Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of November 6, 2006 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
The meeting was called to order by President Cole at 5:17 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 October meeting as posted to the web site were approved.
4. Treasurer's report
Treasurer Blazek presented the report for October 2006: we spent $1,162.00 with major expenses going to FCC TV license renewals, Gateway Ace Hardware, Modern Trophy, Spectrum Graphics for printing the annual newsletter which will be mailed out in a few days, and Verizon. We now have a little over $15,400 in the bank.
5. Correspondence
Treasurer Blazek reported receiving a letter that WACOM will be making a $500 contribution, and a solicitation from Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice to be our FCC attorney since they noticed that our FCC filings were made without the benefit of one. President Cole reported receiving the $1600 invoice from Greg Best.
7. Review of calendar and agenda
Member Longo is reportedly in possession of the Santa's Art Shop list. It is expected that it will make the rounds via email in order to fill any still empty time slots.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
a. Nominating
President Cole reports that Members Ash, Cole, Longo, and Manos have agreed to be nominated for another two year term on the board.
b. Operations
President Cole and Member Wetzel went signal prospecting on Laurel Mountain for the best reception site for channels 8 and 12 from Blue Ridge. They measured the performance of three antennas on channel 8 and 12: the channel 11 Super De-Ghoster, the huge all-band log periodic, and a VHF hi-band borrowed from Roy Mayhugh. A hole was dug, a pole was cemented in place, and the Super De-Ghoster was installed and tested.
D. New business
1. It was moved by President Cole and seconded by Treasurer Blazek that members Ash, Cole, Longo, and Manos be re-elected to the board for another two years. This was approved by voice vote 5-0-0.
E. Discussion items
1. Antennas and pre-amps discussion
There was a short discussion regarding antennas and pre-amps for receiving our digital signals. A four-bay bow-tie antenna was deemed to be preferred as it is an excellent broadband antenna with good gain. However, Member Wetzel reported that a Zenith Silver Sensor indoor antenna made an excellent, unobtrusive, outdoor antenna. A good low-noise pre-amp, such as the Channel Master 7778, was recommended for antenna installations with long runs of cable or with more than a two-way splitter. A pre-existing pre-amp which was adequate for boosting analog signals may be too noisy for use in boosting digital signals, and it might be better to simply not use it.
There was a short discussion about Trinity Broadcasting apparently being uninterested in TV Translators, preferring to put their energy into cable and satellite.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, December 4, 2006, Kern County Library, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:28 PM.

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