February 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order by President Seth KD0ODE at 19:11
  • Introductions of members; 42 present
  • Secretary Alex K0JKL absent; Jake K0RQ acting Secretary
  • Students of NDSU Emergency Management program were present

Election Results

PresidentJarod Jacobsen, W0JPJ
Vice PresidentAnton O’Neill, KC0PFS
SecretaryJake Bechtold, K0RQ
TreasurerLori Kruft, KC0GQE
Member at largeSteve Kostecke, K0STK

Member at Large Vacancy

Vice-President elect Anton KC0PFS had only served half of his term as Member At-Large. His vacated seat was filled by Member At-Large runner-up Seth Swenson KC0ODE who will serve the remaining year of KC0PFS’s term.

These minutes have been converted to a mobile friendly format; some light editing for clarity and consistency was performed. The Secretary’s original minutes document (2020-02 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee and Officers Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA Groupware Server.

Items marked with 🆕 have been added, corrected, or significantly revised, pending acceptance by the Secretary

Secretary’s report

  • Motion to accept by Jody KC0HIG
  • Seconded by Anton KC0PFS
  • Motion carries

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept by Jody KC0HIG
  • Seconded by Mark KC0SHM
  • Motion carries

Mark KC0SHM brought up possibly moving some of the money in the savings account into a CD or some other investment where it can gain more interest. Executive Committee will look into some options

Librarian’s report

  • Nothing new to report

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass County RRRAES

  • Mark KK0V

Time deferred to Seth KC0ODE


  • Seth KC0ODE

People met with the City of Fargo as well as Cass and Clay counties regarding the flood outlook. The flood forecast has not changed in the last few weeks; everything is dependent on temperatures and future precipitation. Fargo anticipating having to fill 1 million sandbags, with ARES being deployed once the Red River reaches 32-36 feet.

Seth is also looking into the new ID badge system the county is using and making sure our IDs are compatible. All ARES members will receive new ID badges, as that is how volunteers will be managed.

KK0V and KC0ODE also met with FM Ambulance, and spent time with NDSU Emergency management students.

Sabin Skywarn is March 23rd. RRRA has not booked a Fargo Skywarn class yet.

A radio programming session was held prior to the business meeting. K0STK reminded everyone that the files to program HTs are available on the RRRA website.


  • Bob W0HNV

Nothing new to report. Still having issues with Grandin. Still working on new location for the Wheatland repeater.


  • Bob W0HNV

Currently on week 7 of Extra class. Next Tech class begins March 25th.

KE0LDS will also be teaching a tech class at the LDS church starting February 20, 2020, at 7pm.

New Extra pool is available and goes into effect July 1st.


  • Pete WC0G

WC0G, WB0BIN and KC0PFS are handling the hamfest. Documentation has been submitted to be a regional hamfest. One speaker has been lined up.

Volunteers will be needed soon. Regular meetings will begin in the next few months.

Hamfest is September 19th, 2020. In 2021 and 2022 it moves back to the last Saturday of September.

  • Motion for $2000 ($1000 for the space, $500 deposit, and $500 for startup cash and door prizes) by Pete WC0G
  • Seconded by Ken W0CZ
  • 🆕 Amendment to increase startup amount to $800 by Time K0CRF
  • Seconded by Kent KA0LDG
  • Motion carries


  • Pete WC0G

WC0G reported testing will take place next month and the VE team is ready for the new Extra pool.


  • Steve K0STK

K0STK has upgraded the cloud/file server to new software. All accounts carried over, nothing has changed, except for a password reset function. Contact webmaster@rrra.org with questions.

Old Business

Club Storage

Bob W0HNV reported the proposed indoor storage unit at U-Haul on 13th Ave has access from 5am-11pm. 24 hour access is available for an extra $10/mo, but this is likely not needed. The club can pay for 12 months and get one month free. Rental agreement renews yearly. This space is $75 a month, which is about on par for other facilities. Other sites did not have many indoor climate-controlled units. Another site had climate controlled, but no drive-in access.

  • Motion by Kirk W0HNV to move our storage to U-Haul on 13th Ave at $75/mo with a free month
  • Seconded by Anton KC0PFS
  • Motion carries

W0HNV will arrange for a moving crew in September before the hamfest.

New Business

MS Walk

Dell N0IPC is organizing volunteers to help with the walk on April 25th. See N0IPC to volunteer.

Mom’s Diner has closed

Steve K0STK brought up the closure of Mom’s Diner, which has been a long-time home to many club events.

Bismark Hamfest

Kent KA0LDG reminded everyone of the Bismarck Hamfest on Feb 29th. Details on the website.

WA0WHE (SK) Estate Sale

Pete WC0G reported the family of WA0WHE (SK) reached out to him to sell his old equipment. WC0G will work on a list of equipment.

Good of the Order

Mark KC0SHM asked that KC0ODE be recognized for serving 5 years as President. Also thanks to Alex KB0LOL for organizing elections.


  • Motion by Seth KC0ODE
  • Seconded by Kevin AE0BM
  • Motion carries
  • Meeting adjourned at 20:03