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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, June 7th, 2022, by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was not a dinner meeting. Chris Claytor, K5OOL, 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 eleven (11) members and zero (0) guests, 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 $4287.43                                                                 


There were no applications for membership.



NET CONTROL:                


                                July 4th                   Ken Vickery, KI5JRY

                                July 11th                 Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                July 18th                 Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                July 25th                 Charles McReynolds, W5IAK                                                         




Monthly Speaker: There was not a monthly speaker.




                James Peeler, KE5HLV, reported operating mobile as his job takes him around the country.

                Ken Vickery, KI5JRY,reports practicing CW using the Farnsworth method and trying to make at least one SOTA/POTA contact a day to get his speed up.

                Louie, Downey , AI4SW, is constructing an inverted V dipole, but has had some problems to work out on the tuning.

                Chris Claytor, K5OOL, reported recovering from back surgery and is using the time to do a lot of reading and planning for his new hamshack location in the house.

                Jeff, WB4WXD, reported on the refinishing of a Vibroplex Brass Racer CW paddle he purchased in February of 1991.

                Toby Nivens, KD5TN, spoke of working phone on 20 and 17 meters along with a 160 meter schedule every morning, followed by the 7285 and 7290 traffic nets. He is adapting his MFJ 929 autotuner to work with his Icom radio by building a new cable.





                 ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that there were no call outs or activations this month, but there was a cross band military MARS to Amateur test conducted. The North Texas section of the ARRL had a Winlink test.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE sessions this month and said there could be one set up at any time needed for new and upgrading Amateurs. The FCC fee for new and changed licenses will now be a $35 fee but upgrades will be free. ARRL is offering scholarships for youngsters getting a ham license if they go through and ARRL VE team and also will reduce the test fee to help out.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie, McReynolds, W5IAK, reported mowing the lawn May 17th and June 5th before the meeting. The blades were replaced by Charlie and Ken Vickery, KI5JRY. The deck appears to be bent at one of the spindles so that blade is not level and can start scalping the grass if the deck is lowered too much. It will be dealt with in the future, but is working now. The new refrigerator is in service now after Charlie cleaned it out. He found a couple more shingles on the ground so we will check out the condition of the roof.


                FIELD DAY: ARRL Summer Field Day will be our next event, and will be the last full weekend of June, 2022. Manly Mountain is the location for the June 25th – 26th event. Gary Grimes has a contact with the Palestine Herald Press for publicity and the extra points if they run a story. We will start setting our stations up about 11am and will work until dark as the park closes then. So far, Charlie, Chris, Jeff, and, depending on his work, Gary will be there for sure. All are encouraged to come out even for a little while and bring any visitors interested in ham radio and electronics. The Vice President is the leader of the club Field Day efforts.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Due to scheduling conflicts, there were no Project Nights in May. We hope to reinvigorate the program.


                OLD BUSINESS:  Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), was to be held May 29th with Jeff, Cindy and Kiddie in attendance. The next PITP will be June 26th, the last day of the Field Day weekend.  It will be on the hill or at Whataburger depending on weather conditions. The July Board meeting will be July 3rd. The audit was done after the blades were replaced on the mower and all equipment was accounted for. Charlie, McReynolds, Ken Vickery, and Jeff Montgomery participated. The report is available to the membership upon request. Dues are due this month and are past due in July. They can be mailed in or given the Secretary. Elections were held and the current slate of officers was elected for the 2022-2023 club year. President- Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK. Vice President- Gary Grimes, W5GEG. Secretary/Treasurer- Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD. The website is up again on the new hosting platform of GKG in College Station . They have handled our registration for 19 years. All is working except the pictures page and Jeff will be looking into this. Anyone interested in helping maintain the website/redoing it, please contact Jeff. Before the move, the site was hosted for free at Nalcom and required Jeff to maintain it due to security issues, but now it is more open at a commercial host.


NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business. Gary Grimes, W5GEG provided a very nice engraved PACARC tumbler for a door prize and Michael Kobe, KG5LGD, kindly “re-gifted” a Baofeng UV-5R he had won at the Christmas dinner since he already has several.



The new Dallas Ham Expo will be June 11th from 9am to 5pm at the Music City Hall in Lewisville .

The San Antonia Radio Fiesta will be June 17th and 18th.  

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 July 5th, 2022. This will be Pizza dinner meeting.

 Michael Kobe, KG5KGD, made a motion to adjourn, and Ken Vickery, KI5JRY, seconded it.


Meeting adjourned at 7:47 pm.



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2022-2023       




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