Meeting of September 9, 2020

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

                                            VENUS                      ALPINE

K4AAA                               RON                           FORT DAVIS

KI5EXF                              SHARON                   ALPINE

KI5ANQ                             SCOTT                       ALPINE

N5HYD                              DOUG                        FORT DAVIS

N5MVV                             ANGIE                        FORT DAVIS

                                           JIM                              GARLAND

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.

Respectfully Submitted

Bill Roberts