Meeting of August 11, 2020

Big Bend Amateur Radio Club

Minutes of Meeting

August 11, 2020

The meeting was attended by 21 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

KI5ANQ                             SCOTT                       ALPINE

N5HYD                              DOUG                        FORT DAVIS

N5MVV                             ANGIE                        FORT VAVIS

AI4BA                                AL                               ALPINE

KF5KMA                           DANNY                      ALPINE

K5WSA                              BILL                            FORT DAVIS

KG5ZIB                             JUDI                            FORT DAVIS

KE5KNQ                            ROB                            ALPINE

KI5JTB                               RACHEL                    SAN MARCOS 

KG5VGS                            GREGG                      ALPINE

KG5HEJ                             AL                               ALPINE

KF5DCM                           DAVID                        SAN ANGELO

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 July 14, 2020 meeting were read and approved.

Angie, N5MVV reported a current balance of $9957.57.  Activity for May included BBT $35.21, RV registration $133.25, trailer registration $59.75;  June BBT $35.21; JULY True Value $6.14, Doug Otoupal $66.83 (tire repair and gas for 146.82 Christmas Mountain trip) and Pafoonik Enterprises $500.00 (spare duplexes) and August BBT $35.70 and liability insurance $200.00.

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

Scott KI5ANQ reported changes to the ECHOLINK system that should improve operation efficiency and speed.  A detailed report on improvements was read by Scott and is attached to these minutes.  Also discussed was the need for a committee to discuss ECHOLINK  technology, repeater technology and net management.  Scott, Doug N5HYD and Bob WA5ROE will serve on that committee.

Bob WA5ROE reported that he and Bill W5ATO and made the trip to Pierce Mountains for repairs on the 146.72 repeater and battery cables were replaced. There is still a need for improved guy wires and  plans for completing the work.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Respectfully Submitted

Bill Roberts