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Last updated: April  20, 2005

Minutes of the SARA Meeting


Call to Order: 7:30 pm by Ed Wood KD5MFS

Introduction of Guests: None present

Special Announcements: n/a.

Report of the Secretary: Approved as posted on the web.

Report of the Treasurer: by Ryan Snyder KC5WDT

Reports of Committees:

Getting the Club Legal - Ryan Snyder KC5WDT, report returned by State since we overpaid, a new check was sent but no information received back yet.

ARES - Jon Spargo KC5NTW said the specs have been received for the Wx Radio, cost estimate $108K, checking into applying for funding from Homeland Security. Antenna on MRO is not feasible due to lightning research project. NWS wants to do a Severe Storm Spotting Class sometime in early May. Jon resigned as coordinator for Socorro County due to time constraints and gave all documentation to Ed who agreed to fill in temporarily.

Other Stuff - Gov. Richardson issued an Executive Order that all emergency organizations must adopt National Incident Management System (NIMS), which is the Federal standard. There are 6 parts, and ARES must also attend. Ed Wood KD5MFS can instruct. All future requesters for emergency funding must have NIMS training. The course and quiz are available online at and takes about 2 hours including the test for certification. The next step is the Incident Command Course - 1 1/2 days, not required but recommended.

Communications Trailer - Jon Spargo KC5NTW said the trailer is still in Moriarty, the completion date and estimated cost not final yet.

Clubhouse Antennas - Bill Brundage K8HUH has placed this project on hold until trailer is completed.  

Spring VE Session - Kalman Oravecz AJ5B said not enough interest, so cancelled.

Election Committee - Bill Brundage K8HUH, Ryan Snyder KC5WDT, and Vern Leavitt KD5UHB. Ed Wood KD5MFS has agreed to continue in the Presidency, Glenn Mauger KB5OAF will accept Vice President again, Ryan Snyder KC5WDT will continue as Treasurer, and we are actively seeking a replacement Secretary.


County Fair Special Events Station - may demo if trailer is ready.  

Field Day - already on schedule for Clarke Field June 25 & 26, 2005. Walkathon will coincide as last year. Vern will cook; Jon will be out of the area.  

Hamfest - budget with City needs to be increased; distribution decreased. Dave Johnson KB5YIW suggested asking other clubs to post on their websites; they request us to do it frequently. Dave Finley N1IRZ suggest targeting the best audience; it is cost effective in attracting people to Socorro.


A-Bomb Anniversary - Saturday July 16. Also Trinity Site, Missile Range and the World Year of Physics. VLA will have Open House, SARA wants to have a Special Event Station with the trailer which should be finished by then.

Fire Academy Fire School Anniversary & Parade - Ed Wood KD5MFS advised.

Good of the Organization

ADJOURN: 2035 by Ed Wood KD5MFS

Submitted by Vern Leavitt KD5UHB, secretary

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