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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, November 1st, 2022, by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was a pizza dinner meeting. Louie Downey, AI4SW, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. This was a hybrid meeting as voted on by the Board with in person and dial in members. There were ten (10) members and one (1) guest, for a total of eleven (11) persons present.


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting. The current Treasury Balance is $4451.98                                                                  


There was one application for membership, Dennis Smith, WB5SRM, who was accepted by acclimation.




NET CONTROL:                                                         


                                December 5th            Chris Claytor, K5OOL

                                December 12th      Ken Vickery, KI5JRY

                                December 19th        Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                December 26th      Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD



Monthly Speaker: Chris Claytor, K5OOL, spoke on his new Westinghouse inverter generator and a very interesting hour meter add on which couples with the spark plug lead inductively for power.



                Claytor, K5OOL, discussed the parts and pieces he’s gathering for an HF portable box.

                Elvin Espinoza, KI5WVS, purchased a new to him 100w commercial VHF radio and seems to have mitigated his noise issue with Palomar Engineering ferrites.

                Kenny Burrow, NK5L, is building radio cases with his 3-D printer.





                 ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that there were no activations this month.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE sessions this month, but a session can be set up for needed new licenses or upgrades by notifying the VE team. If anyone, General or Extra, would like to become a local VE, it is very easy, and the team needs the help for future sessions.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie, McReynolds, W5IAK, reported mowing the lawn did not need mowing due to the lack of rain.


                FIELD DAY: Winter Field Day is our next event the last full weekend of January, 2023, and will be at Westwood Baptist Church . This year will be January 28th and 29th. Westwood Baptist church is available to host the event with bathroom and coffee access. Chris Claytor, K5OOL, will be presenting discussion on the rules when the WFD committee releases them.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. This month the event was held on the 3rd Tuesday. Participants discussed the free programming software Chirp, and went over examples. Those participating were Charlie, Chris, Louie, and Jeff. Project Night will be the 3rd Tuesday for the foreseeable future.


                OLD BUSINESS:  Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), was October 30th, at Whataburger with Charlie, Chris and Jeff participating. The November board meeting followed lunch. The next PITP will be November 27th, and will be on the hill or at Whataburger depending on weather conditions, The December board meeting will be on December 4th.


NEW BUSINESS: The location for our annual Christmas Party was discussed with options of Mario’s and Mazzio’s being presented. Mazzio’s will reserve one of their rooms to us for a $25 refundable deposit. We would also have to start the dinner at 6pm rather than 7pm because they stop serving at 8pm. Mario’s, where we had our dinner last year was deemed to be too crowded and noisy for our function. King Buffet had been passed upon because of comments that their food quality was suffering lately but members said that it had improved substantially. Charlie will see what arrangement may be had to secure the back room at King Buffet for the gathering. Voting slips were passed out and gathered up for the election of the Ham of the Year and the Elmer of the Year awards which will be presented at the Christmas dinner. The club will proffer two $25 door prizes and donations are gladly accepted for door prizes to be given out during the dinner. The dinner will be at 7pm on December 8th, presumably at King Buffet.



The Cowtown Hamfest will be in January 2023 with dates to be forthcoming.

The 2023 Dayton Hamvention will be May 19th, 20th, and 21st.



Club patches are available at $3.00 each.


Randy Bell, N5RSB, presented the club with window decals the club can use as a fundraiser. The suggested donation is $5 per decal. They are multi-color and are based on our cloth patch.


The Next Meeting will be December 6th, 2022. This will not be a dinner meeting.

 Dorothy McReynolds, W5DJM, made a motion adjourn and Louie Downey, AI4SW, seconded it.


Meeting adjourned at 7:48 pm.



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2022-2023       




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