The WRARC held it’s regular meeting at the Red Cross building in Danville. The meeting was called to order at 7:36pm by club president
John Montgomery. Those present at the meeting were: KG4UQL, KE4SHC, KF4FMQ, KM4QOY, KM4TPW, W9WA, KJ4ND, KM4PDI, KU4KD, K4OH, KK4JW, KM4OLJ, K4FT, KM4FMR, KT4HR, WQ4Z, KE4INO, KB4UPW, K4UKB, KG4VCR, KA4SWT, KG4PIF.
John asked Chris to read the minutes from the April meeting. Chris read the minutes. Ken made the motion to accept the minutes as read.
Joel 2nd the motion and the motion passed by the members.
John asked Ken to give the treasurer’s report, which he did. Marshall made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report as read. Joel 2nd the motion and the motion passed by the members.
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Repeater: John asked how the repeater was doing. Marshall said it is back on AC power. Marshall said that he and Chris made a trip
up to the site after getting a call from Ken before the net, that the repeater was down. Got the repeater back on before the net. After some
checking it was found that a power cable from the power supply to the battery had a blown fuse. Replaced the fuse and the supply was charging the battery. Marshall did some research on the Astron power supply and determined that it is not a good supply to float the battery with without doing some modifications on it. The best supply to use would be a Battery Tender. He also did some review on the DR1X repeater and found that is produces a trickle charge on the DC pair, therefore his suggestion is to just run the repeater on AC with the battery connected and if there is a power failure the repeater will automatically switch. It will be up to the club to decide what options it wants to use. Ken added that he could not get over how fast that
Marshall and Chris got the unit back up and on the air since it was 25 minutes before net time and started out on simplex and switched
to the repeater only after a minute or two.
Contest: John Montgomery asked John Wulf about the past contest. John said that the GA qso had 390 points after some CW and SSB
contacts. There is an up date to our logging software we use that can do multi contest at one time. John M. said he will up date the field
day computers. This Saturday MAY 7TH AT NOON TILL 7pm WILL BE IN CLUB RADIO ROOM DOING A QSO CONTEST, ALL THAT
WANT TO COME ARE WELCOME.
Field Day: Mike May asked if we still needed to borrow his generator a 5kw. John said yes since the older computers used a lot of power and that should work. Mike mentioned that he has gone thru his generators and found even a new one needs to be adjusted to 60 hertz. One he had gotten was a little off but has it set, the other was off a lot more. The newer kitchens and electronics in homes don’t like it if power is off and could damage products. It was asked if we could do 3A class this year. John said it was not a problem BUT we have to have people that are willing to be there around the clock to man the extra station. In the past we have done it and the radio sets there with no operator. If members are willing to commit to be on the radio at ALL stations around the clock we can do 3A. Can talk more at next months meeting to see the numbers that are going to be at this years field day.
Radio Kit: John said it is more complicated than he originally thought. It’s not a Heath Kit so the instructions are not good. He is working on it and will let everyone know when it’s done and hopes to bring it to a club meeting to show. He is trying to document step by step so anyone that wants to build one can have a little easier time on building.
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QSO PARTY MAY 7th noon till 7pm this Saturday at the clubs radio room. This will get us ready for field day so come and have some
Next QSO Party June 25-26 it’s FIELD DAY !!!!!!! All are welcome, tell your family and friends to come out even if it’s for just a hour or so we can get them on the radio. If you know someone that is interested in Ham Radio let them know too.
The before meeting meal will be at Fazoli’s at 6pm.
Check out the clubs web site www.wrarc.com for any news.
Joel made the motion to close the meeting. Ken 2nd and the meeting closed at 8:50pm
Submitted to members of the WRARC
by Chris/ KG4UQL