WRARC Minutes May 28th, 2019

20190528 May WRARC Monthly Meeting

Called to order by Mike May @ 19:30 at the American Legion Post

Attendees: Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Jerry Wilson, Kenneth Whitehouse (N4JLT), Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), Russell Chaney (KN4OHD), John Wulf (K4FT), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Zenah Teater (KK4IYY), Daniel Lubinski (KD0HYA), George Coomer (KM4QOY), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Andy Rose (KI6SEP)

Minutes of April, 2019 Meeting: motion to accept by Bill W., seconded, passed by acclimation.

Treasure’s Report. (Ken Douglas)

  • $289.70 check to Commander Tony for 12 hats.  Hope to recoup all. 6 have been sold, 6 available.  George challenge: will buy 1 hat if Club buys the other for Laura and Josh, who wrote the article. Ken Whitehouse accepted challenge and is buying the other.
  • 4 hats still available!!
  • $151 deposited for sales of the above mentioned 6 hats.
  • $40 from Mike May purchasing frequency analyzer from Club

Activities (George Coomer)

  • May TALARC D-Star: 37 check-ins from 9 states.
  • June 1 (this Saturday) Kentucky QSO Party.  (see new business)
  • June 3: next TALARC
  • Article not yet written for American Legion – they’ve had a busy time but expect to get it done soon; they hope to have it in September CQ
  • Next coffee at AJ’s: June 7th.  (On Main Street in Danville between Constitution Square and the Post Office.)
  • June 29th next VE session.
  • Field Day coming up! (Fourth weekend in June as always, June 22/23.)  John is coordinating efforts

Old Business:

  • Doug: Need new rotor
    • Not buying a new one.  Donation coming from estate.
  • Mike has made arrangement for bucket truck
  • Thursday’s Shake N Fury drill on Thursday will be using our station.
  • List of Elizabeth Parton’s grandfather’s ham gear for sale distributed by email and now up on Club’s web site.

New Business

  • Ken.  Thursday’s Nation-wide drill
    • We will be the State’s communication center
    • Our call sign: KY4EOC
    • Focusing on 24 counties in western Kentucky
    • Will be using HF, PSK32, 2m, and D-Star
    • Starting at 0900, we are primary center for D-Star.  Nobody knows how many counties have D-Star; we should expect multiple check-ins from some counties.  Chris is in New Jersey & will serve as back-up for us. 
    • Will go on air ~815-830
    • Tim from Harrodsburg will be primary for PSK31 & and we are back-up (80m)
    • HF on 80m.  We are secondary all morning with Frankfurt primary.  In afternoon, the operator from Frankfurt will come here to set up primary.
    • 2 hour lunch from ~11-1300
    • Concludes at 1600
    • We may NOT publicize that we were EOC/alternate.  OK to say we participated.
    • Doug may be able to provide a 2nd 80m antenna.  Hope to know by end of day tomorrow.
  • Motion for 4 way switch by George, 2nd by Bill.
  • QSO Party this weekend.  We are not a bonus station – we missed the signup deadline.
  • Field Day: same as last year (Saturday, June 22)
    • Doug working on better process than keeping door open for our cabling.
    • Peter is bring off-center fed dipole for GOTA station
    • Bonus points?
      • Public official
      • Newspaper
      • Russel will bring smoker & a couple of pork shoulders
      • John will get full list to Andy for distribution.

Close business at 2017 (motion by Doug, 2nd by ??)

Program: All About Dayton

  • John Wulf. Went to American Legion booth right off and met Bill Sloan (NZ9S). He couldn’t stop saying good things about the Ham activities at our Post.
  • Bill went and met same hams from his old haunts.  Went to buy a particular item but GigaParts was out of stock so he’s ordered on line later. 
  • Ken: 35,000 people attending.  Ken was watching live feed and in less than 5 minutes Bill W walked by!

American Legion 80m net changed from 2000 to 1930 to remove conflict with our 2m net! We should participate if we can as a thank you.

Adjourn, 2028

WRARC Minutes April 23, 2019

20190423  April WRARC Monthly Meeting

Called to order by Mike May @ 19:35 at the American Legion Post

Minutes of March, 2019 Meeting: motion to accept by John Lewis, seconded, passed by acclimation.

Treasure’s Report. (Ken Douglas)

  • ARRL insurance paid $106.26
  • Check for $40 to Chris for window blinds in club room. Installed by Doug & Chris.
  • Second check received from Wreaths Across America,


Frank Rhodus

Bill Chaney, Russel’s brother

Elizabeth Parton

Eric Hatcher

Activities (George Coomer)

  • March TALARC D-Star: 30 check-ins from 10 states. 1 from British Columbia.  Report attached.
  • Summary of April 13 Georgia QSO: Terrible RF conditions, 5 contacts in 4 hours.  Good time nevertheless by all at shack.
  • Saturday May 4th: 1300-1700 Indiana, Delaware, & New England
  • Next coffee at AJ’s: May 10th.  (On Main Street in Danville between Constitution Square and the Post Office.
  • Interviews went well last Wednesday, April 17 by assistant editor from American Legion with photographer. The article will appear first on Legion’s website, then in CQ magazine. Good attendance.  Lots of pictures were brought for reporter to take.
  • Field Day coming up! (Fourth weekend in June as always.)

Old Business:

  • Chris reported at last meeting that the fiber optic switches were down at the Capital Amateur Radio Society emergency management.  These are needed to control radios which are located remotely from the operator area.  Chris had asked if we would be willing to be a backup site for the upcoming drill:  Mike confirmed with Tony (our Post Commander) who gave a resounding yes that they can use our station in case the repairs are not completed in time for the drill. (See new business for update)
  • Ken D: Web master.  Valerie (George’s wife) provided lots and lots of help getting things squared away – recovered something like 150 pictures.  Still having some issues with backup & restore.  Found service that helps for ~$14 per call. 
  • 100 year anniversary of Post in October.  Mike found out how to get special event call. Tony asked us to set up special event station in a public location.  Staffing, location, etc. still TBD. Potential conflict. Still expected Tony wants it on the same weekend as Bourbon Chase weekend, October 18-19.
  • Next VE 4/27, this Saturday, 6/29 general, July 1st for Extra.  Then July 27

New Business

  • Ken: Award received “Kentucky QSO Party 2018, High Score Multi-Op – Kentucky: 46,280 (This is the one we sponsored!)
  • Doug: Need new rotor
    • Yaesu G450 $279.95, demo $269; 75 feet of 2 conductor rotor wire $41.25
    • Need 45~50 foot bucket truck for a day.  Can park next to the tower – just need to go straight up.  ?? has 45’ x 25’ (height x reach)  Currently in City lot
  • Doug: Likely Emergency Manager will need to use our station.  Will need 2m beam (read: need rotor in time for the Drill) Same rotor for 2m beam and HF.
  • Twelve hats are on order.  George suggests we give hat to Legion’s reporter from last week
    • $20 + shipping => $23
  • Elizabeth Parton: her grandfather-in-law passed at 95 and she is agent to sell his equipment:
    • 4 giant towers for sale. 2 laydowns, 2 crank ups.  Antenna and all equipment on them for sale except for one antenna
    • Lots of radios and gear.
    • Prefers if we come to perform an inventory
  • Ken. 
    • Has crate of miscellaneous ham gear, all free (except for Mike’s meter)
    • Uniden scanner: $20
    • Multi-meter: $5

Close business at 2020 (motion by Doug, 2nd by ??)


Mike May – home brew 2m Dipole Antenna built out of rabbit ears

  • Preferably >19” rabbit ears
  • Mount ears to PVC T with ears going up and down.  Stem of T is horizontal and then to a 90degree to go vertical.
  • Remember when calculating the lengths: the radiation starts with the exposed cable, not just the antenna.
  • Excellent test results: 144-148MHz: SWR 1.2

Adjourn: John motion to adjorn,2037

WRARC Minutes March 26, 2019

20190326  March WRARC Monthly Meeting

Called to order by Mike May @ 19:31

Minutes: motion to accept as revised: addition of title “New Business” just after item “Hats” & before section starting “Ken D:”; Motion by Bill, 2nd by Dan.

Treasure’s Report. (Ken Douglas)

  • Rebate for $100 for new Icom 7300 arrived.
  • Lowe’s $1.16 credit has been applied to purchase of tie-wraps (Ken made up the rest).
  • Lowes credit card will be used as needed for materials.
  • Motion by Dennis to allow Treasurer to coordinate with an additional officer to authorize use of card. Passed by acclimation.

Activities (George Coomer)

  • March TALARC D-Star: 36 check ins from 10 states. (Report attached)
  • Upcoming: Saturday, April 13 from 1300 until 1700 Georgia QSO
  • Change in plans: QST reporter & crew only here for one day, Weds 4/17 9-4 for interviews and video.  George will send out email describing what they are hoping to do.
  • There is an American Legion net on 80m @ ~3.829 MHz every Wednesday at 1930.

Old Business:

  • Ken D: Bennie’s wife called Ken to say she may have buyer for HF rig and remaining gear

New Business:

  • Chris: Fiber optic switches down at Capital Amateur Radio Society emergency management.  These are needed to control radios as they are located remote to the operator area.  They want to know if they can use our station in case the repairs are not completed in time for the drill on May 30th for a National Exercise. Only areas from Kentucky that will be participating are Area 1 & Area 2, western Kentucky.  This is an all day exercise. We would be called the alternate EOC. Roughly 0900-1800 but possibly stopping earlier.  Emergency power is not required.  George motions to allow, Ken 2nd. Passed.  Mike will confirm OK with Tony as Post Commander.
  • Ken D: Web master.  Yurg was our webmaster and Ken took it over.  Needs help for WordPress backup & restore.   Motion for $150 maximum for professional help for Ken. George motion, Bill second. Passed by acclimation.
  • Chris: 100 year anniversary of Post in October.  Tony wants special event station in a public location.  Unclear how to get a special event call, how much lead time is needed.  Also Tony may want us to provide staffing for public information – Mike feels may be deal breaker.  Wants it weekend before in a high visibility location, possibly at WalMart.  Bourbon Chase is October 18-19 which is that same weekend.
  • Next VE 4/27
  • Next breakfast 4/5

Close business at 2018 (motion by John Lewis, 2nd by John)

Program: Ken Douglas – Propagation

*pskreporter.info/pskmap.html” shows world map of communications.  Can be set to map a single call sign and will then show everybody who heard whether or not they connected.  Works with digital modes & CW only – does not work with phone.

Adjourn: Dan motion,2048


Andy Rose

KI6SEP WRARC Secretary