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Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club meeting Notes Oct 24, 2014  printer friendly  
The Program meeting for October was called to order by club president, Tom Wilcox at 8:04 PM at the Roanoke Red Cross.
Items discussed:
Tom wants to make a few changes in the format during meetings:
  • He will keep introductions such as name, call sign.
  • Tom also will keep pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence.
  • He also wants to introduce New Business and Old Business to obtain a better flow of the meetings and have committee reports at that time.
  • He would like to see club members volunteer to serve on a committee. He also passed out committee sheets for members to see how they can serve.
  • He would like to add an ADHOC financial committee to the ones already listed in the club bylaws. They would be responsible for the audit of financial records for 2014 and also create a budget for 2015.
Tom asked if there were any nominations for club secretary. There were none.
Old Business: 
 School club round-up---Reports given by Ron Ramsey for Hidden Valley High School, N4HVH
  • Phone 197
  • Digital 143
  • Score  127,512
  • States  45
  • Ve  3
  • Countries  38
  • Club  14
  • Schools  30
 Phil Roark for William Byrd High School WB4HS
  • Phone 189
  • Digital 108
  • Score  101,655
  • States  40
  • Ve  2
  • Countries  31
  • Clubs  9
  • Schools  32
 JT Flannery for William Byrd Middle School,  William Byrd Middle School did not submit a sheet for the breakdown of contacts. Their score was 109,000.
Tom stated he had a possible contact for possible radio operations when the 611 train comes back to Roanoke. There may be other opportunities to have a special event station on one of the other trains. The contact person is Ms. McGuire at the Roanoke Transportation Museum. February 7, 2015 the Transportation Museum is hosting an event the club may be able to attend and operate radios.
January Social scheduled; THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2015 at the Red Cross. The time allotted is 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Tom reminded club members, the club voted to have this social event as a Pot Luck. However, THE CLUB IS NOT PROVIDING ANYTHING…which club members voted to accept at the last meeting. Club members need to provide their own drink, a dish or dishes to share, silverware and paper products. No coordination of who will bring what will be done in the advance of this event.
New Ham classes: The Technician class will be taught in three parts; January 31, 2015, February 7, 2015 and February 14, 2014. A test session will be held on February 14, 2015 for persons taking the classes. The club’s regular test session will be Sunday, February 15, 2015. The General class will be taught in three parts: March 14, 2015, March 21, 2015 and March 28, 2015. No Extra classes have been scheduled.
Nancy Wood talked about the survey results to change the meeting day. For now, the club will change the program meeting to Thursday beginning in January. The only Thursday dates scheduled are the January Social scheduled January 22, 2015 and the February Program meeting scheduled Thursday, February 26, 2014. Please remember, changing the club meeting day is not set in stone. The club is making changes for these dates to see if we can get more member participation. A message will be added to the 146.985 repeater to let people know of these changes. The club will decide based on attendance if both meetings will change to Thursday. The meeting time may change to 7:30 PM. Ron Ramsey to put information on the club’s web page.
Nancy Wood talked about the club Christmas dinner scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM. The dinner will take place at Jersey Lilly’s in Salem. A signup sheet was passed around.
New Business:
 Phil Hysell from the Blacksburg Noaa wanted club members to know the Blacksburg NOAA is holding an open house on November 15, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Phil teaches Skywarn classes in this area.
Scott Cross wanted club members to know: Memorial Hamfest for Mike Knight to be held November 8, 2014 across from Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Scout Master training—November 15, 2014
Raleigh Court Children’s Parade—November 22, 2014. Contact person is Frank Cupp.
50/50 drawing won by Floyd Ponton. He graciously donated winnings back to club.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45
The program for this month “Grounding Your Hamshack” presented by Ron Ramsey.
Respectfully Submitted, Nancy Wood, KG4ETP  
News Author: Ron AB4A News Date: Wednesday October 29 2014 - 10:21AM

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