FPCARC MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Las Palmas, Town Center, Palm Coast
The meeting was opened at 9:15 a.m.
Mel, club president, W2MEL, led the Pledge of Allegiance
The attendees introduced themselves.
Mel reported that we will have 3 speakers at today’s meeting. Steve Szabo, the Section Manager will speak. Ed, W9CHA & Paul, K3NON will be speaking on topics related to DSTAR. There would be a delay in that the projector and screen needed for Ed and Paul are late in arriving.
September minutes had been published on the club’s website. They were accepted as published.
Sally, KI4ZPP, did not expect to make the meeting. Bill, WS1C, reported that Sally told him all was OK and we were current on our bills. (Sally came into the meeting at the end. She submitted a written report to the officers.)
Bill, WS1C, delivered the report. The repeater was in good working order. He expected to have voice I’d on the repeater by the end of the month.
Charlie, WB2CIC, delivered the committee’s report. There were nominees for President and Treasurer. Need candidates for Vice President and someone who can serve as a Secretary fill time. Please consider volunteering. The election will be at the next meeting.
The social will be at the Yacht Club 12.3.14. The fee will be $28. The menu options will be emailed to the membership shortly. Let Marilyn know your selection as soon as possible. Make out your check out to Bill Schwartz. There is a cash bar.
There was no new business.
Upcoming events and meetings:
Bill, WS1C, listed upcoming events and meetings through the end of December. A list of the events will be posted on the club website. The November membership meeting will be 11.8, with the 2015 elections on the agenda. The club social will be 12.3 at the Yacht Club. There is no membership meeting in December. The club will sponsor a VE session on 12.6 at 9 am at the EOC. SEE THE CLUB WEBSITE FOR THE OTHER EVENTS.
Guest Speaker: Steve Szabo, WB4OMM, ARRL Section Manager North Florida
Steve urged members to visit the Section’s Website. It has been revamped. Great source for information for the membership. He is looking input from the members.
Steve appointed Bill, WS1C, as a technical specialist.
He is trying to visit as many clubs as possible. Attended the ARRL Convention.
The three Section managers for Florida recently met in Melbourne.
He talked about his contesting activity as an ARRL official.
Steve, responding to a question, talked about hams with disabilities. Members joined in the discussion. All agreed that clubs must insure the opportunity for all hams to participate in club activities.
A ham asked about the status of the antenna bill (HR4969). The bill attempts to overrule rules of Home Owners Associations that prevent hams from participating in emergencies. Steve noted that Congress is out of session. We should continue to press our local Congressman to support this legislation. A member noted that Congressman Desantis has expressed reservations about the legislation.
A member raised the issue of different sections, counties etc taking different approaches in terms of emergency communications. The context for this question was the digital modes. Steve noted that this issue was discussed by the Florida Section Managers at their meeting in Melbourne. Currently, the approach is to encourage experimentation and have the various sections adopt was is best for them.
The meeting recessed at 10:01 and resumed at 10:14.
The next speaker was Ed Biederwolf, W9CHA from Ocala. Ed is the webmaster for the section’s web page. He has been a frequent speaker at Hamcation and other events and club meetings.
Ed announced that he reclaims donated computers and loads Ubuntu on them. Ubuntu is a Linux based programs. Ed equips these computers for DSTAR modes and for a companion program called DRATS. Ed had brought some of these computers to the meeting. After the meeting Ed gave these computers out to interested hams.
Ed then gave a talk on DSTAR & DRATS using a Power POINT style slide presentation. A copy of that presentation is on Ed’s web page-w9cha.com. Among the many topics covered in his presentation were how to program your radio to link to a repeater and/or a reflector, how to set up DRATS for use in Florida etc.
Ed’s session ended at approximately 11:16
Paul Branch, K3NON, from Tavares was scheduled to speak as well. Paul, like Ed, has been a speaker at Hamcation and other events and meetings. His topic was going to be the RASPBERRY Pi which is now being used in digital communications. Because of the lack of time, Paul’s presentation had to be postponed to a future meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:25