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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, January 7th, 2019 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was a Pizza dinner meeting. Alan Wacha, KD5IZV led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were eight (8) members and one (1) guest, for total of nine (9) persons present.


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $2578.95


There were no applications for membership.



NET CONTROL:                  


                                February 3rd          Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                February 10th        Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                February 17th        Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                February 24th        Bob Dyer, WB5EAT


Monthly Speaker:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, presented a demo of the new NanoVNA vector network analyzer available from Amazon and several other vendors for about $50.



                Rob Hord, K5HUA, reported on the continuing simplex net.

                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on his experiences with the VNA and digital modes on the AmRRON net





                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that the upcoming Winter Field Day will be a great time to test out all your emergency and portable gear. He reported the AmRRON is currently at AMCON 4, moved up from AMCON 5 due to the situation in the Middle East . He encouraged everyone with a smart phone calendar to consider setting up a monthly repeating reminder to charge all your radio batteries, your backup batteries, and to run your generator if you have one.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE sessions this month. If you need a new license or an upgrade, please contact Jeff or any member of the VE team and one will be scheduled for you.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie, McReynolds, W5IAK, reported that we still need to install the door sweep to insulate the opening under the front door. The P trap under the sink has rotted out both pieces and will need to be replaced.


                FIELD DAY: Winter Field Day will be at Dogwood Park with the pecan orchard in Neches as a backup. WFD is always the last full weekend of January and this year it will be the 25th and 26th. There most likely be a common meal prepared. Gary Grimes, W5GEG, was not able to attend the meeting due to medical reasons.



                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Project Night did not meet this month so no report.


OLD BUSINESS:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), was held this month on December 29th, with Jeff and Kiddie in attendance. He reported that the weather was beautiful with little wind and the he and the dog had a great time. Our next PITP is scheduled for January 26th and will be at the Park or Whataburger depending on the weather. This is the second day of Winter Field Day. Charles McReynolds, W5IAK reported on the Christmas party that was December 12th at Pronto’s. Charlie won the Ham of the Year Award and Jeff Montgomery won the Elmer of the Year Award. The food was great and everybody got a door prize with some left over for future meetings. The key chains provided by the Bledsoe family were given out at the beginning of this meeting.


NEW BUSINESS:  No new business was offered, but the Secretary/Treasurer brought up our low attendance numbers at meetings is making a quorum difficult and the club may want to revisit the bylaws stating that a quorum is 20% of the membership. Some members are not able to attend and we have had instances where business could not be transacted due to not having a quorum. 



San Antonio Radio Fiesta will be January 10th and 11th, 2020.

The Cowtown Hamfest will be January 17th and 18th, 2020.

The Orange Hamfest will be February 22nd at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center from 7:30 to 2pm.

The Greater Houston Hamfest will be March 6th, 2020 in Rosenberg at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.

The Belton Hamfest will be March 13th and 14th.

The Rayne Louisiana Hamfest will be March 13th and 14th.

Hamcom will be June 12th and 13th, 2020 at the Plano Convention Center in Plano .




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


The Next Meeting will be February 4th, 2020, and will NOT be a dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, and seconded by Carl Kellum, KG5MCR, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:37pm.



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2019-2020       




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