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

Minutes – Meeting October 24. 2017

The WRARC held it’s regular meeting at the American Legion Building in Danville. Those in attendance were:KG4UQL, KA4SWT, KG4VCR, K4FT, WD4LEW, KF4FMQ, KM4FRM, N4JLT, KM4PDI, KM4QOY, WQ4Z, KE4INO and visitors KD0HWY and W8MW.

The meeting was called to order by vice president Mike May at 7:33pm.

Mike asked Chris to read the minutes from the September meeting. Chris read the minutes for September
with no discussion Ken Whitehouse made the motion to accept the minutes.John Lewis 2nd and the members present approved.

Mike asked Ken for a treasury report. John Lewis 2nd and to members approved.
Ken added that the club was doing good with 85% of dues paid

We had 2 guest that introduced themselves. They were Daniel Lubinski KD0HWY and Mike Wingfield W8MW.

With discussion about this it was decided to let Sharon and George continue with the trustee as long as they can do it.

Ken Whitehouse said that they had 4 people show up. The Red Rooster is now just called Rooster with the
same staff. The next coffee is November 17th at 9:00am. Location is next to Danville post office.

Mike asked what about the qst’s. Ken said Toni said not in a hurry if we are taking which will give us time to
build a shelf.

Mike said he hoped everyone had a chance to think about a preparedness plan for there family.

John Lewis siad he has heard some crashing or static on the repeater from time to time. Mike said all
members need to monitor to see if they here anything.

John Wulf said that the club has another test session on the 28th which is Saturday at the MethodistChurch next to the hospital in Danville starting at 10:00am.
John added that there are two new bands for ham radio. To use them you have to apply to the power commission to get approval.

The next before meeting meal will be held at Mallard’s at 6:00pm out by Bob Allen’s car lot on the bypass.

John Wulf said that the Ky QSO Party is November 11th from 10am to 10pm and will be doing this at the club station. Not sure if we will do the full 12hrs but will have to see how it goes.

Chris told members that there were member list on the tables and to please check to make sure your information is correct so he can complete. When done he will make copies so all members have contact info if they need to contact others.

Ken said the Legion is having a Thanksgiving dinner on November 18th at 5pm. You need to bring a side dish. Ken said that this is a really good dinner.

George Coomer said the national legion d-star net is the first Monday of the month at 9:00pm. The  net control of the net has some health issues that being said the club has been task to take over as net control of this national net. This will be done from the club room with who ever would like to come out. This is also the first time it has been done from a American Legion Post, so this is a big honor.

Ken said he would be doing the weekly net this week since Bill can not. The net is on 145.310mhz and a tone of 100.0. Sharon asked Chris since Bill can’t do could he send out a reminder Chris said he would.

Since our meeting in December is after Christmas was not sure how many members would be able to attend with some leaving to be with family or other plans. Sharon made the motion to make our Christmas the Legion Thanksgiving time. George Coomer 2nd and all members approved. So mark your calendar for November 18th 5:00pm at the Legion building.

John Wulf brought in a article from arrl on a interoperability training exercise set for November 4th-6th. John said Chris might know more about this. Chris said that info keeps changing for the MARS side and not sure if the amateur has changed any. During the exercise a designated DOD headquarters entity will request county by county status report from the 3,143 US counties. This will be primarily on the 60 meter interoperability channels as well as others. A informational broadcast on Sunday the 6th on 13483.5 khz from 1600 to 1615 UTC. Hams should monitor for more info about the exercise and how they can participate in this exercise. Also on Saturday 0300 to 0315 UTC channel 1 (5330.5 khz)

Ken made the motion to close the business meeting. John Lewis 2nd and the businees meeting closed.

Mike gave a brief presentation on a subject he brought up at a earlier meeting. This was a dipole for your ht to improve your signal. He had made one for his as close to the story he had read. He explained what he had done and some variations of a different way to also do this.

The meeting closed at 8:46 pm.