CVARS Newsletter – January 2013




                NEXT MONTH’S MEETING

                CVARS WA7UHD Sunday Night Net Controller Schedule


                PRESIDENT'S CORNER

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When:        Wednesday, February 6, 2013

                      6:45 PM Board Meeting

                      7:00 PM Social Time

                      7:30 PM Program

Where:       Lewis County Fire District 6 Training Room

                      corner of SW 21th St & Jackson Highway



February:  John Ellingson – Radio controlled helicopters

March:        Dick Morrison – Amateur radio in the Phillipines

April:           Mike Payne – Packet radio

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CVARS WA7UHD Sunday Night Net Controller Schedule


The CVARS WA7UHD Net meets Sunday at 8 PM local time on 145.430 MHz –offset, 110.9 Hz tone. Net controllers are:


                January              6    – Dick Morrison, K7KFM

                January            13    – Rita Pratt, KE7YAB

                January            20    – Linc Haymaker, K0ZCO

                January            27    – Barbara Southern, KF7ORJ


                February           3    – Larry Pratt, KE7YAC

                February         10    –

                February         17    –

                February         24    –

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The January 2, 2013 board meeting was called to order by President Chuck Verdon at 6:52 PM. Present were Chuck Verdon, Barbara Southern, James Van Ornum, John Ellingson, Gary Litteer, Larry Pratt, and Don McDougall. The board approved the expenditure of $60 to Gerald and Mary Fischer for electricity for the club repeater, $20.14 to John Ellingson for meat for the December club dinner, and $38.50 to Rob Majoros for refreshments for the December club dinner. Rob Majoros submitted his resignation as refreshments committee, having served in that position for more than 10 years. The board meeting was adjourned at 7:08 PM.


Chuck called the general meeting to order at 7:30 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag followed by people introducing themselves. The attendance sheets and CVARS Sunday 8PM Net Controller sheet were passed around. James highlighted the ham activities on the calendar for January and February. The BawFaw Repeater Group will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, January 22 in the Chehalis Library meeting room from 6 to 8 PM. The club will hold a bunny hunt on Saturday, January 26, starting in the Law and Justice parking lot in Chehalis at 9 AM. The club’s swap meet will be on Saturday, July 27.


The program consisted of each person highlighting their past year and sharing what they would like the club to do in 2013. Ideas included: -a miniswap at several club meetings; -some technical programs; -DX operation; -digital modes; -construction projects; -bunny hunts (finding a hidden transmitter); -emergency  operation/neighborhood groups; -amateur radio display open to the public; -morse code; packet radio; -repeaters; -breakout groups for various skill levels; -demonstrate Lewis County or Centralia communications van/mobile operations center; -APRS; -national traffic system; -introduction to soldering electronics; -types of antennas, their use,  display; -various amateur radio technologies, like crystal radios, vacuum tube equipment; -radio direction finding equipment; - fire station/police station/ 911 center tour.


The meeting adjourned at 9:16 PM after drawings for door prizes and 50/50. There were 32 people attending.


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It is privilege to serve as your president of CVARS for the next year. Thank you to James for staying on as the Secretary and Web Master, also for the past two years as President of CVARS, it will be hard to follow in his footsteps.


I'd like also thank Barbara Southern, John Ellingson, Jim Campbell, Gary Litteer, Rob Majoros, Jeff Mayfield, Dick Morrison, and Larry Pratt for their past support of CVARS. I look forward to working with all of you in the upcoming year as well our new board members and club members.


I truly believe as Jim has that the health of CVARS depends on sharing leadership roles, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives to the club’s activities. Thus I will be asking not only the Staff and board members to help but the general membership to untake tasks in the upcoming year. CVARS has a number of events thoughtout the year that need the support of our members, if you have idea's on how to imporve any of these events or have a event you think the club should support please let me or one of the board members know so we can discuss it.


73,   Chuck Verdon, W5KAV