Palestine/Anderson County Amateur Radio Club
County Amateur Radio Club – K5PAL
The regular monthly meeting of the PALESTINE/ANDERSON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB - K5PAL was called to order at 7:00pm Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 by Vice-President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was a Dinner Meeting with potatoes provided by Alan Wacha, KD5IZV. Gay Bradley, KE5MGO, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were fourteen (14) members and one (1) guest, for total of fifteen (15), persons present.
A moment of silence was held for former club member Jerry Rhone, KD5RGV, who passed on last week
The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting. The current Treasury Balance is $2260.31
There were no applications for membership submitted this month.
June 5th Joe Blaha, KA5IRR
June 12th Charles McReynolds, W5IAK
June 19th Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD
June 26th Bob Dyer, WB5EAT
Monthly Speaker: There was not a speaker this month.
MEMBER REPORTS (a new feature this month)
Gay Bradley spoke of friends who are storm spotters who might be a good opportunity for speakers
Manny Perez made 2 contact to
David Carnathan reported on his new Elecraft KX2 radio and that he has an Icom 703 and a Yaesu 857 for sale
Bob Dyer reported on the new Texas AmRRON net on Monday nights
Ken Ives reported on his military radio collection
Joe Blaha reported on his 2 meter contact to a ham in Groveton via the 147.080 repeater
ARES: Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on the severe weather event in the Henderson/Van Zandt county area occurring over Saturday and Sunday April 29th and 30th. He still has copies of the NIFOG for anyone interested in a copy. FLDigi and FLMsg programs have updates which can be downloaded from the W1HKJ website or from within the FLDigi program under the help tab.
VE: Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE sessions this past month and no requests for a VE session in the near future. The One Day Class will be on the first Saturday in June, which will be June 3rd, in order not to conflict with Hamcom and to generate some interest in Field Day at the end of June. David Carnathan, N5XPC, has the Extra Class Study videos that were prepared by Dave Casler, KE0OG, and put on his You Tube channel and is making them available to those studying for Extra.
BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported that he came to the clubhouse to mow but was unable to start the club mower and the tires were flat. He mowed the clubhouse with his big wheel mower again this month He will continue to work on the mower. He and Manny are currently the only members on the Building Committee and asks any others who would be interested in becoming members to let him know. He and Manny are working on the plans to redo the floor. Manny, KE5YBA swept and mopped the floor in preparation for tonight’s dinner and since it had not been done in a while
FIELD DAY: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported on Summer Field
Day, saying it is planned to be at the
TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT: Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. On April 11th, those present were Jeff, Charlie, and Rob and the discussion included solar panels and controllers, the HamRadio360 antenna analyzer, a solar battery charger for AAA through D cells, and NVIS antenna theory. On April 25th, those present were Jeff, Bob, Manny, Cliff Schaffer, Charlie, David and Rob. Discussion included Chuck’s new Baofeng radio, the AmRRON/FLDigi instructional Youtube videos, the Chinese Radio Documentation project, the new Backwoods Solar catalog, and the PocketMod program for turning eight page pdf files into a small booklet sized for the shirt pocket from one printed piece of paper.
OLD BUSINESS: PITP,
April 30th, was held in
NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business proffered
The Annual K0S Strange Antenna Challenge will be held on Memorial Day Weekend
The 70th Anniversary Texoma Ham-a-Rama
will be October 28th and 29th in
Hamcom will be in
Ark-La-Tex Amateur Radio Tailgate
The Longview Tailgate Sale was reported to be April 1st and then was moved to April 15th due to conflicts. Since the 15th is Easter weekend, it has been postponed indefinitely.
The Annual Wilderness Canoe Scholarship Race will be Saturday the 5th of August
Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that club patches are available at $3.00 each.
The Next Meeting will be held June 6th, 2017, and will not be a Supper meeting.
A motion was made by Joe Blaha, KA5IRR, and seconded by David Carnathan, N5XPC, to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 7:59 pm
Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD