KATY AMATEUR TADIO SOCIETY MEETING MINUTES
October 13, 2014. Regular monthly meeting.
West I-10 fire station 4, at 22855 Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77449
Meeting called to order by President Bob WB3EWP at 7:30 PM.
All in attendance stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Seventeen members and four visitors signed in.
All in attendance introduced themselves.
Motion by Jerry KT5US and seconded by Mark N5YUS to accept the minutes as posted on the website. Motion passed.
Treasurer Scott KT5SR reported that the club has a balance of $3452.10 in the account. Since last month’s meeting, he paid $65 to Houston Amateur Radio Supply for the radio diagnosis and had no incoming monies. Scott reported that the club needs a new “Registered Agent” with the Texas Secretary of State. No formal action was taken on this item. Motion by Charlie KT5BBQ and seconded by Jerry KT5US to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion carried.
Minutes from the most recent Board of Directors meeting were read.
Old business was mostly in the form of informative announcements with no club action required or taken.
No bids were received at the September meeting of thereafter for the KARS Kenwood TS-830 radio. It will be offered for cash sale at the end of tonight’s meeting. If it remains unsold, it will be sent to Houston Amateur Radio Supply for consignment sale and then if still unsold, it will be offered for sale at the March Rosenberg Hamfest. (See later entry.)
The KARS antenna at West I-10 station 4 is in dire need of repair. The towers are about 45 feet high which will require some serious laddering/manpower, etc. Needed is about 300 feet of replacement line and some marine grade pulleys along with general hardware items. The plan is to procure the materials first and then schedule the repair day with the Fire Captain to incorporate this event as a training exercise for the station crew.
The KARS net Is now on Monday evenings.
1st Monday — Directed Net
2nd Monday — Club meeting night
3rd Monday — Directed Net
4th Monday — Directed Net
Volunteers are needed to keep the net functional and viable.
Jack WB5KVV has reserved the banquet room at Midway Barbeque in downtown Katy for our annual KARS Christmas Dinner. It is to be held on Monday, December 8, 2014 beginning at 6:30PM.
The club sponsored the Greater Houston, Texas 2-meter FM Challenge on October the 4th. The goal was to introduce contesting to a larger group of hams who do not participate in contesting on the HF bands. Ron K5HM is still tabulating the results and he should have them by next month’s meeting.
The Texas QSO party was held September 27 and 28th.
The plans are being put together to completely rework/redesign the club’s website. More on that to come in the upcoming months.
Tom AE5QB has possession of the club’s portable generator. Tom reported that the unit does not have any output voltage regulation on it. The voltage output is a function of motor speed, which may not be desirable for club use. The question arose as to whether or not we need to look into buying a voltage regulated generator at this time.
Last month, a signup sheet for KARS shirts was available at the meeting. Only two people signed up. If interested in club shirts, see president Bob WB3EWP or secretary Brian AF5IT.
The club is holding membership applications for two hams: Mathew Bleakley, KG5DSB and Jason Welan, AF5SR. (Neither were in attendance tonight.)
Also, tonight came three applications for club membership: Jody Bustos KG5DYU, Mathew Zurek KG5DYT, and Aaron Lauritzen KG5DYS (who was not in attendance).
KARS will participate in Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) on Saturday October the 18th. It will take place on the East end of George Bush Park between 10 AM and 2 PM. A working ham station will be set up at the site. Gerald WA5IRC has sent out three email blasts to the local scout troops and received a very limited response as of this time.
The ARRL winter field day is January 24, 2015. KARS will be at the Harris County Katy Park. The event will be a day only activity.
Mike KA5OXA has offered a Ham Radio Merit Badge class to the Scouts of the Texas Skies District. This is penciled in for March of April of 2015. More details to come as the class approaches.
Tom AE5QB is teaching a Buddistick Build Day on Saturday December 6, 2014. Contact Tom if interested in attending.
Charlie KT5BBQ reported that he has been in communication with Alfred Perez concerning setting up a “Ham Cram” course to bring in newly licensed hams. He says that Mr. Perez has reserved on his calendar November 22nd for KARS. Charlie needs to confirm with him this day or release it for another group. Del W5QQ observed that most, if not all volunteer examiners will be at the build day that Saturday and a scheduling conflict may arise. It was pointed out that the test examiners are not needed at the Ham Cram all day–only at the testing time at the end of the course. That brought up the question of how long will the Build Day last? It seems that the Build Day may take all day and could conflict with ham testing which would be taking place at a different location. Tom AE5QB offered to move his build day back to possibly a day in December if the room at station 4 is available. Charlie will get back with Alfred Perez and report to the Board of Directors before their next meeting. (Antenna build moved to Dec. 6, 2015.)
President Bob WB3EWP called for volunteers to form the officer nominations committee. Volunteering were John KF5LOE and Mark N5YUS.
Scott KT5US reported on community service opportunities in the upcoming weeks. October 18th and 19th is Bike Around the Bay. Sunday the 19th is a Cystic Fibrosis bike ride in Cypress. November 1st and 2nd is Wings Over Houston at Ellington Field. Volunteers are greatly needed.
The Corpus Christie Hamfest is November 8th in Port Aransas.
Marshall K5MMD offered $20 to purchase the Kenwood TS-830 radio. No one raised his offer. Sold to Marshall.
Jerry KT5US offered $15 to purchase the mike that was used with that radio. Again, no one raised his offer. Microphone sold to Jerry.
Those in attendance enjoyed coffee and sweet treats during the intermission.
Jack Philley, WB5KVV, gave an interesting talk on the topic of issues relating to Acute RF Potential. He discussed causes and effects to the human body of RF radiation. Especially interesting was his information that the human body is most susceptible to RF radiation in the 70 to 100 MHz band (3 to 4 meters). This is due to the frequency of resonance of the human body. Jack discussed ways for people to control their exposure to RF potential and he gave sources where one could go to learn more about the topic.
Hearing no further business to conduct, president Bob closed the meeting at 8:58 PM.
Entered into record this 13th day of October 2014 by Brian Havran, recording secretary.