Choctaw Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting Minutes,
August 16, 2004
CALL TO ORDER: The call to order was at 7 p.m.
in the Oak Room of the Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center and was
followed by our Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of
OPENING COMMENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT: President
C. Weilbrenner reminded us of the OCAPA 5 wpm CW course to begin 13 September
on 224.880 MHz with link to 145.330, and to call WA5U at 405-670-9365 for
any details needed.
ROLL CALL and SIGN-IN: Ten members were present
including three club officers and we had two guests, Burl Arbogast and Michael
Pearson. Burl joined our club later in the meeting. We may get
some help with our web page posting from Michael Pearson after he joins,
Nothing to report.
Secretary's report: Minutes of the
July 19th meeting were read by the secretary. A motion to accept was
Richard Edwards and seconded by O. J. Watkins.
Treasurer's report: This report was
read by the treasurer and made part of the secretary's records. The
still in good shape.
CORA report--Don McDown reporting: Chuck Kanach
will be out of town at the time of the next Ham Holiday, so he
can't be president. Dave Duskin
is the new president. A new constitution
was voted in. The CORA web page
has now been placed with a faster
Internet host. The vendors seemed
happy about July's Ham Holiday.
Expenses for Ham Holiday were met and a profit of $3,000 was declared.
Attendance was slightly lower than last year but tickets sold exceeded last
year by about 100.
Technical report: Ron Earnest
said there has been no change in the repeater status. We had a discussion
adding an announcement on the repeater about club meetings, but it
was not decided because
of concern about interference with EchoLink.
NEXT TECHNICAL MEETING: The first Thursday in September
technical meeting will be used to plan for Amateur Radio Awareness Week.
Mike Kimbro will talk to us at the October meeting about Graphical Information
Global Mapper (a Global Information Systems package that he uses at work).
1. The Memorandum of Understanding with the city of Choctaw
has been available for reading on our web site for few
weeks. The next step is to provide a copy to the
Fire Chief and other city officials, and if it is approved the final
stepwill be the addition of signatures
of our club president and the city officials.
2. There are six QRZ 2003-2004 CD's left to sell.
Any help is appreciated.
3. Bill Crossland now has a recall chart or list for emergency
response. If you want to be added to it, let him know at
390-1514. We had a discussion about forming an emergency
response team, first as a club project, then later to
have it merged into ARRL's Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
4. The emergency exercise that the Choctaw Fire Chief
had planned to ask us to help with was dropped because
another exercise took priority over
1. Mike McFarland has offered to buy the last section
of our old tower. We approved, but no vote was needed
because we voted
to sell it last year.
2. Preliminary plans to show how amateur radio can help
the community in emergencies were discussed. We
decided to set up
a station in a public place, probably Choctaw Plaza, September 11.
It will probably run from 9 a.m. until
dark. The Office of Homeland Security has exhibit material available.
President C. will try to locate a
club banner. Members enthusiastically suggested many subjects that
could be exhibited, such as weather
spotting, GPS mapping of storm shelters,
health and welfare traffic, and satellite communications. A planning
committee was set
up consisting of C. Weilbrenner, Bill Crossland, Don McDown, and Richard
3. Mike Kimbro volunteered to be the net control station
at our business meetings, using a 5-watt HT and power
supply running on
the already installed outside antenna that has a lead-in in the Oak Room.
MISCELLANEOUS: O. J. Watkins said he still has
a lot of amateur TV equipment for UHF that he has not used for a while in
case anyone is interested in learning something about that. He does
not have the antennas now. He said there is a repeater in Tulsa that
you can hit with 50 watts to a beam antenna. Also, that KA5EOS repeater
in Guthrie on 147.105 is one of three that used to be for TV. The others
were 70 cm and 1.2 GHz. Ask O. J. if you are curious.
CLOSE: At 8:30 p.m. O. J. made a motion for adjournment and it was
seconded by Mike Kimbro. We voted to do so.