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2021-01-Newsletter

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

By Dave Klamet

 

Well, to recap the 2020 year in two words – ZOOM and PANDEMIC. The 2020 year started off normally, but by March our world was turned upside down with a fast spreading virus call COVID-19. Our normal is now wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart, and washing our hands. Several vaccines are being produced and distributed hastening the end of the pandemic.

 

Our group uses ZOOM. We all look forward to getting back into Flory and meeting face-to-face perhaps in the summer or fall time frame after the rank and file have been vaccinated and formed some immunity. We will continue to use ZOOM in conjunction with our physical meetings, so those who cannot physically attend the Flory meeting, may attend via ZOOM.

 

The nomination and election of 2021 officers went smoothly. I was reelected as President, Kevin Augustus was elected as Vice President, John Harris was elected as Treasurer, and Ken Kopp was elected as Secretary.

 

A few changes were made to the Constitution and By-Laws. These changes included 1.) Removing the Co-Treasurer and adding President and Vice-President to the bank’s signature card for our account, 2.) Responsibilities for Vice President and Activities Manager were separated, and 3.) The position description for the Emergency Coordinator was refined.

 

Investigation into changing our Tax Status to a 501-c-3 club, is underway by Dean Dunlap. Dean has presented the Executive Committee with a preliminary synopsis of processes and costs. Additional aspects of the 501-c-3 status are continuing to be researched.

 

Plans for hosting 2021 Hamfest and Kansas State Convention are still on the back burner. We are hoping to hold our Hamfest in August-September timeframe. We’re also hoping to have the $1,000.00 building fee waived. Discussions for waiver and building reservations are pending pandemic levels and immunity.

 

The club has now fully transitioned to “Groups.io” from “Yahoo groups.” We use groups.io for our club’s mailing list. If you have not done so, please go to our website (w0uk.com) and at the top of the home page, you’ll see “W0UK MAILING LIST”. Click on it and it will take you through the information necessary to get on our club’s mailing list.

 

 

DCRAC Announces exploration of Structural Change – Articles of Incorporation and Federal Tax Exempt Status

By Dean Dunlap

 

David Klamet, President of DCARC, has asked for the exploration of the adoption of articles of incorporation and structure for the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club.  In on-line meetings, DCARC Membership have discussed the need for incorporation under the laws of the State of Kansas and formation of structure to satisfy the requirements of Federal Revenue Tax Exempt status under the 501(c) Section of the Federal Tax Code.  DCARC has been exploring both the (c)3 and (c)7 structures (There are roughly 16 variations of the Tax-Exempt Organizations under the current Federal Rules).  We received input from Membership of the Santa Fe Trail Radio Club in Olathe as to their experiences and selection of organization.

 

The main advantages to formalizing our organization is; 1.) Liability Protection for Membership and Officers during operations and events, and 2.) Tax-Exempt Status for donations and income of the organization.  To attain and maintain either of these levels, comes at a cost and commitment.   The questions to be answered in the first part of the coming year is; 1.) What are the steps and associated costs to file the applications in both state and federal agencies?, and 2.) What is required on an annual basis to maintain that status? Officers of DCARC will evaluate the information collected and will put their recommendation to a vote of membership.

 

Toward this effort, if any Amateur Operator is or knows of a licensed attorney in the State of Kansas that can advise or assist in this effort, please forward that name to David Klamet or Jim Cessna.

 

 

 

HAM CLASSES: YouTube Amateur Radio classes

 

The Technician Class is the first of three ham radio licenses. It is the entry to ham radio. Each course follows the ARRL License manual and it is structured to provide an understanding of the subject matter.

 

“Studying for your Ham Radio License

The Technician License is the gateway to amateur radio. And it’s within your reach—easily! Watch this short video to learn how. It tells you what self-study book to buy, where to get it, how to study it, and takes you through the introductory chapter.” — From Dave’s YouTube link.

Each level of ham classes are on YouTube and presented by Dave Casler KE0OG. Go to this link to begin.  Technician Class Ham License – On-Line Help for Your Self Study | Ham Radio Answers (dcasler.com)

 

 

 

 

Test Sessions

By Ken Kopp and Bob Drake

 

In 2020, the DCARC held 2 ARRL VEC license test sessions.

On Jan. 4 we tested 13 people at the Lawrence Library.  The test session resulted in creating 6 new Technician licenses, 4 new General licenses, and 1 new Extra class license.

 

We were planning to have a test session during Field Day in June, but the Covid-19 virus caused the public Field Day activities to be cancelled and a test session wasn’t held.

 

Ken Kopp arranged an outdoor test session July 11, 2020.  We had one candidate who attended and earned his Technician license. We also had a test session on Nov. 14, 2020.  Ken was able to print the computer generated tests and other documents needed and then file the paperwork online so that there was minimal handling of the testing materials.

 

As the Covid-19 virus continues to keep everyone socially distant, the DCARC will plan to hold ARRL VEC test sessions on an “as needed” basis using outdoor venues if possible.

 

Anyone wanting to take a test should contact the DCARC (PO BOX 1404
Lawrence, Ks. 66044); or Bob Drake, N0TFU, (rdrake@ku.edu), 785-842.4961,); or Ken Kopp, AK0A, radiojunkie@gmail.com, 785-260-5381.

 

COPYRIGHT

This Newsletter is published monthly by the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club (DCARC).  Reprint permission is granted to other Amateur Radio orientated publications for non-copyright material provided that credit is given to the author and source.  Copyright articles require permission to use from the holder of the copyright.  Opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Club or its officers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December Club Meeting: 2020 Constitution and Bylaws Changes, 2021 Officer Nominations

As discussed during the DCARC November general meeting (held Nov. 12), three items are being modified in the club’s constitution and bylaws:

  1. The position of “Backup Treasurer” is being removed. The Club President and Vice President shall instead be named on all club bank accounts, in addition to the Treasurer, to ensure access to club funds.
  2. The responsibilities of the Vice President and Activities Manager are being separated to allow appointment of another club member to coordinate club activities, when available.
  3. The position description for the Emergency Coordinator has been refined.

A final vote on these proposed changes will be made during the December General Meeting.

The slate of nominations for 2021 officers will also be voted upon during the December general meeting. Additional nominations will be accepted until then. Club officers include: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Managers are not elected, but are club members who volunteer to provide a job necessary for the continued business of the club.

The next club meeting will be held on December 9, 2020, beginning at 7:00 PM, remotely via Zoom. Additional information about participating in the meeting will be posted in the club’s official mailing list:  http://w0uk.groups.io

Please feel free to contact any of the club officers directly should you have any questions regarding these changes.

KØU in the Kansas QSO Party

Kansas QSO Party Logo

The Douglas County ARC’s 2020 activation of KØU during the Kansas QSO Party (Aug. 29 and 30) was a huge success!

Thanks to the following operators:

Jefferson County (JEF) Operators at KAØRVL’s QTH:
AKØA – Ken (CW)
KAØRVL – Kevin and WØOOA – Bret (Phone)
KSØEGL – Kevin (Digital/FT8)

Douglas County (DOU) distributed club (at home) stations:
ACØKN – Jim (Phone)
N6UOP – John (Phone)

CW Contacts: 788 JEF
Phone Contacts: 429 JEF + 33 DOU
Digital/FT8 Contacts: 220 JEF and DOU

Total: 1470 contacts

Next Club Meeting: September 9

The Douglas County Amateur Radio Club continues to meet electronically via Zoom on our regularly scheduled club meeting nights and also informally on most Saturday mornings. All DCARC club members are welcome to participate. Send an E-mail to info@w0uk.com for additional information.