Our April meeting was held via ZOOM. We had nearly 40 members and visitors in attendance for the meeting. The president, Bob W1RH kicked things off and then Nancy gave a quick treasurers report and took a roll call of those in attendance.
Our main speaker was John, K6MM a veteran of several DXpeditions. He gave his account as a member of the K1N 2015 Navassa Island DXpedition. Navassa is a United States island located in the Caribbean Sea and was the site of a major Guano mining operation for many years. Now Navassa is a protected National Wildlife Refuge.
We held our second club activity night on Wednesday the 22nd of April. We tried out the AG6AU 6m Repeater and then 6m FM simplex on 52.525. When had a total of 17 people participate in the activity. On simplex we had on check in from Volcano and two from Roseville and the rest from El Dorado County. Tony, W6QA had the big signal that all could hear. Some stations had horizonal polarization and some were running vertical. It was a fun night and few figured out how to program their radios for 6m repeater use.
The club held its first dispersed meeting due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It appears that we had 34 people in attendance. Not too bad for our first-time using video conferencing. After a few words from the President Bob, W1RH and a few updates from board members we heard from Bill W9KKN. Bill gave an overview of how he has been able to take his contesting efforts to the next level using the ZF1A contest station in the Caribbean. There was no raffle and everyone had to bring their own snacks 😊
Forty four members and visitors were in attendance at the February meeting. After introductions and a few updates from the board the meeting began with Chris, W7JPG leading a discussion on the mentoring/Elmer program. He collected information from the meeting attendees about topics they could mentor and topics they would like assistance with. Chris will build a list of mentors and their proficient topics to be available on the groups.io site. We also attempted a QSO with the VP8PJ dxpedition via remote station. We had internet difficulties and were not able to complete the contact.