k6MEP / VCARC

Ventura County Amateur Radio Club

About Us

Our call sign is K6MEP. We invite anyone who is interested in amateur radio to explore our website or attend one of our meetings.

We meet on the second Friday of every month, except in December. Our meetings are held at The Dudley House. Our meeting begins at 19:00. During the general meeting we discuss club activities and have a social and refreshment break before our presentation. After the meeting is adjourned, some members go to Toppers Pizza to socialize. Come by, join us, and share your ham radio interests.

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June 2022 Meeting

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (19:00)

MEETING ADDRESS: Dudley Historical House, 197 N. Ashwood Dr. Ventura CA 93003 and simulcast on Zoom.

ATTENDANCE: Sixteen attended the in-person meeting and five attended the Zoom simulcast. Officers attending were Treasurer John W6JPG and board member Dave AI6VX, who led the meeting. Not attending were Vice President Clem KM6OKZ, Secretary Phil WA6BUZ and board members Mark Swaney KD6ASL and Burt KA6BJA. On Zoom were President Robert KM6RSS, Pedro K6MIL, Stewart KG6BOV, Ben K6QV and Yoshio KE6ACH.

CALL TO ORDER (AT 19:10):
Dave AI6VX, representing President Robert KM6RSS (joined via Zoom), welcomed everyone and held the Flag salute.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Field Day is June 24 (setup) 25, and 26 (takedown after 11am).

The next Board Meeting (on Zoom) is July 3rd; everyone is invited to attend with credentials on our calendars.

Everyone is reminded about the club's next meeting date July 8th. Tentatively scheduled is Denney N6HV, our Field Day Committee member, who will discuss our "K6MEP Field Day Results".

Thanks to all those who brought refreshments for tonight’s meeting. Linda sent a box of snacks but was unable to attend due to Robert’s health issue.

Calendar: See groups.io or K6MEP.org for an updated Calendar.

COMMITTEE REPORTS (from the June 5th board meeting):
K6MEP Monday Night Contest: Robert KM6RSS announced the K6MEP Monday Night Contest status as of week 23; 376 check-ins with 56 visitors and a 16.35 average. Please volunteer as net control operator June 20th. Keith W6KME volunteered to take the 27th.

Budget Committee (John W6JPG, Mark KD6ASL, and Dave AI6VX): Dave mentioned that a basic budget has been developed and will be ready to discuss at the next board meeting in July.

Club's Inventory: Robert presented the status of the club's inventory as per Denney's email to the board last Sunday.

Health and Safety: Mark KI6PTE brought the first aid kit.

Youth Outreach: Tim KN6JGB discussed in detail the August 20 and 21 Wings over Camarillo STEM booth and distributed a trifold brochure for the member's review. He will continue to stay in communication with CVARC, PVARC, VCARS, and Simi Valley Settlers as well as make name and spelling changes to the brochure.

Picnic: September 3rd is the date of our Fall picnic at the Dudley House. Please look for more details on our groups.io page.

ACS/ARES Liaison: Burt KA6BJA won't be attending but had a very successful Mountain to Beach Marathon as lead emergency communications coordinator with over 45 ham radio volunteers participating. Dave spoke about his aid station Charlie and Chris W6AH who partnered with him. Robert spoke briefly about Burt's role as emergency communications coordinator to the race management team.

Club Committees: The club continues to need the following committees to assist with club business and would like volunteers: Membership, Monday Night Net, DecemberFest selection (December 9th). Thanks to Jan KN6HPJ and Phil looking into availability at Ventura Yacht Club (date unavailable) and El Tecolote in Camarillo, respectively.

NEW BUSINESS:
Bob Byl KD6UDA spoke about Steve Herleikson's WA6ESX passing and circulated a sympathy card for his wife Rebecca and family.

Break for socialization and set-up (at 19:55)

PRESENTATION (started at approximately 20:10):
Dave discussed "Final K6MEP Field Day Preparation Activities" and reviewed Denney's email to the board last Sunday.

Dave asked for any member who brought a guest to introduce them. Kurt KN6TKN was recognized as our newest member and John gave him his club badge.

ADJOURNMENT:
The meeting adjourned at 20:49. Everyone was invited to Toppers for continued ham radio discussions.

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