Minutes – Meeting February 27. 2018

The WRARC held it’s regular meeting at the legion post 27 Feb 2018.
Those in attendance were as follows. KG4UQL, KG4VCR, AC4NE, WD4LEW, KF4FMQ, KY4RW, W9LRR, KV4WTP, K4FT, N4JLT, W9WA, K4OH, W8MW, KI6SEP, KY4KD, KJ4ND, KD0HYA, KE4INO, WQ4Z and KM4OLL.
President Mike May called the meeting to order at 7:35pm.
Mike said that since Chris sent out the minutes with the meeting reminder and all had a chance to read and review, he is making a motion to forgo the reading of the minutes. Bernie 2nd the motion and all members approved.
Mike asked Ken to give a treasury report.
The wish list has been taken care of and Ken Whitehouse donated a tv. He wanted to thank all that donated.


By Laws

Mike said that the officers and board along with a few members met last week to go over the changes needed and up-dated. This will get us inline with the MOA we signed with the American Legion. Mike presented the power point and told of the changes that they came up with. All members seemed to agree. These need a 2/3 of membership vote to be ratified which will be voted on at the March meeting. So ALL members need to try to attend so this matter can be taken care of. Members asked if they could have a copy Chris told Mike he would send out to all members so that those not present could review before next meeting.


Ky QSO Party

John Wulf said that a new group was doing the event now. The Paducah Amateur Radio Association. Web site for more info www.kyqsoparty.org and now will be held in June. The date will be June 2nd 2018 this runs 12hrs and will be 10 to 10 eastern time.

Legion Net

Mike said that George wanted him to remind members that the Legion D-Star will be March 5th at 8pm. Check in if you have a radio or come on out to clubs radio room.

Fund Raiser

Ken said the commander of the post went to a meeting and came back with a way for the club to make some money. The project is Wreaths across America where live wreaths are placed at camp nelson on the graves. The wreaths are $XX.XX which we get $XX.XX and we do not have to do anything but get sponsors. They already have people to place the wreaths. We register to get an id so we get credit for sales. This is a way for us to obtain funds just so work on our part. He ask for feedback and Thomas made the motion to proceed with this by going ahead. Ken 2nd and all members agreed.
Mike asked for a motion to close the business portion of the meeting. Ken made the motion and John Lewis 2nd and the business portion closed at 8:30pm.


Mike said that since he and other members are going to do the qrp kits he had a tuner he ordered from China on Amazon. The price $12.00 delivered. The kit is pretty compact and the instructions were needless to say pretty bad. He got thru it and got it put together and gave a power point presentation on the way he put it together.  here are other ways that he found on youtube and forums online. The name QRP Manual Days Tuner, he’s not sure how they came up with. These are on ebay and other sites.

Before Meal

The meal has changed since meeting after getting phone call. It was Mallard’s but changed to China Town Buffet next to the Long John Silvers out by WalMart. The reason for the change is due to since we need to vote on bylaws next meeting. The last time the club went to Mallard’s it was good but took awhile to get orders and caused members to be late for meeting. So next meal China Town 6pm March 27th 2018
Meeting closed at 9:04pm
Hope to see everyone at next months meeting.
Submitted to WRARC members
By Chris wrarc secretary

Minutes – Meeting January 23. 2018

The WRARC held it’s regular monthly meeting at the American Legion building in Danville.
The business meeting started at 7:30pm and was called to order by new president Mike May.
Those present were: KI6SEP, KI6SER, KJ4NP, KY4KD, KM4PDI, KK4IYY, N4JLT, KI4BM, KG4UQL,KA4SWT,
Mike asked Chris to read the minutes from the last meeting. Chris said that the last meeting was in November
as the December meeting was a Meal meeting. Chris read the November minutes that sharon had done due
to him being gone. Mike made the motion to accept the minutes as read. John Lewis 2nd the motion and all
members approved.
Mike asked Ken for a treasury report.
 John Lewis made the motion and Roger 2nd the motion. Members approved.
– Repeater –
John Lewis said he is still hearing noise on the repeater. Chris asked if anyone else hears any noise on the
repeater. Members said they don’t hear anything. This brought up a discussion as was determined that he
was hearing the long squelch tall.
– December Meal –
Mike said he thought that the meal went very good and all that attended agreed.
– QSO Party –
Mike said the club participated this past Saturday (20 Jan)  in the American QSO Party which had 9 members
and made 75 contacts. We were only there for a few hours and everyone seemed to have good time.
George Coomer said the first Monday of February 8pm is the Legion D-Star net on reflector 56C from the
clubs radio room. There will be a contest Saturday the 10th not sure of time yet but this is a RTTY, CQ
WPX Contest. Will update everyone on a club start time.
Ken said that since the last wish list went so well he has another one. Some of the things listed have already
gotten someone signed to get or have to donate. The list got passed around Dennis said he would do $60
for the power pole strip. George and Sharon donated $100. Zena said he had the exact code key at home and
would donate it to the cause since not using it. This has left us needing a smart TV that can be put on wall in
radio room. A rotor to replace the one on the short tower such as a ham III or IV the one on the tower now
has stopped working. It is a older one and just quite. The beam on the short tower is a log periodic that we
just can’t seem to get working yet so if it can’t be fixed we will be in need of a A3S or MA-5B which has a small
foot print. If you have any of these things you can donate or help with call Ken or Chris to let them know.
Dennis asked if we could dispense with the reading of the minutes since we all get by email. If Chris, when he
sends out the meeting reminder attach the minutes again so all can read again before meeting. Chris said the
thought the bylaws stated reading of minutes but with a number of changes needed to the bylaws this could
be looked at a worded differently to reflect this action.
The business portion of the meeting closed at 8:04pm
Then Mike had a presentation on a diy mini antenna tuner. He found it on youtube by Kevin Loughin the film
is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX09rAOM_04 (hope the link is typed correct). He found that he had most of the parts gathered over the years dusty but usable. He did not go into depth but was a good brief of
this tuner. Mike said the reason for this presentation was he had just ordered one of the qrp kits that can be
obtained from hf signals located in India. For those that have not heard of this is the company that Ken got
his 40 meter kit (which Ken had there to show). They now have a kit for full coverage that is what he ordered.
Ken asked members who might be interested in building a kit and many raised there hands. Ken said they
need to order themselves and we could get together here at legion to do a building day or two. Go to web
site to get information on the the other things you will need to complete. The prices and shipping info is on
the site go for DHL shipping it has tracking. The kit lets you design many options to fit you and add.
Mike asked there was a motion to close. Dennis made the motion to close meeting and Ken 2nd with all
members agreeing at 8:47pm.
The next Coffee get together is Feb 9th at 9am located at AJ’S (rooster) down by the Danville post office.?
The before meeting meal was not brought up so i’m sure this can be talked about on the clubs weekly net
on Wednesday’s 8pm on the repeater.

Minutes – Meeting November 28. 2017

The WRARC monthly meeting was called to order at 7:45 pm. We had a great dinner with several members attending at Mallards in Danville.). Those attending the meeting included the following: George Griebe (WQ4Z), Sharon Griebe (KE4INO), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Bill Waldschmidt ((W9WA, Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Doug Collins (WA4SWT), Ken Whitehouse (N4JLT), Ray Whitehouse (KI4BM),  John Wulf ( K4FT), John Lewis (WD4LEW), Bennie Kessler (KB4UPW), Ken Douglass KY4KD), Ron Gaddis (AC4NE), Mike Wingfield (W8MW), Roger Parsons (KG4VCR), Bernie Hunstad (KM4TPW), Tom Demond (W9LRR), George Coomer (KM4QOY), Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Anne Weiskicher (KN4HFT), Joel Haberman (KU4KD), Dan Lubinski (KD0HYA). Also we had Janie Taylor KI6SER and Andy Rose KI6SEP at the dinner. We had a total of fifteen attendees at the dinner tonight.
Assistant secretary Sharon, KE4INO, Griebe read the October notes from Chris. Joel Haberman (KU4KD) made a motion to accept the minutes.  Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA) seconded the motion.
Treasurer report was given by Ken Douglass (KM4FRM).
We have new donations. Bill Waldschmidt donated a nice laptop with a big screen that will have windows 10 loaded on it. John will be working on the laptop. Peter Rock donated 2 HF radios. One was an HF rig a Yaesau 747  and the other is an ICOM 706. Both have been installed and are working.
Mike Wingfield made a motion to accept the treasurer report and John Lewis seconded the motion.
John Wulf reported there were 5 tests given and all passed the tests and some   applicants tried to upgrade.  The next testing session will be January 27, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Legion Building.
John Lewis stated the repeater is still acting up. It was suggested to have a time to go  up to site and maybe tighten the squelch.
John Wulf reported they made 198 contacts at the QSO party. They received 12,700 points. The score was tripled from last year.  They had 6-7 participants.
John Wulf reported the Field Day results.  We were 91 in  the nation 3A (319), 17 in Division out of 40 ad 2 in state out of 7.
    Sharon Griebe stated the Club license had been sent in for renewal.
The Thanksgiving Dinner put on by the Legion was a success. The food was delicious and everyone went home with a go box. Ken Whitehouse thanked everyone for help setting up the tables.
Ken Whitehouse reported D Star went very well. They had many check-ins. It was stated that maybe in January they will change from 26 A to 56 A or C. D Star is linked in Danville. 56 is KY. D Star region 444.2375 MHz D Star. The radio club has a D Star radio on loan.
Bill Waldschmidt reported that the weekly 2 meter nets are going well.
As far as anyone knows no one participated in the Inter Op exercise with the Dept of Defense.
Election according to the By Laws were held tonight.
President –Mike May (KF4FMQ)
VP was put off until December when the office runs out
Secretary- Chris Galbreath (KG4UQL)with Sharon Griebe(KE4INO) to help him
Treasurer- Ken Douglass (Ky4KD)
Activities Director-George Coomer (KM4Q0Y)
Board of Directors-Mike May read the minutes from 2016 regarding board members.  George Griebe and Joel Haberman volunteered to come off the Board according to the bylaws. New Board members are Ray Whitehouse and John Wulf. Doug Collins, Bill Waldschmidt and current officers will remain on board.  Ray Whitehouse suggested we need to have a Board meeting at least once a year. Board members are to make sure the rules of the club are followed and make sure we keep our nonprofit status and board members are to meet when there is a problem. Motions were made for nominations and voted on for all positions in the club.
John Wulf had found a QSO card from Chauncey Alcock and remade it to use for club contacts in his memory.
Mike May presented  a program on his new generator. He showed how you can buy an adapter to change it to a tri fuel conversion. His generator is from www.uscarb.com and you can buy the conversion  kit from them. Mike also bought a regulator for the fuel control. Mike said it should be a simple fix to make the changes. He stressed you should check your regulators and not assume your regulator is big enough. He also said we need to keep our linemen safe when dealing with generators and make sure everything is done properly. The main concern is any connection arrangement that might accidently feed electricity from the generator into the power lines.
Ken Douglass stated that starting in January we need to try and have some sort of a program every month.
Ken Douglass stated we are 91% on our 2018 dues.
Ken Douglass also stated the Post has invited the radio club to  a Christmas Dinner at the Post on Saturday December 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Everyone is asked to try to bring a dish to share with everyone. We will have a short informal meeting at the dinner.
Ken Douglass (KY4KD) made a motion to close the meeting and Joel Haberman (KU4KD) seconded the motion. Meeting closed at 9:15 pm.
Sharon Griebe KE4INO
Acting secretary for Chris KG4UQL