Choctaw Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting Minutes, August
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 America.
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, he said.
Sick report: Nothing to report.
Secretary's report: Minutes of the July 19th meeting
were read by the secretary. A motion to accept was made by 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 treasury is still in good
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 about 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 a 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
step will 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 his time.
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 our 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 Edwards.
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
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.