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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, December 3rd, 2019 by President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK. This was not a dinner meeting. Carl Kellum, KG5MCR led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were eight (8) members and no (0) guests, for total of eight (8) persons present. Note that this number is not a quorum so no votes or business decisions needing a quorum were made.  


The Minutes and Treasurers Reports were posted from the last monthly meeting.  The current Treasury Balance is $2604.82


There were no applications for membership.


NET CONTROL:                  



                                January 6th                  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                January 13th              Alan Wacha, KD5IZV

                                January 20th              Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                January 28th          Bob Dyer, WB5EAT



Monthly Speaker:  None this meeting.





                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported on the weekly AmRRON nets and the Saturday Simplex Net

                John Gleason, K5JVG, reported on the VA Hospital nets on 20 meters. Louisiana is from 10 to 12 local on 14.256, and Albuquerque is from 11-12 local on 14.287. John has also been listening to Japan between 4 and 5 local.

                Alan, KD5IZV, has been active monitoring the HF nets and is making contacts in the Midwest .

                Carl Kellum, KG5MCR, just purchased a new Kenwood TM-D710GA and Jeff will help him program it.





                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported on the West Gulf Division annual SET, simulated emergency test on November 9th.  On the same day, the AmRRON 4th Quarter emergency drill was held nationally.


                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 because of the colder weather, the lawn did not have to be mowed. He also said that the purchased door sweep will need installed to the door to keep the cold and hot air outside.


                FIELD DAY: Gary Grimes, W5GEG, reported that Winter Field Day will be at Dogwood Park with the pecan orchard in Neches as a backup. WFD is always the last full weekend of January.


                TUESDAY PROJECT NIGHT:  Project Night meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Project Night met once last month on November 12th, with Jeff, Charlie, and Charlie’s cousin, Rod Verzal in attendance. Subjects discussed were WWV, propagation, snow and weather affects, sun spots, and railroad engineering. Since attendance has been tapering off, a discussion will be held in the future to see if these meetings need to be moved to an “on call” basis and not permanently added  into the schedule.


OLD BUSINESS:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), was held this month on November 24th, with Jeff, Cindy, Kiddie, Bob, Betty, and Larue in attendance. Our next PITP is scheduled for December 29th and will be at the Park or Whataburger depending on the weather. The Christmas party will be the 12th of December with the location being Pronto’s. The price of the dinner will be $12.99 and will include a choice of chicken fried steak or lasagna with a salad. Dessert is available for an extra fee. The club voted for the recipients of the Ross Kelley Ham of the Year award and the Don Brooks Elmer of the Year via email this year since there were so few members at November meeting. The results were delivered to Ken Ives who will ink the certificates.


NEW BUSINESS:  No new business was offered.



The City of Palestine Christmas Parade will be 7pm December 7th.

The Community Choir will perform a free Christmas Concert 2pm December 8th in the Palestine High School Auditorium.

PACARC Dinner will be 7pm, December 12th at Pronto’s restaurant.

San Antonio Radio Fiesta will be January 10th and 11th, 2020.

The Cowtown Hamfest will be January 17th and 18th, 2020.

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.

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

The Belton Hamfest dates for 2020 have not been announced yet.



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


The Next Meeting will be January 7th, 2020, and will be Pizza a dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, and seconded by Dorothy McReynolds, W5DJM, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2019-2020       




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