MHARC Minutes – April 3, 2014

Meeting Minutes
April 3, 2014

Members Present: John/WL7M, Max/WA7B, Skip/KL7NN, ED/KL7UW, Rich/KL7RA, Ed/VE6NH, Vic/KL7VIC, Tom/KL3TC, Van/KL7AN, and Huck/KL3IN.

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

B. Approvas of Minutes
Motion by Ed/KL7UW to accept Mar. minutes as published, second by Huck/KL3IN, motion passed.

C. Treasurer’s Report
Read and accepted with no changes from last month.

D. Old Business
Discussed the recently concluded “Alaska Shield” exercise held March 27 & 28. Ed/VE6NH, Huck/KL3IN and Max/WA7B gave a report on Soldotna EOC activities. John/WL7M gave a report on Seward. Skip/KL7NN gave a report on Homer. Rich/KL7RA also reported on his station’s activities and the capability for handling Health and Welfare traffic. After the reports, the club discussed lessons learned and suggestions for improving our capabilities and response in the future. Ideas explored included: 1) using 60 meters, 2) using VHF via the repeater at Diamond Ridge or a possible direct shot to Seward through the mountains, 3) a portable digipeater, and 4) using a Pactor modem with Winlink software in order to pass traffic to/from Anchorage.

E. New Business
Rich/KL7RA briefed the club on upcoming W1AW anniversary activities. Club members have been invited to operate as W1AW from June 17 through 23, using digital modes (PSK31 and RTTY) using the club’s trailer. More details to follow. The majority of members present said they would be interested in participating. Van/KL7AN was unanimously confirmed as the event’s chairman.

A preliminary discussion of possible Hamfest dates occurred, but no decisions were made. More discussion at next month’s meeting.

F. Announcements – None

G. Adjournment
Van/KL7AN moved for adjournment seconded by Max/WA7B.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm

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