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Palestine/Anderson County Amateur Radio Club – K5PAL

www.pacarc.org               P.O. Box 1376, Palestine, TX 75802              K5PAL@arrl.net

   

MEETING MINUTES

 

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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 October 3rd, 2017 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was not a Dinner Meeting. Ken Bratz, WA5JUM, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were fourteen (14) members and three (3) 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 $2429.85.

 

There were no applications for membership presented

 

NET CONTROL                   

               

               

                                November 6th            Tom Wardell, KB5YUE 

                                November 13th          Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                November 20th          Charles McReynolds, W5IAK        

                             November 27th          Bob Dyer, WB5EAT

                                 

                                                                                       

Monthly Speaker:  There was not a speaker this month.

 

MEMBER REPORTS:

                Charles McReynolds, W5IAK, reported that the new OCF Dipole was put on the PACARC tower but there seems to be an issue with the coax and the club might want to consider a broadcast band filter to notch out KNET which is about 500 yards away to improve the HF capability. The club will also want to set up another work day.

                Ken Bratz, WA5JUM reported on getting ready for Belton.

                Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, reported working the digital modes and practicing code.

                Tom Wardell, KB5YUE, reported listening to an ISS pass.

                Dave Behee, WB5HDS, worked on getting Ken’s DX100 back on the air.

               

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, passed out the Canoe Race shirts to those who had signed up to participate but who were unable to do so since the race was canceled. Manny Perez, KE5YBA, updated the club on Puerto Rico Hurricane ham radio operation and relief efforts. The ARRL/Red Cross radio kits and the fifty amateur radio operators scheduled to work relief for three weeks were also discussed.

 

                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE sessions or One Day Classes in September. He reminded those present that if anyone is ready for an upgrade, to let the VE team know and a session would be scheduled to accommodate them.

 

                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported mowing the lawn again with the new mower and it is still working great.  The workday was held Saturday morning and those attending were Charles McReynolds, Jeff Montgomery, Manny Perez, Bob Dyer, David Carnathan, Alan Wacha, Rob Hord, Taylor Montgomery and Philip O’Neal. The back fence and most of the south fence was cleaned and two sixteen foot trailer loads of brush were sent to the compost area. Another workday will be scheduled to clean up the rest of the fence and the tree on the north side of the property on the outside of the fence. It was suggested that bi-annual workdays in the future might keep the vegetation from getting out of hand again.

 

                FIELD DAY: Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, reported on Winter Field Day and the Convoy on the Air event which is presently ongoing through the 16th of October. Bob reminded the group about the solar cooking that was held at both the summer and winter field day events.

 

                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  On September 12th those present at project night were Charles McReynolds, Rob Hord and Jeff Montgomery. Topics discussed were antennas, coax, Near Vertical Incidence Skywave antennas and methods and local taxes and the tax rate. On September 26th those present were Charles McReynolds, Rob Hord, Jeff Montgomery and Joe Blaha. Topics discussed were the backyard clean up, analysis of Joe’s UHF antenna, Marshall Holland’s surplus gear, return loss vs. swr and a circular calculator you can make to show both of these properties.

 

OLD BUSINESS:  Picnic in the Park was held September 24th, with Bob Dyer, Charlie and Dorothy McReynolds, Jeff and Cindy Montgomery and Rob Hord attending the Dogwood Park meeting. The next PITP will be October 29th, either on the hill or at Whataburger depending on the weather. Charlie McReynolds reminded the club that the annual Frost Bite Festival will be on November 11th and 12th this year at the Cook’s Ferry Campsites of Fairfield State Park. The common meal will be a chili cook-off. Members wanting to attend will need to contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife folks to secure their camping reservations. Jeff Montgomery and Charles McReynolds reported on the installation of the OCF dipole antenna and the need to replace the coax. We will look at the RG8X in the emergency box and Jeff said he would look at the possibility of some new coax as well. A broadcast band filter for the HF rigs was discussed since KNET is only about 500 yards away on 1.450MHz.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported getting a request from the local Cub Scout Pack to help host JOTA, Jamboree on the Air, with the Pack on October 21st in conjunction with the normal JOTA weekend and the Hot Pepper Festival. Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, will coordinate with the Pack leaders to see if this is something we can make happen. Marshall Holland, KE5POU, SK’s family has several items from his estate to sell. One of the items is an LDG tuner that will fit our ICOM IC-718 directly as that was the radio Marshall had.  Ken Bratz, WA5JUM, made the motion to buy the tuner for $100 and it was seconded by David Carnathan, N5XPC. The motion passed and the club will forward Lacey Ross the check for the tuner. Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, provided two Yaesu Radio caps to the club as door prizes. They were won by Tom Wardell, KB5YUE and Manny Perez, KE5YBA.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The 70th Anniversary Texoma Ham-a-Rama will be October 28th and 29th in Ardmore Oklahoma .

 

Convoy on the Air begins September 16th and will end on October 16th.

 

The North Texas Mentorfest will be October 21st at the Betcha Bingo Hall in Irving from 7am to 4pm.

 

The ArkLaTex Tailgate sale will be in Longview November 11th from 9am to 5pm.

 

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

 

The Next Meeting will be held November 7th, 2017, and will be a Pizza Dinner meeting.

 

A motion was made by Larry Davis, KB5JHW, and seconded by Joe Blaha, KA5IRR, to adjourn the meeting.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm

 

 

 

 

     

Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2017-2018       

PACARC

10/13/2017

 


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