May 2019 Minutes

LAKE OF THE OZARKS
AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MINUTES
May 8, 2019

The meeting was called to order by Larry Cicchinelli (K3PTO) at 7:00 p.m.  Introductions followed: There were 17 members present and 2 visitors. 

The April, 2018 minutes had been sent out via email and were approved.  The financial report was also approved.

Standing committee reports:

  • REPEATER:Gary (N0RIJ) said that the ICOM repeater has some problems, namely the power supply is not putting out the proper power and there is a hum that can be heard on the air. The controller also has a problem.  The estimated cost of repairing the two units is between $300 and $500.00 including shipping with one part going to Florida and the other to California. Considering that this repeater has worked well and with no maintenance since 2008, it has provided good service.   It was moved and seconded that the two units be sent in for repair.  It was also agreed that since this equipment is expensive, we should pay UPS to double pack the pieces and insure to cover the costs of replacement if necessary.  The motion passed and Gary and Fred will switch out the ICOM with the Micor, let it run for a few days to be sure it is working, and if so, send in the ICOM. 

It was brought up that the owners of KRMS have an abandoned 2-meter repeater in their possession and that they are trying to find out if the previous owner would be willing to donate it to LOARC.  Ernie is looking into this for us.

Mark your calendars for the emergency drill at 10:00 a.m. and club meeting on June 12, 2018.

  •  TRAILER COMMITTEE: Tom (WA0OFO) offered a compressor to the club as a parting gift as he and Valerie are moving permanently to AZ.
  • TESTING LIAISON: There were no people for testing.
  • WEBSITE: Jack (KD0QEB) was not present but the consensus was that the website is going great.  Please send any articles, cartoons, buy/sell to Jack.
  • WRECKING CREW: Glenn (K0KER) asked for some help the next day on stringing a loop antenna and several people volunteered.  Follow up: Fred, Gary S. and Gary W. came and had the antenna strung up in about three hours.
  • EMRGENCY NET: Ernie Venus said that he had ten check-ins.  If your radio can use tones, please program it to access the .955 repeater for future emergency work.
  • 2 METERNET:January Net Control: Glenn Commons – K0KER

                                  February Net Control: Jack McGuire –  KD0QEB

                                  March Net Control: Gary Sundstrom – KE5JTL

                                  April Net Control: Frank Miller – KS2Z

                                  May Net Control: Fred Groce – K0FG

                                  June Net Control: Larry Cicchinelli – K3PTO

                                  July Net Control:  Tom Smith – WA0OFO

                                  August Net Control:  Ron Swinney – AB0P

                                  September Net Control:  Ray Tucker – N0ZYX

                                  October Net Control: Gary Sundstrom – KE5JTL

                                  November Net Control: Glenn Commons – K0KER

                                  December Net Control:  Frank Miller – KS2Z

  • 10 METER NET:There were7 check-ins.
  • OLD BUSINESS:
    • Saturday Eatin’ Meetin’:A discussion on whether to have a Saturday Eatin’ Meetin’ followed. Larry asked if people wanted to meet at a McDonalds or a “regular” restaurant.  Gary S. (KE5JTL)  said he preferred a McDonalds since they were less expensive, are all over the place and fast.  Fred (K0FG) argued that they are not all over the place since there is not one in Sunrise Beach.  Larry evidently wanted to go to a regular restaurant because he was upset that McDonalds no longer serves root beer or HyC orange juice, and a fight nearly broke out.  When things calmed down, it was decided to meet at the Camdenton McDonalds restaurant at 9:30 a.m. on the upcoming Saturday.
      • Update:This actually happened, and eight people showed up for what turned out to be a lengthy and enjoyable meeting.  We adjourned at 10:45 a.m.
    • Tech Class in September: A discussion of offering a “Get Your Tech License in One Day” resulted in a vote of support for holding two classes in conjunction with the Camdenton Lake Career and Technical Center, (LCTC). They hold their classes twice a year, Spring and Fall.  It was also decided that doing just one Saturday would not be enough and two Saturdays, about a month apart, would work better.  September 28 and November 2nd were the selected dates.  We will need several “class monitors” merely to supervise the study sessions and at least three VE;’s to do the testing late in the afternoon.
      • Update: It turns out that the LCTC does not hold classes on Saturdays since they have no custodial personnel on site on the weekends.  Therefore, it was decided to move the training to the Mid-County Fire Station.  A visit with the assistant chief to reserve the dates resulted in learning that the conference room was already reserved on November 2nd.  So, September 28thand October 26th were reserved for us instead.
      • Mark your calendars for these dates.The fire station normally charges a fee of $100.00 per day for using the conference room, but the Chief agreed to waive these fees for LOARC.
        • A course write-up has been written and submitted to the person in charge of the LCTC course publication.  They will collect a $10.00 fee from the student for handling the reservation and covering their costs, a portion of which will come back to LOARC to pay for our printing and any advertising costs, primarily paper and toner..
  • NEW BUSINESS:
  • ECHOLINK: Fred said he has had it unplugged for the past week due to lightning storms.
  • FIELD DAY:
    • Larry asked for each member to send him an email stating when he/she can operate or log as well as setting up and tearing down Field Day: ([email protected])  
    • A signup sheet was also passed around.
    • An initial operator/logger schedule will be available for sigh-up at the next club meeting.
    • Jeannie Heib(KEØNAF) agreed to take charge of the Saturday evening dinner, a pitch-in, to which family members are invited.  Tom (WA0OFO) suggested using Wal-Mart for sandwiches.This will be a potluck dinner.
    • We are all requested to bring a covered dish to the potluck.
    • The club does not have lawn chairs. Please bring yours to use during operating times and especially for the Saturday dinner.
  • OLD BUSINESS – None
  •  Sickness and Injuries: Jack McGuire had surgery the day of the club meeting but went home the next day and is recovering well.
  • Ham Equipment for sale or swap:Check the website: loarc.com
    • 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 8:05 p.m.

Respectively submitted,
Glenn Commons (KØKER)
Secretary/Treasurer