Meeting Summary for 3/14/2024

This month we had a busy meeting with 11 attendees.

We were all saddened to hear that a very active local ham, Jess Carmon W5SXB, has become a Silent Key.

On a brighter note. We plan on doing several activities:
– a Picnic and POTA on Saturday, May 4th!
– Shane (KI5TOZ) will help us coordinate ARRL Field day. We hope to meet up with some hams from the Durango area who have great experience and know of an excellent location.
Picnic and tailgate on September 7th! I hear there will almost certainly be gear for sale there, as well as some great food and conversation.
– A fox hunt on Saturday July 13th
– We may get a chance to put together some classes for a new club that is starting up nearby. Donnie and Allen may help us put together a testing!
– Possibly a First Aid and CPR class. Not sure yet though

The club does have some radios and equipment to go through and will be stored, temporarily, at Donnie’s house. Please let us know at the next meeting if you are a club member and interested in buying any before the tailgate.

Meeting summary for 1/11/2024

Happy New Year everyone! We had a good meeting that some brave souls made it to despite wintery weather conditions. The summary is:
Presentation Next Month: Next month come down to the fire station to see Herb N7HG give a presentation on the Navajo Code Talkers who played a vital role in winning Word War  II
Activities: This year the club intends to participate in more activities including: a Picnic/tailgate, A POTA Picnic, Field Day, and some nice presentations
Outreach: Jack KD1PE continues to comunicate with leaders who are trying to help get more people who can use Ham Radio into the hobby

TARC Annual Picnic 2023

Many members of the TARC met up at the Upper Rio Vista Park in Farmington. Lots of fun and good food was had.

Meeting Minutes for 12-08-2022

Totah Amateur Radio Club

Meeting Minutes for 12-09-2022


Club officers:

  • President: Donnie K6QQT
  • Vice President: Bill KK5ZH
  • Secretary: Scott K8OIP
  • Treasurer (Acting): Scott K8OIP

Trustees:

  • Sterge Katirgis WA5K 3yrs remaining
  • Paull Holmes NM5PH 2yrs remaining
  • Allen Prince KG5LFI 1yrs remaining

The meeting was brought to order at 07:04 PM by Donnie There were 11 attendees

Treasure’s Report

November 2022

Starting Balance:$3728.12
Income
Interest$0.08
Expense
$0.00
Ending Balance$3728.20

Old Business:

  • Insurance – Donnie K6QQT gave the insurance policy information to Jack KD1PE so that Jack can read through it and present a summary at an upcoming meeting so that the club is better informed as to the actual value of the current insurance policy
  • New Year’s Brunch – You are invited to the Walkers’ house for the annual New Year’s Brunch! Bring a dish and tell or listen to some stories.
    • Crock Pots are okay
    • Drinks: Coffee (and possibly OJ) will be served. Other drinks will be up to you to bring if you craving something different.
    • When: Saturday, January 7th, 2023 – 9AM to 2PM
    • Where: The Walker’s house 2611 Knudsen Ave. Farmington NM
    • Pot Luck style, bring something to share, but please refrain form bringing too many sweets, or check with Sarah first
  • Club Dues – The club dues are due in January. The best times to pay are either at the New Year’s brunch or at the January meeting.
  • First year membership fees for new hams – During the last meeting it was suggested that dues for the first year of membership should be waved for new hams who pass their tests to obtain their licenses with us. The motion was made by Allen KG5LFI to make the change and seconded by Jim KI5OUZ. The motion passed unanimously.
  • Testing – There will be a Ham testing session happening on January 14th 2023 at the Sycamore Center – Please Contact Donnie for more information
  • Newsletter – Jack KD1PE has started sending the newsletter. Anyone who wishes not to receive the email from Jack can easily reply to unsubscribe
    • Call for Topic Suggestions – Jack will be looking for a list of suggestions for interesting topics. Please send along any topics you may wish to hear about to Jack KD1PE.

New Business:

  • Update on Dave Jordan – Bobbie received a letter from Karen about Dave K5AVO. He is still under her care and mostly stuck at home, but was able to make it out to see his daughter get married.
  • Contact List – Jack will send out a contact List so that members will be able to call each other
  • Election of officers – Election of officers was held this meeting and many long standing positions will be changed for 2023.
    • A special thanks is in order to Bill KK5ZH who held the Vice President position for many years and to Donnie K6QQT who held the president position for several years as well to save the club.
    • All positions were voted on and decided unanimously. The new positions are below:
      • President: Shane KI5TOZ
      • Vice President: Allen KG5LFI
      • Secretary: Jack KD1PE
      • Treasurer: Scott K8OIP
      • New Trustee: Sarah KB5SPX
  • Change to Dues Structure – A few suggestions were bounced around for what to do with the membership fees structure. It was suggested by Jack that we change the current structure to be $20 per individual or $25 per family with that discounted rate applying to immediate family only.
  • Club presentations – Jack has volunteered to make a presentation next month on NVIS. Make sure to come down and see.
    • If you have an idea for a presentation to give then please feel free to let Jack know about it.
  • Club Audit – An audit of the club finances will be conducted at Artifacts on January 4th at 1PM

Reminders:

  • Interesting local nets – On Saturday morning there is a local Digital net on 7120khz. They use technologies such as flamp, mfsk, and mt63. It may be worth checking out to anyone who is at their radios during that time.
  • ARRL membership allows the club to keep insurance and also allows access to QST, which is an excellent magazine with many excellent articles as well as other perks

Motion to adjourn was made by Bobbie N5XDQ and Bill KK5ZH and a unanimous vote was taken and the meeting adjourned at 8:04 PM

Meeting Minutes for 8-11-2022

Totah Amateur Radio Club

Meeting Minutes for 08-11-2022


Club officers:

  • President: Donnie K6QQT
  • Vice President: Bill KK5ZH
  • Secretary: Scott K8OIP
  • Treasurer (Acting): Scott K8OIP

Trustees:

  • Sterge Katirgis WA5K 3yrs remaining
  • Paull Holmes NM5PH 2yrs remaining
  • Allen Prince KG5LFI 1yrs remaining

The meeting was brought to order at 7:34 PM by Donnie K6QQT There were 10 attendees

Treasure’s Report (Amended due to late bank statement)

July 2022

Starting Balance:$3887.99
Income
Dues(1)$20.00
Interest$0.03
Expense
$0.00
Ending Balance3908.02

Old Business:

  • A Secretary or Treasurer is needed Scott will not be able to keep these up forever
  • Picnic in September
    • September 10th – the First weekend after labor day at 10AM
    • Location will be at Upper Rio Vista Park
    • Sarah and Donnie will not be there
    • We will have the monthly club meeting there at the same time
    • Donnie got the park set up
    • Bobbie has the paperwork in case anyone asks
  • Road apple rally – Road apple rally will be October 1st Contact Devin KD5NMX to help out
  • Donnie and Sarah will be traveling until around October
  • Next testing won’t be until at least October Since Donnie is out of town

New Business:

  • A motion was made to approve the Treasurer’s Report by Bobbie N5XDQ and Bill KK5ZH seconded and it was approved
  • Anyone interested in Emcomm in general should contact Al KF5SMH

Reminders:

  • ARRL membership allows the club to keep insurance and also allows access to QST, which is an excellentmagazine with many excellent articles as well as other perks

Motion to adjourn was made by Tom and Bill and a unanimous vote was taken and the meeting adjourned at 7:49 PM

Meeting Minutes for 06-09-2022

Totah Amateur Radio Club

Meeting Minutes for 06-09-2022


Club officers:

  • President: Donnie K6QQT
  • Vice President: Bill KK5ZH
  • Secretary: Scott K8OIP
  • Treasurer (Acting): Scott K8OIP

Trustees:

  • Sterge Katirgis WA5K 3yrs remaining
  • Paull Holmes NM5PH 2yrs remaining
  • Allen Prince KG5LFI 1yrs remaining

The meeting was brought to order at 07:36 by Scott K8OIP There were 9 attendees

Treasure’s Report (Amended due to late bank statement)

May 2022

Starting Balance:$3859.88
Income
Dues(1)$20.00
Interest$0.03
Expense
State Corporation fees$11.95
Ending Balance3867.96

Old Business:

  • A Secretary or Treasurer is needed Scott will not be able to keep these up forever
  • September picnic – Bobbie has the paperwork in case anyone asks
  • Road apple rally – Road apple rally will be October 1st Contact Devin KD5NMX to help out
  • We would like to welcome Kyle Gillentine who was voted in unanimously during this meeting. It has also come to the secretary’s attention that he forgot to put into the minutes that Mark Pearson AD0WA and Debra Pearson AD0XF were voted in so we them in just to make sure and officially welcome them into the club.
  • Next time we vote on Jack Kubiac KD1PE
  • The Corporation fees were paid by Scott K8OIP using the Club debit card.
  • Donnie and Sarah will be traveling until around October
  • Road cleanup was on May 21st at 9 AM, We got 14 bags of trash off of the highway. Thanks to all those who made it down there to clean our mile of the Highway.
  • Next testing won’t be until at least October Since Donnie is out of town
  • Picnic in September
    • September 10th – the First weekend after labor day at 10AM
    • Location will be at Upper Rio Vista Park
    • Sarah and Donnie will not be there
    • We will have the monthly club meeting there at the same time
    • Donnie got the park set up

Motion to adjourn was made by Allen Prince KG5LFI, and seconded by Bobbie N5XDQ. A unanimous vote was taken and the meeting adjourned at 19:48

Highway Cleanup 2022

On a lovely day in May we picked up the highway. Thanks to all those who came and went through the back pain to make the highway look great again!

Meeting Minutes for 05-12-2022

Totah Amateur Radio Club

Meeting Minutes for 05-12-2022


Club officers:

  • President: Donnie K6QQT
  • Vice President: Bill KK5ZH
  • Secretary: Scott K8OIP
  • Treasurer (Acting): Scott K8OIP

Trustees:

  • Sterge Katirgis WA5K 3yrs remaining
  • Paull Holmes NM5PH 2yrs remaining
  • Allen Prince KG5LFI 1yrs remaining

The meeting was brought to order at 07:33 by Donnie K6QQT There were 11 attendees

Treasure’s Report

May 2022

Starting Balance:$3839.84
Income
Dues(1)$20.00
Interest$0.04
Expense
$0.00
Ending Balance3859.88

Old Business:

  • A Secretary or Treasurer is needed Scott will not be able to keep these up forever
  • VE testing went well, 2 passed
  • Road apple rally soon Contact Devin KD5NMX to help out October 1st
  • We would like to welcome John KF5LBY who was voted in unanimously during this meeting. The secretary forgot to bring 1 more application so there will be a vote for a new member (Kyle Gillentine) next time as well
  • Scott K8OIP paid the po box fee for this year. Paull NM5PH motioned to reimburse, Fred seconded, and a vote was held… The club will reimburse Scott for the amount he paid.
  • The Corperation fees are due for this year. A motion was made to pay them by Bobbie N5XDQ, Bill KK5ZH seconded and the motion was approved, Scott will pay the dues

New Business:

  • Donnie and Sarah will be traveling until arounnd October
  • Road cleanup 21st at 9 AM, Bring gloves/grabbers if you have them
  • Keith Miller; Old Jacket and Hat were given away by Bobbie N5XDQ
  • FD is coming up, anyone who would like can get together make plans
    • Last week of June
    • Get a hold of Daryll KE0PX, Larry N0SRF, or Brad KD0UED
  • Next testing won’t be until October unless someone takes it over from Donnie
    • Allen Prince may help, Donnie will assist him in getting materials and learning
  • Picnic in September
    • September 10th – the First weekend after labor day
    • Upper Rio vista park
    • Sarah and Donnie will not be there
    • We will have the monthly club meeting there
    • Donnie will set up the park

Motion to adjourn was made by Bill KK5ZH, and seconded by Allen KG5LFI. A unanimous vote was taken and the meeting adjourned at 20:14

TARC Meeting Minutes for March 2022

Totah Amateur Radio Club

Meeting Minutes for 04-12-2022


Club officers:

  • President: Donnie K6QQT
  • Vice President: Bill KK5ZH
  • Secretary: Scott K8OIP
  • Treasurer (Acting): Scott K8OIP

Trustees:

  • Sterge Katirgis WA5K 3yrs remaining
  • Paull Holmes NM5PH 2yrs remaining
  • Allen Prince KG5LFI 1yrs remaining

Treasure’s Report

May 2022

Starting Balance: $3819.81
Income
Dues(1) $20.00
Interest $0.03
Expense
$0.00
Ending Balance 3839.84

Old Business:

  • A Secretary or Treasurer is needed Scott will not be able to keep these up forever

New Business:

  • VE test session will be held April 30, 2022 at the Sycamore Center in Farmington, NM.
  • Donnie Will not be there for the June or July Meetings
  • The City of Farmington has requested our help again for the Road Apple Rally bike race. The date is October 1, 2022. Devin KD5NMX has volunteered to be the coordinator again this year, so if you would like to help please contact him.
  • The Road Cleanup Will Probably have a date set in the May Meeting.
  • All members are encouraged to become ARRL members because our club insurance is dependent on at least 50% membership

Motion made by Allen KG5LFI to end the meeting, Seconded by Devin KD5NMX and the meeting was ended

TARC Meeting Minutes for March 2022

Totah Amateur Radio Club
Meeting Minutes
March 10, 2022

Club Officers
President Donnie K6QQT
Vice President Bill KK5ZH
Secretary Scott K8OIP
Treasurer (Acting) Scott K8OIP

Trustees
Sterge Katirgis WA5K 3yrs remaining
Paull Holmes NM5PH 2yrs remaining
Allen Prince KG5LFI 1yrs remaining

NEXT MEETING OF THE TARC IS Thursday April 14th at 7:30pm at Fire Station #6 on the west end of Farmington NM on the South side of Main Street (US 64).

Meetings are normally held the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm of most months.

The meeting was called to order by Donnie K6QQT, at 7:33 PM.

There were 9 attendees.

Treasurer’s Report
The treasurer’s report was read by Scott K8OIP

February, 2022:
Beginning Balance: $ 3699.78
Interest: +$ .03
Income: +$120
Ending Balance: $ 3819.81
Motion to approve made by Bobbie N5XDQ and seconded by Bill KK5ZH and unanimously approved

Old Business
• Fees are due for 2022
• Open position: We are looking for a new treasurer or secretary please volunteer if you feel you have a bit of time to help out.
• Testing: The most recent testing happened. We had 1 pass and 1 fail. None of those who asked for the testing to take place actually showed up.
• Club Dues: Club Dues are due if you haven’t paid them yet

New Business
• Arrl – Please join if you havent already because the ARRL does a lot to advance Amateur Radio and also because it allows the club to maintain insurance for a very reasonable rate.
• Road Cleanup: Still coming up soon, we haven’t scheduled one yet due to the weather
• VE Testing – A testing is in the process of getting scheduled. It should be happening mid to late April. Keep an eye on our website to find out more as more information becomes available
◦ We have the option of storing test materials for future tests, Donnie has been in charge of the testing since Doug left and asked if anyone would be willing to help learn to run the testing. Allen KG5LFI volunteered to learn and help so that testing can happen while Donnie is out and Donnie will order the extra materials and keep them on hand.
• New Members: A unanimous vote was held and 2 new members were added to the club. Welcome to Donovan and Jim.

Motion to Adjourn – A motion to adjourn was made by Bill KK5ZH and seconded by Bobbie N5XDQ and the Meeting Closed at 8:15PM