Wayne Radio Amateur Emergency Team Meeting December 8, 2017
Published: February 06, 2019
Wayne Radio Amateur Emergency Team
Meeting Minutes for 12-8-17
Welcome and start of meeting – Carver W2TFM The meeting started at 7:40 pm. Carver moderated the meeting as Tom, KR2I was absent. It began with a flag salute followed by discussion of agenda items.
Club Business Meeting Topics (Members Only Discussion)
Approval of Meeting Minutes November 10 - Carver W2TFM Minutes approved by majority vote.
Monthly Net report – Aly AL0Y Aly was unable to attend the meeting. The next net will be held on December 27, the 4th Wednesday of the month at 8 pm on the WRAET 2 Meter Repeater. This net should have NCS request comments/discussion from each net member. The January net will be held on the Club’s 440 MHz repeater. Going forward, it will expand including topics on Traffic Handling, Practice Emergency Drills, Swap and Shop, Emergency Preparedness, ARES/RACES, etc.
Web Site – Aly AL0Y Aly was unable to attend the meeting. Another request was made to have the Club membership application added to the web site. Carver supplied Aly with the application for this purpose and a copy to Allan, K2AJB, Membership Chair.
Discussion of Club Survey About half of the Club membership has submitted the Club Survey. The survey identified Club Chair positions needed to be filled and resulted in the following: Membership Chair – Allan, K2AJB Training Chair – Stan, K3KKH Hamfest Chair – Dan, K2DDG Social Events (parties, picnics, etc. – Dan K2DDG Field Day Chair – Jack, KB2LNO
Open Chair positions which require a volunteer are: Program Chair (meeting programs) Publicity Chair (newspapers and our promotional media)
The survey reflected great interest in the following areas for the Club to be active and for inclusion in meetings/ programs: Portable Day, Mentoring, Providing Technical Assistance, Volunteering / Community Service, Building/Modifying Radios/Circuits, Building Antennas, QRP Radio, Software Defined Radios ( SDR), Satellite Communications, APRS Packet/RTTY, Digital Modes, Raspberry Pi/Arduino/ Related, RACES/MARS/CERT, Contesting, Dxing, Traffic Handling/Net Control, Computers & Ham Radio, Summits on the Air (SOTA) , Operating CW. These will be pursued once we have a meeting Program Chair.
Training Chair – Stan, K2KKH Stan commented on his initial steps as Training Chair will be to acquire available slide presentations and other written material for licensing – Technician, General and Extra. Stan will also identify the individual providing license classes such as at the Passaic County OEM class held in November.
Program – Presentation on ARES & RACES Support – Aly, AL0Y, was scheduled to give this presentation but, unfortunately, could not make the meeting due to work. It will be rescheduled.
Field Day - There was considerable interest and discussion at the meeting last night regarding Field Day and identifying the specific location proposed for the event. Jack, KB2LNO, filled out the Club Survey and volunteered as Chair, Field Day. Carver asked Jack to identify a location(s) and present at the January meeting for discussion. It is scheduled for June 24-25, 2018 with early setup prior.
Wayne PAL Facility Use by the Club - There was considerable interest and discussion about the possibility of having access to the Wayne PAL for Club events. Given the WRAET Club direct relationship to the Wayne Police and OEM, Carver has asked Mark McGrath if there is any chance of having access to the Wayne PAL gratis given our limited funds.
Klondike Derby – There was interest in participating in the Klondike Derby which is scheduled for Saturday, January 20 at Shepard Lake. Carver will contact the North Jersey Boy Scout headquarters to determine their interest in our Club participation.
Program – January 12 meeting – Invitation to all C.E.R.T members to attend for presentation on WRAET club & activities. Tom Cantisano (Wayne OEM) will coordinate this and also attend
Next meeting January January 12th, 7:30 pm in Health Room #2, Wayne Municipal Building
Meeting adjourned at 8:27 pm.
Roger Ringers K2RRB
Stan Ekiert K3KKH
John Demetrius KC2OII
Allan Jay Baum K2AJB
Piero Mosca KD2ONN
Allan Baum KF2EE
Carver Washburn W2TFM
Gary Kantor WA2BAU