April 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting took place on the W0ILO Repeater system instead of in-person in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Meeting called to order by President Jarod W0JPJ at 19:02
  • 18 stations checked in

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 (2020-03 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee and Officers Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA File Server.


Secretary’s Report

Jake K0RQ reported that last month’s minutes are available on the club cloud website. Two corrections were made. Report was not voted on.

Treasurer’s Report

Lori KC0GQE reported the treasurer’s report for this month is available on the club cloud website. Report was not voted on.

Librarian’s Report

Lori KC0GQE mentioned a Thank You card was received from the veteran’s club that the club donated to in memory of Jerry Philips. Lori also noted the club will be doing something similar for Kevin O’Neil who passed away earlier this month.

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass County RRRAES

Mark KK0V reported that the ARRL has created a volunteer hub. ARES members are encouraged to sign up at nd.arrl.volunteerhub.com. Skywarn courses are available online, link is at RRRA.org. An in-person Skywarn class is scheduled for May, but the status of it is unknown at this time. Members are encouraged to take the online Skywarn classes.

Clay RRRAES

Seth KC0ODE reported that Clay County ARES will also be encouraging members to sign up through the Volunteer Hub. Details are forthcoming. Fargo Police Picnic scheduled for June 23[rd] is still on as scheduled for the time being.

Technical

Bob W0HNV was not present. Jarod W0JPJ mentioned that Bob is still working on a new location for the former Wheatland repeater. They will be looking for a liability waiver of some sort for any future repeater site as well.

Education

Bob W0HNV was not present. No report.

Hamfest

Pete WC0G reported that the fairgrounds are confirmed for September 19[th]. One speaker is lined up for sure, others are in the works. Online tickets will be available this year. Price is going to also be raised to $10. Volunteer efforts will need to ramp up soon. Anyone wanting to help can reach out to Pete WC0G, Tiny WB0BIN, or Anton KC0PFS.

VEs

Pete WC0G reported that testing is still scheduled for the May club meeting. This will change if the May meeting ends up being on-air instead. ARRL and W5YI are experimenting with remote testing as an alternative to in-person testing.

Media

Steve K0STK was not present. Any questions about the website or listserver please contact webmaster@rrra.org.

Old Business

Skywarn

There are online opportunities for Skywarn training for anyone interested. Link is available at RRRA website. An in-person class is still scheduled for May 18[th] at West Fargo City Hall but that is pending.

Communications Trailer Donation from Jeff KK7IX

No update

Communications Trailer Solar Upgrades

Mark KK0V approached the club regarding solar upgrades for the club trailer. The club officers approved his request. Mark KK0V also mentioned the trailer will need new batteries as well. He will get a price and report back.

Club Domain Name Renewal

Steve K0STK mentioned to the club officers last month that the domain name for the club website was up for renewal. The club officers agreed to pay for one year and shop around for a better price next year. Will get status update at next month’s meeting.

New Business

Fox Hunt

Kent KA0LDG sent an email to the club listserver about a potential Fox Hunt. He has tentatively scheduled it for May 9[th]. He notes this activity can be participated in while still maintaining a social distance.

COVID-19 Affect on Field Day

Kent KA0LDG noted that Field Day as an event is still on, but the large gathering that the club typically has will not happen due to the COVID-19 situation. Members are encouraged to participate in Field Day on their own.

Good of the Order

Don KC0DCF mentioned the club does have a Memorandum of Understanding with several organizations. That could potentially fill the liability waiver need for a new repeater site.

Adjournment

  • Motion ito adjourn by Ken W0CZ
  • Seconded by Don KC0DCF
  • Meeting adjourned at 19:48