The November 19, 2013 meeting of the Newton Amateur Radio Club met in the Board Room of the Newton Public Library. In attendance were Greg Brazell, Joe Brazell, Jeanne Groves, Russell Groves, David Hughes, Dan Inskeep, Charles Meisinger, Steve Nelson, Stan Stephenson, Kent Stutzman, Jerry Williams.
Meeting was called to order at 7:02PM by President Russell Groves.
Russell went to Cabella's to check on the price of a Absorbtion Glass Mat battery to replace the two golf cart batteries in the repeater enclosure. A dedicated trolling motor battery ran in the $130-$150 range, and a float charger ran in the $30-$50 range. Russell felt that cost was considerable; and was thinking of other options. Between Dan and Russell, one of them will donate a battery from Stan to the repeater and make sure that the present float charger will work with the battery put in to commission. This also resolves the problem of having lead acid batteries in the case that could corrode and coat the sensitive repeater equipment in the enclosure. This lead to a discussion to how fortunate the Club has been to have not had any major problems in the interim time that these batteries were in the present repeater configuration.
Russell also went over what we found in the EOC. Prepared to pull coax under the floor, Dan and Russell checked the solder connections at the lightning arrestor blocks. The Coax spun freely and there were just spots of solder not making contact with the connector at all. They spent approximately 45 minutes soldering the two connectors with liberal amounts of solder and the connections were much better. No check on forward/reverse power to see if there was any change as they were sure that had fixed the problem. Checking the APRS node for how far it tracks you should be obvious enough.
Kent's task was to update the computer and program the radios. Don thought it was online when they changed the password, but Kent found that he was still offline. Don made a few checks and found that the DNS servers were missing in the machine. It did connect after that appropriate numbers were inserted in the configuration. Russell programmed a few frequencies into the flash memory of the FT-8800R, so there will be a few more frequencies that Kent needs to add on another visit. Kent logged in to the XP computer and it was still looking for updates after being offline for 3 years when he left 20 minutes after Dan and Russell.
McPherson County has a new Emergency Manager. He did not waste time in making contact with Stan. Stan feels that the amateurs will be an integral part of the new EM's plan. There was a spot marked for Amateur Radio in the EOC, however there was no equipment was there. The McPherson Emergency Preparedness Net/ARES will work out of the Emergency Central Command which is located at the fire station. This will leave one person in with the served agencies and the other traffic will be handled by the ECC Net Control who will have commincations with the person in EOC.
The McPherson Amateur Radio Club has invited the Newton Amateur Radio Club to the Christmas breakfast at Water's Edge. Time will be 9:00AM and cost is $7.99, $6.99 and $1 less for a single trip.
Charles shared the statistics for how the combined Field Day score compared to other 3A stations.
Club financial report: Checking Account: 1310.04. Petty Cash: $40.00.
Kansas Ultrarunners donated $500 to the Newton ARC for organizing commincations for the event in Cassoday.
Nominations for Club Officers. The Secretary/Treasurer will be contested.
Russell does not want to be President for another year.
President - David Hughes, WX0DH nominated by Jeanne G
Vice Pres. - John Goerzen - KR0L nominated by Dave H
Sec/Treas - Kent Stutzman, KB0RWI - incumbent
Jeanne Groves, KS0JG by Dave H
Jerry Williams, KD0LWX by Dan I
Other changes to the current roster of non-voting positions:
Dan Inskeep will become the Club Trustee
Russell Groves will become the Repeater Trustee
David made a motion, Jerry 2nd, motion carried to adjourn at 8:10PM.
Minutes taken by Kent Stutzman