Meeting Minutes - May 19, 2007

Nixa Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
May 2007 Meeting Minutes

Members Present: (14 Members) James Adkins, KB0NHX; Jim Adkins, KC0IYI; Shawn Baker, KA0RZE; Chris Cochran, KB0WZC; John Copelin, KC0QNM; J.R. Duncan, N0RLP; James French, KC0TQD; Joe Hargis, WS0E; Gerald Johnson, KE0KI; Randy Jordan, KC0UKB; Jeff Kerr, KC0VGC; Brooke Morrissey, KC0YVF; Jeff Morrissey, KB0WVT; and Chris Raymond, KC0TLE.

Visitors: (1 Visitor) Jennifer Cotner-Jones.

Meeting commenced by President Chris Cochran at 6:07 p.m.

We had one individual test for and receive their Technician license. Congratulations!

Chris Cochran (KB0WZC) then in welcomed Jennifer Cotner-Jones from the American Diabetes Association. They are requesting our assistance with communications for a bike ride on June 16th. Their initial request is for 10 ham operators to participate with handling messages to and from the rest points and along the bike path. We will need one ham operator stationed at each of the five rest stops; one to ride with the "SAG" car behind the last rider on each of the three routes; one person at the main tent; and one person with the supply and gear tent. The event starts and ends at the Island Green golf course in Republic. We would need to be there at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 and the event will be completed by 2:00 p.m. that day. They will be providing us with a very nice catered lunch. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact James Adkins at (417) 840-5261 or by e-mail at [email protected] So far, we have one person that has volunteered to help, John Copelin (KC0QNM).

Jeff Morrissey (KB0WVT) then gave the Treasurer's Report for this month. The following is a list of deposits and debits in the last month:

Ending total for this month has $796.54 in the treasury with $95.00 in donations ($50 from Chris Cochran for a future repeater project, $25.00 from Joe Hargis (WS0E) for fuel for the Field Day command bus, and $20.00 from Jerry Johnson (KE0KI). We also collected $12.00 in dues as J.R. Duncan, N0RLP, renewed his membership. We had no debits for the month.

Jeff Morrissey also noted that we have $32.00 in Price Cutter community bucks collected and that we need to get 18 more before we can turn them in to collect our $50 free dollars. PLEASE turn them in at the next meeting, as the deadline is June 30. Contact Jeff Morrissey at [email protected] to turn in your bucks at any time.

In case you have already noticed, the 444.275 and 53.270 repeaters did not make the 2007-2008 ARRL Repeater Directory. Not getting a response from our frequency coordinator, James Adkins contacted the K.C. area coordinator Bryon Jeffers (K0BSJ) and asked him to look into it. Turns out the repeaters were not sent to the ARRL for publication. Bryon fixed that and updated the club's address and James' e-mail address as the trustee for the repeaters and they should appear in next year's directory as open repeaters.

As for Field Day, James Adkins, along with many others, has been busy coordinating this year’s event. Going with our theme of "Public Safety", we have received appearance confirmations from the following agencies:

  • Department of Public Safety’s mobile command center
  • Convoy of Hope
  • Christian County Sheriff’s Department with a patrol car
  • Nixa Police Department with a patrol car on hand
  • Nixa Fire Department with a fire truck
  • Christian County EMA tentatively committed to being on hand with their new emergency communications trailer

Invitations to Cox Ambulance, National Weather, and the Missouri Highway Patrol are pending confirmation but currently under consideration. We hope to have these agencies present from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with vehicles from their respective agencies. This will allow the public to come view and meet some of their public servants and thank them for their hard work, as well as attract more people to our Field Day event.

Dean Gaines (KC0SQD) has obtained a $50 donation from Price Cutter and $25 from Wal-Mart for food. In addition, Lamars Doughnuts will be providing three-dozen assorted pastries for breakfast on Sunday morning for our crew. Dean has also obtained an anonymous donation from a spouse of a club member for $100 for the purchase of fuel for the command bus. Great job and thanks to Dean for these donations. James French (KC0TQD) will be providing bottled water and soft drinks for the event. Food and drinks are pretty much wrapped up.

Jeff Kerr, KC0VGC, then gave a presentation entitled, "Field Day Logging 101 – An Introduction to the N3FJP Field Day Logging Software." Please see the website downloads section to view a copy of his presentation in PDF format. Jeff's main point was that it is very important that anytime you sit down to operate to make sure the mode, operator initials, and band are correct as this is how the software keeps score. All seven PC's will be networked together via a server, provided by Jeff. This will allow us to see "real time" results for points obtained during the Field Day event. Thanks to Jeff and Randy Jordan (KC0UKB) for all their hard work on this.

Thanks, Jeff, for that thorough presentation on Field Day and Logging.

That concluded the business portion of this month's meeting

Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m. (53 minutes)