Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of February 6, 2006 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
The meeting was called to order by President Cole at 5:20 PM.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Blazek, Cole, Manos, Middlemiss, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash, Greene, Longo, Schneider
Visitors: Roy Mayhugh
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the December meeting as posted to the Web site were approved.
4. Treasurer's report
Treasurer Blazek presented the report for January 2006. Donations from December through January totalled $6163.00. There was a $308.79 refund from a NWC Work Order and the $20,290.00 refund from Broadcast Engineering for the returned Screen Services Italia translators. Financial expenditures were for the P.O. Box annual fee and the Verizon bills for the phone service on the Laurel Mt. site, totalling approximately $150.00.
5. Correspondence
Treasurer Blazek reported receiving a copy of the FCC's notice of LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR DIGITAL COMPANION CHANNEL APPLICATIONS FROM MAY 1, 2006 THROUGH MAY 12, 2006. A couple of comments were received with the mailed in donations: a thanks for KKJZ and a complaint about moving KCRW to 100.1 causing reception problems. Also received were the annual tax forms from San Bernardino and Kern counties.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
b. Operations
Channel 35 was removed from digital service and placed into analog service so that the Larcan Transcoder could be sent to Superior Broadcasting to facilitate assembling a prototype low-cost, FCC type certified, 25W digital translator.
C. Old business
1. It was brought to the board's attention that officers hadn't been nominated for the current year.
D. New business
1. Officer Election
Motion to re-elect the current slate (member Cole, President; member Middlemiss, Vice President; member Blazek, Treasurer; member Green, Secretary) by Vice President Middlemiss. Seconded by President Cole. Motion carried: 5 ayes, 0 abstain.
2. Digital Companion Channel Engineering Expenditure
Motion to authorize Best Consulting to perform the engineering for up to eight digital companion channels, not to exceed $4000.00, by Vice President Middlemiss. Seconded by member Manos. Motion carried: 5 ayes, 0 abstain.
E. Discussion items
1. Digital Companion Channel Filing Window
There was a discussion regarding the FCC's announcement of the Digital Compainion Channel Window. Seeking digital companion channels for the eight channels on "B" Mt. would allow us to move more digital channels to Laurel Mt. We can feed the analog translators at "B" Mt. from their digital companion channels from Laurel, and translate other stations on the eight channels we already have digital flash cut construction permits for. It is unknown whether there will be enough digital stations receivable on Laurel Mt. to translate on sixteen translators, or whether there will be enough donations to purchase all the digital translators required, but this is a one-time window for the FCC and if we snooze, then we will lose this opportunity.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, March 6, 2006, Kern County Library, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:08 PM.

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