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, 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.
March 5th Charles McReynolds, W5IAK
March 12th Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD
March 19th Joe Blaha, KA5IRR
March 26th Bob Dyer, WB5EAT
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
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
Mentorfest will be in
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
Hamcom will again be in
Hamvention will be in
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