Minutes, February 22, 2022 Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club
Monthly Meeting
Meeting via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Thanks Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May (KF4FMQ) at 1931 hours.
Attendees: 12 members;
Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Mike May
(KF4FMQ), David Sexton (AE4YM), Chris Galbreath (KG4UQL), Andy Rose (KI6SEP), Larry
(WE4LR), Rick Flynn (KO4UHE), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA), Gene Klaus

Previous meeting was 25 January 2022. Motion to accept Minutes of that meeting as published (via
email) by Dennis (K3KZU), 2nd by Bill (W9WA). Passed by acclimation.

Treasurer’s Report:
$ Starting balance.
-$117.81 R&L for 2M Repeater Antenna
$Ending balance.

Past Activities Report:
• TALARC D-STAR: Monday, 7 February 2022. There were 46 total check-ins including Net
Control from 15 different states. The net began at 2000 hours ET with Ken (KY4KD) acting as Net
Control. Ken (KY4KD) conducted the net from his home QTH. The Legion announcements were
read by Gene KO4IVI. The “Veterans After Net” was conducted by Gene (KO4IVI) as well.
• CQ WPX RTTY Contest on 12 February 2022.
• Monthly coffee via Zoom: Friday, 7 January 2022, 0900 hours.

Old Business
o Secretary: No nominations -> still open
o TALARC D-STAR: Monday, 7 February 2022 at 2000 hours.
o Monthly Coffee via Zoom Friday, 4 February 2022, 0900 hours.
o Next Monthly meeting: Tuesday, 22 February 2022 at 1930 hours, open forum at 1900.
Doug (KA4SWT) and Chris (KG4UQL) recommended replacing the repeater antenna with a new Diamond
F22A antenna. The existing antenna is functional but should have improved performance and reliability
with the recommended replacement. A motion to purchase the antenna was made by Dennis (K3KZU),
seconded by Bill (W9WA) and passed without further discussion.

Peter recommended an activity for February. There are multiple contests scheduled for 12 February

  1. Peter (KJ4ND) will send out a zoom notice.
    Andy asked about the possibility of activating a tone squelch on the repeater transmitter. This would
    help with some QRM he and others are hearing on the repeater’s frequency.
    Chris (KG4UQL) asked about having hybrid in person/Zoom club meetings in the future. Mike said that Harold had told him that he thought that he had the things necessary to make that work. Mike will contact Harold and find out what he found out.

    New Business
    o TALARC D-STAR: Monday, 7 March 2022 at 2000 hours. Check-ins over the air on D-Star
    reflector 56C or via Echo Link. Early check-ins start 45 minutes before the Net, i.e. from
    1915 on. Remember you can check in via EchoLink from your computer or smartphone
    to either node KY4RW-L or use EchoLink’s search mode on “Danville”. Club members
    only: Ken will check you in if you send a text to his cell phone during the net.
    o The new Diamond F22A antenna has been purchased for the repeater. It is at Mike’s
    house for now until weather improves for installation.
    o Per Andy’s (KI6SEP) request in the last meeting, Doug (KA4SWT) has added a 100 Hz.
    tone squelch to the 2M repeater output.
    o Mike (KF4FMQ) has not contacted Harold about setting up a hybrid meeting.
    o Election of new Club Secretary. Rick (KO4UHE) was nominated by David (AE4YM), 2nd by
    Peter (KJ4ND). Dennis (K3KZU) proposed that nominations be closed, 2nd by Larry
    (WE4LR) and closure passed by acclamation. Having a quorum present, the election of
    the new Club Secretary was then passed by acclamation.
    o Group.io unsubscribe discussion and new member discussion.

    • Future Activities:
    o Peter (KJ4ND) proposed a club activity on Saturday, 26 March 2022.
    o Next club Coffee Social on Friday, 4 March 2022 (1st Friday of month) at 0900 hours via
    o Next monthly meeting is on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 (4th Tuesday of month) at 2000
    hours via ZOOM.

    Adjournment Motion to Adjourn by Chris (KG4UQL), 2nd by Andy (KI6SEP); Passed by acclimation.
    Adjourned at 2017.

    Minutes respectfully submitted,
    Mike May (KF4FMQ)

    After-meeting Presentation: none