Minutes of the Adrian amateur Radio Club
50/50 drawing was won by Mark NU8Z.
He donated a D104 mike (a “lollipop”), and Bob Fay won that.
There were 19 people present [including Don’s little ones, who were just so cute!]
Treasurer’s Report—Mark–We have about $5700 , which is a little less than last year. Thanks to Neil, who bought the ice cream for last month’s ice cream social. Bob Fay made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report, and Norm seconded.
Secretary’s Report—Bob Fay made the motion to accept the report as published in the Tickler, and Norm seconded.
There was no Old Business.
Hamfest Report—Mark points out that we paid $250 to the airport. Both trunk sales and ticket sales were down a little from last year. We could have done a better job of advertising, in his opinion. The ARRL people, who have a lot of experience with different hamfests, think the weather may have been so nice that people made other plans. There were 2 people who flew in. Thanks to Bruce and everybody who helped. Ginny reports that 3 people took and passed their Technician tests.
Great Lakes HamCon—We need more volunteers. There was a discussion of plans, which entrance to use, flea market spaces, and layout. There will be no major vendors, unfortunately.
Cletus has a Simulated Emergency Test scheduled next Saturday. The test is to send traffic to the state EOC. The traffic is a form to be sent by voice. He is putting in a cross-band repeater, but he needs a 20 amp, 12 v power supply. Mark has a 35 amp power supply to give to Cletus.
Bob K2IBM talked about the hurricane in Puerto Rico. He and some friends were wondering about the big dish telescope in Arecibo, and it turns out both the scope and the transmitter are badly damaged. Ham radio operators are sending traffic about conditions there and how people are doing. The only way to get information out for the first week was by ham radio. No other communications were working. [Things sound really bad down there. And remember, Puerto Rico is a US territory.]
Coming up, Mark says Phil Smith is going to do a program on SDR (software defined radio), and Dave Gaffner is going to talk about the new FT-8 radio protocol.
Motion to adjourn was made by ?, and seconded by Denny.
Words in [ ] are by me, Barbara NM8I, and not part of what was said at the meeting.