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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, March 7th, 2023, by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was a Pizza dinner meeting. Gary Grimes, W5GEG, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. This was a hybrid meeting as voted on by the Board with in person and dial in members. There were ten (10) members and no (0) guests, for a total of ten (10) persons present.


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting. The current Treasury Balance is $3914.44                                                                  


There were no applications for membership.




NET CONTROL:                


                                April 3rd                          Ken Vickery, KI5JR

                                April 10th                Chris Claytor, K5OOL

                                April 17th                       Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                April 24th                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD





Monthly Speakers: Kenny Burrow, NK5L, gave a presentation on the Raspberry Pi substitute, the Inova Quarta and how he loaded HamPi on it for a complete ham radio computer system. He gave out a list of all the programs that are included in the build and how easy it is to install and run. Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, passed out information relating to the edible plants discussion held on the Survival Net the past week, with pictures of several plants mentioned as being present in our area.




                Ken Vickery, KI5JRY, is working FT8 and reports that 10m is open to Africa

                Gary Grimes, W5GEG, is 3D printing radio accessories and brought some for nice door prizes.

                Chris Claytor, K5OOL, is researching 4:1 baluns and 1:1 ununs to build out an off center fed dipole. He will be raising an antenna this weekend.

                Kenny Burrow, NK5L, is sorting through extra radios he has and will let the club know of those available for sale. He also presented the club with a radio spectrum wall chart, available from the Government Printing Office for six dollars, post paid.

               Elvin Espinoza, KI5WVS, was able to ground his tower and also poured cement. The high winds tweaked an antenna mount and he is devising ways to repair it.





                 ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that there were no activations this month. He reported that there were storms in the Dallas area and the Gregg county area which took down trees and damaged buildings.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE sessions this month, but a session is in planning for March 18th at 10am for Elvin Espinoza for General. Ken Vickery, KI5JRY, says that he should be ready for an Extra test in April. VE Sessions can be set up for needed new licenses or upgrades by notifying the VE team. If anyone, General or Extra, would like to become a local VE, it is very easy, and the team needs the help for future sessions.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie, McReynolds, W5IAK, reported the lawn still did not need mowing again this month due to the colder weather, but will need to be mowed soon.


                FIELD DAY: Summer Field Day will be June 24th and 25th this year. Chris Claytor, K5OOL, asked the club to think about going overnight for the ARRL Summer Field Day and to consider locations to have it. Let Chris know if you have an interest in working overnight this year. If there is enough interest to man the station, the club will do so.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Lately the intent is to have Project night on the 3rd Tuesday until interest grows to have it more often, There was not a meeting this month.


                OLD BUSINESS:  Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), was held this month on February 26th with Jeff, Cindy and Kiddie Montgomery present with James Peeler, KE5HLU arriving after looking for the group at the lower pavilion area. There was a large party at the picnic area and it turned out to be a “Will You Marry Me” party, which was fun to watch as spectators. The next PITP will be March 26th in Dogwood Park . If raining, it will move to Whataburger.  The board meeting was held at Whataburger on March 5th.  The 100th anniversary ARRL handbook arrived along with the new OCF dipole and the sun resistant rope to put it up. We will get a climber to change out the pulley for a carabiner.   



NEW BUSINESS: Nominations for the next year’s officers will be in April and May with the election in June. By-laws require an annual audit of club equipment and this is usually done in May to be ready for the June elections. Ken Vickery, KI5JRY and Louie Downey, AI4SW have offered to participate. Others interested are welcome as well, just inform the board.




The Belton Hamfest will be held April 15th  

The 2023 Dayton Hamvention will be May 19th, 20th, and 21st.



Club patches are available at $3.00 each.


Randy Bell, N5RSB, presented the club with window decals the club can use as a fundraiser. The suggested donation is $5 per decal. They are multi-color and are based on our cloth patch.


The Next Meeting will be April 4th, 2023, and this will not be a dinner meeting.

 Louie Downey, AI4SW, made a motion adjourn and Ken Vickery, KI5JRY, seconded it.


Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2022-2023       



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