October 2020 Minutes

LAKE OF THE OZARKS
AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MINUTES

October 14, 2020

The meeting was called to order by Larry Cicchinelli (K3PTO) at 7:08 pm. 

Introductions followed: There were 16 members present and 3 visitors for the meeting.

Approved September minutes

Standing Committee Reports

  • REPEATER: Fred KØFG and Robert KEØTTL worked on the repeater, but still do not have the tone installed to work properly. To make the repeater work with the CAT 1000, we need to purchase a CTCSS encode/decode module for $75 from the equipment fund. After some discussion, a motion was made to purchase the module. The motion carried.
  • TRAILER COMMITTEE: No Report
  • WRECKING CREW: No Report
  • TESTING LIAISON: 1 scheduled for testing tonight. (General). Update from the study session 4 participated and 4 passed.
  • WEB PAGE: Jack McGuire WJØTM – Positive comments about the updated layout and theme.
  • EMERGENCY NET: 9 Check-ins on 146.73 & 7 Check-ins on 146.955
    • ARES Exercise on October 10th at 10am. Amateur operators from the Lake area participated in the Missouri Troop “F” Shakeout simulation. The Shakeout was an earthquake simulation at the New Madrid fault. Our local ARES repeater was still down at the time of the simulation, so the drill switched over to the 146.73 club repeater. There were 13 local check-ins along with damage reports for this event. We had check-ins from Benton, Camden, Miller and Morgan Counties. We were part of the Troop “F” simulation that had a total of 76 check-ins.
    • The 955 repeater should be fully operational by Friday October 15. This includes the 192.8 tone and linking with the other SkyWarn repeaters.
    • Additional Emergency Nets on the 955 Repeater – Tuesday Evenings at 7 pm for SKYWARN and Sunday Evenings at 7 pm for the regional ARES net.
  • 10 Meter Net: 5 Check-ins:
  • 2 METER NET: September Check-ins 39 total
    • October Net Control: Gary Sundstrom – KE5JTL
    • November Net Control: Glenn Commons – KØKER
    • December Net Control: Frank Miller – KS2Z
    • January Net Control: Larry Cicchinelli – K3PTO
    • February Net Control: Jack McGuire – WJØTM
    • March Net Control: Glenn Commons – KØKER

 Training Presentation:

  • Glenn KØKER gave a presentation about Parks on the Air (POTA).
  • The website is www.parksontheair.com
  • You can start from home by “Hunting” for park activations.
  • You can also travel to federal and state parks to “Activate” a park.
  • Both Hunters and Activators need to sign up on the website to participate.
  • For Hunters, it is a great way to be involved with “Spotting” parks.
  • For Activators, it is a great opportunity to practice setting up a portable operation.
  • Portable operations can be set up using grid power, generators, solar and battery
  • Awards are available for both Hunters and Activators.
  • Activators can submit ADIF format logs that are uploaded to the POTA website.
  • Hunters do not need to submit a log. All the logs are submitted by the Activators.
  • In July there is an event that is open for Clubs to participate.
  • It is a great opportunity to be active on HF.

OLDBUSINESS

Air Show Recap 2020 – Sept 12: Well attended event.

  • Morning was busy; afternoon was slow.
  • We had enough volunteers to man the booth for the entire event.
  • We were able to talk with many members of the community.

Study Session and Testing:

  • One attendee came from Airshow info.
  • One attendee heard about us on KRMS radio.
  • There was discussion on the format. Two of the attendees felt that it was very intense, but worth the time spent to get licensed.
  • For this type of session, we need to make sure that the advertising is clear as to the format.
  • We should look at offering additional training within a few weeks of the study session.
  • The additional training will boost the probability that those passing the test will continue with amateur radio and become involved with the club.
  • Dennis KFØBZS was presented with the Baofeng HT that he won for participating in the study session.

 Nominating Committee:

  • Glenn, Fred, and Robert will form the nominating committee.
  • Voting will take place at next month’s meeting.
  • A list of nominees will be sent out prior to next month’s meeting.

Trailer Storage or Other Options

  • We need to think about what to do with the Trailer. The original intent was to provide Emergency communication. During the last several years, the trailer has only been used for field day. Is there interest in club members participating in ARES or other types of Emergency Communication to justify keeping the trailer?
  • So far the best option for long term storage for the trailer is at Camden County EMA and look at options for covering the trailer.
  • If we are involved with ARES, would we consider purchasing a newer trailer?
  • If we are only going to be involved with Field Day, we could possibly rent a small storage space to keep only the equipment that we use for Field day.
  • Robert will send out an email to ask the members who are interested in participating in Emergency Communications and take the appropriate training.
  • Everyone should review the ideas presented and be prepared to discuss this at the November meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

Ongoing Training for Club members.

  • Ham Radio Clubs that are growing in size are offering training opportunities.
  • Would we want offer additional training on a day different from the club meetings?
  • Our club membership is getting older. If we don’t offer opportunities for new licensees we will have a difficult time growing the club membership.
  • Some of the new licensees at the meeting expressed interest in participating in some type of training.
  • The question is “Now that I have my license, how do I get started?”
    • How do I participate in a NET?
    • How do I set up my station?
    • How do I set up a better antenna?
    • What is proper “on air” etiquette?
    • Hands on training would be great.
  • There should be a difference between the club business meeting and training.
  • It would be nice to have regional “Elmers” to help some of the newer Hams get started.
  • A few of the club members have already been Elmers to some of the newer Hams that have recently obtained their licenses.
  • We need to get new licensees excited about the opportunities to keep them engaged.
  • We will form a committee to look at options for training. Larry K3PTO, Steve KDØSB, Jack WJØTM and Robert KEØTTL will look into training options and bring recommendations back to the club.

Sickness and Injuries:

  • Cheryl (KDØEYQ) is recovering from surgery.
  • Valerie Smith is doing well. Most of Tom’s ham gear has been sold.

Ham Equipment for sale or swap:

Jack WJØTM has a Nano BNA and at CDR rotor available.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:20 pm.

Respectively submitted,
Robert Harmon KEØTTL
Secretary/Treasurer