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GCARA Board Meeting Minutes: 26-May-2020

Call to order – 7:13 p.m. in Zoom Portal

Barry Porter played a recording of the Star Spangled Banner.

Minutes of previous meeting on April 28, 2020 on website. Approved by group

Treasurer’s report by Erik Olmer W4EJO

Membership report. Joe McGee NX4T 77 Members

Members present on this Zoom Meeting was 25

COVID-19 REPORT by Jeff Stahl K4BH we still need to practice caution. Gloves are not recommended as they are porous and will spread germs. They are designed for one use only.

Call for old business.

Thank you to Joe McGee for securing the new HF radio for our project at John Knox. Eric Rodriguez, Ricky Eaton and Joe are working on the antenna installation and testing soon.

Ricky stated that the Internet on the DMR Repeater is down. It should be up in 2-3 days.

Announcements.

Our Zoom meetings are working well, however, sometimes members have a TV or other background noise which disrupts the meeting. Please mute yourself if you notice your square lights up, even though you’re not speaking.

We are accepting donations for the HF project to cover the Radio, Antenna and possibly an Amplifier. Please mail to:

GCARA PO Box 773

Pompano Beach, FL 33061                                      

In memo section write FOR HF RIG

Dirk Basting donated an Icom 91AD HT. It was auctioned off and the winning bid was $91.91 by Roger Elliot N4RHE.

Speaker: Tony Becker N4AEB

Gave a presentation on Digital communications, describing various radios and modes. DStar, DMR systems are in general use. DMR is less expensive. He also discussed “Hot Spots” which allows one to connect to the internet, rather than having to find a Repeater. He also mentioned the “MESH” System.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:06 PM

Respectfully submitted by Roy Neiman KJ4EGN, Secretary.