Minutes of meetings

SAMG Meeting Minutes  – 10th February 2017

  1. OPENING OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

After a short presentation by Kevin Zietz on ATMega328 fuses.

Meeting was opened by Chairman Eric Clarke at 7:35 pm.
Moved Colin Huckel, Seconded David Tilbrooke

  1. PRESENT

Chris Burrows, Eric Clarke,  Ian Fisk, Peter Gheude, Colin Huckel (Auditor), Philip Kocent , Rick Mathews, Cliff Shirra, Wayne Sierke, Mark Spooner, David Tilbrooke, Kevin Zietz, Grahame Wilkins (visitor)

 APOLOGIES

  1. Thomas Loo, Gordon Crawford, Adam Voysey
  1. MINUTES OF LAST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Minutes presented by Secretary, moved   Ian Fisk, seconded Chris Burrows carried.

  1. BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES   nil
  1. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Report read by Chairman, Eric Clarke, moved David Tilbrooke , seconded Mark Spooner , carried.

  1. TREASURER’S REPORT

Report read by Treasurer and audited by Colin Huckel, moved E Clarke , seconded C  Huckel   , carried.

  1. ELECTION OF TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN

Eric Clarke agreed to be temp chairman

  1. ELECTION OF OFFICERS

(Meeting Organizer who shall also be the Chairman.

Secretary who shall also be the Treasurer and the Public Officer

Editor who shall edit and arrange the publication of the Group’s newsletter

Four ordinary committee members who shall constitute a sub-committee known as “the Technical Sub-committee”.

CHAIRMAN/MEETING ORGANIZER   Eric Clarke

SECRETARY/TREASURER/PUBLIC OFFICER    Peter Gheude

WEA CLUBS’ REPRESENTATIVE – Rick Matthews

NEWSLETTER EDITOR – Philip Kocent

ELECTION OF COMMITTEE – Chris Burrows, Rick Matthews, Mark Spooner, Colin Huckel (4 required)

ELECTION OF AUDITOR   Colin Huckel moved Mark Spooner, Seconded David Tilbrooke

  1. GENERAL BUSINESS

10.1

Review SAMG Constitution and suggested changes as proposed with agenda.

Much discussion on content and wording of existing and suggested changes. Membership changes sent to all members with request to review rules and comment as required.

Vote on constitution changes to be voted at future Special General Meeting.

10.2 Motion to increase annual membership fees.

Membership discussion on why fees should be increased.

Increase to $10 Moved by Peter Gheude, seconded Eric Clarke

Newsletter/Website.  Review of Site Location by Eric Clarke

Venue – No change.

  1. MEETING SUGGESTIONS

Continue with current projects including Pine64, Pi, USBAsp and Component Tester.

  1. CLOSE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Meeting was closed by chairman at 10:20 pm.

  1. RESUME GENERAL MEETING

Signed:

Peter Gheude, Treasurer/Secretary

Date: 10 February, 2017.

SAMG Meeting Minutes  – 14th October 2016

The meeting opened at 7pm with selected videos from Eric’s collection.
Present: Eric Clarke (Chairman) , Peter Gheude (Secretary/Treasurer),
Phil Kocent, Kevin Zietz, Ian Fisk, Colin Huckel, Wayne Sierke, Mark Spooner, Howard Harvey, Chris Burrows, Rick M. Adam Voysey and Steven Knight.
Apologies: David Tilbrook

General Business:
Peter highlighted a problem with current banking arrangement with regards to his experience purchasing components for the component/transistor tester group project.

After much discussion two resolutions moved and carried unanimously.

  1. A new linked account to be created where one signature is required to make purchases. This account would have monies transferred to it as required with two signatories transferring funds either by cheque or online.
  2. The Chairman to be added to the list of signatories making a total of 4 on the executive committee.

Peter collected fees from members and received contributions for the component/transistor tester group project.  He reported on current progress with the project and distributed the USBASP programmer and the associated ATmega 28pin ZIF socketed adapter board which had arrived.  The colour component/transistor tester kits and small parts have been dispatched and members will be notified when they arrive.

Eric Clarke requested a volunteer to draw out the circuit of the component/tester which has no official published circuit schematic.  Wayne Sierke offered to do this when they arrive and also agreed to do the same for the ATmega 28pin ZIF adapter board.

Eric reported on changes to the SAMG website and will add the updates for the Pine64 project. Also details of the David Tilbrook’s proposed microcontroller based milliohm measurement project which appeared in the Circuit Cellar 314 September 2016 publication.

Peter had previously installed chromium browser, python amongst others apps on the latest Lenny Raposo/Longsleep release of the Debian mate. Pine64 youtube videos were screened utilising the Pine64. Several I2C devices had been bread-boarded including a 4×20 line display and the ubiquitous “flashing jumbo LED” were also demonstrated.

SAMG Meeting Minutes  – 18th September 2016

Meeting opened 7pm with videos on the Arduino and 8 Bit AVR Microcontrollers

Present: Eric Clarke (Chairman) , Peter Gheude (Secretary/Treasurer),
Phil Kocent, Kevin Zietz, Ian Fisk, Colin Huckel, Thomas Loo, Wayne Sierke, Mark Spooner, Howard Harvey, Chris Burrows, Rick M.
Apologies: David Tilbrook

General Business:

Discussion commenced on several topics raised by the executive.

Eric Clarke requested of all present, clarification on the use of club member’s full names on the SAMG website and other publications as required. It is current policy that email addresses are not published, however email addresses are shared with other members.

Peter Gheude reported on current progress with the proposed component/Transistor Tester project. Colin Huckel had previously suggested we reconsider and opt for the new 2016 colour component tester kit version.

A vote for a group purchase of the new 2016 colour version passed unanimously.

Names of all participants are as follows;

Phil Kocent, Kevin Zietz, Ian Fisk, Colin Huckel, Thomas Loo, Wayne Sierke, Mark Spooner, Howard Harvey, Adam Voysey (new member) and Peter Gheude. Rick and Eric Clarke have already purchased kits. Chris Burrows indicated that he would support the project although he would not purchase a kit.

The kit includes a USBASP programmer, adapter board and 2 Arduino/ATMega328p Microcontrollers. Estimated cost of the project $40. The project case yet to be chosen.

Eric raised the issue of acquiring a Club Projector. A vote to purchase a good quality unit with a high luminosity for our group meetings was carried and the make and cost to be researched.

Peter Gheude accepted 2017 Club Membership Fees.

Peter Gheude presented an introduction to 8 bit microcontrollers with an emphasis on the ATMega328p.