Meeting of January 13, 2015

The meeting was attended by 11 members:
KE5EIE Max   Alpine
WA5ROE Bob   Alpine
W5NPR  Bill  Alpine
KE5OG  Bill  Alpine
N5DO   Dave  Alpine 
W5DWI  Dick  Alpine
W5JUW  Lora  Alpine
KA5PVB Chuck Alpine
KE5KNQ Rob   Alpine
KB5R   Rusty Alpine
WA5MHO Dean  Alpine

The meeting was called to order by Bill KE5OG at 7:30 PM.

The minutes of the November 11, 2014 and the December 7, 2014 meetings were read and approved, with one minor correction to the November 11th minutes.

In the absence of Angie N5MVV, Bob WA5ROE reported an end of month balance of $6,209 as shown on the current bank statement, and presented a bill from Big Bend Telephone for $29.92 and a bill for RV insurance of $745.00. Both bills were approved for payment after a motion by Rusty KB5R and a second by Dick W5DWI.

It was reported that the annual BBARC Banquet was scheduled for February 13, 2005 at the Gallego Center at Sul Ross, with drinks at 6:30 PM and meal and program to begin at 7:00 PM. Meal choices would be chicken fried steak and pecan crusted chicken.

Dave N5DO reported that a technician class course would be presented beginning January 22, 2015. Instruction would be provided by guest instructors.

It was discussed that the the Ultra 50 at Big Bend Ranch State Park was scheduled for Martin Luther King weekend, with the actual race to be on January 18th. Much of the race planning had been done by Bill W5ATO and Doug N5HYD. Several BBARC members would be providing communication support, along with other ham operators from the San Antonio area. Bob WA5ROE would serve as net control.

Bill W5NPR announced that his second term as West Texas Section Manager would end on June 30, 2015, and that he would not be a candidate for reelection to a third term. He reported that Ron Harden KB5HGM had announced his intentions to run for the position, had sent a nomination form, and requested signatures from BBARV members. Bill mentioned that Ron was in his second term as president of the Abilene ARC.

Dave N5DO presented the program on Switch Mode Power Supplies (SMPS). He discussed the method of converting alternate current to direct current using various models of switch mode power supplies.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Bill W5NPR, Secretary