Meeting of September 9, 2015

The meeting was attended by 11 members and guests:

WA5ROE Bob   Alpine
W5NPR  Bill  Alpine
KB5R   Rusty Alpine
KD5KBU Jim   Fort Davis
KG5HEJ Al    Terlingua
KE5KNQ Rob   Alpine
N5DO   Dave  Alpine
N5NYM  Allen Alpine
KE5OG  Bill  Alpine
KF5LZT Ted   Alpine
NF5FF  Steve Alpine

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

The minutes of the August 11, 2015 meeting were read and approved.

In the absence of Angie N5MVV, there was no Financial Report.

Jim KD5KBU reported that the Cyclefest event in Fort Davis was scheduled for September 19th. He said there would be 5 water stops and that a ham operator to provide communications would be needed at each stop plus a net control operator. He was unsure if he would be available to provide net control services. There would be 5 individual races, 5, 25, 55, and 75 miles. The races would begin at 8:00 AM and continue until 4:00 PM. Any racer still on the course at 4:00 PM would be on their own. On Sunday September 20st, the Hill Climb up to McDonald Observatory would be conducted. Volunteers would be needed both days, with the most needed on Saturday. He asked that volunteers meet in the Murphy’s parking lot at 7:15 AM on Saturday.

Bob WA5ROE reported that Barb KM5VM had called and that she had fallen,broken an ankle, suffered a concussion and was in rehab in College Station.

Bob WA5ROE asked that all EC’s meet with him after the meeting.

The program was conducted by N5DO on the various modes of the MFJ-259B. He explained that most users of the 259-B used the SWR mode, but that there were many more uses, including Coax Loss, Coax cable length, Complez RF Impedance, Inductance, Capacitance, Battery voltage, frequency counter, and many other electronic modes. It was a well prepared and well presented program.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Bill Roberts W5NPR, Secretary