The January 21, 2014 meeting of the Newton Amateur Radio Club met in the Board Room of the Newton Public Library. In attendance was Jerry Williams, Russell Groves, John Goerzen, Dave Hughes, Charles Meisinger, Kent Stutzman, Greg Brazell, Joe Brazell, Jeanne Groves.
Meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM by President Dave Hughes.
Minutes were read, Russell moved, Jerry seconded and the minutes were unanimously approved.
Petty cash $40.00
There was a special vote of thanks to outgoing officers from Dave Hughes and the club.
Russell Groves gave the Repeater Trustee Report
The battery is not replaced yet, Dan Inskeep will assist soon once replacement battery (from the stash) is charged. Since the weekly news line places significant load on the repeater (constant load for 30 minutes), is there interest in keeping it before the Club net on Sunday? The risk is the possibility of burning out the power amp out in the repeater due to the load. There was a motion from John Goertzen and second by Jerry Williams to air one last time on Sunday and then announce we are dropping it. Kent Stutzman will put a link to the site on the NARC website.
Jeanne Groves will start running the Sunday Club net. Normally the controller is pre-programed to delink at 7PM and relink at 8PM.
High Speed Hamnet
Dave brought Linksys router to start the project going. Dan has given high gain antenna for project. There is a wealth of information on the project at http://www.broadband-hamnet.org/
Test Session in March
Date, Time, and Place— Jeanne will schedule a library room on March 8th, 2014 from 9am to noon, (If that doesn’t work, then other possibilities will be considered.) VE Amateur Extras are Russell, Jeanne, Dan, and Dave. To publicize, ARRL will add to their calendar and on club site. Ask Derby Radio Shack to publish. Maybe run as PSA in Newton Kansan.
Heartland 100 is splitting up 50 mile and 100 mile, 50 mile is in May and 100 mile will be in October. Club has been requested to help again in October (no request for May). Russell suggested to get more bodies this year for better coverage.
Other runs, request for support
Have not heard about Eisenhower run yet that runs in April.
Mobrey Metric will be held on hottest day of July in McPherson, the McPherson Club does primary support.
MCC bike ride will in run in Sept.
Dan has received safety vests.
Storm Training sessions will be in Newton 11 or 13 of March (Tuesday or Thursday).
There will be no advanced training for this year.
Sign ups for ARES. Renew membership in ARES as an individual. Training will eventually be expected but no yet. ARRL KS chapter got a new director and has resigned.
No news from Lon about training for Harvey County.
For more training there is ICS training from FEMA web site and has useful information about the ICS process.
The ARRL Centennial QSO party continues, New York and OK this week, then MN and TX.
Russell, moved to adjourn at 7:50 PM. Second by Jerry and Greg.
Minutes taken by Jeanne Groves