Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Virtual Meeting, Fallbrook, California
June 5, 2021

President Ron Patten, KG6HSQ, called the virtual Zoom meeting to order at 1503 hrs.

A pledge of allegiance was conducted by Ken, W6MF.

Brent, KJ6UMY, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance April 30, 2021 $7,346.90
Petty Cash Balance Apri 30, 2021 $78.81

Membership Dues $80.00
ARRL Dues $98.00

ARRL Dues $94.00

Petty Cash Balance April 30, 2021 $78.81
Expenses May 2021 $0.00
Cash Additions May 2021 $0.00
Total $78.81

Checking Balance May 31, 2021 $7,430.90
Petty Cash Balance May 31, 2021 $78.81
Total $7,509.71

Ron, KG6HSQ, reported that Field Day will be much like last year with the same rules, except for the relief of the power limitation for home stations. He and Stephen, KC6MIE, will have their stations open for visitors. When members submit their Field Day logs they should be sure to list their club affiliation as ?Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club? exactly. Zoom will be up, including breakout rooms, for members to gather. Lee, KM6UFF, asked if the club call should be used. Ron responded that members should using their own call and category for Field Day. Sun spots are picking up and should provide improved conditions, unless a solar storm impacts conditions. Lee, KM6UFF, asked what the most used digital mode is on Field Day. Ron responded that FT8 is the most popular.

Ron, KG6HSQ, commented that the Red Mountain cameras are changing. The four NSEW cameras have been eliminated and replaced by North and South pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) cameras. These cameras are not on Alert Wildfire yet and are not being controlled. Their location is on the next tower tier and are not blocked by antennas. Other cameras on the HPWREN/Alert Wildfire had changed URLs.

Randy, KJ6AEU, asked about the river crossing cameras. Ron responded that they have been offline for some time.

Ron, KG6HSQ, screen shared and demoed various camera sites and the Club Facebook page. He showed various statistics on the FARC Broadcastify radio feed.

Ron, KG6HSQ, called for individual member reports of their ham and other activities.

Forrest, KK6BYR, Has been tuning antennas and working on a ?fat? dipole for Field Day.

Capt. Don, W6PLT, and Lorna, KI6PLS, have returned from Hawaii. They are anticipating the delivery of new Milguard windows and working on their stock trades. On the ham front, they are putting up a 43? vertical for their Yaesu FT-897D. Don is wanting warmer weather.

Randy, KD6UAK, has been enjoying the good reception of the ISS repeater.

Bob, W6VR, has been listening to the ISS passes. He related his experiences on amateur radio satellites using SSB. He discussed Doppler shifts and their impact on listening to the ISS.

Ken, W6MF, moved away from Fallbrook to Lompoc on August 28th. He finally found a house. Inventory of houses is short and prices are high. They are still moving in. The majority of his ham equipment is still at Kevin?s ranch. He has setup crossband repeat to allow easy communications with the repeater site near Kevin?s house.

Brent, KJ6UMY, has included an AC power connection through his entry panel to allow easy hookup of emergency power for field day. He has been listening to the ISS on both his base station and on a handheld using an Arrow yagi antenna. He is working on bringing up digital modes for Field Day.

Lee, KM6UFF, is setting up solar power for Field Day. He is using various military surplus supplies to do this. He is working on digital modes using Fldigi and his FT-891, making contacts using PSK and MT63.

Randy, KJ6AEU, is checking on his radios to be prepared for Field Day.

Margaret, has moved to Fallbrook in the Sleeping Indian area and has just sent in her FARC membership application.

Hayden, KG6YVD, hasn?t been doing much radio. His mother has been convalescing with them for the last 8 months. He has done some HF in the evenings.

Ryan, KF6ODE, is busy with work and not making much headway on the radio front.

Bill, N6OUI, is working on may projects, mainly on the house. Has a new fridge on the way. He is working on a mobile radio install.

Ron, KG6HSQ, has been working for many weeks now on this box trailer complete rebuild, chasing computer and website problems and servicing the FARC repeater on Red Mountain. Around the house he had a large tree removed and is awaiting a termite treatment (not for the trailer).

Jon, K6QVA, joined us from Tennessee. He is still recovering from his heart procedure, but has begin his ham setup with two runs of LMR400 into his shack.

Ron, KG6HSQ, updated that we are having 2 meter antenna problems on Red Mountain. He is now using a separate 2m receive antenna on a higher tier of the tower. Receive gain isn?t a good, but the noise level is much improved.

Ron, KG6HSQ, adjourned the meeting at 1600 hrs.

Special Addendum to June Minutes:

As reported at the September 2020 meeting, President Ron Patten and I have been in the process of attempting to bring the Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club checking account at Wells Fargo Bank into compliance to allow changes to be made. The following information and changes were needed and it was necessary to publish this information in the club meeting minutes. This information is also been provided to the club membership via email subsequent to this meeting.

1) A statement of the club officers (executives) as follows:

President, Ron Patten, KG6HSQ

Vice President, Lee Standley, KM6UFF

Secretary/Treasurer, Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY

2) Changing the tax ID on the account from the deceased Bill Dewey?s SSN to the new FARC Employer Identification Number (EIN), XX-XXXXXXX.

3) Removing the deceased Bigs Parker as a signatory on the checking account. We need to provide documentation that Bigs Parker is dead. We will submit the Village News obituary and our meeting minutes from August 2016.

4) Publishing a club physical address, in this case my home address, in the club minutes.
XXXX Xxxxxx Xxxx
Fallbrook, CA 92028-3756

The IRS and bank processes are really designed for businesses. Clubs such as ours are an outlier and don?t really fit with their processes. It is my hope that our fourth visit to WFB with these minutes will result in a successfully bringing our checking account into compliance.

Brent Dussia, KJ6UMY
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club