Monday, August 15, 2016

EAWA Minutes August 11, 2016

The August 11, 2016 meeting of The Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association was called to order at 7:05 PM by President Mark Albee N1MEA. Evie KA1BRA made a motion to accept the July 14, 2016 Minutes as e-mailed. The motion was seconded by Rob W8HAP. Motion carried. Chris AB1PZ made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report of Petty cash $178.01, Savings Account $1216.39,VE Account $18.82, and Repeater Fund $92.39. The motion was seconded by Dick W1KRP. The motion carried.
Net Controls EMCOMM (Tuesdays, around 7:00 PM, 146.91 repeater)       
                     August 16         Chris AB1PZ
                     August 23        Evie KA1BRA        
                     August 30        Mark N1MEA
                    September 6        Phil N1EP
                    September 13     Chris AB1PZ

 Net Controls EAWA Net (Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, 147.03  repeater)             
                August 17        Chris AB1PZ       
                August 24        Evie KA1BRA    
                August 31        Mark N1MEA
               September 7     Phil N1EP
               September 14    Chris AB1PZ
September Meeting  Secretary/Treasurer needed
- Evie KA1BRA will not be available for the September meeting so need a replacement. Gwen KC1BKN said she would take the Minutes of the September meeting.
(Company cancelled so Evie can be at the September meeting--Thank you, Gwen!!)

Memorbilia - Evie KA1BRA brought in some old pictures and historical newpaper items for all to enjoy. She was also able, with the help of Rick WW1ME, to track down some of the EAWA memorbilia that was given to John Dilks K2TQN in order to write an article for QST.
Emergency Co-ordinator - Chris AB1PZ has "volunteered" to take over the job of Emergency Co-ordinator that Mark N1MEA has held for many years. Thank you, Mark, and congratulations to Chris!

MDI Marathon - Joe WA4OVO has already made arrangements to help with the 2016 MDI Marathon, October 16th. Evie KA1BRA pointed out that staffing for this event has become more difficult each year. Ron N1AHH suggested that we ask Bangor or other groups for help. Thus far the EAWA has not been asked to help at the Marathon. (Note: Due to family adventures, I will be out of town on the 16th.)

Discussion on EMCOMM-EMCOMM and the EAWA made a split a few months ago. Some folks want to be members of one group, but not the other. Some are members of both. At any rate, Evie KA1BRA was asked about training or topics in which ham radio operators might possibly be interested. I hope I have caught the essence of the conversation. I have deliberately omitted names/call signs. Here are some of the comments:
a) Hospital Amateur Radios-Hams-Emergencies: Years ago each hospital in the area had hams assigned to the radios located there and were to help in emergencies. Is there something in place like that now?? If so what is in place??
b) Table talk exercises would be helpful and also good training
c) What is the role of EMCOMM in the state-wide emergency arena?? It seems that there are so many agencies involved that hams are at the bottom of the chain and useful for only keeping the EMA equipment operational.
d) Since "sheltering in place" is paramount in most situations particularly in Maine, where does EMCOMM fit in--members can't get anywhere on impassable roads.
e) An emergency tone on the 146.910 repeater would alert EMCOMM members that there is an emergency.
f) It was suggested that the local EMCOMM work with EMCOMM from other areas doing exercises. That would be most helpful if a big emergency occurred.

A young lady interested in ham radio and particularly Morse Code attended the meeting with Chris Meyer KD0KQC. Rob W8HAP invited her and Chris to see a code demo at his station. I think we have have found her a Technician manual so she can start studying! Thanks to all who are willing to help her with this goal. I know some showed her where to find code practice sessions and how to study for her license.

Rob W8HAP made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Chris AB1PZ. So done at 7:50 PM.  
Respectfully submitted,
Evie Sargent KA1BRA, Treasurer/Secretary

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