Alliance Amateur Radio Club
January 9, 2019 Meeting Minutes
Meeting Called to order by: President Ron Rittenhouse (KE8HCY)
Devotion led by: Frank Sanor (WA8WHP)
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Andy Magda (AC8JR)
1) Roll call was taken: 17 members present – 1 guest present
Our entry has been submitted to the Winter Field Day folks. Before I bore you with the numbers, I want to share the soapbox that was submitted.
“Thanks to the aftermath of “Winter Storm Harper”, we were faced with finding a new operating location at the last moment. Thanks to KD8BBK (our chairman), and KE8HCY (our club president), we were able to set up in a church gymnasium here in Alliance. Our turnout was encouraging. “
“We are already scouting outdoor 24 hour locations for the
2020 event. “
“While scores are recorded, I believe that the takeaways
from this event go way beyond the number of contacts that we made. It is a great
social event for us. Our chili cook off was won by Tomas, KC8ZEH. He now has a
target on his back for next year’s cook off. “
“We also learned a lot about what works, and more importantly,
what does not work for on-the-fly portable operation. “
“Thanks to the WFDA for all the work, and all the grief they
have to put up with to grow this event! “
“Thanks DE W8LKY! “
AARC HAS A THREE (3) PHASE APPROACH TO RECRUITMENT. THE FIRST (1) IS OUR NEW BUSINESS CARDS. THE SECOND PHASE HAS BEEN THE UPDATE OF AARC'S INFORMATION PAMPHLET.
NOW WE ARE ASSEMBLING INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE POWER POINT PRESENTATION, WHICH IS THE THIRD PHASE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROGRAM.. WHAT WE NEED FROM EACH LICENSED AMATEUR OPERATOR IN THE CLUB IS HOW MANY YEARS YOU HAVE BEEN LICENSED BY THE FCC AS A AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR? PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE AND SEND THAT INFORMATION TO PRESIDENT RON KE8HCY VIA EMAIL OR TELL RON KE8HCY AT THE MEETINGS. YOUR ASSISTANCE ON THIS REQUEST WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATE.
RON RITTENHOUSE, KE8HCY
ALLIANCE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Good morning everyone: there is an important change in
location for 2019 AARC Winter field day.
Due to winter weather conditions, we have gone to plan B for
the location of the event. We’ve secured the use of the gym at the First
Christian Church, 1141 west Beech Street in alliance, OH. We have use of the
gym from 8am-11pm on Saturday, January 26th. Tony Schillig KD8BBK is the
chairperson of the event. any questions should be channeled to him or to Ron KE8HCY.
Ron KE8HCY will talk anyone into the site on Saturday morning on 145.370 (110.9hz),
via cell phone (330-614-1229).
Please enter the facility through a set of twin doors on the
west side of the church. Go to the largest parking lot of the church, the
entrance doors are visible when you pull into the biggest parking lot area. There
will be signs posted on the doors and signs just inside the door directing to
the gym which is located just inside the entrance door system.
Directions: go south on rt.183 out of Mt. Union Square (Rt
62 & Rt.183), go to second light (Saint Paul lutheran church on corner). The
church’s location is approximately 3/4 of a mile west on beech street ( St.
Paul’s Lutheran church on west corner of intersection of route 183 and beech
street), we are the second church not
the first that you will see on west beech street.
Coming from the west, into alliance, turn right at Beechwood
and Sawburg (Wally Armour car dealership) go south on Beechwood to the four way
stop, turn left onto west Beech St; the church is on the left about a half a mile
from the intersection. Call Ron at home 330-821-5454 before the event if you
have any questions.
The exercise runs from 2pm Saturday until 2 PM Sunday (We will NOT be set up overnight, or on Sunday). You can learn more at winterfieldday.com
We will be doing a chili
cook off so bring out the hot stuff. Dinner is around 5-ish.
Hope to see you there!
330-821-5454 land line
Good afternoon everyone, Our January 9th meeting was full of interesting bits of information and activity. We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on our legal matters thanks to John Myers KD8MQ. We will be voting on two(2) items of importance during new business segment of our February 13, 2019 meeting. The first will be; “Conflict of Interest”, the second will be “By-Law Amendment” These are part of the legal work that has been taking place.
The revised AARC Tri-Fold club information pamphlets are here and were distributed to club members in attendance, they will be available at all future club activities along with our new business cards. We purchased dual purpose plastic pamphlet and business card holders and they will soon arrive and be distributed to various locations in the city and surrounding areas of Alliance. Club Secretary Dave Moreno KE8JLI spent countless hours on both the new club business cards and the revised pamphlet and we owe him a big thank you for all the hours he spent on these two items, thanks Dave.
Winter Field Day is January 26-27,and it will be held at Sebring Camp where we were at last year and Tony Schillig KD8BBK is the chairperson for the event. Contact Tony KD8BBK if you can help in any way. There will be a chili cook off, and if you can bring a side dish to share that would be greatly appreciated.
The trustees will be conducting an election at the end of our February 13th meeting, and we still need someone to step up and be a candidate for Vice President for the 2019 year.
John Myers KD8MQ has volunteered to be our Program Chairperson and he would appreciate any suggestions for topics and thanks so far to Rick WD8AYC for your suggestions.
We could sure use some additional check in’s on the Thursday night nets, and especially the 2 Meter net 145.370 at 9PM.
AARC Homeland Security net is now operating on “all” Tuesday nights at 7PM 147.51 FM
Special welcome to our newest and former member Douglas Matthews KB8DNQ who join the club January 9th.
Please take the time to check the club’s newsletter and web site for timely notices of importance. . See you “On The Air” KE8HCY or At Our Events–KEEP TALKING!!!!!
Ron Rittenhouse, KE8HCY
At last nights meeting, a proposed bylaw amendment was submitted. Per our bylaws, we could not discuss it at that meeting. It will be discussed & voted upon at our February meeting. You can read the text of it on the club website at w8lky.org.
We will also be voting on a proposed Conflict of interest policy. This can also be read at w8lky.org.
Both items are part of the paperwork for ourapplication to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Thanks for your consideration.
John Myers, KD8MQ firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonights Pre-meeting dinner will be at the alliance Community Hospital Cafeteria. 5:45PM tonight.
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Good afternoon everyone, we had a wonderful breakfast Saturday January 5th at Don Poncho’s Restaurant 2015 W. State Street in Alliance. I was monitoring 145.370 after I got home and all the comments were very good, it sounded like everyone liked the food and service, and the fellowship was second to none. I checked with Perkins Restaurant and they are booked for the date we wanted for our next breakfast. So I took the liberty and called Don Poncho’s back and reserved the 2nd of February for our next breakfast, I hope that is OK with everyone,if not let me know.
Our monthly breakfast is this Saturday, January 5th.
This month, we will be at Don Pancho’s Tex-Mex Cafe; 2105 W. State St, Alliance. The time; 8:30 am remains the same.
Hope you can make it.
January 12 – 10AM through 4PM EDT.
The purpose of our annual simplex activity is to improve our station and antenna capabilities, and to test our coverage areas on simplex frequencies. These may be very important in times of emergency, when repeaters have failed and simplex is the only method of emergency communication. We are NOT giving any consideration for backup power- this exercise is aimed at testing antennas and determining coverage areas.