Meeting of April 14, 2020

The meeting was attended by 19 members and guests.
W5NPR                               BILL                          ALPINE
KE5WCP                            STEPHEN                  FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIC                              PAMELA                    FORT DAVIS
KI5ANQ                             SCOTT                       TERLINQUA 
WA5ROE                           BOB                            ALPINE
KA5PVB                            CHUCK                      ALPINE  
KG5LMG                           MARVIN                    FORT DAVIS
KI5EXF                              SHARON                    ALPINE
N5MVV                              ANGIE                        FORT DAVIS
N5HYD                               DOUG                        FORT DAVIS
N5JOE                                JIM                              ALPINE
KF5KMA                           DANNY                       ALPINE
K5WSA                              BILL                 FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIB                             JUDI                            FORT DAVIS
KX5SP                               STEVE                        ALPINE
AI4BA                                DAVID                        ALPINE
WA5POK                           MIKE                          ALPINE
KM4TYV                           SHERYL                     ALPINE
KE5KNQ                            ROB                            ALPINE

Due to the Covid-19 virus, the meeting was conducted on 2-meters utilizing the BBARC 2-meter repeater system.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President Stephen KE5WCP.  It was agreed that all items of business would be approved by mutual agreement.

The minutes of the March 10, 2020 meeting were read and approved.

Angie N5MVV presented the Treasurer’s Report. Angie discussed her reluctance to discuss financial information on the air, but the financial report would be emailed to the secretary and be made a part of the written minutes.  Her report indicated an end of month balance of $10939.34.  Deposits since late January included dues-$434.00;  Donations-$1008.00 and memorials-$2440.00.  Expenses included Big Bend Telephone-$141.20;  Insurance-$1097.00;  Doug Otoupal-$514.24 and Pafoofnik Enterprises-$300.00.  The treasurer’s report was approved.


It was reported that Doug N5HYD had researched information on spare repeaters, but none had been purchased.   It was also discussed that all BBARC repeaters should be registered as K5FD and that the call of KE5OG would be memorialized in another way, to be determined at a later date.

It was discussed that Ultrarun and the Livermore hike had been cancelled due to Covid19.

The annual BBARC dinner originally scheduled for April 24th has been postponed indefinately.


Bob WA5ROE reported that silent key information on Bill KE5OG had not been submitted for publication in QST Magazine.

Scott KI5ANQ reported that the 146.82 Christmas Mountain repeater had locked up during the previous week’s Wednesday night 2-meter net.  

The 2020 status of Field Day was discussed.  Chuck KA5PVB discussed the possible necessity of changes to this year’s Field Day.  Covid-19 conditions could eliminate  large group gatherings like BBARC’s  usual Field Day activities.  The activities could be limited to individuals operating from home on emergency power or family gatherings operating portable stations on temporary antennas.  Clubs should be alert to additional Field Day information and state social distancing requirements as the time draws nearer.

Bob WA5ROE reported on ARES nets on Monday nights at 7:30 on 3873 kHz, preceded by the NTS  net from 6:30 to 7:30 on the same frequency.  He stated that on the ARES net, the three Texas sections are called, first North Texas, then West Texas and finally South Texas.  Also RACES nets are scheduled on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 2:00 PM on 7255 kHz.

It was reported that the ECHO LINK antenna tower would remain at True Value, but with an additional tower section installed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Respectfully Submitted

Bill Roberts