Big Bend Amateur Radio Club
Minutes of Meeting
September 9, 2020
The meeting was attended by 17 members and guests.
W5NPR BILL ALPINE
KE5WCP STEPHEN FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIC PAMELA FORT DAVIS
KM4TYV CHERYL OAK RIDGE, TN
WA5POK MIKE OAK RIDGE, TN / ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK ALPINE
WA5ROE BOB ALPINE
WA5MHO DEAN ALPINE
K4AAA RON FORT DAVIS
KI5EXF SHARON ALPINE
KI5ANQ SCOTT ALPINE
N5HYD DOUG FORT DAVIS
N5MVV ANGIE FORT DAVIS
KE5KNQ ROB ALPINE
KB5R RUSTY ALPINE
Due to the Covid-19 virus, the meeting was hosted in the backyard of Bob WA5ROE and Lucy, including hot dogs and desserts
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President Stephen KE5WCP.
The minutes of the August 11, 2020 meeting were read and approved on a motion by Rusty KB5R and second by Chuck KA5PVB.
Angie N5MVV reported a current balance of $9957.00.
It was discussed that the usual meeting location at the West Texas National Bank in Alpine was still unavailable because of Covid-19 conditions.
Doug N5HYD reported repeater problems including a buzzing sound heard by users on the 146.82 repeater. He discussed possible solar charge controller issues and the need for new batteries. He further discussed the difficulties in reaching the 146.82 location and the carrying of batteries to the repeater location from the parking location.
Scott KI5ANQ reported continued efforts on his part to upgrade the EchoLink system. He discussed the eventual logging of EchoLink users as an intended upgrade.
It was discussed it was unlikely that the meeting room at the West Texas National Bank would reopen any time soon and the October meeting would probably be on 2-meters. Should there be any changes, an announcement would be forthcoming.
Appreciation was extended to Bob and Lucy for hosting the meeting, backyard meal and social. It was an enjoyable evening and a welcomed opportunity to meet face to face after several months of meetings on 2-meters.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.