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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, April 3rd, 2018 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 four (4) guests, for total of fourteen (14) persons present.


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $1713.50


Gary Grimes, W5GEG, presented an application for membership and was accepted by the membership.


NET CONTROL                   



                                May 7th                  Tom Wardell, KB5YUE                               

                                May 14th              Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                May 21st              Alan Wacha, KD5IZV              

                                May 28th              Bob Dyer, WB5EAT



Monthly Speaker:  There was not a speaker this month.



                Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, is looking at DMR, the AmRRON April 21st and the ARES April 22nd drills.

                Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, is studying magnetic loops and CW and other accessories for his Elecraft KX2.

                Tom Wardell, KB5YUE is programming the inexpensive dual band radios for his family to use as scanners.

                Gary Grimes, W5GEG is exploring and using DMR radios and hotspots.

                Chris Claytor, is studying for his Technician License and received his radio in the mail.

                Larry Schattel, KF5FNA, may have an HF antenna for someone in need of an antenna. It is a vertical.

                Charles McReynolds, W5IAK, is continuing his experimentation with the End Fed Half Wave antenna and the 49:1 UnUn to drive it   



                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on the upcoming ARES drill to be held in support of Anderson County Emergency Management on the afternoon of April 22nd and the AmRRON drill on the 21st. He also reviewed all the available weekly nets.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported that Tom Wardell was working to get some of his church members licensed and will report when ready for a one day class. He also noted that the Technician Class pool with change as of the 1st of July so students need to study the material appropriate to their day of testing.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie McReynolds, W5IAK, reported mowing the lawn and that the lawnmower is running well. Jeff was available to help with the trimming. Charlie  is planning a day to complete the tree trimming and debris removal on the Easy Street side of the back yard in the near future. Please continue to help clean up the clubhouse after the meetings.


                FIELD DAY: Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, reported on Field Day which will be on the weekend of June 23rd and 24th this year. Spots are being looked at for this year’s event. Westwood Baptist is a possibility as well as Dogwood Park and others. During the conversation, LaRue Fitzpatrick, KF5ERW, offered her place for consideration and Bob will be making a trip out to the property to see what possibilities are there.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  On March 13th, Jeff and Charlie were present and discussed End Fed UnUn constructions, and dipole calculations without several up and down prunings of the antenna. On March 27th, Jeff, Bob, Charlie, and Rob met and discussed Bob’s FLMsg files, Rob’s neat battery box, Charlie’s completed EFHW antenna, Jeff’s new $14 anemometer and LiFePo battery possibilities.


OLD BUSINESS:  Picnic in the Park was held March 25th at Whataburger due to the weather. Jeff and Cindy Montgomery and Charles and Dorothy McReynolds were present and had a great time.  The next PITP will be April 29th, either on the hill or at Whataburger depending on the weather. Jeff displayed the QSL cards for the club that were made by himself and Tom Wardell on the free site www.radioqth.net. Everyone is encouraged to make some cards for the club so we can print them out and send them randomly to those requesting club QSLs. Charlie appointed Tom Wardell, KB5YUE and LaRue Fitzpatrick, KF5ERW to the annual audit committee to do the audit. The Board met to discuss the budget and agreed to keep the dues the same at $25 per person for the following year. Tom Wardell, KB5YUE, made the motion to accept the budget and Larry Davis, KB5JHW seconded. The motion passed.


NEW BUSINESS:  The club was sad to announce the passing of long time member and club officer David Carnathan, N5XPC after an extended illness. David will be sorely missed. Nominations were opened for club officers and for President, Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. For Vice President, Joe Blaha, Ka5IRR, and Bob Dyer, WB5EAT. For Secretary/ Treasurer, Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD. Nominations were closed and will be opened again at the May meeting. Voting will be in June and the officers begin serving in July. Dues are due in June and are past due in July. Current membership is required to vote in the elections and on club business. Alan Wacha again supplied the monthly door prizes. The club thanked Alan for the donations. Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, showed a power point of the upcoming County Drill .




Mentorfest will be in Garland April 28th


The K0S Strange Antenna Contest will be over Memorial Day weekend, May 26th through May 28th.


Texas State Parks On The Air will be April 7th and 8th. More information is at www.TSPOTA.org


Belton Ham Expo will be April 6th and 7th and also again in the fall October 5th and 6th at the Bell County Expo Center .


Hamcom will again be in Plano Event Center June 8th through the 10th.


Hamvention will be in Xenia , Ohio May 18th through the 20th at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center


Armed Forces Day in May 19th and there is usually a cross-band exercise with MARS.


ARRL Field Day will be the weekend of June 23rd.


Several Members will be having antenna parties this year and will need your help.



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


The Next Meeting will be held May 1st, 2018, and will be a Baked Potato Dinner meeting with Alan Wacha providing the potatos.


A motion was made by Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, and seconded by Tom Wardell, KB5YUE, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 8:03 pm






Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2017-2018       




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