The meeting was preceded by two programs. First there was a brief presentation by the staff of the school on their Cubesat program. The school is proceeding to set up an amateur radio station as part of this program. It emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and math for the students. Contact President Norton for further information.
The second was detailed presentation on Summits on the Air. This is a facet of amateur radio activity that involves operations from high mountain tops. There are about 500 plus locations for this activity in Virginia alone. Summits on the Air uses light weight equipment to operate from these mountain top locations. Special field deploy-able radios, antennas, and power sources are used. Some of the specialized equipment was available for show and tell during the presentation and after the regular club meeting.
Club Business – President Norton called the club meeting to order at about 8:30 PM. The club voted KK4QGG to club membership. Matching funds were contributed by passing the hat for the Obscure Organization which hosts the club’s web pages. All reports on ARRL, Club Repeater, Club Net, and Digital After Net were normal. Preparations for Field Day are on track. Chuck and Ken will meet with our sponsor at the Knights of Columbus.
In attendance were: Ken WB4AKK, Mike NW3V, Mike KA8OPJ, Doug KK4QFR, Jack W2JWP, Mike KK1MM, Dennis W4PWF, Randy WB4MJF, Mike KG4RKL, John KK4EBG, David N4WDC, Melissa (Visitor), Arthur W4ART, Chuck K4QS, Roy AI4GO, and George KR4MU.