November 10, 2014. Regular monthly meeting.
West I-10 fire station 4, Franz Rd. Katy, Tx.
Meeting called to order by President Bob WB3EWP at 7:29 PM.
All in attendance stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Seventeen members and three visitors (prospective members) signed in.
All in attendance introduced themselves.
Motion by Mark N5YUS and seconded by Dan K5DAF to accept the minutes of the October meeting as posted on the website. Motion carried.
The treasurer was not present when the president called for the treasurer’s report.
The minutes of the most recent Board of Directors meeting were read.
Most of the old business was in the form of announcements with no club action required.
Assuming good weather, the club will assemble at West I-10 station 4 on December 6, 2014 to repair the HF antenna system. Scott KT5SR is in charge of procuring marine grade pulleys and line to be used in the work.
Discussion on the KARS 2 meter net took place The net is now held on Monday evenings at 2000 hours local time. Jerry KT5US volunteered to step up and coordinate the net going forward. Motion by Charlie KT5BBQ and seconded by Jack WB5KVV to once again make the net a directed net every time. Motion passed.
The KARS net is obviously not held on club meeting nights. Volunteers are needed to keep the net active!
The club’s annual Christmas Dinner and December meeting will be held December 8, 2014 at Midway Barbeque, 6025 Highway Blvd in downtown Katy. The festivities will kickoff at 6:30 PM.
Club website issues still remain. It appears that there is no club member who has both the working knowledge of websites AND the time to put in to managing the website. Hiring a person to handle the website management has been brought up and the cost factor there makes it not an option.
Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) was held at George Bush Park on October 18th by Gerald WA5IRC and others. None showed up. Mike KA5OXA had offered a scout Ham Radio Merit Badge to those Scout Troops.
Mike had contacted about 30 troops without a single reply.
Our interaction with scouting groups needs to be reviewed and evaluated before going forward.
Winter Field Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2015.
It will be held at Harris County Katy Park, 24927 Morton Rd. Scott KT5SR has reserved a pavilion on the north side of the park. We will assemble there soon after breakfast at Luby’s that morning.
Consideration of New Member Applications
The third and final call for new member application of Matthew Bleakley, KG5DSB, was made and he was not in attendance. If he is still interested in joining KARS, he will need to come to a meeting and re-apply. Aaron Lauritzen, KG5DYS, was not in attendance (first reading). Matthew Zurek KG5DYT (first reading) was not in attendance. Jason Welan AF5SR was not in attendance (second reading) either. In attendance were Jody Bustos, KG5DYU, Tom Watson WZ8Q, and Mary Baker, KG5EDX. Motion by Jerry KT5US and seconded by Charlie KT5BBQ to accept these applications by acclamation. Motion carried.
Del W5QQ talked briefly about working split frequencies on the HF bands. This is much like working in duplex mode on VHF/UHF. It allows and Extra Class licensee to talk on an Extra Class frequency and, for example, a General Class ham can communicate back on General Class allowable frequency.
The nomination committee is accepting candidates for the following 2015 open positions: Treasurer and Activity Director. If interested see any nomination committee member or board member.
Mike, KA5OXA, volunteered to take the responsibility of Public Information Officer/Coordinator. Motion by Mark N5YUS and seconded by Billy KF5YRJ to accept Mike’s generous offer. Motion passed by group.
Jack WB5KVV will contact the West I-10 station 4 public relations person to start a dialog concerning how we as a club can be better prepared to work with the fire department in the event of emergency or disaster.
Alfred Perez, N5VEV, is holding a Technician Class Ham Cram course on Saturday, November 22nd. It will be held at the Westlake fire station, 19636 Saums Rd. beginning at 8:00 AM and lasting until 3:00PM. Testing for all levels will follow immediately thereafter. Cost is $10 for the course and $15 for the test.
Charlie KT5BBQ is the club’s point of contact for this activity. VE’s are needed.
The Buddipole build day is set for Saturday, December 6, 2014. The start time is 9:00AM and the location is the West I-10 fire station #4. The cost is $40.00 for the materials. If interested, contact Tom AE5QB.
After the build day, we will repair the station’s HF antenna, weather permitting.
Notice is hereby given that the next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18, 2014 at
7:30 PM at West I-10 station 4. All are welcome to attend.
Public Service Calendar
November 15th: Passion for Humanity, Simonton
November 23rd: Bike the Bend for Literacy
December14th: 30K warmup for the Houston Marathon, Sugarland Town Center
January: Houston Marathon which is one of the largest needs of hams to assist with in the Houston area.
The attendees enjoyed coffee and sweet treats during break time.
Charlie KT5BBQ answered an 11th hour call to provide the club with a meeting presentation. He talked about his “Ham Equipment Go Box”. He showed the club his gear and how he designed it. He discussed why it is to a ham’s advantage to have such a setup and he showed pictures of him using it in field operations.
Hearing no further business to conduct, President Bob closed the meeting at 8:45PM.
Note: After conclusion of the meeting, the secretary was made aware that he omitted from the October minutes was the fact that John Wagner WA5VBP was voted into the KARS club. The secretary confirmed this after checking his handwritten notes of that meeting and apologizes for the omission.
Entered into record this 10th day of November 2014 by Brian Havran, recording secretary.