Wow! What a meeting.
First, welcome our newest member, Melissa, WH6CE.
You will recall from the last meeting that there were no nominations for the offices of President and Vice President. This is a grave (no pun folks) situation as the club can not continue without officers. Both of the current office holders were agreeable to serving another term, but both were unable due to very heavy loads on their time. Since the last meeting they have had long and serious discussions on this matter. Both agreed that if business meetings were held every other month they would be able to keep up with it. Actually, the business of the club can easily be accomplished in six meetings a year. You can see where this is going. Bill, N3WD, presented a very carefully though-out series of motions, including one proposed change to the by-laws, to accomplish just that. Henceforth, business meetings will be held in the odd numbered months. This does not mean that we can not have meetings in the even numbered months. But more about that later. Having cleared the obstacles, elections were held and the officers for 2007 are:
|Vice President||Bill Dobson||N3WD|
|Member at Large||Mike Garber||N3KTX|
Congratulations to the newly elected officers. Thank you, thank you very much, for giving so much of your time when so little is available.
Now, what about those even numbered months? The newly elected officers immediately formed the Activities Committee and appointed Charlie, W3CQB, your faithful scribe, as chairman. How could I say no after all that had just transpired. One of the jobs of this committee is to arrange programs for these meetings. No business, just Ham Radio. This could be speakers, demonstrations, tech talks, tours, or whatever interests us. Interest is the important part of this. I confess that presently I have no ideas. But I have until February to come up with something. What would interest you? If you have a good idea, we will figure how to make it work. Ideas are enthusiastically solicited.
And on to more mundane items. The Baltimore Amateur Radio Club (BARC) has inquired about our interest in manning one of the gates at this year's Greater Baltimore Hamboree and Computerfest (uhhhh, that is the BARC Hamfest). The sentiment of the membership was that we would be interested in a arrangement similar to last year. We will let them know one way or the other after seeing the contract. It also looks like BARC will not be joining us for Field Day this year. Our plans are to operate one transmitter from the carnival grounds.
With the business out of the way, we talked Ham Radio for a while. We also consumed an large quantity of cookies. We had a good discussion about the huge geomagnetic storm currently in progress. 10 and 6 meters have been outstanding. Mostly sporadic E and aurora propagation. There have been many contacts from the Midwest to Alaska - go figure. The visible aurora has been reported as far South as Illinois - and probably farther. Highly unusual for the low point in the solar cycle.
See you at the January Party. That is a business meeting! We will let our new officers figure out how to pull that one off. The rest of us will just eat and make merry.
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