The October 18th 2016 meeting of the Newton Amateur Radio Club met in the Board Room of the Newton Public Library. Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Jeanne Groves.
Present were Charles K0HNC, Jed KD0JCG, Jeanne KS0JG, Jerry KD0LWX, Dan K0FNI, Dave WX0DH, Russell WX0RG, Greg KD0QNF, Joe KD0QNG
Minutes and Treasurers report were read by Sec/Treasurer Charles Meisinger. Russell moved and Dave seconded to approve both as read.
Old business: Field Day sites were discussed at the McPherson club meeting. Patrick was not present to report on the boy scout cabin. 4H building is $125/day and is already reserved. It is near power lines, but has room for antennas. Another site is near the mobile home park on Bear street in McPherson. The McPherson club will meet there next month the evaluate it. Russell reported that it is the storm shelter for the mobile home park, is air conditioned with kitchen, has space for antennas and is free. Coronado Heights was discussed again. Jerry said that as of Labor Day the castle rework was done but still has drainage and road work to do. Facilities are primitive.
Equipment insurance was discussed. Inventory is not done yet. Consensus was that the antenna, coax and repeater are protected by proper grounding and anything else was probably not worth insuring.
Dan said the the city is considering selling Camp Hawk to raise money.
Russell reported on the Heartland 100 race. All aid stations were covered by moving some operators between stations. The weather was good. There were 59 runners with 50 finishing. Joe was net control for a while on Saturday morning. All operators were experienced and did a good job. The race director said that we did a valuable service for them and hoped that we could be back next year. Charles said that the Lapland station for the overnight shift only had one person to prepare food and keep track of runners and that she had to get several runner numbers and times from him. One runner at Lapland turned the wrong way and luckily was spotted in time for the aid station person to drive out and turn him around.
Discussed the possibility of having a digital channel to pass runner information to net control with a display showing runner information. A repeater at mid-course would be required.
Jerry reported on the Falun run. There were 94 runners. All stops were covered despite being short one operator. The run was delayed by fog.
Russell said that Hillsboro has a new System Fusion repeater. It has very good sensitivity. Justin was able to hit the repeater from Matfield Green with an HT.
Russell said that he asked the administrator of the new Hillsboro hospital about having a ham station there and they were receptive to the idea.
Nominations for club officers will be made at the November meeting. Elections will be in January.
Russell said that there is still no answer from the county about us getting use of a county 440 mhz antenna at Camp Hawk when they go digital.
Shywarn Appreciation day is Dec 3rd and Dec meeting is Dec 10th at Waters Edge in Hesston.
Russell moved and Dave seconded to adjourn.
Adjourned at 7:34
Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 17:07
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