ILLINOIS REPEATER ASSOCIATION
BOARD of DIRECTORS MINUTES
April 19, 2013
called to order at 8:52 pm hours by
President Bill Kraus KA9FER
members and committee members present: Steve WD9CIR, Will K9WSS, Tim
KB9FBI, Milt K9QZI, Dave KA9FUR, Aaron N9OZB, Greg K9QI, Bill KA9FER, Fred
Seibold W9FWS, Guest: Dave KA9WXN
asked for approval for minutes of last minutes as printed. All answered
aye, motion carried.
said that Rich KD9Q is no longer running as a Board member, opening up a
Board member position. FER thanked Rich for his time on the IRA Board. He
now lives 700 miles away.
K9SI is up for nomination and said that he would like to stay on as a
N9RBQ said he was interested in a position on the Board, per Al K9SI.
KC9KKO and W9DWP were also interested in the open Board position. Ballots
will be presented to IRA members at the meeting.
said that we should get representation from Northern, Southern and Central Illinois. FER said that this should be
spread throughout the State. Tim FBI is furthest south on the Board. We
need some representation from the Carbondale
report. See K9WSS’s report.
report. See Aaron N9OZB’s report.
received a certified letter from Don W9DMW for coordination of the WA9ORC
CFMC repeater, which he doesn’t have authorization for. Don has also
applied for coordination of other repeater(s) which have not been granted
at this time. He is in pending status for his personal system(s). Don
needs to speak with the trustee of CFMC to be in communication with each
K9QI reports that a reported interference issue was an IM problem in Rockford. Nothing
else substantial was reported. Greg will report tomorrow at the meeting on
future coordination methods, similar to what WI is currently doing. It’s
similar to what’s been done in the commercial world for many years. The
software is available to everyone to get a look and see what’s being done
in the commercial venue. A slide presentation will also be shown at the
meeting on this topic. Offsets for digital systems will be presented by
Greg at the meeting also. Greg is looking at narrow banding analog. It
doesn’t look favorable for several reasons. It’s a mandate topic, but
possibly may or may not work. Greg will curtail an extended discussion,
and will ask for emails from persons who may wish to work on this. Last
year, no one stepped up to the plate, but Greg will ask again if people
wish to work on this with him. Dave FUR added to this discussion also with
his involvement on this project. Steve CIR suggested this should be an
educational project as opposed to policy right away. More work on this may
take time further down the road. FER said that it IS coming later in time.
said that Spectrum Defense fund should be submitted for the amount of
$500, once we receive the check from ARRL.
said he’d like to increase the dues to $15 from the traditional $12 we’ve
been charging. Because of funding the cost of lodging for the IRA meeting,
we need to consider increasing the cost of dues for the membership. It’s
been $12 estimated for approximately 20 years. Al suggested that we make a
motion for increase dues to $20 for fiscal year 2014-2015. This will be
recommended to the membership tomorrow at the meeting. The Board voted to
increase the dues to $20 for 2014. If it fails at the meeting tomorrow, it
will be re-submitted for $15. Tim said that we weren’t being re-imbursed for submissions to the ARRL in the past, and
we only recently have been donating $500 to the Spectrum Defense Fund. In
the past Larry KDC did a lot of the printing at no cost. Now we are paying
for these expenses out of the IRA treasury.
- FER asked about next year’s meeting
dates. Reservations for 2014 will be made for the 3rd weekend
in April (Easter Weekend). In the event that 3rd weekend fails,
we may consider the 4th weekend as an alternative. WSS will check with
Eastland Suites on this issue.
brought up the tone plan. He worked on the project recently, and sent an
email to Board members. FBI wasn’t clear with splitting off, so FUR
brought up a map with the possibilities. He explained the dropdowns on the
map and how the different tones were applied. FER said he wasn’t totally
indifferent to the idea, and many tones are used in several areas. He said
that it shouldn’t be mandatory, so that it doesn’t run against the grain
of the concept. It should be voluntary, and not mandatory. A discussion of
current tones took place, and that they weren’t mandatory currently. Greg
QI said that there should be primary, secondary, and an alternative set of
tones available, and should be chosen accordingly. FER asked Aaron and
Greg to take a look at it, and report back to the Board.
said that he was working with WA9VGI on the FishFar
plan. He is also working with Tony KT9AC on the linking of his WI system
mentioned NFCC. He is on the Board of Directors of the NFCC. Lots of
comments regarding what the NFCC recognizes or certifies in the last year.
ARRL had requested an MOU which has been submitted, and approved at the
end of 2012. One road operator in the AZ area has been “self-coordinating
and purportedly self-policing.” In cases of extreme conflict, NFCC makes a
statement, then lets the FCC take action if/when
necessary. Aaron said a similar issue occurred in Indiana. A lengthy discussion ensued
regarding these practices.
mentioned that the SERA email reflector has been down. The organization is
purportedly still in force at this time. Greg said that he sent a request
for coordination in WVA a few weeks ago, and hasn’t heard anything. The
email may have been misdirected due to someone retiring and the email
addresses haven’t been updated at this time. It should be corrected in the
said that use of our spectrum actively is prudent. This will be brought up
at the general meeting tomorrow. Greg said that amateur, commercial and
land mobile systems are all “under attack.” Time and usage are all under
consideration, especially those systems that are under utilized.
KD9Q should be recognized for his past participation with the IRA. Should
a plaque be presented to him? What about Bob W9QBH? These recipients will
be receiving plaques per WSS.
said that he would like to discuss an interference issue that took place
on a ham packet frequency last year. The FCC was contacted and didn’t take
enforcement action. The system malfunctioned, and the FCC responded in
very short order. Greg will mention at the general meeting about
contacting the local ham community before calling out the FCC.
to adjourn was made at 10:25 pm; meeting closed.
ILLINOIS REPEATER ASSOCIATION
General Membership Annual Meeting Minutes
April 20, 2013
called to order at 10:00 am by President Bill Kraus KA9FER.
moment of silence was requested for past IRA Board member Bob Hajek W9QBH who passed away in December 2012.
of all members and guests present was conducted around the room with
names, callsigns, representation of repeater
systems, and home QTH’s.
asked for approval of the past meetings’ minutes; approved.
read the treasury report. See attachment; Seconded and approved.
coordinator’s report by Aaron N9OZB. See his attachment; Seconded and
thanked the Sec’y / Treasurer, and the frequency
coordinator. He appreciated the work of these individuals.
are now due for several positions of the IRA Board. President, V/P, Sec’y/Treasurer, and a Director’s position.
Nominations for President. Bill KA9FER, seconded. V/P – Greg KB9FBI;
seconded. Sec’y/Treasurer – Will K9WSS;
seconded. Director Al Wolfe K9SI seconded. Open Director position – W9DWP, seconded. KC9KKO John Waters,
seconded, N9RBQ Jerry. A suggestion was to have a Director from southern
IL area. Kermit W9XA stated that this was not in the bylaws. FER said that
it would nice to have someone in the southern region for interference
investigations issues. No nominees would be disqualified. Nominations were
closed. Motion made that the 1st four positions be accepted and
elected. Seconded and passed. The three nominees for the open Board
position gave brief speeches as to their experiences, qualifications, and
ham careers. Kermit W9XA accepted the ballots after each member filled out
asked Tim FBI to attempt to simplify future elections so that it doesn’t
become so confusing. Tim had suggestions as to this should be conducted
for future and upcoming elections. Capability of individuals who can
conduct their offices was discussed, and the bylaws will be changed to
reflect these changes. Further discussion took place by members and the
Board. When Larry KDC passed away, there was a mad scramble to get someone
else to take over his duties and responsibilities. With new modified
bylaws, this issue and others could be simplified. This will be decided,
and will be implemented next year.
ballots for the open Director position were tallied; W9DWP 10, KC9KK0 25,
N9RBQ 27. Winner is N9RBQ. Motion to destroy the ballots was moved, and
seconded, then passed. FER thanked everyone for participating in the
that under old business, explained that the plaque recipients, Bob Shepard KA9FLX, and Larry Schroeder KA9KDC will be
presented to their families. Also plaques for Bob Hajek
W9QBH, and Rich Ranson
KD9Q will also be presented plaques. Motion for plaques for the 3rd
and 4th recipients was seconded, and passed.
mentioned that the Board discussed increasing the dues from $12 to $20.
QZB suggested that the newsletter be emailed instead of sending via US
Mail. Kermit W9XA said that it was decided a number of years ago to keep
sending the newsletters via US Mail for positive tracking purposes. Fred
FWS said that it must be mailed because of legal requirement of 30 day
notice before an upcoming meeting date. Other members had suggestions
which were further discussed. The mailing will continue to be sent via US
Mail until further notice. The dues have been $12 for over 20 years. WSS
mentioned that current paid dues are 217 entities, including repeater
owners, associate members, etc. Motion made to raise dues to $20 annually.
Motion carried. This will be for 2014-2015 year, and thereafter.
location was discussed; WSS said that Eastland Suites was the most
accommodating, and most reasonable for costs to the Association for our
needs. It was agreed to remain next year at Eastland Suites, and
presentation by Greg K9QI regarding the use of spectrum, i.e., “use it or
lose it.” Various commercial services are under scrutiny, and also Ham
Radio falls under these “eyes of scrutiny.” There should be more efficient
uses of spectrum. Ham Radio is there at times of need and otherwise
available. In the event of interference, please convey issues directly to
the Ham community, instead of immediately calling the FCC. Most of the
surrounding states are coordinated by associations that are commonly
recognized. Greg made recommendations as to coverage by propagation
models. Reducing white space and other issues were discussed. Channel
bifurcation was also discussed by Greg. This was all part of his technical
presentation, and discussion among members. The issue of narrow banding
analog systems was also discussed. There are way too many radios out there
that would not be compatible with narrow banding, and it would
impractical. It’s a short term fix that wouldn’t work out in longer terms.
Schroeder KB9FYL, wife of Larry Schroeder KA9KDC, SK (previous IRA
Secretary/Treasurer) appeared at the meeting, and was presented the plaque
FER displayed earlier this morning.
had a motion to pay $200 for the IRA’s use of
KA9FUR’s coordinating software. Motion, seconded, and passed.
urged club’s to keep their databases backed up such as the IRA currently
does. If there’s a trustee, make sure that it’s accurate, and that there
for donation to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund. This will be completed
when the ARRL sends the IRA its funds for the repeater database.
W9XA made a motion to commend Aaron N9OZB for all his hard work on the
repeater database. Seconded, and carried.
by the floor regarding paying dues by April 1st until the
actual date of the annual IRA meeting. This will be tabled, and taken up
with the bylaws committee. It was already decided a few years ago, not
entered in the bylaws. Motion was seconded, and passed.
to adjourn, seconded, and meeting closed at 11:52 am.
ILLINOIS REPEATER ASSOCIATION
BOARD of DIRECTORS MINUTES
(after General Meeting)
April 20, 2013
meeting convened by KA9FER at 11:57 am.
the elected IRA Board members / officers present were announced, and
newest Board member N9RBQ was accepted. Committee members were announced
and accepted. FER will continue to serve as IRA delegate to the NFCC. FBI
will be second alternate delegate to the NFCC.
is the current slate of Board members, Directors, and Committee Chairs:
Bill Kraus KA9FER
Tim Childers KB9FBI
Will Sperling K9WSS
Directors: Stephen Craig, WD9CIR; Milt Forsberg, K9QZI; Al Wolfe, K9SI; Jerry
Coordinator: Aaron Collins N9OZB
Editor: Fred Seibold W9FWS
to adjourn at 12:00 pm.