Meeting Minutes 5-15-2012

Nixa Amateur Radio Club
Meeting Minutes

May 15, 2012

Call to Order
James Adkins, KB0NHX called the regular meeting of the Nixa Amateur Radio Club to order at 1805 hours on May 15, 2012 at the Nixa Fire Station on South Nicholas Road in Nixa, MIssouri.

Roll Call
Sign in sheet was passed.  There were 12 members present.

Treasure report
Jeff Kerr, KCB0VGC  read the treasurer's report as follows:   
Beginning Balance:    $6190.19

$92.47 to Tessco
$7.01 PayPal Fees for dues and donations
$99.48 Total

$99.42 Dues (amount due to PayPal fees)
$3 Misc donation
$25 Donation for Field Day
$200 Anonymous donation
$100 Anonymous donation
$427.42 Total

Ending Balance:  $6518.13 with $33 in petty cash.

VE Testing
There was no VE Test session at this month’s meeting.

News and Announcements
James Adkins, KB0NHX opened the topic of Field Day for this year.  It was decided to keep the location the same as last year and to use the Club’s callsign, K0NXA for the event.  It was also decided to keep the same 3A classification as last year and to also have a VHF station for six meter operation.   The antenna arrangements will be similar to last year.  Setup will begin at 7:00am Saturday morning on June 23rd.

James Adkins, KB0NHX opened the topic of the June 2nd Nixa Bike Ride.  Volunteer response has been very good.  We still need two more rest stop volunteers and about five more SAG/SWEEP volunteers.  To volunteer for the event, please contact James Adkins, KB0NHX and he will put you on the list.

Technical Committee Update
James Adkins, KB0NHX announced the following projects:

The router at Cox South will be replaced with the unit being used at Republic TRS.

The amplifier on the 220 repeater will be reconnected.  Right now the repeater is running 5w.

EchoLink at the 2m site is being put on hold until we can 1) get Internet access at the site or 2) Find someone willing to host a dedicated node computer and link radio.  This project is still important, but until the current projects are complete, this is not a priority at the moment.  We estimate that it will cost at least $500 to setup a pair of link radios and a new interface to get the node back up and working in a manner consistent with the quality we expect from the Club’s systems.

The Crane UHF repeater will likely be the first repeater to go up once the tower work begins on the wide-area linked repeater project that was announced back in January.  The 442.150 will have a remote IRLP node to begin with since we don’t have Internet access at the site.  

There was no presentation at this month’s meeting.  

Meeting was adjourned at 1915 hours.

Minutes submitted by: Jeff Kerr, KCØVGC, Secretary
Minutes approved by: James Adkins, KBØNHX, President