SOUTH FLORIDA FM ASSOCIATION JULY 8 2002 MINUTES OF MEETING
PRESIDENT RONNIE HAIK KG4DBI
Meeting was called to order at 19:58 with 32 present. First order of business was to do introductions of those in attendance. Minutes of last meeting were accepted as printed.
Hurricane season is here. Before a storm or any event, you will hear about it on the radio and television news media first. Tune into a repeater (147.000, 146.925, 146.760) and listen for a net control. If there is nothing there, call the number for some information. If net control is there, they will pass you onto another repeater and/or take down your information. After storm, check back in to make sure you are ok. You will be given an assignment if you are available. EOC will only need 3 or 4 operators. Most people will be needed in the field (at high schools, Red Cross shelters, or some place else) as a communicator. Nets will be run in the local areas on the local areas (everglades for the south, central area is widely covered, etc.). If you are called out, you will need to have your own self-contained kit with antenna, line, radio, connectors, batteries, food, water, etc. We will try to rotate people as much as possible. We would like everyone to be a Red Cross volunteer. You need 2 courses to become a Red Cross volunteer radio operator. You are covered by insurance if you are a Red Cross volunteer. Carl will be sending out a break-down of the local repeaters that will be used with their back-ups. Once the plan is approved, it will be sent out on the internet.
ID badges are needed to get around during a storm. If you do not have an ARPSC badge and feel you should, contact Carl. Also, please fill out the form on the web to let us know what equipment you have and to give us your contact information so we can check up on you after a storm. Most important in times of a storm is your safety.
It was co-sponsored by SFFMA and Dade Radio Club. Hope next field day will have more people to cover the entire weekend. One person had 40 contacts. DCAT - in Everglades at an abandoned VOR site about .5 mile south of US 27 on Chrome. Building was a wreck. 4 guys spent about 8 hours cleaning out the building. Had a good set-up with HF, VHF, UHF, and APRS - visitors including a lot of geo-cachers. They made about 15 contacts. See photos at http://photos.yahoo.com/soflapics/ Everglades - KOA campground had over 1000 contacts on 6 meters, 10 meters, VHF, etc.
Dade Radio Club was talking about a Miami Field Day in the fall or the winter. They are working on getting a special event call sign. It would be at Tropical Park or somewhere similar. Flyers and banners would go out so that people can see who we are and what we do. We can get the hill for free, if we book it months in advance. Crandon and Matheson Hammock are good options as well. But, Tropical Park is very crowded on weekends and would bring a big public exposure. Hopefully Dade Radio Club will keep us all informed of their plans.
Spaghetti dinner will be this month on a Friday or Saturday night open to all members and their families. An email will be spent out. Please reply if you are avai lable and interested.
Off-roading and South Dade tour There is a group that went out last Sunday and is talking about putting together a group that is interested. If you are interested, please contact Ronnie eor Robert.
Fort Meyers Hamfest is this month. Melbourne is in September.
Free Flea - Julio (KG4NJU) presented a check to the club from the raffle and items sold. Thank you!
If you worked the Break-away and didn't get a shirt, see Carl.
James started a website for those who listen to 147.000 on the
If you have ideas of things he can change or add, please let him know. It is
designed for those that are not
Brian (KE4VMQ) - great to see so many people getting involved. About having your kit together ... just a radio is not enough. If you don't know what you would need, talk to a DCAT member. They have lots of experience and can give you tips on what to put in your kit. If you are a Red Cross volunteer, you will be doing a lot more than just communicating, even though your primary responsibility is communicating.
Meeting adjourned at 20:42.
If you are in SoFlaHams, Adam, KG4PSN's photos should appear here: