County Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
February 17th, 2004
The February 2004 meeting
of the Branch County Amateur Radio Club was held in the Training Room
of the Branch County 911 Center with 27 members and guests in
Club President, Larry
Camp, WB8R called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. sharp.
The meeting began with the
Pledge of Allegiance, followed by introductions of all present.
Bill Kubiac, KB8VWI, gave
the Financial Report. The starting balance at the beginning of the
January meeting was $215.08 with debits of $4.22 and additions of
$138.00 for a new balance of $348.86. The report was accepted as
Jim Voss, W8SST, Emergency
Coordinator, gave the EC/ARES/RACES report.
Jim reminded us that
spring is just around the corner and with that to be thinking about
the upcoming storm season, which comes along with it.
forms are available. See Jim if you are interested.
A Damage Assessment course
is a requirement to be certified and Jim is expecting to receive word
shortly on the date of training.
There will be Skywarn
training March 6th in Angola. Jim has forms which need to
filled out and sent to the State of Indiana for this no cost
Jim would like to get
everyone standardized concerning their radio power connectors so that
all/most radios and power sources will be interchangeable. It appears
that we are going to go with Anderson Power Pole 30 amp connectors.
These connectors are now the standard in about 38 states.
It was decided that the
Club would purchase 100 sets, which will be made available to the
Club at a low price in the hopes of mass conversion.
Arnie Hayward, NS8T,
presented the repeater report. Arnie reports that the repeater is
still working very well. Since it was put on line last October, Arnie
has not had to make a single visit to kick the tires.
Arnie reports that the
Tuesday night Net has been going strong. Since the first of the year
we have had 82 check-ins with 3 hours and 52 minutes of air time.
A copy of the January
meeting minutes was made available to those present and a subsequent
motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes as published. The
motion was carried. The minutes are also available on the Club’s
website at www.qsl.net/wd8kaf.
Our Club’s VE Examiners
will be holding a testing session on March 6th. This
session is mainly for the students currently taking classes but is
open to all walk-ins and all license classes.
Steve Williams, N8CTI has
volunteered to head up this year’s raffle. The prize will be $500
cash so as to allow hams and non-hams to participate. Tickets are
available from Steve in packets of 10 and club members are asked and
expected to sell at least 10 tickets each. The drawing will be held
at the regular Club meeting on May 18th at 8 pm.
An advisory committee has
been formed consisting of Mike Murray, Randy Kruger and all Club
officials to study the matter of the Club dues. The issue concerns
whether to raise the dues and how much to raise them if that is the
The Club will have a table
at the Marshall Hamfest where tickets will also be available. We will
be looking for volunteers to man the raffle table.
Program surveys were
passed out so that attendees could rate the previous year’s meeting
programs. This will help in scheduling future programs, which hold
the most interest to the Club Members at large.
Matt, N8JWC informed the
attendees that a popular weather program on the Internet called
WEATHERBUG is actually a spyware program and suggested WEATHERWATCHER
as an alternative.
We’ve been informed that
the ARRL has added the new character to the CW alphabet. The @ sign,
most commonly used in email addresses has been added to the list of
Morse characters. It will forever be known as AC sent as one
character (Di Dah Dah Di Dah Dit).
Slade, WD8MGF has acquired a vintage Kenwood 820 transceiver and has
successfully tuned it up, resulting in output that meets the
manufacturer’s specifications. The next task is to get his tower up
and his HF antennas in place.
Tom Twite has been working
some South American stations.
– NEW CALLS – NEW HAMS:
Roberts, KC8YYH from Litchfield is sporting his new call.
Congratulations to Jeff.
A call was made to end the
meeting. The motion was made, seconded, passed and this meeting was
put in the history books.
Following the meeting, the
50/50 drawing was held. The pot contained $26 and was won by Steve
Williams. Steve donated $5 of his winnings to the Club, making our
Also raffled off were two
tickets to the Marshall Hamfest and two repeater directories, which
were generously donated by Carl, K9LA from Ft. Wayne.
Our guest speaker was Dale
Williams, WA8EFK. Dale is our ARRL Section Manager and hails from
Bill Kubiac, KB8VWI