February 2014 Board Minutes


SARA Board Meeting

February 1, 2014


The meeting was called to order by president John Manton at 1:00 pm at his home.


Present were:   John Manton, John Munday, John DeHart, Jim Farmer, Randal DePriest, Rin Irvin, Ryan Kovacs, and

On Assignment in Florida was Ferrel Brown


Treasurers Report:

            John DeHart reported that we had $1034 on hand at present.


            A working draft budget was passed out by John Manton and discussed. It was noted that the current number of dues paying members would not support the expenditures of the discussed budget. Input in terms of the previous years expenses will be developed as computer access to the association’s bank account is obtained. It was also decided that getting the ability of the membership to pay their dues by way of PayPal would be examined. The need to develop book keeping necessary for our new status as a non-profit was discussed. A number of individuals who may be able to help were discussed.


The following items were discussed:


Member Survey:

The results of the membership survey were reviewed. Not surprising was the popularity of the Field Day and Georgia QSO activities. The ARRL Centennial special activity, balloon launch and hands on training activities (other than our licensing classes) were discussed. 


Georgia QSO Party:

            Tom McElroy (W4SDR) has agreed to serve as the chairperson for this event. It is to be held at the same place as last year. Efforts to be better organized, especially in the area of clean up were stressed. Individuals who expressed an interest in the activity are to be forwarded to W4SDR. It was felt that this event should be used as a training ground for the ARRL Field Day activity, with emphasis in getting new participants ready to operate. It was also discussed that for some people the option of operating from home may be used to increase our point total.


ARRL Centennial Special Event Station

            The county commission has been contacted about proclaiming June, Ham Radio Month in Forsyth County. People will be needed to be present to accept the proclamation. A significant number of people have indicated their interest in being involved in this activity. A number of possible locations were discussed as well as the need for a chairperson for this event.


Balloon Launch

            The balloon launch was a popular activity. The funding of the project as well as who and how to organized it were discussed. The desire to have it at Fowler Park to make attendance easier to publicize were discussed.


Training/Hands-on Activities

            Various projects that could be used as activities were discussed, including SCAF filters, Pico Keys, and antennas, training on the fine points of using the repeaters in the area and learning Morse Code. The 10 meter Thursday net was discussed as a training and or Elmer activity.


Club Meeting Speakers

            Jim Farmer presented the research he had done on speakers for upcoming meetings. The possibility of video taping of presentation was discussed as a possibility.


Membership Promotion

            The posting of club activities in the local news paper and web sites is being done. It was felt that communicating with surrounding clubs would also be a good idea. Ryan Kovacs is to assume the role of Public Information Officer for the club. The need to develop as comprehensive as possible email list of hams in the club area was discussed and several existing collections are to be forwarded to Ryan. Having a social hour/meal prior to the monthly meeting and moving the time of the meeting back to 7:30 PM was discussed to mimic the social aspect that the club achieves weekly at the Lenny’s luncheon.


The meeting was adjourned at 2:30pm


The next meeting is to be on Saturday March 1st.


Respectfully Submitted


John Munday K4JNM

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