GBARC Meeting Minutes February 2023

Meeting Date: 
February 6, 2023
Meeting Location: 
Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI.

Video Conference Meeting!

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 January 9, 2023, video meeting.      Recommended for Approval by Brian-kd9qvb and seconded by Lyndon-wa9jld.          

Treasurer Report:  Greg-k9gjn reviewed the status of the Club funds and reminded everyone Dues are do.     The dues can now be paid online by “PayPal” or mailed to Greg-k9gjn, and the PayPal system is working very well (13 paid so far and 2 mail-ins).     Dean-k9flo purchased new carrying case $84.39 which will replace our small carrying case which will hold all our Band-pass Filters, cables and record book .     A motion to approve the treasures report by Dennis-kd9qgh, seconded by Lyndon-wa9jld.     

Old Business:         

Brett-k9by  we need to discuss a new in-person meeting location.    Brett-k9by will reach out to Scott Fry about the ABC location.   We still have the Church basement location available and Brian-kd9qvb Beloit library location.       The library location we would need to change our meeting start time.     We had a discussion on changing meeting start times to 6 or 6:30, being able to reserve a room on the first Monday of each month and having a room available.     It was decided since our meetings are in the evenings and on the first Monday of the month we would not have a problem, after looking at the library online schedule.       Motion is made to use the Beloit Library as our new meeting location by Greg-k9gjn and seconded by Chuck-wd9bb all in favor all “I” (yes) have it.       All in-favor to move the GBARC meeting time to 6:30pm: all “I” (yes), and for 6pm: 1 No vote, new start time will be 6:30pm April 3,2023.      Greg-k9gjn will take care of the Library form.      Greg-k9gjn and Dean-k9flo will do a pre-meet at the library sometime next week.       Brett-k9by suggested we start the Foxhunting this spring and have a prize for the winner.     Brett-k9by gave a discussion on the 2-meter Foxhunt.    Chuck-wd9bb offered  new hunters a ride with to see how it’s done also discussed how to build a tape measure antenna.     Also using a better grade HT for more effective Fox-hunting.    Tentative the first Foxhunt will be May 13, and after breakfast at Denny’s.      To learn more about Foxhunting see kn2c.

Winter field initial results 422 contacts, 3896 total points operated from 1:06pm Sat-12:59pm Sun, 13hrs total operating time average QSO-32.9 per hour.      Contact: 80m-3,40m-182,20m-235,10m-2, 359-PHONE, 8-CW, 57-digital (FT8), No-DX contacts.   We had a total of 9-operators there at different times over the 24hrs window.     The radio usage  ts-850 249 contacts analog and the Kw 991 173 contacts.   Brett-k9by thanked everyone for participating in winter field day!     Chuck-wd9bb took down the dipole and recut the frequency for better 80m use and will bring coax to Brian at breakfast.       Brett-k9by thanked Chuck-wd9bb for the use of his location.   


New Business:  Jim-kd9gdy remined everyone the 2023 Wis QSO parity is in March 12-13.


  Meeting to adjourned at 8:24: pm.

Motion to adjourn by Chuck-wd9bb seconded by Carl-w9bj.

Program:  none

Next Meeting will be March 6, 2022. 

Secretary: Dean-K9FLO


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