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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 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.


NET CONTROL                   



                                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 Cuba and fifty to Puerto Rico . He also reported that Tom Lemay’s antenna had been blown down in the storms in the Canton area.

                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 Westwood Baptist Church back forty as was Winter Field Day. He plans some solar cooking and a unusual GOTA station. We will probably work overnight but need to be packed up and gone by nine am as not to disturb Sunday church activities. ARRL Summer Field Day will be June 24th and 25th, 2017. Jeff, WB4WXD, spoke with Pastor Rick Dees, KG5OMK, in WalMart one day and verified it was still good for the use of the Church field for Field Day


                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 Dogwood Park and the weather was beautiful. Attending were Jeff and Cindy Montgomery, David Carnathan, Charles and Dorothy McReynolds, Rose and Ray Lively. Our next PITP will be May 28th, 2017. Vice President, Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reiterated the need for a new (to us) lawnmower and established a committee to look into the matter. On the committee are Bob, Manny, Gay and Dorothy. He spoke out that we need to have some help for the upcoming Canoe race, the first Saturday of August because we have lost two of our loyal participants. Herb and Don, both now recent silent keys had always helped with the race and we will need folks to step up and step in these positions. Vice President, Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reopened Club Nominations and nominated for President was Joe Blaha. Charlie McReynolds was nominated for President at the April meeting, No nominations for Vice President or Secretary Treasurer were made and accepted by the candidate. Currently we have nominated for Vice President Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, and for Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD. Nominations were closed and the election will be held at the June meeting. Paid up membership is required for voting in the election. According to the Bylaws, an audit must be performed 30 days before the new officers are installed. Members of the Audit Committee were selected and will consist of David Carnathan and Gay Bradley.


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 Ardmore Oklahoma .


Hamcom will be in Irving June 9th and 10th


Ark-La-Tex Amateur Radio Tailgate Sale Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:00 AM till 12:00 PM


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

Secretary/Treasurer 2016-2017       




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