TARC Meeting Minutes for April 12, 2018

Totah Amateur Radio Club

Meeting Minutes

April 12, 2018

Club Officers

President Dave K5AVO

Vice President Bill KK5ZH

Secretary Don KJ5GQ

Treasurer Bobbie N5XDQ


Ryan KG5RGN 3yrs remaining

Paul NM5PH 2yrs remaining

Paul KE5FBN 1yrs remaining

NEXT MEETING OF THE TARC IS May 10, 2018 At Fire Station #6 on the west end of Farmington NM on the South side of Main Street (US 64)

Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm of most months at the Farmington Fire Station #6 on the west end of Farmington NM on the South side of Main Street (US 64).

The meeting was called to order by Dave K5AVO, at 19:30.

Note: minutes were taken by Donnie KJ5GQ in the secretary’s absence.

There were 10 attendees.

Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer’s report for was read by Bobbie N5XDQ . March 2018 Beginning Balance $3219.45, Income Dues $45. , Interest $0.03, Expense $140.00 Ending Balance $3124,48, Motion to accept Treasurer’s Report made by Paul NM5PH, Seconded by Bill KK5ZH, Motion Passed.

Secretary’s Report

Motion made by Bobbie N5XDQ to accept the minutes as posted, Seconded by Bill KK5ZH, Motion Passed.


We had some people we had not seen in a while so we had introductions.

Old Business

Scott KG5VBX accepted the Secretary’s position.

Post office rent was paid.

Next VE Test will be April 21, 2018 in Durango. See the TARC website for details and how to register.Both Groups have have asked that if some of our VE’s, particularly Extra Licensed could assist it would be helpful. When Durango gives the class they usually have a large number candidates and having more VE to grade the test greatly speeds up the process.

Sterg WA5K and Lee KE5KDP, Doug KE0ABS have volunteered and Floyd W5OXK is a maybe to assist the VE for testing.

The one Summer one is planed for June 23 by Pagosa Springs group. It was noted that this is also Field Day Weekend.

The notice for the Corporation renewal arrived in the mail we had approve the expense last month and it will be taken care of.

New Business

Tail gate in Albuquerque April 28, 2018, it is the one at the “old gas station”

Our Spring Highway Clean up is scheduled for May 5, 2018. If you missed it in the minutes last month Lee KE5KDP is our new coordinator for highway cleanup.

We meet at the La Plata Gas station around 9am after Saturday Breakfast. Our mile is just a little bit north of there and end just about the turn off to the waste transfer station, there are signs on both ends.

Field Day is June 23/24 weekend stay tuned for more details.

San Juan County EMCOMM group will be setting up at Aztec’s Riverside park.

A discussion was held about publishing a Club roster and sending it to the members. It was discussed if it should have names, address, and phone numbers on it. During the discussion it was pointed out as a license Ham our information is public on the FCC website, so why not. It was also discussed that this would not be the current minutes mailing list as it has not be updated to members only but goes to who ever has been on the list unless Don KJ5GQ was asked to remove the name or he learned the person had died. Don KJ5GQ motioned to publish a roster and send to Club Members only by email with Name, Address, and Phone numbers, seconded by Paul NM5PH, motion passed.

Motion to adjourn made by Bill KK5ZH seconded by Ryan KG5RGN. Passed 19:55

I put this in here just to keep it from falling through the cracks as it was not discussed again this meeting

Ben McGaha KB5ITS gave a presentation on having a get together with the other groups of Hams in Durango and Pagosa Springs. Hold a Meet and Greet, bring things for a Show and Tell for new hams to see, touch, feel, and learn about. Promote Field Day for this year, Have food and possibly a Fox Hunt class, or an actual Fox Hunt. Basically a chance for all Hams in the area to meet and get to know more about each other and new Hams to get involved more readily.

A tentative Date of June 2, 2018 is being suggested.


Join us for an informal breakfast gathering at Los Hermanitos Restaurant East in the Middle Fork Square on East Main St. at 7:30 am on Saturdays. Anyone interested in Ham Radio is welcome to come eat, chat and get to know us.

The repeater below will be down as it is transfer to a different location as Doug moves to AZ.

A group of us HAMs that are interested in putting up a repeater met and officially formed an organization to do so, we are now the Totah Amateur Radio Repeater Association (TARPA)

The first repeater will use 147.18 +600 and a 100HZ tone. It had been in service for a while but we are moving it to a new location, when we get it relocated and back to work we will announce that is back in service and you will be more than welcome to try it out if you can hit it. The long term goal is to get a few more in service.