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 —

Mistake
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

Minutes – Meeting April 12. 2018

The WRARC held it’s before meeting meal as a cook-out at the Legion building. Several members arrived early to set-up and start cooking not to mention lots of talking. Those that attended had smiles and a full belly with hamburgers and hot dogs and loads of sides and desserts. There is a pic of those that got to attend the meal attached to this email i hope.

The meeting was called to order by President Mike May at 7:34pm. Those attending were: KG4UQL, KF4FMG, KG4VCR, N4JLT, KD0HYA, KA4SWT, WQ4Z, KE4INO, KM4QOY, KJ4ND, KB4NST, WD4LEW, W9WA, W9LRR, K3KZU, K4FT, KY4RW, KK4IYY, KI6SEP, KI6SER, KM4OLL, KB0DJP, KB4UPW, KY4KD and guest Valaire Coomer and Toni Cromwell post 46 commander.

Mike asked if there was a motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes. Dennis made the motion and 2nd by Sharon with all members present giving approval.

Mike asked Ken for a treasury report:
John Wulf made the motion to accept the report as given. Dan 2nd and the members approved

— OLD Business —
George Coomer reported on the club events. April had a bunch of events going on so we chose the Michigan QSO Party this past Saturday. We had 42 contacts with several multipliers. There were several members attending. The D-Star net had 19 check-ins from four states. On the D-Star side Legion TLARC is going to do a special event on the 26th and has asked us to do part of the D-Star mode during this event. This will be run from the club room running from 1pm to around 4pm. There will be more info coming on this.

— NEW Business — –

By-Laws- Mike said that the by-laws need to be voted on with the changes that have been made. We have enough members here tonight to get that completed. Mike asked if there was a motion to approve the changes to the new by-laws. Dennis made the motion and Bill 2nd the motion and all members present approved the new by-laws.

– VP –
Ken mentioned that we still had a vacant office that needed to be taken care of. Ken said he wanted to nominate Ken Whitehouse for the VP. Mike asked if there were any other nominations. There were none. Mike asked for a vote and all members voted to have Ken W as VP.

– Logs –
Bill said he had some old paper logs is anyone was interested in them. – Field Day – Sharon said we need to start talking about field day since it is almost here. It was decided to do it again from the legion building. Janie pulled up the rules for 2018 and many things were talked about but not locked down so next month more will be discussed.

– UBitx –
Mike said most if not all of those that ordered the kits have them now and would be nice when you get them done to bring the units in to see all the different ways they were put together.

– Legion Event –
Ken Whitehouse said that an amateur band that played country and bluegrass will be playing here at 7pm on May 12th and all members are welcome to attend.

Mike asked if there was any other business there was none. Mike asked for a motion to close. Dan made the motion to close Sharon 2nd and the meeting closed at 8:17pm

Submitted to the members By WRARC Secretary Chris Galbreath

 

Minutes – Meeting March 27. 2018

The WRARC held it’s regular monthly meeting at the American Legion Building in Danville.
Those in attendance were: KG4UQL, KB4UPW, KD0HYA, KG4VCR, KA4SWT, N4JLT, KF4FMQ, KY4KD, KE4INO, WQ4Z, W8MW, W9WA, K4FT, KK4IYY, KJ4ND, KM4OLL, W9LRR, KB4NST, KI6SER and KI6SEP there were others that did not sign in. We had two visitors from Hawaii.

The meeting was called to order by club president Mike May at 7:30pm. We wanted to vote on the Bylaws but we were two members short so we proceeded with regular business meeting.

Ken Whitehouse made the motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes from last month as all got a copy by email and approve as written. Dennis 2nd the motion with all members in agreement.

Mike asked for a treasury report.
There was no questions on the report so Bill made the motion to accept as read. Dan 2nd the motion and all members accepted.

— OLD Business —
KY QSO PARTY: Mike asked John if the Ky QSO Party was still on. John said yes it is in June on the 2nd running from 10am to 10pm. Chris asked if the club was going to run the full time. John said it would be nice even if we had to do shifts to cover the 12hrs. This will be held at the clubs radio station. John said Ken has something that came to the club by mail. Ken held up a plaque from last years Ky QSO Party in which we got 1st place in single station multi operators. There were also awards for that did this event.

AL D-STAR NET: The D-Star net went well with 8 members at the club station participating. The next Legion net is April 2nd 8:00pm. This in on reflector 56C.

COFFEE GET TOGETHER: The next coffee is April 6th at AJ’s next to Danville Post Office starting at 9:00am

FUND RAISER: Mike said that he had looked up the wreaths across America. He did not think there track record looked to good. They are run by the owners and employees of the company that makes the wreaths. They won’t let other companies donate live greenery for the project and this does not sound good. Members did the google thing and found a lot of good things that they did do and have been doing this for several years. Ken said we needed someone to take the reins on this and said Chris has agreed to take the point for this fund raiser. Chris said he will get into the paper work and get things going. Janie said that we could use there yard during the 127 yard sale just pitch a canopy and see if people give. Janie said Andy would be there since she
will be out to do yard sale shopping ( sorry Andy ).

— NEW BUSINESS —
Bylaws as mentioned before we did not have enough to vote two members short. This will have to be taken up at the April 24th meeting. So with hopes of getting the number we need to vote it was decided that the before meeting meal will be at the American Legion with a cookout that will start at 6:30pm. The club will supply the hamburgers and hot dogs. Chris will supply the condiments to go with. Members need to bring a side dish that will go with meal.

With nothing left Ken Whitehouse made the motion to close the business portion of the meeting. Janie 2nd the motion carried by the members. Business closed at 8:01pm.

PRESENTATION:

Mike gave the power point on the UBitx HF radio kit from India. Many of you know from past minutes several are going to give it a try. Mike and Ken ordered in early January. Wow they finally can in and yes it takes awhile. Ken still has some more work but Mike has his working and has made some contacts in New England. He went into the do’s and do not along
with the yes and no’s. Sounds funny but if you were at meeting this makes sense. Mike said the main thing to understand is that there are NO instructions. So most info you have to get from site. UBitx.net is a good one with the forums with many topics to help you out. HFsigals.com has info on some of the wiring and other odds and ends you can read. The UBitx site has all kinds of
different set ups on design so check out pics. This is a kit no warranty but after checking out the site it’s only where your imagination takes you. He made his box from sheet metal ( by scratch ) so this was time and redoing on some mess ups. There is wiring that can be tricky but most to board is plug and play the rest away from board does require some soldering to different things. You have to pay attention and do research BEFORE you start. He said that he had around 20hrs in his but had the box he bent that took some time. It might take others less or more time just on fast you go but he said don’t go fast take your time.

The meeting closed at 8:37pm and members mingled and talked to our visitors to make them welcome.

Submitted to members of the WRARC
By Chris wrarc Secretary