The regular meeting of the Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club was held at the American Red Cross building in Danville on June 7, 2016. The meeting was called to order by the club president, John Montgomery, K4OH at 7:35 pm. Amateur Radio operators present at the meeting included: George Griebe, WQ4Z, Sharon Griebe, KE4INO, Edward Durham, KT4HR, Marshall McElfresh K4UKB, John Lewis WD4LEW, Ron Skelton W6W0, Mike May KF4FMQ, Bernie Hunstad KN4WTP, Doug Collins KA4SWT, Joel Haberman KU4KD, Zenah Teater KK4IYY, David Pleasants KM4PDI, John Montgomery K4OH, Ken Douglas KM4FRM, Marty Montgomery KE4SHC, Peter Rock KJ4ND, George Coomer KM4QOY, Roger Parson KG4VER, and Bill Waldschmidt W9WA .
Sharon, KE4INO read the minutes from the April 2016 meeting. Joel KU4KD made a motion to accept the minutes and Ed Durham KT4HR seconded the motion. Ken Douglas KM4FRM gave the treasury report. A check had been made out to Sharon KE4INO for bills which included insurance, and the annual incorporation papers and other bills. Marshall K4UKB made a motion to accept the treasury report and Bill W9WA second the motion.
During the last contest held up in the clubroom there were 5 amateurs that competed.They used the new software and sent the ADIF files to John. Ed Durham KT4HR, Marty Montgomery KE4SHC, Juerg Weidmann KK4JW, John Montgomery K4OH, and John Wulf K4FT. They also checked out all the computers for Field Day and repaired any that were not working properly.
Final plans were made for Field Day. The Field Day will be at the R R Donnally Clubhouse on Stewarts Lane. Mike May will bring his generator. Joel Haberman and George Coomer also have generators if they need to use them. Doug Collins, John Montgomery, Marshall McElfresh, John Wulf, will all bring radios including the club radio. The club will be running 3A . We will be doing single sideband, cw, VHF and have a GOTA station. John Montgomery will bring antennae. George Coomer will check around town to find out if we can get chicken and sides donated for 25-30 people. If not, then a charitable reduced cost for same and reimbursement to George if it costs more than $ 50. Sharon Griebe will take care of lunch providing pizza, pop, cookies, chips, paper plates, napkins, plastic silverware, etc. Set-up for Field Day will start at 8:00 am.
In other business George Coomer has picked up the clubs trailer from Marshall McElfresh.
Marshall said the repeater site needs to be checked to make sure everything is running alright.
John Montgomery has talked to Chris Galbreath regarding the Red Cross Building contents. Chris tagged several items with blue post-it notes and has talked to Bill Sammons regarding the building. According to Ruth Ann the new drug program is not a 24 hour business. Doug Collins and Ed Durham will come to the Red Cross building tomorrow to seek information. George Griebe, repeater trustee will receive a key to the repeater site.
Bill Waldschmidt stated that the IT director says they are retiring some XP computers and wanted to know if the club was interested in obtaining any of them. John M said that, yes, the club can use them.
Marshall asked about the antenna they took down and apparently there has not been any interest in it. Chris Galbreath had sent out emails to club members, the Louisville club, and Northern Kentucky with no response. Suggestions were to list the tower on KY HAM, Craigs List or something similar.
A special program was given by Ron Skelton W6WO about Baluns: What they do and how they do it. Bottom line: If you have a dipole fed by coax, put a balun on the coax as near to the antenna as possible.
Bill Waldschmidt made a motion to close the meeting and Peter Rock seconded the motion. Meeting closed approximately 9:15pm.
Sharon Griebe, KE4INO, acting secretary