President Norton called the meeting to order at 7 PM. He distributed certificates for those who received them for the Virginia QSO Party. He reported that Ms. Melissa Pore, the STEM teacher leading the St. Thomas More Cathedral School satellite project had received her amateur license.
He also reported that these is a new Arlington Alert system being put in place. There will be a three month overlap with the old system. The system will try to page you or send its text message three times. If there is no response, it will call you. This new system will be under a broader umbrella called Capital Alerts. Members were encouraged to become aware and potentially participate in this new alert system. Other sources for weather alerts are the NOAA weather radios which operate above the two meter band. Skywarn is also available. It is an amateur radio system using the 147.300 MHz Bluemont repeater system.
Chuck also encourage all of the members to think about a GO BAG. A GO BAG has essential items you would need if you had to abandon you home in an emergency. General guidelines is to provide yourself with food, water, medications, and other critical supplies for a three day period.
Chuck also encouraged all members to take the FEMA 100 and 700 Emergency Training Courses and become certified. If you are interested in receiving this training in a classroom environment, let Cynthia or him know.
The membership approved the Minutes for the June 2014 meeting. The Treasurer made his report. (The club now has 34 members.) There were no ARRL or EnCom reports. Club nets are proceeding well. Net participation is good with a high of 17 check-ins during one session last month. Jack W2JWP is learning to do the Newline program. Chuck mentioned ongoing interest by other in Mesh Networks. Consult the Internet for further information.
Field Day operations were removed. Members were generally satisfied with this exercise. Ken WB4AKK proposed the club purchase a Par End Fed antenna for use on 20 meters for next year. He believed this would allow for better results on 20 meters because the feedline would not be in the near field of the antenna. The club voted to spend $58 plus shipping costs for this for next year’s Field Day.
Rob KM4CZS was voted in as a member of the club.
In attendance were: Mike NW3V, Mike KK1MM, Nereide KK4WUN, Ken WB4AKK, Lukas WA3UEA, Doug KK4QFR, John KK4EBG, Erik KI4BXU, Chuck KI4DHW, Jack W2JWP, George KR4MU, David KJ4EMI, Mike KA8OPJ, and Rob KM4CZS