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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, February 4th, 2019 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was not a dinner meeting. Alan Wacha, KD5IZV led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were ten (10) members and no (0) guests, for total of ten (10) persons present.


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $2503.54


There were no applications for membership.



NET CONTROL:                  



                                March 2nd              Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                March 9th               Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                March 16th            Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                March 23rd            Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                March 30th            Bob Dyer, WB5EAT


Monthly Speaker:  None this month



                Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, reported on digital mode practice with Manny Perez, KE5YBA

                Ken Ives, N5LUD, is gathering parts to build a power supply for military radios

                Charles McReynolds, W5IAK, reported on being struck by lighting…again… and on Winter Field Day

                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on Winter Field Day, DMR, the AmRRON net and continued use of the NanoVNA.





                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that the Winter Field Day was a great test of equipment and procedures, something all ARES hams should be doing on a regular basis.


                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, reported that he and Carl Kellum installed the P trap under the sink which had rotted out both pieces. The front door sweep still needs to be installed.


                FIELD DAY: Winter Field Day was supposed to be in Dogwood Park with the pecan orchard in Neches as a backup. However, for some reason the park was closed and we relocated to the pecan orchard with Charlie, Jeff and Gary participating. Several contacts were made on 40 and 20 meters. The crew decided not to stay overnight and made it a fun afternoon event.



                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Bob, Manny Jeff, and Charlie came out for the first project night where FLDigi and other digital modes were discussed. Jeff and Carl Kellum met the second week and discussed the programming and operation of Carl’s new Kenwood D-710 radio.


OLD BUSINESS:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), was held this month in Whataburger on January 26th, with Jeff, Charlie and Dorothy in attendance. Our next PITP is scheduled for February 23rd. and will be at the Park or Whataburger depending on the weather. Charlie reported that he will be vacationing from the 14th to the 23rd of February and will not make the nets.


NEW BUSINESS:  No new business was offered.



The Orange Hamfest will be February 22nd at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center from 7:30 to 2pm.

The Greater Houston Hamfest will be March 6th, 2020 in Rosenberg at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.

The Belton Hamfest will be March 13th and 14th.

The Rayne Louisiana Hamfest will be March 13th and 14th.

Hamcom will be June 12th and 13th, 2020 at the Plano Convention Center in Plano .

ARRL Summer Field Day will be June 27th and 28th this year. Field Day is always the last full weekend of June




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


The Next Meeting will be February 4th, 2020, and WILL be a Hamburger dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, and seconded by Rob Hord, K5HUA, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2019-2020       





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