1)  Call to Order

Melanie Fernandez (KJ4VCT) called to order on ZOOM the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association’s regular meeting at 19:30 EDT (23:30 UTC) on October 25, 2022. A quorum (20% / 14 members) was present with 17 members (see Appendix A).

2)  Pledge of Allegiance

3)  Secretary’s Report – Charlie Artner (KN4VDW)

Charlie Artner (KN4VDW) is not present tonight. Ben Echavarria (N7BBE) motioned to approve the minutes from September. The motion was seconded by Dirk Basting (N4AN). Motion carried.

4)  Treasurer’s Report – Erik Olmer (W4EJO)

Checking Bal: $8,126.31
Strip Bal: $38.54

45 Individual members
4 Family
20 Lifetime
Total members: 69

5)  VE Status Report – Jeff Stahl (K4BH)

Jeff Stahl (K4BH) reported that we will lose our testing site due to Charlie Artner (KN4VDW) moving out of the area. November 2022 will be the last session for now. If the club wants to continue test sessions, we need to find a site.

6)  Repeater Report – Ricky Eaton (KD4HGR)

All repeaters are up and running. We did get a replacement for the .820 repeater in Boca. The HF station is still acting up. Ricky Eaton (KD4HGR) will send the radio to ICOM and put his own ICOM 7300 in place of the club radio.

There are no plans anymore to move the Boca repeater.

Dirk Basting (N4AN) reported that the repeater (442.2000) at Points of America is currently down. He will investigate the issue within the next week.

7)  Website Report – Charlie Artner (KN4VDW)

Charlie Artner (KN4VDW) was not present tonight

8)  Announcements

a)    Next Club Dinner – November 20, 2022, at 19:00

9880 West Sample Road
Coral Springs, FL 33065

b)   New Club Address

Please be advised that we have a new address.

Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association
7378 W. Atlantic Blvd #147
Margate, FL 33063

c)    Last Board Meeting

Topics discussed: Winlink, EchoLink, HF remote Station. For more information, go to www.w4bug.org

Those who are not able to come to the next meeting to vote in person, they can vote by proxy. The club will send out the proxies this week.

d)   The slate of nominations for next year – Barry Porter

President: Erik Olmer (W4EJO)
Vice-President: Ricki Witte (KJ4FSJ)
Secretary: Ben Echavarria (N7BBE)
Treasurer: Robert Ligum (KN4WII)
PIO/Director at Large: Tom Savoca (K9TJS)
Director at Large: Melanie Fernandez (KJ4VCT)
Repeater Trusty: Ricky Eaton (KD4HGR)

9)  Speaker: Jeff Stahl (K4BH)

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10)      Adjournment

Melanie Fernandez (KJ4VCT) called adjourned the meeting at 20:24 EDT (00:24 UTC).

  1. Appendix A

1)  Members Present

Melanie Fernandez (KJ4VCT)

Jeff Stahl (K4BH)

Charlie Artner (KN4VDW)

Erik Olmer (W4EJO)

Tom Savoca (K9TJS)

Ricki Witte (KJ4FSJ)

Ricky Eaton (KD4HGR)

Robert Ligum (KN4WII)

Nigel Richards (KB4F)

Dirk Basting (N4AN)

Mike Sam (KF4ZW)

Carol Sjursen (KJ4AWB)

Allan Karden (N4ALK)

Ben Echavarria (N7BBE)

Joe McGee (NX4T)

Jerry Deitch (W4LST)

Barry Porter (KP1PA)

Alan Lister (NT4AL)


2)  Guests Present


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