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The October 19, 2010 meeting of the Newton Amateur Radio Club met in the Board Room of the Newton Public Library. In attendance were Aaron Diller, John Goerzen, Jeanne Groves, Russell Groves, Charles Meisinger, Kent Stutzman, Jerry Williams.

The Meeting was called to order by Secretary/Treasurer Kent Stutzman at 7:15PM Minutes were read and accepted with correction by Russell and Jeanne. All in attendance at the September meeting participated at a SAG. (John was a rider in the MCC Bike Ride.)

Old Business:
Russell and Jeanne continue to participate in the required activities for the ComL course. They attended an APCO meeting and were approached about about licensing for other attendees. APCO meets every 6 months, so discussion was directed as to who was going to become VE's. As part of their training, they have Task Books which they have 3 years to complete. They are also spending October 27-29 taking the ICS-300.

Russell reported that working with Marion County and Mid-Kansas Co-op for antenna placement is a work in progress. He is next checking in to Rural Water Districts for placement of antennas on their structures.

Kent asked if anyone had heard any of the Parks Department interference recently. No one in attendance has heard any Parks Dept communications. The interference was from there 156.030 frequency.

New Business
Aaron mentioned the Heartland 100 – Spirit of the Prairie Marathon
This is a 36 hour run through the foothills of the Flint Hills near Cassoday and Matfield Green. The terrain is rugged and areas of communication are spotty. CB was used for the 2010 run. Aaron will check with the Kansas Ultra runners to see if they would be interested in amateur radio support. John questioned using NVIS communication on HF. Also discussed was potentially setting up a cross-band radio and using that for communications from a high point along the route. Most stations are covered, and Aaron thought there would only be need for 2 more stations, but if ham radio could better fill the gaps, we could plan to work the logistics of comms out.

VE's Potential interest in becoming VE's for exams for dispatchers and other interested parties were discussed. Russell, Jeanne, Aaron, John and Charles all showed an interest. The next APCO meeting would be in April. Plan for publicity of testing session in January or February.

Election of officers will be held at the December meeting. With so few in attendance, the nomination of officers was tabled to the November meeting.

The third Tuesday of December is the 21st. Kent made the suggestion of moving the meeting to the 4th. Jeanne moved and Russell 2nd the motion for the date of the meeting change.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40PM

Kent Stutzman, KB0RWI
--Secretary/Treasurer



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