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Tri-County Amateur Radio Club
Minutes of Meeting: 15 Jan. 2022

A regular monthly meeting of the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club was held on Saturday, 15 January 2022 at 8:30 am EST in Room 221 of the Finch Building at Davidson-Davie Community College, 297 DCC Road, Thomasville, with the president, W4DAE-David, being in the chair.  The meeting was called to order at 8:32 am.

Members Attending:  K8AOK, Donn; W4CHI, Ron; W4DAE, David; KR3HAB, Albert; K4KKT, Joe; W8LWX, John; KJ4NUS, Steve; KJ4NUU, Vanda; KW4SM, Carol; and NL7UP, MeLinda.

Guests: None.

Adoption of Agenda

A draft agenda, which had been distributed prior to commencement of the meeting, was adopted by unanimous consent.

Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting

By unanimous consent, reading of the minutes of the December 2021 meeting was waived and they were adopted.

Reports of Officers and Committees

Report of the Secretary. -- There were no roster changes since the previous meeting.

Report of the Treasurer. --  The final treasury report for CY 2021 was distributed via e-mail at 19:09 EST on Thursday, 13 January 2022, to all members who have signed up on the club's groups.io mailing list. As indicated therein, the year ended with $213.44 still unspent from the initial 2021 operating budget of $390.  As of the end of 2021, we had a total of $1,030.01 in "cash on hand," which includes the balances of our checking, savings, and PayPal accounts, plus any currency, coins, and checks awaiting deposit. During 2021, we received $1,222.10 in dues and donations (including $75 in 2022 dues paid in Dec. 2021) and had spent $1,450.07, resulting in net loss of $227.97.

Dues for 2022 became payable as of the date of this meeting. Under our bylaws, any member who owes dues but has not paid within the next 90 days will be automatically dropped from the membership roster.  Dues can be paid via PayPal on NC4AR.org, or by tendering cash or a check to the club treasurer.  Any check must be made payable to Tri-County Amateur Radio Club.

Report of the President. --  W4DAE reported the following:

The club accomplished a great deal in 2021 despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. We got new Heliax feedline and connectors installed on the 145.290 club repeater. We obtained official recognition from the IRS of our status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We successfully held our first Covid-era summer Field Day.  We got a liability insurance policy, which will be useful for events in the future and has already allowed us to secure a steady, reliable, and free indoor meeting space at DDCC.  What we do with this new year depends on what all of us, as members, want to do and want to work together toward.

Since the last meeting, a two-person audit committee has been formed to go over the accounting books for the previous year and report back to the membership.  Thanks to K8AOK and KJ4NUS for volunteering.

Last month, we asked for input about participating in the WFDA's Winter Field Day, which takes place the third weekend of January.  No one in the club expressed an interest in doing it.  Several people explicitly said they did not wish to do it.  Any member who nonetheless wants to participate with use of the club's call sign or equipment should contact a club officer with that request.

In contrast, the club almost always participates in ARRL Field Day in the summer (last full weekend in June).  If that's going to happen in 2022, we need someone, or several people, willing to organize it.  It's a matter of securing a site early, and then managing the logistics of getting equipment set up and taken down when the time comes.  That's the job of a Field Day committee!  Volunteers are needed now for this.

The same applies to the NC QSO Party (last weekend in February).  If we're going to participate in it, we need volunteers now to make it happen.  In recent years, it has not been necessary to secure a site, as it's been sufficient to use the "club shack" provided by KK4RR.  We don't know yet whether that's feasible this year, but regardless of location, it would be necessary to line up operators in advance in order to participate seriously.  If this is something you'd like to see happen, volunteer now for that committee.

Finally, a note about our April meeting: DDCC will be closed for spring break on the third weekend of April 2022, with all the buildings closed -- so we can't meet at DDCC on that weekend as we've been doing.  We could meet at DDCC on the second weekend instead, or we could stick to the third weekend but meet somewhere else. This will also affect license exams in April so we'll need to consult with KK4RR on that.  We'll present options in February or March.

Open Motions from Previous Meeting

There were no open motions from the previous meeting.

New Business

W8LWX made the following motion to establish the club's initial 2022 operating budget:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the following expenditures are authorized as the club's initial operating budget for 2022:

a. For insurance, including liability insurance and insurance on club-owned equipment:  actual cost, not to exceed $335;

b. For funeral-related expenses (which may include flowers for the funeral, food for the family, and a sympathy card) for death of a club member or of someone in a member's immediate family:  actual cost, not to exceed $65.00 per death, up to $195 total;

c.  For postage, paper, and other office/administrative supplies: actual cost, not to exceed $40;

d.  For utilities and other repeater site expenses payable July 1, 2022, under the existing repeater site agreement, which is hereby renewed for the 2022-23 term: actual cost, not to exceed $130; and

e.  For participation in on-air events, including ARRL Field Day 2022: actual cost, not to exceed $150,

representing a total initial operating budget of $850.

The motion was adopted by unanimous consent.

Announcements and Discussion

NL7UP expressed an interest in training club members on traffic handling and radiograms and in acting as a liaison between local VHF/UHF frequencies and the HF traffic nets on 3.927 and 3.929 MHz.  W4DAE suggested an e-mail to the member mailing list on this.


K4KKT gave a presentation regarding portable QRP operation with the Xiegu G90 HF transceiver.  Joe has two of these units, which sell for about $425.  Output is adjustable from 1W to 20W.  The Xiegu G90 operates on frequencies below 30 MHz and includes a built-in autotuner, waterfall display, and remote head.  Modes include SSB, CW, AM, and digital.  Joe powers the G90 with a 12V battery and has had good experience with it, even working South Africa with good results using 20W out and an ordinary G5RV antenna on 20 meters.

Joe distributed a helpful review of the G90 from the March 2020 edition of QST and also showed us the other equipment used with the transceiver, including the Voltaic V88-K rechargeable battery and Giaride 18V 21W portable folding solar charger.  Joe has been very happy with this portable HF station.


There being no further business on the agreed agenda, the meeting was adjourned without objection at 9:20 am.

Respectfully submitted,
/s/ W8LWX-John
FREE GOODIES:  On the theory that one man's trash is another man's treasure, KJ4NUS generously laid out all this gear and made it available to anyone who wanted it. It was all gone by the time the meeting adjourned -- each treasure off to its best and highest use in the hands of another NC4AR member.  Sorry if you missed it!
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