Meeting minutes:

Wayne Radio Amateur Emergency Team Meeting October 12, 2018
Published: February 07, 2019

Wayne Radio Amateur Emergency Team
Meeting Minutes for 10-12-18

Welcome and start of meeting – Joe K2JVS
The meeting started at 7:35 pm. Joe moderated the meeting. It began with a flag salute followed by discussion of agenda items.

Club Business Meeting Topics (Members Only Discussion)

Approval of Meeting Minutes September 14 - Carver W2TFM
Minutes approved by majority vote.

Monthly Net report – Aly – AL0Y
The net was held on September 26, the 4th Wednesday of the month at 8 pm on the WRAET 2M Repeater.
Net Attendees 9-26-18 Opened 8:00 pm. Closed 8:37 pm (2M Repeater)
Aly - NCS AL0Y
Carver W2TFM
Allan K2AJB
Matthew W2ORT
Allan KF2EE
Next net will be Wednesday October 24 on the 2M repeater.

Web Site – Aly AL0Y Aly gave an update on the web site status.

Membership – Allan K2AJB
All members renewed 2019 dues One payment still expected. Allan continues working with Rob, NNJ Section Manager, to get email addresses.
Proposal to select and start on the Scouting Radio Merit Badge and the Communications Merit Badge  Jack KB2LNO and Jim N2RBJ were not at the meeting. However, Jim advised that he will work with Joe, K2JVS and Jack. Discussion will continue at next meeting. 


Mike, KD2NCN, presented an excellent plan for a RACES/ARES structured radio exercise based on a flood scenario. The exercise took place Saturday, October 13. Mike laid out the member/station deployment locations (augmenting the footprint of the OEM and first responders). Canned voice messages were transmitted to NCS, Aly – AL0Y on 2M repeater who then retransmitted them to EOC – Mike on the 440 repeater.

Participating in the exercise were Mike KD2NCN (EOC); Aly, AL0Y (NCS); Allan, K2AJB; Joe, K2JVS; Dave, K2NEC; Steve, KD2PJK; Allan, KF2EE; and Carver W2TFM. CERT personnel were also deployed to the same locations as WRAET personnel for exposure to and involvement with radio communications.

Mike, KD2NCN (EOC) had this to say about the completed exercise: I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that were able to attend today's drill on this rather chilly and wet morning. I believe you all did a great job as a club and as a team in passing simulated emergency messages and learning quickly how to overcome communication difficulties and do your best to make sure your message was copied by net control. It was awesome to see people immediately identify there was not a solid copy and spelling out difficult or broken up words or even making equipment adjustments.

I'd like to also extend a big thank you to Aly for doing a tremendous job managing net control and doing a fine job ensuring that the message was a solid copy. I monitored both repeaters and definitely observed moments where Aly was tasked with monitoring two transmissions on the different bands all while writing down station messages.

I hope during a future drill we can do even better with a little fine tuning, for a first drill I think it went very well.

I likely will not be attending our November meeting, but if anyone has any feedback good or bad please share with the group. This was a learning experience for us all.

Respectfully, Mike Williams

Field Day 2018 Award Certificates were awarded to Dave, K2NEC; Allan, K2AJB; Baggo Mileski – Head, Security and Liz Asani, MD – Medical Director, Saint Joseph Wayne Hospital.

Field Day 2019 – Seeking chair. Matthew, W2ORT, volunteered to participate and possibly chair the event. He is going to the Police Academy in Virginia in 2019. However, with the event occurring on a weekend he might still be able to chair. Jack, KB2LNO will send Mathew all the press releases, notes, participants, scripts, checklists, safety brief, etc. Further discussion will take place after that.

Open Chair position which require a volunteer are: Program Chair (meeting programs) still required. Also, Hamfest and Social Events chairs are required.

Mayor/Council recognition of WRAET Club Joe, K2JVS – still pending

EchoLink proposal to Wayne OEM for funding – Joe K2JVS Joe, K2JVS – still pending.

Program – Aly, AL0Y, provided the program with speaker Ria Jairam, N2RJ. She is running in the November election for the position of Director of Hudson Division. Ria gave an excellent presentation on her views and strategy to having the ARRL focus on its members. There are several other candidate Division Directors who share her views and, if elected, would pursue the same objectives.

Other Member business proposed from the floor


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

Meeting adjourned at 8:43 pm. Next meeting will be Friday, November 9, 7:30 pm.
Meeting Attendees
Aly Badawy AL0Y
Allan Jay Baum K2AJB
Joe Scuralli K2JVS
David Pandoscak K2NEC
John Demetrius KC2OII
Mike Williams KD2NCN
Piero Mosca KD2ONN
Matthew O'Neill W2ORT
Steven Brodkowitz KD2PJK
Allan Baum KF2EE
Rob Arms N2RDA
Carver Washburn W2TFM
Jason Findlay W2PX
Gary Kantor WA2BAU
Ria Jairam N2RJ