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April 2010 Board Meeting

The Rib Mountain Repeater Association

Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors

26 April 2010

WHRM-DT Tech Workshop, Rib Mountain

 

Board members present:

Rich Maier KC9NW

Dean Andrewjeski K9PT

Paul Nelles K9DB

Tony Hermanek K9QM

Others present:

            Mike Martens KB9VBR - Marathon County Emergency Coordinator

            Travis Augustine W9HDG – Marathon County Assistant Emergency Coordinator

            Fred Prehn WX9W

 

The meeting was called to order at 19:28 CDT by President Rich Maier KC9NW. 

 

Secretary’s Report: K9DB

  • Printed copies of the minutes of the meeting of March 15th 2010 were distributed. The minutes were accepted as presented with one correction.

 

Treasurer’s Report: N9ATQ

  • No report was available as the treasurer was not present.

 

 

Special Business:

 

ARES Leadership:

  • The Marathon County ARES leadership was invited to report to them the progress of the RMRA over the last year and to get their input as to their repeater needs.
  • KC9NW gave a synopsis of RMRA activity over the past year including the new controller for 146.82, the Brighton Repeater, and the D-STAR “complete rack”.
  • KB9VBR and W9HDG were asked for their “wishlists”.
    • W9HDG said their main shortage was manpower.
    • W9HDG said he would like to see a backup for WINLINK and inquired if the RMRA 1.2 GHz D-STAR repeater could be used as an alternative.
    • KB9VBR said he appreciated knowing the RMRA has five 1.2 GHZ units available.

 

 

Old Business:

 

Repeater Controller:

·         K9PT and KC9NW set a date of May 1st to program the repeater contoller. After programming, the controller should be ready for deployment on the 146.22/.82 repeater.

 

 

Brighton Repeater:

  • The mast sections for the antennas have been dropped off for powder coat finishing.
  • K9PT has secured  tower crew that will be able to accomplish the installation in a single day for $1500 reported that there is also a source of 500 feet of 1 5/8 inch transmission line for about $1200. The board approved the purchase provided sufficient cash is available.
  • WX9W said the Walter Alexander Foundation Board meets on June 18th. He suggesed sending a Thank You letter stating that the Brighton system is on the air ready to handle severe weather information.

 

New Business

 

 

Topics from the Floor:

 

None.

 

 

 

Meeting adjourned 21:07 CDT.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

Paul Nelles K9DB

Secretary