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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, May 1st, 2018 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was a Dinner Meeting with Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, providing the baked potatoes. Hugh Summers, KF5CDW, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were sixteen (16) members and one (1) guest, for total of seventeen (17) persons present.


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $1719.99


There were no applications for membership at this time.


NET CONTROL                   



                                June 4th                   Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD                                        

                                June 11th              Larue Fitzpatrick, KF5ERW

                                June 18th              Charles McReynolds, W5IAK                  

                             June 25th              Bob Dyer, WB5EAT



Monthly Speaker:  There was not a speaker this month.



                Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, is working on RMS Express, FLDigi, and results from the drill.

                Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, is continuing study of magnetic loops for his Elecraft KX2.

                Ken Bratz, WA5JUM, is working up an hf antenna for his office.

                Gary Grimes, W5GEG built a new DMR codeplug from scratch.

                Rob Hord, KG5HUA, is monitoring HF with his shortwave receiver and is building VHF antennas.

                Hugh Summers, KF5CDW, participated in the county drill with the Boy Scouts of Troop 440.

                Larue Fitzpatrick, KF5ERW, bought a new truck and will be buying a new dual band radio and installing it.

                Mr. David Ledet, our guest, is setting up a radio station in his house and is working on a tech license. He is retired so is having fun with new projects.

                John Gleason, KF5FXD, installed an EFHW antenna at his house and has been using it.

                Charles McReynolds, W5IAK, has a new, inexpensive dual band radio on order from China .

                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, is working on portable RMS Express and won a 10ah Dakota LiFePo4 battery by entering a contest.




                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on the ARES drill held in support of Anderson County Emergency Management on the afternoon of April 22nd beginning at 1pm. Ten local hams participated at various sites including the actual accident location, the barricades, the hospital, the cable TV tower on the loop and the courthouse annex. A communications blackout was simulated among the hams and a great impression was made on local emergency management and the hospital staff. The Boy Scouts of Troop 440 provided the “victims” of the bush “crash” The Texas State RR provided a train to complete the scenario. HF, VHF, and UHF frequencies were used in the exercise.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported that there would be a one day class on either the 2nd or 16th of June depending on when it would be convenient for the most people to attend. Tom Wardell, KB5YUE, was not present at the meeting so he will be contacted at a later date to see which date is best for his group. We anticipate a big media push to let the community know of this opportunity.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported mowing the lawn and that the lawnmower is running well. Charlie is planning a May 19th as the day to complete the tree trimming and debris removal on the Easy Street side of the back yard. Please continue to help clean up the clubhouse after the meetings.


                FIELD DAY: Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, reported on Field Day which will be on the weekend of June 23rd and 24th this year. This year’s event will be held at Dogwood Park on Manley Mountain at the picnic area. He will be in contact with the appropriate commissioner to secure permission to be there overnight as we have been in the past.   


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  On April 10th, Jeff, Bob, John, Rob, and Charlie were present and discussed the upcoming ARES county drill and the application of FLDigi in the exercise. On April 24th, Jeff, Bob, and Charlie met and discussed Charlie’s garage sale acquired SWL radio and the Texas State Interoperability Channel Plan.


OLD BUSINESS:  Picnic in the Park was held March 29th at the park and was attended by Jeff and Cindy Montgomery, Bob Dyer, Charles McReynolds, and Larue Fitzpatrick.  The next PITP will be May 27th, either on the hill or at Whataburger depending on the weather. Charlie reminded that he had appointed Tom Wardell, KB5YUE and LaRue Fitzpatrick, KF5ERW to the annual audit committee and the audit will be done at the conclusion of the cleanup day on May19th.  Charlie reiterated that the Board met to discuss the budget and agreed to keep the dues the same at $25 per person for the following year. Nominations were opened and closed with no additional members nominated for club officers and Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, withdrew his name from consideration of Vice President. So the slate is, for President, Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. For Vice President, Joe Blaha, Ka5IRR. For Secretary/ Treasurer, Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD. Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, and Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, gave a report on the Belton ham fest and concluded that there were very few new vendors and more concrete was visible in the inside area denoting fewer vendors. Manny Perez, KE5YBA, reported on attending the sale with Nick Gans, KM5FL, as vendors.


NEW BUSINESS:  Voting for the slate of club officers will be in June and the officers begin serving in July. Dues are due in June and are past due in July. Paid up current membership is required to vote in the elections and on club business. It was announced that Roberta Blount, KF5RIX, widow of Don Blount, KF5CDV, will be having Don’s radio gear for sale in the near future. Several members will work with her in organizing the sale items. Alan Wacha again supplied the monthly door prizes. The club thanked Alan for the donations.




The K0S Strange Antenna Contest will be over Memorial Day weekend, May 26th through May 28th.


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


Armed Forces Day in May 19th and there is a cross-band exercise with MARS.


ARRL Field Day will be the weekend of June 23rd  locally at Dogwood Park .


The ArkLaTex Tailgate sale will be May 12th from 9am to 5pm in Longview .


The K7UGA, Barry Goldwater Special Event Station will be on the air May28th through June 3rd on all bands and modes.


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 June 5th, 2018, and will not be a Dinner meeting.

A motion was made by Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, and seconded by Hugh Summers, KF5CDW, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 8:03 pm






Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2017-2018       




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