WRARC 24 July 2018 Minutes
The WRARC held it’s regular monthly meeting at the American Legion Post 46 building in
Danville. Those in attendance were: KG4UQL, KA4SWT, KF4FMQ, WD4LEW, KB4UPW,
N4JLT, K4FT, W9WA, KM4QOY, AC4NE, KG4VCR, KJ4ND, WQ4Z, KE4INO, KU4KD,
KE4SHC, KY4KD, KG4PIF, KI6SEP and visitors KK4MJZ and Bill Corall.
Metting was called to order by President Mike May at 7:34pm. Mike asked if there was any
changes in the minutes since all had gotten by email. Being none is there a motion to accept
the minutes as presented. Bill made the motion with John L 2nd and all members approving.
Mike asked Ken for a treasury report. Joel made a motion to accept the report and John L 2nd with all members approving.
— Old Business —
BITX Radio: John W said he had ordered a board that was surface mount to help on receive.
Has not tested it yet but glad he ordered 2 since one flipped across room and is still lost. Will
give updates later. Mike said his seems fine as he has made several contacts but is behind on
updates and upgrades he sure.
DUES: Club dues are now due in July so everyone needs to get them in. A Legion member can pay him or do it online your choice. The SAL and Associate will have to pay Ken so he can
turn in. Make checks out to American Legion Post 46. Legion members $30, SAL $20 and the
Field Day: Mike said we need to start looking into ways to get coax and power into building so
not to cause a tripping hazard, but there is time to address that later just think on it. Mike told
Sharon he wanted to thank her daughters again for helping Ruby on the meal held during
this event. Mike asked Ken if the committee thing was finalized yet. Ken said the commander
has it done. The Post Services Committee is to help Ruby do things for events held and the
building. This is only at this time 3 events for the year and if interested let him know so he
can get the numbers to Ruby so she can get together with you and plan future events. This
will bring your dues down to $10 if you want to join the committee.
— NEW Business —
Mike said he understood that there was an incident with our wire antennas. John and Ken said
that all is back up but the people took about 300ft of our Dacron rope. Do not know why but it
was done and the Legion is aware of it. Mike asked if we need to order more. John said we
still have plenty for right now.
Drawing: Ken drew a name for our last club hat. Peter was the winner of the drawing. Kenneth
brought in some hats from Yaesu and drew for that hat. The winner was Sharon for that hat.
VE Testing: John W said the next test session was this Saturday 28th starting at 10:00am. It
will be held here at the Legion Building.
ARES: Chris said he wants to sign up members to do emergency communications or ARES.
Before you say yes he wanted to tell of the mandatory courses that have to be taken and he
didn’t anyone signing up that was not committed to do the training. The courses are on the
FEMA website and free online to take. https://training.fema.gov then click on the online course
catalog. The courses are ics100, ics200, isc700 and ics800 it will take awhile to take and you
can take at your time schedule. He wants all to think about and will sign up people next month
with the ARES paper work and the state paper work. If interested and can’t be at next months
meeting and are willing to do the training he can sign you up at another time. For those that
have taken these courses and do not have copies of certificate you can get a transcript from
the web site above. He said he had some of the members documents already. He does need
copies for records. Anymore questions contact him.
127 YARD SALE: Andy said that his yard is for use if you have some things to sell. He said
he was not sure if they would be there or not. He could offer a pop up tent and table and located on Maple Ave which has traffic. Just let him know.
Mike said since no more business is there a motion to close the business portion of the meeting. Kenneth made the motion with Bill 2nd and the members agreeing so the business
portion closed at 8:26pm.
PRESENTATION: Mike brought up a ham stick question with 2 ham stick’s and an adapter which
make it a rotatable dipole. He had a thought about putting two or three sets together to make
a beam. He googled it and several had did this. He had a chart as an example and said it just
seemed neat and might be a good thing to do on qrp. He said he was looking at maybe making
a ham stick if he can get the wire winding figured out. Just wanted to bring it to members as a
Peter made the motion to close the meeting. Roger 2nd the motion and members agreed so
the meeting closed at 8:39 with members hanging around to talk.
Submitted to members by
Chris / KG4UQL