Meeting of May 9, 2017

Minutes of Meeting

May 9, 2017

The meeting was attended by 9 members and guests:

KA5PVB Chuck  Alpine
W5NPR  Bill   Alpine
N5NYM  Allen  Alpine
KE5OG  Bill   Alpine
KD5KBU Jim    Fort Davis
KG5LMG Marvin Fort Davis
WA5ROE Bob    Alpine
N5MVV  Angie  Fort Davis 
KG5LTE Scott  Alpine

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

The minutes of the April 11, 2017 meeting were read and approved after a motion by Jim KD5KBU and second by Chuck KA5PVB.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Angie N5MVV, with an end of month balance of $4364.24. She also reported that a bill for batteries had not been paid. The report was approved after a motion by Chuck KA5PVB and a second by Jim KD5KBU.

Old Business:
Allen N5NYM reported that the Elephant Mountain 147.02 repeater was still disabled due to interference problems. A future trip was planned to increase separation of the two antennas. It was noted that 448.00 was still operative and an alternative. Batteries for the 146.82 Christmas Mountain repeater had been purchased but not yet installed. Most likely installation would be May 20th. It was also reported that the problem with the 147.12 Cibolo Creek repeater could not be handled remotely and would require an on-site setup to allow remote reset.

It was reported that the Texas Star Party was scheduled for May 23rd from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Those attending are encouraged to car pool to Prude Ranch.

It was discussed that an attempt to empty the storage unit was underway , but the anticipated
completion would be delayed until after Field Day.

The BBARC calling tree is under revision and Bill KE5OG circulated a draft copy for additions, deletions or corrections.

It was discussed that the gin pole needs repair and that new tubing would be need to be purchased . A motion for the club to pay for all repair costs was approved after a motion from Bill KE5OG and second by Chuck KA5PVB.

It was discussed that Steve KE5QFC from Terlingua had been missing for several days. The search for Steve continues.

Bill W5NPR reported that Wink High School’s Physics and Science Technology classes would launch a balloon with amateur radio equipment included in the pay load during the last week of school. Bill reported he is planning to attend the launch.

Bill KE5OG presented the program on Contesting 101. His presentation was geared to those who have little or no contest experience, as well as those with experience. He discussed the rules, the bands in use for each contest, exchanges, multipiers, time limits, categories, how to get moving, DX and domestic, endurance and determination, logging programs etc. He discussed single-operator, single-transmitter; multi-operator, single-transmitter; and multi-operator, mult-transmitter contests. He encouraged all to jump in and get their feet wet!

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Bill Roberts W5NPR, Secretary