Meeting of March 9, 2021

BBARC Minutes of Meeting

March 9, 2021

The meeting was attended by 19 members and guests.

K5WSA Bill Fort Davis

K7VEN Art Fort Davis

KA5PVB Chuck Alpine

KB5R Rusty Alpine

KE5KNQ Rob Alpine

KE5WCP Stephen Fort Davis

KG5LMG Marvin Fort Davis

KG5ZIB Judi Fort Davis

KI5ANQ Scott Terlingua

KI5EXF Sharon Alpine

KI5JTB Rachel San Marcos

KI5NEK Jerry Alpine

N5CET Charlie Alpine

N5HYD Doug Fort Davis

N5JOE Jim Alpine

W5JUW Lora Alpine

W5NPR Bill Alpine

WA5ROE Bob Alpine

KI5OKE San Antonio

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.  Unfortunately, we lost Stephen almost immediately on the 62 repeater, which had been up and down.  VP Bill W5NPR took over.

The minutes of the February 9, 2021 meeting were read and accepted.

Treasurer Angie N5MVV was not present at the meeting.

SkyWarn weather training is Thursday (3-11) at 7:30 and need to use link from email to attend the webinar.

Rusty KB5R reported on the test session last Saturday (3-6) with two new technicians – Matt KI5OQC of Fort Davis and Brad KI5OQB of Terlingua.  Sharon KI5EXF upgraded to general class.  Thanks to the test team VEs Bob W5RHN, Lora W5JUW, and Billy W5NPR.

Rusty KB5R also offered dates 4-17 or 18 or 24 or 25th for the spring fling, the covered dish BBARC party.  Will have an outside area to eat or inside and wear masks.  (Note: the date has been set to the 24th.  Updates will be on the web page and through emails.)

Stephen came back online and had some agenda items from the secretary concerning membership.

Scott KIA5ANQ has information on club membership.  The first is the ARRL Club Membership Verification Report.  We are an ARRL affiliated club and need to maintain a 50% level of dues paying club members that are also verified ARRL members.  The report dated February 23, 2021 has a club ARRL percentage of 59.65%.  The list had 34 ARRL members and 23 expired or not an ARRL member.  The report also has expiration dates of ARRL membership, so the club is able to track these for its members.  The report is done annually, so we are good with ARRL for a year.

The second membership information is the club now begins or renews ARRL memberships through the club.  The web site home page has a PDF file to download and print.  Fill out the form and write a check to the BBARC.  Mail this to the club.  The key is to do this two months in advance of expiration.  The Member page of the web site lists the upcoming expirations.  Soon to expire are KD6KBU, KI5YG, W5NPR, and WA5POK.

The third item is some members have no contact with the club – K5VA, KB5LMB, KM5V, and W5KMC.  We have sent letters, and some were returned with a bad mailing address from the FCC database.  (Note: KB5LMB has been dropped from the list).

Stephen encouraged everyone to pay club dues.  They are are $36 annually starting in January.

Scott KI5ANQ reported on the FCC requirement of registering an email address in their database.  The language seems to be getting stronger about the June 29th deadline.  Every member should check their FCC record for accuracy and add the email address.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:56 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Scott McClanahan KI5ANQ

Meeting of January 12, 2021

BBARC Minutes of Meeting

January 12, 2021

The meeting was attended by 22 members and guests.

AI4BA David Alpine
K5FRN Fran Fort Davis
K5WSA Bill Fort Davis
KA5PVB Chuck Alpine
KB5R Rusty Alpine
KE5KNQ Rob Alpine
KE5WCP Stephen Fort Davis
KF5KMA Dan Alpine
KG5BMK Chuck Terlingua Ranch
KG5LMG Marvin Fort Davis
KG5ZIB Judi Fort Davis
KI5ANQ Scott Terlingua
KI5EXF Sharon Alpine
KI5MRU Charlie Alpine
N5HYD Doug Fort Davis
N5MVV Angie Fort Davis
W5ATO Bill Alpine
W5JUW Lora Alpine
W5NPR Bill Alpine
W5RHN Bob Fort Davis
WA5MHO Dean Alpine
WA5ROE Bob 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.

The minutes of the December 8, 2020 meeting were read and accepted.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Angie N5MVV reported a current balance of. $8812.92.  Activity included one payment to Big Bend Telephone for $36.08.  Expenses to Doug N5HYD were reimbursed for $965.63 ($146.82 new solar system and miscellaneous related charges).  There were no deposits. The RV insurance will be paid this month. Angie reminded it is time to pay dues of $36. The treasurer’s report was accepted.

Stephen recognized the new officers and Bill W5NPR for his service as secretary, now Vice President.

2m Repeater Report

Doug N5HYD went to Christmas Mountain to replace the repeater with an abbreviated machine.  The repeater was brought back for testing on the bench.

EchoLink Report

Scott KI5ANQ reported a completely new system was set up (radio, computer, antenna), but had the same problems as the old one.  The old one was put back up.  A persistent problem breaks the Internet link, so might be in the router.  Also removed all DTMF controls from EchoLink and working with Doug N5HYD on repeater commands and implemented three for EchoLink – enable, disable, and status.

Stephen mentioned the $35 FCC license charges and the new FCC email requirement.  He also reiterated club dues are $36 and the address, 1402 N 5th St, Alpine TX 79830.

Stephen called for new business.  VEC Rusty KB5R mention testing this Saturday at the American Legion at 10:00.  Rusty reiterated that the $15 charged goes to the ARRL, and that the club gets nothing.  He has not heard what the ARRL will do about collecting the $35 FCC fee.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Scott McClanahan KI5ANQ
BBARC Secretary

Meeting of November 10, 2020

Big Bend Amateur Radio Club

Minutes of Meeting

November 10, 2020

The meeting was attended by 20 members and guests.

W5NPR                               BILL                          ALPINE

KE5WCP                             STEPHEN                  FORT DAVIS

KG5ZIC                              PAMELA                    FORT DAVIS

KA5PVB                             CHUCK                     ALPINE

WA5MHO                           DEAN                        ALPINE

KI5EXF                              SHARON                   ALPINE

KI5ANQ                              SCOTT                      ALPINE

N5HYD                               DOUG                        FORT DAVIS

N5MVV                              ANGIE                        FORT DAVIS

KE5KNQ                            ROB                            ALPINE

KB5R                                  RUSTY                       ALPINE

KX5SP                                STEVE                       ALPINE 

KG5LMG                           MARVIN                    FORT DAVIS

KF5KMA                            DANNY                     ALPINE

KI5JTR                               RACHEL                    SAN MARCOS

KD5KBU                            JIM                             FORT DAVIS

K5WSA                              BILL                           FORT DAVIS

KG5ZIB                             JUDI                            FORT DAVIS

KG5HEJ                             AL                               ALPINE

K5AAA                              RON                            FORT DAVIS

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

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President Stephen KE5WCP.  

The minutes of the October 13, 2020 meeting were read and approved.

Angie N5MVV reported a current balance of $9,886.11.  Activity included one payment to Big Bend Telephone for $35.70.

Doug N5HYD presented an estimate on repairs to the Christmas Mountain 146.82 repeater as follows:  $388.99 for WindyNation 300 watt 12 volt Polycrystaline Solar Panel complete kit with LCD PWM Solar Charge Controller Upgrade to 10AWG;  $360.00 for three 24MD-DL Deep Cycle Marine Batteries and $100.00 for miscellaneous expenses for UTV, fuel, sundry and other expenses.  By mutual agreement, Doug was authorized to purchase the needed items and proceed with the repairs. 

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.  He also discussed addition of APRS to the EchoLink system. 

The estate sale of N5NYZ, Tom Guis, who had become a Silent Key, was discussed.  The sale was held on October 24th from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and was limited to ham operators.  The sale went well although much of the items available remain unsold.  A second sale is scheduled for November 13th and will be open to the public.  In addition to radio equipment, parts and supplies, a storage building is available priced at $3200.

It was discussed it was unlikely that the meeting room at the West Texas National Bank would reopen any time soon and the BBARC meetings would most likely continue on 2-meters.  Should there be any changes, an announcement would be forthcoming.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM.

Respectfully Submitted

Bill Roberts

W5NPR

Meeting of October 13, 2020

Big Bend Amateur Radio Club

Minutes of Meeting

October 13, 2020

The meeting was attended by 21 members and guests.

W5NPR                               BILL                          ALPINE

KE5WCP                            STEPHEN                  FORT DAVIS

KG5ZIC                              PAMELA                    FORT DAVIS

KA5PVB                             CHUCK                     ALPINE

WA5ROE                            BOB                           ALPINE

WA5MHO                           DEAN                        ALPINE

 KI5EXF                             SHARON                   ALPINE

KI5ANQ                             SCOTT                       ALPINE

N5HYD                              DOUG                        FORT DAVIS

N5MVV                             ANGIE                        FORT DAVIS

KE5KNQ                           ROB                            ALPINE

KB5R                                 RUSTY                       ALPINE

KX5SP                               STEVE                       ALPINE 

KG5LMG                          MARVIN                    FORT DAVIS

N5JOE                               JIM                             ALPINE

KF5KMA                           DANNY                     ALPINE

KI5JTR                              RACHEL                    SAN MARCOS

KD5KBU                           JIM                             FORT DAVIS

K5WSA                             BILL                           FORT DAVIS

KG5ZIB                            JUDI                            FORT DAVIS

KG5HEJ                           AL                                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.  

The minutes of the September 8, 2020 meeting were read and approved.

Angie N5MVV reported a current balance of $9,886.58.  Activity included two payments to Big Bend Telephone for $35.41 each.

Doug N5HYD gave a repeater report as follows:  “We think the repeater issue is all from the 146.82 Christmas Mountain site.  We are pretty sure the solar charge controller has an issue and that the batteries are past their usual operational life span and we are down to just a few of the 20+ year old solar panels.”  A maintenance trip to Christmas Mountain is being planned. 

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.  He also discussed the BBARC website and the addition of EchoLink logs.

Bob WA5ROE reported on the Estate Sale of N5NYZ, Tom Guis, who had become a Silent Key.  The sale is scheduled for October 24th from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and is limited to ham operators.  The sale has been added to the website with photos of some of the equipment, tubes and parts available for purchase.  He emphasized that the photos in no way fully represent all available for sale.

It was discussed it was unlikely that the meeting room at the West Texas National Bank would reopen any time soon and the November meeting would probably be on 2-meters.  Should there be any changes, an announcement would be forthcoming.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.

Respectfully Submitted

Bill Roberts

W5NPR

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

W5NPR

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

W5NPR

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

W5NPR

Meeting of June 9, 2020

Big Bend Amateur Radio Club
Minutes of Meeting
June 9, 2020

The meeting was attended by 22 members and guests.

W5NPR BILL ALPINE
KE5WCP STEPHEN FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIC PAMELA FORT DAVIS
KI5ANQ SCOTT ALPINE
WA5ROE BOB ALPINE
N5JOE JIM ALPINE
KG5LMG MARVIN FORT DAVIS
KI5EXF SHARON ALPINE
KG5LMK MIKE FORT DAVIS
N5HYD DOUG FORT DAVIS
WA3LCO FLOYD ERIE, PA
KF5KMA DANNY ALPINE
K5WSA BILL FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIB JUDI FORT DAVIS
WC5WFH (NO INFORMATION)
KC5NOX GARY SWEETWATER
KG5HEJ AL ALPINE
N5JZV (NO INFORMATION)
KE5KNQ ROB ALPINE
WA5MHO DEAN ALPINE
KB5R RUSTY ALPINE
KI5JIZ DERRICK ROUNDROCK
N5CFB JOHN BUDA

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 May 12, 2020 meeting were read and approved.

No Financial Report was presented due to a 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.

It was reported ECHO-LINK had been moved to Scott’s KI5ANK residence, which has a line-of-sight path to the Elephant Mountain Hub. ECHO-LINK is up and running.

Bob WA5ROE reported on Field Day plans. The event will be held at the usual Double Diamond location, but due to Covid-19 conditions it will be scaled down. BBARC will operate as a 1A station, rather than the 2A as in the past. The BBARC RV will be setup with a G5RV antenna and will be used as both CW and Voice operations. The individual operating that station will choose the mode of preference. In addition, operators may choose to operate from home or other remote locations in the class of their choice and designate those contacts as BBARC for club scoring purposes

Meals will be served, but possibly scaled down from previous years. Meals served will be Friday-supper, Saturday-breakfast, noon and supper and Sunday-breakfast and leftovers at noon.

Those planning to eat all meals need to pay Bob WA5ROE $30.00 or $10.00 for one meal. Participants are also asked to provide a 12-pack of the drinks of their choice.

Also discussed was an email from John Dyer AE5B, previous Section Manager. John and his wife Karla K5LRA, will sponsor the West Texas Field Award for WTX affiliated clubs. The award will go to the club with the most contacts, including those contacts from the Field Day location and from individual operators adding contacts to the club’s aggregate score. A plaque will be awarded to the winning club.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:03PM.

Respectfully Submitted

Bill Roberts
W5NPR