May - 2023

Meeting Bullets:
  Director Ken Bell, substituting for President Joe McIntosh, called the meeting to order at 6:35PM and noted the previous meeting minutes were posted on the website.
  Treasurer Tom Wallace presented the Treasurer's report.
  WinLink Net Controller John Acton - K7ACT gave a brief report on the WinLink net.  The weekly net is posted on the home page.
  Ken Bell reported on the club's participation on the emergency preparedness town hall and showed some photos of the event.
  Ken Bell noted the upcoming Volunteer's on the Air events coming up on June 7 - 13 and October 18 - 24.  Visit this ARRL page to learn more.
  Ken Bell took volunteers to help with the BCARC Monday night net.  Thanks to the 5 folks who stepped up to the microphone!
  Ken presented a slide show on the 2023 Make-A-Wish Foundation Alabama Trailblaze Challange.
  Rich Lee gave a brief update on the MS150 Tour-De-Beach bike ride coming up in September.  Contact Rich for more information.
  Ken Bell showed some slides from the Parks on the Air event to be held at Ft. Morgan in late April and also reported that we have reserved the Boy Scout facility at Camp Silver Creek again this year for Summer Field Day.  A Zoom meeting is planned on Thursday the 25th at 5:00 pm to organize and prepare for FD.  Contact Ken for more details.
  John Acton mentioned a National Night Out event is planned for Gulf Shores in October.  Details are sketchy at this time.
  Ken Bell was a busy guy at the meeting.  He gave a presentation on the new FCC RF Exposure rules as applied for amateur radio and showed some tools to help hams do the math.  See this ARRL page for more information.

Other News:
VE Coordinator Joel Emmett reported on the VE testing in May.  Four applicants earned 2 technician and 1 general license.  If you are interested in becoming a ham or upgrading your license, be sure to visit the VE testing schedule for 2023 which is now posted on the home pageThere you will also find more information on VE testing and Joel's contact information.

I counted 25 in attendance on the very pleasant mid Spring evening.  Ken did a great job running the meeting and we had a busy and productive gathering.  All the links in the bullet points above indicate that the weather is warming and things are happening all over ham radio land!  Spend some time browsing the various websites and be sure to make the next meeting.  It will be our last meeting before Summer Field Day and I hope to see you all there.

Please note:
The club's policy is to publish the last meeting minutes on the website well in advance of the next meeting.  This saves time at the meetings and gives members a chance to analyze and discuss any items at the meeting.  The minutes also include more details on club business than is possible in the Kerchunker.  Please go to the Meetings Page to view current and past meeting minutes.


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