November 11, 2020
 
Club Meeting On the Air (147.195) roll: kb8elg, kd8zke, kd8kbu, kb8elh, kg8fm, kc8pcu, ke8itj, kd8jbs, wb8zoi, nc8nc, kd8qhd, ke8owm, wd8pic
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 13 members and guests in attendance on the 147.195+ k8bxq repeater.
 
Members in Distress: KD8JBS reports that KC2RCU had surgery recently and is recovering nicely. 
 
Treasurers Report: no report over the air
 
Bills to Present: nothing to present
 
Hamfest Committee: The next FCARC sponsored Hamfest will be the summer trunk swap on June 5, 2021, followed by the Winter Hamfest on December 4, 2021.
 
Repeater Committee: Building has had exterior maintenance performed, heat is on for winter.
 
Old Business: 
DMR integration is still moving forward on the 147.195 repeater, committee reports they are just waiting on credentials to attach to the campus Wifi.
 
New Business: 
Larry Kosch (K8EJU) has met the requirements for lifetime member status.
 
Correspondence/Comments: 
KE8ITJ was inquiring if a hardline connection for the network might be available at the main repeater site.
 
Upcoming Hamfests:
Due to the ever-increasing Covid-19 infections, and to keep in compliance with State ordered mandates on no more than 10 person gatherings of any kind, All in-person meetings of the Fulton County Amateur radio club are hereby suspended until further notice. This will include, but will not be limited to the holiday dinner as well.
 
Keep well, and stay alert to the ever-changing situation.
 
Regards, Bryan KB8ELG...
Fulton county Amateur radio club president.

As unpopular as it may be, I am going to cancel the winter fest for this year. I will contact The village of Delta and the county health department to let them know. I will make sure the village knows we still will need the building on that date for upcoming years.

Bryan Patterson - KB8ELG

The meeting was called to order with 12 members in attendance.
 
New Business: 
We are looking for a new recording secretary for the club after the first of the year. Craig (KD8KBU) will be fulfilling the need of our online presence, manging the website and assisting with the social media accounts, but will ne be seeking re-election after his term. The major aspects of the position are:
 
  • Record Proceedings of Stated and Special Meetings
  • Maintain Membership List
  • Communications
  • Publish Hamfest Flyers
Open discussion on the new world of DMR: 
Bill KD8WSL made a motion to allocate $1000 for the integration of DMR to the K8BXQ 147.195 repeater. Larry KD8PUD 2nd the proposal. A vote was taken, motion passed by 100%. Kim KE8ITJ will be heading up the program.
 
Maintenace work on the repeater shed is set for Oct-11-2020 just after breakfast at the 109 restaurant.
 
A fox hunt is to be held on Oct-18th-2020 at 1PM local time. All participants are to meet at the county admin building at 1PM. Operations will be held on 146.460 mc simplex FM.
 
A motion to close the meeting was made by Ken KG8FM 2nd by Bill KD8WSL. 
 
Meeting was adjourned.
 
Club Nets:
 
Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 8pm FCARC ES Net -- 147.195+

OSPOTA wrap up

We finished up OSPOTA yesterday with 54 QSOs across 28 parks and 6 states and DX entities (we worked into Quebec), all on 80m. It was not the typical year for this event, only 44 parks were declared as activated, and as far as I know, the other close to home like Mary Jane Thurston and Independence Dam were not activated. Still, the weather was beautiful, we had a few club members stop out, and we got some contesting in. We look forward to next year and the hopeful return of our end of summer cookout.

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