GBARC Meeting Minutes August 2022

Meeting Date: 
August 1, 2022
Meeting Location: 
Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI.

Virtual Presence: 12

Brett K9BY – President

Lyndon WA9JLD – Vice President

Dean K9FLO – Secretary

Greg K9GJN – Treasure

Chuck WD9BB – Officer

Secretary Report:

Dean-K9FLO read the minutes from our June 6 2022 video meeting.      Recommended for Approval by Greg-k9gjn and seconded by Chuck-wd9bb.          

Treasurer Report: Greg-K9GJN reviewed the status of our treasury’s monies /report.      Greg-k9gjn needed the receipts from this year’s Field Day expenses.     Lyndon-wa9jld had receipts for purchase of new tires for the Genset.     A motion to reimburse funds ($451) for Lyndons-wa9jld purchase of fuel and tires for the Genset was made and approved by all present.    A motion was made to pay Greg-k9gjn $161 in food and extra supplies for this and next year, (cost for the field-day), motion all approved.     A motion to approve the Treasurers report by Lyndon-wa9jld and seconded by Chuck-wd9bb.

Old Business:     

No July meeting.       Brett-k9by reviewed this year’s Pie-ride event.     Greg-k9gjn, Brett-k9by and Carl-w9bj participated in this year’s Pie-ride providing Ham radio support to work with their use of Business radios.     They ask us to continue supporting them next year.       Field day event the board thanked everyone for a very successful event.      The Field-day results 1301 contacts, 4 unverified final was 1300 contacts’ total.   Review the map (best-ever seen!)  missed 1 Southern States and 3 Canadian provinces.     Total 2324 points, 80m: digital, 40m the best, 20m good & 15m good, and many countries.    Bob-w9ewd CW made 42% of the contacts.   Stated at 18:53 (repair antenna) shut down at1:00pm   Total Operating time: 23 6m 5sec hours.   Average 56 contacts per hour!     Rusty-wi9get had 14% and Carl-w9bj and Rusty-wi9get were the overnight operators    We had additional Points for the under 18 operators.      Our final score submitted was 5558.     Sixth best for number of contacts and second for number of points.     A discussion followed on satellite operation issues (checks) and how to make it more successful.      Brett-k9by suggested we make a detail check list for next year’s Field-day.      Brett-k9by thanked everybody for a very successful Field-day.      

New Business

Greg-k9gjn will reach out to the FD for next year.      Brett-k9by brought up the idea of checking into another location such as the land on the South side of the Denny’s restaurant parking lot.     The location would give us a public location and exposure to the public (foot traffic).      If plausible, we would need to do a noise survey.    A discussion followed and Brett-k9by will check into the location.        Chuck-wd9bb inquired if we could set up multiple stations at different locations?    Brett-k9by the rules state all stations must be within a 1000 ft of each other.       Brett-k9by suggested we acquire a third tower for use to the North.      Andy-kd9esm found a tower and Brett and Lyndon picked up the tower (we now have three towers).        Bret-k9by reviewed Field-day results with Bob-w9ewz who just joined the group.     Brett-k9by informed everyone he wrote a program to verify/validate the logs.       Dean-k9flo about returning to in-person meeting.      Danell-n9sol gave a presentation on the new RACES group and plans and will work with the Beloit Fire department.       Brett-k9by should the races still be list under the GBARC or on its own?      Chuck-wd9bb brought the status of the cables, antennas and if they are still there?     Danell-n9sol informed us she could change the name to Rock County RACES.    Motion to remove name “GBARC” from RACES to Rock County RACES:  by Greg-k9gjn and seconded Chuck-wd9bb, all approved the motion.    Brett-k9by we will do a visit the FD to see what equipment is still there.         Brett-k9by hopefully we can get back into the FD for meetings with them FD, returning RACES.        More general discussions on visiting, what is needed and building the FD relations.       Chuck-wd9bb you need to build a RACES group with their own membership.     Danell-n9sol concured.



Meeting adjourned at 8:37pm

Motion to adjourn by Lyndon-wa9jld seconded by Chris-n9omg

Program:  none


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