MHARC Minutes – Nov. 8, 2012

Moose Horn Amateur Radio Club
Meeting Minutes
November 8, 2012

The regular monthly meeting of the Moose Horn Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 1915 on November 8, 2012 by President Max Carpenter, WA7B, at the home of Bill, KL7RHJ, in Kenai.

Max, WA7B; Bill, KL7RHJ; Ed, VE6NH/; Vic, KL7VIC; Huck, KL3IN; and Robert, AL2B.

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

B. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the meeting held on October 4, 2012 were read. Huck, KL3IN moved the minutes be accepted as corrected, seconded by Vic, KL7VIC, motion passed.

C. Treasurer’s Report

D. Old Business:

The Club participated in the “Refuges on the Air” event in Homer on October 11 -13. Attendees reported that propagation was very poor, but it was a good exercise and a number of visitors viewed the station. Vic, KL7VIC, was complimented on his upgrade to the yagi mounting bracket and for leading volunteers in upgrading the tower trailer. He stated there are a few more upgrades he has planned and will need the trailer moved back to his home to accomplish this.

Reimbursements to Ed, VE6NH/, in the amount of $294.89 for tools for the EmComm trailer and to Vic, KL7VIC, in the amount of $182.30 for materials to upgrade the tower trailer were approved. This will be funded from the grant account.

Approved reimbursement of $100 each to John, KL7IGZ, and Van, KL7AN, for personal expenses of fuel used to tow trailers from Kenai/Soldotna to Homer and back.

E. New Business:
John, WL7M, has written an “advertising” bulletin relating to amateur radio and the MHARC. Attendees reviewed this brochure and were very impressed. This would be something suitable for handouts at different events, or which members could pass out to interested individuals. John has done a great job, and the attendees thank him for taking this task on.

Future ham classes or testing was discussed. Max stated he was taking names, but as of now, there are not enough participants to schedule either at the present.

Robert, AL2B gave a report on the status of the IRLP station (145.210) located at the home of Don Merry, KL2AO. It has been off the air for a few weeks due to no internet at Don’s home. Don has been away for nearly two years and a family member has been living in the house. This individual works on the Slope, so is away part-time and finally decided to drop the internet. Robert had a couple proposals:

1. The club partially reimburse this individual for 10 months of internet service, suggesting an amount of $250.00.

2. Robert offered to purchase the IRLP station from the club for $150.00 and he would see about relocating it.
It was also mentioned that Don is expected to return home possibly at the end of January 2013 and the station could be activated again. Several suggestions were made such as no action on the reimbursement request, do the reimbursement or to sell the station to Robert for $150 and let Robert give the $150 to the individual rather than to the Club. Huck moved that the Secretary send out an e-mail to the membership asking for opinions on how to resolve this issue. This was seconded by Ed, VE6NH/, motion passed.

F. Announcements:

G. Adjournment:
No further business was brought forward and Vic, KL7VIC, moved to adjourn at 2030, seconded by Huck, KL3IN, motion passed.

H. Program:

I. Agenda for Next Meeting:
Plan Christmas Potluck
Discuss/solicit officers for 2013
Approve dues structure for 2013

Minutes submitted by: Bill Nelson – Secretary/Treasurer

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