April 2017 Meeting Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

  • Checking:  $11.91
  • Savings:  $2,668.75

Last month’s minutes read and approved.

Old Business

  • The AAARC 2 meter repeater is up and running but only at 20 watts.
  • The club is working to install a pre-amplifier on the 2 meter repeater and that is why the power amplifier hasn’t been switched on.

New Business

  • We learned that ARES members need FEMA courses IS-100. -200, -700, and -800.  Hams without these courses could be banned from helping on an emergency.  These courses are free and available on line.
  • Hams completing these courses can email the certificates to Lee Farquharson, KD8ZWG, at lfarquharson@gmail.com.  I will get copies to the section emergency coordinator and to the section manager.
  • As of April 11, 2017, only 3 people in Ashland have the 4 courses.
  • Richland County ARES invited us to participate in their field day at South Park in Mansfield.

June 2017 Ashland County – Holmes County Drill

  • The Ashland County – Holmes County emergency drill will be on June 7th at 6:00pm.  We will meet at the Universities Hospitals facility (old Kettering hospital) in Loudonville Ohio.
  • The Red Cross will be operating a shelter for the drill so we will need at least 1 person at the shelter.
  • We will need 2 people at the Ashland Universities Hospital (Samaritan Hospital)

Other Items

  • Jeff Hardman is researching amplifiers for the DMR repeater.
  • Chuck Hensel is working on installing a pre-amp on the 2 meters
  • Several of us are planning to go to Loudonville to check on several sites for installing a 2 meter repeater in Loudonville.
  • We’re going to try to set up a meet and greet between ARES members and Ashland Samaritan Hospital before the June drill so hospital staff know what is going on.
  • Here is a link to the 2017 ARES conference session videos (2017 ARES Session Videos).