|The February 21st 2017 meeting of the Newton Amateur Radio Club met in the Board Room of the Newton Public Library. Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Jerry Williams.
Present were Charles K0HNC, Jed KD0JCG, Jeanne KS0JG, Dave WX0DH, Russell WX0RG, Jerry KD0LWX, Stan WD0EUF, Harold WS0M, Peter (P.J.) KE5JVM
Minutes were read by Secretary/Treasurer Charles Meisinger. Stan moved and Jeanne seconded to approve the minutes as read.
Treasurers report was read by Secretary/Treasurer Charles Meisinger. Jeanne moved and Dave seconded to approve.
Jeanne said that there is no Skywarn Appreciation Day scheduled for this year.
Charles said that the club email server is not working. Jeanne is looking into a new free email program called Mailchimp. She will talk to Kent about transferring email addresses to the new program.
A visitor, Peter (P.J.) Maquire KE5JVM, was present and joined the club. He moved to Newton from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a Lifeteam dispatcher at the airport and has a bail bond agency. He has a Tech license and was active in Skywarn in Tulsa. Each member in turn introduced themselves to Peter. There was a discussion about how Skywarn works in Kansas as compared to the Tulsa area.
Stan gave an update on the Chisholm Trail special event in April. He has arranged for us to use the old depot building free of charge. It is south of the Eisenhower Library. It has commercial power, rest rooms and air conditioning. Abilene is one of seven amateur radio sites along the trail and will use the call sign W5A. Each operator will use their own privileges, identify as W5A every 10 minutes and give their own call sign once an hour. He has made up paper log sheets for all operators to use. The rules allow one station at a time per band per mode on all bands and modes. He has edited the W5A call on QRZ.com with his name and address for QSL info. He has a 10/20/40 dipole that needs a tuner on 40 that all groups can use, but should otherwise bring their own equipment. He said that the city of Abilene won’t have their celebration until Labor Day. More Chisholm Trail information is at chisholmtrail150.org. Charles said that the Heartland 50 run is on April 29th, which would conflict. Russell will check on doing radio for that event. Stan asked for anyone that can work the event to let him know. There has been some interest from hams around Concordia, Clay Center and Hutchinson. Emporia will talk about it at their next meeting. They are interested in doing more events with us jointly. There was some discussion about a testing session during the event.
The Chisholm Trail bike ride is May 6th at Athletic Park in Newton. We will need operators for 3 SAGs, net control and a rover. They may add a fourth SAG because of road work, which would require another operator. Setup will be at 07:00 and use the 61 repeater. The route will be the same as last year unless road work causes changes. They are making T shirts with the Chisholm Trial logo on them. Jerry will ask for volunteers in April.
Storm spotter meetings:
Field day will be at East Lake Hall on Jun 24th and 25th. Division of expenses between the clubs needs more discussion.
Jed said that he is moving to CO in mid March.
Dave moved and Jeanne seconded to adjourn at 19:55
Updated: Friday, March 31, 2017 1:08
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