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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 1st, 2017 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was not a Dinner Meeting. Ken Bratz, WA5JUM, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were fourteen (14) members and one (1) guest, for total of fifteen (15), persons present.  


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $2912.61


There were no applications for membership presented


NET CONTROL                   



                                September 4th       Charles McReynolds, W5IAK               

                                September 11th     Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                September 18th      Joe Blaha, KA5IRR                 

                             September 25th    Bob Dyer, WB5EAT



Monthly Speaker:  There was not a speaker this month.



                Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, reported working the nets and copying Shortwave Radiogram.

                David Carnathan, N5XPC, reported working QRP with his new Elecraft K2 radio.

                Manny Perez, KA5YBA, is redesigning his radio room.

                Chuck Shaffer, KG5UGV, received his Technician License and is working with his 2m radio.

                Larry Davis, KB5JHW, reported that his Physical Therapist has a four or five section Rohn tower free to a good home if it is taken down.

                Dave Behee, WB5HDS, is repairing a lot of Ken Bratz’s old radio collection and getting a Collins amplifier back on the air.

                Jonathan Thigpen, KT5AMU, has a new Tecsun 660 radio and is enjoying shortwave.

                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, is winding 9:1 Un-Uns for end fed antennas.

                Charles McReynolds, W5IAK, is getting prepared for the Wilderness Canoe Race.




                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that the VOA Radiogram is now the Shortwave Radiogram and is on station WRMI three times a weekend starting at 0100 local Sunday morning. He also reported on the upcoming Wilderness Canoe Race as an ARES event, complete with traffic handling and portable, emergency type communications with a running net on the .08 repeater.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there was a VE session this month following the One Day Class on July 15th. We had 2 candidates and the class was held from 0800 to 1600 followed directly by the VE session. A heartfelt thanks to all the VE’s who showed up to help with giving the test and making the class a

“2 for 2” success. Congratulations to James Banks, KG5UGU and Chuck Shaffer, KG5UGV, who passed the test and are now amateurs.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported that after mowing the lawn with Alan Wacha’s mower, that the John Deere Alan is offering worked well and that we should consider purchasing it for $400. Ken Bratz, WA5JUM made a motion which Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, seconded to purchase the mower. The motion passed and the club directed the Secretary/Treasurer to cut a check for the mower to Alan. Charlie invited members to consider joining the building committee to help keep up the clubhouse, and also thanked members for cleaning up after themselves following the meetings.


                FIELD DAY: Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported that he had turned in the ARRL Field Day report by computer and mailed in the supporting documents. The November issue of QST usually reports on Field Day. Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, reported on the upcoming Winter Field Day to be held the last full weekend in January. The location has not yet been finalized but will most likely be at either Charlie McReynolds pecan orchard or at the Westwood Baptist Church ’s back yard. As it is only 5 months away and just around the corner, the club needs to be working on it.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  This month there was only one project night on the 4th Tuesday since the 1st Tuesday was the 4th of July and the club meeting was pushed back one week. On the 4th Tuesday, present were Jeff Montgomery, Bob Dyer, Ken Ives, James Banks, the Kobe’s, Jonathan Thigpen, and Chuck Shaffer. Discussed and worked on was the programming of James 2m radio, installing FLDigi and FLMsg, shortwave radio selections, the Wilderness Canoe Race and 2 meter contacts to Puerto Rico .


OLD BUSINESS:  Picnic in the Park was held July 30th, with Charles McReynolds, Bob Dyer, Jeff  and Cindy Montgomery attending. The next PITP will be August 27th, either on the hill or at Whataburger depending on the weather. Brian Lloyd and Project Amelia Earhart have arrived in Oakland , California and have completed recreation of her around the world attempt. Following some time in Oakland , he will return to his home airfield in Keller Texas .


NEW BUSINESS:  Michael Kobe, KG5LGD, proposed that, since the dinner meetings seem to be better attended, made a motion that the Board look into, and present to the membership for consideration, a means of adding to the number of dinner meetings during the year. Joe Blaha, KA5IRR, seconded the motion and it carried. The Board will be meeting to discuss the item.



The 70th Anniversary Texoma Ham-a-Rama will be October 28th and 29th in Ardmore Oklahoma .


Historic Harvey Houses on the Air special event stations will be active Sept 9, 2017, 1500-2300 UTC. Suggested

HF phone frequencies: 1.850, 3.815, 7.260, 14.280, 18.155, 21.380, 24.955, 28.380 and 50.130 MHz.


The Annual Wilderness Canoe Scholarship Race will be Saturday the 5th of August. We need help with operators, please.


Austin Summerfest will be August 4th and 5th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Austin .


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


The Next Meeting will be held September 4th, 2017, and will be a Dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Larry Davis, KB5JHW, anssssd seconded by Michael Kobe,KG5LGD, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:54 pm






Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2017-2018       




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