August 2020 Minutes

LAKE OF THE OZARKS
AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MINUTES

August 12, 2020

The meeting was called to order by Larry Cicchinelli (K3PTO) at 7:01 pm. Introductions followed: There were 12 members present and 3 visitors for the meeting. 

Approved July minutes

Standing Committee Reports

  • REPEATER: Repeater was sent back to properly program the tone. It had a problem with the power supply upon arrival at the repair shop. They repaired the power supply and “programmed the tone” and returned it to the club. There still seems to be a problem with the tone working properly. Fred KØFG made a video of the issue and is waiting to hear back on how they are going to resolve this issue. As of today, there is still no tone required for operation.
  • TRAILER COMMITTEE: The trailer is still waiting for a permanent home. Ron ABØP was able to repair the damaged 15 meter band pass filter and return it to the trailer.
  • WRECKING CREW: Fred KØFG will be looking at some equipment from a local Silent Key. It will be mostly older equipment including a TenTec Corsair.
  • TESTING LIAISON: 3 scheduled (and passed) testing tonight. (1 Tech, 1 General and 1 Extra)
  • WEB PAGE: Jack McGuire WJØTM – 16 pictures up still waiting for 13. Please let Jack know if you don’t want a picture posted. All others please send in the pictures ASAP
  • EMERGENCY NET: 10 Check-ins on 146.73 & 0 Check-ins on 146.955 (currently out of service)
  • 10 Meter Net: 3 Check-ins:
  • 2 METER NET:
    • August Net Control: Ron Swiney – ABØP
    • September Net Control: Jack McGuire – WJØTM
    • October Net Control: Gary Sundstrom – KE5JTL
    • November Net Control: Glenn Commons – KØKER
    • December Net Control: Frank Miller – KS2Z

OLD BUSINESS

Air Show 2020 – Sept 12: Bruce AEØIQ gave a brief overview of the Air Show. You can see any updates/schedule on the website http://lakeoftheozarksairshow.com. The event is free to the public, but parking is $10 per vehicle.

  • This event has both Military and Acrobatic demonstrations and is usually well attended.
  • There are usually about 30 booths set up on the tarmac in a 10’ x 10’ space.
  • Attendance has been estimated to be as much as 14,000 for this event.
  • Booths are set up the morning of the Air Show usually by 8:00 am.
  • In the event of rain, the event may be rescheduled.
  • There will be some costs involved to rent the space and purchase items needed for setup
  • It can be very noisy during some of the demonstrations.
  • We may want to participate in this event to encourage interest in Ham radio and provide visibility for the Lake of the Ozarks ARC. Some items to consider for this event.
    1. Have a 2 meter setup with club members available at other locations to communicate with anyone interested in doing a live demo.
    2. Need to provide information about getting a license.
    3. Need to commit to providing training within a few week of the event.
    4. Need to setup a 10’ x 10’ canopy, table and chairs.
    5. Need to have a banner to let people know who we are.
    6. Cost $250 for Booth space $50, Banner $100, Canopy $100
  • Steve AA4SB has a canopy and we may be able to use the banner from field day. This could save the club $200.
  • There was a question about using the trailer. It would not be possible in the booth area, but we may be able to put it near the food concessions. However, due to COVID concerns, it is likely that nobody would go inside. Bruce will check to see if there are options for this.
  • Glenn KØKER made a motion to budget up to $75 and rent a space for the airshow. Motion Passed. We will move forward with participating in the Air Show.

Class/Training and Testing:

  • There was some discussion on the training sessions.
    1. Do we provide formal training and follow up with a study session?
    2. Do we do something similar to the “cram” session that we did last fall?
    3. When people pass the test can the club provide “Elmers” to help the new licensees?
  • Glenn KØKER will contact the Continuing Adult Education about adding our class.
  • Do the same class as last year, but emphasis will be it is a Self Study only/Test prep class.
  • We may consider offering one Baofeng radio for a drawing to anyone who passes the test.
  • It is proposed that we offer the Class at the Fire Station on Oct 3rd Glenn will look into location availability before setting a date for the training.
  • Those expressing commitment to help with the Study/Test event were: K0KER, WJ0TM, K6IMZ, AE0IQ, K3PTO, K0FG, AA4SB

Storage Options for Trailer

  • Rent a space. Currently the only option was an outdoor secured lot at Big Oak Storage (K6IMZ) for $30 per Month ($360 annually). Indoor storage is difficult to find but is about $90-$100 per month.
  • Store at Camden County EMA for free – Concrete slab with surveillance and locked gate. Only 3 members would have code to gate. However, the EMA office will likely be staffed during any type of Emergency Event.
  • Store for free at Camden County EMA and purchase a cover for the Concrete slab.
    • Basic 12’ by 26’ (9ft tall) structure will cost $1,540 installed.
    • Add partial sides and A-frame style roof will cost $1,890 installed.
    • Upgrade to 12 gauge steel frame w/20 year warranty $2,240 installed
  • Glenn mentioned contacting those who donated to the trailer project in 2006 to see if there may be interest in soliciting a bit more $$ to help with this project.

Wally Pfaff (KIØNX) – Donated Equipment to the Club. Discussion on what to do with the equipment (full list below under Sale or Swap)

  • Sell the radios and use the proceeds toward the storage unit or equipment fund.
  • Keep the IC-746Pro to replace the TS-450s (QST review 1992) and sell the TS-450s.
  • There was discussion on the purpose of the club radios. They are only being used for the ARRL Field Day and Eagle Days. It was decided that the current radios are functioning well and meet the current needs of the club.
  • Glenn KØKER made a motion to allow Larry K3PTO to sell all of the equipment and apply the proceeds to the equipment fund to help with the trailer storage options. Motion Passed.

Larry will list the equipment for sale.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Ray Myers WBØPYF has applied for Membership in the club. His membership was approved by the club. He will be added to the member’s list when the dues are paid.
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Sickness and Injuries: Nothing to report

Ham Equipment for sale or swap:

Valerie Smith (Tom Smith WAØOFO) has sold most of the large items. There are still a few items listed on the Phoenix Craig’slist under Ham Equipment.

Equipment from Wally (KIØNX)

  1. MFJ 949D antenna tuner
  2. ICOM IC-746PRO with PS125 power supply and HM-36 mic (QST May,2002)SOLD
  3. Kenwood TS430S with PS-430 power supply and MC-43S mic (QST March 1984) (power supply putting out 23v, radio does not work)
  4. ICOM IC-2100H 2 meter transceiver with mic (I have a pwr supply for sale if needed)
  5. Heil HM-10 microphone with boom and foot switch
  6. Yaesu MH-12 mic
  7. Kenwood MC-60A Mic with stand
  8. Radio Shack Pro2015 scanner
  9. Midland S.A.M.E. weather radio

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:54 pm.

Respectively submitted,
Robert Harmon KEØTTL
Secretary/Treasurer