Stillwater ARC Minutes 12/4/2018
Present: John Deveny (KG5CBG), Lee Dumas (W5TOR), Nelson Ehrlich (WB5ONA), Ron Fury (AC5JQ), Robert Hadaway (KG5PLN), Mike Harris (KF5RKS), Rex Ishmael (WD0AJG), Mark Matalik (AE5DN), Jerri McCord (WB6RAP), Martin McCormick (WB5AGZ), Kevin O’Dell (NØIRW), Bill Pendleton (KR3LL), Jim Shideler (W5JCS).
President Bill Pendleton called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. The minutes of the November meeting were approved. There was no Treasurer’s report because the minutes of the November meeting had not yet arrived; however, the amount on deposit is the same as for October.
Since no business was before the club, the meeting adjourned at 6:38 pm. Following the meeting, Mark Matalik (AE5DN) gave a very interesting presentation on the capabilities of digital mobile radio (DMR).
Stillwater ARC Minutes 11/6/2018
Present: John Deveny (KG5CBG), Lee Dumas (W5TOR), Nelson Ehrlich (WB5ONA), Ron Fury (AC5JQ), Robert Hadaway (KG5PLN), Martin McCormick (WB5AGZ), Bill Pendleton (KR3LL), Nathan Strubhar (KD7KTR).
President Bill Pendleton called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. The minutes of the October meeting were approved subject to the following correction/addition:
Correction: Damage sustained with the removal of the towers was limited to an antenna rather than one of the towers. The damage was minimal and was less than expected given the nature of the operation.
Addition: Rodney Batchelder, who tested after the October meeting, passed both the Technician and General exams. The Club is happy to extend hearty congratulations on this accomplishment!
As of 10/31/2018 the club had on deposit $xxxx.xx. There was one deposit of $30 (dues from Ken and Lynn Case) and one disbursement of $xxx to Payne County Tree Service for services related to the removal of the club towers at the Salvation Army building (bucket truck and personnel).
We need to discuss what to do with the trailer. Discussion was deferred to the December meeting due to minimal attendance at the November meeting.
State Parks on the Air is coming. The closest parks to Stillwater are Keystone State Park (about 40 miles, near Mannford), and Roman Nose State Park (about 90 miles, near Watonga). We will discuss possible participation in December.
At the end of the meeting Robert demonstrated some interesting equipment that he had acquired on eBay, including a dongle-type spectrum analyzer that attaches to a cell phone.
The meeting adjourned at 7:00 pm.
Stillwater ARC Minutes 10/2/2018
Present: Rodney Batchelder (testing), Ken Case (K5KC), Lynn Case (W5LC), John Deveny (KG5CBG), Nelson Ehrlich (WB5ONA), Ron Fury (AC5JQ), Robert Hadaway (KG5PLN), Mike Harris (KF5RKS), Martin McCormick (WB5AGZ), George McElhoe (K5GCM), Kevin O’Dell (NØIRW), Bill Pendleton (KR3LL), Jim Shideler (W5JCS).
The meeting began at 6:30 with a slide presentation by Ken Case, accompanied by Lynn Case, describing their impressive antenna farm. The presentation lasted till approximately 7:30, at which time President Bill Pendleton called the regular meeting to order.
As of 8/31/2018 the club had on deposit $—-.–. The bank statement for 9/30 had not arrived as of 10/2.
On September 29 a number of club members participated in removing the club tower at the Salvation Army church. The towers were removed with the assistance of a bucket truck from Payne County Tree Service, for which the club paid $250. Once down, the towers, which belong to Mike Veldman, were placed on a trailer and hauled to Mike’s land east of town. As expected there was some minimal damage, fortunately only to one tower. Many thanks to everyone who participated in this endeavor.
Tower feedlines had been routed through a window at the Salvation Army church, and Nelson replaced that window. He also did significant prep work on the towers, thus greatly facilitating their removal.
Bill will pull the trailer to Robert’s lot at a time TBD. The deadline for applying to pull the trailer in the homecoming parade has passed, so that possibility is on hold till next year.
John checked the Oklahoma Tax Commission website regarding the possibility of a sales tax exemption for the club. There are a number of narrowly defined categories of organizations that can qualify, and we do not fit any of those categories.
Robert has begun work as club Webmaster. He has already put in a lot of work on bringing the website up to date.
Kevin stated that he has 45 feet of tower, along with related hardware, that he would like to sell, if anyone is interested.
JOTA is coming, but it appears to be too late to participate as a club this year.
The Ardmore Hamfest is Oct. 26 and 27.
MTC Homecoming is set for Oct. 13.
The meeting adjourned at 7:45 for testing.
John Deveny, KG5CBG
Stillwater ARC Minutes 9/4/2018
Present: Jim Bullington (testing), John Deveny (KG5CBG), Nelson Ehrlich (WB5ONA), Ron Fury (AC5JQ), Robert Hadaway (KG5PLN), Mike Harris (KF5RKS), Martin McCormick (WB5AGZ), Kevin O’Dell (NØIRW), Bill Pendleton (KR3LL), Jim Shideler (W5JCS).
President Bill Pendleton called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. The minutes from the July meeting were approved.
September 29 has been chosen for removal of the club tower at the Salvation Army church, pending weather or other contingencies. The following comments were made in that regard:
*Bill reported that Kinnunen has the cheapest rental for a man lift–$280 for Saturday to Monday morning.
*Robert mentioned that he has a farm jack that might be useful. He also has a 6000 lb. pulley.
*Mike Veldman (WD0CDA) probably has a tower jack.
*Kevin has a gin pole.
*Nelson indicated that we would need rope, 100 or more feet. Mike suggested that 150’ would be better.
*Bill will announce on the net if Sept. 29 is a firm date.
*The question came up of what it might cost to hire someone to remove the towers. Bill will explore.
The question of where to park the trailer came up. It was agreed to accept Robert’s offer of a parking place on his company’s lot in Stillwater. It was also noted that we might want to pull the trailer in the OSU Homecoming Parade, so local storage is desirable for easy accessibility. The parade participation will be discussed further at the next meeting.
The matter of a state sales tax exemption is still under investigation.
Jim reported that the October meeting will feature a presentation by Ken Case (K5KC) and his wife Lynn (W5LC) on HF operating, dxing, and contesting, as well as a look at their stations. Future presentations will feature presentations by Mark Matalik (AE5DN) (DMR), Jerry Rosalius (WB9Z) (tent and generator operating, DXpeditions), Gordon West (WB6NOA) (emergency communications), and Bob Heil (K9EID) (topic TBD).
Fortunately we have Wi-Fi access at the Lee Company, so streaming presentations will be possible at our regular meeting venue.
Robert volunteered to replace Sylvia Cox (KG5PJG) as club webmaster. Bill indicated that Mike Crane (KC5GJN) has the necessary password.
Kevin stated that he has some tower material he would like to get rid of, if anyone is interested.
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 7:45 for testing. Congratulations to Jim Bullington, who was able to pass all three exams at this meeting! An extraordinary accomplishment!
John Deveny, KG5CBG