Technician Class Cancelled – Mel Toye’s Technician class was cancelled. It will be rescheduled once ten confirmed students are signed up. If you know anyone that wishes to take that class, please have them email Mel here.
BOD Meeting This Coming Saturday – We will conduct our quarterly board of directors meeting this coming Saturday, March 11th, at – TIME CHANGE NOTE – 1100 at High Cotton Kitchen. The current agenda items are: Old business – Tabled items: Club Meeting Program Coordinator, Awards Nominating Committee. Items to be updated: 2023 RRVARC 50th Anniversary, Merchandising. New Business: Virtual 903 Phone Number, Lion’s Club Fair participation, Budget, Mesquite TX HamCom Sponsorship?, hardware insurance. Members are always welcome to attend, but may not participate unless recognized by the chair.
Officer Elections at March Meeting – As a reminder, at the March 25 meeting the three General board members will be elected. We need to make sure and have good turnout for that meeting. All three current officers are eligible to run for another term, at their option. If you are interested in serving, please be ready to raise your hand.
General Exam Pool Changes On July 1st – If you are considering taking the General exam: 1) Reviewers say the new exam pool looks more difficult than the current one. 2) RRVARC will conduct one more scheduled testing on Saturday, June 3. You might try and get up to speed to take the test on June 3 before the new exam pool takes effect on July 1.
Lots of Administrative Details – We know how much you love these administrative details, but they have to be done and reported out to you. Tax Filing: State of Texas Franchise Tax submission was accomplished well before the filing deadline. ARRL Affiliated Club: RRVARC’s ARRL Club records were updated to reflect current membership numbers and the ratio of ARRL members in order to keep us within compliance as an affiliated club. The numbers are 45 active members and 29 ARRL members, giving us a 64% membership rate (51% required). PRESS RELEASE: Rick Leonhardt and Phillip Beall have drafted a 50th Anniversary Press Release. Official License: We have posted up a step-by-step tutorial for how to obtain an “official” copy of your ham radio license here – How to obtain an official copy of your FCC license – on the Club website. Right now, why don’t you take your license out of your pocket, or go look at it wherever it is, and see if it has OFFICIAL stamped across it. If not, you can avail yourself of the process, now made easy by this new web page. Website Software Updated: Rick Leonhardt took on the thankless and perilous task of updating the website software. All aspects of the Club website software have been updated and are now current. These were both security and operational updates and you hopefully may notice it is faster than it was. There are also some newly added statistics and other new features. We are trying to add pieces that we think will help to keep the site fresh, informative and entertaining.
February 25 Meeting Minutes and Support Documents – Please click here and load the page that has all of these items at the top of the page: February Meeting Minutes Draft v1, Secretary’s Report Talking Points, Presentation #1 EMP Shield, Presentation #2 Representing our Club Uniformly and three resolutions passed by the membership – All are uploaded and available to review. If you were not present at the meeting and want to see the kinds of merchandising we are exploring for you, please go look at that slide show Representing our Club Uniformly. These and similar items will be available for you to order very soon.
Outreach Program – We have recently attempted to contact former Club members that we had lost contact with. The result was that at least one – John Emmett KI5KC – rejoined. Not having been a member since 2002 we are excited to have him back. Welcome back John!