Called to order at 1845 hours. Those attending:
Mark Duff KB1EKN
Mike Ardai N1IST
Jim Clogher N1ICN Treasurer
Dan Malloy KA1RDZ
Paul Olivieri N1ZKR Secretary
Arthur Ashley N1NHZ
Joe Harris KB1IXK
Eric Falkof K1NUN President
Bob Salow WA1IDA
Blake Haskell K1BTH Vice President
A motion was passed to accept the minutes of the August meeting as printed in the SPARC.
Membership-Arthur reports that we gained one new member.
Exams- Mike reports that exams will resume in September unless there is more construction at the school.
Repeater- Mike reports that there are currently no issues with the repeater.
Public Service- There was a short discussion about ham radio response to Hurricane Katrina and possible deployment of area Hams to meet the ongoing need for communications.
Bob reported that because of cancellations, he could use two or three more Hams for the Boston Triathlon on Sunday Sept. fourth. Bob said that he still needs people for upcoming events; WGBH Family Fun Fest on September 17, Boston Bike Festival on September 25, and the BAA Boston Half Marathon on October 9.
Newsletter- The SPARC folding will
be Wednesday Sept 7 at the
Treasurer’s report- Jim reports a checking balance of $3173.55
Announcements and events- The September General Meeting will not be held at the Salvation Army building, as they are very busy with response to Hurricane Katrina. The meeting will be held at the Community Room at the Newton Police station at
ARRL Amateur Radio Awareness Day is September 17. The League has also asked that Hams take part in an “Emergency Power Operating Event” on that day by making contacts using only emergency power. This will not be a new contest but a demonstration of what Hams can do.
The Flea at MIT will be on September 18.
The By-Law revisions will be put off until an attorney can answer many questions that have been posed.
A motion was made by Blake K1BTH and seconded by Jim N1ICN to renew our ad in World Radio. The motion passed.
The Second annual BARC BBQ at the
Mark KB1EKN will try to organize a group to participate in SkyWarn Recognition Day.
JOTA will be October 15, 2005 and we are looking for someone willing to organize a group to participate in this on air event.
The SWAT Net was run by Mark KB1EKN on Friday August 6th with eleven check-ins.
There was much discussion, but the general feeling is that the SWAT Net should continue as it is for now. A greater effort willl be made to recruit Net control operators and encourage members to check-in for this net.
As mentioned earlier, the September General Meeting has been moved to the Newton Police Dept Community Room.
There was further discussion about an alternate meeting location for future meetings.
Bob WA1IDA suggested that a battery should be purchased that could be used for VHF/UHF operation at Public service events and for emergency operation. There ws much discussion about what is the best type to get. Blake K1BTH will contact Leo KA1LN for his recommendation about what type of battery and accessories to purchase.
Blake K1BTH made a motion seconded by mike N1IST to make a donation of $100 to the Salvation Army for Hurricane Katrina relief. The motion passed. Blake will hand deliver the check to Bill Foley at the Salvation Army.
There was discussion about The SPARC content and revision of the Net Directory. Recommendations will be made next month.
The meeting adjourned at 2040 hours.