Club Meeting 6 June 2018

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

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

Present: Dave ZL2DW, Rob ZL2US, Wally ZL2MO, Paul ZL2HB, Blue ZL3TT, Mike ZL2VM, Mike ZL2MY, Stan ZL2ST, Peter ZL2CD, John ZL2VAF, Phil ZL2RO and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2XC.

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL2HB, ZL2VM.

Arising: Dave ZL2DW: Conference remit voting: the first three remits were lost, the last two passed. Dave 2MQ enquired at what stage the chair replacement is. A response to Peter 2LF’s email to the scouting people has not been received. Karl to follow up.

Correspondence: various email correspondence: apology from Stu ZL2XC, Bank statements, NZART regarding remit voting and proxy, initial application for non profit status.

Finance: Dave ZL2MQ and Peter explained the Club’s switch to Kiwibank. The primary reason being the ANZ Bank’s inability to provide a dual signature online service. Consequently it is recommend the club applies for Non-profit status as the bank waves most fees for this.

Dave 2DW: tax on term deposit interest will be saved also. Karl to action.

The Club’s new Bank Account number is: 38-9019-0636026-00. Make a note!

General Business: Dave 2MQ reported on the SWR bridge project. All but two have been sold. The last two will be offered for sale on Trade-me if no further enquiries come through.

The club’s beacons have been off the air briefly, minor changes to reduce white noise and key clicks have been made. Errol ZL2IT’s QTH is close to the beacon location. He monitors signal quality regularly.

Paul ZL2HB mentioned the availability of both police band and amateur radio transceivers to anybody, mostly through the internet and direct from China. This is not new of course but the problem appears to be getting worse.

The meeting closed at 8pm.

And was followed by two talks by John ZL2VAF.

The first was about the Hawke’s Bay Knowledge Bank, a repository of historical and current information about Hawke’s Bay and it’s people. It is a community operation managed by the Hawke’s Bay Digital Archives Trust on behalf of the people of Hawke’s Bay.

Located at Stoneycroft House, 901 Omahu Road Hastings. See: www.knowledgebank.org.nz

Become a friend or member, annual fees $25.00.

John then proceeded to explain the AREC trailer project. To be purpose built and take over from the present AREC caravan which is getting older and in need of serious repairs. John explained the various purposes the trailer would be used for, it’s construction and contents and the need for contributions to finance it. While local authorities are steering away from amateur radio involvement in emergency communications there is no reason why we should not be prepared, just in case ‘The System’ falls over.

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.