Club Meeting 2 May 2018

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 2 May 2018 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:30 pm.

Present: Revell ZL2SS, Peter ZL2CD, Dave ZL2DW, Rob ZL2US, Wally ZL2MO, Paul ZL2HB, Blue ZL3TT, Errol ZL2IT, Mike ZL2VM, Peter ZL2LF, Phil ZL2RO, Mike ZL2MY and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2XC and ZL2ST.

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL2HB, ZL2MO.

Arising: Dave ZL2DW mentioned the previous Sunday’s NZART official broadcast reporting very favourably on the 2018 Bay Hamfest.

Correspondence: various email correspondence regarding the winding up of the 2018 hamfest, apology from Stu ZL2XC, Bank statements and the annual NZART circular and membership list.

Finance: Dave 2MQ reported the resignation of Treasurer Paul ZL2HB. Peter ZL2CD has stepped up to take over this position, thank you Peter. Karl thanked Paul for giving the job ‘a go’. Peter suggested that internet banking is going to make the job much easier and will investigate the options.

General Business: Dave ZL2DW explained the state of affairs regarding Chorus looking at charging for hosting repeaters at their transmitter sites. NZART president Stuart Watchman is negotiating with various parties and is hopeful a satisfactory outcome may be achieved.

Dave 2MQ asked Peter 2LF regarding the possibility of the Scouting group’s surplus chairs still being available. The purchase of up to 20 chairs at a cost of $10 each was approved by the meeting. Peter to check and confirm this and if so arrange the transfer etc..

NZART Conference remits: The annual vote on remits went as follows:

Remit 1, Stop the paper version of the Call book: in favour 2, against 4

Remit 2, Allow opt out of paper Call book: in favour 4, against 2

Remit 3, Allow non NZ visitors (boaties) to gain NZ Ham licence: in favour 6

Remit 4: Audit by non Accountant: in favour 1, against 5

Remit 5: Extend audit completion time: in favour 1, against 5.

Dave asked if anyone present is likely to attend this years conference and if so act as our delegate.

As no one appeared to be going the the undersigned is to seek a delegate or proxy by email and if not successful request Debby at NZART to appoint a proxy.

The meeting closed at 8:25 pm

And was followed by Dave ZL2DW presenting a talk which he prepared as a ‘standby’ for the recent Hawke’s Bay Hamfest. Dave presented the latest improvements to his home aerial systems, the HF loop antenna following the section’s boundaries and VHF Skeleton slot 2m antenna which is a modified ‘Gisborne’ project which produces fairly impressive simplex contacts. Thanks Dave.

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.