President John DeMajo, K5HTZ, convened the meeting at 7pm April 10, 2020 on the Chesterfield repeater, 137.60. At the same time over 20 members also signed on to Skype for the visual part of the meeting. All the audio was through the repeater. Minutes of the meeting will appear in the next newsletter.
After the formal meeting ended, Tom Flippin, KD4CMK, served as net control to take the roll of all present.
It was different.
Thanks to Robert Vest, KA4CBB, trustee for the Chesterfield repeater, for permission to use it.
Why Skype instead of Zoom
After the meeting the question of why Skype and not Zoom. Some club members are current or retired computer professionals who follow software development. They saw the growing security, privacy, and intrusion issues happening with Zoom. Skype had a better reputation on those issues, so the choice. One example from Tech Republic:
The United Methodist Bishop responsible for the local churches – like other area church leaders – has closed all local UM churches until March 30 to minimize the passing of the Corvid-19 virus. Therefore RARC school classes, FCC exams, and other activities will not be held.
Fifteen folk signed up to become new hams by taking the Technician class taught by George Starke. We did not have enough students for any of the other classes or seminars. That usually doesn’t happen in the spring. Maybe it was the not-really-winter season we had.
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