MHARC Minutes – October 2, 2014

Meeting Minutes
October 2, 2014

Attendees: John, WL7M; Max, WA7B; Van, KL7AN; Huck, KL3IN; Tom, KL3TC; Ed, KL7UW, Jim, KL3XW; Ron, W8PVZ; Robert, KL2RU; Johnny, KL7IGZ; Ryan, AB8XX; Rich, KL7RA; Joe, WL7E; Kris, AL2F; Donna, KLØDM; Corliss, AL1G.

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

B. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the meeting held on September 4, 2014 were presented. Max, WA7B, moved the minutes be accepted, seconded by Donna, KLØDM. Motion passed.

C. Treasurer’s Report
Van, KL7AN, moved the report be accepted, seconded by Huck, KL7IN. Motion passed.

D. Old Business:
After a discussion of various possible new call signs for the club, a consensus arose that it was more important to have a memorable call sign than a short call sign. Several members preferred KL7MRC, KL7 Moosehorn Radio Club. Huck, KL7IN, moved to apply for KL7MRC. Rich, KL7RA, seconded. Motion passed. Van, KL7AN, who is the trustee of the club call sign will file the application.

John, WL7M, briefed everyone on the Alaska Section Emergency Test (SET). John and Huck, KL7IN, took part in the exercise. They were able to pass point-to-point Winlink message to both Don, KL7JFT, in Wasilla and Jerry, KL7EDK, in Fairbanks using the new Pactor II modem. John also passed CW message traffic to Ed, AL7N, in Fairbanks. Huck is working with the borough IT folks to get a computer installed in the EOC radio room so the Pactor modem can be left at the EOC and configured for immediate use. John will give a Winlink demonstration at the November meeting.

E. New Business
The president failed to organize the fall highway cleanup, which is usually held in September. Due to various schedule conflict members were unable to agree on a Saturday in October. A suggestion was made to conduct the cleanup during the week, but no volunteers stepped forward to organize the cleanup. Ed, KL7UW made a motion to forego the fall cleanup. Tom, KL3TC, seconded. The motion passed.

Huck, KL7IN, said the borough is updating its communications plan and wanted to know if the MHARC 2-meter repeater has back-up power (either battery or generator). No one seemed to know the answer to the question, so Huck was going to contact Larry, KL7FG, who one of the hams who installed the repeater.

F. Announcements:
Upcoming programs: November, Winlink demo; December, Responder Ready.

G. Adjournment:
No further business was brought forward and the meeting was adjourned.

H. Program:
ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N.

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