Minutes of the January 10, 2011 monthly KPARC meeting

The meeting was called to order by the president at 2:10p.m. in the Main Clubhouse Craft Room. The following officers were present. President Dick Bishop, Vice President Sam Brandes, Secretary Monica Miller, and Treasurer Bill Love.

The president welcomed all members and guests.

Minutes of the December 6, 2010 meeting

The minutes of our last meeting are posted on the KPARC webpage. Voted and seconded to dispense with the reading of last month’s minutes.

Treasurers Report

The current check book balance is $4,407.26

Old Business

Dues are now due. Ten dollars for an individual and fifteen for a family.

Club room monitors

We need volunteers to man the club room on Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 9:00 and 11:00. If you cannot volunteer on either of these days, we do need alternates also. If you would like to volunteer contact Dick Bishop.

New Business



QRP Outings- They meet every Wednesday at 0800 in a designated spot and operate on low power. Usually break up at 10:30 or 11:00. You do not need to have any equipment, just come out for the fun or use others equipment. It is a good way to pick up some good/neat tricks of the trade.

Fox Hunts- We will be starting up our fox hunts this month. The hunts will be on the second Thursday of every month somewhere around 4:00 p.m. on 146.5mhz.

Mini CW Xcvr kit build off- a class will be given for building the directional finder and the “Altoid tin container” in the future. Contact Tom Cooney, KE9LN, if you are interested in attending a class.

Field Trips- suggested field trips are: A prison, Fantasy of Flight, Tampa Port Authority, Harbor Cruises, and winery tour. We are setting up a trip for February, but plans are not definite yet. If you have any ideas contact Dotty Love, W2DOT.

Spring Picnic- Scheduled for March 12, 2011 at the Sun City Center picnic pavilion behind the horseshoe pit. More details will be forth coming as time gets closer.

Mini Classes-There was suggestions for some software and equipment classes. Also VE and EmComm certification in the future.

Hat Logo- Sign up to order hats with the KPARC logo on it. Price is $12 – $15. Contact Dick Bishop, W4NWD, if you would like to order one.


-Our yearly donation to the NI4CE of $100.

-Equipment sale at the meeting. Everything not sold today will be taken to the Hamcation in February and sold at the flea market. If you would like to see what is available contact Dick Bishop before then.

-Orlando Hamcation is February 12-14. If you would like an advance ticket please notify Dick Bishop before January 24, 2011.

-Program for February’s meeting will be on Lightening and Antenna protection. March’s program will be given by Dennis Blanchard on motorcycling and ham radio.

-COA luncheon on Saturday, January 15 at 12:00 p.m. in the King’s Point theater room. Dick Bishop has tickets if you would like to purchase one. Tickets are $10 a piece. Prizes will be given away including a 42” flat screen TV.

Club Room News

-Skype is running all the time so please make use of it. Magic Jack is up and running also.

-The club room is now on the clubhouse’s cleaning schedule.

-Donation of a Ten Tec Jupiter and a brass ship clock by Pete Kurdeka.

No program this month.

Adjourned at 3:10 p.m.