October 2017 Activity Meeting
It was a good turn up at Noel and Jill's QTH for the October Meeting. Around 25 or so people enjoyed the beautiful weather and warm hospitality. Especially good to see some "old familiar faces" who have perhaps been hiding up for the winter. I won't name names... I'm sure to miss someone.
Ray managed to improve the clubs cash position with his usual raffle magic. Thanks Ray!
After a BBQ/picnic lunch Noel VK3FI gave us a tour of his newly revamped shack. Very professional Noel, I just wish I had the time, energy and resources. Then again, each to his own. Perhaps a tour of members shacks would make an interesting series?
HF Loop Project
We were also treated to a display and discussion on Noel's HF receiving loop project. An effort to beat QRM and QRN in the summer months on the LF and low HF bands. There's more to it than just making the loop and running a cable! Coupling and matching presented a plethora of problems, not yet all overcome either.
The ladies meanwhile were treated to a tour of Fergus Park's Gardens, and beautiful they are too. We'll be out there again for the Christmas meeting... Meanwhile
Are you working on your Real Radio Contest Log??
Sunraysia Radio Group Inc.
AGM 2017 Report
The Sunraysia Radio Group Inc. AGM was held on Sunday the 16th of July 2017, in the Sierra room at the Mildura Working Man’s Club. There were 18 members and 5 guests in attendance. There were 10 Apologies!
President Garry VK3KYF was an apology, Vice President Noel VK3FI had withdrawn so it was left to Norm VK3XCI to Chair the meeting. Norm’s XYL Bernadette was the returning Officer
Norm opened the meeting and presented President Garry’s report, which was well received. The Treasurer’s report, presented by Norm detailed a debtor of $1300 at Blacklight Radio. notwithstanding this, the club is solvent.
Club Awards were presented by Noel VK3FI, after a much smoother and better organised voting procedure.
The VK3ATN Technical Award was presented to Norm VK3XCI for his technical help to other members, particularly at Home Brew Days
The Max Folie Club Achievement Award was shared by Gary VK3KYF for work on Max VK3ZMT’s antenna system and help with members projects, along with Rex James VK3OF for his efforts with the Swan Hill Repeater overhaul and support at special events.
Election of Officers
Bernadette took the chair for the unenviable task of the election of officers and committee.
There was no response, and I mean absolute silence, to the call for nominations of President, Vice President and Secretary. The club came VERY close to going into recess! Several direct approaches made to members, were declined. Norm VK3XCI volunteered to stay on as treasurer and was accepted.
It was moved and seconded that there be only 3 committee members this year. Murray VK3FMRL, Paul VK3PNH and Peter VK3JUG put their names forward and were accepted. For want of a new executive, it was decided that the current Bank Authorizations should continue, subject to review. Negotiations are in hand for this committee to appoint a President and Secretary.
Setting the membership fees and structure for the coming year provided some life in what was a very restrained meeting. After several motions were put, discussed, withdrawn and re-tabled the result is
- $25 for a full member,
- $20 for a concession card holder and
- $15 for an Associate Member.
Noel VK3FI then presented a video review of “The Year That Was”, followed by a presentation from Norm on behalf of Garry VK3KYF, on the club’s “Real Radio Contest”. More of that here.
The high point was Ray VK3HSR's raffle. Thank you for your efforts Ray and thanks to our sponsors. They are greatly appreciated, even if many of the prizes went interstate.
It was not a very satisfying meeting. Aside from the dearth of nominations and volunteers, it seemed that nobody even wanted to raise their hand to vote. It does not bode well for the future of the club!