GBARC Meeting Minutes March 2021

Meeting Date: 
March 1, 2021
Meeting Location: 
Main Fire Station, 1111 Church St., Beloit, WI.

Video Conference Meeting!

Virtual Presence: 13

Brett K9BY – President

Lyndon WA9JLD – Vice President

Dean K9FLO – Secretary

Greg K9GJN – Treasure

Chuck WD9BB – Officer

Secretary Report:

Dean-K9FLO reviewed the minutes from the February 1, 2021 meeting on the web. Recommended for Approval by Chuck-wd9bb and seconded by Greg-k9gjn.

Treasurer Report:

Greg-K9GJN presented the Treasurers report Dues have been collected. One third of the members paid by PayPal and the balance by Check. Talked about setting up an accounting program in the future.  A motion to approve the treasurers report was made by chuck-wd9bb and seconded by Lyndon-wa9jld.

Old Business:        

Brett-k9by no news on a new club call sign, everyone keeps pursuing. Brett-k9by: the ARRL announced this year’s Field Day (2021), they have carried rules over from last year’s Field Day (2020). We will be able to operate as a club on site and or at home (Home: class D & E limited to 150watts), due to Covig-19 changing conditions. Brett-k9by they are allowing aggregate scores for the club. Brett-k9by reminded everyone in the pass we have set up individual sites with tent, their own antenna with centralized power at the training grounds.

New Business:

Denny’s is open for Breakfast!

Brett-k9by would like to have a Fox Hunt this spring.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm

Motion to adjourn by Lyndon-wa9jld seconded by Chuck-wd9bb

Program:  Brett-k9by Wisconsin QSO party:  Mike-WO9B from the West Allis Club did a presentation on the up-coming Wisconsin QSO party, Sunday March 14th , 1:00 PM CDT to 8:00 PM CDT (Sunday 1800Z to Monday 0100Z).     It is focused on Wisconsin operators: stations and mobiles.     Many operators use just a dipole and a 100w radio.     The primary operation is HF, but there is a growing number of VHF and UHF operators.     Transmission is phone (1-point), CW (2 points) and digital but no FT modes.      Multipliers is power: high over 100w 1pt, low 1.5, QRP 2pts, county points.     If you are a club member living in Illinois, you can operate/points as a GBARC member.     For more information on the QSO parity see web site:

Brett-k9by gave presentation on his meeting with Bill Kemp from the HERC.      The presentation was on a catastrophic event 8.9 earthquake with an epicenter at southern Illinois.  There is eight Hospitals damaged into western central Wisconsin.      They are requesting our communication skills and equipment for providing alternate communications redundancy.     A lengthy discussion followed.      It was discussed the lack of public knowledge and the understanding of Hams and Hams being there for true emergency loss of communications and power.      The advantage of Hams is we are totally decentralized!      Brett-k9by will keep in contact with Bill at HERC.

Welcome Daniel KE0WJL live for Colorado.

Next Meeting will be April 5, 2021. 

Secretary: Dean-K9FLO

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