Minutes – Meeting November 3. 2015

The Wilderness Road ARC met at the Red Cross building in Danville with 13 members and guests attending. Present were KM4FRM, W9WA, KU4KD, KB4UPW, KG4UQL, AG4MW, WD4LEW, KM4OLL, KK4IYY, K4UKB, K4OH, K4FT & KK4KTY. The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by President John Montgomery K4OH. The minutes from October were read by K4FT. K4UKB made a motion to accept the minutes KG4UQL 2nd the motion. The motion was approved by the members. KK4IYY gave the treasurer’s report. W9WA made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report and KU4KD 2nd the motion. Members approved the motion.

OLD BUISNESS

Repeater Site

Chris KG4UQL and Marshall K4UKB went to the repeater site and installed a new power cable. The Repeater is now running on 12 VDC.

Trailer

Chris KG4UQL, Doug KA4SWT and Marshall K4UKB presented a list of equipment needed for the trailer. Chris is working with a volunteer to acquire a grant for the cost of the equipment. Thank you all for your continued effort!

Bob Sowders Estate

Chris KG4UQL and David AG4MW have been in contact with Tillie Sowders to see how we could help with her request. David brought in several books which were donated to the club. An extra class manual, 1991 Handbook, Practical Antenna Handbook, 16th and 20th Editions of the Antenna Book were among the donation.

David will stay in contact with Tillie and keep us up to date.

NEW BUISNESS

Elections

Elected to the board of directors:

Marshall K4UKB

Chris KG4UQL

Joel KU4KD

Bill W9WA.

Elected Officers of the club:

President – John K4OH

Vice President – open

Secretary – open (K4OH)

Treasurer – Ken KM4FRM

Activities Director – open

Donation

Ray Whitehouse KI4BM donated $100 (minus Dues) Thanks Ray!!

KYQP

WRARC will operate in the Kentucky QSO Party on Saturday November 14th from 10am – 10pm at the club station. Please read the rules at http://www.wkdxa.com/

This will be a low-key operating event tailored toward the new Ham who would like to learn more about contesting. PLEASE come and participate, It will be FUN!

Christmas Dinner

The next club meeting will be a Christmas Dinner. John K4OH will check the availability of the Kentucky Depot in Stanford. Look for a separate announcement soon.

KU4KD made a motion to close the meeting, K4UKB 2nd and the WRARC meeting closed at 8:27 pm.

REMINDERS:

Next Meeting

6 PM Tuesday, December 1st – Christmas Dinner, location to be confirmed.

VE testing

10AM Saturday January 23 at the former Danville Red Cross

2 Meter Net

Every Wednesday at 8PM EST – 145.310 with a sub audible tone of 100Hz

Web Site

http://www.wrarc.com

Respectfully submitted by John K4FT – WRARC Secretary

Minutes – Meeting October 6. 2015

The Wilderness Road ARC met at the home of Marshall McElfresh instead of The Red Cross building to look over the club trailer. There were 9 members and 1 guest attending. Members present were John Montgomery K4OH, Ken Douglass KM4FRM, Marshall McElfresh K4UKB, George Griebe WQ4Z, Chris Galbreath KG4UQL, Bill Waldshmidt W9WA, Doug Collins KA4SWT John Lewis WD4LEW, Joel Haberman KU4KD and guestBruse Campbell KM4EHAU.

The minutes from September were read by K4OH. KG4UQL made a motion to accept the minutes as read, WD4LEW 2nd the motion. The motion was approved by the members. KK4IYY was not present to give the account balance.

OLD BUSINESS:

Repeater

Marshall K4UKB stated that our new repeater had been repaired and returned to the club. He also stated that he had placed the repeater in operation at the original repeater site. It is now running on DC with a battery and a power supply to float the battery. The repeater is now using the 100 HZ tone. Also note that Marshall has a 70cm repeater running at his QTH on 440.800 with a 100 HZ tone.

NEW BUSINESS:

Club Trailer

Marshall K4UKB Hosted the club meeting to allow the members to tour the new club trailer. Chris KG4UQL that we needed to determine the number and type of cable feeds we need to put in the trailer. Feeds such as data, power, telephone and antennas need to be considered first. Equipment then must be looked at as to type of radio and how many. Do we configure the same as used on field day or something else?

Bike Trek

Marshall stated that this year’s bike trek went really well thanks to K4UKB, K4FT and K4OH.

Bob Sowders’ estate

Marshall K4UKB stated that Bob’s Wife needed someone to inventory and help her sell the amateur equipment. Maybe we can use EBay again.

Boy Scouts

Our Guest Bruce Campbell KM4EHU stated that the Boy Scouts were having a Jamboree on Saturday morning and asked us to set up a Amateur radio station at Anderson Dean Park in Harrodsburg mid morning until 3pm for the scouts. Contacts were Scott Swift, Michelle Berry and Ashley Mcurdy.

Marshall K4UKB Made a motion to close the meeting, WD4EW 2nd the motion and the WRARC meeting was closed.

REMINDERS:

Next Meeting

7:30 PM Tuesday, November 3 at the Red Cross building in Danville.

VE Testing

10 AM Saturday October 24 at the Red Cross building in Danville

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Dinner

Fazoli’s Restaurant 1560 Hustonville Rd Ste 397, Danville.

2 Meter Net

Every Wednesday night at 8 PM EST – 145.310 with a sub audible tone of 100Hz.

Web Site http://www.wrarc.com

Respectfully submitted by John K4OH – WRARC President

Minutes – Meeting September 1. 2015

The Wilderness Road ARC met at the Red Cross building in Danville with 10 members and 2 guests attending. Members present were WD4LEW, KG4UQL, WQ4Z, W9WA, KM4FRM, KK4IYY, KU4KD, K4FT, K4OH, K4UKB with guests Chad Powell KE4YRF and Brian Hassall. The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by President John Montgomery K4OH. The minutes from July were read by K4FT. K4UKB made a motion to accept the minutes KU4KD 2nd the motion. The motion was approved by the members. KK4IYY gave the treasure’s report. KU4KD made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report and KG4UQL 2nd the motion. Members approved the motion.

OLD BUISNESS

Repeater Site

John K4OH will make a request to Mike Wilder at the courthouse to get an extra key for the repeater site.

Trailer

The 8X24 trailer is at Marshall K4UKB house for some minor repairs. Chris KG4UQL recommends that everyone look on line for “ARES Trailers” to get some ideas on how to set the trailer up for emergency operations. How should we set up the operator stations? What kind of radios will we need? Etc… Bring your ideas to the next club meeting. George WQ4Z will have Sharon KE4INO check to see if the trailer can be added to the clubs insurance.

Donation

Marty KE4SHC who recently donated a lot of his station to the club would like to remind everyone of his auction 10:30am Saturday September 12 at 606 Ky. Hwy #198 Hustonville.

See http://www.danvillekyrealty.com/auctions for details.

NEW BUISNESS

Repeater – Please reset your PL tone to 100 Hz

The new repeater is back on the air 145.310 – with a 100 hz tone. All agreed that the original repeater site at the knob was the best location so the repeater at the club station has been removed. Reports are very good but Marshall K4UKB states that the SWR is 3:1, the antenna and coax will need to be looked at soon. Marshall also made a shelf and acquired parts so we could use a power supply to float a battery to control voltage spikes and power failures.

UHF Repeater

Marshall K4UKB has the UHF repeater on the air but the antenna is not very high right now. His new antenna and coax are ready to install on top of tower so be sure to keep trying 440.800 +5mhz shift with a pl tone of 100hz. His repeater will be coordinated through the club and use the W4CDA call sign. George WQ4Z will have Sharon KE4INO check to see if the repeater can be added to the clubs insurance.

In Memory of Bob Sowders KE4FMA

It was with great sorrow that the club learned of the passing of Bob KE4FMA.

Bob has been an active member of WRARC for many many years and was currently serving on the Board of Directors for our club.

Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. You will be truly missed Bob, Rest in Peace.

KU4KD made a motion to close the meeting, K4UKB 2nd and the WRARC meeting closed at 8:23 pm.

REMINDERS:

Next Meeting

7:30 PM Tuesday, October 6th at the Red Cross Building in Danville.

Dinner

China Town in the Danville Manor shopping center – 1560 Hustonville Rd. Danville – 6PM October 6

VE testing

10AM Saturday October 24 at the former Danville Red Cross

2 Meter Net

Every Wednesday at 8PM EST – 145.310 with a sub audible tone of 100Hz

Web Site

http://www.wrarc.com

Respectfully submitted by John K4FT – WRARC Secretary