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Choctaw Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting Minutes, October 18th, 2004

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:07 p.m. in the Oak Room at Eastern Oklahoma Technology Center.

Four officers, 12 other members, and one guest Amy Angles, attended. Of these attendees, fifteen are ARRL members.

Mike Kimbro was net control station on our 2-meter repeater. Remember, if you can't attend a business meeting but could monitor it on the radio, call in during the meeting and Mike will let you know what is going on.

President C. Weilbrenner announced that after a survey it has been decided that our Christmas Party will be at 5 p.m. December 18 at Spencer's Barbecue at 23rd Street and Post Road.

Sick report: O. J. Watkins has been released by the doctor.

Secretary's report: The minutes of the 20 September business meeting were read by the secretary. A motion to accept was made by Bill Tarkington, was seconded, and passed.

Treasurer's report: Larry Brewer read the treasurer's report and gave a copy to the secretary to file with the minutes.

CORA report: CORA is not meeting at this time of year.

Technical report: Ron Earnest reported that the repeater power supply has been delivered to Don Clark at the repeater site.

Next month's technical meeting: Mike Kimbro will speak on a mapping system he uses.

Old business: Randy Glenn will host a technical and information net on our 2-meter repeater sometime soon. He first wants to know what we want to do with it. We decided to hold it on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

New business:
1. Remember to bring donations to the Mid-Del Food Pantry when you come to the Christmas party. They want paper goods such as toilet paper and brown paper bags, sugar, and canned goods.
2. We ask again for members to help update our club equipment inventory. If you have any of the club owned equipment or know where some is, tell Dave Edger. Larry Brewer said he has the old TexNet equipment, mostly Motorola and GE brands.
3. We discussed whether to add UHF to our repeater site. Our present controller would handle it. Tulsa would like to link their Super System to Oklahoma City, so this might be a chance to link to that network.

Emergency coordinator report:
Bill Crossland was pleased with the surprise emergency recall exercise which he initiated recently. There were seven check-ins within five minutes. That is one-half of the total 14 on the list.

Miscellaneous: Richard Edwards read us a poem that he wrote about a DX contact in his early ham career. I wanted to include a copy here, but Richard tried three times to send it to me by e-mail and I did not receive any of the messages. Don McDown showed us a Meal-Ready-to- Eat (MRE) as used by our military forces.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:47 p.m.