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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, October 1st, 2019 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was not a dinner meeting. John Gleason, K5JVG, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were seven (7) members and no (0) guests, for total of seven (7) persons present. Note that this number is not a quorum so no votes or business decisions needing a quorum were made.  


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $2648.72


There were no applications for membership.

A pen handmade by Gary Grimes, W5GEG, was raffled off. Thank you to Gary for this third pen to be raffled.


NET CONTROL:                  


                                November 4th        Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                November 11th        Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                November 18th        Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                November 25th     Bob Dyer, WB5EAT



Monthly Speaker:  None this meeting.





                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported on monitoring Shortwave Radiogram and using the digital modes on Radiogram and the AmRRON nets. He encouraged all to jump in and play with them.






                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that the shirts for the Wilderness Canoe Race participants have come in and he distributed them at the meeting. The race sponsors were very happy to work with the club again this year. He went over the Umberto response and encouraged everyone to monitor the Hurricane Watch Net and to check into the practice nets available locally.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE sessions this month. There will be a VE session October 6th at the clubhouse for at least two test takers. Sandy Grimes and Kenny Martin have said they need testing.  If you need a new license or an upgrade, please come by this session or if not convenient, please contact Jeff or any member of the VE team and one will be scheduled for you.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie, McReynolds, W5IAK, mowed the lawn and reported that it took about an hour to complete last Thursday. He took the club building fire extinguisher to Tyler and had it serviced. They hydro-stated the bottle but did not charge us, probably because the company had failed to date our tag last time.


                FIELD DAY: Gary Grimes, W5GEG, reported that Winter Field Day will not have the Palestine Athletic Complex as a contender for a location because the city has closed it for the foreseeable future due to ADA compliance issues. Other spots are still being considered including the Palestine side of the Texas State Railroad, Dogwood Park , and the pecan orchard in Neches . WFD is always the last full weekend of January.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Project Night met September 10th with Jeff and Charlie in attendance. The subjects discussed were the new Benchmark brand map of Texas roads and recreational areas and other mapping options for radio amateurs. Project Night met again on September 24th, with Jeff and Bob in attendance and the subject discussed was the county sitrep form and how to fill it in. This was an abbreviated meeting.


OLD BUSINESS:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), was held this month on September 28th with Jeff, Cindy, Kiddie, Bob, Betty, Gary and Charlie in attendance. The club board meeting was held after the picnic. Our next PITP is scheduled for October 27th will be at the Park or Whataburger depending on the weather. This year the annual freeze-out campout, usually held the second weekend in November will be a day trip in Palestine . The date will be the 9th of November. We are looking at locations and will check on the pavilions at the TSRR Palestine side as an option The Christmas party will be the 12th of December with the location being decided by the club as Pronto’s. Charlie has called the owner and verified having the event there. The price of the dinner will be $12.99 and will include a choice of chicken fried steak or lasagna with a salad. Dessert is available for an extra fee.


NEW BUSINESS:  No new business was offered.



Belton will be October 5th from 7am until noon.

The DETARC Tailgate Sale will be October 12th, from 0800-1400 at the Grace Baptist Church in Lufkin . The address is 5181 North Hwy 69.

San Antonio Radio Fiesta will be January 10th and 11th 2020.

VE Session will be at 3pm at the Clubhouse on October 6th.



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


The Next Meeting will be November 5th, 2019, and will be not be a Hamburger dinner meeting.


A motion was made by John Gleason, K5JVG, and seconded by Larry Davis, KB5JHW, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:35pm.



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2019-2020       





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