KATY AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY MEETING MINUTES
Regular monthly meeting held August 11, 2014
West I-10 Fire Station #4, Franz Rd., Katy, Tx.
Meeting called to order at 7:29 PM by President Bob WB3EWP. All in attendance stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Twenty-five members and three visitors signed in.
Minutes of the July meeting were available online and there were some copies on the tables as well. Motion by Mark N5YUS to accept and second by Jonathan KA8KPN. Motion carried.
Treasurer Scott KT5SR gave the treasury report and said that there is $3547.10 in the bank with no payments outstanding and he is not holding any monies for deposit. Motion by Christian KG5AKF and second by Mike KA5OXA to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion passed.
Tom AE5QB is the official VE liaison person per an email from ARRL dated 7/31/2014. He takes over from Sachiko W5IDF who recently resigned the position.
An update on the Joy Lancaster radio room at West I-10 Station #4 was given. The Kenwood TS-140 has been repaired and is in place in the room along with a power supply and an MFJ tuner. The dual VHF/UHF band Yaesu FT8800 is also in the room and is up and running. That now brings up the question of what to do with the old Kenwood TS-830. The repair estimate is $210.00. The best guess estimated value of the radio is $250.00. Houston Amateur Radio Supply asks a 20% sales commission. Questions in front of the club are: Do we fix it up and keep it, do we fix it up and sell it and, if so, how, or do we sell it as is and, if so, how, when, and where? After a vigorous discussion, Del W5QQ moved to sell it as is. Seconded by Jack WB5KVV. Motion passed. Bob WB3EWP will go to Houston Amateur Radio Supply and pick up the radio in the coming days. Club members will have first chance to buy the TS-830.
Phil KJ5OW is the new coordinator for the weekly net. He asked that the net be moved from Tuesday night to Monday night. His idea is to have a formal net on the first Monday of the month, no net (meeting) on the second Monday, a Swap Meet on the third, and casual conversation/rag chew on the remaining Mondays of the month. Phil KJ5OW made a motion to move the weekly net from Tuesdays to Mondays. Seconded by Jerry KT5US. Motion passed. This will be in effect August 18, 2014.
Tom AE5QB has been talking to a group of near 50 people who are interested in becoming amateur radio operators. Del W5QQ recently gave them a presentation on many of the wonderful virtues of ham radio.
Paul W5PAG recently submitted his resignation as Activities Coordinator for the club. Jack WB5KVV has offered to step up and temporarily fill the position. Mark N5YUS moved to accept Jack as temporary Activities Coordinator. Seconded by Ron K5CE. Motion passed.
The Atlantic Division of the ARRL is sponsoring a webinar on HR4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014. The webinair will be held on August 13, 2014 from 8:00PM to 9:30PM.
The Board of Directors minutes were read.
Jack WB5KVV is looking for a location for us to hold our Christmas Dinner. The early front runner is Midway Bar-Be-Que in Katy.
The KARS 2 meter simplex activity is scheduled for August 24, 2014 starting at 7:00PM. Jack WB5KVV is heading up this activity.
Scott KT5SR reported that there is not a lot happening in the way of volunteer opportunities this month.
We, as a club, need to set up a comprehensive emergency preparedness program. We will need to determine who are the primary operators, where they will operate from, and who are the backups.
It is not too early to start thinking about Summer Field Day 2015. It appears that we will be class 3A once again.
We enjoyed cookies and other sweets along with coffee during the break time.
Tom AE5QB gave a presentation on the Buddi Pole antenna as invented by W3FF Budd Drummond. Ron K5CE brought in his commercial version. Tom showed us how we could construct our own and save money. A ham could build his own Buddi Pole antenna for about $35 give or take a few dollars. Tom lead off his presentation with a primer on radio waves and a brief discussion on a few early pioneering scientists in the field of radio wave transmission.
Hearing no other business to conduct, President Bob WB3EWP closed the meeting at 9:12PM.
Entered into record this 11th day of August 2014 by Brian Havran AF5IT, recording secretary.