SARA MEETING MINUTES - February 10, 2010
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by
Vice President James Boswell at 7:28 PM. 17 members were in attendance.
Introductions: No visitors were
Eric Albrecht announced that flood insurance is now available for Socorro County
residents. It had not been available previously.
Approval of the Minutes: It was moved (Spargo) and seconded
(Frawley) that the minutes of January 13, 2010 meeting should be
approved. The motion passed.
Treasurer's Report: Jim Lommen
reported that for January the total final balance was = $5,717.18 of which the TARA balance = $320.08
ARES: Call-out list for
ARES was circulated to ARES members present by Leavitt. Prescott and Vern met
with Don Wood and Bill Boedecker at lunch today to discuss changes to the
Socorro ARES operation.
LEPC: Eric Albrecht reported that the Socorro
LEPC had attended the Volunteer Organizations Active in a Disaster (VOAD) meeting in
Albuquerque on January 21. This meeting schedule conflicts with the
regularly scheduled Socorro LEPC meetings so the LEPC meetings may be
rescheduled. NIMS Training is scheduled for Socorro: ICS 100 on
February 20 and ICS 200 on March 13. Both will be 8 AM to 5 PM at the County
Annex Building. Call Crystal at 835-2029 for more info.
CERT: Doug May reported that attempts to get CERT
instructors to come to Socorro are ongoing. The CERT program was
presented to one high school class by Doug and Jon Spargo.
Charter School: Jon Spargo brought
maps, catalogs, lanyards, etc. that had been contributed by ICOM for the
charter school students. This was available to those attending the
SARA meeting and the remaining materials were stored at the EOC. The
license course is proceeding. Attendees seem to have stabilized at
about 5 students. Jon proposed that an upcoming Wednesday
afternoon be set aside to do installation on whatever is available for the
station. Jon suggested that $200 be dedicated by SARA for the purchase of
a radio and ground connection materials. Timing of the VE session was
discussed and late April was an acceptable consensus date for the exam.
moved to devote $200 for a VHF transceiver for the charter school club station. Leavitt seconded.
Motion passed by without opposition.
Due to inclement weather, the repair and
clean-up of the Confluence park has been rescheduled for Friday, February 26th, 9 AM, weather
Tour of Socorro: April 17-18, 2010. Dave Johnson
announced that it was still early, but a volunteer sign-up form was
circulated for attendees to indicate their interest and
James Lommen informed those attending that attempts to run the NM QSO
party event last weekend indicate that the antenna is malfunctioning badly.
Very few contacts could be made and signal reports from those were uniformly
poor. Discussion revolved around diagnosing and correcting the
problems. Kálmán Oravecz reported that the TARA station scored ~130
QSOs during morning operations.
SARA received a query regarding listing of location
information for the SARA repeater for search and rescue operations.
The club has consented to do so.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at