EAWA MINUTES APRIL 9, 2020


The April 9th meeting of the EAWA was held through ZOOM.  President Jeff Hanscom KA1DBE called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.  Joan W1DLC made a motion to accept the March minutes as emailed. Rick WW1ME seconded the motion.  Rick WW1ME also made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report that was seconded by Phil N1EP: petty cash $213.08; checking $1144.20 and VE accnt $18.82.


NETS

EMCOMM EAWA 

Tuesdays at 7PM  146.910 rptr Wednesdays 7PM 147.030 rpt

April 14 Chuck AC1BS April 15 Chuck AC1BS

April 21 Evie KA1BRA April 22 Evie KA1BRA

April 28 Phil N1EP April 29 Phil N1EP

May 5  Joan W1DLC                 May 6 Joan W1DLC
May 12 Chuck AC1BS                           May 13 Chuck AC1BS


OLD BUSINESS


I would like to thank Evie KA1BRA for filling in as Secretary/Treasurer for the past four months while I was away.  She is a true friend to me and a devoted member of the EAWA.


APRS UPDATE  Markus K1FIG reported that because of Covid-19, there has been limited progress on the project. Everything is on hold right now.  


FIELD DAY  Jeff KA1DBE suggested that the club prepare for Field Day even though we may not get to execute our plans. The group agreed.  A Field Day committee will set a date for an on air planning meeting. Because of Covid-19, schools have been closed. As you may recall, last year’s Field Day was located at the Trenton Elementary School.  Andrew W1AXS advised the group that the Trenton Airport would be available this year. The EMCOMM trailer would most likely not be available. However, the antenna can be used. 


NEW BUSINESS


EAWA will continue to conduct its monthly meetings through ZOOM until the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.  Thank you to Jeff KA1DBE for setting up Zoom and leading the meeting. And thank you to all who checked in. I will send out the instructions and link to ZOOM prior to next month’s meeting.


It was suggested a “Health and Welfare Net” be started.  If anyone is interested in organizing an informal on air get together, please let us know.  These are difficult times, and reaching out to each other is important.


The Hermon Hamfest has been cancelled.


Joe WA4OVO suggested the possibility of holding VE classes on Zoom.  He is willing to teach a class.


HAMS HELPING HAMS:  


Ann Mary Rosenbrock AB1CH from Vermont wrote to the EAWA to share an experience and requested help in identifying a local ham who helped her when her  truck broke down. Ann Mary was travelling to Lubec at the time. Fortunately, Steve W1DTX happened to be in the area and stopped to assist. Thank you, Steve, for your kindness.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

QRP ARCI Spring QSO PArty  0000Z-2359Z April 11

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z April 11 to 2400Z April 12

North Dakota QSO Party 1800Z April 11 to 1800Z April12

QRP to the Field  0800-1800 local April 18

ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB  1800Z-2359Z April 19

10-10 INTL Spring Contest Digital  0001Z April 25- 2359Z April 26

10-10 INTL Spring Contest CW 0001Z May 2 to 2359Z May 3

New England QSO Party  2000Z May 2 to 0500Z May 3 and 1300Z - 2400Z May 3

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z May 9 to 2400Z May10


The next EAWA meeting will be May 14, 2020 online using Zoom.

Joan W1DLC made a motion to adjourn the meeting that was seconded by PHil N1EP.  So done at 7:30PM.


PROGRAM
Jeff KA1DBE presented information on the celebration of “World  Amateur Radio Day” April 18, 2020. The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded on this day in 1925 in Paris.  You can learn more about the history/event at www.iaru.org/worldamateurradioday. 

After the meeting, there was discussion on how to use Zoom.  The information was valuable to both newcomers and experienced Zoomers, as well.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Hildreth W1DLC
Secretary/Treasurer