January 2019 Minutes


January 9, 2019

The meeting was called to order by Larry Cicchinelli (K3PTO) at 7:00 p.m.  Introductions followed: There were ­­­­13 members present and 1 visitor. 

The November, 2018 minutes had been sent out via email and were approved. 

Financial Report:  Glenn said that, including three members who paid their dues in 2018, and some who have paid their dues this year, we have a total of $2731.00 of which $637.00 is in the equipment fund. 

Standing committee reports:

  • REPEATER: It seems to be repeating just fine.  Some thought that there was a hum on the repeater, but it was decided that it is working and it would be expensive to have it shipped and repaired for such a minor problem. 
  • TRAILER COMMITTEE:  The trailer is snug in the garage.  No known need for work at this time.  We paid for a permanent license plate and registration for our emergency trailer at a cost of $59.00.
  • WRECKING CREW:  No report
  • EMRGENCY NET: Ernie ran the net and said that there were seven check-ins on our repeater .730, and five on the ARES repeater .955.

Mark your calendars for the emergency drill at 10:00 a.m. and club meeting on February 13th, 2019.

  •  WEBSITE: Jack said that he had been approached with the idea of getting a different website host in order to have a more robust website.  He explained that, while a different host might provide this benefit, it would be at a minimum cost of an additional $120.00 per year.  He said that Scott Poest is paying for the ISP, that he can operate our current website easily, and that so long as this arrangement is working, his thought is to not “fix it.”   Jack has since learned that the hosing site has nothing to do with the hospital; that it is a totally independent situation.
  • TESTING LIAISON: There was 1 person there for testing.  Robert Harmon, a guest who had passed his Tech the previous month, tested for his General and passed.  Robert also joined LOARC.  Congratulations and “Welcome, Robert.”
  • 2 METER NET: January Net Control: Glenn Commons —  K0KER
                               February Net Control: Jack McGuire —  KD0QEB
                               March Net Control: Gary Sundstrom – KE5JTL
                               April Net Control: Frank Miller – KS2Z
  • 10 METER NET: Larry ran the net last night and there were 4 check-ins.  Larry said it would be great to get a few more participants.  The net is run every Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m.
  • OLD BUSINESS: Larry showed the labels that were prepared for placing on old QST Magazines letting people know who donated them, and asked that we distribute our old magazines to various businesses that have waiting rooms.

Radio Announcement: Glenn reported that he heard an announcement on KRMS touting the benefits of ham radio and directing people to check out the LOARC website for more information.  Joe Walsh (K0RFO) was identified as the one doing the announcement.  Turns out, he is very involved with Bob Heil, and in ham radio.

Voluntary Examiners: Fred said that we need people to become certified as Voluntary Examiners so that we can continue to do testing; too many of our VE’s are away for the winter.  It is easy to accomplish this prestigious designation: it’s an open-book test that you can take online, and costs nothing.

2 Meter Net Controllers: Glenn suggested that, rather than search for 2 meter net controllers at each club meeting, we should set up a semi-permanent group of net controllers.  Gary Sundstrom questioned if we were not letting the snowbirds off the hook.  The plan could be modified to incorporate the snowbirds in the summer when they are here.  Keep in mind, two of our snowbirds are planning a permanent move to AZ within the next two years or less. 

10 Meter Net: Larry (K3PTO) asked a volunteer to take over as the Tuesday night 10 meter net control since he has done it for almost a year.  Fred said he had done it for a year, and Larry Smith (W0YY) had done it for the three previous years.  No one jumped up to volunteer, but Frank (N0LRG) said he would stand ready to fill in should Larry not make it some night. 

Calling Net Control:  Larry reported that it is legal to call net control as such, and lit is not necessary to use his/her call sign.  Net control must identify every ten minutes.  Fred pointed out that in addition to identifying our Special Event station every ten minutes, we also must identify the sponsoring station, in our case, N0ZS, at least every hour.

Eagle Days:

The Eagle Days Special Event Station:  This event was held on Saturday, January 5th 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  (114 + 33 = 147) contacts during what could only be described as ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­poor, make that non-existent, band conditions on 40 meters.  Finally, 40 meters started to open up around noon and soon became so crowded that it was hard to find a sport to call CQ.  Included in the QSO’s were 38 states including the Battleship New Jersey docked in Camden, NJ (J2BB) and the ham radio club at Notre Dame University and  7 DX  stations: 6 in Canada and 1 in Puerto Rico.  Thanks to all who participated.  Look for a report and photos on our Club’s website.

A Certificate of Appreciation and a QSL card were delivered to Ernie Venis for delivery to Ron Gentry as a Thank You to the Camden County EMA on behalf of LOARC for allowing us the use of the.  Thanks to Ernie Venis (WØLTC) for arranging for the use of the room and opening it for us.

Things learned: Operating the two radios so closely together was difficult. 

Glenn then handed out certificates of appreciation to all those who operated/logged at the event.  See attachment.

Net Control:  Glenn said that we are always struggling to find net controllers for Saturday’s 2 meter net and suggested that we establish a cadre of people willing to do net control.  Those who have participated in the past are Fred Groce, Jerry Parmer, Jack McGuire, Frank Miller, Glenn Commons, Tom Smith (when in town), Larry Cicchinelli, and Gary Welsh (when in town).  Gary Sundstrom, our newest member has agreed to serve as net control. Glenn suggested we form a group of net controllers who sign up for two months each for the rest of the year with the understanding that, if they need a substitute on a particular Saturday, they can call on a member of this group for help.  The people most often in town are:

Fred Groce              573-280-0612              [email protected]
Jerry Parmer           573-480-9536              [email protected]
Jack McGuire          915-494-8787              [email protected]
Frank Miller             573-346-5774              [email protected]
Glenn Commons    832-326-8715              [email protected]
Gary Sundstrom     214-537-7421              [email protected]
Larry Cicchinelli      572-317-9192              [email protected]
No decision was reached.  If you would like to add your name to the above group, please let a board member know.

  • Sickness and Injuries: As reported in a special email to the group, Frank Miller’s wife passed away in mid-December.  No life celebration service has been schedule so far.
  • Ham Equipment for sale or swap: Check the website: loarc.com

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: p.m.

Respectively submitted,
Glenn Commons (KØKER)