Repeater Club, Inc.
Minutes of Meeting Ė January 04, 2011
The meeting was called to order at 1905 by the President Mike, KC9AOM. There were a number
of hams present so Mike asked each to introduce themselves.
Everyone reported receiving the Newsletter and by motion of K9TZJ and second of N9ZAF the
Minutes of the last meeting were approved as printed with all in favor.
It was mentioned that the wife of Marvin Barker, WA9WQS, had passed away. Marvin is not a
current member of the Club but is well known among local hams.
Our Treasurer Tim, KB9VE, reported: Initial checking balance $1,951.89. Disbursements of
$7.14 for our State Corporate filing, $21.35 for batteries for the Weather Station and $83.40 for
the Web Hosting fee. The total disbursements were $111.89 leaving a new balance of $1,840.00.
The dues he has received have not yet been put into the account. After the meeting tonight heíll
deposit everything. Upon motion of N9ZAF and a second by K9TZJ it was moved that the
Treasurerís report by accepted as presented. All were in favor.
The President opened the floor for Nominations for Officers for 2011. There were no additional
nominations. Charlie, K9TZJ, moved that the Secretary cast a unanimous ballot for the current
Officers. It was seconded by Larry, KB9SCC. All present were in favor. Therefore the Officers
for 2011 are:
President Mike Dewey, KC9AOM
Vice-President Doug Townsend, KB9DXO
Secretary Steve Riley, WA9CWE
Treasurer Tim Galbraith, KB9VE
.82 Trustee Tom Ecker, KA9SYP
.09 Trustee Tim Galbraith, KB9VE
Tech. Committee Tom Harbron, W9EEL, Phil Miller, WB9URL, Guido Politano, WB9ZJR
President Mike thanked the membership for the show of support and promised to do the best we
could to lead the Club in 2011.
Mike announced that we are accepting dues for this year, and several have paid tonight.
Membership cards were distributed to those who have already paid. Those paying tonight or in
the future will get cards as soon as the Secretary can get them typed up
.82 Repeater Report: Trustee Tom, KA9SYP, didnít have any update. Tom, W9EEL, reported
that during a Sunday evening net recently the sensitivity was found to be poor. We switched to
the low antenna and it came back to normal. A few days later it was switched back to the high
antenna and it continues to be OK. During the problem time it was snowing and windy, so
perhaps precipatation static may have contributed. We want everyone to be aware of it and
should you notice a lack of sensitivity please notify one of the Officers or Technical Committee.
We are logging the occurrences and weather conditions with hope of discovering the root cause.
.09 Repeater: Trustee Tim, KB9VE, noted that all is working fine including the IRLP link.
UHF Repeater: Trustee Steve, WA9CWE, indicated itís working fine.
Web Site: Paul, KC9BKZ, says itís still working fine. Everyone is encouraged to visit it.
Weather Station: Tim, KB9VE, reported itís working but some issues are developing. Heís
talked to the manufacturer about what the rain gage is doing. He replaced the reed switch, but
itís still acting up (Tom says it recorded 56 inches of rain this morning!). When the weather gets
warmer Tim is going to replace the entire unit and weíll send the old one back to be refurbished.
EMA Report: Tom, KA9SYP, reported that he will be supporting the POCAR event in southern
Indiana the weekend of January 14 to 17. They will be operating on 6 FM, 52.54 MHz. with
vertical polarization. They are planning on 3 major communications setups and heíll be taking
our Shelter Tent for one site. Anyone interested should listen on 6 for their activities.
He and several other County AHIM T members attended a one-week convention in Denver, CO
for All Hazard Incident Management teams. There were over 600 people there this year. There
were many interesting presentations and in many cases weíre up-to-speed with our operations,
and in some cases we can improve. Overall, they learned a lot.
Our County has the first two fully certified AHIMT members in the State. Tom is certified in
Planning, and Dick, K9FOI in Finance. Also the team is getting some funding for the District 6
team. Heís already ordered $4,100 worth of equipment and is ready to order another $55,000
The MCU drivers should prepare for an EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course)
certification class next month. All drivers of emergency vehicles need this certification. Itís an 8
hour class and will be held at Anderson Speedway. Our organization has two certified
Dick and Tom have met with the County Commissions including the newly elected one. They
expect everything to be fine with them and our group. We are working to incorporate the
Anderson EMA members into our group. They are being invited to all of our activities and
meetings. Our last big activity was the Presidental visit to Kokomo.
Weather Report: Tom, W9EEL, reported that the NWS is saying that January should be below
normal in temperature. We are in a quiet period now. In December there were 27 days out of 31
in which there was snow on the ground. He doesnít expect any big storms upcoming.
The Secretary presented the New Member Application of Bryan Frank, W9BLF. Upon motion of
WA9CWE and KC9AOM the membership voted to accept Bryan to full membership.
Upcoming Activities: On Saturday, January 15 is the State RACES Test. Weíll be participating
by manning the ECC and calling a net on .82 at 9AM. The County Club guys will man the low
band equipment to communicate with the State EOC as we have done in the past. On Tuesday,
March 15 at 7PM will be the annual StormNet Training Class. Itíll be held at the Ivy Tech
Conference Center north of 600North on SR9. Dave Tucek will be the presenter again.
Old Business: Steve, WA9CWE, presented the official document to make the Club a Supporting
Member of the ARES of Madison County. This was initially approved at the November meeting
and he asked that the membership vote in support of it again after he read the actual wording
(See Attached). Upon motion of WA9CWE and second of K9TZJ the membership voted all in
favor of this action. The officers will sign it and get the original document to the EC, Dale,
Tom, KA9SYP, reported briefly on a national exercise that heís working on. Heís been in
Washington, DC participating in planning for a 3 State, 14 EOC Communications and WebEOC
exercise. Even though itís being driven at the Federal level he reported that there has been
specific interest and request for amateurs and the ARRL to participate in this exercise.
There is also a Federal District 5 Exercise coming up in June that includes 23 counties in
Southern Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Preparations have been going on since last year and
activities continue. This will be a multi-day event. Our county is not expected to be involved,
but perhaps our district AHIMT may be asked to respond.
Dale, KV9W, reported that our State has a vacancy for the ARES EC, and they are taking
applications for anyone interested in taking on this responsibility.
Show-And-Tell: Tom, KA9SYP, showed the new Antenna Analyzer that he received just before
Christmas. Heís used it to check and tune his 5 antennas and has found a bad piece of coax. Itís
a ďRig Expert AA-54 from Array SolutionsĒ and itís advertised in QST. He paid $336 for it. The
unit covers .1 to 54 MHz., ham bands only, and measures SWR, Frequency, Multiband antennas,
coax length, and many other characteristics. The display can provide line graphs or bar graphs
and itís easy to use and understand. Additionally, software is provided to interface it with a
computer. Heís used a number of other analyzers and believes this one is one of the easiest to
Technical Presentation: Tom, W9EEL, presented information on the Earthquake that occurred
last Thursday, December 30, just north of Elwood. He showed us the information from the
USGS report and the Indiana University Seismograph data. He discussed in detail the
magnitude scales and what they physically mean. We discussed damage, energy, types of soil
that contribute to earthquakes, building construction and much more. Our discussion went on
for an hour and we learned much about earthquakes here and in California.
Upon motion of K9TZJ and KA9SYP the meeting was adjourned at 2030. There were 20
Steve Riley, WA9CWE, Secretary, ARC
Attachment for ARC/ARES Agreement approved at this meeting:
The Anderson Repeater Club, Inc. a 100 Percent Amateur Radio
licensed membership and ARRL Affiliated Club located in Madison
County, Indiana voted at a regular meeting on November 2, 2010, and
reconfirmed at a regular meeting on January 4, 2011:
TO BECOME A SUPPORTING GROUP OF THE
AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE AMATEUR
RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE (ARES) OF
MADISON COUNTY, INDIANA
All regular members of the Anderson Repeater Club, Inc. will be
considered to be active members of the ARES of Madison County,
Indiana unless they notify the Emergency Coordinator (EC) of the
ARES or Secretary of the ARC of their desire to forgo participation in
This affiliation will continue until notification in writing of either party
of the desire to discontinue this agreement.
The ARC Secretary will provide the Madison County EC with a listing
of members yearly for ARES records.
President, ARC, 2011 Vice-President, ARC, 2011
Secretary, ARC, 2011 Treasurer, ARC, 2011