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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 6th, 2019 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was not a Dinner Meeting. Rob Hord, K5HUA, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were eighteen (18) members and no (0) guests, for total of eighteen (18) persons present.  


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $2301.36


There were no applications for membership.



NET CONTROL:                  


                                September 2nd       Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                September 9th           Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                September 16th       OPEN

                                September 23rd     Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                September 30th     Bob Dyer, WB5EAT



Monthly Speaker:  None this meeting.





                Manny Perez, KE5YBA, reported on the new antennas on his tower.

                Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, spoke on the Saturday morning net.

                Rob Hord, K5HUA, has been monitoring HF.

                John Gleason, K5JVG, has been operating all over the bands on 10, 17, 20, 40, and 80 meters.

                Michael Kobe, KG5LGD, reported on listening, listening and more listening.

                Larry Davis, KB5JHW, spoke on having no HF antennas at this time due to having to cut down his supports.

                Chris Claytor, KG5ZFQ, reported on gathering tower parts for his upcoming project.





                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on the Wilderness Canoe Race on the Neches River which was August 3rd and was great training for ARES and emergency communications.  Thanks to Charlie, Dorothy, Larry Davis, Carl, Gary, Sandy and Jeff for helping out and making the race monitoring go so well. The T-sirts were shorted by mistake and they will print more for our volunteers. Kim, with the race committee, says they could not put the race on without the hams.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE sessions this month. If you need a new license or an upgrade, 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 Wednesday before the meeting and it took about two hours to get everything mowed down. He took special care not to blow grass in the streets and even racked some back into the yard. He will apply roundup to the fence and other areas this month.


                FIELD DAY: Gary Grimes, W5GEG, is the new Vice President and the new Field Day Chairman. He reported that Winter Field Day will be our next event coming up and he is asking for suggestions on where the club would like to have it. 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 July 9th with Jeff, Charlie, Gary and Sandy in attendance. The subjects discussed were antennas, the ARRL handbook, cars, and A&M days. Project Night met again on July 23rd with Jeff and Charlie in attendance and the subject was the digital modes. They adjourned and Charlie made a couple of rounds on the lawn mower to drop some of the weeds in front of the building.


OLD BUSINESS:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), was held this month on July 28th with Charlie, Jeff, Cindy, and Kiddie in attendance. The weather although hot, was bearable because of the breeze. Our next PITP is scheduled for August 25th and will be at the Park or Whataburger if it becomes too hot. PITP will resume July 28th. Dues are now past due. Current dues remain $25 per person per year. The roster has been emailed to those who have submitted their dues, have promised to pay or are life members. The annual Palestine Fireworks display was July 3rd instead of the 4th this year. Members parking at the clubhouse were Charlie Hugh, and Chuck. Charlie asked members to let him know if they are interested in the annual freeze-out campout, usually held the second weekend in November, if they are interested in attending. Attendance has been down the last couple of years with Charlie and Dorothy being the only ones camping out. A final date and/or decision will be made at the September meeting. The Christmas party will be the 12th of December with a location being decided soon. Main Trading Company usually has an open house sometime in October, but no information has been forthcoming on their website as of yet.  

NEW BUSINESS:  No new business was offered.



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

Harvey Houses on the Air will be September 14th

The ARRL’s Hiram Percy Maxim 150th Birthday celebration will be from 0000utc August 31st until 2359utc September 8th.

WWII Navajo Code Talkers special event station will be on the air as N7C August 14th until the 18th.

The First Train Dispatch by Telegraph special event station will be from 1400utc August 17th until 0200utc August 18th.

The 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad special event station operating as K7R will be from 1500utc August 24th until 0300utc August 25th.

The 158th Anniversary of the Pony Express special event station will be on the air August 25th.


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


The Next Meeting will be September 14th, 2019, and will be PIZZA dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Larry Davis, KB5JHW, and seconded by Bob Dyer, WB5EAT to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:54pm.



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2019-2020       




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