PARC Meeting Minutes



Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club
Minutes For September 26, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 1900 by President, George Dean. The following members/guests were present: George Dean, WA1JMM; Dan Thomas, KB1VTC; Ray Roberts, N1MRT; Bob Turnbull, K1DDC; Ken Worster, KB1UJS; Don Gaudreau, WA1AKV; Rodney Perry, N1JRQ; Tom Lambert, N1OJH; Ron Cook, W1FLV; George Monti, K1PQS; Paul Kelley, N1BUG; Richard Garret, KB1VAV; Chip Swett, KB1QU; Ben Kittredge, WA1PBR; Patrick Thomas, KB1VZU; Bob Byrne Sr., W1JMB and guest Bill Corish from Brownville Junction.

The minutes from the meeting of August 22, were read with and accepted.

The Treasurer's report was read and accepted

Old Business:

SET and JOTA - No one has shown an interest in participating in SET this year. No one volunteered to man K1PQ and we got no requests for any scout troops in the area or the KAC. WA1JMM got a call at home from bother-in-law John Krause for Fort Fairfield Troop 194 which was on a campout/community cleanup/JOTA weekend in Baptist Park, Mapleton, Maine. George got to talk to one of his nephews who is a member of troop 194 via Dave Barry/KB1ECE's portable station. Any other reports?

Proposal to assist N1BUG with the purchase of a new antenna and other support for the Stickney Hill Repeater - Ben, WA1PBR proposed that we ask N1BUG for a wish list of needs for the repeater since our club is the main user of the system, we should provide such support to help insure its operation and improve coverage. N1BUG thanked the club for the offer but declined due to the fact that he was not sure how long he could maintain the system even with help. He would keep it running as long as he was able.

Stickney Hill Maintenance Project - Ben, WA1PBR has completed re-staining the outside walls of the Stickney Hill repeater building. The club and repeater owner, Paul Kelley thanked Ben for his contribution and work.

New Business:

Presentations - Chip, KB1QU gave a 5 minute presentation on a new VHF hand held radio out of China that is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket but has many features all for $35!. Ben, WA1PBR did a great presentation on the early history of radio. Many long time hams noted that they learned new things about the hobby, and other aspects of radio history. Paul, N1BUG brought in a very nicely built 1920's radio using component technology of the day. It is working radio and he planned to put it on the air soon.

Parks Peak Award - No award presented this meeting.

Net Controls - September 28: WA1JMM; October 5: KB1UJS; October 12: WA1PBR; October 19: W1JMB.

Adjournment - Meeting adjourned at 2000 local time.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dan Thomas




Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club
Minutes For November 28, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 1906 by President, George Dean. The following members/guests were present: George Dean, WA1JMM; Dan Thomas, KB1VTC; Bob Turnbull, K1DDC; Ken Worster, KB1UJS; Don Gaudreau, WA1AKV; Rodney Perry, N1JRQ; Tom Lambert, N1OJH; Ron Cook, W1FLV; Paul Kelley, N1BUG; Richard Garret, KB1VAV; Ben Kittredge, WA1PBR; Patrick Thomas, KB1VZU; Tom Iverson, KB1ORJ; and guest Caleb Worster.

The minutes from the meeting of October 24, were read with and accepted.

The Treasurer's report was read and accepted

Old Business:

EMA News - EMA Director, Tom Iverson reported that there was nothing new on the tower for the Bunker complex. Said he would give us a demo/brief on the new county EMA repeater as soon as it gets programmed. Tom also reported that they were looking at moving the generator outside the main building and renovating the inside of the EOC Bunker.

Technician Class - Starts Jan 5, club approved 8 License Manuals and another instructor book to be sold or lent to prospective students. Will report # of students and how classes are going during January meeting.

New Business:

Field Day - George, WA1JMM reported that PARC/K1PQ was one of 19 stations in Maine and the ONLY Maine station in Class 2F (EOC). We were, therefore 1st in Class 2F in Mane and 40 out of 75 overall with 1336 points. This was a building year for us with new operators learning the ropes of doing Field Day.

Upcoming Events - Dog Days of Winter Sled Dog Race, January 28…IF we have snow!! Next planning meeting scheduled for Dec 14 at the BJ Methodist Church.

Christmas Banquet - The club voted to have our Christmas banquet at Hobnobbers Pub in Milo. George, WA1JMM will make arrangements. Date: Primary, Dec 12th; snow day, Dec 19th. The banquet will serve as our December meeting.
Presentations - Ken, KB1UJS gave a great presentation on digital modes with some learning new information they had never known about digital modes before. Gave web sites FMI on digital modes.

Parks Peak Award - Went to Ben, WA1PBR.

Net Controls - Nov 30: KB1UJS; Dec 7: WA1JMM; Dec 14: WA1PBR; Dec 21: N1RCU.

Adjournment - Meeting adjourned at 2010 local time.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dan Thomas


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