MHARC Minutes – December 5, 2013

Moose Horn Amateur Radio Club
Meeting Minutes
December 5, 2013

Opening:
The monthly meeting of the Moose Horn Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 1900 on December 5 by President John Pfeifer, WL7M at the EOC Building in Soldotna.

Attendees:
John, WL7M; Bill, KL7RHJ; Huck, KL3IN; Ed, VE6NH/; Max, WA7B; Skip, KL7NN; Tim, KL3CV, Al, KL7EAN and visitor, Patrick, KL3JT.

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

B. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the meeting held on November 7, 2013 were presented and Huck, KL3IN moved the minutes be accepted, seconded by Ed, VE6NH/. The motion passed.

C. Treasurer’s Report

D. Old Business:
Website – President John has created a group mailing list on the club website. There are presently 57 e-mail addresses listed. Visit the club website for more details.

IRLP: Tim, KL3CV reports the system is now working. The frequency is 145.210, tone 123.0, IRLP Node 3353. There is a net weekdays at 0900 if anyone would like to listen to or check into.

Hospital Radio Testing: Several club members and others activated the radios in Homer, Seward and Soldotna on Tuesday, November 26. All stations were heard on 75 and 40 meters, and participants felt it was a success. We would like to continue this exercise on a monthly or quarterly basis if we can get willing participants. Hopes are to introduce digital communications during the next test. Read more about it on the club website

E. New Business:
Elections were held resulting in the following:
John, WL7M – President
Max, WA7B – V. President
No Volunteers – Secretary
Bill, KL7RHJ – Treasurer
Board of Directors – Ed, VE6NH/, Van, KL7AN and Dale, KL7XJ

Ed, VE6NH/ is willing to take notes during upcoming meeting until a permanent secretary is found.

Dues for 2014: Max, WA7B moved that dues remain at $12 per year (family $20), seconded by Ed, VE6NH/, motion passed.

Huck, KL3IN reported that the Borough CERT organization is hopeful that some of its members will be willing to obtain a technician license. The organization has a $3000 grant to buy radios, and Huck asked that interested club members meet with the CERT leader and give him some suggestions on what radios would best meet the CERT needs. Huck also spoke about a new Borough policy regarding use of the EOC by “outside” organizations. MHARC can continue to meet at this location, but we are restricted to the large conference/training room. Huck will get a copy of the policy and pass it along.

Bill, KL7RHJ provided information on the club’s 2013 field day results in comparison to other clubs and individuals.

F. Announcements: None

G. Adjournment:
No further business was brought forward and Ed, VE6NH/ moved to adjourn at 1945, seconded by Huck, KL3IN.

H. Program:
President John gave a very interesting power point presentation on using the digital mode, FLdigi. He, Ed, VE6NH/, Skip, KL7NN and Max, WA7B have been doing some practicing in the evenings on the 80 meter band, and welcome anyone wanting to join them. Attendees felt the demonstration was very worthwhile since there are good message capabilities with this mode that it compliments November’s program where we did some ARRL message form practice.

Agenda for Next Meeting:
Trooper Gilmore is expected to attend and we’ll report on testing of hospital radios.

Minutes submitted by: Bill Nelson – Secretary/Treasurer

 

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