The WRARC monthly meeting was called to order at 7:35pm. We had hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips and pop from 6:30-7:30pm. Meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by President John Montgomery (K4OH). Those attending the meeting included the following: George Griebe (WQ4Z), Sharon Griebe (KE4INO), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Bill Waldschmidt ((W9WA), Marty Montgomery ((KE4SHC), Merle Montgomery (KG4PIF), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Doug Collins (WA4SWT), Ken Whitehouse SR (N4JLT), Don Stivers (KM4OLL), Ray Whitehouse (KI4BM), David Pleasants(KM4PDI) with 2 guests, Roger Parsons (KG4VCR), John Montgomery (K4OH), John Wulf ( K4FT), John Lewis (WD4LEW), Bennie Kessler (KB4UPW), Ken Douglass (KM4FRM), and visitors- Addison and Kipling Griebe. Assistant secretary Sharon, KE4INO, Griebe read the June notes. Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA) made a motion to accept the minutes. Peter Rock (KJ4ND) seconded the motion.
Treasurer report was given by Ken Douglass (KM4FRM). Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA) approved the treasurers report and John Lewis (WD4LEW) seconded the motion.
The tower work is done. We have two towers- a 58 foot and a 48 foot tower.
Doug Collins (WA4SWT) said he discovered an antenna problem with the antenna. He has been in contact with the company and has since discovered our antenna was one of the first ones made even though we have not used it a lot. The man he talked to at the company offered to send a new antenna, balun, and accessories. He wanted pictures of the antenna being taken down and put back up. Doug has emailed the man twice and the man has not responded. If he does not get the new antenna Doug said he will try other options.
Field Day was described as being AWESOME! We were 3A. Total points were 3420. Last year it was 3004. The GOTA station made 78 QSO’s. We had 1350 in bonus points-including battery power charged by a solar cell, a training session, public area, a display table, news article, Boyle EMA Mike Wilder, Mercer county Sheriff, State Commander of American Legion and Former Commander of American Legion. These all added points to our total score.
Field Day was a total success. We had the State Commander of American Legion and Former Commander of American Legion visit. Tony Cromwell from Post 46 was also in attendance. Many people brought food for a picnic and Ken Douglass and Tony from the American Legion cooked hamburgers and hot dogs.
Amateurs eligible were encouraged to join the American Legion Radio Club. Google TALARC to join. They run nets on 40 & 20 with digital nets as well. You must be a member or son of the American Legion to join.
Benny Kessler (KB4UPW) asked if our repeater is linked to any other. The answer was no. He stated Campbellsville was linked to Chattanooga.
Ken Douglass (KM4FRM) introduced Roger Parsons (KG4VCR) to the club.
Ken Douglass (KM4FRM) explained the new dues system. There will be three categories.
1. Full- American Legion
2. Legion sons
3. Associates members of Post 46
Full membership- you served in wartime periods.
Son- You did not serve but father or mother or grandparent did serve.
For full legion members you will start getting emails in July from National until December. This will be paid $30.00 by check and mailed to Post 46. Then they send to National.
Legion sons-next month in July you will receive emails requesting dues of $20.00 to be paid to Post 46.
Associates- Not a member of American Legion. You will pay $30.00 to the WRARC treasurer (Ken Douglass). Check is made out to WRARC for 2018.
WRARC will get rebates. This year it was &600 plus $200. WRARC gets no money for full memberships. Local Post money only goes to National.
Example: Sons $30.00 goes to post. WRARC gets $20.00 back. Post 46 loses money but they will be investing in our club. The Post has monthly income. They are self sufficient. They rent out the other building on their property to the State for a daycare. They also have a social club. Family memberships would be $60.00. There will be no more WRARC family memberships. For the first year WRARC
Will pay the extra for a family. Next year the dues will be $30.00 per family member.
Don Stivers(KM4OLL) asked about Legion numbers. Next year your card will have the number on it. Ken will get Legion numbers for those needing it. The women’s auxiliary dues are $25.00 year.
Ray Whitehouse (KI4BM) wanted to know if the club had a vertical antenna. John Montgomery stated we do have one that works simplex, 6 meter, 2 meter, and 440.It is not yet mounted.
Doug (KA4SWT) stated he will be needing help running conduit through the ceiling- maybe 3-4 people.
The next testing session will be July 22, 2017 at the Methodist Church on 3rd street in Danville.
July 7-8 there is a Hamfest in Indiananopolis.
For the July meeting we will be eating at the Guadalajara Restaurant by Big Lots in Danville at 6:00PM
John Wulf (K4FT made a motion to close the meeting. Mike May (KF4FMQ ) seconded the motion. Meeting closed at 8:36 pm
Sharon Griebe KE4INO
Acting secretary for Chris (KG4UQL)