Annual Meeting Minutes, Unofficial
January 29, 2017 | 4:03PM | Seattle Emergency Operations Center
Meeting was called to order at 1:23pm by Doug, KD7DK, the Group’s President.
Doug thanked the Office of Emergency Management for use of the Emergency Operations Center facility for our meeting. Doug also thanked Cory, Marco and LW for their help over the year. We had all attendees introduce themselves.
Minutes of the January 24, 2016 Annual Meeting minutes were read and Tyler, AF7BO, moved to approve. Elaine, KG7CME, seconded, and minutes were approved unanimously.
Doug then discussed events and accomplishments. The Board meetings went to bimonthly meetings, meeting on even months. On odd months at the time the Board previously met, educational meetings were held. We have more time to share technical things and ask questions, and discuss amateur radio than we do at board meetings given all the discussion about running the business. Number of show and tell sessions, using Raspberry PI, Go Kits, and other items.
Field Day was quite successful. Held again at South Seattle College, most of the event was powered using solar power. Only 3 hours were powered by generator. The solar setup was sponsored by Puget Sound Solar, which provided a better system than what we had last year.
The Annual Picnic was again held at Magnolia Park, and we look forward to holding this again this year. The Annual Dinner at The Egg & Us in Ballard had a great turnout, and thanks to Barry, K7PAL, for getting this event set up for us. Last year we had a meet-up during the Mike and Key hamfest and had a great group photo, and we encourage folks to join in this year for a new annual photo.
We also had a healthy calendar of nets. The PSRG Net is on Monday nights at 7:30, along with the Boater’s Net, ACS Net on Monday evenings, and the Nine O’clock Net. We’re glad to see the Nine O’clock Net developing new net control operators that build net control skills in a welcoming environment.
Also, we’ve been using social media more, particularly Facebook. Both the official PSRG page and the unofficial Fun Blog are very active and great resources. Finally, we had strong dedication to public service communications. The repeater is available for events through the year, and we continue to be a major resource for Seattle ACS and other groups using the repeater.
Upcoming events related to amateur radio include Chilly Hilly taking place February 26 on Bainbridge Island, which is a great opportunity to work in a public service event. Mike and Key hamfest is March 11 at the Washington State Fairgrounds and is the major flea market and hamfest in the area, so we naturally encourage folks to attend and find equipment, meet other hams, and join in the group photo.
On the technical side, there was an IRLP outage as the Raspberry Pi device driving this was defective and it has been replaced. Also, Doug worked with CK, KG7AUL, to build an internet-accessible portal to control the repeater. Echolink was also expanded to support multiple connections. There was no update on AllStar.
Aaron, K8AMH, provided a financial update, and encourages members to review the first ever PSRG Annual Report for more information. We filed for and continues to work with the Internal Revenue Service regarding its application for 501(c)(3) determination.
We then held elections. We thank Jon Newstrom, KL7GT, Jessica Phipps, KF7UHK, and Tyler Heinemann, AF7BO, for serving on the Board. Tim, WT1IM, was voted in as Vice President, Bill, N6NBN, for Board Position 1, and LW, K7LWA, for Board Position 3.
Bob Gudgel, K7IQ, then gave an informative talk about solar power and amateur radio.
With no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:59pm.
Submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Hulett, K8AMH