March 2017 BAARC Secretary Report


President:?Steve Mott N?CRM
Vice President:?John Luce W?WY
Treasurer:?Doug Bergsnev W?DWB
Secretary:?Ron Finger K?GOP
Past Presidents:?Charles Lane W5CCL, Al Doree W?RC
Director At Large:?Lyle Amundson K?LFV
Director of Emergency Communications:?Dave Schuldheisz K?ISZ
Repeater Trustee:?Mitch Ahrenstorff AD?HJ
Community & Special Events Coordinator:?TJ Graves K?TEG?

Attendees:?Steve N?CRM, Lyle K?LFV, Doug W?DWB, Ron K?GOP, Al W?RC, Shirley K?DCW, John W?WY, Mitch AD?HJ, Roger W?WUG, and Nick W?NY. The President opened the Board Meeting at 4:00 PM.

Secretary?s Report:?Membership roster shows 84 members with 51 paid for 2017. The Club roster can be found on the Club website under the??Resources/Members Only??area. Current paid members can request an individual password for access via the??Contact Us??form. The Secretary sent a letter of thanks to Bob W?ZPE for a Vertex VX-150 HT and Makita 3/8? VSR drill and batteries received by the Club in December 2016. The February 2017 meeting minutes were posted to the??Club Blog??area. Motion to accept: Doug W?DWB,?Second?John W?WY,?Passed.?

Treasurer?s Report:?The Treasurer presented his report to the board showing all month?s account transactions and balances to date.?In response to a question from John W?WY, The Treasurer confirmed that the requested documents and forms were forwarded to, and submitted by the Club insurance agent with Vertical Bridge Company. Motion to accept:?John W?WY,?Second?Al W?RC,?Passed.?

Membership Meeting Program:?The President reviewed recent and future Club programs and events. John W?WY reported the Brainerd FD has approved Club use of their training room for the upcoming April, June, and July meeting dates. John will follow up with further scheduling details. The selection of a?Spring Dinner?speaker/program was discussed.

Upcoming Events:?The Brainerd Hamfest: Saturday April 22nd, Brainerd Jaycees ?Run For The Lakes? marathon: Saturday April 29, 2017, and the??Tour of the Lakes? bike ride: Saturday June 3rd?were noted. John has arranged Club use of the CWC Sherriff?s Office Comm trailer for both the marathon and biking events.

Digital & Emergency Communications:?John W?WY distributed the new 2017 SKYWARN Protocols prepared following the organizational meeting March 11 in Duluth. The merits of the best radio communication mode with K?NWS at NWS-Duluth were discussed. Decision was to move from the WA9KLM to a new WIRES-X mode. We will now use N?EO-ND 30494. Once in operation this should be a better access for all responder groups to contact the team at NWS Duluth.

Old Business:?Repeater linking:?Peripheral/supporting equipment request was verbalized and shared with the board at January meeting. The Wires-X linking test between Crosby and Crow Wing power is ready to begin, and with the Panda CPU equipment?s recent arrival, is planned for Saturday May 31.?Storage unit discussion: POD container will be placed as weather permits.?High-rise remote base antenna site:?Club will install new HF antenna as weather permits.?Gull lake Internet and tower site:?We are still waiting for Hubbard Broadcasting to continue their progress towards making a space for us in the newer building.

New Business: Repeater Linking: Following the Club breakfast on Saturday, Mitch and Al will be installing a new computer and the Wires-X interface at Crow Wing Power site and at Crosby site. Remote Base Relocation: Move the new CC-DX antenna from the Brainerd Fire Station demonstration to the high-rise for our remote station antenna. Mount and test the antenna at the high-rise. Move radio and interface into the high-rise. Club Coax Kit: Ron K?GOP reported a new source was found for Silver/Teflon Crimp PL-259 connectors. This will permit a reduced price of $2 per connector and shrink-tube for Club members. We have an adequate supply of the LMR-400/RG-8 and RG-8X/LMR-240 sizes, but need more of the RG-58 size. Motion to purchase 50 RG-58 connectors for the Club coax kit: Steve N?CRM,?Second?Lyle K?LFV,?Passed.?Club FCC License Testing: The Laurel Amateur Radio Club (LARC) Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) also known as the LARC VEC or Laurel VEC, is one of 14 VEC?s that have entered into an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve as a VEC. The Laurel VEC was established in 1984. Motion to have Nick W?NY investigate the position of Club Team Leader for the LARC-VE program. Lyle K?LFV,?Second?Mitch AD?HJ,?Passed.?John W?WY reported that the County EOC is being relocated again, and that our Club EOC station will be moving along with it at that time.

The board meeting was adjourned at 5:07 PM.


The President opened the Club membership business meeting at 6:30 PM with 37 members and guests present. Following the welcome and introductions: John W?WY discussed upcoming public?SKYWARN training?at the CWC Land Services Building in Brainerd, as well as details on the April 11 Training Net and April 20 Severe WX Drill. John introduced the evening speakers Doug AA?AW and Jeff KC?MKS from the Duluth area, with Doug discussing the new radio setup and procedures at the NWS. Al W?RC gave a brief report on the?recent Forestview High Altitude Balloon Class launches. Following door prizes and refreshments, The Club enjoyed an informative presentation on the Winlink radio email system.

–Respectfully submitted by?Ron K?GOP, Secretary


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