MHARC Minutes – October 3, 2013

Moose Horn Amateur Radio Club
Meeting Minutes
October 3, 2013

Opening:
The monthly meeting of the Moose Horn Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 1900 on October 3, 2013 by President John Pfeifer, WL7M at the EOC Building in Soldotna.

Attendees:
John, WL7M; Bill, KL7RHJ; Skip, KL7NN; Huck, KL3IN;  Ed, VE6NH/;  Van, KL7AN; John, KL7IGZ; Ed, KL7UW; Max WA7B; Robert, KL2RU; Tom, KL3TC; Ted, KL3RG and guest Sy, KL3TA.

A. Approval of Agenda
The agenda was presented for informational purposes.

B. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the meeting held on August 1, 2013 were read.  It was noted that there was not a meeting in September since the primary officers were absent. Van, KL7AN moved that the minutes be accepted, seconded by Huck, KL3IN, motion passed.

D. Old Business:
Several proposed activities were cancelled such as the Summer Picnic (weather issues), possible Safety Day Event at Home Depot (did not happen) and the Refuge’s on the Air (cancelled due to Government Shutdown).

Highway Clean-Up: This was done on the 21st of September. There were five participants.  7 bags of trash plus some bulky items were picked up.

Website – President John, WL7M explained the issues with the website and the owner of the domain name. Owner is not cooperating with him and does not respond to e-mails or phone calls. He plans to continue working on this as he is able, and has begun the process of setting up the following website: MoosehornARC.org. He is still looking
for any pictures or news articles that he can post on the new club website.

IRLP: As stated in the August minutes, Tim, KL3CV has volunteered to host the station. The vertical antenna and coax, the radio and accessories have been installed, and Ed, VE6NH/ furnished a newer computer. Robert, AL2B is updating the programming.  It is estimated the station should be operable in the next couple weeks.

Arctic Shield Event:   The following is quoted from the KPB Citizens Corp Newsletter:

“Next spring, the Kenai Peninsula Borough along with the cities of Homer and Seward will be participating in Alaska Shield. This is a statewide, full-scale exercise designed to test the response capabilities of local jurisdictions and first responders. While we do not know the exact scenario, we do know that this will involve a major disaster to affect the Kenai Peninsula. CERT groups from many communities will be activated during the exercise. Please save the dates of Thursday and Friday March 27 and 28, 2014. More details will follow after the first of the year, however we won’t know the exact situation or job assignments until the event itself in order to more realistically simulate a real-life scenario”.

Hospital Radio Testing and Badges: Bill, KL7RHJ reported he spoke with the Safety Director at CPH regarding badges. There are now restrictions on granting badges, but he is agreeable to approving a small group of members in order that we would have access to the radios in case of a disaster. Bill will follow up on this for the Soldotna and Homer hospitals and John, WL7M will address Seward. Bill will also research hams in Homer that would be interested in operating the radio at Homer. John will see if he can contact any operators in Girdwood and Seward. We need to actively work on this in order to discuss our abilities and provide a possible demonstration to Lt. Gilmore of the AST.

E. New Business:
President John had a conversation with a lady in Girdwood about a serious RFI problem.  Attendees suggested he contact Jim Wiley, KL7CC who has some expertise in solving this type of interference.

John also asked about future programs and discussed a video he could show that presented procedures on traffic handling using the approved ARRL message forms. He will put together a synopsis of this for the next meeting. Also discussed was setting up some digital stations and to do some practicing at a future meeting.

F. Announcements:
Ted, KL3RG said he had spoken with Ron Horvath, W8PVZ who had attended one of our meetings earlier this year. Ron’s wife is not well and Ted thought we might remember the family in our thoughts.

Huck drove the OEM/Borough emergency response van to Homer recently. He stated he had many interested visitors wanting a tour of the bus.

G. Adjournment:
No further business was brought forward and Van, KL7AN moved to adjourn at 2020, seconded by Huck, KL3IN, motion passed.

H. Program:
Huck, KL3IN brought in a home-made vhf antenna he had made. It looked very interesting and Skip checked on the SWR with his antenna analyzer.

Agenda for Next Meeting:
Report on badging requirements at the hospitals, message handling demo,

Minutes submitted by: Bill Nelson – Secretary/Treasurer

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