Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of June 4, 2007 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
President Cole called the meeting to order at 5:10 pm.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Blazek, Cole, Manos, Middlemiss, Schneider, Starr
Board members absent: Ash, Longo, Wetzel
Visitors: Roy Mayhugh
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the May 7 meeting were approved as posted to the web site.
4. Treasurer's report
Treasurer Blazek reported for the months of April and May. Income of $649 was recorded for the period. Expenditures totaled $4,207.89, most of that being for the purchase of the new Scala anntennas ($3,075). A total balance of $19,734.57 remained in all accounts at the end of May. The year-to-date level of donations was estimated as being "about average."
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
b. Operations
Cole reported that all firmware has now been updated in the US Digital set-top boxes. The input to translator channel 51 was switched from channel 8 (K08NZ-D) to channel 59 (KCET-DT) to observe the fading in preparation for building the UHF dish array.
Mr. Mayhugh, reporting on a recent visit to his Blue Ridge site, said that the stringent-mask filter trial did not work to fix Channel 9 interference on Channel 8, and that only a very expensive filter is likely to solve the problem. He also reported that his appeal for review of the license rollback is pending. A Dallas organization has purchased the Channel 43 license from Cerro Coso College and plans to broadcast at 10 kw from TV Hill in the Rand area. This would affect the Booster translations of KCAL and KCBS digital TV broadcasts in the future. The Booster has contacted the organization to explore alternatives to knocking out our translator inputs.
d. Telephone recorder messages
Middlemiss reported a call inquiring about KMZT, the classical music station now broadcasting on AM radio in Los Angeles only.
C. Old business
1. Mayhugh noted that the new broadband transmission antennas are due to be delivered by the second week of June.
2. Middlemiss is continuing to work on site preparation for the new antenna pads, and expects to hear shortly from the professional engineer who inspected the site last month.
D. New business
1. It was brought up that the Community Broadcasters Association seems to be operating now for the exclusive benefit of Class A broadcasters and no longer reflecting the interests of small, translation-oriented operations like the TV Booster. Manos moved to not renew the Booster's CBA membership when it becomes due at the end of this year. (Schneider 2nd, 6-0-0 voice, Passed).
2. Mayhugh pointed out the need for two more Wade focal-point antennas for the UHF dish array and offered to get a quote. If under $500, then they will be purchased pursuant to the Board's prior authorization.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, July 2, 2007, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: President Cole adjourned the meeting at 6:43 pm.

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