Minutes of SPARC Meeting – February 7, 2020
Meeting called to Order by President Pat Connelly – AA0O – followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Introduction of guests and member roll call.
Previous Club meeting minute posted online – votes to accept them.
Department Monthly Reports –
> Treasurer’s Report – Tom Wedding – AI4QP –
Starting balance: $9,785.82
Ending balance: $10,133.22
> Net Manager’s Report –
> Club Trustee’s Report – Dave Trewin –KR4U –
During the severe storm, the tower sustained damage (pictures on Club website) – cannot be tilted over – cannot be retracted down – studying our options. Wire antennas taken down – 40M vertical is OK. No damage to radio room. Approximately 25% of DMI roof covering damaged.
> Repeater Trustee Report – Ron Hall – KP2N –
All repeater antennas are fine – all equipment is operating well.
> VE Testing Report – Donn Davis – N4KII –
> Membership Report – Tom Wedding – AI4QP –
Dan Guarro – AJ4DG
Stan Leighton – K1SEL
Richard Stilwell – KO4BKH
Neil Eyde – KO4EYM
Frederick Schmidt – KD2TJI
> Old / New Business –
HamCation – Orlando – tomorrow – try for group photo at noon for all members attending
After-the-Holiday Party – Brooklyn Pizza – Seminole – Sunday 3pm
SPARC-in-the-Park – March 14th – Lake Seminole Park – Bldg. 6 – Bring your own equipment – 8am till …
West Central Florida section Anniversary – special station call being circulated around the section – Call: K4WCF
> Meeting Program –
Home Brew night –
Norm – KA1IJA – had a concoction of various monitoring capabilities in an enclosure he will soon have to enlarge – One major capability was aircraft monitoring – within a specified area – he plans to add echolink, APRS, and VoIP.
Bob – had a power distribution box which was still in progress – various outputs available to assorted gear.
Joe – W4CBJ – “back to basics” – had a transmitter test device (a light bulb!) – dummy load – and ZEPP antenna.
Charles – created a spreadsheet for calculating length / frequency when dealing with end-fed random length wire antennas. You plug in values (length / type of cable / frequency / etc.) – it gives you the rest of the information.
Pat Connelly – AA0O – demonstrated a home-made power/SWR meter.
The meeting adjourned at 8:53pm.
Minutes taken by Hal Chase – W1EES