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GBARC Meeting Minutes February 2013

Meeting Date: 
February 4, 2013
Meeting Location: 
Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI.
President, Chuck, WD9BB , called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Attendance: 19. 
Introductions were made. The question of the evening, “Are you a member of the
ARRL” was answered yes by 15 people. Minutes of the January meeting were read and approved.  The Treasurer's Report was given.
Discussion: Announcements were given about the AES Superfest, April 5 and 6 in Milwaukee. Soldering techniques were discussed. Liquid solder flux and liquid solder techniques for mounting integrated circuits were discussed. This related to our Software Defined Radio (SDR) kits that many are building. Some kits were shown.
Monitoring aircraft transmissions over Southern Wisconsin was mentioned. These are AM transmissions around 125 MHz. Dave, N9GQ, had a computer dongle, SDR receiver that is wideband. It works well with free software. It originally was designed for receiving PAL format TV.
Old  Business :   Old club bylaws need reconstruction.
New Business :  A video tribute to deceased club member Jim Opdyke, WA9JTX, of Beloit was present by Carl, W9BJ . Jim passed away in 2011. The history of the Glenn Martin B-26 medium bomber of WW II fame was given. Jim was a lead bombardier for a squadron of B-26’s. He was awarded the Silver Star for his courage and heroism for leading a important successful bombing run in central Italy. Jim is Lyndon Opdyke’s, WA9JLD , father. Also, the Beloit Repeater Group has named the 147.120 MHz repeater with Jim’s old call, WA9JTX , as a memorial in his honor.
Program: An Auction was held to benefit the Rock County Repeater Association. The auctioneers were Al, KC9QQO and Greg, K9GJN . Items included were lengths of coaxial cable, an APRS unit, an audio isolator for digital work, an antenna tuner, and a heavy duty 12 VDC 30 Ampere power supply, and more. Much money was collected. All were thanked for supporting the Repeater Association modernization program.
Free gifts were given to all by WD9BB, Chuck . He dispensed large rolls of Solder Wick. These will come in handy for IC soldering of the SDR kits and other projects.
Announcements :  Next meeting, Monday, March 4th.   The meeting adjourned at 8:31 pm.
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