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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, June 6th, 2017 by President Mike Mart, KF5HWM. This was not a Dinner Meeting. Michael Kobe, KG5LGD, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were fifteen (1) members and one (1) guest, for total of sixteen (16), persons present.  

A moment of remembrance was held for club member Bob Dockendorf, W5BTO, who passed on last week


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $2591.61


Chuck Shaffer submitted an application for membership and was approved


NET CONTROL                   



                                July 3rd                   Joe Blaha, KA5IRR                 

                                July 10th               Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                July 17th                       Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                             July 24th               Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                July 31st               Bob Dyer, WB5EAT




Monthly Speaker:  There was not a speaker this month.



                Charles McReynolds reported that he is working on the Field Day GOTA station and his Field Day Strange antenna. He is thinking about three lawn chairs for a delta loop.

                Joe Blaha continues to work on his slot antennas made out of old PrimeStar dishes

                Larry Davis reported on the local weather nets

                David Carnathan reported on the Cookie Crumble QRP Contest which will be this upcoming weekend




                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on the article on the ARRL letter concerning the DOJ and FEMA’s support of a 25 year contract AT&T to construct FIRSTNET which is a parallel public service based cellular system in the 700MHz band. This system will be hardened which should keep it up during emergencies prompting a new look at the function of ARES in emergencies. Larry Davis, KB5JHW, reported on the recent severe weather events and the need for more radio operators to check in when severe weather is in the local area.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE sessions this past month. The One Day Class has been moved from June 3rd to July 15th as Jeff Montgomery had a memorial service for his Father in Law the same day. We have 3 interested candidates. 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. Remember the No Nonsense Guides for license study as well.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported that he came to the clubhouse to mow but was still unable to start the club mower and the tires were flat. He mowed the clubhouse using Manny Perez’s self propelled push mower. He mowed the front twice and the back once due to the height of the Bahia grass. Charlie also reported the the Redbud tree on the north side of the property had broken and was leaning over the street. When he gets his truck out of the shop and gets two bales off the trailer, he will come and remove it. Charlie received a round of applause for all the hard work he does on the lawn.. 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. Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, contacted the board about a John Deere 42 inch mower he has for sale. Currently the mower needs a shaft replaced of which Alan has two extras. Alan said he would replace the shafts and allow the club to try out the mower for thirty days and if the club liked it, the price to the club would be $400.


                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 and Mike Mart plan some solar cooking. Charlie will have 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. Charlie discussed food and it was decided to have dinner about 6pm and Dorothy McReynolds would prepare a pot of beans and cornbread and others would bring desserts.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. On May 9th, those present were Jeff, Charlie, David, Joe, Manny and Rob. Topics discussed included copper J-pole construction, the Strange Antenna Challenge, current and voltage baluns, Joe Gragg’s knowledge of AM radio stations, 3D printers, and satellite internet. On May 23rd those present were Jeff, Charlie and Rob and the topics discussed included loop antennas, antenna tuners and computer security.


OLD BUSINESS:  PITP, May 28th, was held at Whataburger due to inclement weather being possible. Attending were Jeff and Cindy Montgomery, Bob and Betty Dyer and Gay and Clarence Bradley. Our next PITP will be June 25th, 2017 or the last day of ARRL Field Day. Mike Mart and Charles McReynolds reiterated 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. The annual audit was held at the clubhouse prior to the Board meeting with Mike Mart, Charles McReynolds, Jeff Montgomery and Audit Committee members David Carnathan and Gay Bradley present. David reported on the successful audit at the club meeting. Jeff Montgomery reported on the annual K0S Strange Antenna Challenge held on Memorial Day weekend. He reprised the Reagan Statue antenna and was able to work stations in Alabama and the Indy 500 special event station.

When the nominations closed last month, we have nominated for President, Charles McReynolds and Joe Blaha, for Vice President Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, and for Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD. Joe Blaha withdrew his name from consideration and accordingly since all candidates were now running unopposed, President Mike Mart was able to secure the vote of the members by acclimation.


NEW BUSINESS: Since the first Tuesday of July is July 4th, the club members agreed to move the meeting back to July 11th. July 4th, the clubhouse will be open for members and their families to park and enjoy the air conditioning while waiting for the annual fireworks display beginning after dark. Several have availed themselves of this in years past.




The Amelia Earhart Project has started and Brian Lloyd is in the air on HF


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


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 July 11th, 2017, and will be a Pizza Supper meeting.


A motion was made by Larry Davis, KB5JHW, and seconded by David Carnathan, N5XPC, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm






Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2016-2017       




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