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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 3rd, 2019 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was a Pizza dinner meeting. Bart McReynolds, KE5WEG, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were eleven (11) members and two (2) guests, for total of thirteen (13) persons present.


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $2326.16


There were no applications for membership.



NET CONTROL:                  



                                April 6th                  Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                April 13th                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                April 20th                Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                April 27th                Bob Dyer, WB5EAT


Monthly Speaker:  None this month



                Bob Dyer, WB5EAT, reported working the HF and local nets

                Ken Ives, N5LUD, continues to gather parts to build a power supply for military radios

                Michael Kobe, KG5LGD, and Adlene, KG5KGE are doing lots of traveling and are working on learning to use their Tecsun PL-660 SWL radio

                Charles McReynolds, W5IAK, reported on the trip to Wisconsin he and Sam took this past month.

                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported continuing using the digital modes.





                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that the Tyler Skywarn class will be the evening of March 19th from 7-9pm at the Shiloh Road Church of Christ and all are welcome. This is the time for severe weather in Texas so keep listening to the forecasts and your weather radio stations. But intermingled with the severe weather is beautiful Spring weather and is a perfect time to get outside and operate portably. A new wide area talk group has been added to the local DMR repeater and it is 8206, time slot 2.


                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. Remember that the Extra Class material changes at the end of June so be sure and study the correct material that will be in place when you take the test.


                BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Charlie, McReynolds, W5IAK, reported that he replaced the front door sweep. The lawn will need to be mowed in the near future


                FIELD DAY: ARRL Summer Field Day will be the last full weekend of June or June 27th and 28th this year. VP Gary Grimes, W5GEG will be looking for places with public access and traffic for our spot this year while still considering those places we have been to in the past.



                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Project night was held once this month on February 11th with Jeff and Charlie attending. Topics covered were slinky brand antennas, charging portable radios with 12Vdc even though they might need other voltages, and one of Jeff’s customers in the Alto area having a broken antenna stinger and not realizing why his radio had poor range.


OLD BUSINESS:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), was held this month in Whataburger on February 26th, with Jeff in attendance. He reported that he had a good time. Our next PITP is scheduled for March 29th,  and will be at the Park or Whataburger depending on the weather. This is also the Sunday for the April board meeting, so all are welcome to attend after PITP. Some annual things coming up for the club are nominations for club officers in April and May, The budget and dues rate for 2020-2021 will be presented to the club in April and the annual audit will be held sometime in May or June  before the election. Charlie reported that he will be soliciting members for the audit committee to help with the audit.


NEW BUSINESS:  No new business was offered.



The Greater Houston Hamfest will be March 7th, 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 April 7th , 2020, and will not be a dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Larry Schattel, KE5FNA, and seconded by Ken Ives, N5LUD, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:44pm.



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2019-2020       







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