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Board Meeting 13-March-2024

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024   Location: Zoom   

Directors and Officers present:  Bruce KO4XL, Jay S N2ELG, Mike K8BQ, Bonnie KC2JVS, Barry KO4FBU, Henry WA2ROA

Members present: Andrew Auster KO4TZK, Darren Auster N3NYL

Secretary Mike K8BQ called the meeting to order at 6:12 pm local. He then went through the Board members for reports.

Secretary’s Report: Mike K8BQ

Minutes from the February 14 Board meeting have been posted to the BLOG. Motion to accept by Jay S. seconded by Barry. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Bonnie KC2JVS

No cash flow report tonight. Bonnie had issues logging onto PayPal while we are out of town.

Director at Large: Bruce KO4XL

We’re running out of choices for repairing the 2 meter amp. Replacement transistor did not make any improvement. Art recommends a new amp and a better transmit antenna. Robert Eng W1ENG has offered to donate $1000 to the project.

Barry entered a motion to take up to $1500 of the association’s money to combine with Robert’s donation to purchase a replacement amplifier with an output power of 100-150 watts, a new transmit antenna and hardline to replace the RG213 to the transmit antenna. Seconded by Henry. The motion carried unanimously.

Director at Large: Jay S N2ELG

Jay reported the BRARA auction went very well. We sold about $3000 of items. Barry came up with a way to stage items that worked well. Maybe next time we should limit it to 75 items instead of 100. Renumbering the items worked well and eliminated confusion. Bruce improved Ralph’s spreadsheet and the  new version is on the Google drive.

Old Business

Field Day- Andrew presented some ideas for Field Day

  • Offer radio merit badge
  • Get people involved logging and setting up stations
  • Socialization on using the radios
  • Give Andrew access to John Cole’s FD planning spreadsheet
  • Keep it efficient and simple
  • Get members engaged
  • Need to be able to book station time
  • Andrew will send an email to the club
  • Directors should have an elevator speech on ham radio

Director at Large: Barry KO4FBU

BRARA has permission from Kirk to put our lock back on the front gate. Andrew is having issues syncing LOTW to QRZ. Who should he contact. Henry offered to give him an ARRL contact. The MARS antenna has been taken down to make room to work on the satellite tower and antennas. We need to make plans for the VHF room. Also need to spread fire ant killer at the Shack

Vice President: Henry WA2ROA

We only have 20 RSVPs for the Radiator Grille. Discussion on whether to cancel if we don’t get more by 5 PM Friday. Initial thought was to cancel and roll it into FD. Bruce convinced the group to not cancel and hold the event no matter how many RSVPs we get to keep the event going.

Henry has speakers planned for April May and June

Motion to adjourn by Jay S, seconded by Barry. Meeting adjourned at 7:48 pm. Next BOD meeting April 10

Respectfully submitted,

Mike Greenfeld K8BQ, Secretary