This Months News
Jeff Darby - KE0CAZ
Well another month closer to Field Day. This year it falls on the June 22 and 23. We already have a small team starting the planning now. Look for more info on it in up coming newsletters and web articles. If you haven't been to Field Day, it is a great opportunity to get on the air and make some Dx contacts and enjoy time with club members.
Also this month is the Shrine Hamfest if you have been to one it is a great time to spend time with other folks in the hobby. You might even pick up a good deal.
I just want to remind everyone this club is a resource for all it members and for the community as well. If you need help on some radio issues reach out to one of the club officers or one of the members.
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Again, if you see something in the community that the club can help bring it to the monthly club meeting.
M Peters - KE0PEZ
MEETING TO ORDER:
The President, Jeff Darby KE0CAZ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 AM. Introductions of attendees were made by name and call-sign. A total of 20 club members were present. We had no guests at this meeting.
The Sec-Treasurer Report was given by Marty Peters KE0PEZ. He reported the checking account balance. The amounts of club revenue and disbursements since the February meeting were $632.59 and $150.00, respectively. The major disbursement during April was $600 paid to the IRS to accompany the Application for Reinstatement of Tax-Exempt Status (Form 1024 and supporting schedules and documents). The cashed check shows that the IRS received this application, but we still haven’t received a letter from them. Should have an update on this by the May meeting. An EFT of $20.54 was made to Risk Strategies to cover the cost of adding several new items to the insured equipment list. We expect a refund check for the items that were removed from the list. The annual premium is now about $225. The revenue received in March consisted of dues received from seven club members. We now have a total of 53 members paid up for 2019. Dues payments are still welcome; give them to Jeff, Larry, or Marty at breakfast or send them to our post office box (SFTARC, P.O. Box 3144, Olathe, KS. 66063).
Ensor volunteers [Marty Peters - KE0PEZ]
The Ensor Park & Museum will be open from 1-5 PM each Saturday and Sunday afternoon in May, June, September, and October. Our club will provide the two volunteer docents to assist Larry Woodworth give tours each Saturday and Sunday in June and September. A sign-up sheet was passed around, and about half the slots were filled. If you are interested in finding out more about the museum and volunteering to be a docent, please contact one of the club officers.
Club Newsletter [Greg Wolfe – KI0KK]
Newsletter inputs are due by 7PM Wednesday, April 10th.
Club 501c7 process [Marty Peters - KE0PEZ]
The application (all 30 pages of it) was mailed to the IRS in mid-April. The IRS has cashed the $600 check. They will be contacting us if they have any questions about the application. Once we regain the tax-exempt status, it will be easy to retain the status by annually filing Form N-990 online.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve POTA (Parks On The Air) event
The Tallgrass Prairie is located 2 miles north of Strong City, KS. Club members will travel together, leaving about 6 AM, for Beto Junction, where they will have breakfast. They will arrive at the preserve about 9 AM, set up the antennas and radios, and begin operating on 20, 30, and 40 meters about 10 AM. They will be on the air from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Larry reported that volunteers are being recruited for the coordinator position and the officers responsible for safety, band-plan, and information.
Ararat Shrine Hambash [Jeff Darby - KE0CAZ]
An Elmer Table will be set up at the upcoming Ararat Shrine Hambash to be held April 20, 2019; volunteer "Elmers" are needed to take shifts at an Elmer table. The Hambash website can be found at https://www.hambash.com .
Hamfest in Dayton: There still might be space available for additional people. Please contact Joe Krout if interested.
After a motion, a second, and a unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned at 7:49 AM.
J Andera - K0NK
Target operating frequencies are: 7.245, 10.118, 14.280 and 18.145 MHz.
While this is the SFTARC’s forth year operating from the Tallgrass, this will be the first year we are operating as part of the POTA (Parks on the Air) program. The Tallgrass is already registered with POTA and is assigned the designator K-3673. SFTARC operators plan to operate until about 2 pm, then make the 100-mile drive back home. Unlike our previous operations at the Tallgrass, this year’s activity will not be associated with the Junior Ranger Day, due to the Tallgrass not participating in that event this year.
Joe, KR0UT, has recently registered the SFTARC with the POTA, opening the door for possibly more operations from state and national parks, including the Santa Fe, Oregon and California wagon trails famous from the late 1800s.
J Darby - KE0CAZ
The cost of the shirts will be $13.50 per shirt for small, medium or large plus embroidery fee either $14.00/shirt. If we get a quantity of more than 5 the embroidery fee goes down, so expect the cost to be as follows:
Small, Med, and Large - $27.50
I will let all takers know the cost before I proceed with the order.
G Wolfe - KI0KK
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