January 2018 Minutes

LAKE OF THE OZARKS
AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MINUTES
January 10, 2018

The meeting was called to order by Larry Cicchinelli (K3CPO) at 7:00 p.m.  Introductions followed: There were 12 members present and 3 visitors. 

The November, 2017 minutes had been sent out via email and were approved. 

Standing committee reports:

  • REPEATER: It seems to be repeating just fine.
  • EMRGENCY NET: Ernie ran the net and said that there were nine check-ins.  (see new business.)

Mark your calendars for the emergency drill at 10:00 a.m. and club meeting on February 14th, 2018.

  • TRAILER COMMITTEE: There is no actual committee at this time.  We have been relying on scheduling a work day and having volunteers show up.  Larry reminded us that the next scheduled use for the trailer will be Field Day which is only five months away, unless we have an emergency and need it sooner.  It was suggested that we need more than one person on the committee.  Lee Cole volunteered to be on the committee. 
  •  TESTING LIAISON: There were two people there for testing, Ann Mott and Ron Gentry, both of whom passed their Tech exams.
  • WEB PAGE: Jack McGuire (KDØQEB) said. Everything is fine on the webpage.  He asked if we were tired of the emails he has been sending.  Evidently not, but Frank Miller (KS2Z) asked for some dirty pictures.  Jack said he would find a dirty photo to put in just for Frank.  This should be good.
  • WRECKING CREW: No report
  • 2 METER NET: January Net Control: Jerry Parmer —  KE0OTM

                                     February Net Control: Jack McGuire – KE0QEB

                                      March Net Control: Fred Groce – K0FG

                                      April Net Control: Frank Miller – KS2Z

  • 10 METER NET: Fred ran the net last night and there were five check-ins.  Larry said it would be great to get a few more participants.  The net is run every Tuesday night at
  • OLD BUSINESS: None
  • NEW BUSINESS:

Meeting Room:  Larry reported that when he went to the fire station to renew our “lease” on the room we have used for our meetings, he received a letter stating that we would be charged $25.00 per meeting for use of the room and there would be a $100.00 “cleaning fee deposit” required.  Larrry, our new president, went to several places to find an alternate meeting site, and we were set to use the Camdenton Library; however, Ernie Venis contacted the fire chief and worked out a deal in which we may continue to use the room for our monthly meetings at no charge.  While we are responsible for any spills or damage but we are not required to pay the deposit.  Thanks Ernie!  It was suggested that the secretary send a thank you letter to the fire chief.  (This has been done.)

 

ARES: Ernie Venis said that he needs all the help he can get with ARES.  There is a new training program in which anyone can participate.  An announcement of the two-day course was sent out which is in February.  There is a once-a-month net.  Larry said that the initial approval for the ham bands was based on emergency service, and we should consider this when deciding to participate.  Larry has application forms.

 

Project:  Larry said that he has been considering a building project just for fun and to inject something new into his ham radio interest.  There are very simple kits available such as the BitX40   hfsignals.com   40 meter ssb transceiver costs only $55.00.  He would like to discuss this at the next meeting.  Jack McGuire said that we could ask someone who is an expert in electronics, digital modes (or whatever) to come to a meeting to give a presentation.  Contact any of the officers by phone on email (available on the website) to make suggestions.

 

Antenna Analyzer:  Larry showed an example of an antenna analyzer that he built for about $80.00 which is comparable to commercial units costing three to four times as much.  It is a simple project to build, and Larry offered to help anyone who wants to try building it.

??????????:  Lee Cole said

The Eagle Days Special Event Station:  This event was held on Saturday, January 6th at the EOC.  Nine club members and one guest participated.  See website for more information. Thanks to Ron Gentry for allowing us to use the facility and to Ernie Venis for opening the building for our use.  Over the course of the day, operating two stations on 20 and 40 meters, we made 78 contacts during what could only be described as ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­poor band conditions.  Included the in QSO’s were 26 states and 3 Canadian stations and one DX – Trinidad and Tobago.

Thanks to all who participated.  Look for a report and photos on our Club’s website.

A Thank You card for Ron Gentry for allowing us the use of the EOC was sent to Ron.  Thanks to Ernie Venis (WØLTC) for arranging for the use of the room and opening it for us.  A Thank You card has been sent to Ron on behalf of LOARC.

  • Sickness and Injuries: nothing to report.
  • Ham Equipment for sale or swap: Check the website: loarc.com

There is a non-functional Alpha 87 amplifier listed on the site for only $200.00.

The procedure for allowing members to list equipment is in place.  Please download the equipment for sale submission form, fill it out and email it back to Jack McGuire per instructions on the website.

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

Respectively submitted,
Glenn Commons (KØKER)
Secretary/Treasurer