Palestine/Anderson County Amateur Radio Club
County Amateur Radio Club – K5PAL
The regular monthly meeting of the PALESTINE/ANDERSON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB - K5PAL was called to order at 7:00pm Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was not a Dinner Meeting. Larry Davis, KB5JHW, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were fifteen (15) members and no (0) guests, for total of fifteen (15) persons present.
The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting. The current Treasury Balance is $2241.67
There were no applications for membership.
September 3rd Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD
September 10th Joe Blaha, KA5IRR
September 17th Charles McReynolds, W5IAK
Monthly Speaker: Joe Blaha, KA5IRR led a discussion about a county wide simplex plan for local Amateurs during a communication and grid down emergency. Notes were discussed and disseminated to the membership. Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, reported about the drill held on July 21st starting at 10am. The drill specified home based emergency power on 2 meters. Information was gathered via commercial AM and FM radio, as well as shortwave broadcasts as part of the exercise. Additional drills will be held in the future. Jeff Montgomery, pointed out the ARES plan for large, public service involved emergencies in which amateur radio is involved may be found on the front page of the PACARC website.
Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, continues to be working on information gathering via AM radio.
Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, reported working with his new DMR radio.
Joe Blaha, KA5IRR, reported on working the simplex drill and his antenna upgrades.
Larry Davis, KB5JHW, has been working the 7290 Traffic Net in the mornings.
John Gleason, KF5FXD, has been working HF on 20 and 40 meters.
Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, is working the DMR repeater and AnyTone and Radioddity GD77 DMR radio codeplugs.
ARES: Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported about the AmRRON annual T-REX and that the digital modes ruled the day. He encouraged members to participate in the local drills as they are able.
VE: Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there were no VE activities this month and encouraged all needing and upgrade or a new license to contact him to make that happen.
BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported mowing the lawn and that the club needs to consider and plan on the disposition of the old mower since it is not being used and it in the way, having to be mowed and trimmed around.
FIELD DAY: Tom Wardell, KB5YUE, was not able to attend the meeting and report on the upcoming Winter Field Day, the last full weekend in January.
TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT: Project
Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of
each month. The July 10th Project Night was attended by
Charlie, Bob, Rob, and Jeff. Discussions
included the upcoming county simplex drill and the T-REX weekend. Also
discussed were the availability of amateur radio podcasts, cigars,
OLD BUSINESS: Jeff
Montgomery, WB4WXD contacted Roberta Blount, KF5RIX, widow of Don
Blount, KF5CDV, to see if a more complete list of equipment could be
made for dissemination and learned that Roberta was on a trip with her
daughter and would contact him when she returned. Jeff Montgomery,
WB4WXD received a call from John Newman, N9JS, reporting the linking of
the ETECS Rusk,
NEW BUSINESS: Jeff
Montgomery, WB4WXD discussed that a water bill increase was more than
likely coming from the City of
Harvey Houses on the Air, is always on the second Saturday of September which will be September 8th this year.
East Texas Amateur Radio Tailgate Sale will be held form 7am until noon at eh Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communication in Kilgore.
Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that club patches are available at $3.00 each.
The Next Meeting will be held September 4th, 2018, and will be a Pizza Dinner meeting.
A motion was made by Joe Blaha, KA5IRR, and seconded by Dorothy McReynolds, W5DJM, to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 8:12pm
Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD