Meeting of March 10, 2020

The meeting was attended by 17 members and guests.

W5NPR                               BILL                          ALPINE
KE5WCP                            STEPHEN                  FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIC                              PAMELA                   FORT DAVIS
KI5ANQ                             SCOTT                       TERLINQUA 
WA5ROE                           BOB                            ALPINE
KA5PVB                            CHUCK                      ALPINE  
KI5EXF                              SHARON                   ALPINE
KG5LMK                           MIKE                         FORT DAVIS
N5JOE                                JIM                             ALPINE
AI4BA                                DAVID                       ALP[INE
KD5KBU                           JIM                             FORT DAVIS  
K5WSA                              BILL                           FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIB                             JUDI                           FORT DAVIS
KX5SP                               STEVE                        ALPINE
KG5LMG                          MARVIN                     FORT DAVIS
KB5R                                 RUSTY                       ALPINE
KB4TRP                            CLAIRE                      ATHENS, AL 

Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President Stephen KE5WCP.

The minutes of the February 11, 2020  meeting were read and approved on a motion by Bill K5WSA and second by Jim KD5KBU.

In the absence of Angie N5MVV,  the Treasurer’s Report was not presented.  Bob WA5ROE reported  there had been several memorial contributions honoring Bill Brooks KE5OG.

Bob WA5ROE reported that the anticipated move of ECHO LINK to the KE5OG residence would not occur.   An extension of the tower at True Value was planned and ECHO LINK would remain there.

A plaque was presented to Bill K5WSA in recognition of his service to BBARC as Club President for 2019.

Stephen KE5WCP said the foot race to be held at Davis Mountain State Park was still scheduled for March 28-29, 2020.  Communication stations were discussed.  He specified that most of the stations were accessible, but that one would require a long walk to access.  He discussed that March 28th was the most important race date and that two shifts were recommended.  The first shift was to be from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM, and the second shift from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM.  Because of interference it was suggested that 146.62 be off line during the duration of the race.

It was discussed that 146.62 had been damaged by lightning and was being repaired.  It was also suggested that backup repeaters were necessary.  Two repeaters had been located on Ebay, a used one for $700 and a new one for $2000.  It was recommended that consideration be given to purchasing both repeaters and that Doug N5HYD be authorized to investigate the available repeaters.

It was discussed that SKYWARN Training was scheduled on Thursday March 24, at the Sul Ross Range Animal Science Building from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  Jim KD5KBU reported that SKYWARN would be presented in Fort Davis on the following Wednesday.

The program was presented by Scott KI5ANQ on APRS equipped radios.  Topics discussed were APRS overview, data capabilities, operating modes, usage, repeaters, SSID, radio configurations, packets at alpinhof, GPS, logging, etc.   It was a well presented program with a question and answer period following the program.

Respectfully Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR