Meeting of August 12, 2014

The meeting was attended by 14 members and 3 Guests:

KB5R   Rusty    Alpine
W5JUW  Lora     Alpine
W5DWI  Dick     Alpine
KE5KNQ Rob      Alpine
KF5RDN Julianne Terlingua
       Phil     Terlingua
WA5ROE Bob      Alpine
W5NPR  Bill     Alpine
N5MVV  Angie    Fort Davis
WA5ZBX Grady    Pecos
KF5ZBW Cary     Barstow
N5PVL  Charles  Alpine
KA5PVB Chuck    Alpine
NF5FF  Steve    Alpine
KA5AHI Bob      Alpine
KF5KMB Polly    Alpine
KD5KBU Jim      Fort Davis

The meeting was called to order by Rusty KB5R 7:30 PM. Leadership of the meeting was turned over to Bob WA5ROE upon his arrival.

Minutes of July 8, 2014 meeting were read and approved.

Angie N5MVV presented the Treasurer’s Report and reported an end of month balance of $4,665.69 It was discussed that bills to be paid included a bill to Pafoofnik Enterprises in the amount of $252.03 for repairs to the hub on Elephant Mountain. It was dicussed that the electric bill for the electric service on Elephant Mountain would now be paid by Brewster County. The telephone service would continuue to be the responsibility of BBARC. It was dicussed that grant monies often specifically mention BBARC.

It was discussed that a police radio had been installed in the BBARC Communication Van, and that it was the property of BBARC.

It was reported that the Big Bend State Park race director would be in Alpine in September. That race is scheduled for January 18, 2015, Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

The proposed improvements of the BBARC Tower Trailer were discussed, and Bill W5NPR was asked to check on progress.

Bob WA5ROE reported on the Meeting with the Meriwether Family concerning the future use of the Double Diamond Pavilian. Bob WA5ROE, Dave N5DO, Barb KM5VM and Bill W5NPR were in attendence. The family would notify BBARC of their future plans.

Jim KD5KBU discussed the upcoming CycleFest scheduled for September 20-21. The Highway 166 loop would be on Saturday. Communication assistance will be needed.

Future meeting program schedules were announced. On October 14th, BBARC will meet at McDonalds Obervatory for a tour of the observatory improvements. Jim KD5KBU would be in charge of the meeting. On November 11th, Bill W5ATO will present the program on the upcoming Big Bend Ranch State Park 35K foot race and the need for commuication support. In December, a 40th anniversary of the BBARC celebration will be held.

The program was presented by Cary Hannsz KF5ZBW, Wink High School Physics and Science Technologhy instructor. His program discussed his class project balloon launch carrying ham radio equipment, caamera etc. The balloon was launched from the Wink High School Football Field in May 2014 and traveled approximately 109 miles to a point south east of McCamey, achieving a maximum altitude of 76,000 feet msl. The balloon and its equpment were successfully recovered. Another balloon launch during the 2014-2015 school year is planned.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.
Bill W5NPR, Secretary