Tower Scanner Anderson Repeater Club, Inc. Tornado

 Madison County - Anderson, Indiana

Repeater Club, Inc. 

Minutes of Meeting – July 2, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 1902 by the President, Mike, KC9AOM. Mike welcomed Lou and Doreen Everett to our meeting as upcoming speakers. We had a number of new faces and in-frequent attendees, so everyone introduced themselves.

Mike confirmed that all members had received the Newsletter and reviewed the Minutes of the May meeting and asked for any additions or corrections. Upon motion of N9ZAF that the minutes be approved as printed and seconded by KB9SCC the membership voted in favor.

There were no Silent Key or illness reports.

Treasurer Tim, KB9VE, reported an initial balance of $1,558.66, income of $216 in dues, disbursements of $12.99 for the domain name renewal and $78 for the PO Box for a total disbursement of 90.99. The new treasury total is $1,683.69. Upon motion of KV9W and second of KB9SCC all were in favor of accepting the report.

.82 Repeater Report – Steve, WA9CWE, noted that during the Tone Alert Test last Sunday the receiver sensitivity seemed to be poorer than usual. Switching to the lower antenna didn’t noticeably improve the signals. Also reports out of Kokomo seemed to indicate an issue. He will arrange to retune the duplexers which have not been touched for many years, and also check connections.

.09 Repeater Report – Tim, KB9VE, reported that it has been operating flawlessly including the IRLP node.

UHF Repeater – Steve, WA9CWE, reported that it’s working OK at present. WGNR is going to take down the free standing tower and replace it with a guyed tower. To move the repeater antenna to the new tower would cost between $6.5K and $8.5K depending upon the antenna choice. We (EMA) do not have those funds available unless we find a grant to accomplish it. We have a potential site at the jail, but it’s much lower. Another suggestion was Community Hospital. At this point there has been no work done at WGNR, so we’ll address the issue when the tower is ready to come down.

Web Site – Paul, KC9BKZ, reported it’s working just fine. Still looking for inputs.

EMA Report – Tom was not present, so Steve, WA9CWE, reported that Tom has completed the budget proposal for next year and presented it to the Commissioners. It’ll go to the council by the 8th. He also passed out some handouts:
     1) Calendar of activities for the rest of the year including EMA, MCARC and ARC activities
     2) Description of the Communications Division
     3) Description of the Clubs in the County for handout at VE sessions
Steve also reported on the meeting with Congresswoman Susan Brooks at the EOC in late June. Tom and Steve had 90 minutes with the Congresswoman to discuss our organization, issues with grant funding, the importance of volunteers, and other matters including the importance of Amateur Radio operators. Congresswoman Brooks is on the House Homeland Security Committee, and Chairwoman of the sub-committee on Preparedness, Response and Communications. With the Congresswoman was her Chief of Staff, two district personnel and an intern. Supporting EMA from Madison County was Commissioner Stephanie Owens, Council Member Lisa Hobbs, Dan Dykes from the Commissioner’s Office, and Major Brian Bell from MCPD.

Tom, W9EEL, provided weather information on the severe outbreak of June 12, 2013, a predicted Derecho. Tom first reviewed the June 29, 2012 event of a similar nature with a description of the winds and radar over a 10 hour period (600 miles) resulting in average winds of 60 MPH between here and the east coast. This storm resulted in a great deal of damage throughout the Country, and some damage here. Conditions were similar this year and the Storm Prediction Center issued a “High Risk” of severe weather which is very unusual. We were lucky and had no damage as a result of the winds, but this was not a typical situation.

Tom also discussed the recent weather which has been very unusual for June/July. The cause is the location of the Jet Stream to the south which is very unusual. He described what has been happening and why in detail. There was also some discussion about “cold air funnels”.

New Member Applications – None

Communications – None

Dates of Interest – Already covered

New Business – None

Old Business – None

Dale, KV9W, reported on the Technician Class sponsored by the MCARC. There have been two meetings and the last one on July 20 will also include testing. It’s going OK so far, and he’s feeling his way along as this is the first time that we’ve taught the class in this manner. There are 6 students in the class.

Technical Session – Steve, WA9CWE, provided a presentation on the Bird 43 Wattmeter that is club property and available for loan to members. He discussed how it works, and demonstrated how it is used to check power output of a handheld. He also discussed the “slugs” that we have. The Club also has another Bird Wattmeter that is electronic in nature, a VTVM and an old radio direction finder. We are looking for a Club Member to keep the for loan equipment. Contact an officer.

Lou Everett, WA5LOU, the Indiana Section Manager for the ARRL, made a presentation about the ARRL and the Indiana Section. His interesting presentation included the following points:
     •   Distributed a listing of Traffic Nets. Need more people to handle traffic. Has recently expanded nets into digital modes.
     •   Local nets are the foundation of the NTS (National Traffic System).
     •   There is a training module, “The Traffic Handler” available on the Indiana Section ARRL Web Site
     •   “When all else fails – Amateur Radio”
     •   Even if you don’t have an interest in traffic handling all amateurs should at least know how to handle traffic. When a disaster happens is not the time to learn how to handle traffic.
     •   VHF Nets need to report activity to the Section Traffic Manager.
     •   Lou showed an Org chart of the Indiana Section and described the major appointments responsibilities.
     •   He’s assigned a young man whose picture is on the front of the April issue of QST to be a youth activity coordinator.
     •   OO’s (Official Observers) are not “Band Cops”, but help provide feedback of poor and good operating practices. They send Advisory Cards and also Good Operator Reports.
     •    Would like to have an ARES EC in each County. Have about 70 now.
     •    He went to a Section Managers meeting in Newington and met all of the staff of the ARRL. They are truly good people and very dedicated to amateur radio. This has not always been the case at the ARRL, but is very much so now. The ARRL is our primary advocate for amateur radio and our advocate to Congress.

Doreen Everett, AE5QM, is the Affiliated Club Coordinator and visits Clubs to present and help improve clubs where necessary. She discussed and presented about Clubs and Healthy Clubs. Her observations about our Club and suggestions were:
     •    We have an excellent web site with lots of good information. She’s going to recommend to other clubs that they look at our site as a model.
     •    We might want to consider putting an ARRL Application on our site.
     •    Clubs and particularly ours are successful because of members who are: Interested, Involved, encourages new members, provides mentoring, etc. Meetings are a fun place to be and everyone gets involved.
     •    We have a good business meeting that is well structured.
     •    Our Board appears to listen to the membership.
     •    We publish a very good Newsletter. That is needed for a healthy club.
     •    We want involvement of members and also new members.
     •    We might want to consider adding a new activity each year.
     •    Make certain we offer help to other hams. Be an “Elmer” to someone else.
     •    The IRCC (Indiana Radio Club Council) has been active for about 50 years and needs our support. (Our club is a member and has been for almost our entire existence). We need to continue to support it.
     •    The ARRL has a “club commission program” in which if new ARRL members join thru the Club we get to keep $18 of the first year’s dues. Renewals provide $2 to the club.
     •    We should consider applying for “Special Service Club” status. An elite classification.
     •    She reviewed the benefits of ARRL membership for clubs and individuals.

The presentations by Lou and Doreen were well received by the membership and we thanked them for coming to the meeting.

Tom, W9EEL, gave us a last minute update on the current weather.

The meeting was closed at 2114 upon motion of K9TZJ and KC9JWO. All were in favor. There were 21 members and guests present.

Respectfully submitted,
Steve Riley, WA9CWE, Secretary, ARC

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