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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, February 5th, 2019 by Vice President Tom Wardell, KB5YUE. President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK, is in upper Wisconsin snow mobiling for 2 weeks. This was not a Dinner Meeting. Joe Blaha, KA5IRR, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were seven (7) members and no (0) guests, for total of seven (7) persons present. As this number does not constitute a quorum, no business of record was transacted.


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $1999.76


There were no applications for membership.



NET CONTROL:                  



                                March 4th               Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD                                        

                                March 11th            Charles McReynolds, W5IAK           

                                March 18th            Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                             March 25th                       Joe Blaha, KA5IRR



Monthly Speaker:  None this meeting.





                Rick Dees, KG5OMK, reported on his new VHF antenna on a thirty foot tower. His location has a high ground elevation so he is doing all the good.

                Jeff, WB4WXD, reported working the simplex net and FSQCall on HF with AmRRON.




                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that the Skywarn training class scheduled for January was cancelled due to the federal government shutdown and was to be rescheduled for March 20th at the courthouse annex. He recommended all to go and to spread the word to friends and neighbors. Winter Field Day was good ARES training.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE activities this month and encouraged all needing and upgrade or a new license to contact him to make that happen.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported no mowing of the lawn was needed this month. Charlie, McReynolds, W5IAK, is working on painting the club sign that hangs on the front of the building and when completed, will bring it back and start to work on the side sign. Jeff reported on using the generator for Winter Field Day where he ran it dry of fuel to get all the year old gasoline burned through it. He took it to work where he did an oil change of Mobil 1 synthetic, 10W-30, and filled the tank with fresh ethanol free gasoline with Stabil preservative in it.


                FIELD DAY: Tom Wardell, KB5YUE, was not able to attend Winter Field Day, which was the last full weekend in January, January 26th and 27th 2019. Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that the event was held at Charlie’s pecan orchard with Charlie and Jeff participating. Charlie ran his station from battery power and used an end fed half wave antenna on 20 meters. Jeff ran his backpack station from the club generator and also used an end fed antenna, placed 90 degrees offset from Charlie’s on 40 meters. The band conditions were poor and not a whole lot of contacts were made but one unusual one was AG6AU, a special event station in northern California . The station was commemorating the 171st anniversary of the California gold rush.  Because of the overcast sky, no solar cooking was done but a common meal of Dorothy’s wonderful chili and cornbread with all the fixings was had about 5pm. We were category 2O for 2 stations-outdoors. The event was on the air at 1pm and we ran for about 4 hours.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Project Night was only held on the 15th this month as the club meeting was pushed to the second Tuesday because the first was New Year’s Day. Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, and Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, cataloged tubes the club was given in order to see if they might be of interest to the fellow who purchased the last batch.


OLD BUSINESS:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), was not held due to the conflict with the last day of Winter Field Day. The next PITP is scheduled for Sunday, February 24th . Since there was not a quorum for this meeting, no decisions could be made on the water bill or the dispensation of the extra club gear although informal discussions were had on both subjects. Jeff asked everyone to look over the electronics books he brought last month as those left over would be taken to the Friend’s of the Library book sale. Jeff reminded everyone of Carolyn Carnathan’s list of David’s gear which had been emailed to members. He also mentioned that the club audit will be coming up in April and that members should be thinking about who should be running for club offices because nominations would be opening in April and closed in May.


NEW BUSINESS:  No new business was offered as there was no quorum.




Orange Hamfest will be February 23rd at in Orange Texas at the Orange County Expo Center .

Belton Hamfest will be April 6th at the Bell County Expo Center

Dayton Hamfest will be May 17th to the 19th

Hamcom will be June 7th and 8th in Plano .


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


The Next Meeting will be held March 5th, 2019, and will be a Hamburger Dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, and seconded by Marcy White, KB5ULB, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:40pm



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2018-2019       




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