NOTE: Minutes from the last meeting have not yet been voted on and may contain errors.
The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Members and guests introduced themselves. (35 as shown on the sign in sheet) Jeff Bronsing, KJ4NEO, from Highlands county and Mike, W2RT were first time guests and Shawn Ramirez, an interested non-ham and AT&T employee visiting with interests in our hobby were recognized by Eric, KF4UJO.
The minutes were read by AB4AZ and Motion to accept made by Vince, K4JC and seconded by Mark, AI4HO.Passed. Mark,W4POZ, presented the treasurers report. Starting balance of $1,961.61…..receipts of $20 dues, $28 from 50/50 a big $.03 interest from TD bank….our total receipts were $43.03. No disbursements for COH as of 9/30/2014 of $2,009.64. AB4Az moved to accept the report and Dick, KC9GSM seconded…Passed! There was no correspondance.
Under reports…..ARES had their SET test last evening at the EOC and “go kits” were set up in various rooms, on simplex and a simulated Ebola event was created and tested. ARES net meets on the 145.130 machine on Tuesdays @ 7:30PM.
While Bud, WA4ASJ, had the floor, he gave the VE report. On 9/18 there were 6 VE’s present, including AB4AZ, KC2LXV, W4IJY, W2AR, W4PHJ, KK4KT and Bud. One extra exam was administered and passed.
0 Skywarn , Sunshine and Events. PIO….Paul, KC2LXV announced that all “should” have received an E-mail regarding the meeting night. Those who didn’t, need to see him and confirm the electronic addresses. Paul also announced that info and events will also be sent by this method so it behooves all to have correct addresses. Paul also said that he was contacted by the Girl Scouts and plans a program here @ EOC (which will displace the VE test to a smaller room) about “It’s not your grandfathers Ham Radio anymore” program from ARRL. It will be presented @ 6:30 PM, here!
Under Old business…….Old club equipment was brought up…discussion followed. Bottom line, the club equipment will be brought to the next meeting and a bids like process, on paper, will be used and by the end of the night, the highest bidder will take equipment home. Bring cash if you have any interest. Anything left will go to the Orlando Ham-fest. Al, KM4CPV will take I-com home tonight and “fiddle” with it. He’s interested in it. (I think Dwight, W4IJY made a motion and there was a second regarding this process, but I lost the details in the fast back and forth of this discussion)
Other old business was the “1715 Fleet Society Special Events” celebration next year. Brian, K4HLD is fully involved and the details, so far, sound great! So far Brian has the event officially sanctioned by the Society and tentative date is 7/28-29/2015. This event will possibly involve Cuba (country of origination for the ships carrying the gold) and Maybe Spain (original destination for same) In any event, it’s a bold venture for the club and Brian asked for anyone interested to jump in with him to help. Our side of things will involve a two man crew (s) set up @ McClarity Museum on A1A as HQ for the event.
There was no new business and the meeting was closed with a motion by AB4AZ and seconded by KK4KT and AI4HO. Passed.
In keeping with Eric and Lisa’s plans for programs for after meetings, the speaker for tonight was Vince, K4JC and his topic was DXing and contesting. Vince made a power point and proceeded with a very interesting discussion of this Ham Radio activity. Since Vince was an active DXer, his enthiusizm was obvious. But……the first thing was to….” GET ON THE AIR!”
Vince got a round of applause for a nice job.
Richard Jackson, AB4AZ
The 50/50 was won by Gary, AB4GV. $14-$14.```
The meeting was opened at 7:30 by The President, Eric, and KF4UJO. Pledge was presented and minutes of the previous meeting were read by AB4AZ. Corrections were made. Minutes, with corrections were accepted. Motion by K4JC and seconded by W4POZ. Passed. The Treasurers report presented by Mark, W4POZ. Starting balance of $1,676.18, dues added $80 50/50 another $16, Funds returned from Field day and interest from TD Bank. Receipts totaled $270.40 Zero Disbursements. End of month Balance was $1,946.58. Motion by Paul , KC2LXV and second by Gary AB4GV. Passed.
It was mentioned that the P.O. Box rent was due and a discussion was held on whether we should keep the box or have mailed delivered to the EOC. As some is received that way. Bud, WA4ASJ would check to see if there were any objections and report next month. Suggestion made by AB4AZ and resulting motion by K4JC and seconded by W4POZ. Passed. If ok by powers that be for EOC, mail will be delivered to meeting place.
Bud also reminded us that the ARES meeting was second Wednesday of Sept. right here…….!
Bud also reported on the last VE session.(7/17) 0 exams…..VE’s present WA4ASJ, W4PHJ, AB4CV, KC9GSM, W4IJY, W2AR, KK4KT,AK4MM were present.
No Skywarn. Event Patty has several up and coming. On 9/6 is the Towers Run @ 7:30 at Riverside park, on 9/13 the Zombie Run at Point West.
AB4CV, Chris, our PIO had to resign because of other commitments and Paul, KC2LXV will take the chore thru the end of the year. Chris was complimented on the great job and we will miss her reports.
Sunshine….it was reported that Linc passed away. He was 102 years old.
Also reported, Eric, KF4UJO, has a dislocated shoulder.
No update on club equipment……Vince will check.W4IJY reported on the Ft. Pierce Hamfest last week. Short and sweet and they reported on attending a few ARRL seminars. Lots of “eye ball” contacts with old friends,,,,!
We have a presentation for after the meeting and a motion was entertained by W4IJY , Seconded by Bill, K4IRC. To close meeting, passed. We had a very nice video presentation on the 100 Centennial of ARRL by Paul, KC2LXV. He attended in person. He had some gifts he brought back from HQ’s celebration and included them in the 50/50. W2AR won the $15 cash, W4IJY received the ARRL Medallion, and Key id’s were won by K4IRC and AD4SF. Paul was thanked for a great job!!!!!
Respectably, Richard Jackson AB4AZ
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and then members and guests introduced themselves. There were 31 in attendance (see sign in sheet). The minute of the previous meeting were read and a motion to accept was made by Vince, K4JC and seconded by John, KK4CHL Passed. Mark, W4POZ presented the treasurers report with a start balance of $1,971.18, dues collected of $120 and $16 from the 50/50 receipts totaled $136.02 Disbursements of $400 for hamfest and $31.02 for the radio. Our end of month balance was $1,676.18. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and Paul, KC2LXV seconded….Passed.
No correspondence. Committee reports……………
ARES met last night, EmCom Level 1 tests were given and 5 members were given exams and passed. The exams were scheduled on 6/26. Bud also gave a VE report for the 6/19 event. 11 exams were given. 10 techs took the test and 8 passed and one general took and passed his test. VE’s present were WA4ASJ, KK4KT, AK4MM, W4IJY, AB4CV, AB4GV, W4PHJ, KC9GSM and AB4AZ.
Events….PIO Chris, AB4CV e-mailed info to all. Chris also mentioned that Gary,AB4GV, won an ARRL scholarship, as shown in QST and we all congratulated him.
Under Old Business…..Dwight mentioned that WA4AW, Jeff, was running for Selection Manager in the soon to be election for ARRL officers. He has been a regular at some of our meetings and most recently at our Field Day. He deserves out support.
Speaking about Field Day…. Of the $400 allotted we got back $125. $226 was the net costs. Paul, KC2LXV was able to get some foods donated and Dwight, W4PHJ paid for the porta lets. Many thanks to all who participated and the WX was good. We had some visitors, thanks to our signage. K4HLW reported there were some 80 digital contacts, 119 phone and 513 CW contacts. Total points 1300 w/o multipliers. Trophies were presented and photos of event are included with these minutes.
Club inventory was mentioned and Vince will try to test the equipment. Paul mentioned that club pins were available for $2.00 ea.
Classes were discussed and will continue at the next meeting.
W4IJY moved we close the meeting and KC2LXV seconded. 50/50 was won by W4IJY. His share $8.00
Respectfully…..Richard Jackson AB4AZ
The meeting was opened @ 7:30PM with the Pledge of Allegiance and members and guests introduced themselves….there were 28 in attendance as shown on the included sheet.
There were a few announcements and Vince asked for the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting. With a few corrections a motion was made by Vince, K4JC to accept and Mark, AI4HO seconded…..passed. Mark, W4POZ presented the treasurers report and with a starting balance of $1034.91, some dues collected, 50/50 the end of month balance was $1971, 81. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and K4JC seconded. Passed
Committees…..ARES met in another room last night, and Bud said that they always need volunteers. Some nets were mentioned and two weeks from tonight the EMcom will take place.
VE report, WA4ASJ had 6 candidates and several VE’s including WA4ASJ, Bob KK4KT, Craig W4PHJ, Paul, KC2LXV and Richard, AB4AZ. One VE guest, soon to join our ranks, was Phil W2AR. Four earned Tech tickets and one Extra. They were all congratulated. Two were local hams and joined the club and would receive their hand held radios at a later date.
Bud announced that the FCC has a new rule regarding expired licenses. Anyone with a license that expired longer that two years ago, could take a test (element 2) COULD GET HIS/HER license back. That’s great news. They would be issued a new call.
Next exam session will be next week.
No Skywarn report…no events. Pio Chris, AB4CV. Many Members and lots of traffic. Handed out were club cards, info and publicity handouts.
Old Business…Field Day. Dwight W4IJY displayed the plagues that he purchased to be handed out to some of the county officials at Field Day and we all gave him a round of applause for his outstanding work. 4 Plaques will be given. One to GAP, one to the Sheriff, to Retiring EOC Dale Justis and one other one (I forgot). Dates for Field Day if June 28 and 29th 2014 at Wabasso Causeway (510) Start time will be 10AM Saturday and end at whenever we decide!!!!! AB4AZ suggested money for the event and AB4AZ moved to allocate $400 and make it a club event and KC2LXV seconded….passed
Equipment inventory was presented and Vince made a suggestion that we check out the op capabilities of said equipment and Dwight moved that after being checked out it be sold or taken at the next Ham fest and disposed of. Club members that express an interest in any of it can submit a bid. That motion was seconded by KC2LXV, Paul.
There was no new business. AB4AZ moved to close and seconded by Paul…passed. W2AR won the 50/50 and $31 was split.
Respectively Submitted, Richard Jackson, AB4AZ
The meeting was opened by the President, Eric, KF4UJO. Members and guests introduced themselves and are shown on the included sheet. (30 are listed) AB4AZ reported the minutes from notes and AI4HO Moved to accept them and W4PHJ seconded. Passed.
W4POZ presented the treasurers report. Starting balance of $1,445.15, $120 from dues collected, $40 from club pin sales, and $20 from 50/50. $.03 interest from TD Bank for total receipts of $189.03, No disbursements, for an end of month balance (2-28-2014) OF $1634.18. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and AI4HO seconded. Passed.
Under committee reports…..ARES met Last night and topic was Message Handling. Next meeting will be Basic WX. Time 7:00PM
No Skywarn reports Pat, KJ4WMU said that there is a race/walk @ South Beach. Be there @ 6:40 AM event time 7:00AM
Under PIO…Chris talked about the Hurricane Expo.
Field day was discussed. AB4AZ indicated that his son’s trailer would be available for use.
Sunshine report said that Linc, KD4IQC is now on Skype
Under Old Business……Pelican Island event was a success. WX a bit chilly but in the sun, it was great. Had one station set up and Bob, N5GNA operated mostly and made several contacts. There were 15-18 club members present.
Mark, AI4HO said that Troop 55 Special need Scouts event is on 3/29 Saturday @ 9:00AM @ Long Point at sites 155 and 156.
Dwight reported that the Gap Antenna Plaque was in the works. The delay was in the wording.
Field Day Plans are on track. No further business was discussed and AB4AZ moved to close and KC2LXV seconded. Passed 50/50 was won by Devin KK4RLP. $32 was split
Respectfully Submitted, Richard Jackson AB4AZ
The new president, Eric, KF4UJO presides at the opening of the first meeting of the new year. The pledge was presented and members and guests introduced themselves. (there were 26 as shown on the included sign in sheet) The minutes of the previous meeting were read and W4IJY. Dwight moved to accept them and K7GDO seconded. Passed. The treasurer’s report was presented by Mark, W4POZ. Starting balance was $1566.61 ….$200 in dues collected and $10 from the 50/50 club. There were no disbursements. End of month balance was $1,776.63. Again W4IJY moved to accept the report and K4HLW seconded. Passed.
There was no mail received.
Committees…..ARES monthly meeting (last night) There were 4 drills associated with the nuclear power plant. The exercise was deemed a success.
The VE report, from Bud, WA4ASJ, two candidates that were tested need more study. They were unsuccessful. Under events, Pat reported that there are none scheduled in February. One event in March. More on that at next meeting.
No PIO or Sunshine to report.
Under old business, Paul KC2LXV, reported on the finishes logo and thus the pins are also ordered. According to Paul, the new size is 1 ¼” to accommodate the layout.
The Winter Field Day was discussed. 1/25-26/154 from 11am to 11am 2 the Red Cross. K4JC moved and Paul, KC2LXV to provide $100 in expenses and make it a club event. Passed.
Orlando Hamcation 2/7-8/14 was discussed. K4CT, Bill has two tables and he mentioned his plan to make it easier for labeling and pricing items placed on the table. This included labeling the equipment and a loose leaf booklet with any info on the equipment, including the lowest price. Bill has been providing two tables, with power, for many years and this is with no expense to the club.
Pelican Island was discussed. That event is scheduled for 3/8/14 on the 510 Wabasso Causeway. There was no further business and a motion by AB4AZ to close the meeting and second by W4IJY. Passed.
Respectfully Submitted, Richard Jackson, Secretary.
The meeting was opened @ 7:30PM by the President, K4JC. The Pledge of Allegiance was presented and members and guests introduced themselves. (30 in attendance as shown by the included sheet.)
The minutes of the previous meeting was read by AB4AZ, seconded by KC2LXV…passed. The treasurer’s report presented by Mark, W4POZ. Starting balance of $1514.58. Collected dues ($40), 50/50 ($12), for a total of $52.03. Zero Disbursements for a cash balance as of 11-30-13 of $1566.61. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and AI4HO seconded….passed. Mail in the P.O. Box included bank statements and a notice of Hamcation in Orlando in Feb.2014.
Committees…..ARES, WA4ASJ reported their last meeting was 12-11-13 held at Sunrise Café. 25 members and their families in attendance.
Bud also reported on the last VE session. There were 4 for tests. 3 earned Tech tickets and one earned a General. VE’s present were WA4ASJ, KC2LXV, AB4AZ, W4PHJ, N3XTS, AB4CV, KK4KT and W4POZ. Next session will be 12/19/13.
Vince, K4JC reported a fair turnout at Skywarn Appreciation Day at the Melbourne WX Station.
And under events, Pat KJ4WMU had a good turnout for help on the Turkey trot on Thanksgiving Day. There were 1300 runners and those helping with communications were Jim, KB1YBB, Eric, KF4UJO, Lisa, KK4CIE, Vince K4JC and Bill K4IRC.
PIO…..Chris AB4CV plans to send e-mails to all members with updates and meeting notices….! Great.
No Sunshine reported. The by-law committee presented the final-final and AB4AZ moved to accept the document and W4IJY seconded. Passed. This document will be in effect January 2014.
Club Shirts were next…and the main item was the logo. Paul, KC2LXV had a video presentation and it was decided that variation #1 was liked the most. This morphed into pins, and as Paul got better pricing on 250 enameled pins @ $.49each and $20 shipping price, a motion made by Terry, N3NTX and seconded by Bill, K4IRC….passed to purchase them. Paul and Dennis, AJ4DT were thanked for a fine job.
Under New Business….Election of officers for 2014. The nomination committee listed the names for the positions open. For President…Eric Larabell, KF4UJO, for Vice President Lisa Larabell, KK4CIE. For Secretary, AB4AZ and Treasurer, W4POZ. Nominations were opened from the floor. Terry, N3XTS moved nominations close and seconded by W4PHJ passed. The Secretary, AB4AZ was asked to cast the “official” vote (since there was no opposition) and he did. All duly elected.
There was no further business and AI4HO moved to adjourn and seconded by W4IJY. Passed.
The 50/50 was won by Mark, AI4HO. $9 to him and $10 to the club.
Richard Jackson, AB4AZ
The meeting was opened @ 7:30PM by K4JC with the Pledge of Allegiance. Members and guests introduced themselves and are shown on the included sheet (34 in attendance) the minutes of the previous meeting were read by AB4AZ and a motion by Terry, N3XTS to accept and seconded by Mark, AI4HO. Passed.
Mark, W4POZ presented the treasurers report (included here) Starting balance of $1494.55. Dues and interest of $20.03 and zero disbursements left an end of month balance of $1514.58. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and AI4HO seconded. Passed.
Committees…..ARES - WA4ASJ reported on the meeting of last night. “To Go” units were used in a SET on 2 meters and 440. More practice is needed. Bud indicated the next meeting will be @ Sunset Café @ 7:00PM. No wedding is planned. (HI!)
Bud also gave a VE report …One candidate took and passed a Tech license. VE’s present were WA4ASJ, KC2LXV, AB4CV, W4PHJ, AI4HO, AB4AZ and W4IJY.
It was announced that there will be a Skywarn Appreciation Day on 12/6-7 (Fri and Sat) @ Melbourne WX center. Scott Spratt will preside.
Events…Pat KJ4WMU said there will be a Turkey Trot Thanksgiving AM 7AM to 9AM @ Riverside Park and our help was requested. Pat circulated a volunteer sheet.
No PIO ….By–Law committee. Dwight indicated that the bylaws were finished and all could check them out on the club’s web page vbarc.net or W4OT.com. A vote will be taken at the next meeting. A copy is included with these minutes.
No Sunshine reported. Update on Linc…home and looking forward to his next birthday…102 years young!
Old Business…….election committee reported. (Craig, W4PHJ, Dwight W4IJY and Bob KK4KT on the committee.) Richard Jackson AB4AZ Secr’y. Mark, W4POZ Treasurer. For President, Eric KF4UJO and for VP, Lisa KK4CIE. Additional nominations can be made from the floor. Dwight, W4IJY will provide the paper ballots and Bob, KK4KT will officially count.
Brian, K4HLW said that club shirts from Southern Embroidery and prices are…..Collared shirts $28.50 each, embroided. And, T-shirts printed, were $9.00 any quantity. A logo was presented by Paul, KC2LXV and a second one from another member, via pamphlet he created. Decision yet to be made. Paul also talked about club pins, for an idea. The price would be about $1.35 each with 200 pin minimum. They could be given to new licensees, sold at events, etc.
New Business…………….Dwight, W4IJY mentioned next year’s Field Day and get an early start for antenna installation. A committee on planning same will be selected prior to the event. It was also discussed that a plaque be purchased and presented to GAP Antennas for all their cooperation in past years. Though we have sent thank you letters in the past, a plaque would be better.
Installation dinner was discussed and again, C.J. Cannons was selected. Craig, W4PHJ will secure the location and it is planned for Sat 1/11/14 @ 6:00
Winter Field day was also decided, 1/25/14 was the date selected. Eric will see to the details.
AB4AZ moved to close and WA4ASJ seconded. Passed. The 50/50 was won by KK4CHG and the total was $23.
Richard Jackson AB4AZ
The meeting was opened @ 7:30 by K4JC. The Pledge of Allegiance was presented and members and guests introduced themselves. (27 in attendance) They are shown on the included sign in sheet. There were no announcements.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read, corrections made and a motion to accept made by K4HLW and seconded by KC2LXV. Passed. Mark, W4POZ read the treasurers report. Starting balance of $1766.87 receipts of dues, 50/50 and interest totaled $41.03 and the disbursements were one check to W4IJY for field Day expenses of $313.35. The end of September cash was $1494.55. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and K4HLW, Brian, seconded…..passed.
WA4ASJ, Bud reported on ARES activity, and the net on 145.130 and anyone wishing to join can do so, Just see Bud. Bud also gave an update on the last VE session. One candidate from Tech to General. Jan, KK4GGT, who is a regular at the meetings, and in attendance tonight, was congratulated. Ve’s at the session were WA4ASJ, KC2LXV, KK4KT, W4IJY, AB4AZ, W4PHJ and KJ4WMT.
Events……Pat, KJ4WMU reported none for the month.
PIO………Chris, AB4CV talked about Scout merit badges and she will get info from the Palm Beach Council regarding necessary paperwork needed for a person to be trained in merit badges.
Sunshine…Linc Frost is now home and doing well.
By-laws was the next item…..Pat, KJ4WMU distributed copies of updated constitution/by-laws and we went over them line by line. Final draft will be ready for voting at the next meeting. Pat and the committee were thanked for their efforts. A copy of the draft is included with these minutes.
Under Old Business……Shirts…..Brian, K4HLW visited three shirt places and found that Southern Embroidery seemed to be the best price and most accommodating. Logo design will be next. Both he and Dennis, AJ4PT will try to get an idea going.
Discussion regarding Elmering—attracting new members, helping existing hams, etc. was lenthy and produced some good ideas.
New Business……Election Committee… Volunteering was W4PHJ, W4IJY and KK4KT.
No further business and a motion was entertained to adjourn. So moved by AB4AZ and seconded by KC2LXV. Passed. 50/50 was won by Mark, W4POZ and he donated the money back to the club. $20 total.
Richard Jackson AB4AZ
The meeting was called to order @ 7:30PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was presented and members and guests introduced themselves. (they are shown on the included sign in sheet. 22 in attendance) There were no announcements.
The minutes of the previous meeting was read by AB4AZ and AI4HO moved to accept and K2Kit seconded. Passed.
The treasurer’s report was given by W4POZ, Mark. With $1776.81 as of July one, dues collected of $40, 50/50 of $14 and TD Bank interest of $.03. The end of month balance was $1830.84.AB4AZ moved to accept and KK4CIE seconded. Passed.
WA4ASJ, Bud reported on the last VE session. 8/15. There were 2 Techs and one general and they all passed. VE’s in attendance were…….WA4ASJ, AK4MM, W4PHJ, KJ4WMT, AB4AZ, W4IJY, AB4AZ and KK4KT. Bud also was asked to report on the last ARES meeting of last night. The exam committee consisted of WA4ASJ, AB4CV and W4POZ. Two took the test and passed.
No Club events were reported. PIO….. Chris mentioned that the ARRL will celebrate it’s Centennial next year. The club also received a certificate from the ARRL @ Ft. Pierce Ham fest for 45 years of continuous affiliation with them as W4OT. (the ARRL) It was also mentioned that September is Nat’l Preparedness month.
By-laws committee…Pat not in attendance thus no update.
Sunshine. Jim Davis’s mom (97) broke her hip and is hospital and all our prayers are for her recovery.
Old business……Discussion re: club shirts. Bryan, K4HLW will check on embroidery for shirts with club logo. He will report back by next meeting.
New Business……W4IJY wrote a critique on the past field day. And passed them out for suggestions. Report back by next meeting.(copy is with these minutes) So discussions were had re: honorary members… Chris made a motion and seconded by K2KIT about plaque presentations and Vince, K4JC, will get more info on price, etc.
Some discussions were had about Cub/Boy Scout outreach programs to entice more activities. Scouts have morse merit and Ham radio code badges. Mark, AI4HO and Bryan will find out more.
AB4AZ moved to close the meeting and AI4HO seconded….passed. Wayne, W1EWL won the 50/50 and he donated all but his initial outlay ($2) back to the club. That totaled $23.
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and then members and guests introduced themselves. There were 23 in attendance. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and a motion made by Pat, KJ4WMU to accept and seconded by Paul, KC2LXV. Passed.
Mark, W4POZ presented the Treasurers report. Starting balance of $1776.81, Bud held a special session for two of the candidates that attended the “crash tech session” but couldn’t make the regular Thursday VE time and they both passed the Tech test. VE’s present were WA4ASJ, W4POZ and W4PHJ. Bud was congratulated on the excellent way he handled the VE system and everyone expressed their appreciation for his dedication.
Under PIO……………..Chris, AB4CV gave a report on the Solar activity and mentioned a show she saw where they discussed the “minimum maximum” sun spot activity.
Old Business………Field day was discussed and Dwight, W4IJY gave credit to Chris, AB4CV for the success of the event. She in turn mentioned that there were lots of folks that helped make it the success it was and we hope to repeat that success, next year. Same place. We will, however, make early visits to the location and plan antennas, tents, etc. Better.
No new info on the club’s equipment……
Under new business, it was discussed that with all the activities we were having, to present a more professional appearance with collared shirts. That suggestion from Paul, KC2LXV. Pat, KJ4WMU will see about that style from the shop that has printed our T-shirts.
Last item of business was the By-Law committee……… Pat made mention of the handouts at last meeting and if there were any suggestions, and there were some discussions about some sections. About Quorum, Family membership and how that was determined. That item about family membership was….. one price for the first ham, half price for the second member and all others (hams in that family) included until they reached 21 years of age. Other things were discussed voting from the family. …..and Pat will try to have something ready for the next meeting. The 50/50 was won by Eric, KF4UJO and he donated it back to the club ($14) Motion to adjourn by AB4AZ seconded by KC2LXV, Passed.
AB4AZ Richard Jackson
(Minutes taken by K4JC in AB4AZ’s absence)
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by the President, Vince K4JC. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and introductions were made by all in attendance – 26 per the attached sign-in sheet.
As Richard AB4AZ was not in attendance, the minutes were read from the VBARC website by Bud WA4ASJ. A motion to accept the minutes as read was made by Mark AI4HO, seconded by Mark W4POZ, passed. Mark W4POZ read the treasurer’s report. The starting treasury balance on June 1st was $1,749.79; deposits totaled $27.02, and there were no disbursements, leaving an ending balance of $1,776.81. Motion to accept was made by Mark AI4HO, seconded by Bill K4IRC, passed. No correspondence was received over the past month.
ARES: Bud WA4ASJ said the July ARES meeting was held the evening before with a good turnout, and invited those who are not members of Indian River County ARES to join.
VE: Bud WA4ASJ reported that at the June testing session, no Technician exams were given, there was one General and one Extra test given and both passed. Assisting Bud were AK4MM, KC9GSM, W4PHJ, KJ4WMT, KK4KT, KC2LXV and AB4AZ.
Club Events: Pat KJ4WMU reported no upcoming events.
PIO: Chris AB4CV said that Field Day was excellent, with discussion to come later during the meeting.
By-Laws: Dwight W4IJY was absent, but Pat KJ4WMU distributed copies of the proposed Constitution and By-Laws changes to those at the meeting who wanted them. The changes are also available on the Club’s website, and we will discuss them more in-depth at the August meeting.
Sunshine: Nothing to report.
Under old business, the matter of the club equipment will be revisited at next month’s meeting. Field Day was discussed with everyone who attended very happy with the results. The Club had scored over 1300 points before figuring in bonus points, and Chris AB4CV will submit the results to ARRL. Vince K4JC announced that Dwight W4IJY has agreed to act as Field Day Chairman again next year, and will be assisted by Gary KK4IAL. Everyone enjoyed the new location on the Wabasso Causeway so we will hold Field Day there again next year. In the meantime we will revisit the area to determine better setup locations for the stations, antennas, security issues and any other issues that may need to be addressed.
Under new business, George KJ4WMT and Gary KK4IAL suggested an informal station operation from Riverside Park in Sebastian. It would be a one day operation, informally run but giving public exposure to the Club and to Amateur Radio. They will look into the feasibility of doing that.
Under other business, the Fort Pierce Hamfest will be August 10th at Indian River State College.
There being no further business, a motion to adjourn was made by Mark AI4HO, seconded by Craig W4PHJ, passed. The 50/50 drawing was won by Gary KK4IAL, who donated his winnings back to the club, $14 total.
Vince Weal K4JC
The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and members and guests introduced themselves. As shown on the included sign in sheet (28).
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and AI4HO moved to accept, Frank KK4RLW seconded, passed. Mark, W4POZ presented the Treasurers report. COH as of 5/1 was $1373.76. Receipts of dues ($40), 50/50 ($11) and Tech Book sales ($325) for total receipts of $376.03. There were zero disbursements for a cash balance of $1,749.79. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and AI4HO seconded. Passed. A copy is included.
Reports….ARES classes were successful. There will also be a 4 county Hurricane exercise this Saturday. Bud (WA4ASJ) also gave a VE report. 5/16 was the last VE session and VE’s in attendance were WA4ASJ, W4PHJ, KK4IAM, KK4KT, KC2LXV, W4IJY, AI4HO, KJ4WMT and AB4AZ. There were three candidates and 4 Tests given. Only one was successful. Bud also reported on the special Weekend crash course for Tech’s ….There were 21 candidates and 26 tests were given. 16 were successful in becoming Technicians. All in all the classes were successful. The instructors were thanked and so were the VE’s. In addition to the names above, we also had Bill Woody K4IRC, (an instructor/VE) Bud, WA4ASJ, thanked all the VE’s for their time on Sunday. Both VE reports are included here.
There were no events on the horizon, as reported by Pat, KJ4WMU. Chris, AB4CV, did have the proclamation from the county for Field Day and it was passed around the room for viewing. Dwight gave an update on the By-Las and constitution committee . A copy of same is on the club web page for viewing and comments. Please check it out as the committee spent lots of time on it’s preparation. While W4IJY had the floor he gave an update on activities that will start in on Field day scheduled for 6/22-23/2013. It will be on the 510 Wabasso Causeway. Some will arrive on Friday for some setup and then Saturday activities will start in earnest!!!!! Signs will be up and all are welcome. Food will be available to all and coffee and doughnuts for the Deputies.
Under Old Business……The Hurricane Expo at the Vero Mall was a great success. Good turn out and a portable TV/radio was given away. Donated by Dwight.
Photos of the club equipment but no list are available and we will proceed with that process. It was mentioned to use the equipment for fielday or……loan it out to new hams to get them on the air and then return when they decided on their own. Elmer’s would offer help!
Club Roster is also available . New members names were read and were voted in. These were applications received on test day. AB4AZ moved to accept them as read and W4POZ seconded..passed.
There being no new business AB4AZ moved to close and AI4HO and W4IJY seconded….passed. The 50/50 was won by W4POZ ($27) and he donated it to the club.
Respectfully Richard Jackson AB4AZ.
The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and members and guests introduced
themselves. They are shown on the included sign in sheet. (28). There were no announcements.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. A motion by AI4HO and seconded by
KC2LXV. Passed. Mark W4POZ, presented the treasurers report.
Starting balance of $1853.87. Receipts of dues and text books netted $110.03. Disbursements of
$330.90 for ARRL Tech books and expenses for the Winter FD and Pelican Island events were $253.24.
For total expenditures of $590.14. End of month balance was $1,373.76. AB4AZ moved to accept the
report and seconded by AI4HO. Passed. Committee reports……….
ARES will meet tomorrow (Wed) and there is a Tues net on 145.130 @ 7:30PM. All are welcome.
VE session on 4/18 had two candidates and both passed their Extra exam. VE’s in attendance were
WA4ASJ, W4PHJ, W4IJY, KC2LXV, W4POZ, AB$AZ, and KK4TK.
PIO. Vince announced that Chris KK4IAM was the new PIO and she was made welcome to that position.
W4IJY updated us on the By-law committee. Several concerns he mentioned that should be changed
officially, even though we do not follow them to the letter. He should have a draft by next meeting.
Also Dwight gave a report as chair of the Field Day committee. He ran down many areas. AB4AZ
moved that $400 be allowed for expenses and AI4HO seconded. Also AI4HO moved it be sponsored by
the club for insurance coverage. Seconded by KK4KT, Bob. Passed.
Still looking for an inventory of the club’s equipment and signs. Mark, AI4HO will see if he still has the
Also mentioned was making available to officers and, if wanted, members, the club roster. It is being
done by Mark, W4POZ.
K4CT again mentioned changing club meeting night from Thurs to Wed, as there will be Thurs nite
football in the upcoming season. It was decided to see if it caused and loss of attendance and then
make the adjustments.
Also discussed, under new business, was the Hurricane Expo at the Mall. June 8 th from 10-4. We will
be notified by e-mail and Eric, Chris, Gary and Mark are on the committee. W4PHJ moved that it be a
club event and KC2LXV seconded. Passed (for insurance coverage.)
No other business and AI4HO moved to close and KJ4WMU seconded. Passed. The 50/50 was won by
Fred, K2GKS. $11 for each.
Respectfully, AB4AZ Richard Jackson.
The meeting was opened in a side room at EOC HQ because of classes being held in the main “War” room. There was no flag so no pledge. Members and guests introduced themselves and are shown on the included sign in sheet (19 all told). The minutes of the previous meeting were read and after a few corrections, were approved with a motion from Eric, KF4UJO and seconded by Dwight, W4IJY. Passed.
Treasurers report presented by Mark, W4POZ and with a starting balance of $1768.80, receipts of $87.07 and zero disbursements…..the end of month balance was $1,853.87. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and W4IJY seconded….approved.
Committee reports. Bud, WA4ASJ on ARES said that the meeting was good. Mark, W4POZ demonstrated digital mode communication and it worked very well. Bud also gave a VE report for 2/21. There were 4 candidates, 8 tests were given and when the “dust” settled we had 3 new generals and one extra. VE’s were KC2LXV, W4IJY, W4PHJ, KC9GSM, KK4KT, W4POZ and one other VE, whose call I didn’t get. (STS) Bud also reported on the 3/21 VE session and there were 2 candidates and the results were 1 new Tech and 1 new General.
There was an update on the Tech classes…. Scheduled for 5/18-19/13. Saturday from 9-4 and Sunday from 9-2, with tests given right after the Sunday event.
A reminder was given for the upcoming Red Cross Hanger Party (missed the date)
Sky-warn was not available as Wayne, KA1VRF was in the class in the “war” room. No PIO.
By-law committee. W4IJY said that they working on several issues and will have one more meeting before next reg. club meeting.
Sunshine. Linc , KD4IQE, was out of the hospital and doing well. Bill Schisler, W3DHN was reported in the Ft. Pierce hospital….condition unknown.
Old Business…..Field day. Dwight reported that it was a go for the Wabasso Causeway and that we would have the entire section between bridges. We plan on operation 3A or possibly 4A. Eric will contact the ARRL for a change of location.
Richard AB4AZ said that the QSL cards for VE sessions will be ready for newt session. Food was discussed and possibly a Pot Luck Dinner. Dwight was asking for any volunteers.
Some discussion regarding club’s QRZ.com web. Brian Cook needs to be contacted and E-QSL was also mentioned and Vince will get with Mark, AI4HO.
Two other items were mentioned. One was getting a list of club members to the officers and the other was an inventory of club equipment. One was taken but the results were never provided back to the club. Bob, KK4KT and Mark, AI4HO were involved in that inventory and Bob said that Mark had the list. Vince will contact him.
Under new business…….K4CT, Bill said that there will now be Thursday night football and we might want to consider the meeting night to the second Wednesday. Some discussion followed and it will be presented at the next meeting.
Richard Jackson AB4AZ
The meeting was called to order early, 6:30PM, By Vince, K4JC, in order to get business out of the way for a Skywarn weather presentation presented by the Melbourne weather station. The Pledge of Allegiance was presented and members and guests introduced themselves.
The minutes of the past two meetings were read by AB4AZ and Paul, KC4LXV moved to accept the first and Willie, KB5FKG seconded. Passed. With corrections noted. And the January meeting’s minutes were passed by motion from Wayne, W1EWL and seconded by Bob, KK4YT. Passed.
Vince read the Treasurers report as Mark was not present. Starting Balance of $1755.78. No disbursements and only 50/50 results with a COH of $1768.80. AB4AZ Moved to accept the report as read and Pat, KJ4WMU seconded. Accepted.
There was some mail received, mostly QSL cards, but a discussion regarding the P.O. Box key was mentioned and Vince will try to get the key from Mark, AI4HO. Richard indicated he also had a key to the P.O. Box.
Committee reports…..ARES with WA4ASJ, held on the second Wednesday went very well. It was a tornado exercise.
It also was reported that the VE sessions held at the Orlando Hamvention, in which several Vero VE’s helped, netted a check from the Orlando club for $45.00 for our help.
Wayne, KA1VRF was not present for Skywarn.
The Tech classes were discussed, WA4ASJ, indicated all was in place for May weekend class. Tech books are needed and it was planned on selling them to any candidate for the class. They would have the books in advance of the class, that way they could study. The books can be purchased from ARRL at a discount. At least 10 were needed. AB4AZ moved that said manuals be purchased and KF4UJO seconded. Passed.
Sunshine…..it was reported that Lincoln Frost KD4IQC was in the hospital. He hopes to be out to celebrate his 102nd birthday. Get well wishes to him. He’s in room 417.
The By-laws committee reported that they were making progress and would have something for us in a month or so. Mark, AI4HO resigned from that committee.
Under Old Business. Pelican Island celebration, of last weekend. Was a huge success. The bands cooperated and it was reported that over 50 contacts were made. The sandwiches from Pennyhill were delicious and a motion by Dwight, W4IJY, that the $250 in expenses to. Eric, be reimbursed. Bob, KK4KT seconded.
AB4AZ presented QSL card Samples for use as cards to give to new hams, and also as QSL contact cards were circulated. He asked anyone to make notes on the bottom for any corrections or additions. He thanked all and hoped to have some ready for the next VE session next week.
New Business….A field day committee was needed for this year’s event. Chris, KK4IAM and Dwight, W4IJY and Pat, KJ4WMU volunteered. Riverside was reserved this year. They would have specifics for the next meeting.
KK4CIF, Dale Justice, Emergency Manager and Fire Marshall was voted as honorary membership for as long as he holds this position. Motion made by Danny, KK4JMO and seconded by Willie, KB5FKG. Passed.
It was astounded that 5/10 will be the annual Hanger Party. More on this at an upcoming meeting.
@ 7:20PM the meeting was closed for the Skywarn presentation.
Richard Jackson, AB4AZ.
The meeting was opened by the President, Vince, K4JC. The Pledge of Allegiance was presented and members and guests introduced themselves. They are shown on the included sign in sheet. (There were 17 in attendance.)
The President asked for the reading of the minutes and AB4az, Richard did not have a copy with him. The reading was postponed until the next meeting. A copy, however, is available at the club’s web site.
In Mark’s absence, W4POZ, AB4AZ read the treasurers report. Starting balance for 1-1-13 was $1895.21. Receipts of $110.02 for dues, 50/50 and interest and disbursements of $49.45 for flowers and $200 for INS premium, (total $249.45) an end of month balance of $1755.78. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and Ralph, K2KIT seconded….passed.
ARES…..WA4ASJ, Bud said the test scenario ….”in the aftermath of two storms hitting” communications between Amateurs @ EOC and Headquarters went very well. Other lines of communications worked also, including cell phones and internet, etc.
VE’s report, Bud also said that on 1/17 we had one candidate who passed the Tech with no problem. He also indicated 10 VEs in attendance. Including KK4KT, W4IJY, KJ4WMT, N3XTS, W4PHJ, KC9GSM, AI4HO, KC2LXV and AB4AZ.
PIO was represented via the ARRL website and the E-Newsletter.
Under Old Business……
The Winter Field Day, held at EOC HQ was well attended. Willie, kb5fkg reported that he had 3 stations in operation and 18 people in attendance. Antennas and the generator were operational after some repair work. This work will come in handy for equipment use on March 9th for the Pelican Island celebration. Activity will start at 9AM on the 510 Wabasso Causeway, near the restrooms. A show of hands indicated almost 20 will attend. Lisa, KK4CIE gave the report in Eric’s place as he had to work. Lisa also discussed food. She will arrange sandwiches/pizza and drinks.
Under New Business…. Tech Classes were discussed and the Sat/Sunday format was decided. The time frame will be 5/18-19/2013. Mark AI4HO, Wayne, W1EWL and Lissa, KK4CIE will be involved with details.
The Club’s by-laws were next. AB4AZ passed out several copies that he made and he also said that a set was on the club’s website. Some discussions insured………bottom line, ab4az MADE A MOTION that the president set up a committee to discuss and make suggestions for the next meeting. That motion was seconded by Dwight, W4IJY. Passed. Volunteers included Pat, Craig, Mark, Dwight and Dave, who is an attorney and a welcomed addition. Meetings will be in person, via the web or e-mails. They were admonished to have a presentation for March’s meeting.
Dwight mentioned some ideas about attracting some new members and especially” Elmering” some of the more recent new license holders. A discussion followed. Finally, Richard, AB4AZ suggested that we have club QSL cards made, but with this difference. Instead of having radio contact info on the reverse side, we would have the names of willing Elmers and their phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Plus the club’s web address. That way new hams would have something “in hand” when they left the test site. It was also suggested that the test results were forwarded to Vince, K4JC, with congrats to the new Ham’s and have it posted on the web. And, also have them announce their new calls, when they get them and post that. All in an effort to make the new guys/gals welcome. Some of the Elmer suggestions included……How to solder coax connectors, simple antennas and how to tune them, and other items and things that experienced hams kind of take for granted that they know but, maybe the newer ones don’t. Qu-dos to all involved in this discussion!!!!!
Richard will try to have some samples for the next meeting. And the front of the cards would have the club’s call…W4OT, and mailing address.
No other business was discussed and a motion to adjourn was made by WA4ASJ and seconded by AI4HO. Passed.
The 50/50 was won by W4IJY, AGAIN, and he donated it back to the club….again. $13 to the treasury.
Respectfully submitted, Richard Jackson AB4AZ
Vince indicated that we had a guest and had Pat, KJ4WMT make the introductions. She introduced Paige……………., with the epilepsy Foundation of Indian River County; The foundation is having a 3 mile walk @ Riverside Park on 2/9/13. It’s an awareness walk and they will be needing communications. Past efforts with other means of communications were neither effective nor timely. She was thrilled that we would be able to help. The only problem was that the event conflicts with the Orlando Hamfest on 2/9 also. The walk would start @ 8AM and should be over by 9AM. Volunteers were accepted.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Sec’y AB4AZ and W4POZ moved to accept them and W4IJY seconded. Passed. Mark, W4POZ presented the treasurers report. Starting balance of $1537.19. Collected dues, 50/50 and interest totaled $358.02 and no disbursements for a Dec 31st balance of $1895.21. Richard, AB4AZ moved to accept the report and K2KIT seconded. Passed. That report is included with these minutes.
Under committee……….The ARES group met last night and among other things, badges were passed out. Bud, WA4ASJ indicated that they would like MORE volunteers for ARES. He said….”it’s painless!”
Bud also reported on the VE session held on 12/20. VE’s present were, Paul KC2LXV, Bob, KK4KT, Dwight, W4IJY, George, KJ4WMT, Craig, W4PHJ, Dick KC9GSM and Richard, AB4AZ. There were two candidates and both achieved success. One to Tech and the other from Tech to Extra. Congratulations to both new amateurs.
Under P.I.O……. Craig, K4CPJ gave us a short update from ARRL’s site.
Sunshine….it was reported that Freddie’s XYL passed away recently and condolences were offered and the club did send flowers .
The Pelican Island event was mentioned and Eric, KF4UJO mentioned that while the site will be along the 510 Wabasso Causeway, the location will be closer to the restrooms that are further east. That event is scheduled for 3/9/13 starting @ 9:00AM. Everyone is welcome to attend, visit, or otherwise get your “buns” there!!!!”
Willie mentioned the Winter Field Day on 1/26/13 at the EOC HQ’s. But, outside, in the parking lot. He said there will be three stations operating and one will be QRP. The time is from 10AM to 2PM. A Motion was made by KF4UJO to have the club officially sponsor this event and this would enable the club insurance to be in force.
W4IJY asked to speak and he talked about how the club’s direction needed to be changed. He indicated that we needed more purpose and afterwards a discussion ensued. Pat, KJ4WMU considered some items and that they should be included on a check list. Items such as people interested in teaching, after meeting discussions about technical items (antennas, operations procedures and general Elmering items) More of this discussion and the next meeting.
Also discussed were revisions to the current by-laws and making them available to all, via the e-mail system. AB4AZ has been unable to find anything stored electronically and will transcribe the by-laws ready for anyone to receive them and there was also talk about revisions. That motion was made by Craig, W4PHJ and seconded by Danny, KK4JMO. approved !
There was no further business and a motion to adjourn was entertained. KF4UJO and KC2LXV seconded. Passed.
The 50/50 was won by Larry, N8RAF. $9 to Larry and $10 to the club.
Richard Jackson, AB4AZ