The September 8, 2016 meeting of The Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Mark Albee N1MEA. Evie KA1BRA made a motion to accept the August 11, 2016 Minutes as e-mailed. The motion was seconded by Rob W8HAP. Motion carried. Gwen KC1BKN made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report of Petty cash $193.01, Savings Account $1216.55,VE Account $18.82, and Repeater Fund $92.39. The motion was seconded by Ron N1AHH. The motion carried.
Net Controls EMCOMM (Tuesdays, around 7:00 PM, 146.91 repeater)
September 13 Chris AB1PZ
September 20 Mark N1MEA
September 27 Evie KA1BRA
October 4 No Net
October 11 Mark N1MEA
Net Controls EAWA Net (Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, 147.03 repeater)
September 14 Chris AB1PZ
September 21 Mark N1MEA
September 28 Evie KA1BRA
October 5 Evie KA1BRA
October 12 Mark N1MEA
Evie KA1BRA was asked to contact Gary Allen to find out if amateur help is needed for the Marathon this year. Evie will get back to Chris with the information.
LATE NOTE: The MDI Marathon organizers do plan on amateur radio help again this year. I have a family commitment and cannot attend. We also have two hams who usually help, but have medical issues that might prevent them from helping this year. If you are able to help, please contact Chris AB1PZ at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Marathon is Sunday October 16 and will be busier than usual since it's the 100th Acadia Anniversary. If you can even help for a short while, do contact Chris or Evie email@example.com.
Meadow View Antennas - Dick W1KRP mentioned that there was an inspection at Meadow View and something had to be done about the dangling antenna soon. Chris AB1PZ set this coming Sunday at 1:00 PM to see what needs to be replaced or repaired. The antenna may not be repairable. Chris will bring a ladder and Mark N1MEA will also be there to help. Other helping hands are most welcome!
Rob W8HAP made a motion to adjourn the business meeting. The motion was seconded by Mark N1MEA. So done at 7:12 PM.
Evie Sargent KA1BRA, Treasurer/Secretary
Ron N1AHH presented a very interesting program on DMR.
In brief from Evie's notes:
Scaleable: from a single repeater to world-wide
~$1700 Eddington Repeater
Efficient use of spectrum
Centrally controled system
Battery use extended by 40%
Forward error correction
Thank you, Ron!!