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 09/12/19


President Phil W2AR opened the meeting at 1930 hours with Eric KF4UJO 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 (August) were approved on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded Dr. Bob KK4KT.

 

CORRESPONDANCE: None / ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.  

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mark W4POZ presented the Treasurer’s Report for the month of August. On a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by John KK4CHL, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and is attached to these minutes along with the Monthly Bank Statement. Current account balance is $5093.08. 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: Bud WA4ASJ handed out Certificates of Commendation to those who responded to the Dorian Hurricane Activation manning the IRCEOC, IRC Cleveland Clinic Hospital, six emergency shelters, the Humane Society, and an HF station to maintain communications with the State EOC in Tallahassee. The Certificates were professionally created and printed by Paul KC2LXV. The EOC was Partially Activated on Friday, August 30th and went to Full Activation on Monday September 2nd. ARES Volunteers were released on August 4th with everyone released NLT 1230 hours. 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.

 

VE REPORT: Bud WA4ASJ reported the following -

 

`August 15, 2019 – Scheduled VE Session – Three Technician, Two General, and One Extra 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 12th in Martin County. You MUST pre-register at https://www.weather.gov/media/mlb/skywarnclasses.pdf to attend. Directions to the facility are available on the website. The Treasure Coast SKYWARN Net was activated during Hurricane Dorian.

 

QRP EVENT: A QRP Event is scheduled for Saturday, September 21st. Jim KM4UFN will be sending out an e-mail blast on the event with location and directions.

 

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. A motion by John KK4CHL and seconded by Dr. Bob for the Club to fund two cases of water for the event passed.

 

Tunnel to Towers

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

A message will be sent out on the 146.640 repeater if weather cancels the event. 

 

Centennial Parade “Through the Ages” at Vero Beach

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

A Golf Cart Shuttle is being organized from the “Money Pit” for those who need off route parking.

 

Turkey Trot – Trot Against Poverty

Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) / November 28, 2019

7:30-10:00 AM

 

PIO REPORT: Paul KC2LXV had the following information:

 

A signup sheet for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Program at Publix on Miracle Mile was circulated. 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 the last Saturday to individuals who would like to volunteer.

 

The Melbourne Hamfest info is available at http://pcars.org/hamfest/2019/index.htm.

The Palms West Hamfest and Flea Market info is available at http://www.palmswestradio.org/hamfest/.

 

CERT REPORT: None.

 

DIGITAL UNIVERSITY: Craig K4CPJ reminded everyone that DU will be the first Saturday of every month until June at the Salvation Army on 27th Ave across from the Skate Factory in Vero Beach beginning at 9 AM.

 

ELMER REPORT: Our Elmer Jim W2JKD reports all is going well and related a story about a new young Ham who recently made his first HF contact. New licensees are encouraged to contact Jim if help is needed getting on the air.

 

FIELD DAY 2019: FD Coordinator Eric KF4UJO will announce the final numbers at our October meeting.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT:  Dwight W4IJY spoke to the recent passing of Larry Price W4RA, a past ARRL and IARU President-Emeritus. Dwight saw him on several occasions and was always impressed with his visit. This link will reference his recent passing and his service to the ARRL: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-and-iaru-president-emeritus-larry-price-w4ra-sk.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

VBARC “TRAINING FACILITY” / REMOTE STATION PROJECT: John KM4MCK will have an update after the next meeting with IR County officials.

 

RETURN OF PICNIC FUNDS:  PIO Paul KC2LXV returned to the Treasury the $130 previously voted for a Club Picnic.

 

SK EQUIPMENT LIST: The inventory and pricing list from the Estate of John Conefrey W4IVW will be e-mailed to Club Members. Richard AB4AZ announced that items not sold will be taken to the Melbourne Hamfest.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

SIX METER ANTENNA: Craig K4CPJ passed the hat to raise additional funds to put the 6M Repeater back in service. An additional $345.00 plus another $45.00 from the Raffle have been added to the $700.00 currently held in reserve.

 

TECHNICIAN CLASS DATE: PIO Paul KC2LXV has thirteen signed up for the next class. He suggested the weekend of November 9th and 10th which passed on a motion by Eric KF4UJO, seconded by Robert KM4FEP. A second motion by Dave K4BKM and seconded by John KM4MCK authorized the purchase of 25 Tech License Books.

 

PROPOSED BYLAWS CHANGE: Paul KC2LXV asked the Club to “entertain a motion that the status of the Public Information Officer be changed from appointed to elected officer”. The motion was supported by Paul KC2LXV and seconded by Bob KM4FEP. After a brief discussion, the second was rescinded, and Paul withdrew his motion.

 

ANTENNA HEIGHTS: Jan KK4GGJ stumbled upon the local codes recently regarding the maximum tower heights in the area. See Jan for the details.

 

At 8:37 PM the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Mark W4POZ and seconded by John KM4MCK passed. The evenings Raffle of $90 was won by Dave KG4ORQ with his half of the proceeds donated to the Six-Meter Project.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

Gary L. Webster – N1PZB – Secretary

Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

FINAL IMinutes for the VBARC Meeting of 08/08/2019

 

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


These minutes were accepted at the meeting of September 12, 2019, on a motion by Richard AB4AZ and seconded by Dr. Bob KK4KT.

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!