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May 2022 Meeting

MEETING ADDRESS: Dudley Historical House, 197 N. Ashwood Dr. Ventura CA 93003 and simulcast on Zoom.
ATTENDANCE: Twenty one attended the in-person meeting and three attended the Zoom simulcast.

CALL TO ORDER (AT 19:23):
President Robert KM6RSS welcomed everyone and held the flag salute. Afterwards, he asked for any member who brought a guest to introduce them. Keith W6KME introduced Zak N6PK, who is the ACS/ARES Area 2 emergency coordinator. Kurt McCullum KN6TKN, from Camarillo, introduced himself and said that he had heard our Monday Night Net and was interested in our club. Janet Lawson Esq. KN6HPJ introduced herself and had heard about our club. Jan later joined the club that night and is now a full member.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
At the May 8th board meeting, Burt KA6BJA was appointed to fill Steve Noll WA6EJO’s board position.

The next Board Meeting (on Zoom) is June 5th; everyone is invited to attend using the credentials on our calendars.
CVARC is holding a Ham radio licensing test at East Valley Sheriff's Station on April 10th.

Picnic: May 7th at the Dudley House.

The club’s next meeting date is June 10th. Tentatively scheduled is Clement Alberts KM6OKZ and/or Denney N6HV, our Field Day Committee members, who will lead our ”K6MEP Field Day Final Preparation Activities”. Field Day is June 24 (setup) 25, and 26 (takedown after 11am).

Thanks was given to all those who brought refreshments for tonight’s meeting (Linda, Ben K6QV and others).

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
K6MEP Monday Night Contest: Robert KM6RSS reported the status as of week 19; 299 check-ins with 36 visitors and a 15.74 average. He asked for volunteers as net control operators for 5/16 and 5/30. No one signed the volunteer log.

Budget Committee: John W6JPG, Dave AI6VX, and Mark KD6ASL (absent) have held their first budgeting meeting and are developing a process for board and club approval.

Goals Committee: Denney N6HV presented the status of the club’s inventory and work party date prior to swap meet at K6OIL in Santa Maria. He stated that he wouldn’t be going to the TRW swap meet on May 28th but Dave and Robert will join a work party at his house on May 21 to inventory and pack equipment for the TRW swap. Pedro K6MIL (absent) has said that he would drive his SUV and trailer to the swap and would be joined by other members to help obtain donations for the equipment.

Health and Safety: Mark KI6PTE wasn’t in attendance but provided the first aid kit; there were no issues.

Youth Outreach: Tim KN6JGB wasn’t in attendance.

Picnic: Highlights of the club’s May 7th picnic (about 30 members and guests, thanks to committee chairman Mark KD6ASL, Mark Ortega KI6YLH and others).

Meeting Venue: Pedro K6MIL, wasn’t in attendance. Update; no Boys & Girls Club, maybe Oxnard or Camarillo airport; no kitchen. Jan KN6HPJ offered to look into the Ventura Yacht Club.

ARRL Liaison (Dave AI6VX): Dave discussed his being listed on the ARRL web site and will obtain flyers for Field Day.

ACS/ARES Liaison (Burt KA6BJA) [Mountains to Beach]: Burt discussed needing more volunteers.

Club Committees: The club needs the following committees to assist with club business and would like volunteers for Membership, Monday Night Net and DecemberFest selection (December 9th)

NEW BUSINESS:
Bob Brodie KJ6AAE needs Tim’s contact information (provided after the meeting).

Break for socialization and set-up (15 minutes)

PRESENTATION (started at approximately 20:30):
Denney N6HV discussed “Current K6MEP Field Day Preparation Activities” and provided a list of band and times for members to select. He showed several photos from the 2021 Field Day. Several questions were asked by members and Denney received a round of applause.

Richard WB6AEW presented a six minute YouTube video about amateur radio’s contribution to the “LAPRACC’S Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay” and included his activities and participation at the “one mile out” spotter position. Several questions were asked by members and Richard received a round of applause.

ADJOURNMENT:
Denney made the motion to adjourn with Richard seconding. There was a unanimous vote and the meeting adjourned at 21:07. Everyone was invited to go to Toppers afterwards.

April 2022 Meeting

MEETING ADDRESS: Dudley Historical House, 197 N. Ashwood Dr. Ventura CA 93003 and on Zoom.
ATTENDANCE: We had 23 attending in person with one more on Zoom for a total of 24.

CALL TO ORDER (AT 19:00):
President Robert KM6RSS welcomed everyone and Mark S. presented the Flag salute. Afterwards, Robert asked for any member who brought a guest to introduce them. Bob Brodie introduced Rich Deamer, who lives on Via Celito in Ventura.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Bruce Schubert KM6ZJK has passed away. He had been a member of our club since June of 2019. His intellect and kindness will be missed. A celebration of Bruce's life will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 19th at Coastline Bible Church, 426 S. Mills Rd, Ventura CA. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program.
H&S: We used two air filtration systems (thanks to Pedro K6MIL).
CVARC is holding a Ham radio licensing test at East Valley Sheriff's Station on April 10th.
Picnic: May 7th at the Dudley House.
Board Meeting: May 8th.
Next General Membership Meeting: The club's next meeting date May 13th .Tentatively scheduled is Clement Alberts KM6OKZ, our program chairperson, who will lead our ”K6MEP Field Day Preparation Activities”. Field Day is June 24 (setup) 25, and 26 (takedown after 11am).
Calendar: See groups.io or K6MEP for an updated Calendar.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
K6MEP Monday Night Contest: Robert provided the status of the new K6MEP Monday Night Contest 14 weeks, 219 check-ins with 24 visitors and a 15.64 average.
Club's Inventory: Denney N6HV stated sales at TRW of the club's inventory; $350 made on 10+ items.
Health and Safety: Mark Vodon KI6PTE thanked Pedro for bringing the air cleaners.
Youth Outreach: Tim KN6JGB updated the club on our youth outreach. Science fair is virtual.
Picnic: Mark KD6ASL discussed the club's May 7th picnic at the Dudley House.
Meeting Venue (Pedro K6MIL): Pedro provided an update on the search; waiting on Boys & Girls club.
ARRL Liaison (Dave AI6VX): Dave discussed contacting John Kitchens NS6X, SB section manager.
ACS/ARES Liaison (Burt KA6BJA) [Mountains to Beach]: Burt discussed his role and Mountains to Beach.
Club Committees: The club needs the following committees to assist with club business and would like volunteers for Membership, Monday Night Net and DecemberFest selection (December 9th)

NEW BUSINESS:
Denney suggested a contest for creating a new club membership card. He will send a message in groups.io.
Bob Brodie mentioned a repeater at Rich Deamer’s house that is using the old Area 6 frequency.

Break for socialization and set-up (20 minutes)

PRESENTATION:
The speaker was Pedro Morillas K6MIL who presented “Testing, Results and Opinions regarding the 2M/440+ 'CompacCounterpoise' antenna by Dr. Jack Nilsson, Inventor - Antennas, EM & Energy COMPACtenna.com”. Many questions were asked and Pedro was thanked. His presentation is posted on the K6MEP.org website.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mark motioned and Bob seconded to adjourn the meeting at 20:30. The vote was almost unanimous (W6JPG may have been slow raising his hand).

March 2022 Meeting

MEETING ADDRESS: Dudley Historical House, 197 N. Ashwood Dr. Ventura CA 93003 and on Zoom
ATTENDANCE: We had 21 attending with two more on Zoom for a total of 23

CALL TO ORDER (AT 19:31) after our social half-hour with refreshments for all

President Robert KM6RSS welcomed everyone and after the flag salute asked for everyone to introduce themselves. Two members, Pedro K6MIL and Stewart KG6BOV, attended via Zoom. Orv W6BI attended as a visitor earlier but had to leave before the meeting started.

John Albin KN6LOV was introduced as our newest member; he enjoys horses as does Dave AI6VX.
Clint Davis AJ6VR stated that he would join during the break and became our 50th member.
George Christianson NJ2P mentioned that his granddaughter is a Pebble Pup and had just created a display for the Ventura Gem and Mineral Society’s show on March 6 & 7.
Mark AE6GD was successful with EME with a 9’ diameter dish, Q65 WSJT at 1276 MHz; has several QSL cards.
Keith W6KME mentioned the micro Field Day March 20th 11-3 at Rancho Portrero West Entrance. He will post details in our groups.io. He is also looking for net controllers for the Bored net.
CVARC is planning on having the FCC licensing test on April 10th at the East Valley Sheriff’s Station; the details will be posted in our groups.io messages.
Paul Strauss WD6EBY and a work party added a new link to the Red Mountain repeater; more details to follow soon.
Mark KI6PTE, with assistance from Tim KN6JGB, tested out a positive ventilation system tonight for our member’s Health & Safety.

Officer Reports:
Secretary Phil WA6BUZ read the minutes of the board meeting held on Sunday March 6th, 2022 and the minutes of the general membership meeting held on February 11th.
Treasurer John W6JPG provided the status of the club’s accounts, including the sales at the TRW swap of the club donated equipment.

Committee Reports:
Robert provided the status of the new K6MEP Monday Night Contest 10 weeks, 157 check-ins with 19 visitors and a 15.7 average.
Denney N6HV presented the status of the club’s inventory; he is very busy but will be working on developing photos and adding to the club’s inventory from the four car loads of donations from Christopher’s relative.
Mark Vodon KI6PTE provided information about the new safety equipment kit and had it available for review.
We are testing out a positive ventilation system tonight for our H&S. Overall, most members felt good that it was there. However, as the night progressed and outside temperatures lowered, several members had to put on jackets and make hot drinks to keep warm. The noise level of the fan was considered acceptable.

Presentation
Robert introduced tonight’s speaker: Burt Auerbach KA6BJA, who presented “Using Winlink for Creating and Mapping Situation Reports”. After the question period was over, everyone applauded and thanked Burt. His presentation will be posted on the K6MEP.org website.

Amended Bylaws Vote
We conducted the club vote on accepting the amended bylaws. The vote total was 16 in the room plus two on Zoom that approved for a total of 18. One member left before the vote and another voted no. The 18 total was more than the 2/3 majority needed to confirm the amended bylaws and they will be certified by the board and posted on our K6MEP.org website, as well as retained in the club records by our secretary.

New Business:
Denney mentioned using Zoom for Field Day 2022 planning.
Keith W6KME mentioned the Bored net, Saturday Morning net and the need for net control operators and the micro field day.
The use of the fan was discussed, 4 members felt cold, 9 said that they appreciated the positive ventilation and Lloyd KE6BBP mentioned a smell and asked about the overhead vents; they are for heating but the thermostat isn’t connected.

Announcements:
Calendar: See groups.io or K6MEP for an updated Calendar.
Robert reminded everyone about the club’s next meeting date April 8th where Pedro Morillas K6MIL is scheduled to present “Testing, Results and Opinions regarding the 2M/440+ ‘CompacCounterpoise’ antenna by Dr. Jack Nilsson, Inventor - Antennas, EM & Energy COMPACtenna.com”.

Adjournment:
A motion to adjourn and a second was requested and received. All were in favor and the meeting was adjourned at 21:29.

Everyone was invited to join us at Toppers for a slice (or two) of pizza and a drink.

Picnic September 2021

Picnic September 2021

The September 11th 2021 K6MEP Fall Picnic was held at the beautiful Dudley House 11AM to 3PM (15:00) with excellent weather. Seventeen members and their guests attended and enjoyed BBQ ribs and chicken, soft drinks, potato and other salads, chips and dip and desserts (including brownies). Many attendees brought main and side dishes and there was more than enough for everyone. Everyone recognized the terrorist attack on the United States, which ended the lives and affected so many families and loved ones of so many occurred on this date twenty years ago. However, ham radio and other lighter subjects were also discussed and Denney N6HV, our club photographer and inventory guru, took many photos of the fun times. Thanks to those who arrived at the beginning of the picnic and helped carry the tables and chairs up to the patio, as well as set up the food and drinks. By the time 15:00 rolled around, there were a few of us left who cleaned up, moved the tables and chairs back into the basement, and made everything ship-shape for the next group to enjoy the Dudley House’s conveniences. Thanks to all who brought food, camaraderie, and great stories to the picnic.

Dudley House

Meetings

We hold our meetings at The Dudley House, located at 197 N Ashwood Ave, Ventura, CA 93003. You can find us in the basement meeting room at 19:00. All are welcome to attend!

After the meeting, some members meet up at Toppers Pizza to socialize. Feel free to join us.