Meeting of January 10, 2017

Minutes of Meeting

January 10, 2017

The meeting was attended by 13 members and guests:

KA5PVB Chuck   Alpine
W5NPR  Bill    Alpine
N5NYM  Allen   Alpine
KE5WCP Stephen Fort Davis
N5MVV  Angie   Fort Davis
KB5R   Rusty   Alpine
KG7KQP Tom     Alpine
K5AHI  Bob     Alpine
KF5KMB Polly   Alpine
KE5OG  Bill    Alpine
KD5KBU Jim     Fort Davis
KG5LMG Marvin  Fort Davis
KF5QFC Steve   Terlingua

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

The minutes of the December 13, 2016 meeting were read and approved after a motion by Chuck KA5PVB and second by Rusty KB5R.

Angie N5MVV presented the Treasurer’s Report with an end of month balance of $3964.12

It was reported that 146.72 was operating intermittently. A cracked solder joint on the final transmitter was found and repaired. Also, Cibolo 147.12 repeater was down, and a remotely operated recycle was not possible, with upgrade of program needed.

It was reported that the Elephant Mountain 147.02 repeater was experiencing problems due to the two antennas being placed too close together, with the need of installation separation.

It was reported that the new batteries for 146.62 had not been installed.

The Ultra Run at Big Bend State Park was discussed, with a request for as many volunteers as possible to man the communication points along the race route.

It was announced that the February meeting would not occur due to the BBARC banquet being scheduled on February 8th and Sky Warn Training being scheduled for February 21st at Sul Ross University at the Animal Science Building east of Alpine.

It was discussed that the Midland Ham Fest and West Texas Section convention would be held in Midland on March 18h.

It was reported that a group of hams and friends from Fayettville would be hiking in the Big Bend National Park during the period from January 14th through January 21st. Local hams were asked to monitor 2-meter frequencies in case of emergencies.

The program was presented by Bill KE5OG on Ham Logging Software. He discussed the need to keep accurate logs of radio contacts, various logging programs available for contests, awards and certificates, etc. He discussed the programs abilities to interface with modern radios with multiple modes, SSB, CW, Digital etc. The program presented useful information and was well received.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Bill Roberts W5NPR, Secretary