Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club (WRARC)
Monthly Meeting Minutes for 27 DECEMBER 2022 – FINAL RECORD COPY
Hybrid meeting via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Thanks Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May (KF4FMQ) at 1932 hours EST.
Attendees: 10 attending members of 46 total:
Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA), Chris McCollough (KI4WKM), David Sexton (AE4YM), Dennis
Weiskircher (K3KZU), Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Ken Douglas (KY4KD), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Peter
Rock (KJ4ND) Ray Whitehouse (KY4RW), Rick Flynn (KO4UHE).
Previous meeting was 22 NOV 2022. Motion to accept Minutes of that meeting as published (via email)
by Dennis (K3KZU), 2nd by Peter (KJ4ND). Passed by acclimation.
$ Starting balance.
-$ SARA Repeater Dues
$ Ending balance.
Past Activities Report for NOV 2022:
o Previous Weekly WRARC OTA club net was conducted each Wednesday evening at
2000L on the club’s 2m Repeater.
o Previous WRARC hybrid Coffee Social was on Friday, 2 DEC 2022 (1st Friday of month).
o Previous TALARC Post 46 D-STAR NET (1st Monday of month) was conducted on 5 DEC 2022.
o Previous Club Activity was a Simplex Check-In Test on 10 DEC 2022 (1300L to 1700L).
The event was well attended with 10 club members attending. We first tried to contact
each other on 10 meters. The results were somewhat as expected, as only a few of us
could hear each other. Mainly those in the Danville area could hear each other with
some exceptions. Then we QSY to 20 meters. There the results were much better, and
several of us could hear each other. Next, we changed to 40meters, and this time most
if not all of us could hear each other. These contacts were all on SSB. Finally, we tried 80
meters. Surprisingly, this also was quite good, almost as good as 40 meters, and most of
us could hear each other. So, all told it was and interesting and informative event, and
may have some practical value if other modes were not available (repeater down). We
did also discuss some other issues, such as CW practice, and RTTY which were
interesting and informative. It was a good event and well attended. Attending were:
Dennis K3KZU; Doug KA4SWT; Harold AF6MP; Ken KY4KD; Mike KF4FMQ; Rick KO4UHE;
Tony KB4TC; Larry WE4LR; David KN4ZOA; and Peter KJ4ND
o Previous WRARC hybrid monthly club meeting was on Tuesday, 22 NOV 2022 (4th
Tuesday of month).
o An After Meeting video presentation on the operation of the ICOM 7300 was given by
Old Business from 22 NOV 2022 meeting
o REMINDER: WRARC Club Dues. Annual club dues for 2023 are now being accepted.
o REMINDER: ARRL Membership. American Radio Relay League (ARRL) membership info
needed in order to maintain our ‘active’ status as an affiliated ARRL club.
o WRARC ELECTIONS. Club elections were held for Club Officers and 2 Directors. 20%
required for quorum to hold elections, 44 active members to date. (9 members in
Dennis (K3KZU) made a motion to retain all current officers and the two directors who
are all up for re-election. 2nd by Harold (AF6MB). Passed by acclamation.
President: Mike May (KF4FMQ)
Vice-President: Chris Galbreath (KG4UQL)
Secretary: Rick Flynn (KO4UHE)
Treasurer: Ken Douglas (KY4KD)
Activities Manager: Peter Rock (KJ4BD)
Director1: Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA)
Director2: Doug Collins (KA4SWT)
o COURTESY RESOLUTION. Motion was made by Dennis (K3KZU) to commend Ken
(KY4KD) for his years of faithfulness & support of the club. 2nd by Rick (KO4UHE).
Passed by acclamation.
o THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER. Tony (KB4TC) remaindered everyone that the American
Legion Post 46 will have a free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day at 2:00 pm.
o REMINDER: WRARC Club Dues. Annual club dues for 2023 are now being accepted. To
date, 8 have not responded and have a grace period until FEB 2023.
Full Legion members are $30 and can be paid online with a credit card at
www.legion.org and click on “Renew”.
Sons of the American Legion are $20 and can be paid by check.
Legion Associate members are $30 and can be paid by check.
All checks should be made out to “The American Legion Post 46” and mailed to
Ken Douglass, 108 Chandler Drive, Danville, KY 40422.
o REMINDER: ARRL Membership. Ken (KY4KD) also needs to know which WRARC
members are also members of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in order to
maintain our ‘active’ status as an affiliated ARRL club. So PLEASE CONTACT KEN AND
LET HIM KNOW WHETHER YOU ARE A MEMBER OF ARRL OR NOT. Ken has to turn-in
the report to ARRL in November so it is very important that you get in touch with him.
o A suggestion was made for the club to develop a Commo SOP that would address
commo between club members when our repeater is down. This would address the
temporary use of other local / area repeaters in lieu of ours, local VHF/UHF simplex
frequencies, and especially designated HF SSB frequencies.
o Next weekly WRARC OTA club net is each Wednesday evening at 2000L on the club’s 2m
Repeater: 145.310 MHz with -600 kHz offset and Split PL Code 100 Hz (i.e. 100 Hz on
both Tx CTCSS & Rx CTCSS).
o Next WRARC hybrid Coffee Social is on Friday, 6 JAN 2023 (1st Friday of month) at 0900L
o Next TALARC Post 46 D-STAR NET (1st Monday of month) is on 2 JAN 2023.
o Next Club Activity is a North American QSO Party (SSB) on 21 JAN 2023 at 1800Z (1300L
to 1700L). It should be a good active national contest. Operations will be from the club
site and also on ZOOM.
o Next WRARC monthly club meeting is on Tuesday, 24 JAN 2023 (4th Tuesday of month)
at 1930L via ZOOM only until further notice.
o Next VEC Testing: Tentative date (be to confirmed) is Saturday, 28 JAN 2023 starting at
1000L at The American Legion Post 46 building, 45 Spears Lane, Danville, KY. See
http://www.wrarc.com/ve-testing/ for details. Pre-registration is requested but not
o The American Legion HQ President will be visiting Post 46 on Monday, 30 JAN 2023 to
review our club’s radio room.
Adjournment. Motion to Adjourn by Peter (KJ4ND), 2nd by Dennis (K3KZU); Passed by acclimation.
Adjourned at 2014 hours EST.
Minutes respectfully submitted,
Mike May (KF4FMQ)
An After Meeting video presentation on the operation of the ICOM 7300 was given by Mike (KF4FMQ):
HAM Cured Smoke, ICOM 7300 episode 4, YouTube video by WA2IVD.
Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club (WRARC)