WRARC Minutes Jan 24, 2023

Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club (WRARC)
Monthly Meeting Minutes for 24 JANUARY 2023 – FINAL RECORD COPY
Hybrid meeting via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Thanks Dennis!)

Meeting called to order by President Mike May (KF4FMQ) at 1933 hours EST.

Attendees: 12 attending members of 45 total:

Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA), Chris McCollough (KI4WKM), Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Doug
Collins (KA4SWT), Gene Klaus (KO4IVI), Harold Miller (AF6MB), John Wulf (K4FT), Ken Douglas
(KY4KD), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Rick Flynn (KO4UHE), Tony Cromwell
(KB4TC).

Previous monthly meeting was 27 DEC 2022 & Special Business meeting was 01 JAN 2023. Motion to
accept Minutes of meetings as published (via email) by Peter (KJ4ND), 2nd by Dennis (K3KZU) & Ken
(KY4KD). Passed by acclimation.

Treasurer’s Report:
$ Starting balance.

$ Ending balance.

Past Activities Report:

o Previous Weekly WRARC OTA club net was conducted each Wednesday evening at
2000L on the club’s 2m Repeater.
o Previous WRARC hybrid monthly club meeting was on Tuesday, 27 DEC 2022 (4th
Tuesday of month).
o A Special Business Meeting was held on 01 JAN 2023 concerning financial management.
o Previous TALARC Post 46 D-STAR NET (1st Monday of month) was conducted on 2 JAN


  1. o Previous WRARC hybrid Coffee Social was on Friday, 6 JAN 2023 (1st Friday of month).
    o Previous Club Activity was NAQP Phone on 21 JAN 2023.
    Old Business
    o WRARC Club Dues. Status of club dues received & grace period before dropping.
    o Club Commo SOP. 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.

    Old Business

    * WRARC Club Dues. Status of club dues received & grace period before dropping.
    * Club Commo SOP. 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.

    New Business

    o IN REMEMBRANCE OF JOEL HABERMAN (KU4KD). It is with reverence and respect that
    we note the passing of WRARC club member and friend Joel Haberman, KU4KD, on 19
    JAN 2023 at his residence in Florida where he recently relocated. The family has
    informed us that no services are to be held. They have also requested that any
    memoriam be sent to the WRARC in his honor.
    o RETURN OF FUNDS TO AL POST 46. $1200 was returned to Post 46 at their monthly
    meeting on 3 JAN 2023 per WRARC Special Meeting resolution of 1 JAN 2023.
    o WRARC Club Dues. 5 members have not yet paid dues & inactivity letter will be sent on
    or about 1 FEB 2023.
    o Club Commo SOP. Harold (AF6MB) will look into the possibility of developing a text /
    phone tree system for member notification.
    o Visit Canceled. The American Legion HQ President’s scheduled visit to Post 46 &
    WRARC’s radio room, which had been scheduled for Monday, 30 JAN 2023, has been
    canceled due to illness.
    o DX Spots app. Tony (KB4TC) recommended a free mobile phone app named “DX Spots”.
    o Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), University of Kentucky. Tony (KB4TC)
    presented a quick briefing on an educational program that WRARC members might be
    interested in. More info can be found at: https://www.uky.edu/olli/
    o The Bouvet Island DXpedition. Chris (KI4WKM) had previously sent out a groups.io
    message on this event and Tony (KB4TC) reminded everyone that this would be an
    exceptional QSO. More info at: https://www.3y0j.no/. Note that 3YOJ uses split
    frequency opns for TX & RX on SSB {30 kHz split} & CW {15kHz split} (see website tab
    ‘Operations’ for freqs).
    An interesting event taking place in a few days.
    The Bouvet Island DXpedition
    “The most remote uninhabited place on Earth”
    Most Wanted DXCC #2
    January 27, 2023 – February 16, 2023 (May change due to WX)
    CQ Zone: 38
    Grid Square: JD15
    Planned Modes: CW, SSB, Digital
    Planned Bands: 160 m, 80 m, 40 m, 30 m, 20 m, 17 m, 15 m, 12 m, 10 m
    Webpage: https://www.3y0j.no/
    GPS Tracker: https://share.garmin.com/3y0j

    Future Activities:

    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 Coffee Social is on Friday, 3 FEB 2023 (1st Friday of month) at 0900L via
    ZOOM.
    o Next TALARC Post 46 D-STAR NET (1st Monday of month) is on 6 FEB 2023.
    o Next monthly general meeting of The American Legion Post 46 will be at 1900 hours on
    Tuesday, 7 FEB 2023.
    o Next Club Activity is two state QSO parties (SC & NC) on 25 FEB 2023 at 1800Z (1300L to
    1700L). There is also a RTTY contest if there isn’t enough activity. Operations will be
    from the club site and also on ZOOM.
    o Next WRARC hybrid monthly club meeting is on Tuesday, 28 FEB 2023 (4th Tuesday of
    month) at 1930L at The American Legion Post 46 and via ZOOM.
    o Next VEC Testing: 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 required.

    Adjournment. Motion to Adjourn by Harold (AF6MB), 2nd by Peter (KJ4ND); Passed by acclimation.
    Adjourned at 2010 hours EST.
    Minutes respectfully submitted,

    Mike May (KF4FMQ)

    After-meeting Presentation:
    An After Meeting video presentation on the operation of the ICOM 7300 will be given by Mike
    (KF4FMQ): HAM Cured Smoke, ICOM 7300, Episode 5, Section 9 Memory Channel operation, YouTube video by WA2IVD.

WRARC Minutes Dec 27, 2022

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.

Treasurer’s Report:
$ 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
Mike (KF4FMQ).

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
attendance required)
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.

New Business

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.

Future Activities:

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
via ZOOM.
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
required.
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)

After-meeting Presentation:
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.

WRARC Minutes Nov 22, 2022

Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club (WRARC)
Hybrid meeting via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Thanks Dennis!)

Meeting called to order by President Mike May (KF4FMQ) at 1931 hours EST.

Attendees: 13 attending members of 46 total:

Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA), Chris McCollough (KI4WKM), Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Gene Klaus (KO4IVI), Harold Miller (AF6MB), Joel Habersman (KU4KD), John Wulf (K4FT), Ken Douglas (KY4KD), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Rick Flynn (KO4UHE), Ron Malinowski (WX4GPS), Tony Cromwell (KB4TC).

Previous meeting was 25 Oct 2022. Motion to accept Minutes of that meeting as published (via email) by Harold (AF6MB), 2nd by Bill (W9WA). Passed by acclimation.

Treasurer’s Report:

$ Starting balance.

$ Ending balance.

Repeater Dues are payable in December for $35.

Past Activities Report:

  • Previous Weekly WRARC OTA club net was conducted each Wednesday evening at 2000L on the club’s 2m Repeater.
  • Previous WRARC hybrid Coffee Social was on Friday, 4 Nov 2022 (1st Friday of month).
  • Previous TALARC Post 46 D-STAR NET (1st Monday of month) was conducted on 7 Nov 2022.
  • Previous Club Activity was WAE RTTY DX on 12 Nov 2022, 0800Z to 1200Z (1300L to 1700L).
  • Previous WRARC hybrid monthly club meeting was on Tuesday, 25 Oct 2022 (4th Tuesday of month).
  • An After Meeting video presentation on the operation of the ICOM 7300 was given by Mike (KF4FMQ).

Old Business from 25 October 2022 meeting

  • REMINDER: WRARC Club Dues. Annual club dues for 2023 are now being accepted.
  • REMINDER: ARRL Membership. American Radio Relay League (ARRL) membership info needed in order to maintain our ‘active’ status as an affiliated ARRL club.
  • W4CDA Awards Discussion. A motion was approved to cover the minimal cost for framing of W4CDA awards on Log Book of the World.
  • WRARC ELECTIONS. Club elections are in November for Club Officers.
  • BOURBON CHASE. Bourbon Chase after action report presentation was given by Andy (KI6SEP).

New Business

  • REMINDER: WRARC Club Dues. Annual club dues for 2023 are now being accepted.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 attendance required)

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)

  • COURTESY RESOLUTION. Motion was made to commend Ken (KY4KD) for his years of faithfulness & support of the club. 2nd by Rick (KO4UHE). Passed by acclamation.
  • 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.

Future Activities:

  • 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).
  • Next WRARC hybrid Coffee Social is on Friday, 2 Dec 2022 (1st Friday of month) at 0900L via ZOOM.
  • Next TALARC Post 46 D-STAR NET (1st Monday of month) is on 5 Dec 2022.
  • Next Club Activity is a Simplex Check-In Test on 10 Dec 2022 (1300L to 1700L).
  • Next WRARC monthly club meeting is on Tuesday, 27 Dec 2022 (4th Tuesday of month) at 1930L via ZOOM. This will not be a hybrid meeting.
  • Next VEC Testing: Tentative date (be to confirmed) is Saturday, 28 JANUARY 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.

Adjournment. Motion to Adjourn by Dennis (K3KZU), 2nd by Tony (KB4TC); Passed by acclimation. Adjourned at 1951 hours.

Minutes respectfully submitted,

Mike May (KF4FMQ)

After-meeting Presentation:

An After Meeting video presentation on the operation of the ICOM 7300 was given by Mike (KF4FMQ).