GBARC Meeting Minutes February 2019

Meeting Date: 
February 4, 2019
Meeting Location: 
Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI.

Present: 17

Brett K9BY – President

Lyndon WA9JLD – Vice President

Dean K9FLO – Secretary

Greg K9GJN – Treasure

Chuck WD9BB – Officer

An introduction of everyone present was done.    

Secretary Report:

Dean-K9FLO reviewed the minutes from the January 14, 2019 meeting,   Recommended for Approval by Tom-n9tom seconded by Chuck-wd9bb and the membership approved as read.

Treasurer Report:

Greg-K9GJN gave the current treasurer’s report.    Brett-k9by recommended we change over to a cheaper domain provider whose rate is about half the price of our current provider.   The membership approved to pursue the change.     Motion to approve Treasurer Report by Chuck-wd9bb and seconded by Tom-n9tom.            

Old Business:   

We did not participate in Winter Field day event due to the poor weather conditions.   Greg-k9gjn the Janesville Fire Dept. training location has been reserved for the June 22 & 23, 2019 Summer Field Day event.     Brett-k9by provided a status report on a vanity club call sign, we are still checking into.    Dean asked our guest visitor Kurt-ke9n on what the Rockford club does for events and field day.     Kurt-ke9n said they use a special event call sign.    A 1x1, call may be available if the club already has a club call sign.     A special event call sign can be issued for events.  It would need to be reapplied for each event if it wasn’t reassigned.    It was recommended we pursue the special event call sign for our next event.     


New Business

Brett-k9by:  the pie ride is June 15 (starting 6AM) and we would like to help them better co-ordinate, and better communication thru the implementation of APRS.    A discussion followed on implementing a type of APRS system or Tiny Trackers .     It was suggested we create a signup sheet asking for Name, APRS capability (Dean-k9flo will create) for everyone interested which will be available at the upcoming meetings.    Question for this meeting: do we want to participate in the Wisconsin QSO party as a club event?     March 10, 1pm-8pm.     We had a discussion on QSO party.   It was decided we would individually partake from home QTH on behalf of the GBARC.      Brett-k9by brought up Ed’s-kb9nbp recommendation on having a club logo made.    It was discussed we would pursue having a vinyl banner with eyelets made in which we could use at our events.   It was recommend to have a 8’ x 1’ banner with our club name displayed on it (Dean-k9flo will check into at the “Embroider This” store).     Kurt-ke9n is developing a program on what to do with a Ham estate.    He will let us know when he is ready.             




Motion to adjourn: Lyndon-wa9jld and was seconded by Chuck-wd9bb.



Brett-k9by did a presentation on converting (PCU) desktop computer power supply into useable Ham radio power supplies.     Great information!  

Next Meeting will be  March  4 ,2019!

Secretary: Dean-K9FLO


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