GBARC Meeting Minutes January 2020

Meeting Date: 
January 6, 2020
Meeting Location: 
Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI.

President, Brett, K9BY, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  

Attendance was 13.  Introductions were made.

The Secretary Dean-K9FLO was unable to attend the meeting.  Vice President Lyndon, WA9JLD took minutes.  Minutes for 12-02-2019 meeting were posted on our website by the club Secretary.  The minutes were shown on the projector for those attending.  No changes were needed so a motion to accept the minutes was made by Carl, W9BJ and seconded by Dan, K9IBM.  

The Treasurers Report was given by Greg K9GJN and although he didn’t have a printout of the bank statement at the meeting he provided an approximate balance and a motion to accept the report was made by Carl, W9BJ and seconded by Dan, K9IBM.

Old Business:  Members discussed the upcoming Winter Field Day that will be held at the QTH of Chuck, WD9BB starting Saturday January 25 and ending Sunday January 26.  Antennas will be two center fed dipoles and so far there will be two Yaesu FT-991 Transceivers for equipment.  We will use the Club’s generator provided if the weather cooperates.

New Business:  Bill Klemp with Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition (HERC) did a presentation about an upcoming readiness test in March with hospitals in Region 4 of the State.  Region 4 is in the western part of the state.  Bill wanted to know if the Club could help out with communications into the Region 4 area.  Discussion included some of the issues involved with establishing reliable communications into that area using one or both of the wide area repeater networks in the State.  There was also talk of looking into using Near Vertical Incidence Skywave antennas to communicate on one of the HF bands.  No decision was made at the meeting about whether to participate in the readiness exercise until a determination about the use of the wide area repeater networks is known.

Some suggestions for programs were to have a presentation about Estate Planning as well as some show and tell sessions.  Greg plans on doing another presentation on Fusion Digital communications provided we can get an outside antenna working.  Greg want to do a more in depth presentation using Wires X functionality and show the ins and outs of using Wires X.

Announcements:  Carl, W9BJ talked about attending the Waukesha Hamfest on Saturday January 4th.  Carl said the Hamfest was well attended and talked about a couple of purchases.

Program: There was no formal program this meeting.

Final Announcements & Adjournment:   The meeting was adjourned by President Brett, K9BY at 8:30 PM.

Next meeting:  Monday,   Feb 3, 2020

These minutes submitted by Vice President Lyndon, WA9JLD.

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