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President Peter Howard NØGRM called the meeting to order at 9:00 am.

Secretary’s Report: Clothing orders will be taken during the break. All meeting minutes to date will be presented at Board meeting on Thursday April 17th.  

Treasurers Report:  John N5JLZ

 Income:     $ 25.00

 Expenses $ 458.85

 Balance    $4089.38

Education and Training – Bob WØGAF:   There was a tremendous turnout for Tech class.  They had 17 students signed up and averaged 10-12 each class. The last class is Thursday, April 17th with the VE session the 24th of April 2014. Bob thanked all the instructors.  The class is not over but one student took his exam early and obtained his Extra Class licenseà Congratulations to John Zuercher N5JLZ!

Activities –Dave WØOXB:   Eyeball meetings take place every Thursday night from 6-8 pm at the Stillwater Library.  The Rag Chew – ‘round robin’ weeknight nets run nightly from 8-9 pm except Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Members Assistance Program (MAP) is available for help with antennas,  set ups, and general help. If you need help, call Dave WØOXB or any Club officer to get on the schedule.

There is a Monday morning rag chew net starting at 8:30 a.m.  on 3.857 Mhz (75 Meters).  On May 10th at the General meeting, The Presentation part of the meeting will be a ‘Show and Tell’.  Members can also bring 3 items to trade or sell.  Full details will be given in the May Signals newsletter.

Mark your calendars for June 28-29th.   That’s the weekend for the ARRL  Field day event at the Autumn hills shelter located at Boutwells Landing (same as last year).  Volunteers are needed.  See Dave if you can help. There is a Handiham workshop in Maple Lake call Dave to get involved. May 3rd Saturday Superior Wisconsin has a Ham fest.

Digital Net – Joe KCØOIO: stated that the Digital Net has been cancelled for the summer. Members were reminded of the SEMARC digital net on Thursday nights at 8:30.  Check-in is on 146.985 Mhz and the net then moves to 144.950 Mhz.

Reminder:  Rick KØBR invites all members to check into the SARA Two Meter Net every Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. on 146.070 (positive offset).

ARES: John KAØHYR stated ARES is on flood watch for Bayport.  He added that the KSØJ repeater has been taken off the air as the city is in the process of painting the water tower where their repeater is stationed.  It is expected that the painting might well take over a year to complete.  ARES drills/nets have been held on the KSØJ repeater but now will be moved to the 146.985 repeater until the painting is completed.   800 Mhz  radio training was cancelled because of a power failure at the EOC.  The training  will be rescheduled. QST has a public service article  that everyone should see. Members were encouraged to keep their spare batteries charged .

Program:  Keith AGØH, Joe KCØOIO and Bob WØGAF gave a great introduction to the digital voice world of FREEDV and DSTAR.  Thanks for a great presentation with power point and live demo. If anyone would like to get more involved Keith,  Joe or Bob would love  to help. This just goes to show there is still experimenting going out here in Ham radio.

A motion was made and passed to adjourn the meeting at 11:10 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Dan Lee

SARA Secretary