Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club Minutes Page


Minutes from the last meeting are designated as DRAFT and have not yet be Voted approved, and are shown below in ORANGE

              FINAL APPROVED ARE IN BLACK BELOW 


DRAFT Minutes for the VBARC Meeting of 08/08/19

 

President Phil W2AR opened the meeting at 1930 hours with the John KM4MCK leading the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 37 members and guests introducing themselves 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 John KM4MCK.

 

CORRESPONDANCE:  Three website inquiries seeking membership information were received.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.  / SUNSHINE: Dwight W4IJY had nothing to report.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of July. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes along with the Monthly Bank Statement. Current account balance is $5073.36. Of that amount $700 in donations for the repair of the 6M antenna is still being held in reserve.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM at the EOC. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. On Wednesday July 31st five Cleveland Clinic Florida area hospitals conducted an exercise following the weekly FL State EOC Net and utilized both analog voice (SARNET) contacts as well as RMS Packet Winlink messages. ARES Groups from IRC, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties manned EOC’s and the hospitals involved. It was a very successful event and CCF management was extremely pleased with the results.

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

 

`July 11, 2019 – Extra VE Session – Two General Class Licenses were earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

`July 18, 2019 – Scheduled VE Session – One Technician Class Licenses was earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN reminded everyone the weekly SKYWARN Net is held every Sunday evening at 9 PM on the 146.775 repeater. The next area SKYWARN Class is scheduled for October 11th in Melbourne at the weather station. You MUST pre-register at www.weather.gov/MLB to attend. Directions to the facility are available on the website.

 

QRP EVENT: A QRP Event is scheduled for Saturday, August 17th at Charles Park on 24th Ave and 15th St. in Vero Beach. Jim KM4UFN will be sending out an e-mail blast on the event.

 

EVENTS: John KK4CHL and Dr. Bob KK4KT continue to plan the Clubs support and participation in the following events. We still need more volunteers to cover these activities. Jan KK4GGJ will arrange coverage for the Special Event Station as well as the Amateur Radio Information Table. New hams are encouraged to volunteer.

 

Tunnel to Towers

Saturday, September 14, 2019 / 7:30-9:00 AM 

 

Centennial Parade “Through the Ages” at Vero Beach

Saturday, October 26, 2019 / 10:00-11:30 AM 

 

Turkey Trot – Trot Against Poverty

Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) / November 28, 2019

7:30-10:00 AM

 

 

PIO REPORT: In Paul KC2LXV’s absence Gary N1pzb had the following information:

 

Time to consider volunteering for the December Salvation Army Bell Ringing Program at Publix on Miracle Mile. Only three Thursdays this year for the Club to cover being December 5th, 12th, and 19th. Due to the short season this year, Publix has opened up Saturdays to individuals who would like to volunteer. Call Elaine at 772-978-0265 ext. 104 if interested in a Saturday slot.

 

Paul would like to set the date for our upcoming Tech Class. He has asked that you consider the second weekend in November after Thanksgiving / Turkey Trot and before Christmas. A motion will be entertained at our next meeting.

 

The next update of additions, deletions, and corrections to the 2019 Membership Roster posted in the “MEMBERS ONLY” pages on the Club Web Site. is scheduled for October 1st. Changes should be sent in writing to Paul KC2LXV.

 

CERT UPDATE: None, however we do know that the group has received its’ IRS 501(c)3 status!

 

DIGITAL UNIVERSITY: Meetings at the VB Salvation Army will return on September 7th. A detailed message will be out soon about upcoming subjects and specifics. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT the Club again recognizes the DU as a Club Event and insurance coverage is provided for those attending.

 

ELMER REPORT: Our Elmer Jim W2JKD is available and ready to assist new Hams getting on the air. Jim’s contact info is posted on the Club Roster on our web site. He is an experienced operator and would like to share his knowledge with any Ham needing assistance. He is pleased to see so many new hams joining the VBARC.

 

FIELD DAY 2019: FD Coordinator Eric KF4UJO is finalizing our report for the ARRL and will announce the numbers at our September meeting.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

VBARC “TRAINING FACILITY” / REMOTE STATION PROJECT: John KM4MCK updated the Club on the current status of negotiations to secure the facility on Roseland Road in Sebastian. The County has submitted a list of wants/needs from their perspective and there were several good ideas offered from those in attendance. After the discussion it was decided to allow the committee to proceed in hopes that the differences between the Club and County could come to a consensus agreeable to both parties.

 

NEW BUSINESS: None.

 

At 8:35 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Jim KM4UFN passed. The evenings Raffle of $74 was won by Al KM4CPV with half of the proceeds going back into the Club Treasury. A second drawing for a Yaesu Hat was won by Ralph N2BMN.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting of 07/11/19

 

President Phil W2AR opened the meeting at 1925 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 41 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (June) were approved on a motion by Eric KF4UJO and seconded by John Dave K4BKM.

 

CORRESPONDANCE:  QSL Cards continue to arrive from our Special Event operations.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Al KM4CPV is back and everyone was pleased to see him. Richard AB4AZ announced that he will be accompanying Fred Renniker over to (SK) Dave Conefrey’s W4IVW home to inventory his ham equipment to assist his wife with selling it. Mark AI4HO joined the group at CJ Cannons for breakfast this morning after a long absence.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of June. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Jim KM4UFN, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes along with the Monthly Bank Statement. Current account balance is $4904.86. Of that amount $700 in donations for the repair of the 6M antenna is still being held in reserve.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM at the EOC. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. Shelter Go-Kits were tested during the June 27th meeting. Nine new Duracell batteries are fully charged and ready for use with the Go-Kits.

 

VE REPORT: Gary N1PZB reported the following -

 

    June 20, 2019 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – Two Technician and Two General Class Licenses were earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN reminded everyone the weekly SKYWARN Net is held every Sunday evening at 9 PM on the 146.775 repeater. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

 

QRP EVENT: A QRP Event is scheduled for Saturday, July 20th at Charles Park on 24th Ave and 15th St. in Vero beach. Jim KM4UFN will be sending out an e-mail blast on the event. Jim encourages everyone to participate in the “Show Your Go-Kit” event.

 

EVENTS: John KK4CHL and Dr. Bob KK4KT continue to plan the Clubs support and participation in the Vero Beach 100th Anniversary Parade scheduled for October 26th. Plans call for both the Clubs’ and ARES Comm Unit to be onsite with the Club Unit operating as a Special Event Station, and ARES providing Net Control duties. Volunteers are being solicited to cover our Public Relations table.

 

PIO REPORT: Paul KC2LXV offered the following:

                                Ft. Pierce Hamfest – August 10th – 8 AM to 1 PM – Tickets $7

 

Additions, deletions, and corrections to the 2019 Membership Roster received at the Meeting will be made and the Roster posted in the “MEMBERS ONLY” pages on the Club Web Site. The next update is scheduled for October 1st. Changes should be sent in writing to Paul KC2LXV.

 

CERT UPDATE: Carm K4CRM announced that next CERT Alumni Meeting is scheduled for August 1st. Florida Heart will be providing an overview of CPR procedures and review the use of AED’s. CERT will be participating in the Sebastian’s “Christmas in July” at Riverside Park event on the 20th in support of the local “Shop with A Cop” program.

 

DIGITAL UNIVERSITY: No Report.

 

ELMER REPORT: Our Elmer Jim W2JKD is available and ready to assist new Hams getting on the air. Jim’s contact info is posted on the Club Roster on our web site. He is an experienced operator and would like to share his knowledge with any Ham needing assistance.

 

SUNSHINE: Dwight W4IJY had nothing to report.

 

FIELD DAY 2019: FD Coordinator Eric KF4UJO is busy assembling out report to the ARRL. He reported that there were no complaints, and all went very well. A thank you letter has been delivered to the good folks at Delmar.  

 

FINAL FIELD DAY FOOD REPORT: PAUL KC2LXV provided a complete list of donations and expenses that will be filed with these minutes. Highlights of the report include the following:

 

Gift card donations from Sam’s Club/Walmart $75 / Winn-Dixie $50 / Publix $175.00.

Club Cash Advance - $100 / Total Club Member Donations $147. Jim Kerns donated the cake $19.98.

Cash Purchases After Gift Card Purchases $92. Gift Card Total Balances After Purchases $51.66.

Harvest Foods Donated Lettuce, Hot Dog/Hamburg Rolls, Potatoes, Onions, Grape Tomatoes, Chips, and Mayo and Italian Dressing. Cash Balance on Hand $230 (See Family Picnic Proposal Below).

 

A big thank you to all who supported the food venue. Leftover food was donated to Camp Haven, and we received a nice Thank You letter from the Director.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

VBARC “TRAINING FACILITY” / REMOTE STATION PROJECT: John KM4MCK briefed the group on the current status of the project. We are moving forward with the site on Roseland Rd. in Sebastian. The committee is currently putting together a proposal relative to what the Club can offer the County and what the Club needs from the County. Meetings with the Parks Director of IRC have been positive and as further information becomes available it will be briefed at upcoming meetings.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

CLUB FAMILY PICNIC: KK4CHL PIO Paul KC2LXV made a motion that was seconded by John KK4CHL that we fund a Summer Family Picnic in August with the Publix Gift Card and Cash Donation Balance from Field Day, and supplies remaining from FD. The motion passed and the gathering will be scheduled at a date to be announced.

 

LONG ISLAND CW CLUB PRESENTATION: John KM4MCK introduced Harold WB2YZE via “Zoom” of the Long Island CW Club. The LICWC teaches CW via live QSO protocol via internet video conference classes. Beside teaching, the Club has many interesting presentations available on their web site: www.longislandcwclub.org. If you are seriously interested in learning CW, joining the Club for $30 a year would be a wise investment.

 

WINLINK PACKET RMS: Jim KM4UFN announced that the RMS installed at the EOC for use by IRC ARES is now operational. The call sign and frequency are: KM4KTN-10 at 144.910 for direct access. KM4KTN-10 is accessible directly (144.910) and through various digipeaters including: W4OT-2 on 144.910 and 145.530 and W4AKH-2 on 145.530. It is open for all to use and if you refresh your Channel Selections in RMS Express the station will appear. It can then be stored as a favorite. We would like everyone to start using it at least as a test.

 

At 8:37 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by John KK4CHL and seconded by Richard AB4AZ passed. The evenings Raffle of $73 was won by Bob KM4CPU with half of the proceeds going back into the Club Treasury. A second drawing for the balance of the Sam’s Club/Winn Dixie Gift Cards was won by Al WA1LBG.


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of August 8, 2019, on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by John KM4MCK.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

 

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting of 06/13/19

 

President Phil W2AR opened the meeting at 1930 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance led by John KM4MCK, followed by 32 members and guests introducing themselves 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 John KK4CHL.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: The Club received a $20 donation from Hamcation, and a $50 donation from Fred WA2NOJ for the Club trailer.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of May. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes along with the Monthly Bank Statement. Current account balance is $5120.86. Of that amount $700 in donations for the repair of the 6M antenna is being held in reserve.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM at the EOC. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. Activation Forms were reviewed at the May meeting, and Shelter Go-Kits will be tested during the June 27th meeting.

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

 

    May 16, 2019 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – Two Technician and One General Class Licenses were earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

SKYWARN: No report.

 

EVENTS: John KK4CHL and Dr. Bob KK4KT are planning the Clubs support and participation in the Vero Beach 100th Anniversary Parade scheduled for October 26th. We anticipate needing at least a dozen plus operators, and as plans are formalized more information will be released soon.

 

PIO REPORT: Paul KC2LXV offered the following:

                                Ft. Pierce Hamfest – August 10th – 8 AM to 1 PM – Tickets $7

Paul extended thanks to those members who assisted at the Red Cross Hanger Party and the Indian River Mall Hurricane Expo. We currently have 18 signed up for the next Tech Class at a date TBA. Paul presented our second Special Service Club Award to Phil W2AR and John KM4MCK.  Paul KC2LXV announced that our Field Day call has been modified to tie the Club into the 100th Vero Beach Celebration.

 

CERT UPDATE: Carm K4CRM announced that the group is very close to receiving its’ 501(C)3 status. He thanked Jerry KM4UFL for his assistance with the process. CERT currently has 60 individuals signed up awaiting training. A recent “Train the Trainer” class was very successful. Training will resume in September.

 

ELMER REPORT: Our Elmer Jim W2JKD is available and ready to assist new Hams getting on the air. Jim’s contact info is posted on the Club Roster on our web site. He is an experienced operator and would like to share his knowledge with any Ham needing assistance.

 

DIGITAL UNIVERSITY: The next meeting of Digital University will be in September.

 

SUNSHINE: Dwight W4IJY announced that all is well. He currently has access to an SK Estate he is trying to help the family sell. A lot of nice equipment is available at reasonable prices. Please see Dwight for details. In addition, Freddy K2GKS has equipment he would like to donate to VBARC. Anyone interested in joining the “Estate Committee” should see Dwight.

 

FIELD DAY 2019: FD Coordinator Eric KF4UJO reviewed the plan one more time.  Jan KK4GGJ announced a number of rules changes made this year and will be seeking clarification of the Station Class Designations. John KK4CHL will be setting up and operating the GOTA Station this year. Bob KM4CPU will be covering our medical needs and serve as the Safety Officer. Gary K4RRK is still available to load the Logging Program on laptops for those needing same. It will be a hardwired network this year. Dwight W4IJY ordered everyone to HAVE FUN.

 

PAUL KC2LXV reviewed the Menus and announced that the donations received will cover most of our food costs. A complete list of donations will be added to our July minutes.

 

CLUB TRAILER REPORT: The VBARC Comm Trailer was present at the Indian River Mall Hurricane Expo and the Navy Seal Museum Special Event Station. Logos are in hand and they should be fully applied the next time you see the unit.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

VBARC “TRAINING FACILITY” / REMOTE STATION PROJECT: Phil W2AR, John KM4MCK, and Jim W2JKD recently met with County officials to discuss the “training” facility project currently being sought by the Club. The County is very receptive to the idea and will return to the table soon with a list of potential sites for consideration. A site on Roseland Rd. in Sebastian that is basically turnkey was mentioned. At this time there are more questions than answers, so please be patient.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

USCG AUXILIARY REQUEST: Mark Cannon KB1BL from the USCG Auxiliary is looking for a few good men and women who are licensed hams to provide volunteer communications assistance during their tower failures and radio maintenance downtimes. You would be required to join the Auxiliary and pass a background check. Info on the USCGA can be found at www.CGAUX.org .

 

CLEAN WATER COALITION OF IRC: Mr. Charlie Pope addressed the Club looking for groups to further their vision. The CWC is an independent 501(c)3 group, unifying voice to protect and restore the surface and ground waters of Indian River County; connecting and coordinating with community partners to maximize effort toward this shared vision. We envision complete restoration of healthy surface waters and an ecosystem teeming with diverse fish and wildlife: a place where we can take our families to swim, fish, and recreate without fear. We envision a plentiful supply of clean and safe drinking water for current and future generations. Following his presentation on a motion by Dr. Bob KK4KT and seconded by Eric KF4UJO the Club voted to support CWC. PIO Paul KC2LXV will be their Point of Contact.

 

LICENSED HAM MAILING LIST: John KM4MCK has downloaded and created a list of IRC licensed Hams. He suggested the Club create a postcard mailer to spread the word to those who are currently not in the VBARC. After a brief discussion on a motion by John KM4MCK, seconded by Paul KC2LXV an amended motion passed allowing up to $250 to fund the project. Several suggestions were offered from the floor to lower the costs associated with the printing and distribution of the cards.

 

At 8:49 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by John KK4CHL and seconded by Richard AB4AZ passed. The evenings Raffle of $69 was won by Bud WA4ASJ with half of the proceeds going back into the Club Treasury. A second drawing for a Yaesu Baseball Cap was won by Jim W2JKD.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club


These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of June 11, 2019 on a motion by Eric KF4UJO and seconded by Dave K4BKM.

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting of 05/09/19

 

President Phil W2AR opened the meeting at 1930 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Eric KF4UJO, followed by 36 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (April) were approved on a motion by Dr. Bob KK4KT and seconded by Eric KF4UJO.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: See Elmer Report.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Your Secretary has submitted the Annual Report to sunbiz.org (Corporations) and filed the IRS Form 990-N for 2018.

 

Amateur Radio Week Proclamation Presentations

City of Vero Beach – City Hall – June 4, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Indian River County – County Admin Bldg. – June 11, 2019 – 9:00 AM

Please attend if you are available and wear your Club shirts!

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of April. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dwight W4IJY, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes along with the Monthly Bank Statement. Current account balance is $5078.69. Of that amount $700 in donations for the repair of the 6M antenna is being held in reserve.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM at the EOC. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. Hurricane Season is almost here, and we are looking for additional help! Please see Bud WA4ASJ if you are interested in joining the Group. Our next scheduled meeting will be on May 23, 2019

 

VE REPORT: Gary N1PZB reported the following -

 

    April 18, 2019 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – One Technician and Two General Class Licenses were earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN reminded everyone that this week (May 5th to 11th) is Hurricane Preparedness Week.

 

QRP: Jim KM4UFN announced that due to the upcoming Field Day and other events there will not be a scheduled QRP Event for May and June. That does not preclude a small group getting together to do some QRP.

 

EVENTS: John KK4CHL and Dr. Bob are busy planning the Clubs support and participation in the Vero Beach 100th Anniversary Parade scheduled for October 26th. Currently we anticipate needing at least a dozen plus operators, and as plans are formalized more information will be released.

 

PIO REPORT: Paul KC2LXV has finalized the 2019 Club Roster based on paid memberships. The roster has been posted on the VBARC Web Site and updates will be made periodically, not every time a call sign or contact info changes. It is a daunting job and Paul requested everyone’s patience and understanding.

 

Upcoming Events

Red Cross Hurricane Hanger Party – May 17, 2019 – Vero Beach Airport – Corporate Air Hanger (off 43rd Ave) 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Navy Seal Museum – May 25, 2019 – 9 AM to 3 PM - Ft. Pierce on No. Route A1A – Spcl. Event Station

Indian River Mall Hurricane Expo – June 8, 2019 – 10 AM to 2 PM

 

ELMER REPORT: Jim W2JKD has Elmer Cards available with his contact info that he can hand out to new Hams having questions. Two recent requests thru the Club web site have been forwarded to Jim for resolution.

 

CERT UPDATE: Carm K4CRM invited everyone to the CERT Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser on May 11th.

                                  Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast at Applebee’s 5335 20th Street

                               Saturday, May 11th from 8:00am to 10:00am

                                            Tickets:      $10.00

For $10.00 you get a breakfast that includes: Pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs and a beverage (coffee, juice, soda or tea).

 

DIGITAL UNIVERSITY: The next meeting of the Digital University at the Salvation Army Cafeteria is scheduled for June 1, 2019. Winlink Session #2 will be the topic. This will be the last DU until September.

 

SUNSHINE: Dwight W4IJY announced that all is well. He currently has access to an SK Estate he is trying to help the family sell. A lot of nice equipment is available at reasonable prices. Please see Dwight for details.

 

FIELD DAY 2019: FD Coordinator Eric KF4UJO announced that plan plans are moving forward. John KK4CHL will be setting up and operating the GOTA Station this year. Any requests for special food or treats should be forwarded to Eric KF4UJO. Bob KM4CPU will be covering our medical needs, and Bill K4IRC will be asked to be the Safety Officer again this year. Gary K4RRK will be available to load the Logging Program on laptops for those needing same. It will be a hardwired network this year. We are looking for operators to cover the overnight hours as those shifts seem to go unfilled.

 

CLUB TRAILER REPORT: John KM4MCK updated the progress on the project. The tower has been installed and tested, and all wiring for power has been installed. Our graphics supplier has offered to provide the necessary lettering and logos for $250 which is a great price and represents a nice contribution on their part. A motion by Eric KF4UJO and seconded by Bob KM4FEP to transfer $500 more in Club funds to the Trailer Project passed.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

VBARC CLUBHOUSE / REMOTE STATION PROJECT: John KM4MCK provided and excellent presentation with photos of the Boca Raton ARA Clubhouse in Delray Beach. The facility is located in a county park and the property is leased to the Association. The “Shack” is a former business office trailer roughly 48 feet  x 12 feet long. Onsite antennas include two towers and a vertical. Restrooms are located within the park. Ample parking is available, and the building is open Wednesday’s and Saturday’s from 10 AM. Food for thought. The Shack offers both HF and VHF/UHF operating capabilities.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Paul KN4KDX suggested that the VBARC consider going “on air” with its search for a “Training Facility” exclusive of the EOC that can be used at any time. Using Paul KC2LXV’s association with Rhett Palmer to facilitate a ½ hour program to enlighten the local population about who we are and what we do might prove beneficial to our search for such a facility. It was suggested that Jim W2JKD is just the profession voice needed to do such a presentation. Attached is an outline of the proposal.

 

At 8:28 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Jan KK4GGJ passed. The evenings Raffle of $61 was won by Al WA1LBG with all proceeds going back into the Club Treasury. A second drawing for a CERT Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Ticket was won by Richard AB4AZ.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club


These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of June 13, 2019 on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by John KK4CHL

                              FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting of 04/11/19 

  

President Phil W2AR opened the meeting at 1930 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Dwight W4IJY, followed by 38 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (March) were approved on a motion by Eric KF4UJO and seconded by Richard AB4AZ.


CORRESPONDANCE: Gary K4RRK reported that the Club sent out 53 Pelican Island Event QSL Cards and has received 13 in return.


ANNOUNCEMENTS: Willie KB5FKG announced that he and Pam KN4RUM will be relocating to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri on April 18th. They were both married today in Vero Beach, and everyone wished them the best.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of March. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dave KN6VK, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes along with the Monthly Bank Statement. Current account balance is $5365.18. Of that amount $700 in donations for the repair of the 6M antenna is being held in reserve.


COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM at the EOC. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. Hurricane Season is almost here, and we are looking for more help! Please see Bud WA4ASJ if you are interested in joining the Group. Our next scheduled meeting will be on April 25th, 2019


VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

March 21, 2019 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – Two Technician and One General Class Licenses were earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.


SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN thanked everyone who attended the SKYWARN Presentation on March 25th and wanted to let everyone know your cards are now good for THREE YEARS.


QRP: Jim KM4UFN announced that due to Easter and the end of month Florida QSO Party he has not scheduled a QRP for April. That does not preclude a small group getting together to do some QRP.


EVENTS: John KK4CHL introduced Jeff Francisco from United Against Poverty who presented the Club with a plaque in recognition of its assistance during last month’s UAP Bike Race. Jeff also handed out certificates to those who assisted with the communications for the event. PCARS operators from Melbourne will also be receiving certificates at a later date.

Although nothing is planned over the next few months yet, the Club has been asked to support the Vero Beach 100th Anniversary Parade in late October. Currently we anticipate needing at least a dozen operators, and as plans are formalized more information will be released.


PIO REPORT: Paul KC2LXV is busy finalizing the 2019 Club Roster based on paid memberships to date. Following the posting of the roster on the VBARC Web Site, updates will be made periodically, not every time a call sign or contact info changes. It is a daunting job and Paul requested everyone’s patience and understanding. This year the Indian River County Hurricane Expo will be held on June 8th at the Indian River Mall. A motion to participate by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by John KK4CHL passed. Paul is also busy putting together our Special Service Club renewal application for another two years.


CERT UPDATE: Jerry KM4UFL announced that things are going along well during the changeover in Director’s.


DIGITAL UNIVERSITY: A reminder, meetings of the Digital University at the Salvation Army Cafeteria are scheduled on the following dates: 5/4/2019, and 6/1/2019.


ELMER & NEW HAM: No Report


SUNSHINE: Dwight W4IJY announced that his wife Helen is recovering after a medical episode at home.


FIELD DAY 2019: FD Coordinator Eric KF4UJO announced that plan plans are moving forward. PIO Paul KC2LXV has sent out letters soliciting donations to feed the crew and Publix, Sam’s Club, and Beach Bites have already confirmed support for the event. Menus are being prepared, and Jim KM4UFN will be leading the Food Crew this year. John KK4CHL has volunteered to set up and operate the GOTA Station. Paul KC2LXV again reminded everyone that Field Day 2019 will be held on June 23rd and 24th.  


CLUB TRAILER REPORT: Paul KN4KDX announced that the installation of batteries, associated wiring, generator, and roof painting have been completed. The team is looking for an electrician type to create an electrical schematic for the unit, and to label all wires, switches, and other electrical components. A second need is a complete inventory of all equipment to include documentation of where the items were purchased and acquisition of any service/repair manuals. Jan KK4GGJ announced that anyone borrowing the trailer must be checked out in the operation and towing of the unit in advance.


OLD BUSINESS.


VBARC CLUBHOUSE / REMOTE STATION: Dwight W4IJY again reported that he has not had much luck finding an appropriate location for such a project. After a brief discussion of previous potential sites, Richard AB4AZ suggested that the committee continue researching the issue and report back. Anyone finding a potential location should notify Dwight.


FLPOTA: Richard AB4AZ sent a big thanks to Jim KM4UFN for setting up the event at the Sebastian Inlet State Park. It was a perfect day with thirty in attendance and a great time was had by all. Jim drafted a thank you letter to the Park Ranger for allowing the Club to use a large pavilion at no cost that is usually rented out for $65.


SOLAR PANEL PRESENTATION: Phil W2AR has had contact with a gentleman willing to do a Solar Panel Presentation. That presentation is expected to be held at the May meeting.

At 8:36 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dwight W4IJY passed. The evenings Raffle of $71 was won by Greg KN4NMO with $36 going back into the Club Treasury. A second drawing for a blue ARRL bag was won by Bud WA4ASJ.


Respectfully Submitted by:


Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club


These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of May 9, 2019 on a motion by Dr. Bob KK4KT and seconded by Eric KF4UJO.

 

                         FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting of 03/14/19

 

President Phil W2AR opened the meeting at 1930 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 37 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (February) were approved on a motion by Robert KM4FEP and seconded by Paul KN4KDX.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: The VBARC Website has received several requests for membership info that were answered by Secretary Gary – N1PZB.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of February. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Jim KM4UFN, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes along with the Monthly Bank Statement. Current account balance is $5548.46. Of that amount a $500 donation for the repair of the 6M antenna is being held in reserve. A motion was made to reimburse Paul KC2LXV for the purchase of Pelican Island Event sandwiches in the amount of $192.34. Motion by Eric KF4UJO and seconded by Bob KK4KT passed.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM at the EOC. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. Our next scheduled meeting will be on March 28th, 2019. SKYWARN Training will pre-empt the regular ARES meeting beginning at 5 PM.

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

 

February 21, 2019 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – Two Technician and One Extra Class Licenses were earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN reminded everyone that the above referenced SKYWARN presentation requires pre-registration with the EOC or online via the NWS Melbourne site.

 

QRP: Jim KM4UFN has scheduled a QRP for April 27th – details well be forwarded via e-mail.

 

PIO REPORT: Paul KC2LXV wants to remind everyone that Field Day 2019 will be held on June 23rd and 24th. There are five weekends in June this year! Please mark your calendars.

 

CLUB SHIRTS: Those interested in purchasing a VBARC shirt should contact Jim KM4UFN regarding prices and sizing.

 

EVENTS: John KK4CHL and Dr. Bob KK4KT thanked everyone who participated in the United Against Poverty Bike Race that had seamless communications using both the Club and ARES trailers. They also thanked the 15 PCARS members from Melbourne who assisted by covering the northern portion of the route. There is nothing currently on the schedule moving forward – stay tuned.

 

CERT UPDATE:  CERT Director Neil Naples KN4MNV has stepped down due to a personal medical issue. Jerry KM4UFL reported that the Board will move forward with scheduled activities and training pending the appointment of a new Director. The group wished Neil all the best as he moves into treatment.

 

DIGITAL UNIVERSITY: A reminder, meetings of the Digital University at the Salvation Army Cafeteria is scheduled on the following dates: 4/6/2019, 5/4/2019, and 6/1/2019.

ELMER & NEW HAM: No Report

 

SUNSHINE: Willie KB5FKG is currently at the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach for treatment and is expected to be released soon. Gary N1PZB is back after a 14-week absence following a failed hip surgery.

 

PELICAN ISLAND LOGS AND QSL CARDS: Anyone having logging sheets for the event should coordinate them with Gary K4RRK to prepare for the sending of QSL Cards.

 

FIELD DAY 2019: FD Coordinator Eric KF4UJO announced that plans will be forth coming at our meeting on April 11th.

 

CLUB TRAILER REPORT: Paul KN4KDX announced that the installation of batteries, associated wiring, solar panels, and the generator will be addressed next after the roof is painted. Jesus donated the solar panels and a local sign company has offered to assist with decals.

 

OLD BUSINESS: None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

HAMRADIOCONCEPTS: Everyone is encouraged to visit Eric KJ4YZI’s YouTube Channel as he has many excellent videos of VBARC activities and new ham radio equipment demonstrations.

 

MORSE CODE (CW) TRAINING: Jim KM4UFN shared info he researched with regard to learning CW. Several resources were mentioned including MorseDX.com by Gary K4RRK. See Jim if interested in learning CW.

 

VBARC CLUBHOUSE / REMOTE STATION: Dwight W4IJY reported that he has not had much luck finding an appropriate location for such a project. After a brief discussion Richard AB4AZ suggested that the committee set up at the end of last year continue researching the issue and report back. Anyone finding a potential location should notify Dwight.

 

SOLAR PANEL PRESENTATION: Phil W2AR has had contact with a gentleman willing to do a Solar Panel Presentation. Due to the interest shown by those at the meeting, the info will be passed on to John KM4MCK to schedule the program for a future date.

 

At 8:32 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Jim KM4UFN passed. The evenings Raffle of $73 was won by Wayne W1EWL with $43 going back into the Club Treasury.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of April 11, 2019 on a motion by Eric KF4UJO and seconded by Richard AB4AZ.

 

                     FINAL Minutes of the V.B.A.R.C. Meeting for February 14, 2019   


The Meeting was called to order @ 7:30 by the President, Phil W2AR, with the Pledge of Allegiance, members and guests introduced themselves and are shown on the included sheet. 32 in attendance. The January Minutes were available on line and a copy was also in house. KK4CHL, John made motion to accept them and Doc Bob, KK4KT seconded. Passed! Under reports

ARES…. Bud, WA4ASJ talked about anyone can volunteer for ARES. Meetings are on the 4th Thursday @ 7:00PM. Bud also reported on the last VE Session. Those sessions are on the 3rd Thursdays. Also noted that the Question Pool will change in July for Element 3. VE's in attendance were, KC9GSM, KK4KT, W2AR, W4PHJ, AB4AZ, W41JY and KN6VK.

Jim, KM4UFN had no Skywarn updates. The group is trying for training in this quarter. Jim also reminded all the QRP session this Saturday @ Ft. Drum (near 20-mile Bend on Rt. 60) The first Pavilion on left. Jim reminded all that there were no facilities at this site.

KK4CHL, John gave an update on the big bike ride pending. He said they were coordinating with the Melbourne Club. He also said that some of our volunteers dropped out and he needed replacements.

KC2LXV, Paul will need volunteers for the upcoming 100-year Anniversary of Vero Beach. There will be a 100-float parade, including the Budweiser Clydesdales It's scheduled for October 26, Saturday and will start near the High School and proceed down 14th Ave thru downtown. Paul also mentioned several Hamfests on the schedule. Sebring (date?) Stuart on 3/16 (free) Ft. Pierce on 8/10 - $7.00 and held at the college. KC2LXV also entertained a motion and seconded by John, KM4MCK to have the Club participate in the ARRL Field Day event, (this done for insurance purposes) Jim Kerns, KM4UFN will oversee the food.

Phil, W2AR presented Paul, KC2LXV a badge with his call and PIO/PIA emblazoned on the top!

Digital "U" will cover Fusion radios. That will be on 3/2. Craig K4CPJ also talked about the 6-meter repeater that needed antennas. He mentioned contributions to the Club on behalf of that repeater are eligible under our 501(c)3 status and then the Club contributing to the tower climb needed to replace said antennas, (about $2200 was needed.)

No local Sunshine but Phil, W2AR said that Dave Schoaf, KG6IRW became an SK. He gave our club a QRP talk last year.

KF4UJO had no report, yet, on Field Day!

John, KM4MCK had the Treasurers Report, as Mark W4POZ was not present. Starting balance of $5,290.91, receipts of $515.00 and 50/50 of $52.50 for total receipts of $567.50. Disbursements totaled $855.95. Most of that was for trailer registration, locks, and cabinets and countertop. End of month balance of $5,002.46. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and KF4UJO seconded. Passed.

Under New business......Paul, KN4KDX raised the question of raising dues, with the thought of a possible "Clubhouse" down the road. Possibly form a committee to investigate this idea. John, KM4MCK was also on board with this. Paul, KN4KDX made the motion and John, KM4MCK seconded. Passed. Gary, K4RRK and Eric, KF4UJO volunteered. Jim Kerns, KM4UFN also talked about Club "T" shirts and he will follow up on this idea also.

W41JY moved to adjourn and KK4KT seconded.

John Samuels K2CIB, gave a nice presentation, with power point and pics about a group of hams wanting a remote station for working DX. It was really interesting with a twist ending!

Dave K4WVZ won the 50/50. His take was $26.00

Respectfully,

 

Richard Jac on AB4AZ, filling in for N1PZB


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of March 14, 2019 on a motion by Robert KM4FEP and seconded by Paul KN4KDX.

FINAL Minutes of the V.B.A.R.C. for January 10, 2019


The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and members and guests introduced themselves. 43 are shown on the sign in sheet. December minutes, as posted, were approved.

KK4KT moved to accept and KC2LXV seconded, Passed!


New hams were introduced and welcomed. No announcements. The New president, W2AR, Phil was introduced and given the gavel. Mark, W4POZ, gave the treasurers report. Starting balance as of December was $5108.95. $82 was collected from the 50/50. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and W41JY seconded. Passed.


Club insurance was due. $200. KC2LXV moved to pay the premium and seconded by the other Paul, KN4KDX. Passed.

POI....Committee for ARES meets on the 4th Thursday. Paul also mentioned the Aug date for SW Florida Regional and Feb, 8-9-10 for Orlando.

Bud, WA4ASJ gave the annual VE report. VE's 7 exam elements were given. In 2018....There were 63 exams, 29 Tech's, 19 Generals, and 3 extras. $780 in total fees. Bud said there was an 84% pass rate for Techs. Any VE wishing to volunteer for the Orlando Hamcation can do so on the web @ Orlando Hamcation.Org.

No Skywarn report.

John KK4CHL gave an update on progress on the big bike race on Fed 23rd. John and Doc Bob, KK4KT will meet with Melbourne club to coordinate the event.

K4CRM, Carm, talked about the Certs CPR classes Saturday @ EOC HQ.

Digital "U" Will meet @ Salvation Army’s location on 2/2. It was reported that the Kettle venture gathered $159,000 for the county. We had 34 volunteer hours and collected about $2,238.29 for our efforts. There were a total of 328 volunteers. An appreciation dinner will be held on 2/7 and SA HQ.

Jim Davis, W2JKD, wanted us to make sure Elmer kept their e-mail addresses up to date along with their phone numbers.

Jim, KM4UFN gave a Skywarn report and will have updates on the first quarter of the year.

Sunshine Committee.... Dwight said that Gary, our Secretary was in rehab at old Health South. Staples are out. And he's doing well.

Old Business...........1/12 Saturday @ Marsh Landing. Installation Dinner. 6:00 PM Drinks, 6:30 PM ordering dinner off the menu. 34-35 plan on attending.

Eric, KF4UJO reported on winter field day. It will be on 1/26/19 @ Young Park @ the fingers. Start time2PM but arrivals welcome around 8:30AM for set-up. Jan, KK4GGJ reminded all about the 1/19 Fla Flywheelers event this Saturday. $20 fee and we will meet and car pool at IHop on road 60 @ 6:30AM. Breakfast first! Golf carts available! Richard AB4AZ will bring Jazmine's cart.

John, KM4MCK reminded all that the Trailer was outside, and all are welcome to see the progress. Plans to have trailer at Winter Field day also. Insurance will be through ARRL.

Eric, KF4UJO moved to insure trailer and Paul, KC2LXV seconded, Passed. Also, to reimburse John for $28. A motion was made by John, KK4CHL, seconded by Jay, K14TXP to provide $1500 for the next step for the trailer (cabinets). Passed.

New Business.... Dwight, W41JY moved to raise the club dues by $5, KM4MCK seconded.


Discussion followed. These are dues for 2020. Need to change wording in by-laws and make 501(c) bylaws recommend that the Executive committee make changes and can be voted at next meeting.


No further business and a motion to close made by AB4AZ, Richard and seconded by Doc Bob, KK4KT. Passed. John KIJSK won 50/50 - $52.50

Respectfully

Richard Jackson, AB4AZ

Acting Secr'y


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of February 14, 2019 on a motion by John KK4CHL and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT.

---- 2018 ----

                           FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting of 12/13/18

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 37 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 Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: The VBARC Website has received several requests for Area Repeater Listings that were answered by Secretary Gary – N1PZB.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Gary N1PZB presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of November. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dave KN6VK, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes along with the Monthly Bank Statement. Current account balance is $5108.91.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

ARES: The Annual ARES Holiday Dinner was held on December 6th at the Sunset Café. Sixteen members and significant others enjoyed a quiet meal and thanks were extended to EC Bud WA4ASJ for organizing the event. Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM at the EOC. Our next scheduled meeting will be on January 24th, 2019. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater.

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

 

    November 15, 2018 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – Two Technician / One General / One Extra Class Licenses were earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN reminded everyone of this year’s plans for SKYWARN Recognition Day to be hosted by the Melbourne NWS Office on November 30th and December 1st. Everyone is invited to tour the facility, try the chili, and visit / operate the Special Event Station.

 

EVENTS: Dr. Bob KK4KT thanked everyone who participated in the “Turkey Trot” on Thanksgiving Day. John KK4CHL and Bob both continue to look for signups for the February 23, 2019 100-mile bike race to be held between Vero Beach and Patrick AFB. It is anticipated that three base stations will be needed to cover the course, and both the Club Trailer and ARES trailer will be activated for this event. More to follow.

 

PIO NOTES:  Paul KC2LXV thanked those who completed the initial day of the Salvation Army Bell Ringers Program. He also announced that the January Issue of City Guide will feature the VBARC and its activities here on the Treasure Coast. Paul is in the process of gathering info on Club Events for submission to the ARRL to renew our Special Service Club Designation. If you have represented the VBARC as a speaker at any event, let Paul know about it for inclusion in his bi-annual report.

                                                                   UPCOMING HAMFESTS            

 

             West Palm Beach – November 24, 2018 – info at www.PalmsWestRadio.org/hamfest

             Ft. Myers – January 18 &19, 2019 – info at http://swflhamfest.info/

             Stuart – March 16, 2019 – info at http://stuarthamfest.com/assets/files/Stuart-Hamfest-2019.pdf  

 

CERT UPDATE:  CERT Director Neil Naples KN4MNV gave a brief presentation on CERT accomplishments for 2018 and followed up with initial plans for 2019. IRC CERT added 87 new members in 2018, and the next class will be held in late March 2019. If you need CPR Certification, on January 12, 2019 CERT will host a CPR Class at a reduced rate of $30. Neil thanked the VBARC for all of its assistance during the past year.

 

DIGITAL UNIVERSITY: The VBARC has approved the continue meeting for the Digital University at the Salvation Army Cafeteria on the following dates: 1/5/2019, 2/2/22019, 3/2/2019, 4/6/2019, 5/4/2019, and 6/1/2019 It was further approved that we sponsor a day for Salvation Army Bell Ringing in 2019. It was suggested to again take all the THURSDAYS in December 2019 and we will need to fill twenty (20) slots.

ELMER & NEW HAM: No Report.

 

SUNSHINE: Al KM4CPV and his wife have moved into an assisted living facility in Palm Bay. Several Club members are busy getting Al back on the air. Jerry KM4UFL is recuperating from back surgery, and Gary N1PZB had a full right hip replacement on December 14th.

 

QRP EVENT: Jim KM4UFN announced a meet is scheduled for December 15th at the John Young Park east of Miracle Mile. Set up is at 8 AM followed by lunch at Kelly’s at 11:30 AM. In case of inclement weather monitor the 146.640 Repeater for updates. Bagels and coffee will be provided as usual.

 

OLD BUSINESS:                                                                                                                                              

 

NOMINATION COMMITTEE: Our Annual Election of Officers was held this evening. After one more request for nominations from the floor, a ballot runoff was completed for the position of VP. The following Club Members will be installed on January 12, 2019 to serve one-year terms:

 

             President – Phil W2AR / VP – John KM4MCK / Secretary – Gary N1PZB / Treasurer Mark W4POZ

 

The Nominating Committee of Jan KK4GGJ, Dr. Bob KK4KT, Phil W2AR, and Richard AB4AZ were thanked for their service during the election process.

 

ANNUAL INSTALLATION BANQUET: Join us on January 12th at Marsh Landing where we will eat off the menu. Spouses and significant others are invited! PIO Paul KC2LXV passed around a sign-up sheet at the meeting for an initial head count. Please plan to start gathering N/L/T 6:30 PM with meal service starting at 7 PM.

 

CLUB TRAILER REPORT: John KM4MCK reported the unit is going back to his dealer for final structural repairs, installation of the exterior skin, and paint. A work session or two may be called during the holiday break. Richard AB4AZ has offered a secure storage location when needed.

 

FIELD DAY 2019: Jan KK4GGJ strongly suggested that we rotate out some of those folks who have worked the Food Crew and other “worker” positions, so those folks can also have a chance to operate. Jim KM4UFN will be leading the Food Concession next year and more info will be released as the Crew for 2019 is identified.

 

NEW BUSINESS: Our 501(c)3 request to outfit the new Club trailer was not approved, however Paul KC2LXV has identified other possible sources for funding moving forward.

 

WINTER FIELD DAY: The VBARC will participate again this year. The dates are January 26th & 27th. Once a location is selected and plans are finalized, an e-mail blast will be issued. We usually participate on Saturday only.

 

FINAL COMMENTS: 2019 Dues are Due! / Dwight W4IJY suggested that we discuss a dues increase at a future meeting. / It was also suggested that we try to schedule a Hamcation Presentation for our January Meeting. / Anyone interested in going to the Florida Flywheeler’s 32nd Annual Engine & Tractor Swap Meet January 16th thru 19th, contact Jan KK4GGJ to arrange carpool transportation.

 

At 8:28 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT passed. The evenings Raffle of $82 was won by DON K4VRB with all proceeds going into the Club Treasury.


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of January 10, 2019 on a motion by Dr. Bob KK4KT and seconded by Paul KC2LXV.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

                         FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting of 11/08/2018

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 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 Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Happy Birthday Willie KB5FKG!

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of October. On a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by John KM4MCK, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes along with the Monthly Bank Statement. Current account balance is $5334.96.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

 

    October 18, 2018 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – One General Class Licenses was earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

     October 28, 2018 – VBARC Tech Class VE Session – Six Technician Class 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 at 7:00 PM at the EOC. Our next scheduled meeting will be on January 24th, 2019. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. The Annual ARES Holiday Dinner will be on December 6th at the Sunset Café. Menu Selection will be provided by e-mail prior to the event.

 

SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN reminded everyone of this year’s plans for SKYWARN Recognition Day to be hosted by the Melbourne NWS Office on November 30th and December 1st. Everyone is invited to tour the facility, try the chili, and visit the Special Event Station.

 

EVENTS: John KK4CHL remined everyone that about the “Turkey Trot” on Thanksgiving Day. Details have been provided by e-mail to those who have signed up. Please be on station N/L/T 7 AM for radio check-ins.

 

PIO UPDATE:  Paul KC2LXV finalized the volunteer list for the Salvation Army Bell Ringers Program. The VBARC will be at the Publix’s on 21st Street for this year’s event. Two Hamfests are coming up soon:

 

             West Palm Beach – November 24, 2018 – info at www.PalmsWestRadio.org/hamfest

             Ft. Myers – January 18 &19, 2019 – info at http://swflhamfest.info/

 

United Against Poverty who supports our Field Day with a donation of various foods, is renovating the old Hale Grove packing facility off Rt. 1 near the Airport to include a community use conference room. More to follow.

 

At our December Meeting Paul will be asking for funds approval to continue the VBARC Website as the “rent” is due!

 

CERT UPDATE:  Neil Naples KN4MNV in his new position as CERT Director announced that CERT has graduated 27 new responders as a result of the last class. One of their new members is a VB High School student who it is hoped will encourage some of our younger citizens to also join. On January 12th CERT will host a CPR Class at a reduced rate of $30.

 

DIGITAL UNIVERSITY: Saturday November 10th, Salvation Army Cafeteria on 27th Ave starting at 9 AM. The subject will be APRS / DPRS.

 

ELMER & NEW HAM: PIO Paul KC2LXV has forwarded the list of new licensees to Jim W2JKD.

SUNSHINE: No Report.

 

QRP EVENT: Jim KM4UFN announced a meet scheduled for November 17th. Once plans are finalized, he will be sending out an e-mail blast with the specifics.

 

OLD BUSINESS:                                                                                                                                        

 

NOMINATION COMMITTEE: Our Annual Election of Officers will be held during our December VBARC Meeting. The Committee is Jan KK4GGJ, Dr. Bob KK4KT, Phil W2AR, and Richard AB4AZ. The Slate of Officers presented was:


President – Phil W2AR / VP – John KM4MCK / Secretary – Gary N1PZB / Treasurer Mark W4POZ

Nominated from the floor for the position of VP – Paul KC2LXV

 

It will be a Ballot Vote and nominations from the floor can still be made at our December Meeting prior to the actual vote.

 

ANNUAL INSTALLATION BANQUET: The facility has been booked – January 12th – Marsh Landing – eat off the menu. Spouses and significant others are invited! Paul KC2LXV announced that he will soon be calling for a head count. We usually start to gather N/L/T 6:30 PM with meal served starting at 7 PM.

 

CLUB TRAILER REPORT: John KM4MCK reported that two work sessions have been completed this month and much has been accomplished. Conduit, wiring, and electrical boxes have been installed and the unit is ready to go back for installation of the exterior skin.

 

FIELD DAY 2019: Jan KK4GGJ strongly suggested that we rotate out some of those folks who have worked the Food Crew and other “worker” positions, so those folks can also have a chance to operate. Jim KM4UFN will be leading the Food Concession next year and more info will be released as the Crew for 2019 is identified.

 

At 8:01 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Dwight W4IJYand seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT passed. The evenings Raffle of $62 was won by Bill KN4PZM with $31 going into the Club Treasury.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

 

The Enigma Machine

 

Duane K4LNN presented the evening’s program and it was most interesting. He joined the US Navy in 1968 with a desire to enter the Aviation Career Field. At a Boot Camp interview, it was announced that he had been assigned to Communications, and off to Pensacola NAS, FL he went to learn Morse Code. His next assignment took him to Germany where he copied weather reports. At the US Embassy in Cypress he spent 2½ years copying five letter word groups and deciphering the messages. Those “unsolved puzzle” machines eventually had the code broken. Duane went on to work at NSA analyzing traffic and their destinations.

 

Enigma Machines consist of a series of electro-mechanical rotary ciphers mainly developed and used in the early to mid-20th century to protect commercial, diplomatic and military communication. Enigma was invented by the German

engineer Arthur Scherbius at the end of World War I. Early models were used commercially from the early 1920s, and adopted by military and government services of several countries, most notably Nazi Germany before and during World War II. Several different Enigma models were produced, but the German military models, having a plugboard, were the most complex.

 

Duane purchased an electronic kit version of these machines and demonstrated it for everyone to see. The National Museum in Washington, DC has several on display. Thanks Duane for a most interesting presentation!


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of December 13, 2018 on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT.


                            FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting of 10/11/18


President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 38 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 Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Mark W4POZ.


CORRESPONDANCE: None. 


ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of September. On a motion by Bill K4IRC and seconded by Dave KN6VK, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes along with the Monthly Bank Statement. Current account balance is $5168.96.

  

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the followin

September 20, 2018 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – Two Technician Class 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 at 7:00 PM at the EOC. Our next scheduled meeting will be on October 25th. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. The October Meeting will focus on a followup of the very successful SET (Simplex Net) conducted on October 6th that was supported by twenty-three licensed Ham Operators. 


SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN provided an overview of this year’s plans for SKYWARN Recognition Day to be hosted by the Melbourne NWS Office on November 30th and December 1st.


EVENTS: John KK4CHL remined everyone that our next race will be the “Turkey Trot” on Thanksgiving Day. Details will be provided as we get closer to the event.


PIO UPDATE:  Paul KC2LXV solicited volunteers for the Salvation Army Bell Ringers Program and has only a couple spots left. The VBARC will be at the Publix’s on 21st Street for this year’s event. The use of the Salvation Army’s Cafeteria for Digital University went very well. Paul is working on a VBARC article for a Winter Edition of the “Vero Beach City Guide”.


CERT UPDATE:  David KM4WVZ announced that he is selling his home and moving to Georgia. Neil KN4MNV has been chosen to fill Dave’s shoes and is currently transitioning into the position. A new CERT Class is scheduled to begin on Monday October 15th and it has forty-five students registered. He reminded everyone that the CERT Net meets every Wednesday evening at 1930 hours. The frequency is 453.225 with an offset of +500 and a Tone of 107.2. At Paul’s (KC2LXV) suggestion, David received a round of applause.


ELMER & NEW HAM: Jim W2JKD has been assisting new Hams and with Don’s (K4VRB) assistance checked out Grace’s (KN4KDV) new radio for proper programming and operation. Jim was pleased to see so many in attendance at the meeting.


SUNSHINE & DIGITAL UNIVERSITY No Report.


QRP EVENT: Jim KM4UFN announced that our next QRP Event will be held on the Wabasso Causeway on Saturday October 20th. It will be a QRP Meet from 10 AM to Noon, with lunch provided by the “More Tender from the Fender” Road Kill Café for a nominal fee. From 1 PM to 3 PM an Activation of Pelican Island will be made. Followup info will arrive via e-mail prior to the event.

 

OLD BUSINESS

                                                                                                                   

NOMINATION COMMITTEE: Our Annual Election of Officers will be held during our December Meeting. The Nominating Committee is busy looking for candidates, and nominations from the floor can accepted prior to the vote during the December Meeting. The Committee is Jan KK4GGJ, Dr. Bob KK4KT, Phil W2AR, and Richard AB4AZ. Please contact any one of these fine gentlemen to make your wishes known.


FALL TECH LICENSING CLASS: Just a reminder, the next Technician Licensing Class will be held on October 27th and 28th. Paul KC2LXV announced that the class is full, and he would like to keep it at eighteen as all books have been sold or provided to the Instructors. All instructional materials should be in the hands of those teaching the class and they are asked review the PowerPoints prior to October 27th. Class starts promptly at 8 AM on the 27th.


NEW BUSINESS: Dwight W4IJY suggested that the VBARC form a “WRECKING CREW” to assist anyone with antenna issues. Several in attendance have offered to help and a more permanent crew is likely.


ANNUAL INSTALLATION BANQUET: Save the date and mark your calendar – January 12th – Marsh Landing – eat off the menu. Spouses and significant others are invited! Paul KC2LXV will provide an informational update and solicit a head count prior to the event.

 

D-STAR REFLECTOR: John KK4SHF invited D-Star users to check into the Tuesday Night D-Star Net thru the Ft. Pierce Reflector if the Vero Beach Reflector is down.

 

At 8:22 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Dwight W4IJYand seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT passed. The evenings Raffle of $79 was won by Dave KN4KDU with all funds going into the Club Treasury.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:


Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of November 8, 2018 on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT.


FINAL Minutes of the V.B.A.R.C. for September 13, 2018


The meeting was opened by President, Eric, at 7:30PM. The Pledge of Allegiance, and members and guests introduced themselves (37 shown on the sign in sheet) The minutes of the previous meeting was presented and a motion by Bob, KK4KT and seconded by John, KC4MCK and the minutes passed.


Mark, W4POZ presented the treasurers report. Starting balance of $5,232.21, receipts of $117 and Disbursements of $353.75 (for Fla division of Corps) Left an ending balance of $4,995.46. AB4AZ moved to accept the report and Woodsy, K41RC seconded. Passed.


Committee reports.


Bud, WA4ASJ presented the VE activities and said that he had two candidates for the last session. One passed and the other needed more study. VE's present were, Bud WA4ASJ, Gary, NIPZB, Phil, W2AR, Dick, KC9GSM, Richard, AB4AZ and Bob, KK4KT. Bud also reported on the next ARES meeting 2 weeks from tonight.

Our guest speaker for tonight was Lt. Tom Rawlins from the IRC Sheriff’s Department. Lt was introduced by Paul, KC2LXV. The topic was "Active Shooter". Very informative and interesting. A copy is available for those who wish.


Announcements.


SkyWarn Recognition Day 12/2, info from Jim, KM4UFN.

QRP, Jim also reported that this is our Third Annual Sunday event behind the museum. At Riverside Park. Time from 10-IPM. All welcome


Events


KK4CHL, John reported on the Tunnel to Towers event. A great success and over 3000 in attendance! The next event is the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving AMI

PIO

Paul, KC2LXV, Tech Classes in October. The 10 and 11th. So far 17 have signed up to the instruction and test.


Digital U Will is back in IR county. KM4MCK announced at the main library. Gathering at 9, instructions from 10-12pm.

KK4GGJ reminded all about the "Net about Nothin' on 14.327 Mondays at 8PM all welcome.

Sunshine.

Miss Patty, Jim's W2JKD XYL, was still recovering from her auto accident. She is required to have therapy every day.


New business.


Elections up soon. A committee was set up for officer selection.

And it was suggested that the new Replacement for John King, Tad Stone, K4CYG be granted life membership on VBARC. Motion made by Paul, KC2LXV and seconded by Dwight, W41JY, passed by all!


A motion to adjourn made by AB4AZ Richard and seconded by Dwight, W41JY. Passed.

50/50 won by Bob, KK4THG


These minutes were accepted after corrections at the meeting of October 11, 2018 on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Mark W4POZ.        


Respectfully Guest Secretary

Richard Jackson AB4AZ

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting of 08/09/18

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 33 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (July) were approved on a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Dr Bob KK4KT.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: Bank Statements.

 

SALVATION ARMY HOLIDAY PROJECT: PIO Paul KC2LXV introduced Elaine McLean who gave an overview of the Salvation Army’s Services and Programs in Indian River County. Services included, but are not limited to providing food, clothing, rent assistance, a children’s faith-based program, and a Thrift Shop for raising funds to support those activities. Her main mission in attending the meeting was to solicit volunteers for their Annual Christmas Red Kettle Program. The VBARC was asked to consider providing Bell Ringers for the Month of December, on Thursdays, from 10 AM to 8 PM for four days. The location would be Publix on the Miracle Mile. Shifts are normally two hours and a day would be five shifts.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Craig K4CPJ announced that the next Digital University will be held on August 25th.  DMR Code Plugs will be the subject, and an update on other particulars will be provided prior to the meeting. Thanks to Paul KC2LXV, the Oct / Nov / Dec DU’s will be held at the Salvation Army on 27th Avenue here in Vero Beach.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of July. 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 $5232.21.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

 

    July 19, 2018 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – Two Technician licenses were earned and both candidates went on to earn their General Class licenses. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

A new General Class Licensing Manual and Question Pool was EFFECTIVE July 1st,

 

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM at the EOC. Our next scheduled meeting will be on August 23rd. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. Should you attempt to check in and find the repeater down, please move to 146.640 and you should find the Net there. Activation Forms were issued and reviewed during the July meeting.

 

SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN reported that no warnings during July were generated by SKYWARN observations.

 

EVENTS: John KK4CHL confirmed our participation in the “Tunnels to Towers” race on September 8th at Riverside Park. Please contact John or Dr. Bob KK4KT to sign up. John also confirmed that we are scheduled to do the “Turkey Trot” Thanksgiving morning. These are two of our biggest races and everyone’s help is greatly appreciated.

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT: Jim W2JKD again offered to Elmer anyone needing assistance and again reminded VE’s to pass along contact info for new licensees. There is a wealth of knowledge within the VBARC waiting to be shared. Jim asked that we acknowledge and embrace new members to our Ham community.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT: No report.

 

PIO UPDATE:  Relative to our earlier request to support the Salvation Army, Paul KC2LXV confirmed that the VBARC would be identified with a sign and logo on the kettle stand and would be free to wear Club shirts and pass out ham radio printed materials. After a brief discussion, a motion to participate by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by John KK4CHL passed. Paul will be coordinating the schedules and expects to begin setting them up in September.

 

CERT UPDATE:  Jerry KM4UFL reported that CERT has graduated thirty new members and will start another Basic Class on October 13th thru November 3rd.  He reminded everyone that the CERT Net meets every Wednesday evening at 1930 hours. The frequency is 453.225 with an offset of +500 and a Tone of 107.2. He also thanked Gary N1PZB for attending CERT’s July Meeting to talk about Amateur Radio and CERT Communications.

 

QRP EVENT: Jim KM4UFN announced that our next QRP Event will be held at A. W. Young Park (Park Avenue at the east end of Miracle Mile) on August 18th from 9 AM to Noon. Low Propagation / Low Power / No Problem will be the theme. Jim also anticipates demonstrating FT8 and Winlink for those who are interested.

 

OLD BUSINESS:                                                                                                                                              

 

NON-PROFIT PROFIT STATUS APPLICATION: Dwight W4IJY announced that all paperwork necessary has been completed and forward regarding out Incorporation and IRS 501(c)3 status. A new Employee Identification Number has been received and we are waiting on the IRS for approval of our application.

 

FALL TECH LICENSING CLASS: Just a reminder, the next Technician Licensing Class will be held on October 27th and 28th. Paul KC2LXV has sixteen students signed up and thirty Tech Class books and Instructor Materials have arrived. Paul is busy dividing up the Power Point Program by Instructor and will be distributing them when finished. Those who have already signed up for the class will be completing Registration Forms and receive their classroom materials.

 

At 8:10 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Dwight W4IJYand seconded by Richard AB4AZ passed. The evenings Raffle of $67 was won by Chris AB4CV with all funds going into the Club Treasury.


These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of September 13, 2018 on a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by John KM4MCK

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

 

The evenings Skype Program was provided by John Kruk, National Sales Manager for Yaesu. System Fusion – C4FM was the subject followed by a review of their Fusion Products, Pricing, and a “What’s Next” looking ahead.

 

“System Fusion is Yaesu’s implementation of Digital Amateur Radio, utilizing C4FM 4-level FSK Technology to transmit digital voice and data over the Amateur radio bands. In the early 2000’s GMSK emerged in the Amateur radio market as the dominant digital mode, however in 2013 Yaesu introduced “System Fusion” which quickly became the dominating digital format in Amateur radio because of quality, reliability and enhanced performance in a wide range of environments.

Digital Communication modes have gained popularity over the years in the market because of superior performance in environments with interference, noise and other contributing factors that degrade the quality of a standard FM Analog signal. Narrower bandwidth and the need for increased spectrum have led to the development of digital communications technology, which has been widely adopted in the Public safety and private business sectors that use two-way radio technology. Unlike its commercial counterpart, System Fusion is an Amateur Friendly Digital Operating mode, straying away from some of the design considerations that make commercial solutions less appealing and more difficult for Amateur Radio Operators, providing a simpler interface and features that meet the demands and needs of the Amateur enthusiast specifically. Below you will find more information on this marvelous new technology, and how it can meet every operators demand and needs for a clear and simple Digital Experience.”

 

John KM4MCK was thanked for his efforts in securing tonight’s program.

Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 07/12/18

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1932 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 37 members and guests introducing themselves 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 KC2LXV.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The next Digital University will again be in St. Lucie County. On August 26th the meeting will be held on the IRSC campus in room R132 starting at 9am until 12 noon. An update on other particulars will be provided prior to the meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of June. 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 $5967.43.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

 

    June 21, 2018 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – Two Technician / two General / one Extra Class licenses were earned. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

 

The Club’s Radio License W4OT and Richard’s AB4AZ personal license were renewed with Bud’s WA4ASJ assistance during the VE Session.

 

A new General Class Licensing Manual and Question Pool was EFFECTIVE July 1st,

 

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM at the EOC. Our next scheduled meeting will be on July 26th. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. Should you attempt to check in and find the repeater down, please move to 146.640 and you should find the Net there. Activation Forms will be reviewed during the July meeting.

 

SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN reported that no warnings during June were generated by SKYWARN observations.

 

EVENTS: John KK4CHL anticipates bringing some announcements to our next meeting.

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT: Jim W2JKD now has business cards with his contact information available to anyone needing assistance. Jim also has a form letter available. Cards will be issued to those testing at Club VE sessions.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT: Al KM4CPV is recovering from a ladder fall, and everyone wished him well.

 

PIO UPDATE: Paul KC2LXV has the following announcements –

 

Winlink information is now posted on the Club website / Field Day photos will be posted soon / The August meeting will feature a Skype presentation from Yaesu. You will also find an interesting article about the word “HAM” and its origin.

 

CERT UPDATE: Just a reminder the CERT Net meets every Wednesday evening at 1930 hours. The frequency is 453.225 with an offset of +500 and a Tone of 107.2. The frequency is now entered into the EOC radio system and will be available during training and activations.

OLD BUSINESS:

 

CLUB RADIO TRAILER UPDATE: John KM4MCK announced materials have been purchased and initial work should begin soon. The Red Cross has donated a 100’ tower that is complete with guide wires and hardline. Tower and materials are stored at the Money Pit.

 

RETIREMENT GIFT: Dwight W4IJY has purchased a $200 gift card from the Cobalt Restaurant for John King’s retirement, and plans are being made for its presentation. It was suggested by Dave KM4WVZ that Tad Stone, John’s replacement, be invited to a VBARC meeting.

 

FINAL FIELD DAY REPORT: Jan KK4GGJ thanked everyone for their time and effort in planning and executing the best Field Day in years. Eric KF4UJO reported that we exceeded last year’s point count by over 1000 points with the unofficial total currently at 3240. Next year we anticipate a new crew taking over the reins, so the current folks can exercise their radios and expertise.

 

Paul KC2LXV reported that all Thank You letters are delivered including Del Mar. A final accounting of all expenses is attached to this report with $114.92 returned to the Club treasury. All meals were well attended, and the food was outstanding. Chef Anthony’s stipend was covered by Jan KK4GGJ and Jim KM4UFN splitting the cost equally. Next year Jim KM4UFN will lead the donations and food purchases with Paul as his consultant. Dwight W4IJY personally thanked Paul for a job well done!

 

NON-PROFIT PROFIT STATUS APPLICATION: Dwight W4IJY and Gary N1PZB addressed a couple concerns regarding the non-profit 501(c)3 Bylaws prior to a vote to accept. A Motion to Accept was made by Richard AB4AZ, seconded by Don WA4MSU and passed.

 

FALL TECH LICENSING CLASS: As previously announced, the next Technician Licensing Class will be held on October 27th and 28th. As of this meeting Paul KC2LXV has fourteen students signed up and thirty Tech Class books and Instructor Materials have arrived. Flyers will be out soon, and we have only eight slots left. Paul will be dividing up the Power Point Program by Instructor and making the assignments available soon. Books this year will be $25 per student.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  Jim KM4UFN is now leading our QRP Events and announced Round Island – July 21st – 9 AM to Noon will be our next get together. This will be a BOTA Beaches on the Air event.

 

Dwight W4IJY is cleaning up his shack and brought in two five-gallon buckets of cables and other misc. goodies for folks to sort thru and take home.

 

BREAKING NEWS!!!  The Desert Inn Restaurant is closed - rumored to be under renovation!

 

At 8:23 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT passed. The evenings Raffle of $66 was won by Jim W2JKD with $33 going into the Club Treasury.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

 

These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of August 9, 2018 on a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Bob KK4KT.

 

 




                              FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 06/14/118

 

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

 

CORRESPONDANCE: None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Digital University is expanding to the St. Lucie County area. On June 30th the meeting will be held on the IRSC campus in room R132 starting at 9am until 12 noon. The topic will be a digital roundtable. This session will determine what training is needed moving forward. Craig K4PHJ will be scanning all local repeaters and Talk In assistance will be available should anyone not locate the IRSC facility.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Gary N1PZB presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of May. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dwight W4IJY, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $5912.43.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

 

    May 17, 2018 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session –  One Technician Class license was earned. A copy of the

                              VE Report is attached.

 

  EFFECTIVE July 1st, a new General Class Licensing Manual and Question Pool will take effect.

 

ARES: Everyone is reminded that the IRC ARES Monthly Meeting is the FOURTH THURSDAY of every month at 7:00 PM at the EOC. Our next scheduled meeting will be on July 26th. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. Should you attempt to check in and find the repeater down, please move to 146.640 and you should find the Net there. The May ARES Meeting was pre-empted by Annual SKYWARN Training.

 

SKYWARN: Jim KM4UFN reported that no warnings during May were generated by SKYWARN observations.

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT: John KM4MCK representing Jim W2JKD requested that the VE provide Jim with the names of new Technician licensees, and anyone in general looking for assistance.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT: Al KM4CPV will be receiving a new heart valve on Wednesday June 20th.

 

PIO UPDATE: Paul KC2LXV has the following event announcements –

Invitations have gone out to the Vero Beach City Council and the Indian River County Board of Commissioners to visit our Field Day site. Paul thanked Eric KF4UJO, Gary N1PZB, Phil W2AR, and Dr. Bob KK4KT for assisting him with the table at the Mall Hurricane Expo.

 

CERT UPDATE: CERT has activated a Net every Wednesday evening at 1930 hours. The frequency is 453.225 with an offset of +500 and a Tone of 107.2. Boafeng handheld portables can be programmed to work the repeater and everyone is encouraged to check in. David KM4WVZ maintains an e-mail list should you like to receive information regarding the program. Note: DO NOT attempt to modify an ICOM ID-51 to access the CERT Repeater unless you first remove the SD Card. You will damage the card and the holder.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

CLUB RADIO TRAILER UPDATE: John KM4MCK announced that the refurbishment is ongoing. Interior projects such as conduit and wiring once completed will allow the unit to return to the shop where the exterior skin and other repairs will be completed.

 

RETIREMENT GIFT: A retirement gift for John King was approved on a motion by Robert KM4FEP and seconded by Jim KM4UFN. Dwight W4IJY will secure a $200 gift card from the Cobalt Restaurant.

SEAL MUSEUM SPECIAL EVENT STATION REPORT: Jan KK4GGJ reported that the Pizza was great, everyone had a good time, and the propagation needed CPR. It is planned that the VBARC will return next year. Thanks to everyone who attended.

 

FINAL FIELD DAY UPDATE:

 

Paul KC2LXV – Menus were reviewed, and a request for Saturday desserts was again made. Leftovers will again be donated to Camp Haven. Jan KK4GGJ and Jim KM4UFN each donated funds to cover the cost of our Chef.

 

Jan KK4GGJ – The Antenna Party has surveyed the grounds and a plan is in place. Please review the ARRL Rules and arrive early Saturday to raise antennas. Additionally, please bring power cords, power strips, coax cable, rope, and coax jumpers.

 

NON-PROFIT PROFIT STATUS APPLICATION: Dwight W4IJY and Gary N1PZB announced that a Draft set of 501(c)3 Bylaws will be posted on the VBARC Website for everyone to review. Time is of the essence and we need to move things along in order to submit our application to the IRS.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  

 

CLUB TRUSTEE REPEATER LICENSE: On a motion by John KM4MCK and seconded by Bob KK4KT the Club has approved Richard AB4AZ to serve as the Club Repeater Trustee for another 10 years. The Call Sign license and Richards personal license run concurrently and the both will be renewed.

 

DIGITAL UNIVERSITY FUNDING: Paul KC2LXV suggested that VBARC fund the rental fee charged by the library for each event. At the request of Craig K4CPJ the discussion was tabled until the July Meeting.

 

FALL TECH LICENSING CLASS: It has been decided that the next Technician Licensing Class will be held on October 27th and 28th. On a motion by Bob KK4KT and seconded by John KM4MCK the Club approved the purchase of books and instructors’ manuals. A second motion made by Bob KK4KT and seconded by Richard AB4AZ approved the dates as noted above.

 

AREA HAM RADIO MAILING: Dwight W4IJY suggested that the Club consider an area mailing to increase our exposure and bring already licensed Hams into the Club. A committee will assist Dwight in reviewing the subject and report back at a future meeting. Serving on the committee will John KM4MCK, Gary K4RRK, and Wade.

 

At 8:49 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Bud WA4ASJ - passed. The evenings Raffle of $58 was won by Frank WA2BQU with $29 going into the Club Treasury. A second drawing for an Elecraft Hat provided by Paul KC2LXV was won by Mark. A third drawing for a Yaesu Hat also provided by Paul KC2LXV was won by Lorrie.


These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of July 12, 2018 on a motion by Dr. Bob KK4KT and seconded by Richard AB4AZ.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

                           FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 05/10/18I

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 34 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (April) were approved on a motion by Robert KM4FEP and seconded by Bob KK4KT.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: Field Day Proclamations will be presented as followsCity of Vero Beach – June 5th – 5:00 PM – Council Chambers Vero Beach City Hall - 20th St westbound. / Indian River County – June 12th – 9:00 AM – Commissioners Chambers County Complex – 27th Ave - Building “A” on first floor. Confirmed by presenters, please plan to attend if you are available!!!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Craig K4CPJ announced that the next Digital University topic will be “Fusion” at the Vero Beach Library on June 16, 2018. Gathering starts at 9 AM with discussion from 10 AM to Noon. This will be the last DU until Fall. Summer sessions will be held in St. Lucie County, as they have requested assistance.

 

Last Call for the Jesus KN4GYL Antenna Party on May 19th complete with Burgers and Beverages. Anyone interested in assisting him with putting up a new wire antenna should see Jesus directly for time and directions to Fellsmere.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of April. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Jim KM4UFN, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $5934.65.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

 

    April 19, 2018 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session –  One Technician and two General Class licenses (one        

                               being an Admin Upgrade) 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 at 7:00 PM at the EOC. Our next scheduled meeting will be on May 24th (see SKYWARN Report). As Hurricane Season quickly approaches we could always use additional help supporting our activations. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. Should you attempt to check in and find the repeater down, please move to 146.640 and you should find the Net there.

 

SKYWARN: Annual Training is scheduled for May 24th at 6:30 PM (note time change) at the EOC in Vero Beach. Basic and Tsunami Training will be provided. This meeting will preempt the usual monthly ARES meeting. Registration is required, and that information is now available at: https://www.weather.gov/media/mlb/skywarnclasses.pdf

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT: A new Ham requested assistance and he was referred to Jim W2JKD.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT: Dwight W4IJY continues to improve from knee replacement surgery.

 

CLUB EVENTS: John KK4CHL announced that the Walk/Race Season is completed, and it will start again in the Fall. He gave special thanks to all who participated, especially Dr. Bob KK4KT who handled the notification paperwork for each event.

 

PIO UPDATE: Paul KC2LXV has the following event announcements –

 

   Hurricane Hanger Party – May 18th - Corp Air Hanger VRB Airport – 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

   Special Event Station – Navy Seal Museum – May 26th – Ft. Pierce, FL – Setup 9 AM, “ON AIR” 10 to 4

     This will be a 100-Watt event. Everyone is invited, and volunteers are needed to set up antennas.

    Hurricane Expo – Indian River Mall – June 9th – 10 AM to 2 PM

The Repeater List on the VBARC Website has been updated. Joining Paul as a guest was Trang, the new owner of Beach Bites in Wabasso formally Penny Hill Subs.

 

CERT UPDATE: Robert KM4FEP announced that any gated community, neighborhood, or even a single street interested in forming a CERT Group should contact:

 

   INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FL

Contact: Lisa Poziomek / Phone: 772-567-2154

Email: [email protected]

 

OLD BUSINESS:

CLUB RADIO TRAILER UPDATE: John KM4MCK announced that the refurbishment is underway with frame welding in progress. New wheels and tires have been installed, and once the unit is safe to travel it will be relocated to start interior projects such as conduit, wiring, and cabinets.  

 

RETIREMENT GIFT: A retirement gift for John King has still not been decided and will remain as Old Business for the June Meeting.

 

FIELD DAY 2018: PIO Paul KC2LXV updated the preparations for this year’s event as follows –

 

A Power Point Program was presented detailing the Weekend Menu. It was requested that desserts in the form of cakes, cookies, and such be donated. Beach Bites (formally Penny Hill Subs - Wabasso) and the 53rd Ave. McDonald’s will provide meals as they have in the past.

                            

Everyone is encouraged to invite their XYL or Significant Other and a head count was solicited at the meeting to facilitate purchasing groceries. If you missed the meeting or your plans have changed please notify Paul directly. A motion to provide Paul with $100.00 to cover incidentals was made by Richard AB4AZ, seconded by Dwight W4IJY passed.

 

NON-PROFIT PROFIT STATUS APPLICATION: The discussion initiated at the April meeting continued. Dwight W4IJY and Gary N1PZB addressed a number of items needed to complete the 501(c)3 Application They include but are not limited to Articles of Incorporation / Organization for the State of FL, revised Club Bylaws, revised Mission Statement, Annual Budget, IRS 1023-EZ Application, and fees to both the IRS and State of FL. The issue with the Bylaws deals with identifying a single focus that qualifies us as a tax-exempt nonprofit. It appears that the best strategy for us is the Educational category. Annual Reports with additional fees are required if the status request is approved. The IRS is very specific about what Bylaws must say, and to amend our current set requires three months unless the Club votes unanimously to bypass that specific requirement for this very time sensitive Application. Per our existing Bylaws it was agreed that the Officers who are the Executive Committee would continue to research the issues and report back in June. The EC has no formal approval to complete this Application and until such time that the Executive Committee receives one, it would not be in our best interest to do all the work, and then have the Application filing be denied by the Club.

 

NEW BUSINESS: At the close of the meeting Gary N1PZB requested that the issues of Comm Trailer insurance coverage and registration be addressed by the Club and accomplished ASAP.

 

At 8:45 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dwight W4IJY - passed. The evenings Raffle of $58 was won by Willie KB5FKG with all $29 going into the Club Treasury. A second drawing for a red ARRL Bag provided by Paul KC2LXV was won by Jim KM4UFN.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

 

The evening’s program on Digital Modes by John KM4MCK was postponed to a later date due the length of the Business Meeting.


These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of June 14, 2018 on a motion by Dr. Bob KK4KT and seconded by Richard AB4AZ.

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 4/12/18

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 43 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (March) were approved on a motion by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by Tom KE7GBO.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: 2018 Dues were received from several members, along with a bank statement from Seacoast Bank.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Craig K4CPJ announced that the next Digital University is scheduled for April 14, 2018 at the Vero Beach Library. Gathering starts at 9 AM with HOT SPOT discussion from 10 AM to Noon.

 

Jesus KN4GYL will host an Antenna Party on May 19th complete with Burgers and Beverages. Anyone interested in assisting him with putting up a new wire antenna should see Jesus directly for time and directions to Fellsmere.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of March. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Fred K2GKS, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $6209.15.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

:

    March 15, 2018 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session –  Five Technician and one General Class 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 at 7:00 PM here at the EOC. Our next scheduled meeting will be on April 26, 2018. As Hurricane Season quickly approaches we could use additional help supporting our activations. The weekly ARES NET is held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM on the 145.130 Repeater. Should you attempt to check in and find the repeater down, please move to 146.640 and you should find the Net there.

 

SKYWARN: Annual Training is scheduled for May 24th at 7 PM at the EOC in Vero Beach. At this time, we anticipate Basic and Tsunami Training will be provided. This meeting will preempt the monthly ARES meeting.

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT Jim W2JKD is overseeing our Elmer Program, and will help any new hams get “on the air”.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT: Dwight W4IJY has returned from knee replacement surgery and is doing very well.

 

CLUB EVENTS: Our next and final race for this season will be on May 5th in support of the March of Dimes at Riverside Park. More information will be released once the route is confirmed. New Hams are encouraged to sign up and you will be placed with an experienced operator who will help you get comfortable with race procedures, and being on the air in general.

 

PIO UPDATE:  Paul KC2LXV made available copies of the new Amateur Radio Band Plan supplied by the ARRL. The Club Website is doing well, and photos of our recent events will be posted soon. The current list of Repeaters is being updated and will also be posted soon.

 

CERT UPDATE: Dave KM4WVZ reported that the first CERT BASIC TRAINING COURSE was completed on Saturday April 7th, graduating seven new members. A second class is currently scheduled to start on July 9th.

 

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Dues are due for 2018! Anyone who did not pay before March 31st has been be moved to the Inactive Roster.

 

FPOTA REPORT: Jan KK4GGJ thanked everyone who participated in the FLORIDA PARKS ON THE AIR. Although the weather and bands were not very cooperative, a few contacts were logged.

 

NAVY SEAL MUSEUM SPECIAL EVENT STATION: This event is scheduled for May 26th and will be a 100-Watt event. Final details will be made available at our May meeting.

 

CLUB RADIO TRAILER UPDATE: Due to delays in the current refurbishment, Jan KK4GGJ announced that plans are being made to reinforce the basic framing of the unit so as to safely move it to the “Money Pi”t for installation of conduit and other scheduled upgrades.

 

RETIREMENT GIFT: Dave KM4WVZ has volunteered to touch bases with John King’s Secretary (Erin) to see what County Staff is planning.

 

FIELD DAY 2018: PIO Paul KC2LXV updated the preparations for this year’s event as follows –

                            

Last year’s Kitchen Staff has volunteered to serve again, Paul KC2LXV, Gary N1PZB, Jim KM4UFN /Publix has generously provided a $150 Gift Card / Jan KK4GGJ will fund the Chef’s fee with help from a friend / A “Needs List” of paper goods, condiments, etc. will be made available at the May Meeting to be filled by member donations/ Field Day Menu will be posted next month.

 

Everyone is encouraged to invite their XYL or Significant Other and a head count will be solicited at the May Club Meeting to facilitate purchasing groceries.

 

NEW BUSINESS: PIO Paul KC2LXV suggested a motion be made for the Club to attend the Hurricane Expo scheduled for June 9th from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Indian River Mall. The motion to participate was made by Tom KE6GBO, seconded by Al KM4CPV passed. Paul will contact the Salvation Army representative organizing this year’s event.

 

NON-PROFIT PROFIT STATUS APPLICATION: After a brief discussion introduced by Paul KC2LXV, it was decided to review the application process to achieve non-profit status. Dwight W4IJY has offered to bring that information to the table. The Club has the potential of a donation to fund the purchase/restoration of the new Communications Trailer and secure the necessary equipment to place it in service. More to follow.

 

At 8:13 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Jim KM4UFN - passed. The evenings Raffle of $84 was won by Tom KE4GBO with all $84 going into the Club Treasury.


These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of May 10, 2018 on a motion by Robert KM4FEP and seconded by Bob KK4KT.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

 

Mr. Harold Levy N3UY Past President of the Ft. Pierce ARC closed out the evening with an excellent presentation on Vertical Antennas. Mr. Levy was licensed in 1946 and has designed and set up antennas in both the Arctic and Antarctic. He also created a portable radio station the military used for survival training. Topics ranged from grounds to counterpoises, to adding baluns to improve antenna efficiency.

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 3/08/18

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by 32 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (February) were approved on a motion by Robert KM4FEP and seconded by Jesus KN4GYL.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: 2018 Dues were received from several members, along with a bank statements from TD Bank and Seacoast Bank.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of February. On a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Gary K4RRK, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $5906.55.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

VE REPORT: Gary N1PZB reported the following -

:

    February 15, 2018 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – One candidate tested and passed both the Tech and General tests in one sitting. A copy of the VE Report is attached.

    

     February 18, 2018 – Technician Licensing Class – Five candidates tested, and all passed the Technician test. 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 March 22, 2018. Plans are being made to provide an EMCOMM 1 Class in the near future.

 

SKYWARN: Annual Training is scheduled for May 24th at the EOC in Vero Beach. Time will be announced at a later date. Training will be in lieu of the monthly ARES meeting.

 

ELMER / NEW HAM REPORT: Just a reminder that “Kit Night” has returned, and unless otherwise noted will be at the Money Pit every Friday night. Jim W2JKD is overseeing our Elmer Program, and will help any new hams get “on the air.” It was requested by John KM4MCK that Jim be provided a list of new Hams as they are licensed.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT: Dwight W4IJY is scheduled for knee replacement surgery the week of March 12th.

 

CLUB EVENTS: Our next race is currently for May 5th in support of the March of Dimes. Please mark your calendars – more information will be released as we get closer to the event date. Race will be held at Riverside Park.

 

PIO UPDATE: Paul KC2LXV invited Robert KM4FEP to provide an overview of our participation at the Sheriff’s BBQ Fundraiser on February 8th. Robert KM4FEP was assisted by Eric KF4UJO and Gary N1PZB proving info on the VBARC and emergency communications. The event was well attended, and we provided Amateur Radio handouts to a number of interested visitors. Paul thanked everyone for helping out.

 

Stuart Hamfest – March 17th – info at www.stuarthamfest.com. Florida’s largest FREE Hamfest!

Fort Pierce Hamfest – April 7th – 8 AM to 1 PM – info at http://fparc.org/hamfest2018.pdf. All indoors.

 

Food donation requests for Field Day 2018 are going out, and Penny Hill Subs (under new ownership) has already responded in the affirmative.

 

Publix now requires that organizations requesting assistance must submit a Mission Statement as part of their request. Paul KC2LXV created a MS that after being read was accepted on a motion by Dwight W4IJY and Robert KM4FEP. A copy of that Statement is included below.

 

"Mission Statement”

The Mission of the VERO BEACH AMATEUR RADIO CLUB (VBARC) is to recruit, train and ​help committed HAM Radio operators carry on the tradition of amateur radio by using our network of technical resources, and ​expertise to provide equipment, skilled ​operators and emergency services when ​called upon by local authorities in time of ​need to assist and protect the citizens in ​the communities in which we live and serve.

VBARC members adhere to the Amateur ​Radio creed, and are considerate, loyal, progressive, friendly, balanced and ​patriotic. We are proud to provide a service to our citizens, and to that end we have been designated by ARRL as a Special Service Club. This is a club that exists to go above and beyond for their communities, and for Amateur Radio is what defines a Special Service Club (SSC). They are the leaders in their Amateur Radio communities who provide active training classes, publicity programs and actively pursue technical projects and operating activities."

CERT UPDATE: Dave KM4WVZ reminded everyone that Monthly CERT Alumni Meetings will be held at the EOC the first Thursday of every month at 6 PM. Training is scheduled as follows:

 

Refresher Course – Monday and Wednesday - May 12th & May 14th at 6 PM / Basic Training Course Mondays and Wednesdays May 19th thru April 4th at 6 PM with Course Testing on Saturday April 7th from 9 AM to 3 PM.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Dues are due for 2018! Anyone who has not paid on or before March 31st will be moved to the Inactive Roster.

 

PELICAN ISLAND DAY FOLLOWUP / NEXT QRP Event: Jan KK4GGJ thanked everyone who participated in the Pelican Island Event in any way. Although the weather was rather windy, several contacts were logged, and the event was extended thru the week.

 

The next QRP event is scheduled for March 24th at the Ft. Drum Marsh Area.

 

FPOTA:  Florida Parks on the Air will be a two-day event this year and the Club is tentatively looking at Sunday April 8th due to a conflict with the Ft. Pierce Hamfest. More to follow.

 

CLUB RADIO TRAILER UPDATE: John KM4MCK reported that a recent working group meeting looked at conduit layout, and it is hoped the reskinning and floor installation will begin soon.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

RETIREMENT GIFT: John King of the IRCEOC will be retiring in April after 40 years of service. The purchase of an ICOM ID-5100 has been tabled due to Mr. King’s license expiring. It was decided to stand by and see what the County is doing before moving forward.

 

NAVY SEAL MUSEUM SPECIAL EVENT STATION: The Museum has approved a Special Event Station for Saturday May 26th which will be Memorial Day Weekend. Details are forthcoming.

 

At 8:07 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Bud WA4ASJ - passed. The evenings Raffle of $55 was won by Andy KM4TRT with $28 going into the Club Treasury. A second drawing was held for a hardbound copy of a book about the VBHS Football Team and it was won by Rick N4WRW.

These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of April 12, 2018 on a motion by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by Tom KE7GBO

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

 

The evenings program was provided by Rick N4WRW and Richard AB4AZ. Rick demonstrated the remote operation of his ICOM 7300. Using computers, an RC-28 Controller and RS-BA1 Software he can operate his ham radio equipment at a distance, whether he is at his home or in another state. As long as you have internet access, you can get on the air. Most functions and modes of his transceiver, including interference rejection functions and IF filter settings, can be controlled using CI-V commands. The Remote power ON/OFF function can wake up the IC-7300 from standby mode at the remote location. Rick commented that hams with antenna restrictions can get back on the air thru this process.

 

Richard AB4AZ demonstrated his Flex Maestro that is a plug-and-play control console that directs the operation of any FLEX-6000 Signature Series transceiver without needing a traditional PC. Whether you are the most serious contest operator, or you just love to “play radio,” Maestro is fun and easy to operate. Maestro incorporates a high definition 8-inch touch display in concert with ergonomically designed controls to enhance ease of use and maximize workflow efficiency in virtually any SmartSDR™ application. Maestro places the most frequently used radio controls directly at your fingertips. Controls are labeled for easy operation and designed to minimize hand motion for most common operations. Occasionally used controls are easily accessible on the large touch screen display bypassing the complexity of multi-function buttons and multi-level menus found on most transceivers.

FINAL Minutes for the VBARC Meeting 2/08/2018

 

President Eric KF4UJO opened the meeting at 1930 hours followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and 39 members and guests introducing themselves as noted on the attached Sign in Sheet. The minutes of the previous month’s meeting (JANUARY) were approved on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Tom KE7GBO.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: 2018 Dues were received from several members, along with a bank statement from TD Bank.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of January. On a motion by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by Tom KE7GBO, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes. Current account balance is $7823.16. Our annual Liability Policy has been renewed.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS / CONTINUED ANNOUNCEMENTS / DISCUSSIONS:

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -


    January 18, 2018 – Monthly Scheduled VE Session – There were no candidates for testing. 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 February 22, 2018.

 

SKYWARN: No report.

 

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. Jim W2JKD has volunteered to head up our Elmer Program, as was reported by John KM4MCK.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT: Dwight W4IJY is nursing a bad knee.

 

CLUB EVENTS: Dr. Bob has released the specifics on the Gator Gallop scheduled for February 24th at the Indian River Greenway on Indian River Boulevard. Please report NLT 7 AM. The details on the March 2nd Clydesdales visit to Riverside Park will be released soon.

 

PIO UPDATE: Paul KC2LXV will be posting the 2018 Membership Roster at the end of March on the Club website. The User Name and Password will be changed at that time. In other announcements Paul offered the following:

 

The Tech Class is ready to go, and all students will be reminded next week. Use of the EOC is confirmed with staff. / Those assisting with VE Testing at Hamcation must pick up their tickets at WILL CALL upon arrival.

 

A motion by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by Dwight W4IJY “to participate in Field Day 2018 scheduled for June 23 & 24, and to nominate Jan Goodman KK4GGJ as chairman was approved. Letters will soon be sent out soliciting donations for food and drink.

 

CERT UPDATE: Dave KM4WVZ announced that the CERT Alumni Meeting on February 1st had 35 in attendance. Monthly CERT Alumni Meetings will be held at the EOC the first Thursday of every month at 6 PM.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Dues are due for 2018!

 

WINTER FIELD DAY FOLLOWUP: Jan KK4GGJ thanked everyone who participated in any way. Gary AB4GV provided a delicious lunch, and a great day was had by all. Jim KM4UFN was thanked for making it a free lunch. Pelican Island has been rescheduled for March 3rd.

 

CLUB RADIO TRAILER UPDATE: John KM4MCK is looking for assistance with the renovation of the trailer. In it’s current condition it is not roadworthy as the outside skin and floor have been removed. A planning session is in the works for several tasks needing attention to move the project forward.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

REPEATER DONATION: Richard AB4AZ the TCRA Repeater Trustee, thanked those who have donated to the purchase and replacement of the .640 repeater antenna. His comments were echoed by Craig K4CPJ who is coordinating a tower climb.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS: Several events as noted are available locally over the next few weeks over and above our regular Club activities –

 

IRC Sheriff’s BBQMarch 7th – 2 PM to 7 PM - at the IRCSO on 41st east of 43rd Ave. VBARC will have a booth attended by Paul KC2LXV, Gary N1PZB, Eric KF4UJO, and Robert KM4FEP.

 

Stuart Hamfest – March 17th – info at www.stuarthamfest.com. Florida’s largest FREE Hamfest!

 

Fort Pierce Hamfest – April 7th – 8 AM to 1 PM – info at http://fparc.org/hamfest2018.pdf. All indoors.

 

RETIREMENT GIFT: John King of the IRCEOC will be retiring in April after 40 years of service. Dwight W4IJY suggested a suitable gift be purchased to reflect on his many years of service. A motion made by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by John KM4MCK to purchase an ID-5100 passed.

 

CLOSING COMMENT: Paul KC2LXV announced that HRO will offer twelve TYT MD 2017 DMR handhelds at the Orlando Hamcation for $159 each.

 

At 7:56 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Dwight W4IJY and seconded by Eric KF4UJO passed. The evenings Raffle of $61 was won by Duane K4LNN with $31 going into the Club Treasury.

These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of March 8, 2018 on a motion by Robert KM4FEP and seconded by Jesus KN4GYL.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

 

Thanks to John KM4MCK the meetings program was a live presentation presented by David Shoaf KG6IRW. After a career in the computer industry, David came back to his roots in RF with Elecraft where he manages International Distribution and Customer Support. Elecraft was founded in 1998 by Wayne Burdick (N6KR) and Eric Swartz (WA6HHQ). Elecraft is dedicated to hands-on ham radio, and offers unique, high-performance transceivers and accessories that are available both factory assembled and as kits that you can easily build yourself.

 

The program was dedicated to the history of Panadapters, and their use with today’s amateur radios. A Panadapter is a panoramic display that attaches to your first RF and gives you an opportunity to look at the whole band your rig is tuned to (Up to 3 Mhz). Tie that to some basic computerized rig control and we have a powerful tool that allows us to spot another station in real time, click on that station, and your transmitter will instantly tune to that frequency.

 

Dave was accompanied by Don Wilhem W3FPR who repairs early model Elecraft products. Both gentlemen will be manning the Elecraft Booth at the Orlando Hamcation this weekend. Please stop by and say hello!

                   - - - - 2017- - - -

                                  FINAL 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


These Minutes were accepted at the meeting of February 8, 2018 on a motion by Bob Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Paul Tom KE7GBO.


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 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