Bonfire – Nov 2019

We had our first bonfire meeting at Joey’s in November. A demonstration was given by Dennis M. on how to make “char-cloth”. A pot luck was held along with a weenie roast. Members left on their own schedules. Many stayed to chat around the fire. It was certainly a good time.

Policy & Procedure for Annual Meeting

The annual meeting, being one of ceremony and importance as well as the only one required by law will be teleconferenced for members who may not be able to be present at their request.

  • Meeting is called to order by the Previous President
  • Roll call of existing members by the secretary
  • Greeting and Introductions for guests
  • The roster of new officers is read
  • The previous President asks all new officers if they still wish to accept the office which they are about to be sworn into.
  • The Previous President then asks all NEW officers to stand and be sworn in.
  • The Previous Secretary will face all officers and recite the following:

“Do you solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will support and defend the Charter and Bylaws of this Organization, the Constitution of the United States and the State in which you reside against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter?”

The appropriate response is “I DO”

  • If the person who administered the oath is also an officer for the upcoming year than he/she shall simply state, “I DO, also”.
  • At this time, the previous past president hands the gavel to the new president and presents the organization with their new officers.
  • The new president then takes over presiding over the meeting and moves on with business.


  • Committees – Members of each committee need to be asked if they wish to remain. The president should decide if new members are needed for any committees and appoint them where needed. The president should also create any new committees if needed at this time and ask for those interested.
  • Setting of the years events schedule
  • Setting of financial priorities for the year
  • Offering of any amendments to the bylaws or charter

Vote to adopt the minutes as they have been presented on the website.


  • Officer’s Reports
  • Committee Reports





November 2019 Regular Meeting Agenda

Business Meeting Agenda

November 17, 2019

This meeting will be an event meeting. The event is a bonfire with food and a fire demonstration. There will also be an official business meeting.

Old Business

  • None, this is the first business meeting operating under the new Charter & Name
  • Board of Directors meeting was held 11/1. A brief report will be given.

New Business

  • Possibility of a 6-meter net
  • VHF Repeater Net (Snowboard or other options & discussion)
  • Simplex Testing and set frequencies & tone (Joey)
  • December 1 Open Party Discussion
  • Winter Dinner time, location, who can attend & other discussion
  • Elections

International Phonetics

The following are the phonetics which we use in amateur radio. You are likely to hear all kinds of craziness when we are in a hurry. These are the proper phonetics and you should practice them so that when you are hurried you will use the correct ones.

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Local Nets

The following is a list of radio nets which are held in the local area. For those who are unfamiliar, a radio net is a “on air” get together. They can be formal or informal. Formal or directed nets have a “net control operator”. In this type of net, you don’t transmit until the net control operator request you to do so or if you have emergency traffic. Nets can be an informal “round table” discussion where it is handed off to the next operator who has checked in. Nets can be for discussion, traffic passing and handling, and the most common are emergency communications nets. These emergency communication nets are either in real emergencies like a disaster or bad weather, they may also be held on a regular basis to practice for disasters and test comms equipment.

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International Q Codes

Ever wonder what those HAM guys are saying when they say QSY or many of those other Q things they say? Well here is a list.

The Q-code is an international set of abbreviations that was created at the beginning of the last century to simplify radiotelegraph communication. Each code is composed by three letters always starting with Q. Each code can be a question if followed by a question mark or an answer (or statement) if not. To avoid confusion, no station call-sign begins with Q.

You will hear HAMs using Q codes on the air via voice, however this is not the place for it. Q codes are still used in CW communications, but using them on voice violates plain language principles not to mention it is jargon which can really chase new and perspective HAMs away. They have their place, it’s important to know where it is. Many HAMs still don’t, and I will be the first to admit, I was one of them until recently because I am not a CW guy.

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FRS Radios & Frequencies

So at some point everyone has seen a little radio like this. Campers, fishermen, families and even children use them. You can pick them up nearly anywhere, even Wal-Mart. They always advertise, “no license necessary”. This is very true, but that is about where the truth ends. There is a lot of false or misleading advertising that goes with these little radios. They do however have their place. As such, they are a resource we enlist, but we want folks to understand what they are for, what their capabilities are and what the rules are for operating them.

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