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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, August 7th, 2018 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was not a Dinner Meeting. Larry Davis, KB5JHW, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were fifteen (15) members and no (0) guests, for total of fifteen (15) persons present.


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $2241.67


There were no applications for membership.



NET CONTROL                   



                                September 3rd         Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD                                     

                                September 10th       Joe Blaha, KA5IRR

                                September 17th       Charles McReynolds, W5IAK            

                                September 24th      Bob Dyer, WB5EAT                   




Monthly Speaker:  Joe Blaha, KA5IRR led a discussion about a county wide simplex plan for local Amateurs during a communication and grid down emergency. Notes were discussed and disseminated to the membership. Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, reported about the drill held on July 21st starting at 10am. The drill specified home based emergency power on 2 meters. Information was gathered via commercial AM and FM radio, as well as shortwave broadcasts as part of the exercise. Additional drills will be held in the future. Jeff Montgomery, pointed out the ARES plan for large, public service involved emergencies in which amateur radio is involved may be found on the front page of the PACARC website.



                Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, continues to be working on information gathering via AM radio.

                Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, reported working with his new DMR radio.

                Joe Blaha, KA5IRR, reported on working the simplex drill and his antenna upgrades.

                Larry Davis, KB5JHW, has been working the 7290 Traffic Net in the mornings.

                John Gleason, KF5FXD, has been working HF on 20 and 40 meters.

                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, is working the DMR repeater and AnyTone and Radioddity GD77 DMR radio codeplugs.




                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported about the AmRRON annual T-REX and that the digital modes ruled the day. He encouraged members to participate in the local drills as they are able.


                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: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported mowing the lawn and that the club needs to consider and plan on the disposition of the old mower since it is not being used and it in the way, having to  be mowed and trimmed around.


                FIELD DAY: Tom Wardell, KB5YUE, was not able to attend the meeting and report on the upcoming Winter Field Day, the last full weekend in January.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. The July 10th Project Night was attended by Charlie, Bob, Rob, and Jeff.  Discussions included the upcoming county simplex drill and the T-REX weekend. Also discussed were the availability of amateur radio podcasts, cigars, Cuba and shortwave radio and jury duty. The July 24th meeting was attended by Gary, Jeff, Alan, and Charlie. DMR was the topic of the evening.


OLD BUSINESS:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD contacted Roberta Blount, KF5RIX, widow of Don Blount, KF5CDV, to see if a more complete list of equipment could be made for dissemination and learned that Roberta was on a trip with her daughter and would contact him when she returned. Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD received a call from John Newman, N9JS, reporting the linking of the ETECS Rusk, Texas repeater was progressing and asked if he could perform a radio check. As Jeff was in Groveton , Texas , Bob Dyer, WB5EAT was able to make the check with encouraging results. More information will be forthcoming as the project is developed.  Charles McReynolds, W5IAK, asked if there was any use of the clubhouse for members wishing to attend the Fourth of July Fireworks and received a negative response. Perhaps next year there will be another opportunity to do so. Jeff gave a report on the Canoe Race and passed out t-shirt to those who helped and were present at the meeting. Several members are sporting new DMR radios and are working on completing code plugs, (programming), for them. The talk group list on the repeater is changing so more information will be forthcoming when they are finalized.



NEW BUSINESS:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD discussed that a water bill increase was more than likely coming from the City of Palestine , possibly in the amount of at least $4 per month or $48 per year. Discussion was held on whether the more than $600 yearly bill was worth the 24 membership dues was worth the convenience of having water and sewer in the building, especially since it is our single biggest expense and is only used at most two or three times a month, with trash pickup having never been used. More study will be made on the rules and regulations of water service in the City before a motion is offered and a decision is made.



Harvey Houses on the Air, is always on the second Saturday of September which will be September 8th this year.


East Texas Amateur Radio Tailgate Sale will be held form 7am until noon at eh Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communication in Kilgore.


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


The Next Meeting will be held September 4th, 2018, and will be a Pizza Dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Joe Blaha, KA5IRR, and seconded by Dorothy McReynolds, W5DJM, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 8:12pm



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2018-2019       




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