Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of the February 7, 2011 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, Katzenstein, Longo, Manos, Middlemiss, Schneider, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash
Visitors: Ron Garback, Roy Mayhugh
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the January 2011 meetings were accepted as amended (Schneider's motion, 2nd by Manos, passed on a voice vote, 8 ayes, no nays, no abstentions).
4. Treasurer's report
Katzenstein distributed the final report for December 2010. There was $420 of donation income in December while expenditures were $1,298.64. At the end of December, combined balances in all Booster accounts totaled to $19,824.54. There was a question of tax issues with regards to NTIA grants.
5. Correspondence
The TV Booster received several "thank you"s with donations along with several catalogs.
6. Announcements
The annual Home Show is mid-March, and the annual NTA convention is May 13 through 15 in Denver this year. Brent Teeter has volunteered to help out with RF work at Laurel Mtn.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
b. Operations
The distribution amplifier has been received and installed and member Wetzel made a TV signal survey. Applications have been filed with the FCC to displace channel 9 to channel 16, channel 11 to channel 20, and channel 13 to channel 31.
c. Publicity
The Boostergram will be mailed out this week. Member Schneider shared her research for an article on the history of the TV Booster.
3. Digital Transition committee
The City of Ridgecrest has not moved on the channel 41 paperwork with the FCC, so it was decided to move the channel 33 transmitter to channel 14 and give channel 33 to the City.
C. Old business
1. Treasurer Katzenstein verified that the NTIA received our grant applications for channels 21 and 23.
E. Discussion items
1. KOCE signal quality
Roy Mayhugh has been in an email discussion with KOCE's engineer regarding signal quality at Laurel Mountain. KOCE's engineer expressed surprise that we were receiving anything at all and indicated that there was nothing that could be done on their end in the short term. Member Wetzel thought we might attempt to build an 8 by 2 8-bay bowtie antenna array that would have more gain than the 5-meter UHF dish we're currently using.
2. KTBN or other stations over satellite
There was a short discussion about the possibility of receiving KTBN or other stations over satellite to feed an input of a translator.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, March 7, 2011, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: There being no further business, President Cole adjourned the meeting at 7:00 pm.

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