Date: Saturday 31-October 2020 Location: via Zoom Start Time: 12.10 pm
Attendance: Bruce KO4XL, George WA2VNV, Patrick KE4OBV, Jeff.S K4BH, Jeff.R W4AEQ, Bonnie KC2JSV, Michael.G K8BQ, Ralph W1DAR, Art WA8VSJ, John N1QFH
The following items were discussed and actions assigned:
This was a virtual meeting using Zoom.
MEMBER SILENT KEY MEMORIAL
The board discussed action items and updates. Goal is to warp up these memorials by year end. John did connect with new Lifetime members on their new membership status. This will be followed up with documentation. Quotes for plaques are coming and John will send to Bruce. Frames will be purchases locally. Bruce will announce at next General Member meeting.
ACTION: John.C will connect with Frank London’s family for a profile picture.
ACTION: John.C will send plaque supplier quote and samples to Bruce
ACTION: Bruce will continue with ARRL brick research and costs
ACTION: Bruce and John.C will collect silent key details and pictures
GROUPS.IO PRESENTATION AND LOGISTICS
Bruce updated board on status. George mentioned burst of activity has slowed with real questions.
ACTION: Bruce will continue to manage groups.io
ACTION: As needed Bruce will request members set display name and CALLSIGN
FACILITY OPENING PLANS AND LOGISTICS
The Shack remains closed. Board regularly reviews the COVID status. Walt said PBC parks have cut back on maintenance activity. They will not be spraying for weeds.
ACTION: John.C will replace filter about December 2020 and pursue getting a HEPA / MERV-13 filter
ACTION: John.C will take picture of filter and send to Bruce; will rotate antennas weekly and periodically oil cable and drum; will use weed killer as needed.
ACTION: John.C will spray the weeds inside the Shark yard since it has become overgrown
2021 WINTER FIELD DAY
Winter Field Day event will occur just like the this past June Field Day. Individual stations will operation from a station of their choosing are encouraged to submit results affiliated with BRARA. More details on the event will be announced.
ACTION: Bruce will present member inter-club results
ACTION: John will setup communication plans to members like was done for summer field day
PAYPAL AND MEMBERSHIP
Board reviewed status of PayPal and Lifetime members based on recent silent key motions. All new members since 1-July have received communication on membership status for 2020 and 2021. Each Board member shall be sent any emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Discussed who is not receiving MailChimp and plans to reach-out to folks not opening emails as non-MailChimp email.
ACTION: John.C will send to Bruce Lifetime letter and certificate.
ACTION: Bruce will edit Lifetime letter and certificate.
ACTION: John.C will set email@example.com go to officers.
ACTION: Bruce and John.C will review how to incorporate CALLSIGN into PayPal
ACTION: Bruce to create secondary logon
ACTION: Bruce to generate PayPal report for Patrick
ACTION: Bruce will transfer PayPal fund to bank
DMR MICROWAVE PROJECT
No updates. We have to reach out to Jerry for updates.
ACTION: Art, Lew, and Jerry will relocate dish on 2m or 70cm antenna
ACTION: Jerry to determine when the dish relocation can occur and advise Art, George and Lew
ACTION: Jerry to review with FAU who can be a partner /contact
Reviewed status which had no change.
John.C updated board on packet repeater recovery plans. Need to get packet station cabinet key from Lew.
ACTION: Bruce to connect with Lew to update our DMR repeater details on database
ACTION: John.C will manage Boca Hospital repeater recovery
ACTION: Art and Lew to continue site repairs
George updated board on rotors and said there was no need to rehab, just need lubrication.
ACTION: Satellite team look into refurbishing rotors
ACTION: Relocate fan-dipole antenna that may block the satellite system
ACTION: Bruce will send letter when full services restored
Board reviewed status. John read letter from Walt W4WCD on PBC Park response pursuing an AED.
ACTION: Bruce will continue linkage with Life Safety Solutions for AED.
ACTION: John will forward Walt’s email from PBC Park to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTION: Bruce will pursue alternate badge suppliers
(check with https://thesignman.com)
ACTION: Patrick will check his record for those who paid for badges and shirts
TRAINING AND TESTING
Jeff.S is setting up CERT Team Tech Class Zoom training and explained how the class will roll out. BRARA may leverage this class for anyone so desiring to attend. Jeff.S said there may need more VE’s to help with the in-person testing in Miramar, FL. The classes will be recorded. We discussed how BRARA may do remote testing and Bruce will research with time frames for testing.
ACTION: Jeff.S will send Tech Class flyer to John.C
ACTION: John.C will add Tech Class details from Jeff on BRARA and GCARA
ACTION: Bruce will research how to do remote testing with Grant
ACTION: Jay, Jeff.R, Roger, Al to define DMR curriculum
ACTION: Bruce will define logistics for licensing classes
ACTION: Bruce will connect with Jerry.Z on testing plans
Board will work to make welfare calls status. Bruce reviewed his plans on board elections. Board discussed member privileges and benefits for flyer. Board discussed status of flyer. Bonnie and Mike.G stated they are comfortable with new tasks. John updated board on the renewal reminders and communications. 2021 grace period is 1-JAN-2021 to 31-March-2021.
ACTION: John make Legacy website inside the current WordPress footprint
ACTION: John will send 2021 renewal reminders with benefits of membership
ACTION: Bruce will update members on voting and elections plans
ACTION: John.C will connect with Jeff.R on flyer status.
ACTION: John.C and Michael K8BQ will continue knowledge exchange
ACTION: Patrick and Bonnie to continue knowledge exchange
ACTION: Board will continue member good and welfare checks
ACTION: Bruce will send to John.C list of member privilege
ACTION: John.C will send renewal reminder for 2021
ACTION: John.C will post Census and MailChimp list to Google drive
ACTION: Board will send list of BRARA accomplishments to Bruce
ACTION: Bruce will review minutes and feedback for list of accomplishments
Bruce, Mike, and John updated board on Zoom auction and item pickup status. George suggested adding some left-over items go on eBay and Jeff.S said we should use Ham-Helpers to left-over items. BRARA may want to do another Zoom Auction on a regular basis. Here’s some statistics on our donated items:
- Number of bids: 156
- Donated items: 26
- New owners: 10
- Duration of auction: 2 hours 41 min
- Donated amount: $757.00
ACTION: John will reorg space at shack given freed-up space
ACTION: Jay will continue reviving laptops and desktops
ACTION: Bruce to get drive and rail kit for Jay to install in desktop
ACTION: Jay and John.C to access CPU and displays to KEEP
ACTION: Jay, Bruce, Mike.G and John.C to hold Zoom Auction
Board discussed doing ad hoc Zoom meetings to fill in place of Wednesdays and Saturdays.
ACTION: John.C will send AC filter size to Bruce
ACTION: Jerry to re-key storage room locks and distribute
ACTION: Jeff.R and Bruce to coordinate training and re-keying shack and gate
ACTION: John.C to install di-pole lightening protectors
ACTION: Jeff.R will change shack door combination
- Satellite System
- Repair Ameritron HF Amplifier
- Acquire AED for The Shack
- IP FAU-to-Shack
- Relocate FAU dish at repeater site
We have a few others lined up for 2021.
November: Pablo KK4YG on “Digital APRS / SMS”
December: Norm Fusaro, W3IZ ARRL Director of Operations on “ARRL Direction”
January: Matthew KO4DJG on micro-processors used to connect radios and other devices
John discussed the value of the Newsletter and Weekly Updates. John would like every board member to be trained in WordPress to post to our BLOG,
ACTION: John.C will merge Newsletter with Weekly Updates
ACTION: John.C will schedule Feb 2021 for 1-1 training for board on how to use WordPress
ACTION: Bruce will continue addressing refrigerator repair
Next Board Zoom meetings:
- Mid-month: Wednesday 6.00 pm 11-November-2020
- Agenda: Saturday 12.00 pm 28-November-2020
Adjourn: Motion by Jeff.S and 2nd by George adjourn at 1.59 pm and zoom ended
John Cole N1QFH / Secretary