Meeting minutes:

Wayne Radio Amateur Emergency Team Meeting September 14, 2018
Published: February 07, 2019

Wayne Radio Amateur Emergency Team
Meeting Minutes for 9-14-18

Welcome and start of meeting – Carver W2TFM & Joe K2JVS
The meeting started at 7:30 pm. Carver moderated the initial part of the meeting and Joe, K2JVS took over as Moderator. It began with a flag salute followed by discussion of agenda items.

Club Business Meeting Topics (Members Only Discussion)

Approval of Meeting Minutes August 10 - Carver W2TFM
Minutes approved by majority vote.

Monthly Net report – Aly – AL0Y The net was held on August 22, the 4th Wednesday of the month at 8 pm on the WRAET 2M Repeater. It opened at 8:02 pm and closed at 8:47 pm.
Aly - NCS AL0Y
Carver W2TFM
Jason W2PX
Allan K2AJB
Jamie KD2LZS
Dave K2NEC
Steve KD2PJK

Next net will be Wednesday September 26 on the 2M repeater.

Web Site – Aly AL0Y Minutes now up to date and being updated by Allan, K2AJB.

Membership – Allan K2AJB
All members renewed and paid 2019 dues except one who is expected to renew. Allan continues working with Rob, NNJ Section Manager, to get email addresses.

Hamfest – Dan K2DDG No status – Dan was not at the meeting.

Social Events – Dan K2DDG No status – Dan was not at the meeting.

Participation in JOTA October 19-21 – Joe K2JVS
There was much discussion at the meeting regarding inviting the Girl Scouts. No one was willing to do that. Further, lack of operators (and equipment) in that polling of the members at the meeting showed no one able to give a firm commitment for that weekend. Finally, Lack of toilet facilities. - Last year we were given special permission to use the unisex bathroom in the Parish Center. This is fine for the small group we had, and we knew there were no issues with ADA access. We cannot invite the public beyond the Troop 108 members if we are not able to provide ADA bathroom facilities. The desire to have this be a public access event has been stressed at several meetings. We cannot get access to the main building, and even if we could, we don't have people to monitor the inside of that building when the public is going in and out. There are many requirements as there is a tenant there (Benway School) in addition to the Church youth protection policies.

Of necessity, the decision was made to cancel the Club’s participation in JOTA. If we are going to do this in the future, then we would have to either solve the above issues at this facility which may be possible, or move it somewhere, like the Hospital or the NNJC building in Oakland.

Notwithstanding, the radio merit badge initiative will move forward. Jack, KB2LNO and Joe, K2JVS will work out the details.


Mike, KD2NCN, presented an excellent plan for a RACES/ARES structured radio exercise based on a flood scenario. The planned date is Saturday, October 13. Mike has laid out the member/station deployment locations (augmenting the footprint of the OEM and first responders). Voice messages (IC-213 format) have been drafted for drill use. Mike is handing off his plan for implementation by Dave, K2NEC. Dave is taking the lead on organizing this ARES/RACES net and being the NCS. An Incident Commander structure will be established. Message traffic will be handled via voice Request for status Information (RI - conditions, flood levels, stranded residents, etc.) on behalf of the Incident Commander. Deployed stations will respond with required Responses to these Requests for Information (RRI).

Open Chair position which requires a volunteer is: Program Chair (meeting programs) still required. Aly, AL0Y, came forward with programs for this meeting and for the October meeting. Thank you, Aly!

Mayor/Council recognition of WRAET Club Joe, K2JVS – nothing new to report

EchoLink proposal to Wayne OEM for funding – Joe K2JVS Joe, K2JVS – nothing new to report

Program – Aly, AL0Y, provided the program - Larry Wolffe (WA2ALY) - DXing, best practices, logging, awards, etc. Larry has been awarded DXCC, WAS (phone), WAS (CW), WAS (Digital), LOTW triple play, etc. He has been a ham for over 50 years. The program was most interesting and provided many valuable tips for DX contesting.

The October 12 Meeting program speaker is Ria Jairam (N2RJ). She is running in the November election for the position of Director of Hudson Division.

Other Member business proposed from the floor

Stan, K3KKH described safety publications – OSHA on generators and a Motorola safety publication on AC power, RF power and lightning protection. Both are free. He also described the ARRL grounding book.

Dave, K2NEC, discussed Club preparation for hurricanes.

Joe, K2JVS – led discussion on WRAET DMR Codeplug Collection concluding that they are best served stored on our web site.

GUEST/PUBLIC PORTION There were no guests at the meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm. Next meeting will be Friday, October 12, 7:30 pm.
Meeting Attendees
Aly Badawy AL0Y
Allan Jay Baum K2AJB
Joe Scuralli K2JVS
David Pandoscak K2NEC
Stan Ekiert K3KKH
Joe Dunphy K9MBA
John Demetrius KC2OII
Mike Williams KD2NCN
Steven Brodkowitz KD2PJK
Joe Basilicato N2BOZ
Jim Sadur N2RBJ
Rob Arms N2RDA
Carver Washburn W2TFM
Jason Findlay W2PX
Gary Kantor WA2BAU