Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of the April 7, 2008 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
President Cole called the meeting to order at 5:17 pm.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Blazek, Cole, Katzenstein, Longo, Manos, Middlemiss, Starr, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the March 3 meeting were approved with minor correction (Middlemiss moved, Blazek seconded, passed on voice vote: 8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions).
4. Treasurer's report
Blazek reported account balances totaling $22,062.55 as of March 31. A donation of $15 constituted the income during March. Expenses for the month included $220 for membership in the National Translator Assocation plus a $45 booth fee to the Daily Independent for participation in the Home Show.
5. Correspondence
Blazek reported receiving a certificate from the Community Broadcasters Association.
6. Announcements
Manos reported filing with the NAWS China Lake Security Office an exclusive list of TV Booster personnel authorized to have access to the Booster facilities on "B" Mountain (Lone Butte). The list will be valid until our August contract renewal date. Secretary Starr has received both a record copy and a maintenance copy and will be responsible for maintaining the list henceforth.
7. Review of calendar and agenda
Middlemiss reported receiving conference literature for the May NTA meeting in Spokane.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
b. Operations
Wetzel reported that the KCNV (classical FM, Las Vegas) phased array had been re-tuned for a gain of 1 or 2 db of signal-to-noise ratio and fewer dropouts, even in wind. Cole relayed information from Roy Mayhugh to the effect that our ITS boxes could be replaced with Pineapple final amplifiers for about $550 apiece.
c. Publicity
Longo noted an error in the Santa's Art Shop handout concerning the model and price of the Channel Master antenna cited.
d. Telephone recorder messages
Middlemiss reported an inquiry from Loewen's concerning recommended antennas.
4. Web site committee
Cole reported the IWV TV Booster web site has been returned to normal functioning.
C. Old business
1. Blazek mentioned that a new insurance underwriter is being sought.
D. New business
1. Expenses not to exceed $950 were authorized for three representatives to attend the National Translators Association conference, May 16 thru 18, in Spokane. (Middlemiss moved, Manos 2nd, passed on a voice vote with 6 ayes, 0 nays, Wetzel abstaining; Katzenstein had to leave earlier).
E. Discussion items
1. FM License For Sale?
Longo reported that a local commercial broadcaster has expressed interest in acquiring an FM radio license. There was consensus that the Booster has no license available for sale at the present moment.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, May 5, 2008, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: There being no further business, President Cole adjourned the meeting at 6:21 pm.

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