Meeting Minutes

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
Virtual Meeting, Fallbrook, California
April 4, 2020

At Approximately 1500 Ron, KG6HSQ, activated the monthly club meeting thru an internet connection and a Virtual Meeting was conducted via Zoom. Earlier in the week Ron had sent an e-mail to the membership prior to the meeting giving instructions on downloading the Zoom program and provided a “meeting” connection URL.

Ken, W6MF, gave the following financial report.

Checking Balance February 29, 2020 $6,828.09
Petty Cash Balance February 29, 2020 $58.81

ARRL Dues $193.00
Membership Dues $100.00

ARRL Renewal Fees $187.00
On-Line Internet Service (Annual Fee) $135.39

Petty Cash Balance February 29, 2020 $58.81
Expenses March 2020 $0.00
Total $58.81

Checking Balance March 31, 2020 $6,798.70
Petty Cash Balance March 31, 2020 $58.81
Total $6,857.51

There was a short discussion regarding “grocery” shopping and supply availability here in Fallbrook.

Ron gave provided a discussion and gave a live demonstration on full screen of a very popular digital mode. The mode has become very popular over a very short period of time and is designated as FT8. The software Ron uses to run this activity is WSJT-X and is a free download. The program is interconnected with a HF Radio transceiver and computer and essentially is an automated process. There are several frequencies on various bands where FT8 is usable. One of the more popular frequencies at the present time is 14.074MHz (usb). For more information on the use of the program contact Ron. Stephen, KC6MIE, and Forrest, KK6BYR are also FT8 users.

For those members that were unavailable or unable to connect. Thru a very simple process, a connection was made thru a predetermined program that Ron had sent. When you “checked” in your “block” came into view to all that were connected. If you had video and or sound they were both active and there was two way communications between all members that were checked in. At one time there were 19 blocks (members) on the screen. As Ron did the demonstration he actually showed, full screen, his computer screen that was currently in use and the activity of the FT8 that was in progress. While showing live content he actually made some contacts and was doing live narration of the process. If we have to use this mode in the future please watch your mail from Ron. He’ll provide the necessary information on downloading and running the very easy to use program.

The Virtual meeting lasted for approximately 40 minutes and was well attended by 21 total check-ins. It was a very informative meeting and a new concept for most of us and was a very good learning experience.

Ken Dickson, W6MF
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club