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                                   DRAFT Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 1/11/18

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and 47 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (December) were approved on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Jim KM4UFN. Several new members were welcomed into the VBARC.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: 2018 Dues were received from several members, along with bank statements from TD Bank. A request for assistance was received thru the Club web site that Eric KF4UJO will follow up on.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of December. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Robert KM4FEP, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $7205.06.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

:

    December 21, 2017 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – There were no candidates for testing. A copy of the VE Report is attached. ARRL has been notified of our 2018 Testing Schedule.

 

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM here at the EOC. Our next scheduled meeting will be on January 25, 2018.

 

SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN reported that SKYWARN training is scheduled for January 20th in Martin County.

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT: Just a reminder that “Kit Night” has returned, and unless otherwise noted will again be at the Money Pit every Friday night. The Club is looking for someone to head up the Elmer Program.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT:  Nothing of note to report.

 

CLUB EVENTS: John KK4CHL is working on February race activities. Dr. Bob will be releasing info soon on the Gator Gallop scheduled for February 24th at the Indian River Greenway on Indian River Boulevard.

 

PIO UPDATE: Paul KC2LXV will be updating the Club web site and plans to remove older photos to make space for our more recent activities.

 

CERT UPDATE: Dave KM4WVZ reported that a CERT Refresher Course is being developed and will be scheduled for a date to be determined. Monthly CERT Alumni Meetings will be held at the EOC the first Thursday of every month at 6 PM starting in February.

 

TREASURE COAST REPEATER ASSOCIATION UPDATE: Craig K4CPJ brought everyone up to date with regards to the three TCRA repeater current in service in the county. The repeaters are the 145.130, 145.310, and 146.640 machines, and with the exception of the .640 machine all are working well. The .640 machine has antenna issues that will be corrected shortly with the replacement of the existing antenna. Richard AB4AZ reviewed the ongoing funding position and is always ready to accept annual donations to support ongoing maintenance. A new Facebook page will be dedicated to these units. 

 

VBARC TECH CLASS: PIO Paul KC2LXV has very few books remaining for the Technician Class and it is rescheduled to February 17 & 18, 2018. Paul asks members to continue to share the updated flyer and spread the word to perspective students. Paul is also looking for additional Instructors to fill out the team.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Dues are due for 2018!

 

WINTER FIELD DAY: Jan KK4GGJ announced the following:

 

Winter Field Day – VBARC will participate on Saturday ONLY January 27th. Jan reminded everyone that the location will be at Round Island – ocean side. On air activities will commence at 2 PM local time. He again suggested that everyone review the rules at https://www.winterfieldday.com/rules. Lunch will be provided, and Gary AB4GV and Jim KM4UFN have volunteered to be our cooks.

 

FFAETSM: If you are planning to attend the Florida Flywheel Antique Engine and Tractor Swap Meet on January 20, the group will depart from the IHOP on State Route 60 at 7 AM. If you plan to eat breakfast before heading out, please plan accordingly.

 

INSTALLATION DINNER: PIO Paul KC2LXV reminded everyone we will be at Marsh Landing for the evening of January 13, 2018. Paul reviewed the sign ups to date to be sure our numbers are correct. We will gather at 6 PM, Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM, with the Installation set for 8 PM.

 

 

NEW CLUB RADIO TRAILER? As many of you already know John KM4MCK recently purchased a used utility trailer hoping to convert it to a communications unit for Club activities. John gave a brief overview of the current status of the unit, and once the reskin, new floor, frame repairs, and other basic work is complete it is hoped the Club would consider purchasing the unit for future outing and emergency use. After a brief discussion, it was decided that the Club would purchase the unit once the current restoration projects are completed, and continue with John’s guidance to draw up guidelines for its use, storage, and selection of radio equipment to be installed. John is being assisted by Craig K4CPJ, Jesus KN4GYL, Jan KK4GGJ, Gary AB4GV, and Brian Cook. A motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Richard AB4AZ to provide $2000 to fund the project passed.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

REPEATER DONATION: A motion by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by Robert KM4FEP to donate $300 to the Treasure Coast Repeater Association passed. The funds will be used to maintain existing TCRA repeaters.

 

CLOSING COMMENT: On a suggestion by Richard AB4AZ, Paul KC2LXV was thanked by everyone for his many contributions to the Club.

 

At 8:13 PM the Meeting was adjourned on a motion by Dr. Bob KK4KT and seconded by Jesus KN4GYL passed. The evenings Raffle of $70 was won by Dave KM4WVZ with half the cash going into the Club Treasury.

 

Mike Walker VA3MW US Sales Manager for Flex Radio presented another outstanding program in our ongoing Skye Series.

 

“FlexRadio Systems is the pioneering leader in the design and development of software defined radios (SDRs) for the amateur radio market.  Founded in 2003, FlexRadio Systems, a privately held company, was the first to introduce a true SDR transceiver to the amateur community that allows the personality, functionality and performance of the radio to be upgraded through simple software downloads.  With the introduction of FlexRadio’s SDR-1000 transceiver and the PowerSDR platform in 2003, FlexRadio single-handedly changed the course of an industry.  This revolution led by FlexRadio Systems continues to change the face of amateur radio today.”

 

Thanks to John KM4MCK for his continued technical support making these programs possible.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 12/14/17

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and 33 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (November) were approved on a motion by John KM4MCK and seconded by Dwight W4IJY. Several new members were welcomed into the VBARC.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: 2018 Dues were received from several members.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ was traveling and Gary N1PZB presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of November. On a motion by Robert KM4FEP and seconded by Paul KC2LXV, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $6200.96.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:


VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

     November 16, 2017 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – There were 5 candidates for testing, 9 tests were given, with 2 new Technician licenses, and 1 new General license earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM here at the EOC. Our next scheduled meeting will be on January 25, 2018. On December 7th, eighteen members enjoyed a great evening meal at the Sunrise Café at the ARES Annual Holiday Dinner.


SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN gave a brief report on this year’s Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day and indicated the attendance by Ham Radio Operators was smaller than usual.


ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT: “Kit Night” has returned, and unless otherwise noted will again be at the Money Pit every Friday night.


SUNSHINE REPORT:  Duane K4LNN is recovering from a 3rd degree ankle burn that occurred when his motorcycle fell on him.


CLUB EVENTS: There are no events scheduled for December, John KK4CHL is working on January race activities.


PIO UPDATE – Paul KC2LXV reminded everyone that that the Orlando Hamcation is not that far away, and lodging properties are filling up. Orlando Hamcation is set for February 9 -11, 2018 with early tickets now available by mail for $15. See http://www.hamcation.com/ for detailed information.


VBARC TECH CLASS: PIO Paul KC2LXV has three books remaining for the Technician Class and it is rescheduled to February 17 & 18, 2018. Paul asks members to continue to share the updated flyer and spread the word to perspective students.


CERT UPDATE: Jerry KM4UFL reported that a recent “Train the Trainer” Class graduated 13 students. A Basic CERT Course will be scheduled for late February, the date to be determined. Monthly CERT Meetings will be held at the EOC the first Thursday of every month starting in February.


QRP WEEKEND / WINTER FIELD DAY: Jan KK4GGJ announced the following:

 

The November 18th QRP session at Ft. Drum Rec Area was well attended followed by lunch at the famous Desert Inn.


Winter Field Day – VBARC will participate on Saturday ONLY January 27th. Jan announced that the location will be at Round Island (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION). On air time is 2 PM local time. He suggested that everyone should review the rules at https://www.winterfieldday.com/rules. The event is in need of a cook.


In lieu of a QRP Outing in January, a trip to the 31st Florida Flywheel Antique Engine and Tractor Swap Meet is scheduled for January 20th.


The Monday Night 20 Meter Net About Nothing is ongoing and on everyone is welcome to check in on 14.327 USB. 


OLD BUSINESS:

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: At our November meeting Dr. Bob representing your 2018 Nominating Committee announced that the current VBARC Officers had agreed to serve another year. At tonight’s meeting, on a motion by Robert KM4FEP seconded by Jay KI4TXP the Secretary cast one vote re-electing the current Officers.

 

INSTALLATION DINNER: PIO Paul KC2LXV reminded everyone we will be at Marsh Landing for the evening of January 13, 2018. Spouses and Significant Others are invited. Director of Emergency Services John King KE4KAH has agreed to be our Guest Speaker. We will gather at 6 PM, Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM, with the Installation set for 8 PM.

 

NEW BUSINESS:


NEW CLUB RADIO TRAILER? As many of you already know John KM4MCK recently purchased a used utility trailer hoping to convert it to a communications unit for Club activities. I brief, the trailer has A/C, will be reskinned, and is already wired. Among the items already donated or in the planning process are a telescoping tower, rotor, tribander antenna, and a quieter generator to replace the existing one. On a motion by Robert KM4FEP and seconded by Jesus KN4GYL is was agreed to form a committee to research all aspects of such a project and costs involved. John KM4MCK has offered to chair the group and report back at a future meeting. It is anticipated that the committee will oversee future use and operation of the unit should the project and unit acquisition by the Club be approved.


At 8:19 PM the Meeting was adjourned on a motion by Jesus KM4GYL and seconded by Dwight W4IJY passed. The evenings Raffle of $61 was won by Jerry KM4UFL with half the cash going into the Club Treasury.


Tim Duffy K3LR COO of DX Engineering presented another outstanding program in our current Skye Series. The program was an excellent overview of Multi Multi Team Station K3LR located in Western PA. The station website can be found at http://www.k3lr.com/. In addition, K3LR’s QRZ’d page is a wealth of links featuring the operation. Thanks to John KM4MCK for his continued technical support.


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of January 11, 2018 on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Jim KM4UFN.

  

Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary


Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club 

                               FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 11/09/17

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and 37 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (October) were approved on a motion by Dr. Bob KK4KT and seconded by Richard AB4AZ. Several new members were welcomed into the VBARC.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Due to the holiday on Saturday November 11th, the Vero Beach Public Library will be CLOSED.  Therefore, Digital University will move to a temporary new location. For this weekend ONLY, it will at the Be Means Court Elementary School 532 N 13th in Ft Pierce, FL 34950. Starting time is 9AM. Talk in will be DMR 31123 and the WA4TCD D-star machine.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: The Club received a TD Bank Monthly Statement.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of October. On a motion by Mark AI4HO and seconded by Richard AB4AZ, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $5904.86.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

:

    October 19, 2017 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – There were 6 candidates for testing, 9 tests were given, with

                    2 new Technician licenses, and 2 new General licenses earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM here at the EOC. Our next scheduled meeting will be on January 25, 2018.

 

SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFL announced that SKYWARN Recognition Day will be held on Saturday, December 2nd this year. Jim has all the information necessary to participle in this year’s NWS Melbourne Special Event.

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT: None submitted.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT: Bill K4IRC and Dwight W4IJY both attended services for George Geyer KJ4MWT, and noticed that the thermostat on the wall was set for 73*! How appropriate.

 

CLUB EVENTS: Dr. Bob KK4KT reported that “Turkey Trot” info has been sent out for the Thanksgiving Day event at Riverside Park. Hams should be on station at 7 AM to begin communications checks. Any questions please contact Dr. Bob KK4KT.

 

PIO UPDATE – Paul KC2LXV reviewed the upcoming Hamfest Schedule as follows:

 

Okeechobee Hamfest in the Woods on Saturday November 25th - 7 AM, full details can be found at: http://www.flweather.com/oarc/2017_HAMFEST.PDF / Orlando Hamcation is set for February 9 -11, 2018 with early tickets now available by mail for $15. See http://www.hamcation.com/ for detailed information.

 

VBARC Skype presentations are currently scheduled for the following monthly club meetings:

                                                        December – DX Engineering

 

Paul announced that the Club Roster updating for 2017 has closed and Dues for 2018 are starting to be paid. The Club Website is continually being updated and more pictures are being added. Tonight’s attendance of 37 matches the attendance of November 2014.

 

VBARC TECH CLASS: PIO Paul KC2LXV reminded everyone that we have six books remaining for the Technician Class scheduled for January 20 & 21, 2018. Paul asks members to continue to share the updated flyer and spread the word to perspective students.

 

QRP WEEKEND / WINTER FIELD DAY: Jan KK4GGJ announced the following:

 

The October QRP meet at Round Island was well attended and several good contacts were put in the logs. Thank you Jim KM4UFL for the endless hot coffee.

 

Our next QRP Outing is set for Saturday – November 18th – 9 AM – Ft. Drum Marsh Park on St Route 60 eastbound - followed by lunch at the famous Desert Inn.

 

Winter Field Day – VBARC will participate on Saturday ONLY January 27th. Jan announced that the location will be the Wabasso Causeway. On air time is 2 PM local time. He suggested that everyone should review the rules at https://www.winterfieldday.com/rules.

 

The Monday Night 20 Meter Net About Nothing is ongoing and on everyone is welcome to check in on 14.327 USB.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Dr. Bob representing your 2018 Nominating Committee announced that the current VBARC Officers has agreed to serve another year. There were no nominations from the floor. The Election will be held at the December meeting.

 

INSTALLATION DINNER: Just a reminder, PIO Paul KC2LXV has booked Marsh Landing for the evening of January 13, 2018. Spouses and Significant Others are invited.

 

CERT NEWS: Robert KM4FEP gave a brief overview of the November 8th CERT Meeting held for those who had previously completed CERT Training. The meeting was well attended and had speakers from the EOC, Law Enforcement, and IRC Fire/ Rescue. A $7,000 Grant has been received to restart the program that will see more local control, and focus on local conditions. Dave KM4WVZ is busy setting up training and overseeing the “new ballgame”.

 

NEW BUSINESS: At the October meeting it was decided on the motion referenced below that two signatures would be needed on the VBARC Seacoast Bank Checking Account.

 

#2 – Richard Jackson AB4AZ and Mark Poziomek W4POZ will both be required and are authorized to sign all checks drawn on the Seacoast Bank Checking Account. Motion by Bob KK4KT, seconded by Dwight W4IJY, passed. It is understood that all checks will require both signatures.

 

At tonight’s meeting (November 9, 2017) a motion was made by Jan KK4GGJ and seconded by Dave KE7GBO to change the requirement back to one signature, and that motion passed.

 

ARRL INTERNATIONAL GRID SQUARE CHASE: Eric KF4UJO announced that the ARRL has a new challenge for the upcoming year and the info can be found at http://www.arrl.org/news/announcing-the-arrl-international-grid-chase.

 

At 8:14 PM the Meeting was adjourned on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dr, Bob KK4KT passed. The evenings Raffle of $64 was won by Wayne KM4OPN with half the cash going into the Club Treasury.

 

Kevin Zanjani of Bioenno Batteries provided another outstanding program in our current Skye Series. The program included their product line, technology, and ended with a Q&A session. Thanks to John KM4MCK for his technical support.


These minutes were approved on December 14, 2017 on a motion by John KM4MCK and seconded by Dwight W4IJY. 

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

                                           FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 10/12/17

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and 27 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (September) were approved on a motion by Robert KM4FEP and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – See Hamfest Schedule / Club Events

 

CORRESPONDANCE The Club received a request for a QSL Card and a TD Bank Monthly Statement.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Gary N1PZB presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. On a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Paul KC2LXV, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $5753.76. Mark W4POZ is currently on vacation and traveling.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

VE REPORT Bud WA4ASJ reported the following:

      September 21, 2017 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – There were 8 candidates for testing, 14

        tests were administered, and 4 new Technician licenses were earned. A copy of the VE Report is

        attached.

 

ARES – Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month (except November) at 7:00 PM. A debrief of Hurricane Irma communications was completed at the September meeting.

 

SKYWARN / ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT None submitted.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – George Geyer KJ4MWT had a full military funeral that Dwight W4IJY reported was quite impressive.

 

CLUB EVENTS – Dr. Bob reports that Tunnels to Tower will held on October 28th at Riverside Park. Due to a course change, assignments and instructions should be out soon. We anticipate having 16 to 18 stations, and Hams should be on station at 7 AM to begin communications checks.

 

PIO UPDATE – Paul KC2LXV reviewed the upcoming Hamfest Schedule as follows: Lake Amateur Radio Association Annual Tailgate - November 4, 2017 - Setup 6:30-7:30 AM, Sale 7:30 AM – NOON -1565 Lane Park Cut Off Road, Tavares FL 32778 - Free Setup & Admission / Okeechobee Hamfest in the Woods on Saturday November 25th - 7 AM, full details can be found at: http://www.flweather.com/oarc/2017_HAMFEST.PDF / Orlando Hamcation is set for February 9 -11, 2018 with early tickets now available by mail for $15. See http://www.hamcation.com/ for detailed information.

 

Digital University resumes Saturday October 21st - 9 AM at the Vero Beach Public Library, 1600 21st Street in Vero Beach.

 

VBARC Skype presentations are currently scheduled for the following monthly club meetings:

                                 November – Bioenno Batteries / December – DX Engineering

 

Paul reported that a good time was had at Melbourne where he refreshed his stock of connectors and small parts.

 

VBARC TECH CLASS: PIO Paul KC2LXV reminded everyone of the Technician Class scheduled for January 20 & 21, 2018. Paul has updated the flyer and has requested that everyone help distribute copies and spread the word to perspective students.

 

QRP WEEKEND / WINTER FIELD DAY / MORE EVENTS: Jan KK4GGJ announced the following:

 

Our next QRP Outing is set for SUNDAY – October 29th – 9 AM – Round Island Park – Beachside. A Fox Hunt is scheduled at the same time – same place.

 

Winter Field Day – VBARC will participate on Saturday ONLY January 27th. Jan will update the event at the November meeting.

 

The Monday Night 20 Meter Net About Nothing is going strong and on everyone is welcome to check in on 14.327 USB.

 

The Boy Scouts of America JOTA Weekend is scheduled for October 20 – 22, 2017. Information is available at http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspxt. Please take some time to provide them with a few contacts!!!

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: President Eric KF4UJO reminded everyone that the following members in good standing are your 2018 Nominating Committee – Craig W4PHJ, Phil W2AR, Jim KM4UFN, and Dr. Bob KK4KT. The NC will report back at the November meeting with a slate of candidates at which time nominations will be accepted from the floor. The Election will be held at the December meeting.

 

INSTALLATION DINNER: PIO Paul KC2LXV has booked Marsh Landing for the evening of January 13, 2018. He is also lining up a Guest Speaker(s) and is checking a couple potential candidate(s) schedules. For their availability. Spouses and Significant Others are invited, and we generally eat off the menu. Paul will follow up as further information becomes available.

 

VBARC FACILITY: Dwight has decided to table any further discussion on the subject pending future developments.

 

CERT NEWS: Jerry KM4UFL and KM4FEP passed along some info provided by Dave KM4WVZ regarding the following:

 

A CERT Alumni meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 8th, at 6:00 p.m., in the Emergency Operations Center, and is open to all who have previously completed CERT Basic Training.

 

FT PIERCE CLUB VE SESSION: John KK4SHF announced that the Ft. Pierce Club VE Session has been moved to the second Wednesday of every month - 6:30 PM – at the “Tower”.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  A request was received from Treasurer Mark W4POZ to close out the VBARC Account at TD Band and establish a new account at Seacoast Bank. After a brief discussion the following motions were voted on:

 

#1 – The Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club approves the closure of its TD Bank Checking Account, and the withdrawal of all funds by Richard Jackson AB4AZ.  Those funds will be redeposited in a new checking account at Seacoast Bank. Motion by John KM4MCK, seconded by Paul KC2LXV, passed.

 

#2 – Richard Jackson AB4AZ and Mark Poziomek W4POZ will both be required and are authorized to sign all checks drawn on the Seacoast Bank Checking Account. Motion by Bob KK4KT, seconded by Dwight W4IJY, passed. It is understood that all checks will require both signatures.

 

At 8:04 PM the Business Meeting was suspended on a motion by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by Duane K4LNN, passed, to facilitate an outstanding Skype presentation by Bob Heil. The presentation covered his business and how he managed to be so successful without a college education. He credited it all to Ham Radio.

 

The meeting was called back to order at 9:15 PM followed by a Motion to Close made by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Bob KK4KT passed. The evenings Raffle of $43 was won by Jim KB1YBB with all $$$ going into the Treasury. Thank you, Jim,!!!

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

 

 Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club Officers 2017

 

President – Eric Larabell

Vice President – John Franke

Treasurer – Mark Poziomek

Secretary – Gary L. Webster

 

Repeater Trustee – Richard Jackson


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of November 9, 2017 on a motion by Dr. Bob KK4KT and seconded by Richard AB4AZ.

                                            FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 09/21/17

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence for the recent passing of George Geyer KJ4MWT was observed prior to 28 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (August) were approved on a motion by Tom KE7GBO and seconded by Don WA4MSU.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – See Hamfest Schedule / Club Events & Upcoming Calendar.

 

CORRESPONDANCE John KM4MCK noted a Facebook message with positive comments about W4OT radio operations during Hurricane Irma, and Gary N1PZB received a request for assistance that came in thru the Club website regarding strong local RF signals. Jan KK4GGJ offered to answer the gentleman’s question.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. On a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Bob KK4KT the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $5726.73.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

VE REPORT Gary N1PZB reported the following:

           August 17, 2017 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – There were no candidates for testing. A copy 

                                             VE Report are attached.

 

ARES – Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM. Gary N1PZB gave a brief overview of the Hurricane Irma Activation with additional comments by Paul KC2LXV, Eric KF4UJO, Jan KK4GGJ and others who monitored W4OT communications from home.

 

SKYWARN / ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT None submitted.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – George Geyer KJ4MWT passed away since our last meeting, and a card was circulated to send to the family. Dwight W4IJY has George’s GAP Titan Antenna that is available, please see him if you are interested. Dick KG4QZT assisted with Dog Sitting while Pat was busy attending to business.

 

CLUB EVENTS – At the present time two events are still in the planning stages for November to include the Annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. The Navy Seal Museum is also putting together a walk/run on the beach near the Museum. Bob KK4KT referenced a letter he sent to Run Vero regarding a mix up with the August 26th race and our mission during events. All is well thanks to Dr. Bob’s follow up.

 

PIO UPDATE – Paul KC2LXV reviewed the upcoming Hamfest Schedule as follows: Melbourne Hamfest – October 13th & 14th – Friday 1 PM to 7 PM – Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM – tickets at the door $7. / Okeechobee Hamfest in the Woods on Saturday November 25th - 7 AM, full details can be found at: http://www.flweather.com/oarc/2017_HAMFEST.PDF / Orlando Hamcation is set for February 9 -11, 2018 with early tickets now available by mail for $15. See http://www.hamcation.com/ for detailed information.

 

VBARC Skype presentations are currently scheduled for the following monthly club meetings:

                   October – Bob Heil / November – Bioenno Batteries / December – DX Engineering

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

VBARC TECH CLASS: PIO Paul KC2LXV reviewed the January 2018 Calendar and on a motion by Paul, seconded by Jan KK4GGJ it was voted to hold a Technician License Class the weekend of January 20 & 21, 2018. Paul will update our flyer and has requested that everyone help distribute copies to public places that might produce students.

 

FT. PIERCE HAMFEST: Eric KF4UJO offered a number of positive comments about the event and was pleased to see that several of the Forum presenters were VBARC members. Those who attended this year were also pleased with the event.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

QRP WEEKEND / WINTER FIELD DAY / MORE EVENTS: Jan KK4GGJ announced the following:

 

Our next QRP Outing is set for September 30th – Wabasso Causeway – 9AM.

 

Winter Field Day – VBARC will participate on Saturday ONLY January 27th. Jan will review the updated rules and report back. The location this year will be chosen at a future meeting.

 

The Monday Night 20 Meter Net About Nothing is going strong and on Monday September 18th a contact was logged with a group from St. Louis, MO.

 

A Fox Hunt is going to be scheduled for October – more to follow.

 

And lastly, the Boy Scouts of America JOTA Weekend is scheduled for October 20 – 22, 2017. Information is available at http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspxt. Help them out by making contacts.

 

ARES SHELTER OPERATORS: President Eric KF4UJO put out a suggestion that more Club members consider joining ARES and provide shelter communications. Relief operators are also needed as long activations like Irma really tax a single person. Membership in ARES is free and you would be providing a valuable public service. You do not have to be an ARRL member to participate.

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: President Eric KF4UJO appointed the following members in good standing to the 2018 Nominating Committee – Craig W4PHJ, Phil W2AR, Jim KM4UFN, and Dr. Bob KK4KT. The NC will report back at the November meeting with a slate of candidates at which time nominations will be accepted from the floor. The Election will be held at the December meeting.

 

INSTALLATION DINNER: The date will be January 13, 2018, and PIO Paul KC2LXV will follow up with Marsh Landing regarding availability. A couple of Guest Speakers were suggested and Paul will check on their schedules. Spouses and Significant Others are invited, and we generally eat off the menu. Paul will follow up as further information becomes available.

 

VBARC FACILITY: Dwight W4IJY asked those present if they thought a new meeting place / club station would be a worthwhile project. The County has several potential vacant sites to consider, and Dwight offered to put a preliminary budget together for a property on 82nd Ave. The general consensus was to move ahead and see if the property was available and what the financial commitment would be. Dwight will report back after doing his homework. He offered to donate a tower should the project prove to be achievable in the future.

 

A Motion to Close the meeting was made at 2039 hours by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Paul KC2LXV passed. The evenings Raffle of $54 was won by John KM4MCK with half going into the Treasury. The Flex Radio Skype Program we missed on September 14th will be rescheduled at a later date.


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of October 12, 2017 on a motion by Robert KM4FEB and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 08/10/17

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 31 members and guests in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (July) were approved on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Bob KK4KT.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – See Hamfest Schedule under PIO Report.

 

CORRESPONDANCE None.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by John KM4MCK the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $5640.70. After a brief discussion to add Mark E. Poziomek W4POZ to the VBARC Bank Account as an authorized signature, a motion made by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by John KM4MCK passed unanimously.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

VE REPORT Bud WA4ASJ reported the following:

           July 16, 2017 – VBARC Tech Class – Four candidates passed the Tech Exam.

           July 20, 2017 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session - One candidate passed the Tech Exam.

Copies of both VE Reports are attached.

 

ARES – Bud WA4ASJ reminded everyone that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM. July’s meeting was well attended, and a review of Activation Forms was provided.

 

SKYWARN REPORT / ELMER – NEW HAM REPORT - None submitted.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – George Geyer KJ4MWT is no longer in Palm Bay as he has been moved to a facility here in Vero Beach.

 

CLUB EVENTS – John KK4CHL reviewed the five events currently planned. Bob KK4KT has sent out the assignments and instructions for Events #1 & #2.

 

● EVENT #1 - Saturday, August 26th - LOVE’S MIRACLE 5K (run/walk)

Riverside Park, Vero Beach   7:30-9:00 AM. Be at your station by 7:00 AM. Details to follow. Funds raised at the 5K will benefit UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network, to support research, training and equipment purchases, and assists families whose children are suffering from cancer, genetic disease, premature birth disorders and other childhood afflictions.

 

● EVENT #2 - Saturday, September 9th - TUNNEL TO TOWERS (5K run) - Riverside Park, Vero Beach   7:30-9:00 AM. Be at your station by 7:00 AM. Details to follow. Sponsored by our own EOC.  This event benefits disabled firefighters and first responders as a result of the 9/11 disaster.  This is one of our largest Club events and really requires our full participation.  Last year we provided 17 check points.

 

● EVENT #3 - Saturday, September 16th - TWILIGHT 2 MILE (run/walk) - Indian River Drive/East), Vero Beach   6:30-7:30 PM. Be at your station by 6:00 PM. Details to follow. This fun, evening race features a flat, fast, shaded course that travels under beautiful oak trees through scenic Vero Beach neighborhoods. There is a water stop along the way and plenty of parking around Riverside Park. Post-Race festivities take place at the River House on the beautiful Indian River and include an Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Music, and Awards Ceremony.

 

At the present time two events are in the planning stages for November to include the Annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. The Navy Seal Museum is also planning a walk/run on the beach near the Museum. Add to that two future bicycling events, one in support of the Hibiscus Festival.

 

PIO UPDATE – Paul KC2LXV reviewed the upcoming Hamfest Schedule as Hamfest Season is upon us: Ft. Pierce Hamfest – August 12th – Indian River State College – 8 AM to 1 PM – General Admission $7. Food will be available, and Prize Drawings will be held throughout the event, along with Forums by our very own Craig W4CPJ, and Jan KK4GGJ. / Melbourne Hamfest – October 13th & 14th – Friday 1 PM to 7 PM – Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM – Early Bird tickets by mail $6, at the door $7. / Orlando Hamcation is set for February 9 -11, 2018 with early tickets now available by mail for $15. See http://www.hamcation.com/ for detailed information.

 

VBARC Skype presentations are currently scheduled for the following monthly club meetings:

                   October – Bob Heil / November – Bioenno Batteries / December – DX Engineering

 

The ARRL has posted a Q&A document concerning the Amateur Radio Parity Act that can be read at:

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regulatory/The%20Amateur%20Radio%20Parity%20Act%20FAQ.pdf

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

VBARC ANNUAL TECH CLASS – PIO Paul KC2LXV reported that four students attended the July Class and all four passed the Tech Exam. Paul thanked all the Instructors and VE’s who helped make the class a success.

 

FIELD DAY REPORT: President Eric reported that he is busy submitting back up documentation for this year’s Field Day. At latest count, we had 520 QSO’s and 2890 points.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

PROPOSED VBARC JANUARY 2018 TECH CLASS: Paul KC2LXV announced that 14 Tech Licensing Class Books remain that can be utilized thru June 30, ,2018. Craig W4CPJ’s son has generated an interest in Ham Radio Licensing with six members of his upcoming IRSC Ft. Pierce Class. It was agreed that the Club would provide a weekend class tentatively scheduled for January 13th and 14th pending a confirmation from the group. Once confirmed, Paul KC2LXV will send out an e-mail blast.

 

QRP OUTING: Jan KK4GGJ announced that the next QRP Outing will be held on SUNDAY August 20th from 9 AM to 1 PM on the Wabasso Causeway at our usual site. Among the items to be discussed will be WSPR / Reverse Beacon Network. Drinks will be provided. It is hoped that the 6 Meter Band will provide some openings.

 

CLOSING COMMENTS: Jim W2JKD directed everyone’s attention to an article in the current edition of Lemmon Lines regarding amateur radio and broadcast radio in Vero Beach. The article was written by Pam Cooper.

 

If you are interested in mixing Ham Radio and the upcoming Solar Eclipse, check out the ARRL website regarding registering your contacts during the event.

 

Richard AB4AZ is looking for a Simpson Meter Movement to repair and/or use to replace one in a meter he is working on for Bob KM4CPU.

 

A Motion to Close the meeting was made at 2009 hours by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Paul KC2LXV passed. The evenings Raffle of $56 was won by Wayne KM4OPN. A second drawing was held and John KK4SHF won a Repeater Directory.


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of September 21, 2017 on a motion by Tom KE7GBO and seconded by Don WA4MSU.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 07/13/17

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 33 members and guests in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (June) were approved on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Bob KK4KT.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – The evenings program was provided by Dave KM4WVZ.

 

CORRESPONDANCE The Club received its annual check for assisting with VE Testing at HamCation in February.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Paul KC2LXV, the Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $5208.20.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

VE REPORT A copy of the June 15, 2017 VE Report is attached. There was one candidate who passed the General Test.

 

ARES – Bud WA4ASJ reminded everyone that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend the meetings, and there is no cost to those supporting the program.

 

SKYWARN REPORT / ELMER – NEW HAM REPORT - None submitted.

 

CLUB EVENTS – John KK4CHL reported that there are five events currently planned. Bob KK4KT provided the following via e-mail regarding same:

 

● EVENT #1 - Saturday, August 26th - LOVE’S MIRACLE 5K (run/walk)

Riverside Park, Vero Beach   7:30-9:00 AM. Be at your station by 7:00 AM. Details to follow. Funds raised at the 5K will benefit UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network, to support research, training and equipment purchases, and assists families whose children are suffering from cancer, genetic disease, premature birth disorders and other childhood afflictions.

 

● EVENT #2 - Saturday, September 9th - TUNNEL TO TOWERS (5K run) - Riverside Park, Vero Beach   7:30-9:00 AM. Be at your station by 7:00 AM. Details to follow. Sponsored by our own EOC.  This event benefits disabled firefighters and first responders as a result of the 9/11 disaster.  This is one of our largest Club events and really requires our full participation.  Last year we provided 17 check points.

 

● EVENT #3 - Saturday, September 16th - TWILIGHT 2 MILE (run/walk) - Indian River Drive/East), Vero Beach   6:30-7:30 PM. Be at your station by 6:00 PM. Details to follow. This fun, evening race features a flat, fast, shaded course that travels under beautiful oak trees through scenic Vero Beach neighborhoods. There is a water stop along the way and plenty of parking around Riverside Park. Post-Race festivities take place at the River House on the beautiful Indian River and include an Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Music, and Awards Ceremony.

 

Looking down the road, a fourth event is being planned that will benefit Law Enforcement and is scheduled for 7 AM on November 18th. Event number five will be the Annual Turkey Trot at Riverside Park Thanksgiving Day.

 

PIO UPDATE – Paul KC2LXV directed everyone’s attention to the publication ”32963” where the VBARC received excellent coverage of this year’s Field Day Event. In addition, the “Trillium Reporter” published by the folks at the Trillium Community on 66th Ave covered the event with information provided by Dave KK4WVZ who is a resident there.

 

Hamfest Season is upon us: Ft. Pierce Hamfest – August 12th – Indian River State College – 8 AM to 1 PM – General Admission $7. / Melbourne Hamfest – October 13th & 14th – Friday 1 PM to 7 PM – Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM – Early Bird by mail $6, at the door $7.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

MONDAY NIGHT HF NET - The Monday Evening HF Net About Nothing on 14.327 is seeking check-ins. This Net follows the Monday Night 2 Meter Emergency Net and is open to all amateurs.

 

FIELD DAY 2017 – Jan KK4GGJ thanked everyone for their assistance and attendance at what is being billed as the most successful Field Day VBARC members can remember. By any measure we excelled in all categories. At the completion of these minutes is a list of those who served on the various committees. We expect to return to Delmar next year as we have been invited back.

 

FIELD DAY FOLLOWUP – Master Chef Paul KC2LXV submitted his final report which is attached to these minutes. Donations were received in the amount of $174.06 which have been returned to our Treasury. Thank You letters have been sent out or hand delivered to those who graciously donated food and supplies. We ate very well for the entire weekend. Jim Kerns KK4UFN delivered the remaining food to Camp Haven where he serves as a Director.

 

VBARC ANNUAL TECH CLASS – PIO Paul KC2LXV reminds everyone that we still have space for the weekend of July 15th & 16th. Instructor assignments were reviewed, and VE’s were reminded that we need support for the testing session Sunday afternoon. Paul has turned in $110 to the Treasurer for books sold to date.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

CLUB DONATION – Bob KK4KT sold $100 worth of used equipment and those funds have been turned over to the Club.

 

AREA SCIENCE FAIR – John KM4MCK suggested that the Club consider participating in a local Science Fair scheduled for October 14th in Ft. Pierce. A 10’ X 10’ booth is $50, and it would be an excellent opportunity to touch bases with students. The item will be added to the August Agenda for further discussion.

 

A Motion to Close the meeting was made at 2003 hours by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Bob KK4KT passed. The evenings Raffle of $54 was won by Bill K4IRC.

 

Following the meeting, Dave KM4WVZ provided an outstanding two-part Power Point presentation on FEMA and what improvements have been made within the organization following Hurricane Katrina. Part two focused on plans currently being implemented to revise and reactivate the Indian River County CERT Program. Dave was an Associate Administrator at FEMA Headquarters prior to his retirement.


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of August 10, 2017 on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Bob KK4KT.

  

Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB - Secretary VBARC 

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 06/08/17

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 31 members and guests in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (May) were approved on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Paul Robert KM4FEP.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Joining us for the evening were Jeff Beals WA4AW - South Florida Section Manager and Barry Porter KB1PA – South Florida Assistant Section Manager for presentation of our Special Services Club Plaque.

 

CORRESPONDANCE Two QSL Cards responding to our Special Event Stations were received.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Gary N1PZB presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by John KK4CHL, the Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $5215.17.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

VE REPORT A copy of the May 18, 2017 VE Report is attached. There was one candidate who passed the Technician Test.

 

ARES – Bud WA4ASJ again reminded everyone that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting has moved to the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM. Hurricane Season has arrived and everyone is invited to attend the meetings, there is no cost to those supporting the program.

 

SKYWARN REPORT / ELMER – NEW HAM REPORT - None submitted.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – Dick KG4QZT and Dwight W4IJY reported that George Geyer KJ4WMT recently was moved into a nursing home in Palm Bay.

 

CLUB EVENTS – John KK4CHL reported that there are no events currently planned and he will be working with a new contact to smooth out the scheduling process.

 

KK4GGJ REPORT –  Our Group Tour Specialist Jan KK4GGJ will escort a trip to shortwave radio station WRMI (Okeechobee) on June 10th. Please notify Jim Davis W2JKD if you plan to attend. Assembled vehicles will leave the IHOP on State Route 60 at 12:30 PM with a stop for lunch at the Desert Inn followed by the tour from 3 PM to 5 PM. No pacemakers please.

 

PIO REPORT– PIO Paul KC2LXV provided the following regarding VBARC activities:

 

Indian River County Amateur Radio Week Proclamation – June 13th – 9 AM – County Admin Bldg.

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Week Proclamation – June 20th – 6 PM – Vero Beach City Hall.

Ft. Pierce Hamfest – August 12th – Indian River State College – 8 AM to 1 PM – General Admission $7.

Melbourne Hamfest – October 13th & 14th – More info as we get closer to the event.

June 17th – Hurricane Expo – Indian River Mall – 10 AM to 2 PM. CANCELED!

June 24th & 25th – Field Day 2017 (See Old Business).

 

The Hurricane Hanger Party VBARC table on Friday May 19th from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Corporate Air Hanger at the Vero Beach Airport was manned by Paul KC2LXV, Gary N1PZB, and Eric KF4UJO assisted by several of our members.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

MONDAY NIGHT HF NET - The Monday Evening HF Net on 14.327 is seeking check-ins. This Net follows the Monday Night 2 Meter Emergency Net and is open to all amateurs.

 

US NAVY SEAL MUSEUM EVENT REPORT – The May 27th event was well received and it is anticipated that it will be repeated next year. Paul KC2LXV has posted pictures on the VBARC Website and the following contacts were logged: 20 States / 40 QSO’s / 4 countries. Thanks were extended to all 20 +/-hams who participated.

 

FIELD DAY 2017 – Once again the location: 5400 Route A1A at the Delmar Condos (oceanside). The setting up of antennas is almost complete, and thanks go to Jay KI4TXP for providing bypass filters. We will be operating as Class 5A and will also have a GOTA Station. John KM4MCK will be providing generators.

 

PIO Paul KC2LXV drew down $100 from the Treasury to cover any potential food cost overruns due to the large group we expect to feed at this years Field Day. Jan KK4GGJ has donated $50 to tip our Chef. Paul says” have a great time and eat well!” We anticipate providing the following Menu:

 

Saturday AM – Coffee & Donuts provided by Club President Eric KF4UJO

Saturday Lunch – Burgers and Dogs on the Grill with Baked Beans and Potato Salad

Saturday Dinner – Chicken Alfredo / Sausage, Peppers and Onions over Fettuccini

Sunday Breakfast – Provided by McDonalds on US 1

Sunday Lunch – Subs provided by Penny Hill Subs

 

Desserts and Drinks will also be available. Our cooks will be Gary AB4GV and Jim KM4UFN.

 

VBARC ANNUAL TECH CLASS – PIO Paul KC2LXV is still actively soliciting students for the weekend of July 15th & 16th. Instructor assignments are almost complete, and VE’s will be needed for the testing session Sunday afternoon. See Gary N1PZB if you need Flyers.

 

NEW BUSINESS: Paul KC2LXV made a motion that was seconded by Jan KK4GGJ that the VBARC award Lifetime Membership to Craig Jerome K4CPJ for his service to the Club in many ways to include the maintenance of area repeaters and his great contribution to the Digital University Program. The motion passed unanimously. Past and present Life Members will be recognized on our website in the near future.

 

SPECIAL SERVICE CLUB DESIGNATION – Our guests Jeff WA4AW, and Barry KB1PA presented this prestigious designation to President Eric KF4UJO in recognition of the Clubs outstanding service to the community and Amateur Radio. Paul KC2LXV was recognized for preparing the application and Don K4VRB to a group photo. Following the presentation Jeff answered a few questions for the group and offered seven ARRL items for our closing Raffle.

 

CLOSING COMMENTS: Dwight W4IJY reminded everyone that bricks can be purchased to be placed at ARRL HQ to recognize ham radio friends.

 

After a brief discussion on format, the VBARC updated By-Laws will be posted to our website.

 

Craig K4CPJ scanned and provided the Club with digital copies of the “Tales of the Treasure Coast” a newsletter the Club published many years ago.

 

Robert KM4FEP reminded everyone that weekly Friday Kit Nights are held at 1386 15th Ave, Vero Beach, aka the MONEY PIT.

A Motion to Close the meeting was made at 2030 hours by Richard AB4AZ seconded by Dwight W4IJY passed. The evenings Raffle of $43 was won by Eric KF4UJO who returned his portion to the Treasury.


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of July 13, 2017 on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by BOB KK4KT.


Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB - Secretary VBARC

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 05/11/17

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 30 members and guests in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (April) were approved on a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Paul KC2LXV.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – DX Engineering will join us via Skype for a presentation immediately following this meeting.

 

CORRESPONDANCE The Club received a donation of a current ARRL spiral bound General Class License Manual for use by a club member needing one.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Mark W4P0Z presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. On a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by John KM4MCK, the Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $5157.14.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

VE REPORT A copy of the April 20, 2017 VE Report is attached. There was one candidate who passed the Technician Test.

 

ARES – Bud WA4ASJ reminded everyone that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting has moved to the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

CLUB EVENTS – John KK4CHL announced that the May 6th, event was changed to support the March of Dimes at Riverside Park and he thanked those who volunteered to help. He also thanked those who supported the April 22nd Habitat for Humanity Run / Realtor’s Earth Day Run at South Beach.  

 

PIO REPORT– PIO Paul KC2LXV provided the following regarding upcoming activities:

 

The Hurricane Hanger Party is scheduled for Friday night May 19th from 1730 to 2130 at the Corporate Air Hanger at the Vero Beach Airport. Several volunteers will be manning the VBARC table so please stop by and say hello. Our July Tech Class Flyers will be available at this event.

 

June 17th – Hurricane Expo – Indian River Mall – 10 AM to 2 PM.

June 24th & 25th – Field Day 2017

 

Paul KC2LXV announced that our application for ARRL Special Services Club designation has been approved, and it is anticipated that SM Jeff Beal’s WA4AW will make the formal presentation at a future VBARC meeting or event.

 

Field Day preparations are quickly wrapping up and additional food items will be provided by Paul’s wife Kathy (potato salad), and Gary’s wife Lisa (baked beans).

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT – A new Ham Mark K4JUT joined the Club this evening and was welcomed aboard. The Club recently received a donation of ARRL General Class License Manual which Mark is borrowing to study for his license upgrade.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – Dwight W4IJY reports that George Geyer KJ4WMT is still with us, holding his own. / Chere KM4UUQ is seeking assistance thru a GoFundMe Page to replace her failed A/C Unit. John KK4CHL has offered to see if he can supply her with a window unit to cool a portion of the house. / Jan KK4GGJ recently lost a good friend – Tim Lauer NU2B.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

QSL CARDS – Gary K4RRK delivered 2500 new W4OT QSL Cards and provided four samples of the card with and without Event Stickers for all to see. The purchase of blank stickers for special event printing is moving forward and the group was pleased with the final results. Richard AB4AZ requested that these minutes reflect a “thank you for a job well done.”

 

KK4GGJ ACTIVITIES REPORT – Jan KK4GGJ reported that the QRP session (CW) on Saturday, April 15th at the Ft. Drum Marsh Park on Route 60 followed by lunch at the Desert Inn was well attended (30 members and Guests) with 24 going to Lunch. The next QRP Session will be held on May 20th at Park Place at the east end of 21st St (Miracle Mile). Hours are 10 AM to 2 PM followed by food and beverage at Kelly’s. An intown Fox Hunt will be held from 7 AM to 10 PM followed by a course on Antenna Tuning. The Monday Evening HF Net on 14.327 is doing well, with check ins climbing to 15+. Club Members are calling in from Massachusetts and New York. Everyone is invited to join the group.

 

FIELD DAY 2017 – An Antenna Party surveyed the site on May 10th determine the best places to set up the various antennas. Phil W2AR, Bob KK4KT, Gary K4RRK, and Craig W4PHJ have drawn up plan that should avoid any interference.

 

VBARC ANNUAL TECH CLASS – PIO Paul KC2LXV is actively soliciting students for the weekend of July 15th & 16th. Instructor assignments are almost complete, and VE’s will be needed for the testing session Sunday afternoon.

 

CLOSING COMMENTS:

 

Richard AB4AZ has started bringing in 22+/- years of Secretary’s Minutes for storage here at the EOC. He also brought in a bag of old nametags for Hams no one can remember.

A Motion to Close the meeting was made at 2008 by Dwight W4IJY seconded by Bob KK4KT passed. The evenings Raffle of $48 was won by John KK4CHL who took home $24 which he was very pleased to receive.

Sales Manager Bob Naumann W5OV of DX Engineering provided a great overview of DXE’s history and background as to how they came into the business. A Q&A followed the presentation, and he offered to provide another presentation or two in the near future. Thanks go to PIO Paul KC2LXV for making the arrangements and John KM4MCK for his Skype expertise that made the presentation possible.


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of June 8, 2017 on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Robert KM4FEP


Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB

Secretary VBARC

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 04/13/17

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 34 members and guests in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (March) were approved on a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Bob KK4KT. The Net Minutes were accepted on a motion by John KM4MCK and seconded by Dwight W4IJY.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – None.

 

CORRESPONDANCE – An e-mail was received via our website offering to donate equipment from a Ham moving into Assisted Living. John KM4MCK will call and follow up.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Mark W4P0Z presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. On a motion by John KM4MCK and seconded by Dwight W4IJY, the Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $4,743.11. The Fire Tower Reserve Fund monies have been returned to the Treasury.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

VE REPORT A copy of the March 16, 2017 VE Report is attached. There were three candidates who tested and one Technician was awarded along with a General and an Extra upgrade.

 

ARES – Bud WA4ASJ reminded everyone that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting has moved to the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM. The April Meeting will be cover Shelter Training.

 

CLUB EVENTS – PIO Paul KC2LXV reminded everyone of the following scheduled events:

 

May 19th – Hurricane Hanger Party / June 17th – Hurricane Expo – Indian River Mall – 10 AM to 2 PM.

June 24th & 25th – Field Day 2017.


John KK4CHL announce the following Runs / Walks for the remainder of April and the month of May:

 

The March Habitat for Humanity Run was cancelled at the last minute and will be combined with the Realtor’s Earth Day Run at South Beach on April 22nd. Hams should report at 0730 hours for assignments.

 

On May 6th, the Kid’s with Cancer Run will support families dealing with this issue and Hams should report to South Beach at 0700 for the race. See John KK4CHL if you have not already signed up to assist.

 

PIO REPORT– PIO Paul KC2LXV provided the following regarding upcoming activities:

 

The Hurricane Hanger Party is scheduled for Friday night May 19th from 1730 to 2130 at the airport.

 

DX Engineering will provide our meeting program on May 11th via Skype, and John KM4MCK will provide the tech support for the 2015 hours’ presentation.

 

Paul KC2LXV has submitted our application for designation as an ARRL Special Services Club. Do to our many activities and programs we easily qualify for approval. It is anticipated that SM Jeff Beal’s WA4AW will make the formal presentation at a future VBARC meeting.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

KK4GGJ ACTIVITIES REPORT – Jan KK4GGJ reported that the PELICAN ISLAND 114th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EVENT STATION was very successful, well attended, and enjoyed by all. Jan also reported that the Monday Night 20 Meter Net is growing on 14.327 USB. Joseph KD2JUQ, a new Club member recently checked in from Albany, NY. In addition, over 30 hams attended the FPOTA event with 35 contacts logged. Special thanks to John KK4SHF for arranging free access to the Park site. Finally, a QRP session (CW) is planned for Saturday, April 15th at the Ft. Drum Park on Route 60 at 1000 hours followed by lunch at the Desert Inn.

 

FIELD DAY 2017 – Just another reminder, the official location of this year’s Field Day is 5400 Route A1A on the last rainy weekend in June (24th & 25th). It has requested that no dogs be brought to the site.

 

PIO Paul KC2LXV is busy making final preparations for the event. Winn Dixie will not be providing a donation this time, but Paul reports we are in good shape and will eat well again this year. Paul has secured the services of the Chef at the Italian-American Club who will prepare two dishes for Saturday evenings dinner. Jan KK4GGJ has graciously volunteered to donate $50 to compensate the gentleman for his services.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

QSL CARDS – In March the Club approved funding for the production of new Club QSL Cards. Gary K4RRK and John K4VSR volunteered to serve as the QSL Design Committee. Gary put together a PowerPoint Presentation with several designs representative of the area. After a healthy discussion, the group selected (#11) an aerial view of the Indian River Lagoon, with a few suggestions that will be incorporated in the first printing. Gary with his many connections has secured the services of a longtime friend who will produce the cards without charge. Everyone on the Club E-mail list received a mailing of the original group of suggested cards and will receive a copy of the final design after suggestions are incorporated. The card is designed for the use of Special Event Labels as necessary, which can be printed in house.

 

VBARC ANNUAL TECH CLASS – PIO Paul KC2LXV is actively soliciting students for the weekend of July 15th & 16th. Paul reminded everyone that this will be the last year for the current Tech Question Pool and we have books in inventory. Please offer to take a Flyer to post as appropriate to advertise this opportunity to earn an entry level Amateur Radio License.

 

EQUIPMENT FOR SALE – Some time ago David L Reuscher WB4PCU passed away, and his son passed on all of Dave’s equipment to Dwight W4IJY.  Dwight presented Mark W4POZ with $305 from the sales of some of the equipment. We still have a Kenwood TS-850 in need of repair and are seeking someone who would consider looking at it.

 

IRCSO BARBECUE – John KM4FER and John KM4MCK would both like the VBARC to consider setting up a booth at next year’s Sheriff’s Barbecue. It was also suggested we consider the Annual Firefighters’ Fair as a great opportunity to enlighten the public about Amateur Radio.

 

CLOSING COMMENTS:

 

Richard AB4AZ will be bringing in 22+/- years of Secretary’s Minute for storage here at the EOC. He is also in possession of a bag of old nametags for Hams no one can remember.

 

Bob Roth KM4FEP has volunteered to assist John KM4MCK with the VBARC Facebook Page.

A Motion to Close the meeting was made at 2038 hours by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Bob KK4KT passed.

The evenings Raffle of $59 was won by Don K4VRB who graciously donated it back to our Treasury. A second drawing for a reprint of the December 2015 Issue of QST was won by an unknown recipient. Paul KC2LXV generously donated the Commemorative Issue.


These Monthly Minutes were accepted at the meeting of May 11, 2017 on a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Paul KC2LXV.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB - Secretary VBARC

 FINAL Minutes for the VBARC SPECIAL ON-AIR Repeater 640 Event 3-31-2017


Special Events Meeting Minutes for 3/31/17



Called to order  by VP JOHN FRANKE (for President Eric Larabel) at 19:30.


On air Club Meeting on 640 repeater W4OT.


Attendance: (Checked In)


KK4GGJ, KM4MCK, KF4UJO, K4WOF, W2AR, KK4CHL, KD2JUS, K4RRK, KM4UFL, KM4WVZKK4SHF, WB2DKI, KM4UFN, KM4FEP, KK4KT, KC2LXV.


Jan KK4GGJ opened the meeting explaining Florida Parks On The Air.  He initially wanted to discuss where to meet, but due to circumstances he had to make the call to meet at Fort Pierce State Park.  He asked for KF4UJO Eric to take over the meeting for a vote but he was out of range of the repeater so John KM4MCK took over


Jan made a motion to make the Florida Parks On The Air an official Club event to be covered by insurance. 


KC2LXV second the motion. 


John called for a vote calling out for Nay’s.  Nothing Heard.


Then called for Yay’s.  The above attendance list was all in favor.  John KK4SHF gave more info about the event and was going to forward the info to Jim KM4UFN to distribute in an email blast.  KC2LXV suggested that Jim CC Jeff Beals, SFL Section  Chief.


John KM4MCK closed the meeting at 7:55.


The Net Minutes were accepted at the meeting of April 13, 2017 on a motion by John KM4MCK and seconded by Dwight W4IJY.


Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB - Secretary VBARC

 FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 03/09/17

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 25 members and guests in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. After a brief discussion, the minutes of the previous month’s meeting (February) were approved on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Al KM4CPV.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – None.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Mark W4P0Z presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month.  The Fire Tower Reserve Fund remains in place with $1,500 set aside should it be needed for the project. On a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Paul KC2LXV, the Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $4,694.72.

 

CORRESPONDANCE – DX Engineering has offered to provide a program via Skype at a future monthly meeting. PIO Paul KC2LXV will review the use of Skype within the facility and report back to the Club.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

The following committees did not submit reports: SKYWARN, Elmer – New Ham.

 

VE REPORT A copy of the VE Report is attached. There was one candidate who tested and upgraded to General.

 

ARES – Bud WA4ASJ reminded everyone that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting has moved to the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM.

 

CLUB EVENTS -

 

April 15th – QRP Meet - Ft. Drum Marsh Area (at 20-mile bend on Route 60 eastbound) from 10 AM to 1 PM.

 

June 17th – Hurricane Expo – Indian River Mall – 10 AM to 2 PM.

 

PIO - Paul KC2LXV reported on the following upcoming area Hamfests:

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                               The Stuart Hamfest is scheduled for March 18, 2017.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – Phil W2AR was in attendance and everyone was pleased to see him back on his feet.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

PELICAN ISLAND 114th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EVENT STATION – All is ready for this weekend’s event on the Wabasso Causeway. Phil W2AR will bring his new portable generator, and Jan KK4GGJ will bring our new flags. Setup is scheduled for 9 AM. Bagels, toppings, and drinks will be provided. Paul KC2LXV will take lunch orders for Penny Hill subs.

 

FIELD DAY 2017 –  The official location of this year’s Field Day is at Del Mar Clubhouse, 5400 Route A1A, Indian River Shores, Florida on the last rainy weekend in June (24th & 25th). It has requested that no dogs be brought to the site.

 

PIO Paul is already busy securing food donations and sending out press releases. All of last year’s donors will have been contacted by the end of the week, with Publix already confirmed a $100 Gift Card. Winn Dixie has local funds this year, but Walmart may not.

 

FIRE TOWER PROJECT – Dwight W4IJY reports that the project is still in a deferred status, but he is holding out for a positive resolution of the remaining issues.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

QSL CARDS -  On a motion by John KK4CHL and seconded by Jan KK4GGJ the Club approved funding and production of new Club QSL Cards. Gary K4RRtK and John K4VSR volunteered to serve on the QSL Design Committee.

 

VBARC ANNUAL TECH CLASS – PIO Paul KC2LXV asked if the Club was again interested in offering a weekend Tech Licensing Class again in 2017. On a Motion by Paul KC2LXV, seconded by KM4MCK the group agreed to support a class. After a discussion of dates on a Motion by Bob KM4FER, seconded by Mark W4POZ the group approved the weekend of July 15th & 16th. Paul stated that we will have one more year for the current Tech Question Pool, and we have books in inventory.

 

EQUIPMENT FOR SALE – Some time ago David L Reuscher WB4PCU passed away, and his son passed on all of Dave’s equipment to Dwight W4IJY.  Dwight has available for purchase a Kenwood TS-850s station to include transceiver, tuner, monitor, and power supply. Contact Dwight directly for pricing.  Paul KC2LXV has offered to list the station on the VBARC website.

 

INDIAN RIVER MALL HURRICANE EXPO – On a Motion by Paul KC2LXV, seconded by Bob KM4FER the Club has approved its participation in this year’s event. Setup will begin at 9 AM on June 17th, with the event running from 10 AM to 2 PM. Paul KC2LXV has secured the donation of a Weather Radio from Radio Shack on Miracle Mile for a raffle prize. Nice job Paul!!!

 

QRP / CW – Jan KK4GJ is reviewing a new method of learning Morse Code and will provide more information in the near future via a handout. Jan would also like to extend an invitation to check into the Tuesday evening HF Net on frequency 14.327(USB) at 2000 hours’ local time.

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CLOSING COMMENTS:

 

IRCSO BARBECUE – John KM4FER would like the VBARC to consider setting up a booth at next year’s Sheriff’s Barbecue.

 

Club shirts can be ordered thru Southern Embroidery on US Route #1 across the street from Checkers behind the gas station. Purchases are at owner’s expense.

A Motion to Close the meeting was made at 2042 hours by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Paul KC2LXV passed.

The evenings Raffle of $21 was won by Jerry KM4UFL. A second drawing for a Yaesu hat and scenic calendar was won by Jim K4VSR. Hat and calendar generously donated by Paul KC2LXV from Orlando Hamfest.


These Monthly Minutes were accepted at the meeting of April 13, 2017 on a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Bob KK4KT. 


Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB - Secretary VBARC

Final Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 02/09/17I

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1928 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 30 members and guests in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. After a brief discussion, the minutes of the previous month’s meeting (January) were approved on a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Paul KC2LXV.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – None.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Mark W4P0Z presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month.  The Fire Tower Reserve Fund remains in place with $1500 set aside should it be needed for the project. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Bob KK4KT, the Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes.

 

There was no correspondence.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

The following committees did not submit report: SKYWARN, Elmer – New Ham.

 

VE REPORT A copy of the VE Report is attached. There were no candidates to test at the January Meeting.

 

ARES – Bud WA4ASJ reported that the SKYWARN Training on February 8th was well attended. He also reminded everyone that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting has moved to the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM.

 

CLUB EVENTS – Jan KK4GGJ reviewed the following upcoming dates and events:

 

February 18th – Ft. Drum Marsh Area (at 20-mile bend on Route 60 eastbound). Focus will be QRP from 10 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

March 11th – Annual Pelican Island Event – Wabasso Causeway. This event will not be held at our usual area, but further east where the bathroom facilities are, more to follow at March Meeting.1

 

June 17th – Hurricane Expo – Indian River Mall – 10 AM to 2:00 PM.

 

Jan wanted to again thank all who participated in Winter Field Day. Everyone was well prepared and 40 +/- hams ate well thanks to Retired Jim KM4UFN who was Chef for the Day. Thanks were also expressed for John KM4MCK providing generators and gas, and Robert KM4FER for the great flags that brought attention to the event. Jan KK4GGJ is also looking to hold an IOTA event in the near future.

 

PIO - Paul KC2LXV reported on the following upcoming area Hamfests:

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The Orlando Hamcation is scheduled for February 10, 11 & 12, 2017. Info at: www.hamcation.com.

The Stuart Hamfest is scheduled for March 18, 2017.

 

An overview of our new web site to date was provided, but for security reasons are not part of these minutes. See or e-mail Paul if you missed the meeting.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – Phil W2AR is still hurting, and continues to consult professional help. Dwight W4IJY is under the weather and hopes to get well soon.

FIRE TOWER PROJECT – Dwight W4IJY reports that insurmountable issues are about to stop the project and sent in a request that Fund Monies earmarked for the project be released back to our Treasury. After a brief discussion, on a voice vote it was decided to table the suggestion to a future meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

FIELD DAY 2017 - PIO Paul KC2LXV wanted the Club to make our participation in Field Day 2017 official, which those present, confirmed by a voice vote. Paul needs several months’ lead time to secure food donations and send out press releases. Use of Craig’s (W4PHJ) Condominium site at Delmar on A1A at the beach has been approved to include use of the buildings kitchen facilities. There will be room for the EOC Communications Unit, and antennas on site. This is a developing plan and there will be more news as we move forward.

 

NAMETAGS: Earl K7KMT suggested that new members acquire nametags to make it easier for all members to recognize them. It was mentioned in that the past the Club did fund nametags and should consider doing it again. On a motion by Earl K7KMT seconded by Richard AB4AZ the Club voted to purchase name tags for those needing same. An initial list was started, and you can submit your name at the March Meeting if you missed tonight’s meeting.

 

CLUB PINS: PIO Paul KC2LXV still has a supply of VBARC pins available for $2.00.

PETITION REQUEST: Sherri W4STB is still circulating a petition looking for transparency from the ARRL regarding a recent appointment in lieu of a membership vote. Go to www.gotvotearrlse.webs.com for more information. The ARRL made a change to the original petition requirements, so please re-sign if you support the petition.

CLOSING COMMENTS: President Eric KF4UJO will contact Bruce Campbell W8HW to see if he will present his Antenna Program here at a future date. Bruce is from the Ft. Pierce Club and did a presentation there the same evening as our SKYWARN Training.

A Motion to Close the meeting was made at 2015 hours by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by Bob KK4KT passed.

The evenings Raffle of $62 was won by Don K4VRB who generously turned to entire sum over to our Treasurer.


These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of March 9, 2017 on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Al KM4CPV.


Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB - Secretary VBARC

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 01/12/17

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 28 members and guests in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. After a brief discussion, the minutes of the previous month’s meeting (December) were approved on a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Paul KC2LXV.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Digital University will be held at 10 AM Saturday (1/14) at the radio station as usual. DMR will be the subject and for those interested it is a must attend.

 

President Eric KF4UJO wished everyone a Happy New Year, and thanked everyone for a great Year 2016.

 

John KK4CHL wanted the minutes to reflect that he was in error during the Election Vote to suggest the President cast one vote for the Slate of Officers.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Mark W4P0Z presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month.  The Fire Tower Reserve Fund remains in place with $1500 set aside should it be needed for the project. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Robert KM4FEP, the Report was Accepted and is attached to these minutes.

 

There was no correspondence.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

The following committees did not submit report: SKYWARN, Elmer – New Ham.

 

VE REPORT A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

ARES – Bud WA4ASJ asked that more Club members consider joining ARES. Gary N1PZB reflected on an earlier discussion where a suggestion was made to change the meeting night/date to avoid back to back meetings several times a year with VBARC. John KM4MCK and Phil W2AR commented that a Thursday night might be a better option. Bud agreed to see if the EOC had Wednesday or Thursday available the last week of the month.

 

SKYWARN – Skywarn Training is scheduled for February 8, 2017 at the IRCEOC with the Basic Course starting at 1730 hours followed by the Advance Course at 2000 hours. Each course will run approximately two hours.

CLUB EVENTS – No events were planned for December, and John thanked those who participated in the January 7th Haiti Earthquake Relief Event. Saturday January 14th, we are scheduled to cover the Quail Valley Event to benefit local non-profits.

 

PIO - Paul KC2LXV reported on the following upcoming area Hamfests:

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The Orlando Hamcation is scheduled for February 10, 11 &12, 2017. Info at: www.hamcation.com.

The Stuart Hamfest is scheduled for March 18, 2017.

 

Paul KC2LXV reminded everyone that this Saturday will be our Installation Dinner at Marsh Landing. We will be eating off the Menu. Meet and beverages will start at 6:00 PM, Dinner selection at 6:30 PM, and Guest Speaker / Installation of Officers for 2017 at 8:00.

 

Paul has agreed to remain as PIO and coordinate those duties with his new morning job at Radio Station WGYL as Rhett Palmer’s Producer.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – Phil W2AR attended this evenings meeting and he was looking pretty good. George Geyer KK4WMT continues to soldier on and we wish him well.

 

CLUB ELECTIONS -  Club President Eric KF4UJO cast one vote electing the following Slate of Officers for 2017: President – Eric KF4UJO / Vice President – John KM4MCK / Treasurer - Mark W4POZ / Secretary - Gary N1PZB.

 

WINTER FIELD DAY 2017 – The 2017 event is scheduled for Round Island Park on Saturday January 28th. Jan KK4GGJ reminded everyone WFD Rules are available on line, and this is not an ARRL Event. Setup will begin at 0900 and actual operations will begin at 1400. Operations will be conducted from 1400 hours till sunset. A Frequency Coordinator will be on site to prevent multiple operators from using the same mode on the same frequency at the same time. There will not be a QRP meet this month.

 

A Florida Flywheelers Field Trip is scheduled for January 21st departing from the I-HOP on State Route 60 at 0700. Carpools will be formed to save fuel. The trip to Frostproof should take approximately 2 hours. Lunch will be had at Yeehaw Junction where Phil W2AR reports the French Fries are the best. A Blue Cypress Lake QRP event is scheduled for February. Stay tuned.

 

FIRE TOWER PROJECT – Dwight W4IJY reports that work on the remaining issues are ongoing, and they are still chasing snags.

 

BY-LAWS REVISION – A suggestion was made back in October 2016 to revise the existing By-Laws to reflect a recent change in the process for reviewing the Draft Meeting Minutes prior to Approval. Paul KC2LXV submitted the following, in writing, to the Secretary at the October 2016 meeting.

 

“I recommend the following Amendment be ADDED to the Secretary’s Duties:

 

The Secretary will record the minutes and they will be published on the Club’s Website and / or be read at the following meeting.”

 

In November and December, the amendment was discussed and amended by Paul KC2LXV to read as follows:

 

The Secretary will record the minutes and they will be published on the Club’s Website.

 

We have reached the January 2017 Meeting and presented the proposed change for a vote per Section 3c.

Article XI – Amendments -  Section 3(c)     At the 3rd meeting, the proposed Amendment shall be discussed and voted on by two/thirds of the members present.  If passed it will become part of the By-Laws of the Club.  If the proposed Amendment doesn’t pass, it can be tabled and reopened at a later date (see Section2). (JANUARY)

On a motion by John KK4CHL seconded by Bob KK4KT the motion to amend the existing Bylaws was passed with all in favor.

VBARC WEBSITE UPGRADE: Paul KC2LXV reviewed our current website specs and pointed out several limitations that are restricting further expansion. Paul has arranged for us to take a step up to the next WEBS level at a cost of $76.46 for two years. An expanded photo section along with a Password Protected Members Only Section are but a few of the new Features. Paul will brief the Club as he upgrades the site and we hope you will check in frequently.

Please see Paul if there is any personal info you would like withheld from your Member Listing.

PETITION REQUEST: Sherri W4STB is circulating a petition looking for transparency from the ARRL regarding a recent appointment in lieu of a membership vote. Go to www.gotvotearrlse.webs.com for more information.

At the end of the meeting John KK4CHL decided to resign from the Event Committee after a brief discussion with the Public Information Officer.

A Motion to Close the meeting was made at 2026 hours by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Bob KK4KT passed.

The evenings Raffle was won by Earl N7KMT.


These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of February 9, 2017 on a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Paul KC2LXV.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB - Secretary VBARC

                   - - - - 2016 - - - -
          FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 12/08/16

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 30 members and guests in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. After a brief discussion, the minutes of the previous month’s meeting (November) were approved on a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by John KK4CHL.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Earl KM4FER was quoted in a 32963 news article on the Turkey Trot / December QST has Field Day results, and an excellent article on Solar Power. Funds previously approved to purchase Safety Vests were not needed and the funds were not expended.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Mark W4P0Z presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month.  The Fire Tower Reserve Fund remains in place with $1500 set aside should it be needed for the project. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dwight W4IJY, the Report was Accepted and is attached to these minutes.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

The following committees did not submit report: ARES, Elmer – New Ham.

 

VE REPORT Mark W4POZ reported that one candidate tested in November and earned both Technician and General Class Licenses. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

SKYWARN – SKYWARN Recognition Day 2016 was held at the Melbourne NWS December 2nd and 3rd. Dwight W4IJY and Duane K4LNN both attended and reported very few there this year.

Skywarn Training is scheduled for February 8, 2017 at the IRCEOC with the Basic Course starting at 1730 hours followed by the Advance Course at 2000 hours. Each course will run approximately two hours.

CLUB EVENTS – John KK4CHL announced that the Thanksgiving Day “Turkey Trot” went very well and thanked the 20 hams who assisted. No events are planned for December, and three events are being considered for January 7th (Haiti Earthquake Relief), 14th (Quail Valley), and one for the weekend of Winter Field Day. More info will be released as it becomes available.

 

PIO - Paul KC2LXV reported on the following upcoming area Hamfests:

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The Orlando Hamcation is scheduled for February 10, 11 &12, 2017. Info at: www.hamcation.com.

The Stuart Hamfest is scheduled for March 18, 2017.

 

Paul will update info on our Installation Dinner at Marsh Landing on January 14th after the Holidays. We will be eating off the Menu and the Dinner is open to everyone including spouses, significant others, and friends. Paul KC2LXV accepted names and counts at the December VBARC Meeting.

 

Paul reminded everyone that he maintains the VBARC Website and it is updated on an almost daily basis. Please forward any event photos to Paul to be considered for posting.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – Phil W2AR is feeling better and expects to rejoin us soon. Richard AB4AZ is doing well after having minor surgery.

 

CLUB ELECTIONS -  Club President Eric KF4UJO cast one vote electing the following Slate of Officers for 2017: President – Eric KF4UJO / Vice President – John KM4MCK / Treasurer - Mark W4POZ / Secretary - Gary N1PZB.

 

WINTER FIELD DAY 2017 – The 2017 event is scheduled for January 28th. Jan KK4GGJ WFD Rules are available on line, and this is not an ARRL Event. Setup will begin at 0900 and actual operations will begin at 1400. Food will be provided thru donations, and we anticipate that area Boy Scouts will be attending. If you are planning to use your laptop for logging please be sure to see Gary K4RRK in advance to check it out. Operations will be conducted from 1400 hours till sunset.

 

Jan also reported that QRP and Fox Hunt activities and both Riverside Park and Round Island have been well attended and very successful.

 

FIRE TOWER PROJECT – Dwight W4IJY reports that work on the remaining issues appear to be solved, and the name for the location will be Fireman’s Park. Key members of the IRC Historical Society will be on hand at our Installation Dinner as guests of the VBARC on a motion made by John KK4CHL and seconded by John KM4MCK. Officers will be installed by our Guest Speaker Capt. John King. Dwight W4IJY thanked Eric KF4UJO, Bob KK4KT, Gary N1PZB, Mark W4POZ, and Richard AB4AZ for assistance with the stuffing of a Historical Society mailing.

 

BY-LAWS REVISION – A suggestion was made to revise the existing By-Laws to reflect a recent change in the process for reviewing the Draft Meeting Minutes prior to Approval. Paul KC2LXV submitted the following, in writing, to the Secretary at the October meeting.

 

“I recommend the following Amendment be ADDED to the Secretary’s Duties:

 

The Secretary will record the minutes and they will be published on the Club’s Website and / or be read at the following meeting.” (Completed prior to the November meeting).

 

After a brief and spirited discussion, the motion was tabled as required by Sec 3(a) till the December meeting

 

At the December Meeting the proposed addition to the By-Laws was amended to read as follows:

 

The Secretary will record the minutes and they will be published on the Club’s Website. Paul KC2LXV struck the requirement to read at a meeting.

 

The above will move to the January 2017 Meeting and presented per Section 3c. The process for making this proposed change will be as noted below per existing By-Laws:

Article XI – Amendments

Section 1. Amendments to these By-laws can be proposed by any member at any regular meeting. 

 

Section 2. Notification of the proposed Amendment shall be in written form and submitted to the Secretary.  The proposed Amendment needs to include what had been stated in the By-Laws in addition to how the new context should be stated. 

 

Section 3.  The Secretary shall record the proposed Amendment and shall be responsible for presenting it to the membership at the next meeting.

 

(a)        At the 1st meeting the proposed Amendment shall be read and open for discussion and/or modified by the presenting member and tabled until the next regular meeting. (NOVEMBER)

 

(b)       At the 2nd meeting, the proposed Amendment shall be read again and open for discussion by the membership, and/or modified by the presenting member and tabled until the next regular meeting. (DECEMBER)

 

(c)        At the 3rd meeting, the proposed Amendment shall be discussed and voted on by two/thirds of the members present.  If passed it will become part of the By-Laws of the Club.  If the proposed Amendment doesn’t pass, it can be tabled and reopened at a later date (see Section2). (JANUARY)

 

NEW BUSINESS: Richard AB4AZ took a few minutes to congratulate PIO Paul KC2LXV on the current and timely information provided thru the VBARC web site. Richard had several suggestions about future content, but at the present time the Club is dealing with a lack of space for more photos and news. The current site is free, and if you add something, you must archive something else to make space. He and Craig W4PHJ have old photos and Club Newsletters that would be interesting to post for all members to enjoy. Paul KC2LXV will contact the company to price out and see what other options are available with and expanded web site and report back.

 

CLUB INSURANCE: After a brief discussion regarding our Club Liability Insurance renewal due on February 1, 2017, the Treasurer was authorized to make the $200 payment on a motion by Paul KC2LXV, seconded by John KK4CHL that was passed. Further to that discussion it was decided that our ARRL sponsored Liability Insurance would cover all VBARC events to include QRP meets, Fox Hunts, Digital University, and Kit Night. The motion by Paul KC2LXV, and seconded by Robert KM4FEP passed.

 

CALL SIGN LICENSE PLATES: Dwight W4IJY suggested that the Club create a card to place on vehicles seen in parking lots bearing Amateur Radio call signs inviting the owner to our meetings. The idea was viewed as having merit, and will be looked into.

 

A Motion to Close the meeting was made at 2048 hours by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Paul KC2LXV passed.

 

The evenings Raffle of $44 was won by David K1EUS.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB - Secretary VBARC

 

These Minutes were accepted as corrected at the meeting of January 12, 2017 on a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Paul KC2LXV.

Final Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 11/10/16

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1932 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 26 in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. After a brief discussion, the minutes of the previous month’s meeting (October) were approved on a motion by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by John KK4CHL.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – A Membership request was received from Joseph Lane KD2JUQ of Voorheesville, NY whose brother is KD2JUS here in Vero Beach. They frequently communicate via D-Star and Joseph is impressed with our Fox Hunt activities.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Mark W4P0Z presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month.  A Fire Tower Reserve Fund remains in place with $1500 set aside should it be needed for the project. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Wayne W1EWL, the report was Accepted and is attached to these minutes.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

ARES – There is a good chance the ESF-2 Radio Room will be adding HF capability in the near future.

 

VE REPORT Mark W4POZ reported that two candidates tested in October and both earned Technician Class Licenses.

 

SKYWARN – SKYWARN Recognition Day 2016 will be held at the Melbourne NWS December  2nd and 3rd . Details are available at the following link - http://www.weather.gov/mlb/srd2016. Wayne KA1VRF invites everyone to check into the Sunday evening Skywarn Net on the 146.775 Repeater at 2100 hours. Skywarn Training is now scheduled for February 8, 2017 at the IRCEOC with the Basic Course starting at 1730 hours followed by the Advance Course at 2000 hours. Each course will run approximately two hours.

CLUB EVENTS – John KK4CHL announced that plans for the Thanksgiving Day “Turkey Trot” are moving forward at Riverside Park. Bob KK4KT is busy preparing the course map and instructions. Paul KC2LXV reminded everyone that this event benefits Harvest Foods who provided provisions for Field Day 2016.

 

PIO - Paul KC2LXV reported on the following upcoming area Hamfests:

 

The Okeechobee Hamfest will be held on November 28 (Thanksgiving Weekend) with info now available on the OARC Website.

 

The Orlando Hamcation is scheduled for February 10, 11 &12, 2017. Info at: www.hamcation.com.

 

The Stuart Hamfest is scheduled for March 18, 2017.

 

Paul reminded everyone that he maintains the VBARC Website and it is updated on an almost daily basis. Please forward any event photos to Paul to be considered for posting.

 

ELMER REPORT – No report

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – Phil W2AR is feeling better as he recuperates from his weight lifting exercise. George KK4WMT is still with us.

 

NOMINTING COMMITTEE: NONIMATING COMMITTEE -  Club President Eric KF4UJO again recognized the following members of this year’s Nominating Committee: Dwight W4IJY, Dr. Bob KK4KT, Robert KM4FEP, Dave W2VS, and Phil W2AR. Your Nominating Committee has proposed the following Slate of Officers for 2017: President – Eric KF4UJO / Vice President – John KM4MCK / Treasurer - Mark W4POZ / Secretary - Gary N1PZB.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

FIRE TOWER PROJECT – Dwight W4IJY reports that work on the remaining issues is moving forward, and that he is confident the project will be completed.

 

BSA JAMBOREE ON THE AIR – John KM4MCK reported that all went well, and he has been contacted by several scout groups for a presentation on Amateur Radio. Youth Protection Training is available on line and is a required pre-requisite prior to working with the young adults. If you have any questions please contact John.

 

WINTER FIELD DAY 2017 – The 2017 event is scheduled for January 27th. Jan KK4GGJ reported that a Site Test will be conducted on January 19th to see is the bridge at the north end Riverside Park will interfere with radio signals. WFD Rules are available on line, and this is not an ARRL Event. Setup will begin at 0900 and actual operations will begin at 1400. Food will be provided thru donations, and we anticipate that area Boy Scouts will be attending. If you are planning to use your laptop for logging please be sure to see Gary K4RRK in advance to check it out.

 

INSURANCE COVERAGE – Nothing new to report.

 

INSTALLATION DINNER – PIO Paul KC2LXV has secured the Marsh Landing Restaurant in Fellsmere, for the evening of January 14, 2017 for our Annual Installation Dinner. We will be eating off the Menu and the Dinner is open to everyone including spouses, significant others, and friends. Paul KC2LXV will be taking names and counts at the December VBARC Meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

SAFETY VEST PURCHASE – After a second discussion initiated by John KK4CHL for the Club to purchase a supply of Safety Vests for events, a motion by John KK4CHL was seconded by Paul KC2LXV was passed. Dwight W4IJY will assist in achieving a price reduction thru his membership. John KK4CHL will police the use of the vests

 

BY-LAWS REVISION – A suggestion was made to revise the existing By-Laws to reflect a recent change in the process for reviewing the Draft Meeting Minutes prior to Approval. Paul KC2LXV submitted the following, in writing, to the Secretary at the October meeting.

 

After a brief and spirited discussion, the motion was tabled as required by Sec 3(a) till the December meeting

 

“I recommend the following Amendment be ADDED to the Secretary’s Duties:

 

The Secretary will record the minutes and they will be published on the Club’s Website and / or be read at the following meeting.” (Completed prior to the November meeting).

 

The process for making this proposed change will be as noted below per existing By-Laws:

Article XI – Amendments

Section 1. Amendments to these By-laws can be proposed by any member at any regular meeting. 

 

Section 2. Notification of the proposed Amendment shall be in written form and submitted to the Secretary.  The proposed Amendment needs to include what had been stated in the By-Laws in addition to how the new context should be stated. 

 

Section 3.  The Secretary shall record the proposed Amendment and shall be responsible for presenting it to the membership at the next meeting.

 

(a)        At the 1st meeting the proposed Amendment shall be read and open for discussion and/or modified by the presenting member and tabled until the next regular meeting. (NOVEMBER)

 

(b)       At the 2nd meeting, the proposed Amendment shall be read again and open for discussion by the membership, and/or modified by the presenting member and tabled until the next regular meeting. (DECEMBER)

 

(c)        At the 3rd meeting, the proposed Amendment shall be discussed and voted on by two/thirds of the members present.  If passed it will become part of the By-Laws of the Club.  If the proposed Amendment doesn’t pass, it can be tabled and reopened at a later date (see Section2). (JANUARY)

 

A Motion to Close the meeting was made at 2025 hours by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Richard AB4AZ passed.

 

The evenings Raffle of was won by Gary N4GWW with all proceeds going to the Treasurer for deposit.

 

Following the meeting PIO Paul KC2LXV introduced Dan Gravereaux N1ZZ of Paradan Radio gave a great presentation on DC Power. Please visit Dan’s website at http://paradanradio.com/. Dan was the original owner of West Mountain Radio and at Paradan he manufactures a number of products for Amateur Radio applications. Paul made it possible for Dan to join us this evening.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB - Secretary VBARC

 

These Minutes were accepted as corrected at the meeting of December 8 2016 on a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by John KK4CHL.

FINAL Minutes for the V.B.A.R.C  Meeting 10/13/16



FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 10/13/16 


President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 22 in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. After a brief discussion, the minutes of the previous month’s meeting (September)) were approved on a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Robert KM4FEP. 


ANNOUNCEMENTS – As your PIO, Paul KC2LXV requested that members review the Club Roster being circulated and confirm your phone numbers. 


TREASURER’S REPORT – Gary N1PZB presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. Receipts for the month of September 2016 totaled $42.03, disbursements were $0 with an ending balance of $3756.03.  A Fire Tower Reserve Fund remains in place with $1500 set aside should it be needed for the project. Current funds available for expenditures are $2256.03. On a motion by Al KM4CPV and seconded by Bob KK4KT, the report was Accepted and is attached to these minutes. 


COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS 


ARES – Shelter Operations during Hurricane Matthew will be reviewed at the next ARES meeting in November. Paul KC2LXV handed out certificates to those who participated in the Activation recognizing their support.  


VE REPORT – Gary N1PZB reported that three candidates tested in September and two earned General and one earned Technician Class Licenses. 


SKYWARN – No report. 


CLUB EVENTS – John KK4CHL announced an October 29th “Cowboy Run” will be held in Sebastian with more info to follow. The event will support the Sebastian Middle School, with a check in time of 0700. Also, the Club received a Thank You card for supporting the Unity Against Poverty Bike Ride. 


PIO - Paul KC2LXV reported on the following upcoming area Hamfests: 


The Melbourne Hamfest has been rescheduled to October 21st & 22nd (Fri/Sat) with info available on the PCARS Website. The Florida State Convention will also be occurring at the same time and place. 


The Okeechobee Hamfest will be held on November 28 (Thanksgiving Weekend) with info now available on the OARC Website. 


Paul maintains the VBARC Website and it is updated on an almost daily basis. Please forward any event photos to Paul to be considered for posting. 


ELMER REPORT – No report 


SUNSHINE REPORT – Ralph K2KIT has passed away unexpectedly, and there is no word on services at this time. George Geyer KJ4WMT continues to soldier on with his issues. 


ANNOUNCE / COMMENTS – Due to work commitments Craig K4CPJ was unable to attend the TAPR Convention in St. Petersburg. 


Jan KK4GGJ announced the donation of a Kenwood TS-940 to the Club from the estate of W4PCU. In addition, an ICOM 746PRO and Power Supply has been donated by George Kelly.


FIRE TOWER PROJECT – Dwight W4IJY reports that things continue to move forward with the lease almost ready to sign. The permitting process is also ongoing. A grant request is being prepared for the Webcam, and the sewer issue has been resolved. 


OLD BUSINESS: 


BSA JAMBOREE ON THE AIR – John KM4MCK announced the following events for the weekend of October 21st to the 23rd: Friday 1800 hours and Saturday at 1300, 1630, & 2000 - Fox Hunt. On Air activities, will include D-Star, HF, UHF & VHF communications. Please do your best to answer their calls.


WINTER FIELD DAY 2017 – The 2017 event is scheduled for January 27th. Jan KK4GGJ is heading up the event and anticipates that it will be held at Riverside Park. Updates to follow as we get closer to the event. Food will be available, and Paul KC2LXV announced that he will not be cooking! 


INSURANCE COVERAGE – Nothing new to report. 


INSTALLATION DINNER – PIO Paul KC2LXV has secured the Marsh Landing Restaurant in Fellsmere, for the evening of January 14, 2017 for our Annual Installation Dinner. We will be eating off the Menu and the Dinner is open to everyone including spouses, significant others, and friends. Paul KC2LXV will be taking names and counts at the November VBARC Meeting 


NONIMATING COMMITTEE -  Club President Eric KF4UJO again recognized the following members for volunteering to be this year’s Nominating Committee: Dwight W4IJY, Dr. Bob KK4KT, Robert KM4FEP, Dave W2VS, and Phil W2AR. A Report will be provided at the November meeting. 


NEW BUSINESS: 


HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHP – After a very brief discussion on a suggestion by Dwight W4IJY that the Club consider joining the Historical Society, a motion to do so by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Bob KM4FEP for $25 passed. 


SAFETY VEST PURCHASE – After a discussion initiated by John KK4CHL for the Club to purchase a supply of Safety Vests for events, it was decided that Dwight W4IJY would order vests for those wishing to purchase same at a reduced rate.  


BY-LAWS REVISION – A suggestion was made to revise the existing By-Laws to reflect a recent change in the process for reviewing the Draft Meeting Minutes prior to Approval. Paul KC2LXV submitted  the following, in writing, to the Secretary 


“I recommend the following Amendment be ADDED to the Secretary’s Duties: 


The Secretary will record the minutes and they will be published on the Club’s Website and / or be read at the following meeting.”


The process for making this proposed change will be as noted below per existing By-Laws:


Article XI – Amendments


Section 1. Amendments to these By-laws can be proposed by any member at any regular meeting. 


Section 2. Notification of the proposed Amendment shall be in written form and submitted to the Secretary.  The proposed Amendment needs to include what had been stated in the By-Laws in addition to how the new context should be stated.   


Section 3.  The Secretary shall record the proposed Amendment and shall be responsible for presenting it to the membership at the next meeting.  


(a)        At the 1st meeting the proposed Amendment shall be read and open for discussion and/or modified by the presenting member and tabled until the next regular meeting. (NOVEMBER) 


(b)       At the 2nd meeting, the proposed Amendment shall be read again and open for discussion by the membership, and/or modified by the presenting member and tabled until the next regular meeting. (DECEMBER) 


(c)        At the 3rd meeting, the proposed Amendment shall be discussed and voted on by two/thirds of the members present.  If passed it will become part of the By-Laws of the Club.  If the proposed Amendment doesn’t pass, it can be tabled and reopened at a later date (see Section2). (JANUARY) 


A Motion to Close the Meeting was made at 2020 hours by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Al KM4CPV passed.


The evenings Raffle of $42 was won by Andy KM4TRT with half the proceeds going to the Treasurer for deposit.


Respectfully Submitted by:


Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary VBARC


These Minutes were accepted as posted at the meeting of November 10, 2016 on a motion by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by John KK4CHL. 


FINAL Minutes for the V.B.A.R.C Meeting of 09/08/16

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1934 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 31 in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. After a brief discussion the minutes of the previous month’s meeting (August) were approved on a motion by Tom KE7GBO and seconded by Bob KK4KT.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – There was no correspondence.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. Receipts for the month of August 2016 totaled $61.03, disbursements were $52.50, with an ending balance of $3714.00.  A Fire Tower Reserve Fund remains in place with $1500 set aside should it be needed for the project. Current funds available for expenditures are $2214.00. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by John KM4MCK, the report was Accepted and is attached to these minutes.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

ARES – ARES meets next week.

 

VE REPORT – Mark W4POZ reported that three candidates tested in August and two earned General and one earned Extra Class Licenses.

 

SKYWARN – No report.

 

CLUB EVENTS – Bob KK4KT reported that the September 10th Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk at Riverside Park volunteers should be in place at their assigned station NLT 6:55 AM. Those participating should use Station numbers not Alpha locations.

 

PIO - Paul KC2LXV reported on the following upcoming area Hamfests:

 

The Melbourne Hamfest will be held on October 7th & 8th (Fri/Sat) with info available on the PCARS Website. The Florida State Convention will also be occurring at the same time and place.

 

The Okeechobee Hamfest will be held on November 28 (Thanksgiving Weekend) with info now available on the OARC Website.

 

Paul maintains the VBARC Website and it is updated on an almost daily basis. Please forward any event photos to Paul to be considered for posting.

 

The Club has funded an amber rotating amber light bar for Paul’s use during PIO activities.

 

ELMER REPORT – No report

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – Dick KG4QZT is doing well after his recent surgery and hopes to rejoin us soon. Ralph K2KIT has started his road to recovery, and is reported to be holding his own. Bud WA4ASJ continues to improve and is looking great.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & COMMENTS - Craig K4CPJ is considering the installation of a timeout timer on the digital side of the 145.130 Repeater / Watch your e-mail for information on the next QRP gathering to include a QRP Antenna Presentation by Jan KK4GGJ and a Fox Hunt Demo by Jerry K4WOF/John KM4MCK. 

 

FIRE TOWER PROJECT – Dwight W4IJY reports that things continue to move forward with several issues being addressed by a local architect to include sewer, power, and water. The permitting process is also ongoing. At this time, it is projected that use of the facility will move into 2017.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

BSA JAMBOREE ON THE AIR - Craig K4CPJ and John KM4MCK continue to work with the Gulfstream Council of the BSA in support of the Boy Scouts “59th Annual Jamboree On the Air” scheduled for October 21st to 23rd. It was announced that a “Youth Protection” course is available online. A Fox Hunt has been added to the weekend, and a follow-up meeting will be held prior to the event. Two Troops and a Cub Pack has requested presentations on Amateur Radio. Please note that the event is designed to generate on air conversation, it is not a contest. All members are encouraged participate by making contacts over the course of the event.

 

WINTER FIELD DAY 2017 – The 2017 event is scheduled for January 27th & 28th. Jan KK4GGJ is heading up the event and will report back after reviewing published ARRL Guidelines for same.

 

ALTERNATE MEETING VENUE – At last month’s meeting Richard AB4AZ suggested the Club consider identifying an alternate meeting site as the EOC tends to get “crowded” with overlapping meetings. John KM4MCK suggested the Club consider the new County Facility just dedicated on Oslo Rd. and 20th Ave here in Vero Beach.

 

GOT PICTURES – Richard AB4AZ suggested that we all search for pictures of our older members for posting. PIO Paul noted that we are fast approach our space limit for free posts and should consider archiving some of our older events photos to free up some space.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

INSURANCE COVERAGE - Club insurance was addressed following a motion made by Chere KM4UUG and seconded by Paul KC2LXV. During discussion to make all Club Events covered instead of voting on them individually, Eric KF4UJO volunteered to contact our insurance carrier and find out what their recommendations are moving forward. The motion was tabled pending Eric’s report back to the Club.

 

INSTALLATION DINNER – PIO Paul KC2LXV has offered to contact the Marsh Landing Restaurant in Fellsmere, and reserve the evening of January 14, 2017 for our Annual Installation Dinner. We will be eating off the Menu and the Dinner is open to everyone including spouses, significant others, and friends. Paul KC2LXV will be taking names and counts at the December VBARC Meeting.

 

FOX HUNT PRESENTATION: Jerry K4WOF and John KM4MCK provided a Power Point presentation covering an overview of what a Fox Hunt is and included a lot bit of history about it. Several pieces of equipment were shown, and a Q&A session concluded the presentation. There is a lot of interest, and a to do list is being created. A handout for building your own antenna was distributed.

 

TUNNEL TO TOWERS – A motion by Robert KM4FEP, seconded by Jim KM4UFN Tunnel to Towers was voted to be a Club Event for insurances purposes.

 

NONIMATING COMMITTEE -  Club President Eric KF4UJO thanked the following members for volunteering to be this year’s Nominating Committee: Dwight W4IJY, Dr. Bob KK4KT, Robert KM4FEP, Dave W2VS, and Phil W2AR.

 

ADDITIONAL NEWS:

 

D-STAR NEWS -  The “Digital University” opened its doors on September 10th and will continue on the second and forth Saturdays of each month unless otherwise noted. Doors open at the radio station at 0900, followed by instruction from 1000 to 1200.

 

MONDAY NIGHT 6 METER NET – Jan KK4GGJ reminds everyone that the Net is alive and well, and to please check into the “About Nothing” 6 Meter Net Mondays at 8 PM on the 53.30 machine. If the Monday Evening Emergency Net runs long, the 6 Meter Net will follow.

 

A Motion to Close the Meeting was made at 2031 hours by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dwight W4IJY passed.

 

The evenings Raffle of $43 was won by Chere KM4UUQ (again) with half the proceeds going to the Treasurer for deposit.

 

PIO Paul KC2LXV closed out the evening with a presentation of color images captured five days after the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Disaster. The photos were taken at an altitude of 500 feet by a Civil Air Patrol pilot who also served with Paul in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Paul lived north of New York City at the time and his live narration provided many unique comments and perspectives. It was a very moving presentation, and thanks were given to Paul for sharing the aftermath of that horrible day.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary VBARC

 

These Minutes were accepted as posted at the meeting of October 13, 2016 on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Robert KM4FEP.

FINAL Minutes for the  VBARC Meeting of 08/1 1/16

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1938 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegian1ce, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 28 in attendance as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. After a brief discussion about approving the DRAFT Minutes of the previous meeting, it was decided that going forward minutes would be reviewed by members on the Club Website and not read at the meeting. Any changes or corrections would be brought forward and a voice vote would be required for approval/acceptance.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – There was no correspondence.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT - Gary, N1PZB presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. Receipts for the month of July 2016 totaled $471.03, disbursements were $0, with an ending balance of $3705.47.  A Fire Tower Reserve Fund remains in place with $1500 set aside should it be needed for the project. Current funds available for expenditures are $2205.47. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Bob KK4KT, the report was Accepted. Report is attached to these minutes.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

ARES – At the August 10th meeting, Willie KB5FKG provided an overview of how an activation would occur and what to expect during the activation period.

 

VE REPORT – Gary N1PZB reported that one candidate tested and earned a General Class License.

 

SKYWARN – No report.

 

CLUB EVENTS – Bob KK4KT reported that preparations are moving forward for the September 10th Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk at Riverside Park. Everyone is encouraged to sign up for this event that is raising funds to secure housing for disabled amputee veterans. Those participating will receive their final instructions via e-mail. It was also reported that the Twilight Run went very well, and the Club’s efforts were well received. Paul KC2LXV also thanked those who assisted with the United Against Poverty Run on July 2nd.

 

PIO - Paul KC2LXV reported on the following upcoming area Hamfests:

 

 Ft. Pierce Club Hamfest is scheduled for Saturday, August 13th – 8 AM to 2 PM at the Indian River State College on Virginia Ave. Tickets are $5.00. Three nice door prizes and hourly giveaways will be drawn.

 

The Melbourne Hamfest will be held on October 7th & 8th (Fri/Sat) with info available on the PCARS Website. The Florida State Convention will also be occurring at the same time and place.

 

The Okeechobee Hamfest will be held on November 28 (Thanksgiving Weekend) with info now available on the OARC Website.

 

Paul maintains the VBARC Website and it is updated on an almost daily basis. Please forward any event photos to Paul to be considered for posting.

 

ELMER REPORT – No report

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – George Geyer KJ4WMT continues to deal with several issues and he has good as well as bad days. It was also reported that Larry Mason (known by some of our members), recently earned his Extra License and he is now a VE living in Ohio.

 

FIELD DAY REPORT -  All reports have been filed with ARRL for this year’s event. Points earned as follows:

 

Contacts – 1090 points / Bonus – 1050 points for a total of 2140 points.

 

OLD BUSINESS – Craig K4CPJ will be attending the Saturday session of the TAPR Convention in Tampa and will self-fund.

 

QRP GROUP – Our newly activated QRP Group is planning to be on the Wabasso Causeway the third Saturday of every month from 10 AM to 1 or 2 PM. The event is open to everyone, please see Jan KK4GGJ if you are interested. Jan reported that twenty individuals attended the last session.

 

FIRE TOWER PROJECT – Dwight W4IJY reports that things continue to move forward with the next Historical Society meeting scheduled for August 12th. It is anticipated that an Agenda item will be posted soon before the County Commissioners to discuss the project. Paul KC2LXV will send out an e-mail to all when the meeting is confirmed. Please stand-by.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

ALTERNATE MEETING VENUE – Richard AB4AZ suggested the Club consider identifying an alternate meeting site as the EOC tends to get “crowded” with overlapping meetings. He also stated that we should keep our options open during the search process.

 

BSA JAMBOREE ON THE AIR - Craig K4CPJ and John KM4MCK continue to investigate the possibility of a Club Event in support of the Boy Scouts “59th Annual Jamboree On the Air” scheduled for October 21st to 23rd.

Craig and John will be joined by PIO Paul KC2LXV when they meet with the Gulfstream Council of the BSA in September to discuss our potential involvement. The meeting originally scheduled for August was postponed. An info sheet on the event is attached to these minutes. All members are encouraged participate.

 

WINTER FIELD DAY 2017 – Next year’s event is scheduled for January 27th & 28th. Jan KK4GGJ will head up the event and report back next month after reviewing ARRL Guidelines for same.

 

ADDITIONAL NEWS:

 

The Club e-mails sent to our website are being answered by the Club Secretary. To date we are receiving an average of three submissions a week, with some being deleted as Spammers have found us.

 

D-STAR NEWS -  The “Digital University” will begin on September 10th continuing on the second and forth Saturdays of each month. Doors open at the radio station at 0900, followed by instruction from 1000 to 1200. Craig K4CPJ stated that topics have already been chosen for the first four months. He has suggested that everyone become familiar with the BecomeAHam.com web site as it is an excellent resource to recruit new Hams. It was reported that APRES is now back on the air. A thank you was extended to Jim W2JKD for the continued use of the radio station meeting room.

 

MONDAY NIGHT 6 METER NET – Jan KK4GGJ has again invited everyone to check into the “About Nothing” 6 Meter Net Mondays at 8 PM on the 53.30 machine. If the Monday Evening Emergency Net runs long, the 6 Meter Net will follow.

 

A Motion to Close the Meeting was made at 2030 hours by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Bob KK4KT passed.

 

The evenings Raffle of $38 was won by Chere KM4UUQ with half the proceeds going to the Treasurer for deposit.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary VBARC

 

These minutes were accepted on September 8, 2016 and on a motion by Tom KE7GBO, seconded by Bob KK4KT.

  FINAL Minutes for the V.B.A.R.C Meeting of 7/14/16


President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 30 in attendance as noted on the attached Sign In Sheet. Gary N1PZB read the minutes of the June 9, 2016 meeting and they were accepted as read on a motion by Richard AB4AZ, and seconded by Bob KK4KT.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – There was no correspondence.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT - Mark, W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. Receipts for the month of June 2016 totaled $43.03, disbursements were $0, with an ending balance of $3234.44.  A Fire Tower Reserve Fund remains in place with $1500 set aside should it be needed for the project. Current funds available for expenditures are $1734.44. On a motion by Gary N1PZB and seconded by John KK4CHL, the report was Accepted. Report is attached to these minutes.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

ARES – Willie, KB5FKG reported that Bud WA4ASJ is steadily improving, and should rejoin the group soon. Willie also extended an invitation to anyone not currently associated with ARES to join the group.

 

VE REPORT - Mark W4POZ reported that two testing sessions were held during the month of June as reported below:

 

June 16th – Six candidates tested and one Tech, two General, and three Extra Class Licenses were earned. / June 30th – Two candidates tested, and one Extra Class Licenses was earned. Please see attached VE Reports.

 

SKYWARN – No report.

 

CLUB EVENTS – John KK4CHL reported that we were well received at the July 2nd Bike Race, and the event went very well with our support. A special thanks to Bob KK4KT and Craig K4CPJ for their assistance. All attendance sheets for these events are being forwarded to Bud WA4ASJ for his monthly reports to ARRL.

 

An event supporting the Vero Beach High School Cross Country Team is scheduled for August 6th from 7 PM to 9 PM starting at MacWilliams Park. On a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by John KK4CHL the “Twilight 2 Mile Run” was voted to be a Club Event for insurances purposes.

 

PIO - Paul KC2LXV reported that the Ft. Pierce Club Hamfest is scheduled for Saturday, August 13th – 8 AM to 2 PM at the Indian River State College on Virginia Ave. Tickets are $5.00. Three nice door prizes and hourly giveaways will be drawn. Paul also reported that all Field Day thank you letters have been hand delivered to those who donated food and supplies to this year’s event. Richard AB4AZ wanted to thank John KK4CHL for jumping in and taking charge of the Events Committee – a round of applause followed. Paul KC2LXV was also recognized for his outstanding job seeing we all were well fed Field Day Weekend - followed by a second round of applause.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT –George Geyer KJ4WMT is holding his own, and Bud WA4ASJ is getting very close to rejoining the group. Jim W2JKD reported that his Mom passed away this evening.

 

FIELD DAY 2016 – Paul KC2LXV has done his accounting, and Field Day 2016 cost the VBARC $42, all other expenses covered thru donations. A detailed sheet of purchases is filed with these minutes, and all remaining supplies are inventoried and secured for use at future events as needed.

 

Jan KK4GGJ reported it to be the best Field Day ever, and Richard AB4AZ wants photos of future events to be taken with skinny lens cameras. Willie KB5FKG suggested that next year a dozen or so info packets be assembled for late night visitors. Eric KF4UJO and Paul KC2LXV are busy tallying our points and securing back up documentation for submission to ARRL.

 

A final thank you to John KM4MCK for providing his trailer, generators, fuel, and rounding up coolers and ice. Jim W2JKD and John secured the site Friday evening and provided security overnight.

 

Jan KK4GGJ has volunteered to head up Field Day 2017, and on a motion by Paul KC2LXV, seconded by Dwight W4IJY a motion to that affect was passed. Dwight will continue to provide our unisex restroom and for that everyone is thankful.

 

QRP GROUP – Our newly activated QRP Group is planning to be on the Wabasso Causeway the third Saturday of every month from 10 AM to 1 or 2 PM. The event is open to everyone, please see Jan KK4GGJ if you are interested.

 

FIRE TOWER PROJECT – Dwight W4IJY reports that things continue to move forward and an August cleanup of the site is a real possibility. At a recent meeting John King stated that water, sewer, and electrical services are being looked at, and a Grant to install displays, Internet and a Webcam is being researched. The Historical Society is still working to complete a lease for the site from the County. An Engineers / Architectural Committee meeting will be held soon followed by selection of the Contractor.

 

MEMBERSHIP LIST –  Paul KC2LXV continues to update the Membership List and it is a never ending task. The biggest problem is the constant changing of e-mail addresses among our members.

 

NEW BUSINESS –

 

TAPR CONVENTION – Paul KC2LXV suggested that the Club consider sending a representative to the 35th ARRL and TAPR (Tucson Amateur Packet Radio) Convention to be held in St. Petersburg, FL from September 16th to 18th. Of particular interest would be the Digital Communications Seminars.

 

BSA JAMBOREE ON THE AIR - Craig K4CPJ and John KM4MCK are looking into the possibility of a Club Event in support of the Boy Scouts “Jamboree On The Air” scheduled for October 21st to 23rd. They will be contacting the Gulfstream Council of the BSA, and will bring more information to the August Meeting.

 

MISC. NOTES

 

The question of who responds to Club e-mails sent to our website is still being researched. We will provide more information at the August Meeting.

 

D-STAR NEWS – W4TCD has been assigned its own Reflector and it is 78 A thru E. The Group plans to start the Digital University again on September 10th continuing on the second and forth Saturdays of each month.

 

MONDAY NIGHT 6 METER NET – Jan KK4GGJ invites everyone to check into the “About Nothing” 6 Meter Net Mondays at 8 PM on the 53.30 machine.

 

A Motion to Close the Meeting was made at 2028 hours by John KK4CHL and seconded by Bob KK4KT passed.

 

The evenings Raffle of $64 was won by Bob KM4FEP with half the proceeds going to the Treasurer for deposit.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary VBARC

 

Minutes accepted on a voice vote August 11, 2016 – glw.

 FINAL Minutes for the V.B.A.R.C  Meeting of 6/09/16 INAL

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours in the Break Room at the EOC followed by all members and guests introducing themselves. There were 29 in attendance as noted on the attached Sign In Sheet. Gary N1PZB read the minutes of the May 12, 2016 meeting and they were accepted as read on a motion by Richard AB4AZ, and seconded by John KK4CHL.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – There was no correspondence.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT - Mark, W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. Receipts for the month of May 2016 totaled $165.03, disbursements were $0, with an ending balance of $3191.41 A Fire Tower Reserve Fund category is set up with $1500 set aside should it be needed for the project. Current funds available for expenditures are $1691.41. On a motion by Gary N1PZB and seconded by John KK4CHL, the report was Accepted. Report is attached to these minutes.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

ARES – No report.

 

VE REPORT - Mark W4POZ reported that two testing sessions were held during the month of May as reported below:

 

May 15th – Tech Class Exam – Six Tech Class Licenses were earned. / May 19th - One General Class and One Extra Class Licenses were earned. Please see attached VE Reports.

 

SKYWARN – No report.

 

CLUB EVENTS – John KK4CHL reported that the June 11th event was cancelled. Details for the July 2nd Bike Race are still not finalized, and those who have signed up to help will be contacted as soon as the information is available.

 

PIO - Paul KC2LXV is travelling and submitted an update via e-mail that is attached to this report. The donations for this year’s Field Day event are listed, and a few final details to be accomplished are noted. Paul has again received a Weather Radio donation from Radio Shack for this year’s Hurricane Expo at the IR Mall.

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT – No Report.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – Bud WA4ASJ continues on his road to recovery and we hope he will rejoin us soon.

 

FIELD DAY 2016 – All is in preparation and everyone is confident this year’s event will be the best ever. The Sheriff’s Office has approved the use of the site, and a Portable Restroom is being provided by Dwight W4IJY. John KM4MCK has offered to secure coolers, ice, generators, and fuel which were greatly appreciated.

 

In his absence, Paul KC2LXV was congratulated for doing another outstanding job planning and procuring the food. Publix has donated a $100 Gift Card to go along with $50 from Walmart. Harvest Foods is donating rolls and salad fixings, and McDonalds will provide breakfast sandwiches, hash browns and coffee. Penny Hill Subs will provide a two sandwich trays for lunch Sunday. Jim W2JKD and John KM4MCK will stay overnight Friday night to provide “security”, and Phil W2AR is still accepting computers to program for logging during the event.

 

A Declaration recognizing the Club and Field Day was presented to several members at the County Commissioners Offices at 9 AM on June 14th.

 

QRP GROUP – Our newly activated QRP Group is busy planning events and will be setting up an e-mail list to notify those interested of opportunities to learn more about the mode. Please see Jan KK4GGJ if you are interested.

 

FIRE TOWER PROJECT Dwight W4IJY is still waiting for the Historical Society to schedule a cleanup of the site but a date is expected to be announced soon. It appears that the Historical may provide all necessary funding for this unique project.

 

MISC. NOTES – Just a reminder, the Indian River Mall has rescheduled the date for this year’s Hurricane Expo to June 18th from 10 AM to 3 PM. The Emergency Communication Unit will be there, and everyone is invited to attend.

 

On a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Wayne W1EWL the Hurricane Expo, Field Day, and the July 2nd Bike Race will be Official Club Events. The motion passed.

 

Dwight W4IJY again requested that the Club provide its members with a Roster to include contact information. A number of those in attendance supported his request.

 

The question of who responds to Club e-mails sent to our website still has not been answered. The subject will be looked into to correct the problem.

 

A Motion to Close the Meeting was made at 2039 hours by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dwight W4IJY passed.

 

The evenings Raffle of $43 was won by David W2VS with all proceeds going to the Treasurer for deposit in memory of a friend.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary VBARC

 

 

These minutes were read on July 14, 2016 and on a motion by Richard AB4AZ, seconded by John KK4CHL were approved.

Final Minutes for the V.B.A.R.C  Meeting of 5/12/16

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 27 in attendance as noted on the attached Sign In Sheet. Gary N1PZB read the minutes of the April 14, 2016 meeting and they were accepted as Amended on a motion by Richard AB4AZ, and seconded by John KK4CHL.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – The next DStar Meeting will be held on May 28th. This will be the last meeting before the Summer season, and sessions will resume in September. Our QRP Group will meet on the Wabasso Causeway on May 21st from 10 AM to 1 PM for those interested in QRP operations. There was no correspondence.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT - Mark, W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. Receipts for the month of April 2016 totaled $72.03, disbursements were $666.96 (all for Winter and Summer Field Day expenses), with an ending balance of $3036.38. A Fire Tower Reserve Fund category was set up with $1500 set aside should it be needed for the project. Current funds available for expenditures is $1526.38. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by John KK4CHL, the report was Accepted. Report is attached to these minutes.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

ARES – Eric KF4UJO encouraged everyone to start preparing for the upcoming Hurricane Season. Bill K4IRC suggested that those not currently enrolled in ARES consider doing so. Dwayne K4LNN gave an overview of a Red Cross Program where dedicated computers provide Health and Welfare information thru a program called “Safe & Well”. Ham Radio Operators assisting with disaster communications can get priority registering their pets and the Humane Society. It was stressed that one does not wait until the last minute to do so. John KM4MCK suggested VBARC and ARES consider combining meeting nights

 

VE REPORT - Mark W4POZ reported that five tests were administrated, and three Technician and two Extra Class Licenses were earned. Please see attached VE Report.

 

SKYWARN – No report.

 

CLUB EVENTS – John KK4CHL reported that the March of Dimes and the St. Helen’s Run/Walk Events went very well, and he is busy looking for other opportunities to serve the public. Dwight W4IJY and Jan KK4GGJ provided contact info for the Ft. Pierce Club as there may be a chance to work together on a future event.

 

PIO - Paul KC2LXV announced that we have seven students signed up for the Tech Class, and the Instructor Schedule was reviewed one last time. Paul was very pleased with the response from the local press for the upcoming Tech Class, and he thanked Bob KK4KT and Gary N1PZB for providing photos of recent events for the Club website.

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT – No Report.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – Bud WA4ASJ is checking into our ARES Nets more frequently and we are happy to see he is back and doing well. Several folks were pleased to see George KJ4WMT at our last meeting.

 

FIELD DAY 2016 – Dwight W4IJY announced that this will be his last year organizing our Field Day activity.  John KM4MCK will provide generators and fuel, and the County will move the Comm Unit to the site,

 

 

Paul KC2LXV was congratulated for doing another outstanding job planning and procuring the food. Publix has donated a $100 Gift Card to go along with $50 from Walmart. Harvest Foods is donating rolls and salad fixings. We anticipate McDonalds will provide breakfast sandwiches, hash browns and coffee. Penny Hill Subs will provide a couple sandwich trays for lunch Sunday. Jim W2JKD will stay overnight Friday night to provide “security”, and Phil W2AR is still accepting computers to program for logging during the event.

 

FIRE TOWER PROJECT Dwight W4IJY reported that the project is moving right along. The Historical Society has not yet scheduled a cleanup of the site but a date is expected to be announced soon. Dwight has found an Electrician who will donate his time but not materials, and Dwight is looking into signage and any ordinances that might apply. The Club will soon be developing guidelines for Club participation.

 

MISC. NOTES – The Indian River Mall has rescheduled the date for this year’s Hurricane Expo to June 18th from 10 AM to 3 PM. The Emergency Communication Unit will be there, and everyone is invited to attend.

 

It was noted that anyone receiving calls or knows of anyone inquiring about the donation from SK estates should refer that information to the Estate Committee.

 

John KK4CHL is looking to borrow a Gin Pole.

 

On a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Wayne W1EWL both the Hurricane Expo and Field Day would be Official Club Events. The motion passed.

 

Dwight W4IJY has offered to investigate the possibility of chartering a local motor coach to the 2017 Dayton Hamvention. He is seeking interest from members before opening the trip up to other local clubs. It would be an excellent opportunity to share the expense and attend next year’s program.

 

NEW BYLAWS – An approved copy of the New Bylaws is attached to these minutes.

 

A Motion to Close the Meeting was made at 2029 hours by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dwight W4IJYwas passed.

 

The evenings Raffle of $50 was won by KC2LXV with half going to the Treasurer for deposit.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

 Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary VBARC

 

These minutes were read on June 9, 2016 and on a motion by Richard AB4AZ, seconded by Bob KK4KT were approved.

FINAL Minutes for the V.B.A.R.C Meeting of 4/14/16

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introducing themselves. There were 29 in attendance as noted on the attached Sign In Sheet. Gary N1PZB read the minutes of the March 10, 2016 meeting and they were accepted as Amended on a motion by Richard AB4AZ, and seconded by Bob KK4KT.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – None

 

TREASURER’S REPORT - Mark, W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the past month. Receipts for the month of March 2016 totaled $78.03, disbursements were $512.05, with an ending balance of $3621.31. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by John KK4CHL, the report was Accepted. Report is attached to these minutes.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS

 

ARES – Paul KC2LXV reported that the Emergency Communications Unit lettering has been completed and that plans are moving along quite well for the IRCEOC Open House for the public on April 16th. We are looking for six of the old ICOM handhelds to turn into the County for disposal. Paul encouraged everyone to familiarize themselves with our Go-Kits by signing one out and using it.

 

VE REPORT – Gary N1PZB reported that on March 17th one candidate was tested, and earned his Extra Class License.  The following VE’s assisted: Gary N1PZB, Richard KC9GSM, Craig W4PHJ, Dwight W4IJY, Bob KK4KT, Phil W2AR, Paul KC2LXV, John KK4CHL, Christine AB4CV, and Gary AB4GV.

 

SKYWARN - None

 

CLUB EVENTS John is soliciting signups for events on April 30th (March of Dimes) at Riverside Park, and March 7th St. Helens Church (Respect Life) at South Beach. Report time for both events is 7 AM. On a motion by John KK4CHL and seconded by Bob KK4KT was passed making both activities a Club Event. The Habitat For Humanity Event was much appreciated by the group and one emergency was handled.

 

PIO - Paul KC2LXV announced that a press release was sent out for the EOC Open House where we will debut the Emergency Communications Unit fully lettered. Paul reminded everyone that this year’s Tech Class will be held on May 14/15 at the EOC, and enlisted everyone to help spread the word. A flyer is available if needed. Bill K4IRC with notify CERT and Civil Air Patrol of the Class.

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT – No Report.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT – Bud WA4ASJ continues to improve daily. It was nice to see George KJ4WMT join us after an extended absence. Chris AB4CV reports her Dad is very ill and under hospice care. The group also welcomed Susan back from Colorado following the recent passing of her mother.

 

FIELD DAY 2016 – Dwight W4IJY will reserve the location that has been confirmed as Wabasso Causeway at our usual site. Paul KC2LXV and Gary N1PZB are busy planning the food and presented a Draft Menu complete with pricing. On a motion by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by Jay KI4TXP the Club authorized $400 for food and supplies. Last year $213 was returned to the Treasurer after many donations were received that helped defray the bottom line significantly. Harvest Foods has offered to provide hamburger/hot dog rolls, and veggies to make salads. It was requested that a small increase in beverage count be considered.

 

Jim W2JKD will stay overnight Friday night to provide “security”, and Phil W2AR wants to program all computers used for logging prior to the event.

 

FIRE TOWER PROJECT Dwight W4IJY reported that the project is in good shape. The State grant application was approved and all parties will meet soon to finalize the details. The Historical Society will cover most costs and is looking for local contractors to donate their services. It is anticipated that the Club will participate in a Clean Up Day as well as develop its plan to provide VBARC coverage when the facility is open to the public. On a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by John KK4CHL the Club voted to set aside $1500  to cover expenses related to radio equipment and possibly cover the monthly electric bill. Use of the site for Field Day this year was tabled due to limited parking. Paul KC2LXV suggested the Club invest in a gas grill for use at events there. For the record, the Tower Committee members are Dwight W4IJY, Richard AB4AZ, Bob KK4KT, Phil W2AR, and Don K4VRB.

 

MISC. NOTES – The Indian River Mall has set June 4th as the date for this year’s Hurricane Expo. The Emergency Communication Unit will be there, and everyone is invited to attend. 

 

John KK4CHL has requested a second June VE Session on the 30th for those who cannot attend the regularly scheduled session on the third Thursday. This would be the last time to test before the new Extra Test Pool of Questions goes into effect.

 

NEW BYLAWS – On a motion by Richard AB4AZ, and seconded by Bob KM4FER the New Bylaws were accepted. A NO vote was registered by Paul KC2LXV to express his disappointment that the PIO position was removed as a Board Member. Richard AB4AZ offered to suggest the Club revisit that change at the May Meeting. John KK4CHL will provide the Secretary with a copy of the new approved Bylaws to be filed with these minutes.

 

Cal KM4QZM is looking for assistance to remove a tower, and John KK4CHL has offered to look at the situation.

 

A Motion to Close the Meeting was made at 20:41 by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by Bob KK4KT was passed.

 

The evenings Raffle of $42 was won by KC2LXV with half going to the Treasurer for deposit.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary VBARC

 

Secretaries Note: Following the above referenced meeting, the EOC Open House was moved to April 23rd due to the forecast for rain, and the Indian River Mall Hurricane Expo was rescheduled to June 18th due to a scheduling conflict with another local event. glw

 

These minutes were read on May 12, 2016 and on a motion by Bob KK4KT, seconded by John KK4CHL were approved..