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General Membership Meeting October 2023

BRARA General Membership Meeting minutes for 3-October-2023

The BRARA monthly association meeting was held in person at the Boca West Branch of the Palm Beach County Library and via Zoom conference. The meeting was called to order by the Vice President, Ralph W1DAR at 6:33pm local. Attending: 19 at the library and 16 Zoom participants.  The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  This was followed by a moment of silence in memory of Silent Keys Walter Dreyfus, W4WCD and John Cole, N1QFH Officers and directors provided an update of their club related activities followed by a presentation by Mike Walker, VA3MW on Flex Radio.

Directors and Officers Present

Ralph W1DAR, Mike K8BQ, Bonnie KC2JVS, Jay S N2ELG, Jeff S K4BH, George WA2VNV

Vice President: Ralph W1DAR

We’ve had comments that Echolink hasn’t been working on the BRARA repeater. The Echolink interface is at Bruce’s KO4XL location. He can check on it when he gets back from his trip. Also been issues with DMR. The repeater is not connected to the Internet which resulted in on air and hotspot users being unable to communicate. Need to contact Jerry Z W4BFL who manages the link.

We are looking for members who are interested in serving as directors. Elections are in November. Contact Ralph W1DAR or Bruce KO4XL.

Members have expressed interest in a trip to the Dauer car museum and a train show.

Secretary: Mike K8BQ

Mike reported that the September minutes have been uploaded to the BRARA Blog. Motion to accept Ken K8KDS, seconded by Fran KC2JVS. Motion carried. New members Rich Schwartz N1SZE, Steve Wheelock K4IM, Ed Raffo KQ4LIX and Arnold Hartman.  Currently have 193 members.

Treasurer: Bonnie KC2JVS

Treasurer’s Report September 30, 2023

December 31,2022 Available Balance $9096.26
August 31, 2023 Available Balance $10,740.83
September 30,2023 Available Balance $10,599.46

Income: $309.70
Income includes $207.76 in memberships and $101.94 in donations.
($97.52 was a donation in memory of Walt, and $4.42 was a donation testing our payment email for

Expenses: $451.07
Expenses include $74.77 for check printing, $6.11 for miscellaneous and $370.19 for director’s

Not included: $ 87.92 for LP bottles not cleared and $168.68 for new custom bookcase in shack

Available Balance includes $5,000 cash reserve.
Balance available for operating capital $ 5,342.86

Director at Large: Jay S N2ELG

Jay is working on organizing material for the next auction.  We need excess radio stuff for the fall auction. He is at the Shack most Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Director at Large: Jeff S K4BH

We’re on the downhill side of hurricane season. Still need to stay prepared. SET in Miami-Dade next Saturday.

Director at Large: George WA2VNV

George had nothing to report this month.

Sam Wilfond WS4BSA: JOTA Presentation

Jamboree on the Air will be the weekend of 10/20-22. You can contact Sam at They currently have 220 scouts registered. The more radio operators they can get the better to keep the wait down.

Membership Chairman: Henry WA2ROA

Nothing to Report


Motion to adjourn by Ralph W1DAR, second by Jeff S K4BH.  Meeting adjourned at 7:03 pm. Presentation by Mike Walker on Flex Radio followed.

Respectfully submitted,
Mike Greenfeld K8BQ, Secretary