Regular Meeting – September 2014

BARS membership at the 9/14 meeting

BARS membership at the 9/14 meeting

Regular Meeting Notes: September 2, 2014

Meeting Convened by K1TWF at 7:05PM

Attendees: 19

This was our first meeting of the season. Mike kicked off the meeting with introductions and everyone commented on what they did over the summer. There were too many comments to include here but some highlights include:

  • Attending the Centennial ARRL Convention in Hartford
  • Supporting WRTC 2014
  • Field Day
  • NAQP
  • A trip to Africa
  • Travel
  • Starting to build a home station with a tower install

Field Day Results:

  • 355 QSOs
  • 584 QSO-related points
  • Grand total (including bonus points): 1068points

Elections:

Elections will be held in November. The current leadership includes Mike, Tom, Erik, Bruce, Peters and Jerry. The membership was canvassed as to their interest in joining the leadership team. Mike, Tom, Bruce and others were interested in continuing. Erik was delighted that Paul indicated interest in stepping in as Secretary. Anyone else interested in serving during the upcoming year should express their interest to the BoD.

Reports:

Treasurer’s and Secretary’s reports were approved. Bruce noted that the current bank account balance is $898. Field Day expenses included $43 plus $30 for gas.

Old Business:

None

New Business:

  • Erik made a motion to have a donation cup to defray or eliminate any costs incurred by Mike and Nan as they’ve been most gracious hosts. Although no vote was taken, the task was summarily performed:-)
  • Permanent Meeting Place: TWF made it clear that BARS is welcome to continue to come to the house. He is also inquiring about getting access to a meeting room at the Chelmsford Police station.

Presentation:

Tom provided a great presentation about 4U1ITU, the station at ITU headquarters in Geneva. Perhaps the presentation will be posted on the website in the future. Here’s some brief points:

  • WHO, ITU, UNICEF, etc. are all UN “working groups” headquartered in Geneva
  • For all of these groups, countries have individual votes, companies do not
  • The ITU, which among other things is the governing body for things like spectrum allocation, various rules, etc.
    • Individual countries may have extensions to the ITU driven spectrum allocation
  • IARC (International Amateur Radio Club) convenes at ITU headquarters and supports the 4U1ITU station.
  • Non-IARC members may, through special arrangements, operate from 4U1ITU. Our very own Ed Parish did so during CQ WW by working through the ARRL.

Meeting convened at 9:00PM

73 DE KE1V

 

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