July Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order at 7:35pm by KB8ELG with 16 Club members in attendance.   Minutes from the previous meeting were read by KB8ELG  and accepted.

1. Members in Distress

As most are aware, Chuck Purdy/K8RHZ passed away on July 4. 
Dale Little/N8MI has moved to an assisted living facility as well.

2. Finance

LuAnn/KB8ELH read the treasures report and a motion was made by N8WOM to accept the report and seconded by KC8PCU.  All were in favor of acceptin the report as read.

3. Bills to present

Several bills related to Field Day were presented, including parts for the rebuilt electrical panel, fuel for the generator, and other necessities.  KC8PCU made a motion to pay the bills, which was seconded by W8TUX. 

4. Membership Report

Membership stands at 53 paid and lifetime members.

5. Hamfest Committee

A reminder was put out that the Winter Hamfest is scheduled for December 3 at the American Legion on St Rt 109.

6. Education Committee

There has been interest in a technician class which will most likely be scheduled after the County Fair which is the first week of September.

7. Field Day

KD8KBU gave the report on our claimed score and QSOs which can be found at http://k8bxq.org/fieldday
There was discussion on ways to improve Field Day which includes having multiple club members trained on major systems setup, like the pneumatic mast and generator systems.

The Fulton County EMA has requested the club members to help with traffic at the Bull Thistle Festival Fireworks on August 6 at Harrison Lake State Park.  Here is what we have so far:
Time/Date: Saturday August 6th at 7:15pm
Location: Harrison Lake State Park 
We will meet with the Park Rangers at 7:15pm at the Beach Parking Lot area.  We will have saftey vests and spare HTs.  Remember to bring an HT and set the VFO or memory to 146.460.
More info to come...

For all of the folks that asked, we really had not heard from any of the event coordinators that our help was needed at the festival this year, until today.

As before, the Delta Police Department has requested assistance with traffic barricades during the Parade and really appreciates having the extra coverage at the intersections around Delta.  The parade starts around 2:00pm and runs an hour or so at the most.  Plan on meeting need the main concessions area 1:00pm for assignments.  If you have the time to assist with this, it would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me back at kd8kbu@arrl.net if you think you can help out with the Parade route.

I know this is short notice, but due to a change in the event coordinators this year, no one knew how to get a hold of us or request help.

Craig - KD8KBU 

KB8ELG passed this along to me, A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 9th at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 N. Main St. in Swanton.


Quick Field Day Stats

I still have to calculate bonus points, but initially it looks like we have 686 QSOs for the contest (126 CW, 175 Digi, 385 Phone) for a QSO score of 1974.  I should have a complete score later this week. The top operator was KB2AVN with 181 QSOs.  We managed to work 49 states and Puerto Rico, only missing Hawaii.  We also worked into 5 Canadian provinces.  QSO breakdown by Band and Mode:

        ----CW----  --Digital-  ---Phone--
  Band  QSOs   PWR  QSOs   PWR  QSOs   PWR

   160     0     0     0     0     0     0
    80     0     0     0     0   185   100
    40    40   100   146   100    71   100
    20    80   100    29   100    99   100
    15     6   100     0     0    27   100
    10     0     0     0     0     0     0
     6     0     0     0     0     2   100

June Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm with 22 Club members in attendance.  Minutes and Treasurer reports were read and accepted. Committee reports follow:

Membership:  We have 53 Paid and Lifetime Members, thanks for your continued support.

Education:  No Report

Hamfest: The summer Hamfest was held earlier this month with very good reports on vendor and attendee satisfaction.  After expenses the club cleared about $250 in profit from the event.  KB8ELG also reports that the contracts are signed for the Winter fest, and we are making changes with the venue to make more breakfast foods available earlier in the day.

Repeater: The duplexers have been serviced by K8LI and we have received many reports on improved clarity and coverage.  The PA deck still needs to be integrated, which will happen sometime after Field Day.  The Fusion repeater is currently online in UHF mode and we are investigating the possibility of a real controller to add many of the convenience features we have on the primary and secondary VHF systems.

EC: K8JPD and KB8ELG reported that the Wednesday night Emergency Services nets have been going very well, and the goal of training new net controllers has yielded at least six members capable of running that net.  They also report that we will have much tighter integration with the National Weather Service out of Northern Indiana and would be considered primary contacts for the county.

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