Portage County Amateur Radio Service, Inc. (PCARS) Meeting Minutes 02/12/2018

February 12,2018 meeting: Held at The American Legion Post 496, 1945 Mogadore Rd., Kent, OH 44240. Opened by President Jim Wilson – AC8NT at 7:00 PM. Jim gave time for all visitors to be introduced

Sign Ins-
WB8LCD, KB8UUZ, N8SY, KD8MQ, W0KGB, WB8OVQ, WD8BIW, W0LTB, KD8RUQ, AE8YL, N8PXW, W8SV, K8FS, KE8HNK, KD8SKL, WA8GCF, NR8W, N8XTH, AC8QG, Bernadette, Benedict, Agnes, Dominic, WA8UWV, K8SWJ, AC8NT, N8QE, K8MSH, KD8WBC, K8IV, KD8EPA, KD8FME, K8FEY. W8KNO, WA8US, KD8WHA, K3GP, IE8IED, N8QZ, W8PT, KB8TUY, KB8AMZ, KD8SOP, N8KBX, KD8EPG, KE8YXH, KA8TOA, WB8VYW.
48 TOTAL.

President’s Report- Jim – AC8NT
Jim – explained that we have been searching for a new system that would allow us to continue to send out QST emails on a regular basis. We are currently experimenting with “Constant Contact” and believe that it will be a good alternative. Jim also mentioned that there has been a re-write to our constitution and by- laws. This is a major revision, since that last one was almost 10 years ago. It is made available on the web-site for all to review and will be voted on at our March meeting.

Secretary’s Report – Tom – WB8LCD
The Secretary’s Report was emailed out earlier to the members. Tom had one applications for new membership
KC3JXQ Moved: Scott – N8SY Seconded: Chuck – W8PT Passed Unanimously Current Membership is now 150.
March 12 Meeting Stan Broadway – N8BHL on EmComm
April 9 Meeting Jim Storms AB8YK on the YDXA 2018 trip to PJ2T
Treasurer’s Report – Amy, KD8SKL
Total Expenses $508.36
Total Income $1615.18
Balance is $12,502.17
Motion to accept Treasurer’s Report: Erica – AE8YL Seconded: George – K3GP, motion passed.

Vice President’s Report – Tony WA8AR
FIELD DAY IS COMING UP FAST! Everyone is invited to the next DX Contest SIG which will be concentrating on Field Day. There will be a Field Day PAYPAL button put on the website for those wishing to make a donation towards our 2018 Field Day program. At the Antenna SIG, we will talk about building antennas for Field day, and, watching the video “Standing Up for Standing Waves”.

Trustees – Nothing to report at this time.
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SIG Reports:
Digital SIG – Rick K8CAV – Will cover DMR over the next couple months. Rick is also still looking for interested hams to join the Communications Unit for EmComm.

QRP / CW SIG – Terry – KB8AMZ – Tomorrow night! Bring your straight keys. Also will be talking about a code practice oscillator build project.

Antenna SIG – Tony WA8AR – See VP report above

DX/Contesting – Chuck W8PT – FYAO was won by Dan – WD8DAU. Best dish was won by Ed – K8IV, second place Amy – KD8SKL, third place Rick – K8CAV and fourth place Ned – N8GPS. PCARS will be active from the club site for the 2018 RTTY QSO Party. In the 52nd running of the CA QSO party, PCARS came in First in Ohio, and First in the USA! Both in the low power category.

LINUX for Hams SIG – Terry KB8AMZ – Next meeting 3/27 will concentrate on raspberry pi.

Motion to adjourn meeting at 7:45 PM by Deron, N8XTH; seconded by Chuck – W8PT. closed Meeting.
50/50 winner: The 50/50 was postponed due to no tickets on site. Next months (March) will be a double sized 50/50 with 2 months worth of prizes!

Program: Jim – AC8NT presented a program. The program emphasized the importance to bringing younger members into the club. Jim talked about strategies for reaching out not only to youth, but to their parents as well.

Submitted by Tom Sly – wb8lcd, Secretary