Club Meeting 2 September 2020

Minutes of the Napier Amateur Radio Club

Meeting on Wednesday 2 September 2020 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

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

Present: Wally ZL2MO, Peter ZL2CD, Blue ZL3TT, Mike ZL2MY, Peter ZL2LF and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2DW, ZL2IT, ZL2VM.

Minutes of the previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL3TT, ZL2LF.

Arising: Peter 2LF, identification swingers for the 2021 Conference: the format and types required were discussed.

Correspondence:

Inward: Power account, notification of refund from the Power consumer trust. Email from David 2DW, apology, health issues. NZART Infoline regarding covid 19 restrictions at the September 5th AGM.

Outward: various notices to members etc..

Finance: Peter 2CD: financial statement attached.

General business:

Dave 2MQ: will be attending the September 5th NZART Wellington AGM, was allocated a 5 minute time slot to promote the club’s running of the 2021 NZART annual conference and AGM. The special covid 19 requirements at this year’s AGM may well still be in force for the Napier event. In which case numbers may need to be restricted which would affect cost, charges etc. and make the organization a great deal more complicated.

Mike 2MY: has a potential UK based speaker for the conference. Would a zoom setup be an option? Dave responded ‘possibly’, it may even be an option for NZ based remote presenters.

The point was raised: should the club have a QR code sign displayed by the entrance?

This is to register visitors to enable tracing in case of covid 19 affecting the area.

The consensus was that the attendance register and minutes cover this need adequately.

Karl: the next combined Committee and Conference meeting will be held on Tuesday September 12th.

The meeting closed at 8 pm.

And was followed by Dave ZL2MQ presenting his (amazing) Earth-Moon-Earth aerial and rig set-up. Pictures and explanation. How circular polarization is achieved with two ‘crossed’ yagi antennas. Not for the faint hearted. A great deal of patience is a pre-requisite for this facet of amateur radio. Dave appears to have reached an ‘invisible’ barrier of around 80 countries in his quest to achieve EME DXCC.

Karl ZL1TJ