Meeting Date: March 12, 2017
Meeting Location: Bill Library, Ledyard, CT
Meeting Time: 7:30 pm
Minute Amendment to February 2017
The Clinic Coordinator has been given a budget of up to $500 to spend on clinics for 2017 which includes materials for clinics, stipends for outside guest speakers, etc. A reimbursement form needs to be submitted for funding prior to date of event for stipends. Funds for material should be submitted with receipts.
Treasurer’s Report was read and approved.
Club Officer Elections
Nomination Committee nominated Tom Snyder for Vice President, and Don Counsellor for Treasurer. No other candidates were nominated. Don Counsellor was reelected as Treasurer, and Tom Snyder has replaced Bob McGregor as VP.
Power Supply Update
Stu has being making progress on the construction of the power supply boxes. They will be done to support the NH show.
North Sutton, NH Show
Support for this show is lacking as compared to prior years. It is a nice show and we have had an enjoyable time in the past. Make sure if you are attending you talk to Jim if you are able to help with transportation.
March 26th we will have a guest speaker, Kaylee Zang who will be talking about installing iPhone speakers vs.other speaker types.
Jonathan Ops Session
Jonathan will be holding an ops session at his house on March 17th. He will also take any extra plastic couplers and Athearn wheel sets off your hands.
DCC Control Bus
The Module Standard’s Committee recommends replacement of the RJ12 connectors to 24 pin Amphenol connectors it address the electrical problems we’ve been facing. Andrew had examples at last business meeting of the broken connectors and covers to illustrate the issues. Over the years we’ve used multiple types of connectors. Our Main Bus, now that we’ve learned to use the crimping tool, has had no failures with the current connectors. We do not want to use the exact same connector for the DCC side of things as this could cross the two buses and the result would not be good. We need connections at each end of the modules. Each module needs 2 free ends and 2 fixed ends. A top end amphenol runs ~$30 a piece, the plastic ones we currently use run ~$5/6.Currently we have about 80 modules. This is essentially adding a whole other wiring harness to the modules and will be a large expense to the module owners. When we switched to DCC the club bought all the cable & RJ connectors, and the individual module owners purchased the main harness. This is a large undertaking and needs an implementation plan. It has been determined that we are not ready for an official motion and Stu has given the committee another 2 months to come up with a plan to move forward.
Kevin ran through a variety of activities he’s planning and is aware of. Please see the newsletter, website, and MPRR’s Facebook page for more details.
Kid’s Run Trains Lionel Module Build is going well and breaking in Jim’s new table saw nicely.
We had a lively discussion about the attendance of this past Amherst and about kids in the hobby, and how our club now has a little bit of everything so one can explore the aspects that interest them.
The G Gaugers gave a recap of the show, like usual it dies down quickly in the afternoon but they had a good time.Respectably submitted by Michele Watrous, Secretary