THE REGULAR MEETING DATE
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Call To Order: The meeting was called to order at by KD7OED. Other officers present were NJ7C and KD7HAB. WB6OTS and KD7TDL were absent.
Presentation: The first item on the agenda was a super presentation by Ken Carpenter (WA7UIM) on the Iridium Satellite phone system. More details about the system can be found on the web at http://ses.gsfc.nasa.gov/ses_data_2005/050802_Stamp.ppt or at www.iridium.com. Details on how to see an Iridium “flare” can also be found at www.heavens-above.com. Ken will be happy to answer other questions if you contact him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
President’s Report: KD7OED reported that the next ARCA meeting is at the Superstition Hamfest on Dec 2. There will also be an ARCA meeting at the Yuma Hamfest in February (President’s Day weekend).
gave a short report on the recent swapfest and thanked N8QEN and N7
also reported that Ken Kelly (W7WV) is handling the estate sale for Len Morgan
Vice President’s Report: NJ7C reported that the breakdown of our 112 members is: 7 Life Members, 74 Full Members, 23 Family Members
7 Associate Members, 1 Honorary Member
Secretary’s Report: A motion was made by K4AFN and seconded by AC7XA to accept the October minutes as published in the Smoke. The motion was passed on a voice vote.
Treasurer’s Report: KD7TDL was absent due to illness so KD7OED reported for him:
Saving Account Balance: $11,142.40 (Includes HF Antenna Fund of $ 2,330.47)
Checking Account Balance: $ 4,481.62
Total Balance: $15,911.95
Technical Director’s Report: KB7RDG reported that we are going to have to
reposition cabling and antennas for the digipeater on the
Material Director’s Report: AD7HZ had nothing additional to report.
RACES Report: N7INK
reported that the RACES group put in a total of 343 volunteer hours last
month. On the 27th & 28th of November
there was a mission in Sunizona for a lost man who was successfully
located. During that mission we also
responded to a report of overdue hunters who were also located, although on the
opposite side of the
Old Business: KD7OED
reported that there is nothing new on the lease agreement, but that due to the
outstanding efforts of Dave Kelly (N7
WA6MJN arranged for our yearly fire inspection, and we got a clean bill of health from the Fry Fire District inspector. The inspector did suggest that we install a sign that says FLAMMABLE on the generator shed due to the fact that fuel is stored there, but this is not mandatory. The battery failed in the Larson Hall emergency light and is of a type that is no longer available, so we will also be installing a replacement fixture that is hard-wired into the Larson Hall electrical system.
New Business: The ARRL November Sweepstakes (Phone) is the 18th and 19th of November, and our annual opportunity for kids to talk to Santa on the radio will also be on the 19th of November. Sign-up sheets for both events were passed around to the membership.
In lieu of a regular club meeting in December, we will again be having our annual Christmas Potluck on December 9th at . The club will provide the ham, turkey, and coffee, while members are encouraged to bring side dishes, deserts, and the beverage of their choice. Pat (KD7HAB) is coordinating the list of what side dishes folks are bringing, and it is also posted on the club web page. As always, please bring your own plates and silverware.
Announcement: Hal Thomas (WD8
Next Regular Meeting: ,
The meeting was adjourned at .
Pat Thies, KD7HAB
Bob Hollister, N7INK
(offered annually), try to arrange your schedule to attend this academy
in February. It provides a great introduction to basic Search and Rescue
operations and exposure to the vocabulary and techniques used in SAR
operations. Basic map reading and the legal basis for SAR is also covered
during the two day training. Since the academy is rotated between Willcox
in the west county area.
The page out today (10 Nov.) initially indicated searching for an injured
or possible deceased person off the Crest Trail in the Huachucas.
Upon arrival it was determined to be a confirmed deceased.
Unfortunately we were unable to locate and recover before it got dark.
We terminated for the evening (to) proceed again in the morning.
Thanks to Roger (W7RGP) and Rob (AC7XA) for their assistance
this evening. Also to Sara (KB7ODD) and Floyd (K7LPJ for
At on 18 November we deployed from the
satellite terminal was activated for Internet access and a Cat 5 network
cable was run to the SAR Command Vehicle. With the assistance of Pablo
network settings established. Three SAR teams (Ground/Mounted/ATV) were deployed and we maintained VHF communications links with them and documented their search efforts using the ICS Form 309 (Communications Log). Specific items were then recorded plotted on the Terra Navigator mapping software. A test message with an attached photo was successfully sent to and acknowledged by CCSO Dispatch via the SATCOMM Internet connection. I believe our training objectives were met on this exercise. Training concluded at and the team broke down and returned to the club site.
RACES Team Deployed Participants:
Mike Bales - KC7CTY, Charles Campbell - K4AFN, Pablo Duarte - KE7FPP
Jaime Figueroa - KE7JNA, Bob Hollister - N7INK, Bob Rice - K7HVV
Pat Thies - KD7HAB. My thanks to all the participants and to the CCSO radio operators for their Assistance.
We received (a) call at (20 Nov.) for an overdue hiker in the Portal area
before we were able to get past the College approaching
Thanks to all who responded and those who agreed to be on standby in the event of a prolonged mission.
Lee Ilse, KD7OED
The 2006 Field Day
results are now posted on the ARRL website. I am happy to report that for the
second year in a row,
In spite of the fact
band conditions were down and our score was actually 40 points lower than last
year, we still managed to place 5th overall in the state of Arizona
(up from 7th last year). This was achieved in part because of the
fact that K6LL did not participate in Field Day this year, and K7TR went from a
class 4A to a 1D station (4 operators to 1 operator). I have to tip my hat to
our EARS counterparts up in Safford who (as usual) blew the doors off all other
Arizona Field Day stations! The Phoenix-area Explorer Post and Motorola Club
also did a bang-up job, as usual. I don’t know much about the
We placed 3rd
of all Class 3F stations nationwide (again you see K7
(Ed’s note: Charts can be viewed on the ARRL Website slash “contests”. Ran out of room here.)
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