Meeting Minutes - January, 2019

Jersey Shore Amateur Radio Society

Business Meeting 10 January 2019

The meeting was called to order at 19:00 EST.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said, followed by a moment of silence and roll call.

Meeting minutes for November were read by Secretary Matt de Rouville, K3MR. Approval was moved by Charlie, N1CRR, and seconded by Bill, KB2JBJ.  Matt then read the December minutes, with approval moved by Dave, N2WCO, and seconded by Carl, WA2IQE.

Treasurer Joe Russo, KD2NAY, gave the November treasurer’s report.  Approval was moved by Charlie, N1CRR, and seconded by Bill, KD2JBJ.  Joe then read the December report. Bill, KD2MZM move to approve them, with a second by Pete, K3PMC.

Charlie, N1CRR, gave the December net report for the Jersey Shore Amateur Radio Society Traffic Net:

· Check-ins:  551

· Messages in/out:  31/31

· Total minutes:  566

· Sessions:  31

· Participants:  582

Approval for this report was moved by Dennis, KD2NAS, and seconded by Glen, KD2FFR

For calendar year 2018, the figures were as follows:

· Check-ins:  7744

· Messages in/out:  409/407

· Total minutes:  5913

· Sessions:  365

· Participants:  8007

Charlie also noted that additional net control stations were needed, and he would be happy to hold a training class.  He also mentioned that additional sessions of the soldering class could be offered, and he would like to brainstorm on possible projects that would be easy and cheap.  This part of the report was moved for approval by Dave, N2WCO, and seconded by Joe, KD2NAY.

President Tom Russell, KD9BVC, noted that it had been suggested that the Society give a donation to the American Cancer Society of $XXX in memory of Shirley Lamhut, mother of Paul, WB2HHH, and Howard, N2HHH.  He made a motion, which was seconded by Dave, N2WCO, and this was approved by the membership.  


Tom also gave a status report on Brian, WA2FAX, who had broken his leg and required additional surgery.  He was doing well, looked good, and should be home by Sunday if things continue to go well.

Old Business

Jim, WA2RJP, noted that there was no news on the repeater location.  The old water tower was currently covered with a tarp.

Tom, KD9BVC, noted that there would be a review of who has paid dues for 2019, which were currently payable.  Those who have not made their contribution would shortly be cut off from Echolink access.

New Business

Tom put forward the name of a potential member, Tom Kovalak, KD2RDU, who would be eligible for a free membership for passing the amateur test.  After being moved by Dennis, KD2NAS, and seconded by Chris, K2HVE, his nomination was approved.

Glen, KD2FFR, brought up the Thinking Day on the Air, which is the Girl Scout equivalent of the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree on the Air.  This is an opportunity for Girl Scouts to learn about amateur radio and make contact with other Girl Scouts around the world.  The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 16-17 February.  It was hoped the Society would be amenable to setting up amateur radio stations and presenting the various facets of the hobby, included voice, CW, and fox hunting.  This will help the girls earn their radio patch.  If the Society approved, Glen would then see if any girls were interested before firming up this event.  Charlie, N1CRR, moved and Pete, K3PMC seconded agreeing to do this, and the motion was approved.

Field Day 2019 is slated for 22-23 June.  In 2018, the Society achieved 290 confirmed QSOs garnering a score of 1010 points in the low power, 4A Commercial Power category.  26 hams came out to participated.  Tom, KD9BVC, expressed the Society’s appreciation to Chris, K2HVE, for organization the 2018 and 2019 Field Days.

Hamfests for 2019 were also discussed.  Currently, there are no locally scheduled hamfests.  Members agreed to have Sunday hamfests on 14 April and 15 September.  Arrival time for vendors would be 7 a.m., for the public at 8 a.m., and closing time would be noon.  There would be a VE session at 10 a.m.  Admission was set at $15 for vendors (including one admission), and $5 per person for others.   A table would be made available to club members for the sale of items.  

Total Attendance was 21.

The meeting was adjourned at 19:58 EST after being moved by Bill, KD2JBJ, and seconded by Charlie, N1CRR.

Submitted by Matt de Rouville