The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. at Nicoma Park First Baptist Church. We gave the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.
Members identified themselves for the benefit of new members and guests. Also a sign-in sheet was passed around. We easily met the quorum to do business, with 16 members present including three CARC officers. We welcomed two guests, Fred Dana, KD7HSP, and Robert Templeton, KD5ZLF.
Sick report--Kay is going to Health South OKC. Updates will be sent by Chuck Kanach by e-mail.
- Secretary's report--At today's meeting, one amendment was made to the minutes of the 16 February business meeting: At the February meeting, Bill Crossland made a motion which was seconded by Walt Diehl, to pay Bill Tarkington a token sum of $75 for his gift of a used Kenwood 241 transceiver to the Choctaw Fire Chief when the chief earns his amateur radio license. The motion carried. With this amendment, the minutes of the 16 February business meeting were approved.
- CORA Report--The CORA Report was given by Chuck Kanach. Details will be on the CORA web site. There is a link to that site on our club web site, www.k5car.org.
- Treasurer's Report--The Treasurer's Report was given by Larry Brewer and was accepted. Our bank account is in good shape.
- Technical Report--The Technical Report was given by Ron Earnest. Our repeater is still in good shape and there are no further complaints about interference.
- Storm shelter GPS location report--
We still have Nicoma Park to finish. Jones is continuing to make a list of those who want locations recorded and is considering what GPS receivers to buy. We would like to have Choctaw, Nicoma Park, and Jones get compatible or even duplicate equipment.
- Old tower sale--There have been no takers for the last section of tower. This reporting item is closed.
- Club Emergency Transceiver--The cross-band capable VHF/UHF transceiver, a Yaesu FT-8800R, has been bought and has been given a trial by Chuck Kanach. It still needs some accessories and a box to mount it in so that it will be easy to deploy. Ron Earnest took the transceiver today. Eventually it will be loaned to all members who need to learn how to use it. One way to test it is to set your UHF HT and the UHF side of the Yaesu on 445.125, simplex, and set the VHF output side of the Yaesu for our repeater (146.09, +600, PL 141.3). Pause for the repeater squelch tail to quit after a transmission from the repeater is received. All members are welcome to submit ideas and designs for the antenna(s) and box.
- Committee to simplify collecting membership dues--
A committee has been formed with members Chuck Kanach, Walt Diehl, Rich Edwards, and Larry Brewer (non-voting because he is our treasurer), to consider moving our dues renewal month to October instead of December. This would allow our treasurer to enjoy the Christmas Dinner instead of collecting dues.
- Technical meeting program--On the first Thursday of April, which is April 1, Chuck Kanach will demonstrate use of our new Yaesu FT-8800R transceiver that was bought for emergency or disaster support use. It is cross-band capable at VHF/UHF.
- Social meetings--Saturday coffee--The first-Saturday 9 a.m. coffee is still on. We will decide at the first-Thursday technical meeting where to meet.
Miscellaneous-- Bill Crossland is a mentor for the ARRL Emergency Communications Course.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:51 p.m.
Bill Williams, Secretary