The next meeting will be held May 14, at the Crandall House in Ashaway, RI, from 1100 to about 1400.
No one seems interested in discussing Field Day assignments. If the club wants to proceed or not will have to be decided at the meeting.
It is hoped that John, W1XX, will expand on his expected report about 1 Million Points or Bust by giving his thoughts on how we can maintain the momentum gained by involving practically the entire membership in the NEQP. Related to that we have the CQWW WPX CW contest coming up at the end of May and the IARU contest in July. Rick had suggested that we get a special call for this. A decision must be made at the meeting.
We are enjoying a resurgence in meeting attendance to levels not seen since early in KS1J’s administration. Each of us should prepare our thoughts on why attendance is up so we can discuss it at the meeting.
Since we now have internet at the meetings, W1PN will give a review of some functions on the new web site that members may be unaware of or have not tried to use. Q&A will follow on anything related to how to use the site.
John (W1AN) may talk off the cuff about his dreams for a club station location in Rhode Island. Several of us are interested in John’s vision for that station. If all of us hear what he has shared informally it would have the possible effect of turning up potential sites that would otherwise never be discussed.
The structure of the new website is different from the two sites it is replacing. This causes us to think of old ways of doing things in a new light. The two principal vehicles of communication are Posts and Forums. Pat, NG1G, explained the differences briefly in an email last month and is considering how he could expand on his thoughts about Forums versus Posts at the meeting. I thought his explanation was the best I’ve ever seen. Even if he isn’t prepared to present his thoughts formally we can discuss the subject informally at the meeting to our mutual benefit.
At the last meeting Pat said he could put together some pictures to show our members what NP3U looks like. This will be nostalgic for those who have operated from there and enlightening particularly for newer members.
The prospect of using Crandall Field during WRTC was raised during the April meeting. Jack, K2RS has inquired about locations in general and I hope will have some news for us on that front during the meeting.
Mike, K1DM, observes, “since the next big contest is the end of the month, I can give a few words about the other program (Morse-Runner) I use, and we can give it a try. It could be lots of fun if we use speakers, and use group-think to decide what station was calling. It’s pretty intense when you have five or more stations all calling at once, and it’s interesting to see who copies what in a pileup. If you’ve never done that, it’s a VERY interesting experience.”
Jim Bowman, KS1J, will bring some “sangwich” makings for the meeting on Saturday; Pat, NG1G, will bring donuts; Mike K1DM will bring coffee and a pot to brew it, along with the fixings for coffee.