Happy sunny Sunday everyone!
Below you will find a copy of the draft version of minutes from the membership meeting last Tuesday.
At the meeting we discussed go-kits, and we had four on display for show-and-tell. A common theme was the use of RIGrunner and PWRgate equipment. We have some pictures of the go-kits that were on display in the minutes.
Also discussed at the meeting is an upcoming Parks On The Air (POTA) event we will have on Saturday, November 10 at 2pm. You can find details and a registration link at the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/care-park-on-the-air-event-tickets-51634473099. You do not need to be a CARE member to attend!
We hope to see you at the park and at our next meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 7pm at the library!
Aaron | K8AMH
Coppell Amateur Radio Enthusiasts
Minutes [DRAFT] of Regular Meeting of Members
Coppell Amateur Radio Enthusiasts
Date: October 16, 2018
Location: William T Cozby Public Library, Coppell TX
The meeting was called to order by Darryl, KG5MDS, at 7:00 PM.
Membership and financial update
Aaron, K8AMH, provided an update regarding membership count and a high-level financial report.
Our group’s membership has 16 members, plus one membership pending. So far, the group has focused on Coppell amateur radio operators, and of the 160 postcards mailed, 11 came back as undeliverable. We will look into reaching out to neighboring areas in the new year.
Financially, from inception through end of September, the group has received a total of $778.68 in support, including $350 in membership dues, $288.68 from gifts-in-kind, and $140 in donations. There were $300.89 in expenses during the period, including $80.56 for domain name registrations, $70 in postage, $66.76 for business registration fees, $60 for the post office box, $12.21 in PayPal transaction fees, and $11.36 for the postcards.
Jon, N5JBS, updated on the repeater project. We reviewed the previous Coppell group’s equipment and determined it would be more appropriate to purchase a new repeater rather than attempt sourcing parts and attempting to tune the previous equipment. Some items, such as the duplexer, we may be able to use. David, KG5RDF, discussed that we may be able to take advantage of Yaesu’s low-cost repeater program which provides a repeater at a reduced price in exchange for operating in Fusion mode for an agreed period.
Jon reached out to the VHF society and they are ready to assist with transferring the previous group’s frequency pair to us. The UHF coordinated pair is what we will have to start, as the previous group’s VHF pair was on an unmanaged pair. Also, some groups have been on the VHF pair waiting list since 2002, so we may not be able to obtain a VHF pair in the near term.
Once this is complete, we will then meet with city officials to discuss potential repeater location in its former space at the water tower. If the City approves, we estimate having the repeater up and running within 60 days. We are considering other sites in the event the city does not approve, and members are asked to propose potential locations they believe may be available.
November park event
Given the past discussion on operating portable and tonight’s go-kit discussion, the Board is interested in holding a park-on-the-air (POTA) event in November. At this event, amateur radio operators, and those interested in amateur radio, can bring personal equipment and see what others are using while attempting to make contacts and earn points. If we cannot make this an official POTA activation, we would simply attempt QSOs and see what we can accomplish, learn about equipment, and share operating knowledge.
For location, the Board proposed a pavilion near Wagon Wheel Park, Lake Ray Roberts, Cedar Hill State Park, and Spring Creek Forest Preserve. After discussion, Ray Roberts was preferred, The Board proposed either Saturday November 10 or Sunday November 11, and after discussion it was determined Saturday November 10 at 2pm to be preferred. The Board will take this location and time to its upcoming Board meeting for discussion and approval.
Go-kit educational discussion
Our educational discussion focused on go-kits and the types of equipment and use cases. For example, a go-kit with multiple radios may be perfect for a communications station, but impractical for an active searcher in a search-and-rescue environment. There were four kits on display at the meeting. Three, brought in by Mike, KE5MAR, Jon, N5JBS, and Aaron, K8AMH, were set up for a more stationary use. The kit David, KG5RDF, brought in is a portable node, capable of using the Internet to link into other repeaters using Allstar Link and other modes.
With no other matters before the membership meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 8:17 PM.