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The November 16, 2010 meeting of the Newton Amateur Radio Club met in the Board Room of the Newton Public Library. In attendance were Ray Franz, John Goerzen, Jeanne Groves, Russell Groves, Mike Harvey, Charles Meisinger, Joe Palmer, Kent Stutzman, Jerry Williams.

The Meeting was called to order by President Mike Harvey at 7:10PM. Joe read the minutes with typos noted by Kent. Mike moved to approve, with John G 2nd..

Old Business:
Russel has continued to ply the Mid-Kansas Co-op, which remains a work in progress. Russell reported the Hillsboro water tower did not work out due to no riling around the top nor a place to mount a mast to hold an antenna. He continues to look at towers in the county for placement. Mike suggested contacting Chance Cooper, N5NIQ; an Alltel/Verizon tower worker.

Heartland 100 - Spirit of the Plains
Marc Friesen is a participant in the event. Aaron worked the event this year, and said they need two more stations. Dan has accessed a repeater from Ron Farthing for use in next years event if we are needed. Plans are to see how the terrain is and find the high spots along the rout. If a crank-up tower is not available, push-up poles would be utilized to mount cross-band radios along the route.

Discussion turned to VE's. What VE group did the Club think would best work for the Club. John mentioned the requirements for the W5YI groups, and thought that the ARRL VE seems to be the best way for the Club to meet ad hoc testing sessions. With the interest of several dispatchers in Harvey Co EOC in getting licensed, a Tech Class was also discussed. The next APCO meeting will be held in Topeka or Wichita.

New Business:
Mike will change the time on the controller to reflect central standard time.

K-Link: Justin is looking for a DB-420 70cm antenna for the Newton node. He also needs a climber for the installation. If we could get a temporary beam installed at 100 feet to reach the 444.600 in McPherson would fill the gap to McPherson until the antenna is found and purchased.

John brought and handed out about the RACES packet nodes that Sedgwick County is working to get its members activated on. John thought it would be fairly easy and cheap to get a Newton node in place to add more to the packet network. As Marion Co gets more organized, it would then be extended up in to other counties as well.

December is election of officers. The following people were nominated for positions:
  • President -
  • Vice President - Russell Groves - KD0HTF
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Kent Stutzman - KB0RWI
Meeting adjourned at 8:50PM

Kent Stutzman, KB0RWI
--Secretary/Treasurer



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