Membership Meeting Minutes – January 9, 2016
Stillwater Amateur Radio Association
1618 Pine Street West
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082
President: Joe KCØOIO
The meeting was called to order at 9:02 AM.
Secretary’s Report: Steve KAØOBI
The general meeting minutes from the December 12, 2015 meeting are posted on the website. Please report any corrections to: Secretary@radioham.org
Treasurer’s Report: John N5JLZ
Beginning Balance: 12/1/2015 $2,960.71
Ending Balance: 12/31/2015 $3,155.85
Education and Training: Bob WØGAF
February 27, 2016 – the Metro SKYWARN training class will be held in the Stillwater Library.
March 03, 2016 – Technician Class starts.
Activities & Events: Dave WØOXB
Thursday Night Eye Ball Sessions – are held at Stillwater Public Library at 6:00 CT. We are always looking for relevant radio topics and projects that can be the focal point of these meetings.
Ice Station WØJH – will be held Feb 13-14-15, 2016 on Lake Elmo near the QTH of Dave KEØAIF.
Hams-in-the-Park – will be held in Brekke Park, Oak Park Heights on Saturday, June 11th. Reservations have already been made for the location.
National Parks on the Air – there has been a lot of interest shown to have some events this year supporting this ARRL program. As the year progresses we will be scheduling an event.
St Paul Radio Club Auction – will be held Saturday, January 30th.
MAP – Dave WØOXB
Member Assistance Program – is currently on winter hiatus until there is a break in the weather.
Handiham Equipment Liaison Program (HELP)
Both remote stations are up and running and available to SARA members. The stations can be accessed via remotehams.com using RCForbClient (accessible via Windows and Android only). ZSW remote station is currently compatible for CW usage.
On Dec 30, 2015, nine club members spent 4 to 5 hours culling through the equipment at the storage locker in Woodbury to find HF rigs that could be taken home by the members to test and fill out written assessment forms. Some older items will be going through the upcoming St Paul Radio Club Auction held on January 30th.
The equipment database is on the cloud-based Google drive for assessments.
Washington County ARES: John KAØHYR
The first annual meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 7th at the Woodwinds.
The Mobile Go Kit & Show & Tell is scheduled for June 11th.
The Relocation Drill will be held June 20th. They need 16 ARES members to participate in this drill.
The Simulated Emergency Test will be scheduled in September 2016.
Check the web site www.mnwashcoares.org regularly for current events, net schedule, and other items of significance.
Digital Net: Joe KCØOIO
SARA DIGI Net at 3.581.5 MHz is held every Sunday night at 7 PM CT. Use 3.581.15 – center up between 800 to 1000.
Two meter ragchew is held every Wednesday night at 9 PM CT. You can find us at 147.060 MHz 114.8 Hz Tone.
160 meters SARA Top Band Ragchew is at 1.966 or 1.964 MHz They operate every night except Tuesday & Thursday at 8 PM CT.
Newsletter & Website: Pat WAØTDA & Dave WØOXB
Thanks to Pat and Dave for putting together the newsletter! Additional contributors are needed. The deadline for submissions for the February issue is the last Saturday of January – 1/30.
DX News: Mike NØODK (not present)
K5P – Palmyra – Jan 12 to 25.
VP8STI – South Sandwich Island – Jan 17 to 25.
VP8SGI – South Georgia Island – Feb 1 to 9.
Get the latest DX news by subscribing to the ARRL DX News. Also check out www.ng3k.com for DX & Contest Calendar.
Feb: Keith AGØH & Mike WAØKKE – SSTV + DSSTV
Mar: Joe KCØOIO – Sights & Sounds of Digital Modes
Apr: Dan WDØGUP – Fox Hunting
May: Jim KDØIPI – SOTA (Summits On The Air)
SARA coffee mugs are on sale for $3 each – See Keith AGØH.
The SARA Oval Sticker/Decals are on sale for $1 each or you can get a free one when you renew your annual membership ($20) for 2016 – payable now.
An election slate for club officers for the 2016 Election were nominated and seconded.
President – Joe KCØOIO
Vice President – Keith AGØH
Secretary – Steve KAØOBI
Treasurer – John N5JLZ
Director (2016 & 2017) – Bob WØGAF
A motion was made, seconded, and passed to elect the 2016 SARA Officer Nominees by acclamation.
Good of Association:
The ‘WØOXB Release to Listen Award’ was presented to Bill KDØOTB.
Show Us Your Shack:
Peter NØGRM showed a photo of his ham shack.
The drawing was won by Bob WØGAF.
The business part of the meeting adjourned at 9:46 AM.
Program: SWEEP (SARA White Elephant Exchange Party)
The gift exchange was a lively affair which included the passing on of the infamous Pig.
Meeting was adjourned at 10:45 AM.
Meeting attendance: 26