2013-Mar-07 minutes

LPARC Minutes

March 7, 2013


George Smith, President; Austin L., Vice President; Kathi Larkin, Secretary; Bill Rose, Treasurer; David Katinsky, Jennifer Katinsky.

George Smith called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm

Approval of the February 7, 2013 minutes

Jennifer moves we approve, Bill seconds, approved.

Treasurer’s Report – Bill Rose

$1142.34 current balance

$100 dues income

$200 expense – annual insurance for club

George gave the secretary a copy of the certificate


3/12 – Austin, 3/19 – Bill, 3/26–Jennifer, 4/2 – George


KC6TYG repeater – Bert was up there yesterday. Troubleshooting with Austin.

Repeater is fine. New batteries. Likely an antenna problem.

AB6VS whine – Austin has been asked to knock it down a few dbs.

AE6KE – seems fine, intermittent issues.

President’s Report – George Smith

Cap email – Red Cross phasing out Emergency Communications vehicles.

Discussion about Packet Radio, digital transmissions.

David K. says Santa Clara County ARES has high standards for ARES members and welcomes us to attend their classes, including Packet Radio classes.

See their website.

Sue and George met with Tom L. at the Loma/CTE School.

CA schools have a requirement for redundant communication.

Cell phones, local CB or FRS, but they are supposed to have tertiary back up….in town, fire radios linked directly to OES.

They want to know if our ham radio group can provide that tertiary backup.

George will consult with Cap on this. We considered the various insurance/liability issues and decided we should encourage the school to get a couple of their own staff members to get ham radio licenses, so they can use the equipment that is at the school.

Old Business


It is not too late.

David brought an email saying Santa Clara County ARES is meeting on February 13th indicating the Santa Clara County ARES DSW procedure:

1. Scott Morse says that each of our ARES members should go on the Santa Clara County ARES website, and update their information in the database:


2. David can pick up the stickers and bring them to the ARES members up here.

George will send a list of the club members who are ARES members so David can create an ARES@LPARC.org email list.

Club Liability Insurance discussion



Some further discussion about whether we have enough need for the insurance.

David moves we purchase the $200 insurance, Kathi seconds. 3 out of 5 members vote yes. 2 abstain.

Add certificate and the policy to the minutes.

ARES co-training with Summit CERT

Austin is working with Bert on the ppt. They will email it to me in advance of the Thursday, March 21st training.

Thursday March 21st, about 1 hour. 9-10pm? We will need FRS radios.


Saturday March 30th - final exercise, 11am - 5pm, perhaps a radio operator can shadow each CERT “team”

We will need several ARES operators for this.

Perhaps we should activate ARES DSW for this training?

Or will the ARES members be Subject Matter Expert, trainers for the evening?

New Business

NARCC – Repeater Coordination Committee

Gave Austin a hard time about having not paid our repeater dues, when he had. They finally relented, so we are in good standing.

Science Fair Day April 6th

Jennifer Katinsky will set it up – thank you!

Training – try again next month

Next time bring HTs so we can try to use one another’s.


Austin knows how to repurpose old lithium batteries – put them in HTs – long charge!

David motions to adjourn, Austin seconds, adjourned at 8:15 pm