Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of the June 1, 2009 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
President Cole having been delayed, Vice President Middlemiss observed a quorum present already and called the meeting to order at 5:12 pm.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Blazek, Cole, Katzenstein, Manos, Middlemiss, Starr, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash, Longo
Visitors: Ron Garback, Roy Mayhugh
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the May 4 meeting were approved as distributed (Middlemiss moved, Blazek 2nd, passed on a voice vote with 5 ayes, none opposed, no abstentions).
4. Treasurer's report
Katzenstein distributed the final report for April, showing income of $350 from donations versus expenditure of $855 for NTIA Conference registrations. (It turned out that none of the three designated representatives was able to attend, so refund of the entire amount is expected.) At the month's end, the total balances in all accounts amounted to $22,682. Preliminary results for May included donations totalling $180 and expenditures of $375 (to Greg Best for engineering support) and $845 for liability insurance. It was also noted that our NTA membership is coming up for renewal ($200); there was informal consensus that this was worth continuing.
5. Correspondence
Don Peterson thanked the TV Booster for its efforts.
6. Announcements
July 13 is the deadline for Round One of the NTIA Upgrade Program grant applications. The application process was discussed, including the financial documentation required to substantiate our reimbursement requests. Katzenstein was to gather this for use by July 1, assisted by Blazek.
7. Review of calendar and agenda
June 12 is the date for nationwide implementation of the Digital TV Transition. Los Angeles area broadcasters have various schedules for changing over on that day, ranging widely over the entire 24-hour period. In preparation, our new multichannel antenna is to be installed on Laurel Peak on Tuesday the 9th.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
b. Operations
Wetzel reported that FM station KUOR (88.1 MHz, simulcasting KPCC SoCal Public Radio) is off the air for a transmitter upgrade that was to have been finished May 22 but is apparently still not complete. Also, KCNV (107.1 MHz FM, classical music Las Vegas) was off for a number of days in May while they installed a new transmitter.
c. Publicity
It was urged that we submit immediate press releases explaining what Laurel Peak users can expect on June 12 and 13 (i.e., cessation of KABC and KCET analog broadcasts and occasional interruptions of digital transmissions) and what they must do (i.e., rescan for new channels), at the same time noting that low-power analog broadcasting will continue from B Mountain, albeit with some interruptions during that weekend.
3. Digital Transition committee
Mr. Mayhugh discussed possible deployment of TV licenses, equipment, and program sources related to the planned expansion of services following the DTV changeover (assuming availability of NTIA grant funding). Among the potential additions mentioned: KMEX (Spanish-language), KHIZ (Asian), and KTBN (Christian religious).
E. Discussion items
1. DTV Transition Day
There was extensive discussion of tasking and scheduling for "Transition Day," June 12, a "flex" Friday, when on/off operations and adjustments will need to be accomplished following the transition of each of the originating LA TV broadcasters. (We still have access/security issues at Laurel Peak, and while escorted "emergency" access can be arranged on weekends and holidays, "emergency" is narrowly defined as "immediate threat to personnel or property.")
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, July 6, 2009, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: There being no further business, President Cole adjourned the meeting at 6:36 pm.

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