July 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:39.

Paul hosted a CERT net on Tuesday, July 6th. Ten CERT members recently got their licenses, and five or six have radios. Keep an ear out for calls starting with KC1E. If they key up, please talk to them!

Treasury report: We had to open a new account to save money on fees, we have paypal switched over and new checks will have GNARC on them! Everything will be above board by the end of the month. Good on money in the club account.

New Business:

Equipment upgrades – we’ll be adding a few more low pass filters for better station isolation and perhaps upgrading the triplexer and its filters for next FD. W3NQN makes good commercial-grade filters. We’ll put a diagram together with costs for various filters and come to a consensus on what we want to get that’s effective and reasonably priced. Steve (K1RF) along with Curt and Charles will be spearheading this effort.

We need signage! GNARC Comm Center on our door, lawn sign, maybe one down the street. Greg at the mailbox store may do magnetic signs.. $250 budget for signage passed, 10 approved, none opposed.

We need to assemble an antenna work party. $400 budget was passed for new support structure for dipole. Nine passed, none opposed, one abstention.

We’d like to update the field day computers to Windows 7. If you have a windows 7 computer that you’re getting rid of, please consider giving the key to us.

Wanna buff out the floor? It’s looking pretty rough and could use some TLC. Jim has a buffer! We can buy pads for it and use it. Yay!

We should think about getting a CS-800 for DMR for the club station – there’s no reason for us not to have one. If there is an emergency, ARES will handle it, and they operate off DMR, so if we want to be involved in ARES, we have to have one. $295 plus shipping. 10 passed with two abstentions. Motion to get a CS-800 passes.

Field Day Wrap-up: 3200 points total. 11 members showed up, and there were only eight operators, five of which were below 10% of total points. It was a good experiment to have it at the comms center, but we’ll be at Vet’s Park next year.

In the near future, we’d like to operate smaller contests, such as Winter Field Day, from the comm center. We’d love to have you!

WE STILL NEED A LOCATION FOR THE PICNIC! Cranbury Park is $270, so please donate your lawn/yard if at all possible.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00.

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