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Minutes of the SARA Meeting

SARA MEETING MINUTES - November 8, 2006 (approved January 10, 2006)

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM in the SEC clubhouse by President Vern Leavitt. A quorum was present. One new (or returning old) member in attendance was Glen Jones N5XDG, whose son just got his Technician license at the Hamfest.

Approval of Minutes: Minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as posted.

Treasurerís report: As of October 3, the bank account had $2267.23, and as of November 3, the checkbook balance was $3126.36 (bank statement not available). In both cases $280.08 is TARA's. The Hamfest netted $596. Expenses incurred in getting the 501(c)(3) totaled $1194.61. Details are available from the Treasurer or the Secretary.

ARES/LEPC report: Alison Patrick, consulting for writing the Emergency Operations Plan, is on board; she will be in Socorro the week of the 27th.

Weather radios: 

  1. FEMA is providing weather alert radios for all of the schools in the country, although not all of them can receive a useable signal from any Weather Service transmitter, as is the case with at least a quarter of the 800 or so schools in New Mexico. So the Weather Service will be storing the radios designated for those schools, until such time as they can actually become useful. 
  2. The Weather Service needs more transmitters to cover New Mexico adequately, thus this is not just a local problem; also they have no budget to install nor to operate any new facilities. Jon Spargo is looking for current info on requirements for new installations; what we have is five years old. Possible funding sources for a new transmitter here might include the BNSF Foundation; the additional coverage would benefit the railroad as well as the populace at large. One possible hitch has arisen as the idea of putting up the new transmitter on M Mountain, which is a power limit of 30 watts for all new installations. Weather radio transmitters generally come in two sizes, 300 and 1000.

Hamfest reports and discussion:

Further ARES: Glenn Mauger presented his ideas for equipment to be requested as part of the $500,000 appropriation by the State of New Mexico for a backbone network. There was lively discussion.

December Meeting:  The December Christmas party/meeting will be on the 13th, the normal meeting night, at Vern Leavitt's place on Route 408, by the BNSF tracks.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 9 PM.

Submitted by Eric Bear Albrecht, W5VZB, Secretary

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