General Meeting Minutes

1) Call to Order

Erik Olmer (W4EJO) called to order on ZOOM the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association’s regular meeting at 19:50 Hrs. on January 24, 2023. A quorum (20% / 14 members) was present with 19 members (see Appendix A).

2) Secretary’s Report – Ben Echavarria (N7BBE)

No notes for November meeting.

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

Checking Bal: $8,261.79
Stripe balance $19.12 showing in transit
WFD income to date $280.00

4) 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. Also looking into “Remote Testing”.

5) Repeater Report – Ricky Eaton (KD4HGR)

All repeaters are up and running. HF remote repeater needs more users. We will give 6 months more for use and see if we should keep it running or shut it down.

6) Website Report – Tom Savoca (K9TJS)

Working on streamlining the web site and making it more user friendly. Members only list will be open.

7) Announcements

a) Next Club Dinner – February 26, 2023, 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
For more information, go to

d) Jeff Stahl (K4BH)
Orlando Hamcation Tickets are $25.00
February 10-12 2023

8) Speaker: Erik Olmer (W4EJO)

Winter Field Day January 28-29.
0700 to 1200 hours Station Setup on Saturday. Will be operational at 1400 hrs.
Will shut down 1400hrs on Sunday.
At 4:00 pm on Saturday, Alan Lisler (NT4AL) will give a presentation on SDR receiving.
At 6:00 pm on Saturday Melanie Fernandez (KJ4VCT) will host the SEFTN traffic net for the first time.
There will be a “show and tell” area for the public and members. Radios, antennas and equipment of
various kinds.
There will be food each day. At $10.00 per day per person.
This event will be enjoyable for both members and guests.
We should all be here to have fun.

9) Adjournment

(W4EJO) called adjourned the meeting at 8:45 pm

A. 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)

10) Guests Present

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