June 2012

Mid-South Amateur Radio Association - Club Meeting Minutes June 7, 2012

Location: Northeast Police Precinct (Appling Farms Parkway) 6850 Whitten Bend Cove, Memphis, TN 38133

Attendance: Vice-President Roger Schlichter (WR4R), Secretary Linda Ware (KJ4ELL), Treasurer John Parish (KD4EUZ), Board members: Tony Brignole (WA4KHN), Lance Morris (N4GMT), Ned Savage (KA4BLL), Danny Banks (KJ4FXZ). Total membership attendance approx. 30.

Welcome: Meeting called to order by Roger (WR4R) at 7:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for attending. Introductions; introductory comments. Minutes from previous club meeting motioned (Randy W4RMV), seconded (Richard K4DXF), and accepted as posted on MARA website. Printed copies of previous month’s minutes and Treasurer’s report are always available at sign-in table. Treasurer's report (May1 through May 31, 2012) read by John Parish, motioned (Randy W4RMV), seconded (Danny KJ4FXZ), and accepted by attending membership (viva voce).


Condolences to Joe Wray (WD4GXI) and family on the passing of his wife Barbara.

Rick (W4NVM) is overseeing the sale of radios and equipment from the estate of Greg Butler (KI4OTG) SK. The proceeds are going to Greg’s son.

Pat Lane (W4OQG) announced the 150th Anniversary Naval Battle of Memphis from the Civil War. Special Event Station N4M (call sign look up on QRZ) is operating from June 2 thru June 16, 2012 in remembrance of this historic event. The primary operation to take place on June 9th. Commercial Appeal article at: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jun/05/unionized/

Tony (WA4KHN) announced an upcoming Saturday sale of used cafeteria and office furniture. Date and location will be announced when it’s set.

Old Business:

Follow up on club jackets/patches … to be done by Dennis (KJ4BDU).

Follow up on increased insurance coverage … Request was made by Denise Ganucheau (KJ5DG) at January meeting to research cost/advantages of adding Officers & Directors coverage to the club’s current liability insurance policy. Provisions in current policy discussed and a little more research will be conducted before final decision is made.

New Business:

FIELD DAY, June 23-24, 2012, Field Day planning is part of the program.


Field Day (June 23-24) 2012 will be held at the MARA club house location in Country Club Estates, at 2417 Lacosta Drive, Bartlett, TN. Map and directions are posted on website: maraonline.org. MARA, Delta Club, and Tri-State Repeater Association will all participate together this year. Also, additional information is posted on www.hamcalendar.com.

Roger led the discussion re: antennas, radios, equipment, power, campers/pop-ups, and food – including a fish fry dinner Saturday evening. Also need a clean-up day prior to the event. Details will be forthcoming through e-mails from Tony and Randy (WB4LHD) in the next two weeks as things are worked out and the plan comes together.

Part 2 of the program was a presentation (pictures and commentary) of the Dayton Hamvention, May 18-20, 2012. Thanks to our group for sharing the fun!

Repeater update is in the June Zero Beat.

Motion to adjourn by Lance (N4GMT), seconded by Randy (W4RMV) and adjourned by Roger (WR4R) at 8:20 p.m.


Field Day will take the place of a July meeting, so there will be a clipboard on the literature table in the club house with a sign-in sheet. Please sign in and include your guests. Next regular club meeting is August 2nd at the precinct.

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Linda Ware (KJ4ELL)