Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of the March 7, 2011 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
President Cole called the meeting to order at 5:09 pm.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Blazek, Cole, Katzenstein, Manos, Middlemiss, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash, Longo, Schneider
Visitors: Ron Garback
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the February 2011 meeting were accepted as amended (Manos' motion, 2nd by Blazek, passed on a voice vote, 6 ayes, no nays, no abstentions).
4. Treasurer's report
Katzenstein distributed the final report for January 2011. There was $700 of donation income in January while expenditures were $5,055.00. At the end of January, combined balances in all Booster accounts totaled to $15,469.54.
5. Correspondence
The TV Booster received the annual National Translators Association convention package.
6. Announcements
The spring Home Show is March 26-27, and the National Association of Broadcasters convention is in early April.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
b. Operations
The low-noise pre-amp was received and installed on the 5-meter UHF receive dish to help with receiving KOCE-DT, and it helped, but more gain is needed to turn it into a reliable signal.
c. Publicity
The Boostergram will be mailed out "Real Soon Now" (as soon as Blazek and Katzenstein can get together).
D. New business
1. Middlemiss moved to upgrade our membership in the National Translators Association to a $500/year sustaining member. (Blazek 2nd, 6 ayes, no nays or abstentions, voice vote).
2. Middlemiss moved to authorize three people to go to the the National Translators Association convention in Denver, cost not to exceed $1000. (Manos 2nd, 6 ayes, no nays or abstentions, voice vote).
E. Discussion items
1. KOCE signal quality
Roy Mayhugh has continued discussions with KOCE's engineer regarding signal quality at Laurel Mountain. The latest discussions indicate that KOCE may not be able to make any more signal available to us at all. Several possible techniques of increasing the gain of the receive antenna were discussed.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, April 4, 2011, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: There being no further business, President Cole adjourned the meeting at 5:55 pm.

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