November 2009 Minutes
Meeting opened by Pres Sue, KD5LKG.
John, KE5JDY, read the minutes of the last meeting. Mark, K0XXX motioned to accept the minutes and Bill, K5BGR seconded.
Ann, KD5LKF read the treasure’s report. Bruce, KE5MBD motioned to accept the report, and Ralph, KE5sfb seconded.
Bill reported the nothing new has been done with the repeater as of yet. Noel(sp?) is wanting to set up the
repeater so that it links with the others in the system. Mark, K0XXX, suggested it should be programmed with tones so it can’t
be turned on except by designated operators to prevent accidental or malicious operation. Bill will talk to Noel about it.
Mark also briefly mentioned the upcoming disaster practice and SET, and agreed to email the information to anyone interested
Sue briefly discussed the hamfest at Batesville. Two of our club members took and passed the extra exam. (Don and Sue)
The club members decided to hold the Christmas party at the courthouse again this year - Dec 12. Ladies bring ladies gifts,
men bring men’s. Bring finger food, your own drinks. Same time as regular meeting.
Elections were held for new club officers. The new President is Bill, K5BGR; Vice President is Mark, K0XXX; Treasurer is
Ann, KD5LKF; Secretary is Robin, AD5IZ.
Sue announced that she has DVD’s of the Tech super session if we ever decide to have one, or if someone wanted to
Ann mentioned that Sandy Richardson also had knee replacement surgery, and is doing well.
Don drew the number for the door prize. Mark won the door prize.
Don talked about his project with using APRS. This sparked a lively discussion about whether the advantages of having the
system outweighed the possibility of too many people being able to know too much about where you are and what you are doing.
Johnny, KE5YQK discussed several nets that he has been having fun with. He also mentioned the disasters he had traveling
to other hamfests.
Mark told the club about his wife broke her hip while walking the dog.
October 2009 - no meeting; members went to the Batesville hamfest.
September 2009 minutes
Meeting was called to order by President Sue, KD5LKG. John, KE5JDY, read the minutes of the
last meeting. Robin, AD5JA motioned to accept the minutes as read, and Bruce, KE5MBD seconded. Passed.
Ann KD5LKF read the Treasurer's report. Robin, AD5JA motioned to accept the report as read,
and Bill, K5BGR seconded. Passed.
Bill K5BGR reported that the repeater was taken to David, and someone is supposed to be getting
it taken care of, but there are a lot of Hamfests going on right now, so David is busy, and Robin hasn't heard anything. It
doesn't appear to be broken, but no one has heard anything else.
Bill K5BGR motioned to give whoever drives up to work on it 25.00 for gas. Bruce KE5MBD seconded.
Sue KD5LKG mentioned the upcoming CAREN Hamfest in Little Rock, and the Batesville one on Oct.
10. Robin motioned to cancel our next meeting to support Batesville's club – motion passed. Robin will put a note on
the door the day of the meeting to let people know why there was no meeting.
If there is a charge for tables, several members will be sure the club is reimbursed if we have
a club table – members encouraged to bring stuff to sell.
Ralph, KE5SFB was not present and so there was no prize, but he will owe one at the next meeting.
Dakota drew, and Don, KE5MRU won this month.
Ann KD5LKF noted that her surgery will be Sept. 3.
Meeting was adjourned.
October Meeting was cancelled so club members could go to the Batesville Hamfest.
August 2009 Minutes
The meeting was called to order by Pres Sue, KD5LKG. Secretary John, KE5JDY, read the minutes of the last meeting. Minutes
Treasurer Ann, KD5LKF read the treasurer’s report. Report was accepted.
Bill, K5BGR, still had no news on the repeater. He will keep trying.
Sue, KD5LKG, briefly discussed the resignation of KE5RGN and the alleged problem of Bruce, KE5MBD being AEC in Sharp county
even tho he lived in Izard county. There was a lot of misinformation given out about that, but in the end, there was no problem
with the appointment.
David Norris, K5UZ, Vice Director Delta Division of the ARRL, gave an entertaining talk about what is going on with the
ARRL at this time. Of particular interest is an advisory committee dealing with emergency ops, and the problem of organizations
using amateur radio for commercial purposes. The ARRL is also looking at an electronic version of QST. He also mentioned several
upcoming Hamfests, including one in Batesville in October, on the same day as our regular club meeting. Club members were
asked to think about canceling our next meeting, or holding the next meeting at Batesville, so we could show support for another
club’s efforts. This will be decided at the Sept. meeting. Also, David advised the club that John Godfrey’s surgery
went well, and his shack was not damaged during the recent fire at his home.
Mark, K0XXX questioned David about Distance scoring during VHF/Uhf contests. David stated that he believes that is being
looked into by the appropriate committees.
David stated the Robin, AD5JA will be the VE team liaison for our club.
Sue pointed out the donation bear, to help raise money for the club. Ed Nemethy, N5TFP, brought a club jacket to give away,
and Sue brought an antenna book for anyone who wanted to make a small donation to the club. Robin had a 2 meter radio for
The Drawing for the door prize will start over from the beginning. The winner was Ralph, KE5SFB.
Meeting was adjourned.
July 2009 meeting minutes
President Sue, KD5LKG, called the meeting to order. Guests
and members introduced themselves.
Ann, KD5LKF, was not presesnt to read the treasurer's report.
John, KE5JDY, read the minutes from the last meeting. Mark,
K0XXX motioned to accept, Bruce, KE5MBD seconded. Passed.
Mark, K0XXX, did field day from his home and he discussed it briefly. He worked primarily on VHF.
Sue, KD5LKG, mentioned that Robin, AD5JA, is doing well.
Bill, K5BGR, had no news on the repeater. He will continue
to work on that.
Johnny, KE5YQK, spoke about what he had learned regarding linking radios with other clubs.
Bill, K5BGR, will try to contact Noel to have him check out the repeater, and Johnny will ask him
to possibly come to the next club meeting. Mark, K0XXX, said that if hard line
was needed, he might be able to donate it, but he doesn't have the connectors.
Mark, K0XXX, stated that as far as he knew, there was no Ares/Races in Izard county at this time. There was a discussion of the resignation of Bill, KE5RGN and various other related
items. It was suggested that emergency managers be invited to a club meeting,
but Mark pointed out that since we did not have a viable Ares group to offer them, it would be useless to have them come. He also noted that only a few of the club members have taken the required NIMS classes,
and without those, we could not really be asked to participate in emergency operations.
It was decided after discussion, to wait to see what was going on with the district Ares/Races situation
and with our situation. Sue, KD5LKG, will try to contact Kenny or the distrct
EC to see what is going on.
After more discussion of what our club could do, Sue explained (with help!) what the NIMS courses
are and where they could be found online, and about the continuing education courses on the ARRL web site.
The door prize was won by Mark, K0XXX.
June 2009 Minutes
Prez Sue, KD5LKG opened the meeting.
John, Ke5JDY, read the minutes from the last meeting. Bill, K5BGR motioned to accept the minutes
as read, and Ralph, KE5SFB seconded. Passed.
Ann, KD5LKF read the Treasurer’s report. Bruce, KE5MBD motioned to accept the report as
read, and Ralph, K35SFB, seconded. Passed.
Bruce, KE5MBD, spoke of Bill, KE5RGN’s resignation from Ares/Races. There will be no more
Ares meetings until this is resolved.
Bill, K5BGR, reported that Robin, AD5JA, is doing well, and did not need the additional surgery
Sue, KD5LKG, passed out copies of mail she received from K5FWQ, Rick’s radio and electronics
store (online) – new and used “stuff” for the hobby. She also passed out info in Field Day at Batesville,
including Google map.
Bill, K5BGR, did not yet call repeater repair people for possible help with getting it to work.
He will be working on that.
Johnny, KE5YQK , discussed the possibility of linking with Walnut ridge on 270. He will
talk to Joe at Walnut Ridge about that and about having him come to a meeting to talk about it.
There was an informal discussion of possibly having the Emergency managers of Sharp and Fulton
counties visit at a meeting in the future.
Jack , AD5TL,won the door prize.
May 2009 Minutes
President Sue, KD5LKG, opened the meeting. Guests and members introduced themselves.
John, KE5JDY, read the minutes of the last meeting. K0XXX motioned to accept the minutes, seconded
by Ralph, KE5SFB; passed
Ann, KD5LKF read the treasurer’s report. Harold, KA9WWG, seconded. Passed
Ann gave a report on how Robin, AD5JA is doing.
Bill, K5BGR, reported the the repaired repeater is not working correctly. He will follow up
on it by contacting the repair company to see if he can troubleshoot via phone or if he needs to return it for more work.
Sue, KD5LKG, reported that the club is invited to join Batesville’s Field Day operations.
She will have directions by the next meeting.
Door prize was won by Bill, K5BGR.
After the drawing, there was a brief informal discussion of member’s generators for emergency
use and emergency frequencies.
Bill, K5BGR, motioned to adjourn the meeting, and KE5MBD seconded. No one objected.
April 2009 Minutes
Meeting was opened by President Sue, KD5LKG.
John, KE5JDY read the minutes from the last meeting. Harold, KA9WWG, motioned to
accept; Bill, K5BGR seconded; passed.
Ann, KD5LKF read the treasurer's report. Bruce, KE5MBD motioned to accept the report,
Ralph, KE5SMF seconded; passed.
Ann, KD5LKF reported that we need a second signer for the club checks since Bob
passed away. Bruce, KE5MBD motioned that Bill, K5BGR be appointed; Harold, KA9WWG seconded; passed.
Ann also reported the the insurance company sent the check to pay for repeater
repairs, and it was sent to the repair people, who called and said they had received it. The check was for $526.90, and the
repairs cost $551.90. K5BGR paid the difference plus the cost of certified mail, so the club owes him $30.32.
Ann reported that Robin, AD5JA had her surgery and was recovering. Robin called
during the meeting, and all present were able to say Hi! Ann will get a card and a small gift for her.
Bill K5BGR will get the back-up batteries and charger for the repeater when the
repaired one is back up. It will cost about 200.00.
The time for the Ares meeting was changed to after the regular meeting. Ralph,
KE5SMF motioned to have the club meeting at 2PM and the ARES meeting after, at 3PM, so if the ARES meeting is canceled, it
won't inconvenience anyone. Johnny, KE5YQK seconded; passed.
After some discussion, it was decided to contact the Batesville club to see if
we can join them for Field Day, since we will have no place to hold our own. Sue will get the information for our next meeting.
Sue handed out the new ragchew net preamble, and flyers for the Memphis Hamfest
and a QRP fest in Branson, the OzarkCon.
Ann counted the collection jar and reported $23.00.
John, KE5JDY won the door prize. Meeting adjourned.
March 2009 Minutes
Bruce, KE5MBD, Vice President, took over the for Sue, KD5LKG, who could not be there.
The tape recorder, unknown to anyone, was apparently not working properly, so the following
is a summary of the high points of the meeting.
1. Meeting times changed: Ares/Races will be at 1:00PM, followed by the regular club meeting
The Ragchew net time was changed to 7:30PM.
The insurance company finally decided to send the check for the repeater repairs, so we will
have the “good” one back up soon.
A decision was made to have a club donation jar at each meeting, so anyone can make a donation
to help defray some of our expenses.
Bill, K5BGR, will purchase back-up batteries for the repeater out of his own pocket, to be paid
back by the club when funds are available.
February, 2009 Minutes
President Sue, KD5LKG, called the meeting to order.
John, KD5JDY, read the minutes of the previous meeting.
Ann, KD5LKF, read the treasurer's report.
There was no news on the status of the repeater payment from the insurance company, most likely because the ice storm
disrupted everything. Ann will follow up on it.
The legal student willing to take on the club incorporation wanted to set up an appointment. It was decided
that it might be better to delay this for a while, due to limited club resources. Sue will follow up on this.
Bill, K5BGR, pointed out that we need new back-up batteries for the repeater so that it will be operational during power
outages in the future. He agreed to look for batteries and if they were reasonable, he will pick them up and the club
would reimburse him. He will also check on a special type of battery charger.
Anne, KD5LKF, suggested that the club pay for Robin's membership dues, instead of getting flowers for her. All
Anne won the drawing for the door prize.
The meeting was adjourned.
January, 2009 Minutes
(no December, 2008 minutes, as we held the club Christmas party instead of a regular meeting)
The meeting was opened by President Sue, KD5LKG. Guests and members introduced each other. John, KE5JDY
read the minutes of the November meeting. Robin, AD5JA, motioned to accept the minutes and Bill, K5BGR seconded.
Anne, KD5LKF, read the Treasurer's report. Bruce, KE5MBD motioned to accept the report, and Bill again seconded.
Robin, AD5JA, pointed out that Ann and Bill had not been paid for the electric costs for the repeater for quite some
time. As soon as the Treasury is built back up, they will get a check.
Mark, K0XXX, has not yet gotten the MOU to Bill, KE5RGN, for adapting to our club. He will do so ASAP.
Jack, KE5SMZ was not present to discuss installing a seperate meter for the repeater. Other members suggested
that having a seperate meter and the resulting seperate bill, would be more expensive than leaving things the way they are.
As a result, no action will be taken on this matter.
Robin, AD5JA, reported that she called the insurance company about payment for the repeater. They claimed thay
never received the lightning strike affidavit from Vertex. Vertex stated they sent it. The insurance rep will
call Vertex and if necessary, take a lightning strike affidavit over the phone or via email in order to move things along.
Mark, K0XXX, mentioned the January VHF contest coming up next weekend.
Bruce, KE5MBD, mentioned the Hamfest coming up Feb 28, in Hoxie.
Ann had a sample custom printed pen, and the club decided to see if we can order some for the club. Ann will
check and see if they are still available.
Robin will check on cost of printing caps and jackets for club members.
Nathan drew for the door prize. Sue, KD5LKG won.
Meeting was adjourned.
Meeting was opened by President Sue, KD5LKG. There was no reading of the previous month’s minutes because the tape recorder
was accidentally left off at the last meeting. There was no Treasurer’s
report because the treasurer was not present.
Robin, AD5JA, briefly discussed the repeater –
it is repaired, but the insurance company required more paperwork, which has been completed, and as soon as the check arrives,
payment will be sent to the repair company and we will have our good repeater back.
When it comes back, Bill KE5RGN will help set it back up and will also check on the battery backup system. Members discussed moving it to it’s original location, but it was decided to wait until we see how
well it does, as it may be more trouble than it is worth to move it. Jack, KE5SMZ
suggested putting in a separate meter for it and he will call NAEC to get more information.
Sue, KD5LKG, read an announcement regarding the
$1.00 fee increase for exams, from $14.00 to $15.00.
Members discussed the Christmas party, and decided
to heold it as usual on the December meeting date, Dec. 13, at 1 PM at the Ash Flat Community Center. [ THIS WAS CHANGED LATER
TO THE ASH FLAT COURT HOUSE, SINCE IT WAS FREE, AND THE COMM. CENTER CHARGES A FEE]
Men bring men’s gifts, women bring women’s gifts, and families are invited – if there are kids, families
bring kid’s gifts for their own kids. Bring potluck finger food and something
Officers for the 2009 year were elected. Sue, KD5LKG, remains as President, Ann KD5LKF remains as Treasurer and John, KD5JDY
remains as Secretary. Bruce, KE5MBD was elected Vice President.
Bill, KE5RGN, stated the he needs an MOU form
the club, authorizing Ares/Races use of the club repeater during emergencies. He
will obtain a sample MOU the we can adapt.
Ed, N5TFP won the door prize.
Jack, KE5SMZ, motioned to adjourn, and Bruce,
President Sue, KD5LKG opened the meeting. Ralph, KE5SFB motioned to accept the minutes of the last meeting as posted on
the web page. Harold, KA9WWG seconded; passed. Secretary Ann, KD5LKF, was not yet present, so Robin, AD5JA stated the the
treasurers report had not changed. Bob, AD5IZ motioned to accept that, seconded by Bruce, KE5MBD. Passed.
Robin, AD5JA informed members that the repeater was in for repairs, and the insurance deductible was $50.00. Harold,
KA9WWG motioned to okay payment of the amount and Mark, K0XXX seconded. Passed.
Mark, K0XXX brought in and handed out certificates for those who participated in the 2 meter simplex contest. He also
brought copies of the new ham brochure. After members had a chance to look over the brochures, Robin, AD5JA suggested that
club officers names be added to the brochure. Mark agreed. It was decided that Mark would print a few copies at a time,
as needed, and absorb the cost of the ink. In the future, he would be able to ask the club for money to cover that cost,
Sue, KD5LKG, discussed an email request from Larry Wilson, President of the Howell County Radio Club for the number of
members who might be interested in an area wide gathering of amateurs at some time in the future. No specifics were provided,
as this was just a feeler to see if anyone would be interested. About 8 members expessed an interest in the gathering.
David Norris, K5UZ and Kenny Thompson, KG5KS, were introduced.
David led a discussion about emergency communications, with input from Kenny, referencing attempts to come up with credential
requirements for hams volunteering to work in disaster areas assisting served agencies. Some requirements would be certain
NIMS courses and ARECC courses. Having volunteers finish the NIMS training would mean federal funds would be available for
covering some expenses. Also discussed was the need for MOUs with served agencies, and David cautioned club members not to
promise more than we could actually deliver. Bill, KE5RGN, mentioned the Oct 11 meeting at noon for ARES/RACES members, prior
to the regular club meeting.
David showed new brochures and stressed the need to get young people involved in the hobby. He also noted that he is
running for the position of Vice Director this year and would like our support.
Kenny, KG5KS, District B DEC, discussed the uses of WinLink and the problems encountered with the AWIN system.
Ann, KD5LKF, informed the club that she needed to be reimbursed for the cost of shipping the repeater for repairs. Robin,
AD5JA motioned to in favor of this, and Bob, AD5IZ seconded. Passed.
Robin briefly discussed getting the club's tax exempt status. This is still a work in progress, and Sue, KD5LKG, is looking
for some pro-bono legal help.
David, K5UZ, picked a number for a door prize he brought, and the winner of the repeater directory was Jack, AD5TL. David
the picked a number for the regular club prize, and Sue, KD5LKG won.
Bob, AD5IZ motioned to adjourn, and Harold, KA9WWG seconded.
August Meeting Minutes
Recorded by John, KE5JDY
The meeting was called to order by Sue, KD5LKG.
John, KE5JDY read the minutes of the last meeting. Robin, AD5JA motioned to accept them as read and Mark, K0XXX seconded.
Ann, KD5LKF was not present to read the treasurers report, so Robin announced that the balance was the same as last month's.
Mark, K0XXX, discussed getting a list of people willing to mentor new hams and printing a brochure for new hams. He will
try to have copies printed to bring to the next meeting.
Bill,KE5RGN, discussed reviving the Sharp County ARES group and possible starting ARES/RACES training after the regular
net. He had sign up sheets for anyone interested in participating. He is EC for the county.
Jack, AD5TL is trying to start a slow code net. Anyone interested should contact him.
The club repeater was damaged by lightning. Robin described the damage and discussed possible alternatives to setting
up the repeater so that it doesn't happen again, such as running a line directly from the repeater to Bill's house, getting
it off the well house line. Hopefully, more info will be presented at the next meeting, as far as possible cost of electric
Robin asked members to pray for her during her upcoming surgery.
Mark briefly discussed his satellite antenna with club members.
Mark stated he will have certificates for those who participated in the club 2 meter contest at the next meeting.
Bob, AD5JA picked the number for the door prize. John, Ke5JDY won.
Bruce KE5MBD motioned to adjourn and Bob AD5JA seconded. Meeting adjourned.
July Meeting Minutes
Recorded by John Zehr, KE5JDY
Sue, KD5LKG, called the meeting to order.
John, KE5JDY read the minutes of the last meeting. Jack, AD5TLG motioned to accept, Robin, AD5JA, seconded.
Anne, KD5LKF, read the treasurer's report. Nothing changed; the club has the same amount as last month. Robin, AD5JA
motioned to accept; Ralph, KE5SFB, seconded.
Sue, KD5LKG, briefly discussed the July 26 2M contest, stating the the rules, etc, would be on the club web site. John
handed out printed copies of the rules to members.
Jack, AD5TLQ, discussed the possibility of starting a slow CW net. He agreed to bring an outline of plans to the next
Door prize winner was drawn by Ralph,KE5SFB, Bob, AD5IZ, won.
June Meeting Minutes
Recorded by John, KE5JDY
Sue, KD5LKG, called the meeting to order.
John, KE5JDY, read the minutes from the last meeting.Robin, AD5JA, motioned to accept the minutes as read; K9KOK seconded;
Ann, KD5LKF, read the treasurer's report. There is currently $389.70 in the bank and "petty cash." Bob, AD5IZ
motioned to accept the treasurer's report and Ralph, KE5FSB seconded. Passed.
Sue, KD5LKG, spoke briefly about Field Day arrangements. The directions to the site are:
Go thru Batesville as tho you are going to Little Rock. Cross the river and at the top of Ramsey Mountain, look
for Highway 25 and turn right on 25, toward Heber Springs. after 11 or 12 miles, watch for the Cleburn County Line sign.
Right at the line, you will see Radio Tower Road on one side of the highway and County Line Road on the other side. Turn
left onto Radio Tower Road and follow it until you see a bunch of folks with radios and antennas.
The Field Day activities run from around noon on Saturday the 28th till noon on Sunday the 29th. Anyone who wants to participate
is welcome. If you want, you can bring some sort of side dish or dessert, or soft drinks to share. (no alcohol!) Anyone
who would like to help with operating overnite should contact David, K5UZ, at 870-793-6431.
Sue, KD5LKG, offered to give a ride to anyone interested. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 870-670-4604 to see if there
is still room in the car!
Anne, KD5LKF, advised that the results from the club member's participation in the Jan VHF contest are in this month's
Bob, AD5IZ, wrote a preamble for the Ragchew net; after discussion, the preamble was accepted as written. The time of
the net will not be changed. KE5RGN motioned to accept the preamble, K9KOK seconded. Passed.
Sue, KD5LKG, encouraged members to pick up a copy of the upcoming 2 meter simplex contest, to read before the nest meeting,
where any questions will be addressed.
Robin, AD5JA brought up a discussion of the trip along 9 Mile Ridge, where members collected cans to help raise money
for the club. Afterward, the members met at the Fire Station for a picnic lunch.
Dakota chose the number for the door prize; Ralph, KE5SFB, won.
Club members introduced themselves to Darren, KE5QAV.