FLAGLER PALM COAST AMATEUR RADO CLUB
JANUARY 7, 2014
FLAGLER COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING
BOARD OF EDUCATION
The meeting was opened by the club president Mel, W2MEL, at 6:14 p.m.
He led the club in the pledge of allegiance.
W2MEL thanked the club for their help and support last year while he was vice president. He looks forward to our continued support for this year.
It is important for him as president that the members communicate what is important.
Club meetings will be held in this facility through November on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and run to no later than 9 p.m.
Mel urged the membership to use the club web site (fpcarc.org) and participate in club activities.
W2MEL introduced the current club officers. Bill, WS1C, vice president; Sally, KI4ZPP, treasurer, George, KD2AU, secretary; Rick, KC2HFL, back up secretary.
Sally, KI4ZPP, delivered the treasurer’s report.
There was a motion to accept the report as delivered which was duly seconded and adopted.
The club members and visitors present introduced themselves.
A discussion of the current meeting facility followed. The library was not available on a consistent basis. Florida hospital and the schools were not available for Saturday meetings. The meeting rooms at banks and the city were either unavailable or not adequate for the number of people attending.
Jose Nunez, who runs the S.T.E.M. program for the County school system was responsible for getting us the present room.
Potential activities/projects for the year:
Tailgate Party (Woody’s)
Mini Field Day (Woody’s)
Field Day (Field Day committee has to be formed).
Working with the STEM program in the school system
Antenna Committee & Stem Report
Anthony ,KG4JSK, delivered a combined report:
The Antenna committee assisted KD2AU in putting up a HF antenna with a little bit more to go. Next on the list is Eddie, W2LEC.
Anthony then initiated a broad discussion of our volunteer work with the school system and the STEM program
The Stem classes meet Tuesdays and Thursday and are at Indian Trails and at Flagler High schools. We need more volunteers to help WS1C, WB2QAV, W2MEL , KL1NK and others with the work. We have to decide on our roll in the project and whether we can make any financial contributions. Volunteers are badly needed and a blast email will be sent to the membership. PLEASE VOLUNTEER. The students are trying to get a project together for ARBOR DAY, the first Saturday in May.
Field Day needs a active Field Day committee to organize news releases and general public relations, set up, operating, logging and knock down.
WS1C agreed to lead the Field Day committee. Jason, KK4OSR, will work on the logging program and Sally, KI4ZPP will be in charge of publicity
Chuck Milton should be asked if he could write publicity material.
We have been hampered by a shortage of operators. We need operators. Decisions have to be made about operating the entire time period of Field Day and do we want to have a joint Field Day with another club.
Our Field Day site for this year is Mala Compra, Greenway Trail, 5645 N. Oceanshore Blvd. (A1A) opposite Bing’s Landing.
Bill ,WS1C, brought up the subject of more VE sessions. Right now we are limited to the library. Bill will check about using the facilities at the School Board and Jason, KK4OSD, will check into the EOC.
Bill, WS1C, noted that the STEM Director, Jose Nunez, is looking for help with a Robotics project.
Mel, W2MEL, under old business, brought up ordering club shirts and hats to celebrate the club’s 30th anniversary. Right now the shirts would be approximately $25 if we have a minimum order of 25. Hats would be about $13. There was a discussion about color. Dark colors were not favored. Light grey and khaki seem to be popular. W2MEL will follow up
We have a repeater committee composed of AA6ML, WA3QCV, WS1C, W2MEL, WB2CIC, K2HFL AND KK4OSD. Policies and procedures for the repeater have to be developed.
The formal part of the meeting broke at 7:20 pm. The 50/50 was held during the recess.
WS1C made a presentation to the club following the recess.