On Thursday, July 19, 2007 in the late afternoon, the 147.000 repeater will be switched to its internal controller while maintenance is preformed. The repeater will temporarily have no courtesy tone or access to IRLP or EchoLink. Local QSOs may commence; just be aware that the courtesy tone will be absent. Normal operation will be restored no later than Friday, July 20, 2007 late night.
This is being done in order to replace the VoIP computer which supplies the repeater with IRLP and EchoLink. The repeater controller interface is also being modified to allow the alarm panel from the club house to be connected.
The nominating committee is recruiting candidates for the following elected positions:
Club Secretary – Remainder of 2007 term
Trustee – Remainder of 2010 term
If you are interested in running for either position (or both), please contact Tim Smith, N1TI for consideration by the nominating committee.
The Cushcraft R5 vertical that recently came down during high winds had been stored in the locked fence surrounding the 80′ log periodic antenna tower. As of Sunday, July 15 it was noticed missing. If a club member moved it somewhere on the grounds for storage, or took it mistakenly for parts or scrap, please contact any member of the Technical Committee. Just a reminder, that any club property, regardless of it’s condition, has to be approved by either the BOD or the club membership depending on it’s value before it can be removed from club property.
The remaining all-band vertical was removed from the hut by Dave, W1DJG with Tim, N1TI providing ground support. After inspecting the antenna following the removal, the technical committee determined that extensive refurbishing will be required. The 75 meter resonator mount was rusted through and two of the capacity hat elements came off. All inductor joints will need cleaning and reworking. A recommendation to the BOD was made that when the club is ready to install a new vertical, that we seek an alternative solution. The BOD will make it’s recommendations at the next club meeting regarding the sale or auction of the vertical to an interested member.
It was determined at the June 7, 2007 SEMARA Business Meeting that a voted taken at the May Business Meeting on the subject of New Building Guidance was deemed invalid by concerned members. The Board of Directors supported this determination and agreed to send out an informational mailing regarding the pros and cons of going with Building Option A or Building Option B. Details for both options will be forthcoming on the website soon.
A general mailing to the membership will provide the details.
It was decided that due to the holiday week and anticipated low turnout that the Building vote be delayed until the August Business Meeting.
Members attending the regular business meeting listened to the pros and cons of two building expansion options presented by the New Building Committee Chairman, Dave Dean – W1JGV as well as several members weighing in on the discussion. After nearly a one hour discussion the membership voted for “Option B”, a plan to proceed with developing a plan to add to the existing structure and to make necessary repairs to the existing structure. “Option A” promoted the razing of the existing structure and starting fresh with an open floor plan metal structure . This meeting did not authorize spending at this time but merely defined the path that SEMARA takes. PROGRESS! Special thanks go to the new building committee for taking the bull by the horns and moving the agenda forward.
Taped interview with W1RC on WBCQ Radio about the upcoming NEARFEST in Deerfield, NH – 14 Minutes
“Deerfield” is back! Back to the old familiar Deerfied, NH fairgrounds where the Hosstraders event was at its best. The tradition continues under a new organization, NEARFest (New England Amateur Radio Fest). Mark May 4th and 5th on your calendars now!
K1IBR Memorial Dinner featuring steamship roast, pork loins and side dishes. Come celebrate the memories of our dear friend, Bill Miller, K1IBR on Saturday, April 14th at 12:00pm at “Miller Hall” (new clubhouse memorial name). Open to All SEMARA members and spouses. Members of Bill’s immediate family will be present. Keep the date open and please send an E-Mail to Scott Szala confirming your intention to attend and how many, to facilitate the purchasing of food and assurance of ample availability.
It is with deep sadness that we report the loss of SEMARA members this month. Ken Gillum, W1QJR, Bob Kish, KA1YON and Richard Houghton, WA1CXG.