A link to the W4WVP Field Day 2009 press release has appeared on the home page of the Arlington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, under a photo of George, KR4MU, beaming in the shack.
|Purpose:||...to further promote the popularity, good-will, recognition and respect of our hobby both within our fraternalism and the Community...|
|Meetings:||Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 P.M., St. Thomas More Cathedral School, 105 N. Thomas St. Nonmembers are invited to attend.|
|ARNewsline:||Tuesday (except meeting nights) at 7:00 P.M., 145.47(-) MHz FM|
|Net:||Tuesday (except meeting nights) at 7:30 P.M., 145.47(-) MHz FM, PL 107.2 Hz|
|Information:||Chuck Norton, email@example.com (e-mail), phone 703-973-6715 (day), 703-527-2430 (eve).|
May 28, 2009
May 20, 2009
President Reed called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM. Attendance was light. The minutes of the April 2009 meeting were approved.
The Treasurer made his report. He can still take orders for Field Day ‘stuff’ from the ARRL.
The Secretary received mailing labels from Dennis Bodson with the new amateurs in Arlington County. Plans for a mailing will be developed. Dennis was out recuperating from recent surgery.
Emergency Communications – Gary noted that the hurricane season would begin on June 1st. Field Day would be good practice for emergency operations It was also noted that the Hurricane Net would start operations. See the Internet for more information on the Hurricane Net.
The Armed Forces Day Cross Band Test was conducted from the Pentagon MARS Station under the call sign WAR. Over 200 contacts were made during this operation.
Dayton Hamvention – Gary reported that the Military Affiliate Radio System would be replaced by the Military Auxiliary Radio System. There would probably be cutbacks in the billets assigned to some systems, including Navy-Marine Corps MARS. Attendance at Dayton seemed to be down, but a good time was had by all. Randy reported there were new radios from manufacturers or promises of new radios in future years. The ARRL area had several booths. These included Scouting, Marine, and Astronaut booths.
Old Business – The Yaseu 2800 VHF radio looked like an attractive VHF radio to acquire for the club, especially for emergency communications. It was a 65 watt radio and could be programmed with all needed channels as presets. A motion to authorize purchase of this radio at a cost of up to $ 150 was made and approved.
Members were asked to check the Internet site for the Virginia QSO party for their logs to see if they were correct for final submission.
New Business – The Red Cross Disaster Communications Team would meet at the Regional (Fairfax) Headquarters this Thursday to discuss plans for future communications systems. The Red Cross had Vertex VX-10 UHF radios that were surplus for sale.
Field Day Plans – George stated he would cook and shop for the Field Day operation. Notes on George’s menu have been distributed. George would cook indoors. The draft press release for Field Day was passed around for the members information. Field Day posters and flyers were also distributed for posting as appropriate.
Morse code compact discs were distributed to interested members. A code course would be given again in the fall.
In attendance were: Ken WB4AKK, Mike KG4RKL, Jack WA4FXX, George KR4MU, Arthur W4ART, Randy WB4MJF, Ian KI4DTP, Ted, Jesse, Prentiss K4PDJ, Gary KC5QCN, Mike KA8OPJ, and Mike NW3V (briefly).