Minutes – Meeting March 27. 2018

The WRARC held it’s regular monthly meeting at the American Legion Building in Danville.
Those in attendance were: KG4UQL, KB4UPW, KD0HYA, KG4VCR, KA4SWT, N4JLT, KF4FMQ, KY4KD, KE4INO, WQ4Z, W8MW, W9WA, K4FT, KK4IYY, KJ4ND, KM4OLL, W9LRR, KB4NST, KI6SER and KI6SEP there were others that did not sign in. We had two visitors from Hawaii.

The meeting was called to order by club president Mike May at 7:30pm. We wanted to vote on the Bylaws but we were two members short so we proceeded with regular business meeting.

Ken Whitehouse made the motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes from last month as all got a copy by email and approve as written. Dennis 2nd the motion with all members in agreement.

Mike asked for a treasury report.
There was no questions on the report so Bill made the motion to accept as read. Dan 2nd the motion and all members accepted.

— OLD Business —
KY QSO PARTY: Mike asked John if the Ky QSO Party was still on. John said yes it is in June on the 2nd running from 10am to 10pm. Chris asked if the club was going to run the full time. John said it would be nice even if we had to do shifts to cover the 12hrs. This will be held at the clubs radio station. John said Ken has something that came to the club by mail. Ken held up a plaque from last years Ky QSO Party in which we got 1st place in single station multi operators. There were also awards for that did this event.

AL D-STAR NET: The D-Star net went well with 8 members at the club station participating. The next Legion net is April 2nd 8:00pm. This in on reflector 56C.

COFFEE GET TOGETHER: The next coffee is April 6th at AJ’s next to Danville Post Office starting at 9:00am

FUND RAISER: Mike said that he had looked up the wreaths across America. He did not think there track record looked to good. They are run by the owners and employees of the company that makes the wreaths. They won’t let other companies donate live greenery for the project and this does not sound good. Members did the google thing and found a lot of good things that they did do and have been doing this for several years. Ken said we needed someone to take the reins on this and said Chris has agreed to take the point for this fund raiser. Chris said he will get into the paper work and get things going. Janie said that we could use there yard during the 127 yard sale just pitch a canopy and see if people give. Janie said Andy would be there since she
will be out to do yard sale shopping ( sorry Andy ).

— NEW BUSINESS —
Bylaws as mentioned before we did not have enough to vote two members short. This will have to be taken up at the April 24th meeting. So with hopes of getting the number we need to vote it was decided that the before meeting meal will be at the American Legion with a cookout that will start at 6:30pm. The club will supply the hamburgers and hot dogs. Chris will supply the condiments to go with. Members need to bring a side dish that will go with meal.

With nothing left Ken Whitehouse made the motion to close the business portion of the meeting. Janie 2nd the motion carried by the members. Business closed at 8:01pm.

PRESENTATION:

Mike gave the power point on the UBitx HF radio kit from India. Many of you know from past minutes several are going to give it a try. Mike and Ken ordered in early January. Wow they finally can in and yes it takes awhile. Ken still has some more work but Mike has his working and has made some contacts in New England. He went into the do’s and do not along
with the yes and no’s. Sounds funny but if you were at meeting this makes sense. Mike said the main thing to understand is that there are NO instructions. So most info you have to get from site. UBitx.net is a good one with the forums with many topics to help you out. HFsigals.com has info on some of the wiring and other odds and ends you can read. The UBitx site has all kinds of
different set ups on design so check out pics. This is a kit no warranty but after checking out the site it’s only where your imagination takes you. He made his box from sheet metal ( by scratch ) so this was time and redoing on some mess ups. There is wiring that can be tricky but most to board is plug and play the rest away from board does require some soldering to different things. You have to pay attention and do research BEFORE you start. He said that he had around 20hrs in his but had the box he bent that took some time. It might take others less or more time just on fast you go but he said don’t go fast take your time.

The meeting closed at 8:37pm and members mingled and talked to our visitors to make them welcome.

Submitted to members of the WRARC
By Chris wrarc Secretary

Minutes – Meeting February 27. 2018

The WRARC held it’s regular meeting at the legion post 27 Feb 2018.
Those in attendance were as follows. KG4UQL, KG4VCR, AC4NE, WD4LEW, KF4FMQ, KY4RW, W9LRR, KV4WTP, K4FT, N4JLT, W9WA, K4OH, W8MW, KI6SEP, KY4KD, KJ4ND, KD0HYA, KE4INO, WQ4Z and KM4OLL.
President Mike May called the meeting to order at 7:35pm.
Mike said that since Chris sent out the minutes with the meeting reminder and all had a chance to read and review, he is making a motion to forgo the reading of the minutes. Bernie 2nd the motion and all members approved.
Mike asked Ken to give a treasury report.
The wish list has been taken care of and Ken Whitehouse donated a tv. He wanted to thank all that donated.

— OLD BUSINESS —

By Laws

Mike said that the officers and board along with a few members met last week to go over the changes needed and up-dated. This will get us inline with the MOA we signed with the American Legion. Mike presented the power point and told of the changes that they came up with. All members seemed to agree. These need a 2/3 of membership vote to be ratified which will be voted on at the March meeting. So ALL members need to try to attend so this matter can be taken care of. Members asked if they could have a copy Chris told Mike he would send out to all members so that those not present could review before next meeting.

— NEW BUSINESS —

Ky QSO Party

John Wulf said that a new group was doing the event now. The Paducah Amateur Radio Association. Web site for more info www.kyqsoparty.org and now will be held in June. The date will be June 2nd 2018 this runs 12hrs and will be 10 to 10 eastern time.

Legion Net

Mike said that George wanted him to remind members that the Legion D-Star will be March 5th at 8pm. Check in if you have a radio or come on out to clubs radio room.

Fund Raiser

Ken said the commander of the post went to a meeting and came back with a way for the club to make some money. The project is Wreaths across America where live wreaths are placed at camp nelson on the graves. The wreaths are $XX.XX which we get $XX.XX and we do not have to do anything but get sponsors. They already have people to place the wreaths. We register to get an id so we get credit for sales. This is a way for us to obtain funds just so work on our part. He ask for feedback and Thomas made the motion to proceed with this by going ahead. Ken 2nd and all members agreed.
Mike asked for a motion to close the business portion of the meeting. Ken made the motion and John Lewis 2nd and the business portion closed at 8:30pm.

Presentation

Mike said that since he and other members are going to do the qrp kits he had a tuner he ordered from China on Amazon. The price $12.00 delivered. The kit is pretty compact and the instructions were needless to say pretty bad. He got thru it and got it put together and gave a power point presentation on the way he put it together.  here are other ways that he found on youtube and forums online. The name QRP Manual Days Tuner, he’s not sure how they came up with. These are on ebay and other sites.

Before Meal

The meal has changed since meeting after getting phone call. It was Mallard’s but changed to China Town Buffet next to the Long John Silvers out by WalMart. The reason for the change is due to since we need to vote on bylaws next meeting. The last time the club went to Mallard’s it was good but took awhile to get orders and caused members to be late for meeting. So next meal China Town 6pm March 27th 2018
Meeting closed at 9:04pm
Hope to see everyone at next months meeting.
Submitted to WRARC members
By Chris wrarc secretary

Minutes – Meeting January 23. 2018

The WRARC held it’s regular monthly meeting at the American Legion building in Danville.
The business meeting started at 7:30pm and was called to order by new president Mike May.
Those present were: KI6SEP, KI6SER, KJ4NP, KY4KD, KM4PDI, KK4IYY, N4JLT, KI4BM, KG4UQL,KA4SWT,
WQ4Z, KE4INO, KF4FMQ, K4FT, KD0HYA, K3KZU, WD4LEW, KG4VCR, W9WA, KB4UPW, KM4QOY and
W8MW.
Mike asked Chris to read the minutes from the last meeting. Chris said that the last meeting was in November
as the December meeting was a Meal meeting. Chris read the November minutes that sharon had done due
to him being gone. Mike made the motion to accept the minutes as read. John Lewis 2nd the motion and all
members approved.
Mike asked Ken for a treasury report.
 John Lewis made the motion and Roger 2nd the motion. Members approved.
— OLD BUSINESS —
– Repeater –
John Lewis said he is still hearing noise on the repeater. Chris asked if anyone else hears any noise on the
repeater. Members said they don’t hear anything. This brought up a discussion as was determined that he
was hearing the long squelch tall.
– December Meal –
Mike said he thought that the meal went very good and all that attended agreed.
— NEW BUSINESS —
– QSO Party –
Mike said the club participated this past Saturday (20 Jan)  in the American QSO Party which had 9 members
and made 75 contacts. We were only there for a few hours and everyone seemed to have good time.
– ACTIVITIES –
George Coomer said the first Monday of February 8pm is the Legion D-Star net on reflector 56C from the
clubs radio room. There will be a contest Saturday the 10th not sure of time yet but this is a RTTY, CQ
WPX Contest. Will update everyone on a club start time.
– WISH LIST AGAIN –
Ken said that since the last wish list went so well he has another one. Some of the things listed have already
gotten someone signed to get or have to donate. The list got passed around Dennis said he would do $60
for the power pole strip. George and Sharon donated $100. Zena said he had the exact code key at home and
would donate it to the cause since not using it. This has left us needing a smart TV that can be put on wall in
radio room. A rotor to replace the one on the short tower such as a ham III or IV the one on the tower now
has stopped working. It is a older one and just quite. The beam on the short tower is a log periodic that we
just can’t seem to get working yet so if it can’t be fixed we will be in need of a A3S or MA-5B which has a small
foot print. If you have any of these things you can donate or help with call Ken or Chris to let them know.
– BYLAWS –
Dennis asked if we could dispense with the reading of the minutes since we all get by email. If Chris, when he
sends out the meeting reminder attach the minutes again so all can read again before meeting. Chris said the
thought the bylaws stated reading of minutes but with a number of changes needed to the bylaws this could
be looked at a worded differently to reflect this action.
The business portion of the meeting closed at 8:04pm
Then Mike had a presentation on a diy mini antenna tuner. He found it on youtube by Kevin Loughin the film
is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX09rAOM_04 (hope the link is typed correct). He found that he had most of the parts gathered over the years dusty but usable. He did not go into depth but was a good brief of
this tuner. Mike said the reason for this presentation was he had just ordered one of the qrp kits that can be
obtained from hf signals located in India. For those that have not heard of this is the company that Ken got
his 40 meter kit (which Ken had there to show). They now have a kit for full coverage that is what he ordered.
Ken asked members who might be interested in building a kit and many raised there hands. Ken said they
need to order themselves and we could get together here at legion to do a building day or two. Go to web
site to get information on the the other things you will need to complete. The prices and shipping info is on
the site go for DHL shipping it has tracking. The kit lets you design many options to fit you and add.
Mike asked there was a motion to close. Dennis made the motion to close meeting and Ken 2nd with all
members agreeing at 8:47pm.
The next Coffee get together is Feb 9th at 9am located at AJ’S (rooster) down by the Danville post office.?
The before meeting meal was not brought up so i’m sure this can be talked about on the clubs weekly net
on Wednesday’s 8pm on the repeater.