SOUTH FLORIDA FM ASSOCIATION December 8, 2003 MINUTES OF MEETING
PRESIDENT: RONNIE HAIK KG4DBI
VICE PRESIDENT: ROBERT CRUZ KE4MCL
SECRETARY: JOANNE CARBANA KG4GKU
TREASURER: JAMES CARLIN KF4OUI
KEVIN SCANLON K4PCS 01-03
SAM HARTE KQ4LMR 00-05
ERNESTO DIAZ KG4LXH 02-04
WEB SITE: http:/www.sffma.net
MAIL YOUR DUES TO:
MIAMI, FL 33243
Meeting was called to order at 19:50 with 22 present.
Ray spoke about the 444.200 and the 146.76 were up and running. He mentioned
the interference from the Hialeah station. It is a building on Red Road. With
our temperature and humidity, the noise occurs every fall.
Robert said the 224.200 was up and running but no one will talk to him.
The minutes of the last meeting were accepted by Caesar and seconded by
The annual pizza party that took place last meeting was a success. We did not
have our annual winter field day in November and we may do something after
A reminder that Saturday is our annual Holiday Dinner, December 13, 2003 from
6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. It will take place here at the EOC, 9300 N.W. 41 Street.
It will cost $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children, and must be paid in
advance. Because of the problems we had last year, will not accept payment at
the door. You can pay tonight. This is the cut-off date. Approximately 25 people
have already signed up and paid. If you are interested, see Ronnie after the
meeting. Ray will be in charge of the holiday music via satellite.
The Kayak race was discussed. Ray showed a slide show of pictures. It took
place on November 22. Adam did all pictures. You can view them on the website,
go to events, Kayak race 2003.
Joanne brought us up to date with CERT. Anyone interested, please contact
Cleopatria at 305-468-5416. Ray announced that Joanne is the CERT Amateur Radio
Operator point person/contact for amateur radio in CERT. Ray is going to take a
less active roll.
Ernesto reported on the Bike-A-Thon. There are going to be new turns and he
would like a Ham operator at each turn. The goal for sponsors has been met. They
are behind in rider sign-ups maybe because of other events in the State. We are
the naming sponsor and the presenting sponsor. If you are interested, contact
Randy spoke about the March of Dimes walk-a-thon since Wendy could not be
here tonight. It will take place April 3, the first Saturday in April. The route
should be the same.
The upcoming Miami Tropical Marathon to be held on February 1st, a Sunday,
was discussed. Felipe and Arturo passed a list around for anyone interested to
sign up. They need 30 communicators, one for every mile. It is to start downtown
Miami by the Inter Continental Hotel and go to Miami Beach. Information is on
the internet. Everyone will be picked-up by 12:30 P.M. if you like it or not.
Ronnie spoke about the nominations for new board members for the club
positions are going to be voted on tonight. At the last meeting:
Ernesto nominated Joanne for Secretary.
Randy nominated James for Treasurer.
Ronnie nominated Robert at Vice President.
Caesar nominated Ronnie for President and Ernesto nominated Robert.
Ernesto withdrew his acceptance for the nomination for President because of
his schedule. Ronnie asked if there were any other nomination at this time. John
nominated Ernesto for the Vice President position. There were no other
nominations. Ballots were passed out. Sandy tallied them. Ernesto is the new
Vice President. All other positions will remain as nominated.
The nominations for Ernesto’s director slot to be filled were Andy and
Jessica as nominated at the last meeting. Ernesto nominated John Veccio for the
remaining 1 year slot. Ronnie announced that we will be accepting nominations
and vote at the next meeting.
Jason offered receipts totaling $60.00 to the club for work done on the
repeater and offered to trade 2 years membership dues for the same.
Ronnie thanked Carl for the use of the room that we meet in.
He announced that dues are now due on or before January 30
Ray advised that he pays $22.00 per month on behalf of the club. Jason made a
motion to accept Ray as a Life Member, seconded by Ernesto. No one opposed.
Ronnie announced best wishes to Joe. Joanne made a motion to accept Joe as a Life Member, seconded by Steve. No one opposed.
Carl gave out pins, maybe next meeting more people will show up.
Ronnie announced that Gordon West will give a presentation at our next
With no other business, Ronnie announced that refreshments were in the other
The meeting was adjourned at 20:00.