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BOARD MEETING MINUTES – February 15, 2018

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – January 18, 2018

Stillwater Amateur Radio Association

1618 Pine Street West

Stillwater, Minnesota 55082

Roll Call of Officers – All officers are present except for Collin KEØIYN and Bill KDØOTB.

President: Joe KCØOIO

The meeting was called to order at 6:02 PM.


Secretary’s Report – Collin KEØIYN (Steve KAØOBI)

Minutes from the Board Meeting and Monthly Member’s Meeting of January 2018 have been posted on the website.  Collin is out of town on business with Bob WØGAF helping.  A note that the monthly meeting minutes need updating with the RTL award recipient.

Treasurers Report – Rich AD0SN

Beginning Balance      1/1/2018                 $2,662.27

Income                                                                 $280.00

Expenses                                                              $74.95

Ending Balance           1/31/2018                 $2,662.27 (Not including RBP income/expenses)

$17,122.75 (Including RBP income/expenses)

Reports of Committees:

Activities & Events:  Dave WØOXB

Ice Station WØJH – will be held on Presidents Day weekend (Feb 17, 18, 19 in 2018) at Dave KEØAIF QTH in Lake Elmo.  Details have been sent out to the membership, with 20 people signed up to participate.  KAØAIF and WØGAF will do some snow clearing on Friday.  May be impacted by solar activity.

White Rock 2018 – This has begun with early planning phases.

Field Day – Facility is reserved.  Need to organize team in the next month or so to begin detailed planning.    Looking into inviting dignitaries from Oak Park Heights.

Radios in the Park – June 14, July 5, July 26, August 16, Sept 6 are at Valley View Park with an Antenna Shootout July 26th.


The project list has been updated.  The next on the list is Dan KEØIYF, installing a club vertical in the attic.

Meetings & Programs – Joe KCØOIO

March –           Electro Magnetic Pulse (from a nuclear detonation) and CME (Coronal Mass Ejection)        and their effects on ham radios – John KAØHYR & Skip KSØJ

April –             WØAIH Contest Station – Paul Bittner WØAIH – Falls Creek, WI

May –               BITX40 Builders Showcase

Additional ideas for future programs: Special Interest Clubs: SKCC, County Hunters, QCWA, 070, OMISS, YLRL; Operating Portable Roundtable, Diagnostic Tools: Analyzers, DMMs and Diagnostic Gizmos; Tuners: Manual vs. Automatic + Care & Feeding; Setting up your Shack; New Technicians: Here’s what you can do now; Show us your Shack-Supersize, SSTV, ATV.

Eyeball Sessions – Skills Night

Exploring WSJT-X & FT-8 Feb 22.  WØGAF will bring a projector.

Projects include:  Toroids to Reduce Noise, SWR Bridge Calibration (KØGW), exploring FT8 and WSJT-X software, programming HTs, DX Labs Suite, Logger32 & N1MM (NØODK).  The next likely one is on FT8 and WSJT-X, some time in February.

Education & Training Report – Bob WØGAF (not present)

The SkyWarn class will be held Feb 24th and the Tech class will start March 1st and end April 19th with VE examination on April 26th.  New Ham Night will be May 24th at Valley View Park.

VE Team – Shel NØDRX

The next VE session has been scheduled for April 26th.   Shel has put out a call for VE Team volunteers.  Boutwell room is reserved and the bill has been received.

Newsletter & Websites & Social Media – Pat Tice WAØTDA & Dave WØOXB

The March issue deadline is Feb 25th, with a publishing date by March 3rd.

A new Facebook group was opened up by Joe.  It is a closed group which requires people to request access.  KCØOIO will confirm whether group is visible to general public.  Admins are KCØOIO and AGØH, with moderator WØOXB.

Repeater – Henry KØHAS & Shel NØDRX

No new updates, Dave is still waiting to hear from XL Energy on the credentialing process.

APRS Digipeater – The final prep for use needs to be done, testing digipeater mode, and installing it at the stack.

Remote Bases Committee – Pat WAØTDA, Keith AGØH, Eliot KEØN, Bill NØCIC, and Henry KØHAS.

No report.

Builders Group – The Bitx40 project has an email list going with 14 people who will be building the kit.  The first run of the kit sold out and there will be some improvements made before the second run is available.

Unfinished Business

Remote Base Project – Elecraft K3/10 and the Flex 1500 have been offered to members.  An individual from Blountville, TN, Dennis N4DD, ran across our newsletter and is interested in purchasing the K3.  Contact is being made about this potential sale by KCØOIO.

Equipment Trailer – The remainder of the wiring projects will be done in April 2018.  Joe has the parts now to repair the roof vent lid.  Also work on interior/exterior lighting, adding a coax pass through, and a broom and dust pan.

Equipment Inventory – Collin has been provided previous inventory spreadsheet and transferred to a new sheet system.  Anyone with SARA gear should let Collin know so he can get further information.


New Business:

Nothing to report.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:37 PM.