- Meeting called to order by President Jake K0RQ at 19:00, October 18, 2022
- 20 members in attendence
These minutes have been converted to a mobile friendly format. The Secretary’s original minutes document (2022-10 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee and Officers Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA Groupware System.
ARRL Affiliation Plaque Presentation
ARRL Dakota Division Director Bill Lippert, AC0W, presented a plaque to RRRA President Jake Bechtold, K0RQ, recognizing RRRA for 50 years of affiliation. Bill ACOW also read the ARRL Board resolution recognizing RRRA for their ARRL affiliation and contributions to Amateur Radio.
RRRA has been an ARRL affiliated club since September 27th, 1969.
Secretary’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Librarian’s Report
- Motion to approve by Kirk W0HNV
- Seconded by Jeffery KK7IX
- Motion Passed
Standing Committee Reports
No ARES discussion tonight
Kirk W0HNV reported that the new repeaters have had extensive bench testing, particularly the Grandin repeater. The Grandin repeater will be going up soon, to provide better communications coverage. Grandin repeater will be running 25 watts of output, but is rated for 100% duty cycle at that power.
It is expected that this site will allow repeater use between Fargo all the way to Grand Forks.
There were additional items that needed to be purchased to maintain existing repeater sites
- Motion for disbursement of $145.57 for replacement parts by Kirk W0HNV
- Seconded by Mark KC0SHM
- Motion passed
Kirk W0HNV reported that Jay WS0Y will be re-doing the technician class a bit to better cover a chapter. No classes have been scheduled as of the October meeting. A general class is expected to come up, and an extra class beginning sometime next year (2023).
Anton KC0PFS thanked everyone for their help and presence at the Hamfest. The club was able to make $1,242.71 after all expenses. The online ticket sales appeared to be a great hit, the info screens was a huge help too. We hope to have more volunteers for next year.
As of now there is no secured venue for the 2023 Hamfest. The Red River Valley Fairgrounds are adjusting their prices and will be increasing the amount they charge the club. Potentially a 2-3x price hike, which would require a sponsorship or some other fundraising to make it affordable.
The next Hamfest committee meeting will be Nov 8th via zoom at 7pm.
This year went well.
Bill AC0W asked how many people were attending, rough estimate was 150.
Pete WC0G reported that there was No internet at the testing session at the Hamfest. Unfortunately there were only 6 people testing at the hamfest this year. Test interest has greatly dropped around the area, many open slots for online testing.
If required, tests can be given 1 at a time via zoom, as requested.
Steve K0STK stated his report is the contents of the 2022-10 Publications Committee folder at https://cloud.rrra.org/. Any questions email Steve K0STK at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tabled until November meeting.
Waiting until the next month for a first reading. If you have any issues or concerns with the changes please contact Steve K0STK or Seth KC0ODE.
Antenna Trailer Donation
A group from the Twin Cities area, MN, is looking to donate a mobile tower to a midwest club. If we would like to apply to receive it, we need to write and submit a letter to express our interest.
Mark KC0SHM asked where we will put it when we are not using it, and if there is any problem with it. Mark asked if there would be any yearly maintenance and costs.
Andy KD0IOE mentioned that it should be in good shape and well maintained.
Lori KC0GQE mentioned we should pass on it, due to a lack of space to put it and few ideas for use.
Good of the Order
The RRRA Christmas Party is on December 7th at the Dilworth Pizza Ranch. It starts at 5pm. Please bring a non-perishable food donation or a cash donation for the Dorothy Day house.
The club received a donation from the estate of WA0HSU. There are a few transceivers, CBs, and other various things. Steve K0STK will hold onto these items for now.
- Motion to adjourn by Pete WC0G
- Seconded by Kirk W0HNV
- Meeting adjourned at 19:43