Minutes – Meeting July 24, 2018

WRARC   24 July 2018    Minutes

The WRARC held it’s regular monthly meeting at the American Legion Post 46 building in
Danville. Those in attendance were: KG4UQL, KA4SWT, KF4FMQ, WD4LEW, KB4UPW,
KE4SHC, KY4KD, KG4PIF, KI6SEP and visitors KK4MJZ and Bill Corall.

Metting was called to order by President Mike May at 7:34pm. Mike asked if there was any
changes in the minutes since all had gotten by email. Being none is there a motion to accept
the minutes as presented. Bill made the motion with John L 2nd and all members approving.

Mike asked Ken for a treasury report.  Joel made a motion to accept the report and John L                                                            2nd with all members approving.

— Old Business —
BITX Radio: John W said he had ordered a board that was surface mount to help on receive.
Has not tested it yet but glad he ordered 2 since one flipped across room and is still lost. Will
give updates later. Mike said his seems fine as he has made several contacts but is behind on
updates and upgrades he sure.

DUES: Club dues are now due in July so everyone needs to get them in. A Legion member                                                             can pay him or do it online your choice. The SAL and Associate will have to pay Ken so he can
turn in. Make checks out to American Legion Post 46. Legion members $30, SAL $20 and the
Associate $30.

Field Day: Mike said we need to start looking into ways to get coax and power into building so
not to cause a tripping hazard, but there is time to address that later just think on it. Mike told
Sharon he wanted to thank her daughters again for helping Ruby on the meal held during
this event. Mike asked Ken if the committee thing was finalized yet. Ken said the commander
has it done. The Post Services Committee is to help Ruby do things for events held and the
building. This is only at this time 3 events for the year and if interested let him know so he
can get the numbers to Ruby so she can get together with you and plan future events. This
will bring your dues down to $10 if you want to join the committee.

— NEW Business —
Mike said he understood that there was an incident with our wire antennas. John and Ken said
that all is back up but the people took about 300ft of our Dacron rope. Do not know why but it
was done and the Legion is aware of it. Mike asked if we need to order more. John said we
still have plenty for right now.

Drawing: Ken drew a name for our last club hat. Peter was the winner of the drawing. Kenneth
brought in some hats from Yaesu and drew for that hat. The winner was Sharon for that hat.

VE Testing: John W said the next test session was this Saturday 28th starting at 10:00am. It
will be held here at the Legion Building.

ARES: Chris said he wants to sign up members to do emergency communications or ARES.
Before you say yes he wanted to tell of the mandatory courses that have to be taken and he
didn’t anyone signing up that was not committed to do the training. The courses are on the
FEMA website and free online to take. https://training.fema.gov then click on the online course
catalog. The courses are ics100, ics200, isc700 and ics800 it will take awhile to take and you
can take at your time schedule. He wants all to think about and will sign up people next month
with the ARES paper work and the state paper work. If interested and can’t be at next months
meeting and are willing to do the training he can sign you up at another time. For those that
have taken these courses and do not have copies of certificate you can get a transcript from
the web site above. He said he had some of the members documents already. He does need
copies for records. Anymore questions contact him.

127 YARD SALE: Andy said that his yard is for use if you have some things to sell. He said
he was not sure if they would be there or not. He could offer a pop up tent and table and                                                      located on Maple Ave which has traffic. Just let him know.

Mike said since no more business is there a motion to close the business portion of the                                                        meeting. Kenneth made the motion with Bill 2nd and the members agreeing so the business
portion closed at 8:26pm.

PRESENTATION: Mike brought up a ham stick question with 2 ham stick’s and an adapter which
make it a rotatable dipole. He had a thought about putting two or three sets together to make
a beam. He googled it and several had did this. He had a chart as an example and said it just
seemed neat and might be a good thing to do on qrp. He said he was looking at maybe making
a ham stick if he can get the wire winding figured out. Just wanted to bring it to members as a
DIY project.

Peter made the motion to close the meeting. Roger 2nd the motion and members agreed so
the meeting closed at 8:39 with members hanging around to talk.

Submitted to members by
Chris / KG4UQL
WRARC Secretary

Minutes – Meeting June 26. 2018

The WRARC held it’s regular monthly meeting at the American Legion building in Danville. Those in attendance were: KG4UQL, KA4SWT, KG4VCR, KB4UPW, KM4QOY, WQ4Z, KE4INO, KI6SEP, KI6SER, KF4FMQ, KY4KD, KD0HYA, AC4NE, W9WA, N4JCT, KJ4ND, K4FT, KY4RW and KM4TPW.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by President Mike May. Mike asked if there was a motion to accept the the minutes as presented in the email. John W said he makes the motion with one change and that is to the upcoming test session. The minutes show 25th June but the correct date is 28th June. Bill 2nd
the motion and all members approved.

Mike asked for a treasury report. Bill W made the motion to approve the report. Dan L 2nd the motion with all members approving.

Mike said he thought all went well although there was a double booking of the building. The band of course
was loud and could have been turned down some to be able to enjoy. Ken said it will not happen next year.
Mike said it looked like all the things on our list to bring was there with more. Mike also mentioned that we were on the front page of the paper, and was a very good write up. George C said he would like to send a letter to the editor to thank them for covering our event. Members said that would be a good idea for him to go ahead.
This event started out slow for the first few hours then picked up. When all was done in this 12 hour event we scored over 27,000 points. Know we wait to see how we did.
The special event that was done on Memorial Day weekend was slow and that was due to a three day weekend. We wound up with 16 contacts from 6 states.
Mike asked when the next event was. Ken said the next on the 14th of June this is the HF World Championship. The events are listed on our web page.
Mike said we might want to think about ways to get our coax and power into the building so the doors can
close since the building manager wanted them to be closed. Chris said the coax thing was already being looked at but the power thing will have to be studied.
John W said for those that have built their kits he has some updates and upgrades he can help them with. These will help with some of the problems that people have had.
Ken drew for the club legion hat which Bernie H was the winner. Then drew for a Yaesu hat that Ken brought back from Dayton Hamfest. The winner of this was Janie. We will have another drawing next month for more. Yes you have to attend to win.
Ken said it is that time again to get our dues in. Military Legion members will get a notice in the mail (or should). The easy way on this is to pay online with card the cost is still $30. The Sons is $20 and can be made check made out to American Legion Post 46 or cash. You can give this to him and he will take care of it. The Associate is $30 and can be paid the same way and he will take care of. Several members took care of this. Ken said he wanted to that Sharon’s daughters for helping Ruby with the meal and cleaning up
the building for this event. Ken said that there is a Post Service Committee that is being looked at that can help lower the Associate dues but that is a work in progress so more to come on this.

Mike asked if there was a motion to close the business portion of the meeting. Janie made the motion Dan 2nd the motion and the business meeting closed at 8:10pm.
Andy had some pics and video of field day that he shared with the members in attendance.
The meeting closed at 8:30pm

Submitted to members by:
Chris / KG4UQL
WRARC Secretary

Minutes – Meeting May 22. 2018

The WRARC held it’s regular meeting at the American Legion building in Danville Ky on May 22, 2018. Those attending the meeting were: KG4UQL, KF4FMQ, KG4VCR, WQ4Z, KE4INO, WD4LEW, K4FT, W8MW, KB4NPW, AC4NE, KJ4ND, KY4KD, KA4SWT and KI6SEP.

President Mike May called the meeting to order at 7:32pm. Mike asked if there was a motion to dispense with the reading of last months meeting.
John W made the motion to dispense with the reading. Peter 2nd the motion and all members agreed.

Mike asked ken for a treasury report. –  John W 2nd the motion and all members accepted.

— OLD Business —
D-Star Ken said that the American Legion Dstar net is growing and they had 19 check-ins from 4 states. The next net will be held on June 5th at 8pm on REF 056C. By-Laws Mike said he had brought in copies of the new by-laws and Chris has a copy. Sharon asked if a copy will be placed on the club’s web site. Ken said yes it will be no problem to do that. VE TEST SESSION John W said that 5 people came to the last test session with 2 getting their tech and 3 getting General. The next testing date is July 25th here at Legion.

— NEW Business —

Ken wanted to talk first before getting to field day. Ken said he had made a big mistake for the field day weekend. He had waited to get it on the legion calendar and with that the legion has planned a event too. When he discovered this he called the officers and board members to let them know of the boo boo. To all of those the response was no worries we will make it work. The legion has planned a Fathers Day meal and a band, this will run from 5pm to around 8:30pm. The legion is paying for the meal so our Saturday night meal is taken care of. Sunday we are on our own. Chris said this can be a good thing since we have no idea on who might attend to get us some public exposure. This we can make into have fun and enjoy.

Field Day
I’m not going to try to get into all the things talked about since i could not write all down fast enough. The jest of the plans were broad. John W had a drawing on a lay out for antennas and radios this can change since we don’t know the weather. The legion plans on the band being outside but if it rains things change. So the short version of the thing brought up was if you plan on attending bring coax, extension cords and portable poles. We think we have enough wire antennas but the other items it better to have more than not enough. If you can think of something and want to bring do so you never know.

Field day is JUNE 23-24 this year.
We will start setting up at 8am and getting on air around 2pm. Tear down is Sunday 2pm so iff you can we need as many people to help since it seems not all come back to help with this, it does take awhile to tear this down. The list below mentions some of the things being brought or taken care of.
George Coomer— Generator
Mike May—– Back up Generator.
Andy— Solar Panel and Battery.
Sharon—- Media Table, Saturday lunch (pizza,chips,drinks and plates).
Chris— Newspaper and invites to elected officials in county government along with other agencies.

All members if you have a facebook page advertise field day. Check out desktop computers on the 9th or around this date. Motion was made to order Dacron 3/16 rope 1000ft all approved. So as you can see we were busy and i’m sure i missed something. It just breaks down to if you have it bring it cause it might be needed.

Ky QSO Party
Ken mentioned that the Ky QSO party is Saturday June 2nd at the club room and will run 10am to 10pm. Ken, Mike and Chris said they will be there so all are welcome to come. Chris said that if you have been on the weekly nets then you have heard Gi check in from Anderson county. He said she has contacted him and will be coming since no one around her is doing this event.

Special Event
Ken said that the club has been asked to help in this special event Saturday the 26th from 1-4pm on Dstar. The is a legion event.

John W made the motion to close the business portion of the meeting. Sharon 2nd and this portion closed at 8:47.

Presentation Mike brought in a simplex repeater controller that Radio Shack made Model 19-345. He brought in a couple of ht’s to show how it worked. Simple to setup and good for emergency.

John W brought in his Ubitx kit and wanted others to see the box he ordered for it. The box was $34 and shipping was $20 the cheap shipping. The box came with extra parts that can connect to the kit and still has some tweeking to do to get it completed.
The meeting closed at 9:15pm

Submitted to members by Chris/ KG4UQL WRARC Secretary