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ANTELOPE VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB                               6 March 1998
Lancaster, California


Minutes of the March 1998 regular business meeting.


ROLL CALL

Members present: J. Beasley, J. Beckmann, T. Browning, T. Crawford,
D. Frozina, D. Jameson, D. Lawson, and H. Morris.

Guests present: Mark Browning and Bill Shiverdecker.


CALL TO ORDER

Meeting was called to order by Mr. Beasley at 2014 hours in the Club car on
the AV Fairgrounds.


DISPOSITION OF THE MINUTES

Mr. Jameson moved and Mr. Crawford seconded that the reading of the minutes
from the last regular meeting be waived and that they be approved as
written.  The motion passed unanimously.


COMMUNICATIONS

Mr. Frozina reported that five letters were received since the last regular
meeting.  One from the AV Bank (statement), one from the AV Fair (utility
bill), one from Driver and Associates, one from the US Postal Service, and
one from unknown (too big to fit into box, Wetzels to pick up).


OFFICER REPORTS

President: Mr. Beasley categorically denied that he has had "relations" with
Monica Lewinski.

Secretary: Mr. Frozina reported that as of 0001 hours on 1 Mar. 1998 the "new
and improved" AVMRC web site went live!  He also reported that the flyer has
been modified to be the same for the printed version and the web version.  He
also reported that Mr. R. Jones' $100.00 capital assessment was sent back to
him this week.

Treasurer: Mr. Crawford reported that we have money.  He also reported that
Mr. Lawson has paid his dues through Jan. 1998.


COMMITTEE REPORTS

Control: Mr. Beasley led a discussion of our DCC configuration.

Wiring: Mr. Crawford reported that all the feeds are done on the upper level,
but ties need to be put in before painting the track.


SPECIAL ORDERS

None.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Heater: Mr. Jameson reported that Delta has the burners done and that they
are waiting for a spring for the regulator -- hopefully Tuesday.

DCC: Mr. Beasley reported that 4 more CAB-01 throttles were received, so now
we have a total of 6 handheld throttles.

Mr. Beasley also reported that we tried one of the suggestions from the DCC
SIG for the double crossover shorting problem -- throw all the switches at
once.  This seemed to work, as no shorts were noticed when engines crossed
over (albeit a non-prototypical solution).

Mr. Beasley also reported that Tony, of Tony's Train Exchange, said that the
PB-205A booster units will be available shortly.

Discussion on the remote connectors to the throttles ensued.  Questions were
raised about the difference between the CBB-01 ($29.00/each), the CBT-01
($19.00/each) and plain modular jacks.  Mr. Beasley was directed find out
more information.

Brochures: Mr. Frozina reported that he had printed 100 brochures and that
Matt Browning had folded them.  Mr. Veihdeffer took a stack of them last week
for distribution at our local hobby shops, Palmdale Hobbies and Smith
Brothers Hobbies.

Shirts: It was decided the table this item until the next meeting, as
Mr. Veihdeffer was not present.

Painting Stairs: We need to repair the railing and railing support before
painting of the stairs can begin.  If we purchase the paint, community
service persons (arranged through the Fair) will paint the stairs.


NEW BUSINESS

Decoder Assignment Book: Mr. Beasley reported the Mr. E. Jones created a
book of locomotive numbers, from 0001 to 9999, to keep track of DCC decoder
assignment.  The number on your locomotive is to be the decoder address of
that locomotive.  Before programming your decoder, check with the Decoder
Assignment Book to be sure that the number you want to use is unassigned.  If
it is unassigned, put your initials next to the number your are taking.

Metal Wheels: Mr. Beasley reported that many members in the DCC SIG recommend
metal wheels on all rolling stock, as they seem to perform better when using
DCC.  Many clubs have also banned plastic wheels from their layouts.
Discussion on the merits of metal (nickel plated vs. solid nickel) vs.
plastic vs. cost ensued.  No action was taken on this matter.

Insurance: Mr. Crawford indicated that we need to find new insurance.  The
reasons stated for this are that our current policy cost to much and that we
have yet to receive the policy (although we have received several binders).
Mr. Crawford was directed to look into this matter.

Rolling Stock Standards: Mr. Frozina moved and Mr. Crawford seconded that we
update the Rolling Stock Standards to read "Kadee or Kadee-compatible
couplers".  Discussion followed.  The motion passed unanimously.

Walther's Catalog: Mr. Beckmann moved and Mr. Beasley seconded that we
purchase a copy of the current Walther's HO catalog.  Discussion followed.
The motion passed unanimously.  Mr. Beckmann to handle this matter.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

None.


NEXT MEETING

The next regular business meeting will be on Friday, 3 April 1998, at 2000
hours in the Club car.


ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business or discussion, Mr. Beckmann moved and
Mr. Crawford seconded that we adjourn the meeting.  The motion passed
unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 2114 hours.


Submitted by


Donald J. Frozina
Secretary

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