October 14, 2021
The monthly meeting was called to order at 6:09 P.M.
The Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer and a moment of silence for Silent Keys were observed.
Minutes from the previous meeting and the Treasurer’s Report were read. Current bank balance is $878.23.
Memorial lunch for Jerry Waelterman on October 9th was discussed. His wife, Ilse, and son were able to attend along with club members. Jerry’s family was encouraged to remain active with our club. His radio equipment will be prepared for sale on Ham Swap initially. Possibly another site if they don’t all sell there.
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park trip on September 18th was a success! Good member participation, good food and good time. QSO’s were 51 – CW & FT8 not included in number yet. We are #1 on the leader board at this time. Planning a 4 day camping and day trip for next year opening 4 parks in that area. Several camping spots and cabins are already reserved for this. Check with John McReynolds for camping information if interested.
William Shuffield will attempt to activate at Onondaga State Park this coming weekend.
It was suggested that we may need to create a POTA group on Signal to help isolate the posts about this.
Repeater Update: Bill Higgins advised that our repeater is doing well. A new filter was installed that is helping with the interference but didn’t eliminate it completely. A tone board installation may improve that and is planned for the future.
A memorial dinner for Dave Beckett and Warren Gurley was mentioned. It was suggested that rather than individual memorial meals, we might have one at the end of each year for those who have passed. It was further suggested that we wait until January of the next year to avoid the tight schedules in December. We will discuss again in January 2022 to set a date.
Second Annual Chili Cook-off is planned for our November 11th meeting. There will be a prize for 1st place. Please remind others of this delicious event. A short business meeting will be held first.
December meeting will be our annual Christmas party. It is currently being planned at Fire House #5 on the 9th of December. It is always a special time with lots of good food, fellowship and live music. Please add it to your holiday plans now.
The Mossberg Rifle raffle was drawn – David Wheeler was the winner!
A raffle for 9mm shells, graciously supplied by an anonymous donor (God bless Texas) was held. The winning ticket belonging to Bill Higgins was drawn by Margaret Emily.
A motion to adjourn was made by Terri Booth and seconded by Dave Johnson. Motion Carried.