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May 2012 Board Meeting

 

The Rib Mountain Repeater Association

Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors

Sunday 20 May 2012

 

Prehn Dental Office 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Wausau

 

Board members/Officers present:

  • Rich Maier KC9NW
  • Dean Andrewjeski K9PT
  • Paul Nelles K9DB
  • Dave Peters KC9LFG

Others present:

    

 

The meeting was called to order at 17:15 CDT by President KC9NW. 

 

Secretary’s Report: K9DB

  • Minutes of the last meeting of 15 April 2012 were previously emailed to the board and were approved as presented.

 

Treasurer’s Report: N9ATQ

N9ATQ was absent but sent in his report via email:

  • KC9NW gave the report in proxy for N9ATQ. Checkbook currently says $183.02.

 

 

Old Business

 

Rib Mountain Systems:

146.22/.82 Repeater

  • No outstanding technical issues or changes.

 

449.3/444.3 Repeater:

  • No outstanding technical issues or changes.

 

New Controller:

  • No outstanding technical issues
  • K9PT announced he is planning to cutover the Emergency Alert System interface, to the new controller.

 

Brighton Repeater:

  • No outstanding technical issues.
  • K9PT reported the UPS batteries at Brighton checked out OK.

 

Coloma Repeater

  • No outstanding technical issues or changes.

 

 

D-STAR Systems

  • K9PT reported that KB9RFB has installed the hardware for a new Dell Quad Core gateway server which replaces a Proliant 380 server on the Rib Mountain D-STAR system. This multi-core machine is capable of higher processing speeds. A software configuration has yet to be completed. That programming is expected to occur Memorial Day weekend.

 

Newsletter

  • K9DB also reported he is working on the June 2012 edition of Telemetry. Articles will include an overview of the Coloma system, and a guest article on Sarcoma by Rich Nesbitt N9MO, and a guest article by Mark Thompson WB9QZB on the new digital mode radio introduced by Yaesu at the 2012 Dayton Hamvention, the weekend of May 18-20.
  • The article on the K9JPS Memorial HF station on Rib Mountain will be pushed back to the September issue.

 

RMRA Web Site:     

  • KC9LFG is investigating C-Panel and its features to configure the new website.

 

New Business:

 

W.A.R.  Coordination Renewals:

  • KC9NW reported that he has sent in the WAR coordination renewal for the 53.45 MHz 6 meter repeater
  • K9DB reported that he has received the WAR coordination renewal for the 145.41 MHz repeater at Brighton.

 

 

Board Member Round Table:

 

  • K9DB Reported that the Marathon County ARES has posted on its website an announcement that the County Severe Weather Net will be moved to the 145.37 system on Rib Mountain. K9DB presented a proposal of a letter to the ARES asking it to reconsider and designate 146.82 as the primary machine as it is the superior repeater. A lengthy discussion was held with the conclusion that the ARES is unlikely to change its position, so a communication asking for the request will not be drafted.

 

Meeting adjourned 18:48 CDT.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Paul Nelles K9DB

Secretary