The WRARC meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by President John Montgomery. The WRARC held its regular meeting at the Red Cross building in Danville. Those present were: KA4SWT, WD4LEW, KK4IYY, KM4OLL, K4FT, KM4FRM, WQ4Z, W9WA, KB4UPW, KI6SEP, K4OH, KE4INO, KF4FMQ, KM4QOY, KM4PDI, KI6SER,and KM4TPW.
Sharon, KE4INO, read the minutes from the December meeting. Bill, W9WA, made the motion to accept the minutes as read. Bernie, KM4TPW, seconded the motion and the motion was accepted by the members present.
— OLD BUSINESS —
SOCIAL: The club has started a coffee get together on Friday mornings at 9am at the McDonalds on Perryville road in the shopping center with Big Lots. This right now is every other week. The next one will be held January 13. Please note: The meeting will not be at McDonalds. It will be at Sweet Beans and Things by Subway and McDonalds on the hill near Walmart. Quite a few amateurs show up for these socials.
— NEW BUSINESS –
John, K4FT, stated that QTH usually charges a 2 per cent finders fee when something is advertised and suggested we send them $14.00. John K4FT made a motion to this effect and Bernie, KM4TPW, seconded the motion. Motion was carried.
TEST SESSION: John, K4FT, said that the test session will be held on January 28. The location will probably be at the Third Street Methodist Church, 119 South Third Street, Danville near EMMH hospital..
Use the ADA ramp to the basement. We will send another email to confirm the location. Bernie KM4TPW stated we may be able to use the multi purpose room at the church for testing and meetings. He may have a closet to put radios in and operate. No towers can be set up at this location as there are many building surrounding the church.
John K4OH suggested asking the county for $1000 for moving expenses. The WRARC has extensive equipment including radios, bookcases, file cabinets, awards, computers, tables, chairs, etc. George KM4QOY suggested the county rent us a storage building for all our equipment. Janie, KI6SER, stated they had moving supplies we could borrow items like blankets and hand trucks. Mike KF4FMQ and Doug KA4SWT explained that the tower is a problem. The tower will have to be cut off at base. The tower is 40 feet. There is no way it can be down by January 31.
Doug KA4SWT said he had called the reporter that had written the newspaper article on the Red Cross. He stated he told her we were incorporated as a non-profit organization under IRS 501C. He stated we had been told by a magistrate we would not have to move. Doug suggested trying to get the newspaper to do another story on WRARC and the club history including its economic impact on the local community.
He said we are at the Red Cross for communications for the county. (ARRL and Red Cross Have signed Memorandum of Understanding since 3/25/10).
Mike KF4FMQ reminded the club the 22 ft. dual axle trailer was to be used for club communication purposes and to be equipped with radios, etc. and to be set up as a mobile unit.
John Montgomery brought up the newspaper article about vacating the Red Cross Building. He stated a Commander from the American Legion had sent him a letter asking about disaster services. John said the club does not do disaster and emergency services and Sharon KE4INO said we always did emergency and disaster services and related about the Casey county disaster.
Sharon KE4INO gave John K4FT a QSL card from Terry, MS. She also gave Ken a bill for the SERA dues. She also reminded club members that the club license runs out this year and must be renewed.
Saturday January 7 at 10:00 there will be a walk through at the church to determine if the church would be a possibility for the club meetings.
Moving day is scheduled for January 14 weather permitting. Alternate day is January 21.
Bill W9WA made a motion to close the meeting. John WD4LEW seconded the motion and the meeting closed at 8:40 pm.
The next meeting will be February 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm. We will be eating at Fazoli’s at 6:00 pm on February 7 before the club meeting.
Sharon Griebe KE4INO
Acting Secretary for Chris / KG4UQL