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The regular monthly meeting of the PALESTINE/ANDERSON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB - K5PAL was called to order at 7:00pm Tuesday, March 6th 2018 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was a Pizza Dinner Meeting. Charles McReynolds, W5IAK, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were eight (8) members and no (0) guests, for total of eight (8) persons present.


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $1730.97


There were no applications for membership presented.


NET CONTROL                   



                                March 5th               Charles McReynolds, W5IAK                                       

                                March 12th           Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                March 19th           Joe Blaha, KA5IRR                   

                                March 26th           Bob Dyer, WB5EAT



                                April 2nd                 Alan Wacha, KD5IZV                                   

                                April 9th               Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                April 16th             Joe Blaha, KA5IRR                     

                                April 23rd             Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                April 30th             Bob Dyer, WB5EAT



Monthly Speaker:  There was not a speaker this month.



                Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, provided a hand held radio go-bag demonstration including what and what you should not take with you.

                Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, reported on the new five foot tripod he purchased for his Super Antennas vertical used for his Elecraft KX2

                Ken Ives, N5LUD, reported on gathering parts for a multi-voltage power supply for his tube rigs

                John Gleason, KF5FXD, reported on working on his end fed antenna

                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on his new to him Doppler direction finding device, the Kurt N. Sterba book series and AM DXing he has been doing




                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on the annual Skywarn training class held at the Annex in January and how Winter Field Day was an ARES training event.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE sessions or One Day Classes in December, January, and February. He did, however, meet with a volunteer firefighter at the Skywarn training who expressed interest in getting some VFD members licensed.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported not having to mow the lawn…yet. The concrete patching job is on hold since the concrete slab is so cold, he is not sure that the additional patching material will stick to what is there. Charlie was on vacation for the February meeting. He is planning a day to complete the tree trimming and debris removal on the Easy Street side of the back yard in the near future. Please continue to help clean up the clubhouse after the meetings.


                FIELD DAY: Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, was not at the February meeting so Jeff gave a brief synopsis of Winter Field Day. Bob gave the full report at the March meeting. Bob and Jeff worked half a day at the Westwood Baptist Church back forty and then Jeff moved to meet Charlie at the pecan orchard to make more contacts. Charlie had a grandchild to take care of so could not come into town. Dogwood Park was not available because they had a controlled burn on Thursday. Thanks to Rick Dees and Westwood Baptist for allowing us to set up there.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  On January 9th, Jeff, Charlie, Joe and Rob met. The discussion included the uBitx, power supplies, SDR receivers, YouTube videos and large equipment. On January 23rd, Jeff, Bob, Charlie and Joe met. Discussions included FLDigi FSQ, usb voltmeters,  panel voltmeters and the 49:1 unun. On February 27th, Jeff, Bob, Marcy and Charlie met and discussed off grid models, amateur radio in Daingerfield, simple computing devices for digital modes, antenna resources and wondering how the Bradley’s are doing.


OLD BUSINESS:  Picnic in the Park was not held in February due to weather.  The next PITP will be March 25th, either on the hill or at Whataburger depending on the weather. Bob and Jeff had an antenna party at Tom Wardell’s house to re string his HF antenna. We paid the annual Mercer Insurance premium of $150 to insure all our club owned equipment.


NEW BUSINESS:  Jeff offered up that the club needs to look for some new QSL cards. The old ones are running out and they are outdated. Nominations for club officers will open in April close in May and elections will be in June. Club dues need to be current to vote. The annual dues and budget will be presented by the board at the April meeting and the annual audit committee will be chosen in April with the Audit being done in May. Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, provided a set of four can coolers as the monthly door prize and Dorothy McReynolds, W5DJM, won them. Dorothy said she did not need four so they were raffled off one by one with Manny, Ken and Bob winning one.




The Retro Instruments show featuring the World Slide Rule competition will be March 10th at the Hurst Convention Center .


Mentorfest will be in Garland April 28th


Texas State Parks On The Air will be April 7th and 8th. More information is at www.TSPOTA.org


Belton Ham Expo will be April 6th and 7th and also again in the fall October 5th and 6th at the Bell County Expo Center .


Hamcom will again be in Plano Event Center June 8th through the 10th.


Hamvention will be in Xenia , Ohio May 18th through the 20th at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center


Several Members will be having antenna parties this year and will need your help.


Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that club patches are available at $3.00 each.


The Next Meeting will be held April 3rd, 2018, and will Not be a Dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Joe Blaha, KA5IRR, and seconded by Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 8:12 pm






Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2017-2018       




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