October 2019 Minutes


October 9, 2019   

Mark your calendars for the emergency drills on November 13, 2018

at 10:00 a.m. on the 146.730 repeater and at approximately 10:10 a.m. on the 146.955 repeater.

And mark your calendars for the club meeting on the same day.

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 September, 2019 minutes had been sent out via email and were approved.  The financial report was presented.

Standing committee reports:

  • REPEATER: Ernie Venis (W0LTC) said that the repeater is working well, but that the .955 is still having problems.
  • EMRGENCY NET: There were 4 check-ins.
  • TRAILER COMMITTEE:  Fred (K0FG) said that he had placed five gallons of ethanol free gasoline in our new container with the trailer.

 TESTING LIAISON: There were two people there to take their Technician license test.

  • WEB PAGE: Jack McGuire (KDØQEB) said there is nothing new.
  • WRECKING CREW:  No one has asked for any help.

                  November Net Control: Glenn Commons – K0KER  (Jack McGuire – KD0QEB – November 9th)

                  December Net Control:  Frank Miller – KS2Z

 Suggested for 2020:

                                    January Net Control: Fred Groce – K0FG

                                    February Net Control: Jack McGuire – KD0QEB

                                    March Net Control: Glenn Commons – K0KER

                                    April Net Control: Frank Miller – KS2Z

                                    May Net Control: Gary Sundstrom – KE5JTL

                                    June Net Control: Larry Cicchinelli – K3PTO

                                    July Net Control: 

                                    August Net Control:  Ron Swinney – AB0P

                                    September Net Control:  Jack McGuire – KD0QEB

                                    October Net Control: Gary Sundstrom – KE5JTL

                                    November Net Control: Glenn Commons – K0KER

                                    December Net Control:  Frank Miller – KS2Z

  • 10 METER NET: Larry (K3PTO) reported that he had eight check-ins.
  • OLD BUSINESS: As a follow-up to the discussion held at the last meeting on grounding, Steve Bouck (AA4SB) agreed to do some additional research and make a presentation on what he learns at the next meeting.  He did so, and the reference websites are to be found at the end of these minutes. See below.

Larry (K3PTO) said that he has been using FT8 recently and made over 300 contacts including six new countries in less than one week.

Thanks to Lee Cole for bringing some new door prize items.

Gary Welsh said that we need to test the generator a month before Field Day to be sure it is working well and agreed to do that.  He also said we should start it every month or two for the same reason, but no dates were set.

Fred said a lady called him and has some SK equipment she wants help getting rid of.  He will talk to her on Monday and post it on the website.

  • It’s Time to Operate: Larry mentioned that since fall is here, it is contest season, and there will be multiple opportunities to work HF and hook some easy contacts. 
  • Dues are Due:  Glenn has requested that dues be paid for 2020.  Since we will be having our annual Christmas party in December, it would be great if you would please bring your check for next year’s dues to the November meeting.  $25.00 single. $30.00 family.  Cash for dues will not be accepted at this meeting: only checks.
  • EAGLE DAYS: It was brought up for discussion that, if we want to operate an Eagle Days Special Evening Station for January 2020, we should be submitting our application for the “one-by-one” call sign now which will get the announcement in QST Magazine.  Seven people committed to operate: Fred Groce, Steve Bouck, Gary Sundstrom, Lee Cole, Ernie Venis, Larry Cicchinelli and Glenn Commons.  This was enough people to book the event, and of course, others may participate as well.  Fred agreed to secure our callsign. Thanks Fred!. 
  • Training Classes: The training class volunteers and VE’s sign-up sheet was passed out and volunteers for the October training session were filled.  Thanks to all who assisted.
  • NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Larry said that election of officers is due in November and appointed a nominating committee (consisting of Gary Welsh (N0RIJ), Jim Schapiro (KD0FPC) and Fred Groce (K0FG).   The nominations will be presented at the November meeting and the election will be hold then.  Anyone wishing to run for President, Vice President or Secretary/Treasurer should let one of the nominating committee members know. 
  • Sickness and Injuries: Nothing to report.
  • 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 7:52 p.m.

Respectively submitted,
Glenn Commons (KØKER)




ARRL Grounding and Bonding for Radio Amateur


  1. Ward Silver N0AX

ARRl book $18Kindle $10

  1. Resources for informational materials
    1. Professional Associations and Companies
      1. NFPA -National fire protection association. www.nfpa.org
      2. International Association of Electrical Inspectors. www.iaei.org
      3. Mike Holt Enterprises. www.mikeholt.com
      4. Polyphaser. www.polyphaser.com/services/media-library/white-papers
      5. Lightening Protection Institute. lightning.org/learn-more/library-of-resources
    2. Standards
      1. NEC handbook 2017.
      2. FAA document on practices and procedures for lightning protection, grounding, bonding, and shielding implementation
      3. Motorola publication R56 
      4. IEEE std. 1100-2006 “IEEE recommended practices for powering and grounding electronic equipment.
      5. MIL-HDBK-419A-Grounding, Bonding, and Shielding for Electronic equipments and Facilities (Vol 1 and 2)
      6. Jim Brown K9YC  http://k9yc.com/GroundingAndAudio.pdf , http://k9yc.com/publish.htm 
      7. Alan Applegate K0BG
      8. Tom Rauch W8JI.com

                                Most of the above standards can be found by searching on the Internet.