SARA MEETING MINUTES - February 11, 2009 (approved
March 11, 2009)
Call to order: 7:27 pm by Prescott Grey,
Introductions: Karen from California a (guest)
was introduced by Paula.
Guest Speaker: Al Braun delivered an
introduction to PSK31
Minutes: Moved (Johnson) and seconded (Al Braun)
to approve the minutes as set. Passed
Treasurer's Report: (Brundage) As of January 31st, the SARA portion of the balance in the treasury was
balance remained at $320.08.
ARES Report: (Spargo) We now have 9 ARES
registrations. These have been sent off to Bill Kaufmann. Members were
encouraged to download, complete and submit ARES forms. Available from ARRL and
from the SARA web site.
LEPC Report: None
Riverine Parks: (Mauger) No information has been
provided by Mr. Boykin of the NMFD. Mauger will try to have info for next
Hamfest final financial report: With receipt
of the reimbursement check from the City of Socorro a final accounting
indicates that the association netted $1,260.67.
Repeater Status and Plans: (Johnson) Reported that
the transceiver is operating nominally, but the autopatch is not
operational. Reprogramming will be required. Queried about what
was needed to reprogram, Johnson indicated, "time and
inclination." Mauger asked if Bob Sparks plans to keep the
frequency for his UHF formerly on Socorro Peak. Johnson will query
Sparks and encourage him to contact Bill Kaufmann if he will not be
using the frequency. There was a question regarding how up to date the
NMFCC web site is. It was later determined that the site indicated a
January 2009 update was made.
Tour of Socorro: (Johnson) April 18 &
19, 2009 with the circuit race on Sunday. ~12 radio operators will be
needed on Sunday with ~4 on Saturday. A solicitation will be sent to
members and previouls participants in mid- to late February.
Socorro Sprint Triathlon (Brundage)
Scheduled for August 1, 2009. About four radio operators
will be needed. More info as time approaches.
Hamfest 2009 - Last Saturday of October in 2009 is
the last day of the month and Halloween. October 24, 2009 is the next
earlier date. Discussion regarding the possibility that Radcomm might
attend. In a conversation with Rick, Brundage learned that it is
unlikely that he will participate, although he has kept his options
open. We should consider setting this date by the next meeting. Moved
(Johnson) and seconded (Boswell) that we set the date provisionally for
October 24, 2009. Passed.
SARA ARRL members are listed on the SARA membership
list. Since we are an ARRL affiliated club we should maintain some level of
participation. Members will be encouraged to join in the March newsletter.
Good of the Organization:
NA QSO was operated by NM5WB making 24
NM QSO party run on Saturday by Lommen, Braun,
Mauger and Brundage gave out just shy of 200 contacts.
Access to the EOC for radio operations like the
above was discussed. Potential for arranging a padlock and coded entry
lock exists. SARA might contribute to the hasten purchase of these
items. No action until more is known about costs.