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Tri-County Amateur Radio Club
Minutes of Meeting: 20 May 2023

A regular monthly meeting of the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club was held on Saturday, 20 May 2023 at 11:30 am EDT at Tres Amigos restaurant, 108 Randolph Street, Thomasville, NC, with the president, NL7UP-MeLinda, being in the chair.  The meeting was called to order at 11:30 am.

Members Attending:  KX4CAM, Camille; K4DSX, Rod; K4KKT, Joe; W8LWX, John; KK4NWR, Amy; KF4QDS, John; WB2RFK, Ken; KK4RR, Richard; NL7UP, MeLinda; KJ4UYR, Janice; N2WOB, Susan; and KO4WXR, Fred.

Guests:  KO4JHG, Jon; WA2RFN, Mary; Joy Weeman; Karl Weeman.

Adoption of Agenda

A draft agenda had been distributed prior to commencement of the meeting.  Members were invited to propose changes or additions if desired. W8LWX asked that the draft agenda be amended to require adjournment by 12:00 noon. Thus amended, the draft agenda was adopted by unanimous consent.

Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting

Without objection, reading of the draft minutes of the April 2023 meeting was waived and they were adopted.

Reports of Officers and Committees

Report of the Secretary. --  As of 20 May 2023, the club had 38 members. Since the previous month's roster report, one new member had been added: KM4VIR, Brian.

Report of the Treasurer. --  For the month ending 30 April 2023, we still had $675 left over from our initial operating budget of $850.  We had a total of $1,601.49 in "cash on hand," which includes the balances of our checking, savings, and PayPal accounts, plus any currency, coins, and checks awaiting deposit. After setting aside the funds dedicated to the operating budget, this means that, as of the end of the month, we had a net total of $926.49 in uncommitted resources available for other uses.  For the 2023 membership year, we have received $585.05 in dues, donations, and interest, and have spent $188.03, resulting in net income of $397.02 as of month's end.

Report of the President. --  The president stated that the 445.975 MHz simplex link to the club repeater, which has been attempted under the president's personal call sign since January 2023 as a way for low-power stations in the Thomasville area to hit the club's 145.290 MHz repeater, remains non-functional and will stay that way until further notice.

Report of the Field Day Committee. --  As previously determined, the club will participate in 2023 ARRL Field Day from a picnic shelter at Oak Hollow Park in High Point (the same as in the past several years) from 3 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, June 24, 2023.  The shelter is already reserved and the fee to High Point has been paid.  KF4QDS, KK4NWR, and KO4UBU have already volunteered for set-up and tear-down tasks; NL7UP has already volunteered for food prep; and KK4RR has already volunteered to set up logging software and submit logs to ARRL.  This is, however, the minimal staffing needed, so all members are encouraged to pitch in on the day of the event.

Open Motions from Previous Meeting

There were no open motions from the previous meeting.

New Business

No new business was conducted.

Program and Announcements

There was no program.  The president stated a desire to have the club participate in more events in the community, particularly those that may relate to emergency communications, and invited members to propose ideas along those lines.  K4DSX raised the possibility that the club may wish to sponsor a booth or table at Everybody's Day in Thomasville in September.


Mailing list: The club mailing list on Groups.io is available for each and every member to use whenever he or she wishes to send out a radio-related announcement or information to all other club members.  It's easy to do: just address the e-mail to members@nc4ar.groups.io and it will be automatically forwarded to all subscribed members.  Just make sure the communication relates to ham radio (i.e., no politics, chain letters, advertising, religious proselytizing, etc.).


There being no further business on the agreed agenda, the meeting was adjourned without objection at 11:56 am.

Respectfully submitted,
/s/ W8LWX-John
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