Alpha Sigma Delta Radio Society – W5TC

Amateur Radio at the University of Oklahoma

Meeting Notes for Sat. Feb. 13th 2010

Hi all,

Here are the important notes from tonight’s meeting of the OUARC.

Budget for 2010/2011: We discussed what items should be included in the budget request for the upcoming year of OUARC. Suggestions included coaxial cable, rope, office supplies, SD memory cards and other supplies for a follow-up to this year’s planned high-altitude APRS balloon project, a battery charger, and a low-end laptop for the radio cabinet on the observation deck of the NWC. The budget will be compiled from these suggestions — any concerns or suggestions regarding the budget for the 2010/2011 academic year should be directed to our treasurer Robin Tanamachi.

APRS high-altitude balloon project: Options for temperature and moisture sensors on the high-altitude balloon were discussed. The idea to include a camera seems quite feasible, considering that an older camera that will support the needed firmware to support automated image capture can likely be obtained on e-bay for ~$20-$50. It was suggested that contacts at the NWC might be helpful in obtaining the actual weather balloon needed to lift the transmitter and instrument pack. Concerns or questions about the high-altitude balloon project should be directed to our “balloon officer”, Aaron Botnick.

Club Equipment: The club’s HF antenna for use with the NWC observation deck cabinet has not yet been hooked up; the club repeater situation has not changed since our last meeting.

Leadership / Officers: The position of OUARC Secretary has recently been vacated — if any student member is interested in joining the club leadership and filling this position for the remainder of the 2009-2010 schoolyear, a special election can be held at the next meeting. The main duties of the secretary include attending club meetings, taking down notes/minutes, and relaying those minutes to the club via the OUARC listserv, in a format similar to the notes you are now reading. Anyone interested in the secretary position should contact our president Zac.

Next meeting: The next meeting of the OUARC is tentatively scheduled for Saturday Mar. 6th. Zac will e-mail additional details to the list regarding time and location at a later time.

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