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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, September 4th, 2018 by Vice President Tom Wardell, KB5YUE. This was Pizza Dinner Meeting. Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were thirteen (13) members and four (4) guests, for total of seventeen (17) persons present.


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $2180.34


There were no applications for membership.



NET CONTROL                   



                                October 1st             Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD                                       

                                October 8th             Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                October 15th           Joe Blaha, KA5IRR                

                             October 22nd          Bob Dyer, WB5EAT

                                October 29th          Tom Wardell, KB5YUE



Monthly Speaker:  Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, Tom Wardell, KB5YUE, and Manny Perez, KE5YBA led  discussion about the simplex plan for Anderson County amateurs by describing and passing out modified chamber of commerce county maps. Several amateurs participated in a simplex drill last month to see who could communicate with whom to make note of communication paths. Maps were secured and Manny marked them up with stickers to show where each amateur was located and included a list of members with a spot upon which to mark successful contact for the past and future drills. He passed them out to those participating in the last drill and had several extras with “do-it-yourself” kits for those who were not in the drill, but wanted to participate. More drills will held in the future.





                Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, is working on the simplex project.

                Manny Perez, KE5YBA, is working on upgrading his tower.

                Chris Claytor, KG5ZFQ, is studying for General and has purchased an HF rig and a manual tuner.

                Guests Joe and Steve Easley, KG5RDJ and KG5OKB are working on DMR projects in Crockett.

                Guest Scott Jubela, K5ESJ, is getting on 40, 75 and the 08 repeater often.

                Ken Bratz, WAJUM, has been setting up a 2 meter station in his new office building.

                John Gleason, KF5FXD, is working on the simplex project.

                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, is working on DMR radio codeplugs.




                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on the 147.140 linked repeater test occurring on August 27th in which 14 was linked with up to 35 repeaters via RF, Echolink, and AllStar nodes.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE activities this month and encouraged all needing and upgrade or a new license to contact him to make that happen.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, was in South Carolina for the graduation of his grandson from basic training so was not at the meeting. At the board meeting held before he left town, Charlie reported mowing the lawn and asking the club members help clean up after the dinner meetings.


                FIELD DAY: Tom Wardell, KB5YUE, reported on the upcoming Winter Field Day, the last full weekend in January, which will be January 26th and 27th 2019. He encouraged members to suggest locations for this event as nothing has been nailed down as of yet.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. The August 14th Project Night was attended by Charlie, Bob, Rob, Joe, and Jeff.  Discussions included the upcoming county simplex drill, DMR, FSQ, and the Neches Wilderness Canoe Race. The August 28th meeting was attended by  Jeff and Charlie who discussed VOX operation on the Chinese handhelds, Legal ID times on a repeater and band plans .


OLD BUSINESS:  The radio list of Roberta Blount, KF5RIX, widow of Don Blount, KF5CDV, has been disseminated to club members via the club email. Those without internet will be supplied with a paper list if they would like it.  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, stated that Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), would begin again in September with the 23rd being the date. As before, it will be held at the upper picnic area of Dogwood Park beginning anywhere from 1 to 1:30pm as people could arrive. The weather at the end of the month should be nice again. Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported that since the city of Palestine has not determined their new water and sewer rates, the discussion of whether or not to keep water in the clubhouse would be tabled until those rates are known.


NEW BUSINESS:  The annual Frostbite Campout has been scheduled for the weekend of November 10th and 11th at the Fairfield State Park , Cooks Ferry area. Those interested in camping out are encouraged to secure their spots as soon as possible by calling their reservations in soon. There will be some sort of cooking contest and communal supper on Saturday night, details to be finalized at the November club meeting.  The upcoming Christmas Dinner will be on Thursday December 8th with a location to be determined. Members with a suggestion of location are encouraged to let the board know.


Harvey Houses on the Air, is always on the second Saturday of September which will be September 8th this year.


East Texas Amateur Radio Tailgate Sale will be held November 10th, from 7am until noon at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communication in Kilgore. The address is 416 East Main Street .


The Belton Hamfest is October 6th at the Bell County Expo Center .


The Texas QSO Party will be the weekend of September 29th and 30th.


Main Trading Company’s open house is scheduled for October 13th.


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


The Next Meeting will be held October 2nd, 2018, and will NOT be a Dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, and seconded by Carl Vaughan, KF5CTQ, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:50pm



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2018-2019       




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