July 2017 Minutes


July 12, 2017

The meeting was called to order by Jimmy Schapiro at 7:00 p.m. 

 Introductions were made.  There were 11 members present and 1 visitor. 

The June minutes were sent out via email.  They were approved.  The financials were read at the meeting.

Standing committee reports:

  • FIELD DAY: Fred Groce (K0FG) presented the following results……

Contacts by phone:

80 meters = 0,
40 meters = 143,
20 meters = 86 for a total of 229 phone contacts.

Contacts by CW:

80 meters = 14,
40 meters = 53,
20 meters = 60 = 127 times two = 254.

There were some extra points given for using emergency power and setting up on a public place, and according to Fred, we ended up with 483 qso points.  Way to go, guys and gals.  Were there any gals?

  • REPEATER: Gary Welsh (N0RIJ) reported that it is working well.
  • CAMDEN COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS: Ernie Venis was not at the meeting, but Jack reported that we had five check-ins.  The emergency drill is always run on the same day as our club meeting at 10:00 a.m.  

Mark your calendars for emergency drill and club meeting for August 9th at 10 AM.

  •  10 METER NET:  3 people checked in to the 10 meter net last night, but according to an email sent by Ray Tucker, (N0ZYX), Fred Groce and Mike Saulsbury checked in.  They had a lengthy net and discussed antennas, propagation, tested Fred’s new antenna and helped him adjust his microphone settings.  Ray encourages everyone to participate and make this net more fun.
  •  TESTING LIAISON: There was one person for testing.  He passed his Tech license and was given a Club membership application.
  •  WEB PAGE: Jack McGuire (KD0QEB) said “It’s OK.”  As always, Jack needs input from the members.  Write an article and send it in to Jack, will ya?
  • TRAILER COMMITTEE:  The trailer worked well at field day and is back in storage.  However, when returning the trailer, a pipe Fred had in the back of his truck broke one of the windows on the front of the trailer.  He said he would research getting it fixed.
  •  WRECKING CREW: Tom Smith (WA0OFO) Tom Sterling (KDØTS) and Fred Groce put one end of Gary’s G5RV back up.
  • 2 METER NET: The net controllers for the next four months are:

                                  August Net Control:       Tom Smith  
                                  September Net Control:  Fred Groce
                                  October Net Control:      Jack McGuire
                                  November Net Control:   Jeanne Heib                
                                  December Net Control:  Open

  • HAMFESTS: The Warrensburg hamfest was held in Centerville this year on July 15th.  Several members carpooled.
  •  OLD BUSINESS: John MacLeod (KZ0KZO) said that his video net will be changing frequency due to some interference on the previously selected frequency.  He also demonstrated his Gong Show buzzer for proper and improper operation on his net.  John also suggested a new purpose for our using Echolink.  Again, the technical process of installing the computer, modem and any other equipment were discussed, and Fred and Gary agreed to contact COMO to investigate the possibility.  Look forward to a report from Gary and Fred at the August meeting.
  • NEW BUSINESS:  SCOUT MERIT BADGE:  Lee Cole (KCØKTY) brought up the idea of our participating with the Boy Scouts in providing merit badge instruction for the Radio Merit Badge.  This merit badge is not just for ham radio but can cover broadcast radio as well.  There was some discussion by people who went to Camp Han a few years ago and their disappointing results; however, it was agreed that we would consider participation if the Camp leaders could do some prior work on Scout selection for the class and assure that the boys are truly interested in radio and not just adding a merit badge to their total.  Lee said that Camp Han is becoming a “Destination Camp” and boys will come from all over the country.  We may get a better selection of participants for our class.  Lee will get back to us.  If you think you might be interested in participating next June, check out the instruction manual at: http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Radio.

 KENWOOD RADIO REPAIRED: One of the Kenwood radios the club owns has a non-working speaker.  Associated Radio wants $125.00 just to pop the lid and take a look at fixing it.  Tom Sterling agreed to take a look at it to see what he can do to fix it.  PMU:  ( Post Meeting Update) Tom found bad capacitors and replaced them.  It now works!  We all owe Tom a huge, really HUGE, THANK YOU!

CLUB PATCHES:  Glenn (K0KER) mentioned that we are down to a handful of Club patches and wondered if anyone knew where we got them made. PMU:  Peggy Cory was contacted to see if she made them, and although she had made name badges years ago, she said that she did not make our club patches and could not now.  Jack McGuire’s wife, Judy, went to Versailles and got a quote from BW Graphics for 24  3” patches, not exactly like our embroidered ones, but similar.  Their quote was $113.14 plus tax or $4.71 each plus tax = $5.08 each.   

  • Ham Equipment for sale or swap:  Since the July meeting, I have received an email regarding three radios for sale: Frank Galinski (N0LRG) has three Icom 718 transceivers for sale for $450.00 each:  n0lrg2000@nullyahoo.com

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Respectively submitted,

Glenn Commons (K0KER)