3M ARC November 2000 Meeting Minutes
The monthly meeting of the 3MARC was held November 9, 2000 at Mr. Gatti’s restaurant on Hwy 620. There were 6 members in attendance. Since there were no meetings in September or October, the treasure’s reports were submitted and accepted for September, October and November.
Field day results. 3MARC won the 6E contest classification for the ARRL field day. Thanks to Tom Nevue for all his work in organizing and running this event.
3M Half Marathon.
The 3M half marathon will be on the first Sunday in February (4th).
Dan Cronch has agreed to coordinate the event this year.
Dwight Baldwin will send out information regarding positions, net control
and etc. over the next few months. The call is out for volunteers, and anyone
willing to volunteer should contact Dan Cronch.
The phone patch on the 2 meter repeater is currently not working. The equipment manufacturer has gone out of business, so the unit will have to be repaired in house. When the problem has been isolated, the repeater will have to be shut down for a period of time to disassemble and replace components. No date has been set for the shut down.
The main HF rig has been set up to run slow scan TV continuously. The rig sends a beacon photo every hour and also receives any photos that are transmitted. These photo’s can be viewed from your work computers. Anyone wanting to use the radio is welcome to change the settings, but please reset radio to the slow scan frequency when done. There is a manual available or contact John Benedict with questions or problems
The TM 3530A (220Mhz transceiver) has been sold for the second time. The first bidder on E-Bay did not work out, so the second place bidder was contacted and bought the unit for $280. The first bid was $285.
The club currently has 9 overhead projectors, that were donated by Visual Systems Division. These will be sold on E-Bay auction and the proceeds will go into the clubs general fund.
There is 1 copy of Ham University remaining for sale. If any club members know anyone interested in becoming a ham, the Ham University program can be purchased for $20. Contact Dwight Baldwin or any club officer.
The 3MARC Wednesday night world wide net needs volunteers to keep the net operating and escort visitors to the radio room. Bob Harris has been the main operator for a long time and will not be able to operate as much in the future. Volunteers are needed now.
The highway cleanup was cancelled on November 3rd due to rain. New cleanup date is November 11th. The club officers did a straw vote regarding highway clean up for year 2001. Results of the straw vote were unanimously in favor of continuing this project. Based on the straw vote, a motion was made and passed to do the highway clean up in 2001.
The money raised from the highway cleanup is used for various club purchases. The latest purchases included the following books:
Stealth Amateur Radio
Travel Plus CD for Repeaters
These books are available in the radio room to club members. In addition to the books, part of the money is used to buy door prizes for the Christmas party. Note: at the meeting Dan Cronch donated an Extra Class study guide for the library. This is available to anyone wanting to upgrade their license.
Election of 2001 3MARC club officers. Dan Cronch has agreed to run for president and Debbie Ward will run for secretary for the year 2001. The slate of candidates is:
The ballot will be prepared and sent out next week. The results will be announced at the Christmas party.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:25PM.