December 3, 2007 minutes

LPARC Minutes 2007-12-03
   --- President David, N2RDT, called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM in the CDF Burrell Fire Station
   --- Attendees: Austin AB6VU, George AE6KE, Leon KD6FAQ, Cap KE6AFE, Bill KG6VMX and Marc W6ZZZ

Minutes From Last Month
   --- Minutes from the November meeting were approved
   --- Minutes for past months are available in MS Word format at

Treasurer’s Report
   --- Monthly expense of $25.34 for the phone in the repeater shack, balance is $623.38.
   --- Dues should be paid in January, $25 single membership or $30 family membership for multiple hams

LPARC Business
   --- Motion for a “white ballot” was seconded and approved to re-elect the current LPARC officers for 2008 (President David N2RDT, Vice President Vic AE6ID, Treasurer George AE6KE, Secretary Marc W6ZZZ)
   --- A ham radio class for new CERT members and other interested community members will be led by Jennifer N2RDU and start up in late January, class will be 4 Thursday night sessions of 2 hours each for the exam, then 1 more class on radio selection and general operating procedures, more details in December
   --- Our NARCC (learn at ) repeater coordination fee has been paid, good through 2008
   --- David N2RDT will see if we can save a couple $ by renewing our LPARC.ORG domain for multiple years
   --- January 7, 2008 (first Monday): the Vice President Vic, AE6ID will run the next LPARC meeting

ARES Business
   --- Jennifer, N2RDU, has volunteered to be the AEC (Assistant Emergency Coordinator) for ARES Training
   --- We had message training from George AE6KE at the meeting using the Santa Clara County message form and the 5-word burst communications method (George will email the form to everyone)
   --- The ARES radio equipment and wall-mounted cabinet will be moved to the LP office (bolted to the wall in the closet), a work party for this will be organized in January
   --- Paul Horvat is the new acting OES Administrator for Santa Cruz County

AB6VS LPARC Repeater Equipment Report
   --- The wind turbine has been repaired by the factory (free of charge), reinstalled and is charging the batteries
   --- A repeater controller replacement fund has been established with a goal of $1300, so far we have a Loma Prieta Community Foundation (LPCF) donation of $700 and other donations of $275 so we still need $325.
   --- There was discussion on how the repeater “phone patch” works and its sensitivity to certain radios

Net Control for the local Loma Prieta net every Tuesday at 7:15 PM
   --- The latest net script is available at:
   --- 12/4 Austin AB6VU    --- 12/11 Bill KG6VMX
   --- 12/18 George AE6KE    --- 12/25 None scheduled    --- 1/1/2008 None scheduled

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
Submitted by Marc W6ZZZ, LPARC Secretary