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March 2020 Meeting Minutes

Alan Streitman W4UB called the meeting to order at 10:01 am at Fire Station 65 in Palm.

Alan Streitman W4UB reviewed the Club’s goals and core values.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jeff deGrasse K4JJD.

Alan Streitman W4UB presented the Agenda overview.

The 2020 Club Board members and meeting attendees were introduced.


Secretary’s Report – Due to the absence of Steve Foy N4FOY, the Secretary’s Report was deferred.
Treasurer’s Report – Jeff deGrasse K4JJD presented the report.  The total monthly income is $150.22, total expense is $3.09, and the total balance is currently $3,714.37.  Chuck Burling KM4JST moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report, Mike Branda K4HN seconded the motion, and the motion was passed.  There are 76 paid members.

Technical – Alan Streitman W4UB reported that the repeater output has been dropping occasionally over the last three weeks.  The repeater SWR readings are acceptable but it has not been possible to find the cause of the problem.  The Club will transition to the backup repeater this week.  East Lake CERT will allow us to use their repeater if needed. Membership will be informed of the situation by email. This problem is delaying the HamWan deployment.
Club Net Status – Alan Streitman W4UB stated there were 3 nets for a total of 40 check-ins. One net was cancelled due to report output problems. A call for more net controllers was issued.
VE Testing – Mike Branda K4HN reported there were several VEs available but no candidates at the pre Club meeting testing sessions.
Communications – Nothing reported.
Social and Events – Jack Kinney N4KIN stated the Breakfast Social will take place March 28 at Bob Evans. The yearly Sparc in the Park event will take place on March 14. The nets are suspended until the repeater issues are resolved.
Youth and Community Outreach – Nothing reported.
Club Incorporation – Alan Streitman W4UB reported that the Board needs to meet and approve the Club’s bylaw changes to accommodate incorporation requirements. The Club membership will then vote on the bylaw changes in April.  This vote will allow voting proxies as a high majority is required for passage. The plan is to first incorporate, then obtain ‘not for profit status’, and finally become designated as a 501C3 entity.

Old Business – Nothing reported.
New Business – Nothing reported.

Technical Presentation – Dee Hooker W4DCH gave the Club a presentation that discussed end fed resonant and non- resonant antennas used at his QTH and in the field.

Jeff deGrasse K4JJDconducted a 50/50 raffle that sold $70 worth of tickets. Gerry Pollack WR6N won the raffle and graciously donated $25 back the Club.
The meeting adjourned at 11:05.

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