Minutes of March 23, 2021 Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club
Meeting via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Welcome home Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May at 1933

Attendees: 12 members;
 Members: Harold Miller (AF6MB), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), John Wulf (K4FT),
Mike May (KF4FMQ), Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Gene Klaus (KO4IVI), Andy Rose (KI6SEP), Russell
Chaney (KN4OHD), Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Tom Allen(KO4LLX), Larry Roberts (KE4LR)

Previous meeting was February 23, 2020. Motion to accept Minutes of that meeting as published (via
email) by John, 2nd by Gene, passed by acclimation.

Treasurer’s Report.
(Note: numbers were not discussed during meeting due to security concerns and were provided
separately after the meeting)
 Starting balance.
 No income, no expenses
 Ending/current balance.

Activities Report:
 Completed:
o Monday, March 1, 2021 TALARC D-STAR Net: There were 47 total check-ins including
Net Control from 18 states. (See appendix for details.)
o Coffee Zoom session March 5, 2021.
o Conducted Zoom for the NCJ NAQP RTTY Party and/or South Carolina QSO Party on
Saturday, February 27. Thanks to Danville Garden Club for use of their Zoom account.
o Conducted Zoom Saturday, March 13th, 1pm-5pm for Oklahoma QSO party.
party, the Idaho QSO party, and/or a PSK contest. Thanks to Danville Garden Club for
use of their Zoom account.
 Upcoming:
o Monthly coffee via Zoom: Friday, April 2, 9 A.M.
o Next TALARC D-STAR: Monday, April 5. Remember you can check in via EchoLink from
your computer or smartphone to either node KY4RW-L or use EchoLink’s search mode on
o April 17 (Saturday): a number of QSO parties. Dennis will provide Zoom.
o Ongoing participation in the TALARC HF net at 1930 (or later if frequency is not clear
from previous net) on Wednesdays just before our 2000 Net.
o VE Testing on April 23. Contact Harold if you are willing to assist.
Old Business:
 Dennis is home!
 Work underway transferring responsibilities to other members from George Griebe who has
been doing this for years. Ken & Chris are spearing-heading the effort.
o SERA (Southeastern Repeater Association). Membership cannot be transferred; Chris
will get a new membership that will activate when George’s runs out. Everything setup
& good to go. No new information.
o IRS still in process – cannot get confusion resolved for name and address. Keep getting
“access denied” and the 3 people at IRS contacted have not been able to resolve. Work
continues by Ken. Not due until June.
 Discussion to purchasing inexpensive tablets for VE testing.
o No tablet purchases for April VE session
o May be able to put Linux on some computers donated by Bill. Harold will look into
these once he gets the computers. Limitation may be laptops are not touchscreen and a
signature is required.
o Harold believes with 20 testees, 3 signature entry machines with one spare would be
 Danville ham KL1SE (Shell Stevens) had antenna come down due to ice storm. Looking for
recommendation of person to hire to put a new one up. Not in a hurry: wants to wait until
weather better. Doug gave update & will pull a posse together shortly.
 Looking for people to make presentations at future meetings: please contact Mike if you would
like to present or have suggestions of topics.

New Business
 Bourbon Chase Relay Race: announcement made on 3/9 that it is on for 2021. We need to make
a “go” decision by April if possible but no later than May. We can back out later if COVID
concerns continue but lead times mean we need to get started by April. There are a lot of items
to discuss so we can make an informed decision. Andy will present the items at April meeting (if
we choose to discuss it then)
 Doug has been able to procure a lot of 2x4s for use in the trailer so we will not need to purchase
 Repeater backup battery is still good: Doug charged it and tested it into load as well as running
repeater from it.
 Would like a 20 foot or larger storage container to unload the trailer for construction. There is a
lot of stuff in the trailer that we should probably not keep.
 Next Monthly meeting: Tuesday April 27, 2021 at 1930, open forum at 1900. Adjournment
Motion to Adjourn by Harold, 2nd by Peter; Passed by acclimation. Adjourned at 2023.