was called to order on February 10, 2013 with 17 members and guests
The group welcomed Chuck Houston KJ6UJF to the meeting and the area.
TREASURER'S REPORT: Suzanne (KB8GFY) reported that our new balance at $2,178. This new balance reflects the addition of$1,663 proceeds from the fund raiser events last month.
DISASTER REPORT: Edgar reported that there was one fire call that involved the Red Cross last month in Brockway Township. It was a house fire that consumed a home.
NET REPORT: Edgar (KC8VLV) reported that the Tuesday has adopted a new login program and on an average evening there are 5 to 6 checking into the net. The Thursday evening participation has decreased. Charlie (KD8OSD) noted that participation with the nets and planned events has been low. Dennis (KB8OCG) encouraged those in attendance to support the nets.The nets are held every Tuesday evening at 8pm on the ARCARS repeater at 146.800MHz. Stacy KB8RNN hosts the Thursday Net at 8pm. If you have a topic you would like on the net please contact Edgar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were no special events covered at the meeting.
CLUB STATION: The 80’ Tower project has been delayed due to other events affecting the Red Cross on the national level. The project has been presented to the director and is expected to be budgeted and started in the Spring. The tower will support antennas, and utilized with our remotely controlled amateur station. The project is expected to cost approximately $2,500.
NEWSLETTER: The web pages are located at www.qsl.net/arcars and www.bandopening.com/arcars . There is a wealth of information available on the website including the RSS feed.
CLUB PROJECT: Finishing touches are being planned for the radio room. There is some cosmetically improvements planned as well as framing and displaying documents.
The Poker House fund raiser event was successful in raising $1,663 during the four night event. Appreciation was expressed to those that supported the event. We have another one scheduled in December.
Paul (KG8OU) inquired about the status of a purchase of hand held radios that were to be bought then rented out to generate operating funds for ARCARS. The units were to utilize public frequencies that do not require an FCC license to operate. Andrew (KC8SPD) explained that monies were transferred to a Chinese company that has yet to ship the radios and now contends that they did not receive the funds as agreed. Andrew said that the company previously told him that they did not ship them due to a shortage of the plastic cases for the units. The plant closed for two months during this timeframe. A full report was requested by Jerri (KC8YRQ) to be presented to the club at the March meeting.
NEW BUSINESS: Dennis has been in contact with the Parks department in reference to the Field Day site. There is a document that needs to be presented to the Parks along with $60 to secure the site for the event.
Motion to disburse a check to the Parks for $60: by Jerri (KC8YRQ), seconded by Mark (N8KPV), carried
Dave (N8PXF) volunteered to provide a location for ARCARS to participate in the annual Cruise Night event this June 28th and 29th. A signup sheet will be available at the March meeting for participants.
The 20th Anniversary of ARCARS will be observed this October. The group is planning a Special Event station to commemorate the anniversary to be held October 11th, 12th, and 13th. On Sunday the 13th we will have a small party after the meeting. Dennis (KB8OCG) volunteered to create an article recognizing the achievements and trials of our organization. He has requested the membership to sent him their thoughts for the article.
Motion to adjourn: by Jerri (KC8YRQ), seconded by Suzanne (KB8GFY), carried
DX SPOTS/ SPECIAL EVENTS: There was a DStar presentation following the meeting.
ANNOUNCEMENTS and other info:
*The ARCARS & International Traders Net is held every Tuesday evening at 8pm on the 146.800 K8ARC repeater.
*The ARCARS DStar repeater is operational on frequency 146.690MHz.
*The International Friendship Net is held every Thursday at 9pm on the 145.370-VA3SAR repeater
*The Thumb / Mid Michigan Nets are held Monday through Saturday at 9:30pm on the 147.300 K8DD repeater.
HF: The Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net is held nightly at 8pm on 3.932 MHz