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KARS General Meeting – Monday, February 12, 2018

February 13th, 2018 Comments off

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2827.95

“KARS Emergency Communication Plan” presentation by George (KI6G). A review of our current KARS communication plan and discussion around what changes and/or updates are needed. Suggestion was made that, as a club, we need to clarify the scope of what we hope to accomplish with the plan. As many of our members are active in other organizations, such as ARES, CERT, etc., we need to understand that in a time of emergency that those individuals may not be available due to other commitments. A clearer definition of the role that KARS should undertake, in certain emergency situations, should be stated as part of the plan.

The January BOD minutes were read, Tommy (KG5FMA) raised the motion, John (WB5CTH) seconded, and the minutes were approved.

KARS 2018 Officers Election – membership agreed to accept those candidates that were identified on the voting ballot that was previously sent out (via Google Forms). The motion was raised, and seconded, and all candidates were accepted.

There were no new member applications to present at the February meeting.

Upcoming Public Service Events (Scott – KT5SR)

Digital Mode Workshop to be held at TranStar (2/26 @ 7:00pm)

The Woodlands Marathon – March 3rd. Registration for ham volunteers can be found at: http://www.woodlands-event-comms.info/the-woodlands-marathon

Baytown YMCA Gator Ride – March 3.

B-geO Magnolia Miles Bike Ride – March 10

Net Control Operator assignments from Feb 13 – March 13, 2018:

Date         Net Control Operator
Feb 13    Raul Ramos
Feb 20   Dan Fawvor
Feb 27   Bob Leitgen
Mar 6    Raul Ramos
Mar 13  George Graves

There were 29 members and 1 visitor in attendance.

Meeting adjourned at 8:26 PM.

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Basics of Digital Modes

January 30th, 2018 Comments off

Basics of Digital Modes

To be held at Transtar, 6922 Katy Rd, 77024 on Monday February 26th at 7pm. The presenter will be Mark, WB2ANN

The presentation covers the basic and intermediate operation of digital modes, primarily on the keyboard modes with the focus on how to quickly get on the air. It covers the basics of the various more popular digital modes, software, setup and interfaces. Also covered are rig control, web spotting and logging, and how to deal with common connection and decoding problems. The presentation is updated to include the weak signal modes.

The actual programs on a computer will demonstrate some of the features.

The meeting is open and everyone is welcome to attend! The Digital Support Group promotes the use of all digital technology for ham radio and normally meets each month on the 4th Monday at 7pm usually at Transtar. The Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HoustonDigitalRadio/

Alan KB2WF

KARS General Meeting – Monday, January 8, 2018

January 15th, 2018 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2614.95
  • Remote Radio Operations” presentation & demo (Jimmy – W5ZTX). An instructional summary of the Remote Hams software, as well an overview of our KARS remote station. The presentation will be posted to the KARS web page in the near future.
  • There was not a December BOD meeting held so, consequently, there were no BOD minutes to read and approve.
  • There were no new member applications to present at the January meeting.
  • Additional funds ($300) needed to complete the buildout of our KARS remote station setup. Motion raised by Bob (WB3EWP) and seconded by Tommy (KG5FMA) to provide Jimmy (W5ZTX) with these funds. Unanimous approval by club membership.
  • VE Sessions: Beginning at the February meeting a VE sign-up sheet will be created to ensure we have proper VE coverage for each VE testing session.
  • KARS Membership Dues – annual dues need to be collected by the next General Membership meeting.
  • Upcoming Public Service Events (Scott – KT5SR) –
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Jan 9 – Feb 13, 2018:

Date

Net Control Operator

Jan 9

Tom Greathouse

Jan 16

Scott Reeve

Jan 23

Mike Brannan

Jan 30

Bob Bentley

Feb 6

David McMasters

Feb 13

Raul Ramos
  • There were 26 members and 2 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
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KARS General Meeting – Monday, December 11, 2017

December 12th, 2017 Comments off

Meeting was held at El Jarrito Mexican Restaurant, combined with our annual KARS Christmas dinner.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Balance provided was $2889.95. Report accepted by club membership.

BOD minutes were read and approved by club membership.

Non-Profit Status Update – Request for $275 processing fee brought before membership. Unanimous approval to proceed with payment of fee and submission of paperwork.

One (1) new member application: John Cooley (N5EVH) – unanimous approval by club membership.

Net Control Operator assignments from Dec 12, 2017 – Jan 9, 2018.

Date        Net Control Operator
Dec 12    Bruce W5BCA
Dec 19   George KI6G
Dec 26   Dan K5DAF
Jan 2     Raul KD5RR
Jan 9     Tom AE5TG

There were 23 members and several guests in attendance.

Ham Threads.com Update: Website is up & running – ready to accept KARS orders!

KARS VE Testing Update: New KARS testing schedule for 2018 has been submitted to ARRL for posting and first KARS test session for 2018 will be January 6, 2018, held at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital – Ram Room. Test sessions for 2018 will occur every odd month throughout the year.

Dinner & meeting adjourned at app. 9:00 pm. Good time had by all!

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, November 13, 2017

November 19th, 2017 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: No report given at this meeting. Previous balance provided was $2922.92
  • Reading the Tea Leaves KARS schematic presentation 15Oct17presentation (Jack – WB5KVV). An overview of the most common schematic symbols. The presentation has been posted to the KARS Facebook & web pages for future reference.
  • October BOD minutes were read and approved. Charlie raised the motion, John seconded, and the BOD minutes were approved.
  • Two (2) new member applications: Bruce Campbell (W5SVF) & Philip Lanham (KG5UBL); unanimous approval by club membership.
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Nov 21 – Dec 19:

Date

Net Control Operator

Nov 21

Raul Ramos

Nov 28

Bob Bentley

Dec 5

Brian Havran

Dec 12

Bruce Alfredson

Dec 19

George Graves
  • There were 25 members and 1 visitor in attendance.
  • Ham Threads.com Update: payment & digital image has been sent. Expect that site will be ready for orders in a few weeks.
  • KARS Officer Nominating Committee has been formed: Brian Havran, Bob Bentley, & Mike Brannan will assume this responsibility for the election of new club offices for yr: 2018.
  • Discussion continued regarding the possible realignment of KARS VE team under the Laurel VEC organization. Majority of members agreed that we should continue our VE alignment under the ARRL. It was also determined that KARS should increase the frequency of our VE exam sessions to every two (2) months, and if possible, conduct the exams at Katy Memorial Hospital which would provide a better testing environment than we currently have. Action item: Mike B. to provide KARS testing schedule to Mark B. to secure Tiger Room A beginning in yr. 2018.
  • KARS Christmas dinner will be held at El Jarrito Mexican restaurant, Monday, Dec.11th @ 7:00 pm. Dan will send out an email to confirm number of attendees prior to the event. El Jarrito is located at 21724 Highland Knolls Dr, Katy, TX 77450
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
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KARS Christmas Dinner – Monday, Dec 11th at 7pm

November 14th, 2017 Comments off

KARS Christmas Dinner – this event will be at El Jarrito Mexican Restaurant. Dinner reservations have been made for Monday, Dec 11th at 7pm. Will need to follow-up with the restaurant one week prior with the final number of attendees.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, October 9, 2017

October 11th, 2017 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:35 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Smith Chart – A Quick Summary presentation (Hannu – KT5FI). The presentation has been posted to the KARS Facebook page which includes links to other Smith Chart references.
  • September BOD minutes were read and approved. Jimmy V. raised the motion, Gerald D. seconded, and the BOD minutes were approved.
  • One (1)) new member application: Matt Smith (KG5VBO); unanimous approval by club membership.
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Oct 17 – Nov 14:

Date

Net Control Operator
17-Oct George Graves

24-Oct

Tom Greathouse

31-Oct

Raul Ramos

7-Nov

Jimmy Vance

14-Nov

Bob Leitgen
  • There were 26 members and 2 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current Balance = $2922.92

Upcoming Public Service events (Scott Reeve):

  • Sat 10/14: 10 for Texas Triathlon, Woodlands, TX
  • Fri 10/20: Wings Over Houston (WOH), Special People Day – WOH (Sat 10/21), Full Day Show, Sun 10/22 WOH.
  • Sat 10/21 Fairfield Childrens Triathlon, Sun 10/22 Fairfield Adult Triathlon
  • Sat 10/21: Bike Around the Bay (BATB) Baytown to Galveston; Sun 10/22 BATB Galveston to Baytown Raceway Park.
  • Sat 11/04: Bike for Heroes Bike Ride, Wallis, TX
  • Sat 11/04: Tour de Cure Prairie View A&M

 

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, September 11, 2017

September 14th, 2017 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Previously scheduled Smith Chart presentation (Hannu – KT5FI) cancelled due to illness. In its place, Jimmy (W5ZTX) and Dave (WD8RZA) provided an overview of their respective involvement in the recent Hurricane Harvey disaster. Jimmy spent time at both the Houston TranStar and NRG facilities, while Dave ran the Fort Bend EOC communications net. Very informative discussion by all regarding how KARS members could be better prepared, in terms of tools & processes, to participate in these types of efforts in the future.
  • There was no August BOD meeting so there were no BOD Minutes to be shared.
  • Four (4) new member applications: Ashley McMasters – KG5USL, Matt Dycus – KF5TCL, Robert Holder – KG5USJ, & Kevin Odom – KG5USG; unanimous approval by club membership on all applicants.
  • Discussion re: KARS logo. Decision was made to stay with the current KARS logo and proceed with the use of hamthreads.com. The use of hamthreads.com will allow KARS members to purchase, at their convenience, various apparel items (shirts, caps, jackets, etc.) with the club logo at a reduced cost. Once the initial setup is confirmed the club membership will be notified.
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Sept 12 – Oct 10:

Date

Net Control Operator

12-Sep

Carlisle Rodriguez

19-Sep

David McMasters

26-Sep

Dan Fawvor

3-Oct

Bob Leitgen

10-Oct

Bob Bentley
  • There were 20 members and 3 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current Balance = $2922.92

Upcoming Public Service events: Scott Reeve: Kemah Triathlon – Oct 8th, Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas – Oct14th, Wings over Houston – Oct 21st-22nd, Tour de Cure – Nov 4th . Note: Smoke Alarm Blitz (Sept 24th) has been cancelled.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, August 14, 2017

August 21st, 2017 Comments off

• Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
• The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
• HF Digital Modes presentation by Jeff MacMillian – KG5LRP. Link to the presentation to be posted on the KARS website (http://www.katyars.com/).
• BOD Minutes were read and approved. Michael D. raised the motion, Bob B. seconded and BOD minutes were approved.
• New member application: Paul Smith – KT4WHL, unanimous approval by club membership.
• Acknowledgement of KARS members that recently completed CERTS training: Dan-K5DAF, Jimmy-W5ZTX, Mark-N5YUS, Paul-KT4WHL, and Tom-AE5TG.
• Discussion re: KARS logo. Majority of members would support changing the logo. For those that are interested in designing a new logo, the decision was to present those logos at the September meeting for the members to vote on. Whatever logo is determined to be the club’s logo will be sent, via digital format, to hamthreads.com. The use of hamthreads.com will allow KARS members to purchase, at their convenience, various apparel items (shirts, caps, jackets, etc.) with the club logo at a reduced cost.
• Net Control Operator assignments from August 15 – September 19:
Date  Net Control Operator
Aug 15  Andrew Siverly
Aug 22  George Graves
Aug 29  Dan Fawvor
Sept 5  Mark Bing
Sept 12  Carlisle Rodriquez
Sept 19  David McMasters

• There were 26 members and 4 visitors in attendance.
• Meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current Balance = $3023.92
Upcoming Public Service events: Scott Reeve: Town Lake Triathlon – Sept 4th; Tour de Cure – Sept 23rd.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, July 10, 2017

July 12th, 2017 Comments off

• Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
• The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
CERT Presentation by Michael Deaver, KG5JBJ, and Michael Livingston, KF5MVP.
• BOD Minutes were read and approved. Bob B. raised the motion, Jimmy V. seconded and BOD minutes were approved.
• New member application: Frank Anthony – KG5QAP, unanimous approval by club membership.
• Net Control Operator assignments from July 11 – August 22:
Date Net Control Operator
July 11 Brian Havran
July 18 Jack Philley
July 25 David McMasters
Aug 1 Andrew Siverly
Aug 8 Tom Greathouse
Aug 15 Andrew Siverly
Aug 22 George Graves

• There were 23 members and 5 visitors in attendance.
• Meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current Balance = $3026.27
Remote Ham Station Update – Jimmy Vance: The radio (Elecraft K3s transceiver) had arrived and Jimmy is in the process of configuring the Remote Ham software. Waiting on tower installers to confirm install date: antenna is still in the “build process”.
Upcoming Public Service events: Dan Fawvor: Smoke Alarm Blitz is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 2017.

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