CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by President Norton KI4DHW at 7:10PM.
Dennis W4PWF’s EMP presentation is delayed until next month so that Cynthia KJ4CLK and Pat KJ4OCA can attend. Randy WB4MJF discussed the need for officer nominations. Nominations and elections will be held next month. Randy WB4MJF also discussed the need for a holiday party in December. The club agreed a holiday party should be planned for December.
Chuck KI4DHW reminded everyone to check their FCC license expiration date as due to the Government shutdown the FCC ULS database is not operational and folks not renewed prior to the shutdown will be unable to operate legally until their renewal is processed by the FCC and posted to the ULS database.
Randy WB4MJF asked if we should have a Virginia QSO presentation in February. Five people participated in the Virginia QSO party last year. The club agreed this presentation should be held. John KK4EBG also asked for a practice session to be held so that people can learn about proper contesting techniques prior to the QSO party.
President Norton KI4DHW asked for a motion to approve the September 2013 club meeting minutes. Dennis W4PWF moved to approve the minutes, with John KK4EBG seconding the motion.
The Treasurer Mike KG4RKL was not present for the meeting to give a report.
Dennis W4PWF provided an update on the affairs and inner workings of the ARRL for the previous month. Everything is generally fine.
LoTW passed the 500 Million QSO mark. Dennis recently participated in a RTTY contest and made 40 contacts, 17 of which were confirmed in LoTW, so clearly the number of users is going up. There is an ARRL committee looking into improvements to LoTW, and they feel the biggest issue is the software, including the setup and importing of certificates. ARRL is conducting extensive beta testing of a new version of LoTW that will install in two clicks and fix a lot of these issues. Expect to see a larger demand for LoTW once this happens.
The Centennial event has been booked for next year in Hartford, CT.
ARRL is requesting all hams to contribute to their Second Century Endowment Fund. They have a $10 million goal, of which $6 million has been collected.
Gary KC5QCN normally provides this update, but was not present at the meeting. Chuck KI4DHW participated in the DCA APEX 13 drill and provided some insight on how the drill went. Chuck said it was very interesting, as hospitals were clearly not prepared for the drill and didn’t know what was going on. Some hospitals didn’t get advanced notice, victims were sent to wrong hospitals that were out of scope for the drill, and there was generally confusion everywhere. Nevertheless, they were very nice to the victims.
Chuck mentioned how he couldn’t get decent reception to the repeater from the hospital he was stationed at, and the club had a lengthy discussion about repeater locations and working out of "urban canyons".
ARES NET UPDATE
Mike NW3V said that the last net was around 10-11 people, and that net participation seems down from normal. The nets are still good, and kudos were given to all that participate as NCS and play Newsline. George K4RMU mentioned that the repeater didn’t work in Ballston last Friday night, October 11. Chuck KI4DHW talked about the Ballston Mall garage and how it is going to collapse due to structural failure of the concrete.
Mike NW3V said that the WordPress backend of the website has been updated to the latest release, and Chuck KI4DHW thanked Mike NW3V for his work on the website.
Dennis W4PWF asked about obtaining a current membership list, and was told that the Treasurer has the updated roster.
Chuck reiterated that John KK4EBG has been doing a terrific job with Newsline, and asked for any additional Newsline volunteers. Jack W2JWP volunteered to help and sit with John KK4EBG when he does Newsline to understand the process.
STM CUBESAT UPDATE
Melissa (no call) gave an update on the STM Cubesat, which is a two-year project to build and launch a nano satellite using a ham radio signal to collect data. In a week, she will understand the frequencies the Cubesat will use. The goal is to receive HD-quality images from a satellite. Melissa is hoping to do another outside test day before December. The school is working with the International Space Station (ISS) to control a camera on the station via the Earthcam website. The school is also partnering with the U.S. Naval Academy. Melissa will be speaking at a nationwide conference about the work the school is doing, and expressed an enormous amount of gratitude for all the assistance and education the club has provided her.
There was a donation of a new radio to the school, and Melissa is trying to get permission from the school to install the radio for a minimum of at least five years. Her and the Principal have been scouting locations around the school and church grounds that would be ideal for the antenna. This launched a discussion on different antennas for different bands, antenna siting, the use of the school roof, cathedral spire, 200 N Glebe, and other locations. The antenna will tentatively be located above the Cafeteria.
Chuck KI4DHW said folks should get the FEMA IS 100 and 700 certs.
John KK4EBG motioned to vote in two members — Matt Carney KK4PHW and Victor Haburchak KJ4FOR — which was seconded by Dennis W4PWF and passed unanimously.
Jack W2JWP discussed Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) which will happen this weekend. His troop will be at Great Falls at the LDS Church, operating as Special Event Station W4B. Visit the JOTA website to determine the frequencies for use during the weekend-long event.
Mike NW3V reminded members that to send e-mail to the whole membership, you should use the w4wvp-members@amp;w4wvp.org e-mail address.
Chuck mentioned the Pentagon Amateur Radio Club, K4AF, which holds meetings the first Wednesday of the month at the Pentagon MARS Station.
In lieu of a presentation for this month’s meeting, Randy WB4MJF chatted with the group about various things, and discussed having a Q&A session with "old timers" who want to Elmer newer hams.
President Norton KI4DHW adjourned the meeting at 8:45 PM.
In attendance were: Jonathan N4ERD, John KK4EBG, Dennis W4PWF, Mike KK1MM, Victor KJ4FOR, Doug KK4QFR, Roy AI4GO, Randy WB4MJF, George KR4MU, Jack W2JWP, Dave KJ4EMI, Erik KI4BXU, Chuck KI4DHW, Mike NW3V, Prentiss K4PDJ and Melissa.
Submitted by Jonathan Heinlein, N4ERD.