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BoD Meeting October 2021

November 17th, 2021

Original agenda:                                          

1. Apologies for absence

2. Treasurer report

3. Secretary report

4. Activities coordinator report

5. General discussion

Meeting notes:

Our KARS board of directors meeting was conducted via Zoom.

  1. The meeting started at 7:30 PM.
  • The treasurer reported that there is a little over $7,000 in the account. Given that the members have approved spending by the board without approval as long as it is below $250, the Treasurer will go ahead and purchase a Raspberry Pi 400 kit for the Christmas raffle, and a webcam and microphone to conduct the General meeting over Zoom for those unable to attend in person at the fire station. The club has been using member’s private equipment, but given that Zoom seems to be a permanent feature the investment was deemed prudent.

The Treasurer secured an amateur radio field trip to the Senior Road Tower facility in Missouri City.  This is a 2000 foot mast (tower) that is used by the majority of the FM radio stations in Houston. We will get to see the combiner room, and hopefully we will get to see some of the Transmitter rooms. The date is Dec 11th at 10am. Participants need to sign up on a Google Doc. Information has been provided through the KARS listserver. If approved at the General Meeting, KARS will contribute $100 towards refreshments and lunch.

The members will be asked to approve the purchase of a (used) laptop during Black Friday / Cyber Monday to run Zoom during the General Meetings. The initial idea of using the Raspberry Pi 400 failed because the unix client for Zoom does not run on the processor the Raspberry Pi uses (AMD?).

  • Robert Hicks (W5TKB, Extra Class) will be put up for a vote for membership in the upcoming General Meeting.

Raffle Tickets will be created by the Secretary using the templates from last year. Care needs to be taken to include the legally required details. These aren’t too onerous but need to spell out the day of the drawing and the prize, among others.

The Christmas party and meeting will be held at Rudy’s at 1930 hours on the second Monday in December. The room has been reserved, with the understanding that should a paying party show up we will be bumped towards the patio in the front.

The meeting concluded at 7:50 PM.

Hielke Buddelmeijer

KARS Secretary


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