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