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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, November 5th, 2019 by Vice-President Gary Grimes, W5GEG. President Charles McReynolds, W5IAK was not able to attend due to suregery. This was a hamburger dinner meeting. Chris Claytor KG5ZFQ, led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were seven (7) members and one (1) guest, 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 $2575.03


There were no applications for membership.


NET CONTROL:                  


                                December 2nd        Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                December 7th            Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                December 16th         Charles McReynolds, W5IAK

                                December 23rd        Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

                                December 30th      Bob Dyer, WB5EAT




Monthly Speaker:  None this meeting.





                Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported on using the mode FSQ to “talk” to hams in north Texas and Oklahoma on 5 watts with little problem. He encouraged all to jump in and play with these modes.






                  ARES:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that the local nets are great training for emergency communications and encouraged all who could to participate. There will be a packet and winmor class in Tyler on November 9th and the West Gulf Division will have their annual SET, simulated emergency test also on November 9th. And again on the same day, AmRRON will be having their 4th Quarter emergency drill.


                VE:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD reported there was a VE sessions this month on October 6th at the clubhouse. We had one test taker who unfortunately was not upgraded but will be trying again in about a 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, who was not at the meeting, mowed the lawn and reported he hopes that this will be the last time until spring. He replaced the front  door threshold and purchased a door sweep which needs to be added to the door to keep the cold and hot air outside.


                FIELD DAY: Gary Grimes, W5GEG, reported that Winter Field Day will likely 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 October 22nd with Rob, Jeff, and Charlie in attendance. Subjects discussed were clubhouse maintenance and Charlie’s upcoming surgery.


OLD BUSINESS:  Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD, reported that Picnic-In-The-Park, (PITP), was held this month on October 28th with Jeff, Cindy, Kiddie, Charlie and Dorothy in attendance. Our next PITP is scheduled for November 24th and will be at the Park or Whataburger depending on the weather. This year the annual freeze-out campout, usually held the second weekend in November has been canceled. It was to be a day trip to the Palestine side of the Texas State RR, but they have closed the camping and pavilion areas, and the interest was not really there this year. We will regroup next year. The Christmas party will be the 12th of December with the location being decided by the club as Pronto’s. Charlie has called the owner and verified having the event there. 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 usually votes on the recipients of the Ross Kelley Ham of the Year award and the Don Brooks Elmer of the Year. Since there were so few members at the meeting it would not be fair to select recipients. An email will be sent out to solicit the club decision.


NEW BUSINESS:  No new business was offered.



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

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

ARES Set and Packet radio class will be November 9th.

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



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


The Next Meeting will be December 3rd, 2019, and will not be a dinner meeting.


A motion was made by Alan Wacha, KD5IZV, and seconded by Chris Claytor, KG5ZFQ, to adjourn the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:35pm.



Jeff Montgomery, WB4WXD

Secretary/Treasurer 2019-2020       




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