|Meetings:||Usually Third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 P.M., Red Cross, 4333 Arlington Blvd. (US 50), Arlington,VA. Nonmembers are invited to attend.|
|Net:||Tuesday (except meeting nights) at 7:30 P.M., 144.87/145.47 MHz FM|
|Information:||Jack Reed, WA4FXX, firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail), (703) 685-7933 (phone).|
The December 20 meeting of the Arlington Amateur Radio Club will be held at the usual time (1930L) and place (4333 Arlington Blvd). In place of a featured program all are welcome to participate in the W4WVP Holiday Party.
Hope everyone can attend!
--Adam, KG4VNC, (Rookie) AARC Secretary
President Jack/WA4FXX called the meeting to order at 1934L. Attending, besides FXX, were Members Mike/NW3V, George/KR4MU, Adam/KG4VNC, Paul/KG4PXF, Jim/K9AUC, Roy/AI4GO, Chuck/KI4DHW, Bob/WB4KLJ, Dan/N8YSZ, Mike/KG4RKL, Ian/KI4DTP, Dennis/W4PWF (eventually), and visitors James/KB1JMV and Rich/WA3SXX.
The manuscript Minutes of the October meeting were read and tentatively approved. Treasurer Mike/KG4RKL, reported on the Club's finances. Jack asked how many applications for membership were pending. Mike answered, "Four from last time plus three by email." Jack asked, "How many are here? Calls?" Mike replied, WA3SXX and KB1JMV." It was moved, seconded, and passed unanimously to accept the membership applications of WA3SXX and KB1JMV.
American Red Cross Arlington County Chapter Youth Coordinator Jennifer Rice McCarry presented the Red Cross Volunteer Orientation video and handed out folders of material including the Volunteer Handbook, which she noted was more extensive than previous versions. She encouraged current Volunteers to take a copy of the new Handbook.
Jack noted that Dennis/W4PWF would be arriving late, so the report on ARRL matters would be deferred until his arrival.
Jack also noted that Club's representative to the Foundation for Amateur Radio, Alan/KO4ALA, would not be attending.
Jack/WA4FXX said that the County Office of Emergency Management is offering a presentation, If Katrina Happened Here Thursday night, 1930-2000L. Ian/KI4DTP asked about the status of the County's petition for a higher-power 1700 kHz AM emergency broadcast site. Jack replied that the FCC had denied the petition for 100W out of one site, the fire station at Ballston. Jack said that the U.S. Marine Corps Marathon "went fairly well."
Jack/WA4FXX asked for old business related to the new computer. Ian/KI4DTP responded that it was not connected to anything yet. The OS is WinXP Home. There was discussion of connecting it to the Internet and/or the ACC network. The latter appears to be prohibited. Ian said that he was interested in trying WinLink. K9AUC said that he was interested. Jack said, "Thank you very much. We'll probably give it a test this weekend."[mss. page missing here?]
Adam/KG4VNC, who had been nominated to be Secretary at the October meeting, nominated the current slate of officers (except Secretary) for reelection. The slate, and Adam, were elected by acclamation.
Jack/WA4FXX called for a vote on pending applications for membership. It was moved, seconded, and passed, to accept the applications of Aubrey/KI4LSA, Charles/W1EH, Tom Barlow/SWL, Ceci Barlow/SDWL, and Mike Wusylczuk/SWL. Jack then solicited a motion to forgive dues for the balance of 2005. It was so moved, seconded, and passed.
Jack announced that Venture Crew 80 would be offering a license preparation class starting in January. [For details, see pp. 5-6 of the November 2005 issue of the Mount Vernon ARC's Ye Olde RF Output.]
Jack said ARES EC Alan/KO4ALA's email crashed shortly after he asked ARES members interested in obtaining a County photo ID to email him, so interested ARES members should send that info again as soon as possible.
Jack/WA4FXX handed out copies of a draft request for room reservations at the ACC for future meetings and operating events. He said quot;This weekend we have the room noon until 4 pm for the SSB Sweepstakes."
Mike/NW3V awarded Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) 2005 patches to participants Roy/AI4GO and Jim/K9AUC, and said he had one for Jack/KB3KKY. Jim gave prints of photos he had taken to Mike.
Dennis made and Mike seconded a motion to reimburse Dennis an additional $26.75 for the purchase of the new computer, because total cost had come to $729.75, higher than the $703.00 he had requested at the October meeting. The motion passed. Jack then asked Dennis to report on ARRL matters.
Dennis said that nominations for Ham of the Year were in order. Ian/KI4DTP asked about the status of the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order (NRPM&O) in WT Docket 05-235, which proposes, among other things, to do away with the 5 WPM Morse code requirement for all license classes. Dennis replied, "I still predict the requirement for code testing will go away."
Jack asked Ian about computer info. Ian responded with a request for Jack to review call-up procedures. Jack said, "Don't self-deploy. If you must come somewhere, come here. Better yet, stay near a phone listed on the roster. Call up is usually from the County to the ARES EC, or to the Red Cross, in which case George/KR4MU will call up."
There was some planning for the Seasonal Party, to be held at the December meeting. Members were invited to bring food to share, and, to avoid duplication, to email Mike/NW3V the items they plan to bring. Mike will compile a master list and mail it to all. Mike also noted that it is customary for Members to bring a gift-wrapped radio-related item, from the shack junque box or costing no more than five dollars, to be exchanged by lottery among those bringing such items.
There followed a quick show and tell. Jim/K9AUC said, "We have new NCAC freqs here [brandishing copies of a freq list]; take one. These will also be in the vehicles."
There was discussion of how to get enough current to temporarily installed mobile rigs such as the IC-706 without blowing a lighter fuse. James/KB1MV said, "audio people use fuse blocks." Ian said, "PowerPole parties have been suggested."
Jim/K9AUC said, "We'll have to bore a hole in the shack window frame for the 440 MHz feedline. I suggest we bore an extra hole for future use, and plug it."
The meeting was adjourned at 2105L.
16-Dec-2005 ARLX006 Holiday Toy Drive trucks hit the highway
16-Dec-2005 ARLS009 ISS commander shooting for WAC, WAC and maybe DXCC from
16-Dec-2005 ARLB030 ARES emergency net established after Missouri dam break
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The Arlington Amateur Radio Club
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Arlington, VA 22203