Repeater Club, Inc.
Minutes of Meeting – March 01, 2011
The meeting was called to order by the President, Mike, KC9AOM, at 1904.
Everyone present reported getting the Newsletter, and upon motion of W9EEL and KC9BKZ it was
moved and seconded that the Minutes of the January meeting be approved as printed in the
Newsletter. All were in favor.
There were no Silent Keys or illness among the membership to report.
Treasurer Tim, KB9VE, reported that the initial Treasury was $1,840.00 with disbursements of
$204.16 for the April to December Telephone bill and receipts of $480 in dues for a new total of
$2,115.84. A motion to accept the report was made by KV9W and seconded by KB9SCC. All were
.82 Repeater Report – Tom, KA9SYP, reported no issues as far as he knows. It was reported that
during a storm earlier in the year the power in downtown Anderson was lost, but the repeater stayed
up, so apparently the building generator is working OK. The two EMA commercial repeaters at the
site stayed up too.
.09 Repeater Report – Tim, KB9VE, reported it is working fine. Also the IRLP node works fine.
UHF Repeater – Steve, WA9CWE, says it continues to work OK.
Web Site – Paul, KC9BKZ, is still looking for info to put on the site. The calendar has been updated
and he’s archived a lot of material. Should you not find something that has been there in the past
Paul can recover it for you. Paul also reported that he had a need to talk to a person at the ARRL
and that fellow looked at the web site and noted that it was “very informative”.
Weather Station – Tim, KB9VE, reported that the integrated sensor suite portion of the unit is
“failing”. As soon as he can he’s going to swap it out with the spare unit we haven’t installed yet.
He’ll send the defective unit back to be rebuilt. Dick, K9FOI, authorized Tim to buy a new one to
replace the bad one and bill EMA. We are also continuing to look for a spot to install the second
EMA Report – Dick, K9FOI, announced that Severe Weather Week is March 13 to 19. During this
week the StormNet Training for Madison County is on March 15, and the State Tornado Drill is
morning and evening of March 16. The County Commissioners have passed the Proclamation for
the week, but Dick hasn’t gotten a copy of it yet. The County E911 Board has been established and
he is a member. They are looking at going from 4 to 1 PSAP’s. The various towns are in favor of
this consolidation. There will be a lot of information on various topics at the next RACES meeting.
Warning Division/Weather Report – Tom, W9EEL, reported that in mid-February the weather pattern
changed. We are now in a “zonal pattern” which is usually mild, but doesn’t hold up long. We had a
severe storm and tornado on Monday morning, early AM, as a result of an unusual weather setup
that was not anticipated. Tom showed a time line of the events that happened in our county. There
were no watches or warnings when the tornado occurred and no radar indication. Tom explained the
weather conditions that caused the situation. Tom, KA9SYP, showed many pictures of the house
and the barn that was destroyed and we discussed the causes.
New Member Application – The Secretary presented the application of Dale Kubichek, N6JSX. Dale
works at Remy and wants to support the Club and the repeater. Upon a motion of WA9CWE and
second by KB9SCC, all members present were in favor of accepting Dale into the Club. He will be
notified by the Secretary and welcomed.
Old Business – None.
New Business – Paul, KC9BKZ, reported on the VE Team and VE Testing that has been provided
here in Madison County for many years. He thinks that about 90 sessions have occurred. The
current liaison decided he wasn’t going to continue the testing so Paul, working with most of the
current VE’s established another Team with our Club as the sponsoring organization. The testing
sessions will continue on the third Wednesday of each month in the same location as in the past.
The ARRL is the VEC and they handle the paperwork. Paul reported that they have averaged 60 to
75 new licenses and upgrades a year. This is great and necessary to keep the hobby going. If
anyone is interested in becoming a VE contact Paul. Steve, WA9CWE, reported that he felt that we
need to have a Club Liability insurance policy to protect us and our Club as we support this activity.
He submitted an application thru the ARRL sponsored program to “Marsh USA Consumer” insurance
company. The quote back was $320 per 12 month period based upon our regular Club meetings
and the VE testing sessions. Paul said that the fee charged to the people being tested cannot be
used for this expense as it is considered a regular club expense. Upon motion of KB9VE and
second of KB9DXO that the Club “buy the insurance on a year-by-year” basis initially for 1 year. All
present were in favor. The Treasurer will write a check and the Secretary will submit the application
Show-and-Tell – There were no items or discussions.
Alan, KC9JWO, told us that a local private school has a staff that is interested in EMA and
volunteerism. The Principal and Board members are supportive of establishing in the curriculum
activities involving EMA, Amateur Radio, the Incident Command System, Search & Rescue, etc.
Alan has exposed them to the ARRL Teacher support activities. He says there is a lot of enthusiasm
and surplus equipment should be available. He’s not in a position to discuss it further yet. The
membership is happy to hear about this and will support the school in any way possible such as
presentations or other training.
The Door Prize ($20 gas card) was won by Tom, KA9SYP.
Upon a motion by KC9JWO and KC9AOM the meeting was closed at 2030.
There were 18 members present.
Steve Riley, WA9CWE