The October 22, 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, Lon Buller, Jeanne Groves, Russell Groves, Marion Harper, David Hughes, Dan Inskeep, Charles Meisinger, Kent Stutzman, Jerry Williams.
Meeting was called to order at 7:00PM by President Russell Groves.
Kent S left the minutes on his printer and was able to give a Club financial report. Checking Account: $869.04 Petty Cash: $46.00. Dave made a motion, Jerry 2nd and the motion carried that Kent will read the September and October minutes at the November meeting.
September 21 was the MCC Bike ride. Jerry gave a run down of the day. The 146.61 repeater was found to be unavailable for use the morning of the ride. Stan offered and John quickly moved all operations to the McPherson 147.33 repeater. The repeater worked well for the better part of the day. At some points, simplex was
required and in the afternoon, the McPherson repeater became unusable from the Burrton area where some of the 65 mile riders were. There was one incident where two bicycles collided, taking one person out of the ride. Jerry transported the slightly bruised biker back to the MCC center. There was quite a bit of simplex used on the part of the ride from Burrton back to Newton.
Russell detailed the failure of the 61 repeater for the MCC ride. When he and Dan went out to the building, they found one of the 6v gold cart batteries had run completely dry. Lon reported at on point during the summer there had been an extended period where there was no cooling, and that may have aided in the battery issue. In addition, Justin has tested and states that the S-COM 7330 controller has 2 ports that would allow for the sensors if there is a failure in the cooling system and the building is getting too warm or if during a power failure the generator fails to kick on. This would make an announcement over the repeater and would also send a text to a designated person. This would still leave one port open if there were a 440 repeater added at the site and would still allow control of the repeater.
Lon made a motion, Dave 2nd and the motion carried for Russell and Dan to check in to a closed battery such as a gel cell/AGM single battery and a compatible charger that would float the battery without over-charging it. The two 6v golf cart batteries have been in use for at least 5 years so are near the end of their practical life. They will report at the next meeting what they have found and a decision will then be made by the Club. This will be a fairly costly expenditure but is needed to keep the site on battery back up.
October 12 was the Kansas Ultrarunners in Cassoday. The Ultrarunner's organizers definitely want the communications support again for 2014. There were not enough local operators to man the aid stations, so Russell put out a call for additional help on Larry's List earlier next year. Three people came from the Kansas City area and one from Emporia. They used the Matfield Green repeater and which worked well over the entire course. The mobile 440 repeater was near the center of the course, but Russell did not use a repeater antenna; using a Comet GP9 instead. The 440 repeater was mostly useless, but did work well in testing. Lesson learned - use repeater antennas on repeaters as standard use antennas can not handle the duplex signals as well.
Dan may have found someone at one of the aircraft companies to underwrite the cost of the vests. Dan is still waiting for word on this possible arrangement.
Dan brought a box of radio related books to the meeting from the estate of Norman Hanson, W0RSD. The Club members are welcome to take books home to read them and return them and this will become the Club Library. Many interesting books from different years with the same title.
Kent found a sack of papers from David Godshall containing minutes and other records going back to at least 1990. David offered his duplex scanner to digitize the records.
Lon gave available dates for him to work in the Amateur Radio room at EOC of November 12 or 14 to fix the 50% loss of signal under the floor at the EOC. Kent will be sending an e-mail as to the date decided to those that need to show up.
David made a motion, Jerry 2nd, motion carried to adjourn at 8:05PM.
Minutes taken by Kent Stutzman