Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of the December 6, 2010 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
President Cole called the meeting to order at 5:07 pm.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Blazek, Cole, Longo, Manos, Middlemiss, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash, Katzenstein, Schneider
Visitors: Ron Garback, Roy Mayhugh
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the December 2009, October 2010, and November 2010 meetings were accepted as submitted (Manos' motion, 2nd by Middlemiss, passed on a voice vote, 6 ayes, no nays, no abstentions).
4. Treasurer's report
Katzenstein distributed the final report for October 2010. We received our first round of NTIA Reimbursement funds in the amount of $31,220.78. October income comprised $390.00 in donations while expenditures were $90.00. At the end of October, combined balances in all Booster accounts totaled to $33,398.67.
5. Correspondence
Katzenstein reported receiving notice that the FCC did not extend our digital companion channel construction permits for channels 25, 27, 29, and 31.
7. Review of calendar and agenda
The Spring Home Show is in March.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
b. Operations
On "B" Mtn., the channel 9 set-top box had died and was replaced. Cole and Mayhugh made a trip to Laurel Mtn. to observe the intermittent outages reported on channel 13. Multipath and selective fading was observed on channels 13, 28, 41, and to a lesser extent on channel 11. It was observed that the transcoder on channel 11 was one of the new Larcan units with the type 6 chipset. Mayhugh noted that those channels exactly coincide with the stations transmitting on the lowest antennas at Mt. Wilson. It was then experimentally determined that the new transcoder was able to tolerate multipath and selective fading much better than the older Larcan units with the type 4 chipsets.
c. Publicity
Santa's Art Shop brought in $250 in donations and approximately 75 boostergrams were distributed. Cole mentioned that a Google Voice phone number had been acquired giving the TV Booster improved abilities to communicate with the public and eliminate the expense of maintaining our Verizon voicemail service. The new phone number will be announced when it is ready for the public.
C. Old business
1. There was a motion last meeting to purchase a new translator with a filter and decoder, not to exceed $9500. The invoice was received in the amount of $10,055.50. The difference appeared to be the addition of a control module to the order. West moved to amend the motion to read "Purchase of a new Linear Industries transmitter with filter, decoder, and control module, not to exceed $10,060." (Wetzel 2nd, 6 ayes, no nays or abstentions, email vote between 11/11-16).
D. New business
1. It was determined that the officers in place at the time of this meeting were all willing to continue serving in the same respective positions for 2011. Therefore Manos moved that the following slate of officers be elected by acclamation to one-year terms commencing January 1, 2011: President, Ronald Cole; Vice President, Edward Middlemiss; Treasurer, West Katzenstein; Secretary, Gene Schneider. (Blazek 2nd, 6 ayes, no nays or abstentions, voice vote).
2. Cole moved that two new Larcan transcoders with the type 6 chipsets be purchased, cost not to exceed $5000. (Manos 2nd, 6 ayes, no nays or abstentions, voice vote).
E. Discussion items
1. Policy Regarding Supporting Local Businesses
There was a discussion about the handing out of a local business's cards at Santa's Art Shop. It was noted that in the past, the TV Booster had decided not to direct consumer antenna purchase inquiries to any one local business over any other. It was pointed out that at this time there is only one local business carrying the antenna we recommend, so such a policy would unnecessarily restrict our answers to such inquiries as "where can I buy one in town" with "sorry, I don't know". We would prefer that other local businesses also carry our recommended antennas, but that is something that is outside of our control.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, January 3, 2011, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: There being no further business, President Cole adjourned the meeting at 6:13 pm.

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