GVARC Meeting Minutes, July 12, 2017

President Dale Lang, AA1SZ, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm in the SAV meeting room. Dale welcomed 30 members.

He reported that N9CHN, Bill, from WI, was net control for SnowBird Net on July 12, others who checked in were W0KAD, K5IP, K3RN, AA1SZ, AD7NR and ?

Dale called upon the officers for their reports:

Vice President Rudy Sweisfurth, N7COP, no report.

Secretary, Jane Lang AD7NR, reported that Dee Gross couldn't make it to the meeting but wanted to give thanks to the following for their food work at Field Day, Norm and Kathy Kibby, Elliot Klahr, Jim and Inge Otey, Joanne Newkirk and Barb Doerhing (who was at this meeting). Also thanks to Chuck K7CHE, who vacuumed the carpet on Sunday.

Treasurer Bob Call, K7RWC, reporting on the finances, stated that we are solvent! 2 new members, Tom K7AFA and Sharon, KF7YJW, Smith will move here in near future.

Club Station Manager and Special Events, Tom Lang, K7VOA, reported on Field Day. 310 CW contacts, 197 phone contacts, 4 satellite contacts, and 34 people, and a fireman or two, turned out. The Bands were very poor. We will have to wait 'til November to see how we do compared with others in our Class 2A, in our state, says N7GV.

In thinking about Field Day for next year, suggestion was made to use Lloyd's 10 pound, 20 meter beam, which we have used for special events, and which takes only 2 people to set it up. We have been approved to use the Fire Station building for next year and since it is being renovated, will have to see where the beam and equipment will be set up.

A big thanks goes to all, and especially, K7VOA, for all his work on Field Day.

Driveout Coordinator, Gene Shouweiler, W0KAD - No drive outs planned at this moment.

Education, Lloyd Miller, N7GV, said a new tech class might convene the first of September and the tests at the end of September.

Website Manager, Jon Otto, AD7GS, reported 600 contacts were made on our website with June 6 having 189 visits. Countries contacting included the UK, Australia, Japan, Poland and many others.

Technical Director Ron Phillips, AA7RP, absent.

Emergency Communications Coordinator Dee Gross, AD7NM, absent.

Old or new business.

Program Director Cliff Philip, N2CDP, said that Ray Soifer W2RS, couldn't make it to the meeting but he would present the slide show for Ray. The 1921 Transatlantic Test: Progenitor of Modern Topband DXing and Contesting. The slides showed the advertisement for getting amateur ham radio operators involved in this transatlantic radio contact between USA and Scotland. Unique to this was that there was no commercial sponsoring of the event. Ray gives special thanks to Frank Donovan, W3LPL for putting the information together. It was an interesting program and some members came just to hear it. Thank you Ray and thanks to Cliff. And thanks to Lloyd for his historical notes! It was a pleasant evening talking and thinking about ham radio.

Meeting adjourned ---

Jane Lang, AD7NR