October 2013 Meeting Minutes

DADE RADIO CLUB OCTOBER 14, 2013 MINUTES OF MEETING

 

PRESIDENT:                                    MIGUEL GARATE (KJ4YUN)

VICE PRESIDENT:                         JULIO HERRERA  (KK4KMO)

CORPORATE SECRETARY:        JOANNE CARBANA (KG4GKU)

TREASURER:                                  ESTHER SANCHEZ (KI40TX)

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: LLOYD KURTZMAN (W4KAM)

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

 

DAVID THOMPSON (WB4DT)

CARL JAGIELSKI (KA4HLO)

RAY VAUGHAN (KD4BBM) (NOT PRESENT)

VIRGIL SALISBURY (K4VSC)

SAM HARTE (KQ4MR) (NOT PRESENT)

 

WEB SITE:  http:/www.daderadioclub.org

 

Meeting was called to order at 19:33 with 34 present.   We have a quorum.

 

Miguel presided over the meeting and welcomed everyone. The meeting was not broadcast live on the air tonight from the EOC.   There was testing being conducted in another room tonight.  Everyone took turns and stated their name, call sign and what they did in Ham radio this past month.   Miguel welcomed everyone again.  Miguel reminded everyone present tonight to sign in.  He also has a free book that he is going to give away to the next new Ham.

 

Miguel announced that we were having a raffle tonight of a Yaesu hat, screw driver set and a head set.  One ticket for $2.00 and 3 tickets for $4.00.  Please see Esther.

 

The minutes for last month were posted on the website.  Miguel asked if there were any objections to the minutes as posted on the website. There were none. The minutes are accepted as posted.

 

Corresponding Secretary – Lloyd brought in the mail from our new PO Box.

 

Treasurer – Esther advised that she has collected dues from two members for 2014.  You can pay online thru pay pal.  Any donations will also be accepted.

 

Website – News Letter – Ryan is in testing.  Julio advised that the club website has bee updated with the Hamboree and Maker Faire information.  Robert explained Maker Faire. It’s a convention for people who like to make things.  It will be good for the Hamboree.

 

Club Elmer/PIO – Frank is not present tonight.

 

Miguel announced that we will be having a X-mas party in December.  It will be the same night as our meeting night, December 2.  The location TBA.  We are looking for a venue.

 

The 147.000 is up but not working.

The 147.760 – Ray is not here tonight, but we are looking for a controller.

The 220 is going up at Miami High and needs a new antenna.  We also need access to UM.

The 51.660 – Ray is not here tonight.

The 444.200 – Carl is working on it. The linking is only working one way.

The Digipeater 144.390 is up and it works sometimes and sometimes not.

 

Emergency Committee Chair – Carl announced that an SET was held on October 5.  We sent our reports to ARRL.

 

New Business:

 

Miguel announced the following upcoming events:

 

December 1 – Junior Orange Bowl Parade on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.  They need volunteers.  Please see Philippe or go to the Coral Gables Races meeting next month.

 

Sunday, February 2 – MiamiMarathon.  If you can volunteer please contact Ben Nemser.  He also will be sending out another email shortly.

 

Saturday, November 30, Hamfest in the Woods in Okeechobee, Florida.

 

November 16 – Free Flea at UM parking lot.

 

Miguel asked Julio to post all of these events with a link on our website.

 

Armando advised that there is a Tech class going on. The last session is this Saturday, October 19 here at the EOC.  Testing will take place at 1 PM.  The next class in December TBA.

 

Jason advised that Multiple Sclerosis South Florida Chapter is holding the MS Bike Ride on March 1 and 2.  He needs Ham operators.  He will be here at our next meeting to sign-up volunteers.  See Jason if you can help.

 

Ryan came in from testing.  The website is updated and has the info for Hamboree.

 

Dave announced that we have 5 new Techs and 1 General tonight.  Eddie Berlot, Login Brauer, Zeiada Azeez; Justin Cobb and Ian Merkel passed their Tech and William Combs passed his General.  Congratulations!!!

 

Miguel gave the “ham Radio Licensing Manuel” to Ian Merkel who just passed his Tech.

 

Miguel announced that the next Hamboree meeting will be next Monday at the EOC at 7 PM.

 

Miguel asked if there was any other new or old business. There was none.

 

Eddie Berlot put on a presentation on SDR (Software Defined Radio).  He gave us the following websites:  http://sdr.osmocom.org; http://rtlsdr.org; and www.reddit.com/r/rtlsdr.  Great presentation. Thank you Hugo.

 

Miguel auctioned the headset for $56.00 to Carl Herrera; the screw driver set to Glenn Davis; the Yaesu hat was a “no sale” and will be auctioned off at the next meeting.

 

Miguel asked if there was any other new or old business.  There was none.

 

Miguel thanked everyone for coming.

 

Joanne made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Ryan.  The DRC meeting was adjourned at 20:39.

 

Joanne Carbana

KG4GKU