April 2021 Meeting Minutes



  • President: Phil Gates (N5ZKF) present
  • Secretary: Matthew Barry (KG5LYE) present
  • Treasurer: Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ) present
  • Vice President: Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ) present

Attendees (18)

  • Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Connor Farrell (WG1GEM)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Jim Snell (W0PMO)
  • Lee Lance (KK5QO)
  • Mark Coppock (KG5PDT)
  • Dominick Adamo, Jr. (KG5JRA)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Welcome to Connor Farrell (WG1GEM) from our sister club, W5AC!

On the Air

  • Don’t forget to check 10m for activity!
    • heard all the way from French Guinea

RF Exposure Rule Change

  • New RF exposure rules become effective 2021-05-03
    • Limits are unchanged, but…
    • Amateur service no longer has any exemptions
    • Honor system, don’t think there’s anything to submit
      • Good to make some form of documentation
      • Reassess if you make any changes
    • ARRL Handbook Ch. 28 (General Safety) covers info on how to do this
      • Available for download for free from the ARRL website.

World Amateur Radio Day

  • Tomorrow, 2021-04-18, is World Amateur Radio Day
    • International group founded in 1921 (100 years ago!)
    • “Home but never alone”

Club Business

  • Idea: W5BCS presence at new water tower in College Station?
  • Club liability insurance paid
  • Plan to file club state franchise tax return and IRS 501(c)(3) “postcard”
    • We don’t receive enough to merit any complicated tax situation, but still have to file
  • Club constitution and by-laws should will be made public on the website
  • Drafting a privacy statement for the club
  • Media release agreement (for publishing photos of events, e.g., Field Day)
  • Working on a way to accept membership renewal and payment online through PayPal

Radio in the Park

  • Tanglewood park in Bryan
  • After the meeting
  • Some chance of rain, but looking dry so far
  • Concrete table at the southeast corner of the park

Free Stuff from Lester Bashaw (KE5RVY)

  • Giving away some older gear
  • Amateur radio transceivers
  • CB radios
  • Contact n5zkf@arrl.net if interested

Hazardous Waste Collection

  • Next Saturday, 2021-04-24
  • Electronics, batteries, paints, chemicals etc.
  • Next opportunity will be sometime in the Fall

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)

Field Day

  • Will be having a dinner this year
    • looking for donations for food
  • Raffle tickets should be coming out early May
    • get ready to sell to friends
  • Also still looking for donations for door prizes

Post-Meeting Presentations

  • Ideas for presentations?
    • Send to Phil or myself

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

From Tanglewood Park

  • Minutes will be sent out as usual
  • Typically read previous meeting’s minutes at this time
    • given circumstances, this will be difficult
    • will re-send them with today’s minutes
  • Please let me know if there are any corrections

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

March Bank Statement

  • Starting balance: 5986.09
  • Income: $195 income
  • Disbursement: $200 (field day venue)
  • Ending balance: 5981.09

Amazon Smile

  • Remember to set BARC as your charity

Membership Updates

  • Already received one renewal through PayPal during the meeting
  • Total Membership
    • 51 members
    • 1 silent key
    • 50 active members

Health and Welfare / Good of the Order

May Meeting

Next Meeting: 2021-05-15 09:30 (on the air: 146.680 MHz FM repeater)

Presentation on SkyWarn and weather watching by Connor Farrell (WG1GEM)

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