K6UDA interview with ARRL Director

Late and hopefully temporary information on License testing and Field Day 2020 as affected by COVAD-19. This post on 4-2-2020

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21 April 2020 Draft Agenda

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Silverado Amateur Radio Society — W6CO

Meeting agenda: April 21, 2020

  1. Call to order
  2. Introduction of new members and visitors
  3. Round-robin roll-call
  4. Minutes of the last meeting  (February 18, 2020)
  5. Treasurers report: Bev W7CCN
    1. Dues reminder: $25 Single & $37.50 Family – give to Bev W7CCN
    1. Update on when dues become payable:  see our Members’ Area on the website (soon)
  6. Old & Ongoing Business
    1. Current status of the club bank account. Discussed getting ATM card for minimal purchases but need to have a custodian – Pending…..
    2. Repeaters: status and forecast
    3. Bicycle races: Napa Valley Marathon was Sunday March 1, 2020. David AE6W to report
    4. Reports on CERT, RACES, SAR, etc.  IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION?  What is our relationship to these and similar organizations in Napa County?  Is any action needed or desired? How/when would our net become involved in emergency operations?
    5. Field Day 2020 update.  Field Day (June 27 & 28, 2020, from 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday)
    6. Net Control for the next 4-6 weeks:
  7. New Business
    2. Any other new business
  8. Activities:  Member Input!
    1. Tonight’s presentation:  To Be Announced
    2. Who has new ham gear to describe?
  9. Gear demonstrations:
  10. Next Meeting:  May 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. with test for licenses 1 hour before (at 6 p.m.)
    Next Testing July 2020 – Testing is conducted on odd months (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11)
  11. Adjournment
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18 Feb 2020 Meeting Minutes by W7CCN

Call to Order:  called to order by Eric KD6GO

Roll Call:  Members did roll call

Treasury Report:  Bev W7CCN gave report – $7,063.23 for repeater and club funds combined

Bike Races:  David AE6W Napa Valley Marathon- First Sunday in March, March 1st, 2020 –The person who takes the finish line has to have a mobile and be inside. David AE6W still needs 2 more volunteers.

There will be 8 rest stops: 

Finish Line        Juan KK6EVL and Bob N6OFB                              0645-1400

9.4 Mile              21 Silverado Trail St Helena                                 0730-1030 Flan  KB6IWU

11.9 Mile           Quintessa Way 1501 Silverado Trl Rutherford 0730-1100 David AE6W

13.9 Mile           ZD Winery 8383 Silverado Trl Rutherford               0745-1115 

16.1 Mile           Tench Winery 7631 Silverado Trail Oakville               0630-1200 ErnieKB4EFX 

18.4 Mile           6341 Silverado Trail, Yountville                          0645-1230

20.7 Mile           5615 Silverado Trail Napa                                    0645-1300 Ken K6KCR

22.3 Mile           5181 Silverado Trail Napa Near Oak Knoll              0645-1315 Bruce KM6ZUC

24.0 Mile           4227 Big Ranch Rd Napa                                       0700-1330 Chris KJ6DLF

Repeaters: Jeff’s W6BYS repeater – On the top of the hours gives time and every 10 minutes gives the call sign.  David AE6W will email information on repeaters.

RACES, CERT and SAR:   What is our relationship to these and similar organizations in Napa County.  Is any action needed or desired? How/when would our net become active or interact? – David AE6W has a couple of meetings to attend in the near future and will report at a later date (Auxiliary Radio Group Meeting and the Disaster meeting that meets quarterly).

Net for next month

2/19/2020 David AE6W

2/26/2020 Ken N7CCN

3/4/2020 Allen KM6QJC

3/11/2020 Chris KJ6DLF

Old and Ongoing Business  –

  1. David AE6W still working on checking account. Discussed getting ATM card for minimal purchases but need to have a custodian  – Pending
  2. Field Day 2020 – Date is June 27 & 28, 2020. From 11 a.m. Saturday, 6/27 to 11 a.m. Sunday, 6/28. Suggestions were to contact fire chief at Napa State Hospital and Skyline Park. We need space large enough so antennas don’t interfere with each other.
    1. David AE6W indicated that he had all of the stuff needed for Field Day
    1. Field Day – the information packet and promotional materials will be posted as soon as it is finalized. – As of today still not posted in ARRL
      1. Discussed places to have field day.  Fairgrounds, elementary schools usually require liability insurance.  John suggested the Napa State hospital but everyone has to be in one place .  Eric KD6GO suggested some places.  One of the main problems is that we have to be there 24 hours (all night) and we can set up after 1:30 p.m. on Friday. David AE6W will be out of town and will not be participating in Field Day, but he will ask his boss if we could use the area in the back of the property at the mortuary.
  3. Volunteers for presentations at future meetings – Bob Samo of Silverado Avionics was not available this evening but will be at the March 17th meeting.

New Business

  1. Activities in lieu of monthly presentations – members should think about future speakers and presentations
  2. Members talked about some of their equipment and radios and frequencies.
  3. Louise KM6JQT said Napa CERT just became “legal” under the Napa Fire Dept. Napa and American Canyon CERT work together to set up shelter communications if there is a need. Bruce KM6ZUC said for people in need, they receive a list with numbers because with HIPPA you cannot have names and addresses.

Speaker/Presentation: No speaker but Eric KD6GO brought an inexpensive digital oscilloscope for members to look at.

Testing –  Next testing March 2020 – Testing for licenses is conducted on odd months (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11)

Dues are due – $25 single and $37.50 Family per year.  Give to Rich KO6FR at a Club meeting, or mail a check made out to Silverado Amateur Radio Society to:

                                            S.A.R.S., P.O. Box 2822, Yountville, CA 94599.

Next meeting of the SARS will be March 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

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new archive photos

17 new photos added to album 1965.

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Photos are back online.

There is lots of nostalgic imagery in this part of the Members’ Section. Using the menu at the top of this page, click on “Members’ Area” and “Photos” for some pretty interesting stuff!

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