NCARC 12 March 2020
Trustees Meeting Minutes:
Meeting opened by NCARC President Fred N8AHS at 1834 hrs.
The following members were present: Fred N8AHS, Dan KB8A,
Rick K8SCI, Fred WB8UDA, Joe N8QXC, Paul WB8CYI. VIA Skype
Tom WD8EFF, Heidi WD8EFK.
There were Six (6) members present and two (2) members VIA Skype.
Treasurer's Report: Treasure Dan KB8A stated that bills were paid and there is money in the bank. Also Dan KB8A stated that the Librarian told him as we coming in that the Library is closing the meeting rooms till 3 April 2020 because of the Corona virus. Dan also mentioned that all documents for the Federal and State governments have been filed for this year. The Clubs fiscal year ends with July.
Please note: After the meeting the Library changed its policy and closed all branches of the Cuyahoga Public Library until further notice!
Field Day: Fred N8AHS said that Field Day is the fourth weekend in June. Camping will start on Friday 26 June 2020.
Sunshine: Fred N8AHS said that Mary KD8NGC is living in the Northwestern Nursing Home and is doing well. She would like visitors but at this time the nursing home is not allowing visitors because of the Corona virus.
Membership: No new members.
Newsletter: The club still has no Newsletter.
Approval of Minutes: Fred WB8UDA made a motion to accept the minutes. Tom WD8EFF seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Two Meter Net: More people are needed to be net control operators because the club only has two. Any volunteers should contact Mary Lou K8MLS.
Education: Fred N8AHS stated that Medina Amateur Radio club (MARC) is going to have Amateur Radio Classes for all three classes of Amateur Radio licenses. The classes will be at the Medina County Career Center if open.
Technical: Tom K8DMM sent a technical report VIA email to all trustees. Fred N8AHS read the report. Highlights of the report: Tom K8DMM was authorized to purchase a new Arcom interface module for the 440 repeater re-build. Tom K8DMM, being a Good Steward of the club’s money made more tests to confirm that the Arcom 210 repeater controller was working and the Yeasu DR1X repeater’s remote interface was working. This consisted of Tom K8DMM building testing interface cables and logic indicating modules. The tests confirmed that the 210 controller was programmed and receiving commands correctly. Tom K8DMM ordered a new Arcom ADR Custom Programmed Microprocessor IC. This was a $25.00 purchase instead of a $200.00 purchase. The Arcom 210 ports are wired correctly to handle both 220 and 440 repeater control functions. The ADR module was wired correct pin number to pin number but the wrong type of DB9 connecter was used. Tom K8DMM is making new cables to correct this problem. Tom K8DMM will restore the 220 repeater to operation without repackaging so the whole system will be back in operation soon. The 220 repeater will be rebuilt as time allows. The old 440 modules will act as templates to allow the 220 change over with minimum down time.
Dan KB8A stated that about three Sundays ago, he and Rick K8SCI went to the 145.29 repeater site to fix an audio problem on the repeater. The problem was a dirty connection.
Old Business: None
New Business: The Library is closing the meeting rooms till 3 April 2020. Also Joe N8QXC mentioned that the Toledo Fest was cancelled.
Fund Raising: Fred’s, WB8UDA, persistent efforts led to a generous contribution from the VFW Post 6676.
Fred N8AHS called for adjournment. Tom WD8EFF made a motion to adjourn. Dan KB8A seconded. Motion passed.
Meeting closed at 1901 hours.
Please note that things are changing day by day because of the virus outbreak.
Minutes submitted by Paul WB8CYI.