the National Weather Service. He presented weather statistics, weather events in the recent past, cloud formations and types, storms, thunderstorms, tornadoes, down bursts, lightning and the dangers present for each category of hazardous weather. He discussed the recommended location of storm chasers, stressing that 3-5 miles southeast of tornado producing cloud formations is generally the best location, but that escape routes must also be considered. The SPOTTER HOTLINE was announced as 1-800-597-3320 and encouraged the use of the line to inform the NWS of weather events, stating complete and accurate information as to location, time, date and type of event.

The SKYWARN session, which was held at the Sul Ross-Turner Range Animal Science Building, began at 7:00 PM and ended shortly before 9:00 PM. Area sessions were also scheduled in Marfa, April 9th and Fort Davis, April 11th.

Respectively Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR
Secretary

Meeting of March 13, 2018

Big Bend Amateur Radio Club
Minutes of Meeting
March 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
WA5ROE BOB     ALPINE
KE5KNQ ROB     ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK   ALPINE 
KX5SP  STEVE   ALPINE
K5AHI  BOB     ALPINE
KB5R   RUSTY   ALPINE
KG7KQP TOM     ALPINE
KG5LMK MIKE    FT DAVIS

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

The minutes of the January 9, 2018 meeting and the February 13, 2018 and the K3LR DX Engineering Skype presentation were read and approved on a motion by Rusty KB5R and second by Tom KG7KQP.

In the absence of Angie N5MVV, Bob WA5ROE reported the bank balances for January-$2424.73; February-$4054.68; and March-$5630.47. These 3 months were reported due to financial problems early in the year, and expected financial discussions during the meeting.

Old business:
It was reported that the Border to Badlands Ultra Run communication support was cancelled due to a lack of manpower.

The SKYWARN training, which had been announced earlier in the year without a confirmed location, was announced once again. The location for the meeting is confirmed for the Sul Ross Range Animal Science Center, Room 130, at 6:30 PM.

Allen N5NYM reported that the controversial ARRL Board of Directors discussions on the censorship of board member, had been reversed due to objections from the membership.

An additional reminder was presented for the payment of dues and the $15 assessment for 2018.

New Business:
It was reported that the 63rd Annual Midland St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest was scheduled for Saturday March 17th, 2018 at MLK Community Center, 2300 Butternut Lane, Midland.

The annual BBARC Banquet was changed to a BBQ and would be held at Rusty’s QTH in Sunny Glen, April 14th. Donations will be requested to cover the cost.

Allen N5NYM reported that he had appointed Chuck KA5PVB, Marvin KG5LMG and Tom KG7KQP to the Financial Committee. The committee discussed ways to raise money for the BBARC, including dues increase, fund drives, drawings for a rifle, etc. Also discussed was the recent donations to BBARC by the American Legion Post 69, Alpine of $1000 and BBRMC of $500.

Marvin KG5LMG presented an offer of $1250 for the radio equipment donated to the BBARC by the family of Barb KM5VM (SK). The offer was approved on a motion by Chuck KA5PVB and second by Rusty KB5R. Dicussions on BBARC financial matters will continue.

Bob WA5ROE reported that tires for the Communication RV had been priced at $980.56. On a motion by Rusty KB5R and a second by Chuck KA5PVB, a motion passed for the purchase of tires up to $1000.

Jim KD5KBU reported that the Fort Davis Hammerfest Bicycle Event was scheduled for April 21-22, 2018, and requested volunteers for communications.

A thank you card from the family Barb KM5VM had been received for the reception honoring Barb’s service to the community and BBARC. A donation of $100 was included with the card.

There was no program scheduled for this meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.
Respectively Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR
Secretary

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