September Meeting Notes

The following are meeting notes from the September 19th club meeting:

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by KD8KBU.  We had 18 people in attendance.  Minutes from the previous meeting were read by KB2AVN and accepted as well as the Treasures report by KB8ELH.  Individual committee and special reports follow.

Education/VE Report:
The VE Team conducted a regularly scheduled testing session on August 27th in Archbold.  We had two people attending, one for technician, one for extra.  Neither passed and no new CSCEs were issued.  KA8KDS reports we have several people scheduled for the September 24th testing session.  The session on the 24th will be held at the Delta Public Library at 12:00pm. 

KB8ELG reported the Technician class is going well and the four people who are attending are doing quite well with the curriculum.  There will be a brief review session this Saturday from 10:00am until 12:00pm at the Delta Public Library, where we will have our monthly testing session.

Repeater Committee:
The new 4 bay antenna was installed in early September.  A special thank you will be sent out to J.T. and Dave Mohler for taking care of our antenna while the 800MHz system was being installed at the hospital location.  We have had excellent reports on the antenna footprint.  There were several problems discovered with the old feed point and antenna which have been remedied as well.

With the new county system being installed, we have a high probability of taking possession of the previous commercial repeater building at he tower site.  This leaves us with a spare building we were renovating for our equipment.  We decided to table the future of that structure until the next meeting.  Some options include selling the building for the costs of materials we have put into it, or reusing the building for other club purposes.  We'll hopefully have more to discuss at the October meeting.

Special Events:
The Lockport 5k is October 8th.  We will meet between 8:00am and 8:30am at the Mennonite Church in Stryker.  The quickest way is to head out 20A and take the first left past the Fulton County line.  That will take you all the way down to the church.

With regards to the Christmas Dinner, we are looking at December 19th, 6:30pm at The Barn restaurant in Archbold.  KB2AVN is taking care of setting up our reservation.  We will keep you up to date if any of these plans change.

Other Miscellaneous Notes:
We will have the new logo ready very soon for our t-shirts and other apparel.  We are currently shopping around for vendors.  The working idea is that we will give them the artwork which will allow club members to order shirts and other apparel directly.  This also helps us avoid stockpiling a bunch of shirts.

On September 24th, There will be an Auction at 10:00am in Tedrow for much of the radio tubes and parts from Nelles Roth's collection and business.  More information can be found at Whalen Realty and Auctions site:

http://www.whalenrealtyauction.com/auction.asp?az_feed_pos=http%3A//www....

Thanks to everyone who helped with the club booth at the Fulton County Fair this year.  We had a lot of foot traffic including HAMs from other counties who stopped by to see us.  The Fair Booth is one of the best ways we can provide visibility to our organization, so thank you again for everyone who took the time out of their days to make sure someone was there to answer questions about what we do.

Upcoming Hamfests:
10/16/2011 Kalamazoo, MI
10/23/2011 Sterling Heights, MI
11/19/2011 Fort Wayne, IN

That's enough for tonight!  I'm sure some things slipped through the cracks, but we'll get those corrected another time.

73, KD8KBU