March 2018 Minutes

March 14, 2018  

The meeting was called to order by Larry Cicchinelli (K3PTO) at 7:00 p.m.  Introductions followed: There were 14 members and one visitor present. 

The February, 2018 minutes had been sent out via email and were approved.  The financial report was also presented at the meeting.

Standing committee reports:

  • REPEATER: Fred Groce (K0FG) said that he had changed the time to DST.  Echolink stopped working possibly because a recent Microsoft update changed the mic. input. He entered the program information again, and as of the meeting, it is working.
  • EMRGENCY NET: Jerry Parmer (KE0OTM) ran the net this morning.  He had six check-ins.


This repeater requires a tone to access it: 192.8.  Be sure to set up the tone on your 2-meter rig if you have not already done so to be ready for the change in April.  If you are having trouble setting up the tone, ask Ernie Venis (W0LTC) for help.  You’re welcome.

Mark your calendars for the emergency drill at 10:00 a.m. and club meeting on April 11th

  • TRAILER COMMITTEE:  It was moved, seconded and passed that we have a Comm. Trailer work session on Wednesday, April 4th at 10:00 a.m.  For those who want to work on the trailer but don’t know where the storage facility is, meet at CG’s gas station and restaurant on Hwy 5 just SW of highway TT at 9:30 for some Tom Smith approved biscuits and gravy.  We’ll caravan over together.
  • TESTING LIAISON: There were two people there for testing.
  • WEB PAGE: Jack McGuire (KDØQEB) said the website “is still there.”  He has recently updated the roster, photo and SK sections of the site. 
  • WRECKING CREW:  Nothing to report
  • 2 METER NET    :  March Net Control: Fred Groce – K0FG
                                :   April Net Control: Frank Miller – KS2Z
                                :   May Net Control: OPEN
                                :  June Net Control: OPEN
  • 10 METER NET:  Last night, Larry (K3PTO) was net control and had three chickens.  Some people tried to participate but either could not hear the others or could not be heard.  This may have been due to fowl band conditions.
  • OLD BUSINESS: Fred (K0FG) asked that whoever borrowed his CW paddle please return it.
    • Field Day will be June 23rd and 24th.  We will set up at the MDC location off Thunder Mountain Road, same as previous years.  Jimmy Schapiro (WD0FPC agreed to obtain the permission certificate from MDC.
    • Jack McGuire (KD0QEB) said he will bring his radio and his Buddi-Stick antenna for digital use and will download the WFJT-X software for possibly using FT-8 at Field Day.  It was mentioned that PSK-31 has taken second place to FP-8, a newer form of digital because is it much better for quick “contest” contacts.
    • Jerry Parmer (KE0OTM) said that his truck is quite capable of towing the trailer to and from Field Day and that he would be willing to do so.
    • Radio Replacement: Fred suggested that, since our two club radios are getting quite old, and one has a speaker problem, the club should purchase Ralph Eddin’s Icom 718 and his auto tuner as a replacement for one of our current radios.  Our old one could be sold to recover some of the funds spent.  We currently have enough money in the equipment fund to do this even without the sale of the old radio.  Larry said that he would prefer that we purchase a similar Yaesu transceiver; however those are going for quite a bit more money these days.  The subject was tabled until the next meeting.
  • Sickness and Injuries:  No report.
  • Ham Equipment for sale or swap: Check the website:
    • Glenn (K0KER) has listed a QYT KT-8900 mobile dual band station for sale.
    • Our procedure for allowing anyone 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 7:35 p.m.

Respectively submitted,
Glenn Commons (KØKER)