Meeting of July 14, 2020

Big Bend Amateur Radio Club

Minutes of Meeting

July 14, 2020

The meeting was attended by 18 members and guests.

W5NPR                               BILL                          ALPINE

KE5WCP                            STEPHEN                  FORT DAVIS

KG5ZIC                              PAMELA                    FORT DAVIS

KD5KBU                            JIM                             FORT DAVIS

KA5PVB                             CHUCK                     ALPINE

WA5ROE                            BOB                           ALPINE

KX5SP                                STEVE                       ALPINE

KG5LMG                           MARVIN                    FORT DAVIS

KI5EXF                              SHARON                   ALPINE

KG5LMK                           MIKE                         FORT DAVIS

N5HYD                              DOUG                        FORT DAVIS

AI4BA                                AL                               ALPINE

KF5KMA                           DANNY                      ALPINE

K5WSA                              BILL                            FORT DAVIS

KG5ZIB                             JUDI                            FORT DAVIS

KE5KNQ                            ROB                            ALPINE

KB5R                                  RUSTY                       ALPINE

KI5JTB                               RACHEL                    SAN MARCOS 

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 consent.

The minutes of the June 9, 2020 meeting were read and approved.

No Financial Report was presented due to the reluctance to discuss financial matters on the air.

It was discussed that the usual meeting location at the West Texas National Bank in Alpine was still unavailable because of Covid-19 conditions.

In the absence of Scott KI5ANQ , a report on ECHO LINK prepared and emailed by Scott was read 

as follows:  “ECHOLINK work is preparing another server computer.  Have the hardware together and working on Windows to strip it down, then configure the hardware and give it a try.  I can experiment and test the new server but easily swap it back.  When?  Maybe next week.”  It was further discussed that ECHOLINK is working but with issues.

Doug N5HYD reported that repeater duplexers had been purchased from a friend near Dripping Springs that will serve as backup  for the BBARC system.  The purchase of the duplexers was approved and Doug is to be reimbursed.

Bob WA5ROE reported on Field Day.  A total of 1472-1A contacts were made at the Field Day site, in addition from remote sites:  386-1E by Rusty KB5R, 54-1D by Chuck KA5PVB,  287 1-F by W5TRL and contacts by W5WIZ that were yet to be reported.  Bonus points for all categories were  yet to be added.  All scores will be reported in the December QST magazine.  Bob stated there were 10 to 15 hams at the Field Day site at various times,  weather was good and that the preparation of meals went well.  It will be several more months before the results of the John Dyer Field Day Award will be known.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM.

Respectfully Submitted

Bill Roberts