The meeting was attended by 15 members and guests.
W5NPR BILL ALPINE
KG5LMK MIKE FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIB JUDI FORT DAVIS
K5WSA BILL FORT DAVIS
KE5WCP STEPHEN FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIC PAMELA FORT DAVIS
KB5R RUSTY ALPINE
KD5KBU JIM FORT DAVIS
AI4BA DAVID ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK ALPINE
N5MVV ANGIE FORT DAVIS
K1SP MATTHEW ALPINE
KX5SP STEVE ALPINE
KG5LMG MARVIN FORT DAVIS
KB5YFG J P FORT DAVIS
Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President Bill Smith K5WSA.
The minutes of the June 11, 2019 meeting were read and approved on a motion by Rusty KB5R and second by Stephen KE5WCP.
The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Angie N5MVV with an end of month balance for June as $8413.17. Deposits of $630.00 and $200.00 were reported with expenses of $85.46 to Big Bend Telephone for the months of April and May, $35.16 for the month of June, $220.94 for a battery box and $32.00 for website fees. The report was approved on a motion by Chuck KA5PVB and second by Jim KD5KBU.
It was reported that Field Day contacts for BBARC were approximately 500 less that last year due to operating conditions and antenna issues at the RV CW station. BBARC scored 6300 points with 796 from side band contacts and 888 from CW contacts. Bonus points also added to the score. Volunteers involved in the setup were praised and the need for more volunteer help in the future was noted.
A study on 2-meter frequencies was discussed with possible reallocation for ham frequencies. ARRL has indicated that no problems were foreseen and to not contact congressional representatives at this time.
Cost of new repeaters was discussed with a recommendation that repeaters purchases should be per-programmed.
It was discussed that the August meeting would be tour of the McDonald Observatory telescope facilities.
The program was presented by Steve KX5SP on his recent medical mission trip to Honduras. He reported that Honduras is a beautiful but very poor country. The medical team visited a different village every day with patients sometimes walking many miles for treatment. He stated that all radios and supplies were brought in by the team, with antennas constructed on site and moved to each new location. He discussed a Texas CW station with an antenna farm that provided communication support for incoming and outgoing transmissions. The team spent approximately three weeks in the field.
Steve has been involved in more than 70 relief missions, mostly storm related events.
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.
Bill Roberts W5NPR