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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 2nd 2018 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was a Hamburger Dinner Meeting. Dorothy McReynolds, W5DJM, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were five (5) members and no (0) guests, for total of five (5) persons present. As this number did not qualify as a quorum, no binding business was transacted.  


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $2114.45


There were no applications for membership presented.


NET CONTROL                   



                                February 5th          Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD                                        

                                February 12th       Joe Blaha, KA5IRR

                                February 19th       Charles McReynolds, W5IAK                

                             February 26th       Bob Dyer, WB5EAT



Monthly Speaker:  There was not a speaker this month.



                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on his new uBitx transceiver he received in the mail and the component analyzer which came in the mail as well.

                Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported on his new solar panel and charge controller setup to be used with his BioEno lithium battery and HF radio.




                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported the ARES organization will be going over our roster and telephone tree in the near future. Severe weather season is on its way. Remember that most modern two meter hand held radios will program the local NOAA weather radio channel of 162.450


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE sessions or One Day Classes in December.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported not having to mow the lawn. 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. The heater has been turned on to 60 degrees and the water is dripping due to the below freezing temperatures.


                FIELD DAY: Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, was not at the meeting due to illness. Winter Field Day will be January 27th at Dogwood Park . The 2018 rules were sent to members by club email, but if you have any questions, please contact Bob.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  Since there was a scheduling change for another group which several club members attend, the project night dates were changed to the 3rd and 4th Tuesday nights for the month of December. Attendees to the 3rd Tuesday were Jeff and Alan and they met at Whataburger because of bad weather. They discussed general radio operating topics. Attending the 4th Tuesday were Charlie and Jeff. They replaced the fans in their MFJ switching power supplies and tinkered with Charlie’s new solar setup and Jeff’s new uBitx radio.


OLD BUSINESS:  Picnic in the Park was not held in December since it was New Year’s Eve. The next PITP will be January 28th, either on the hill or at Whataburger depending on the weather. This is the last day of Winter Field Day, but since the club will only be doing WFD on Saturday, there is no conflict. The Board Meeting was held December 31st at Whataburger with Jeff, Charlie, and James Peeler attending. VP Bob Dyer was ill. President Charles McReynolds discussed the annual Christmas dinner at Prontos and went over the Ham of the Year and Elmer of the Year awards, with Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, winning the HOTY and Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, winning the EOTY.

Thanks to the club, the McReynolds and the Bradleys for providing very nice door prizes.


NEW BUSINESS:  President McReynolds let everyone know that he would not be at the February meeting as he and Dorothy would be snowmobile riding in Wisconsin during that time. 




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 February 6th, 2018, and will Not be a Dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Dorothy McReynolds, W5DJM, and seconded by Joe Blaha, Ka5IRR, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm






Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2017-2018       




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