WRARC Minutes May 25, 2021

Minutes of May 25, 2021 Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club
Monthly Meeting
Meeting via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Thanks Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May at 1940 (Delayed due to Andy’s computer misbehaving!
– sorry)

Attendees: 12 members;
 Members: Ken Douglass (KY4KD), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), John Wulf (K4FT), Mike May (KF4FMQ),
Gene Klaus (KO4IVI), Andy Rose (KI6SEP), Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU) , Chris Galbreath
(KG4UQL), Larry Roberts (WE4LR), William Waldschmidt (W9WA), George Coomer (KM4QOY),
Harold Miller (AF6MB)
Previous meeting was April 27, 2021. Motion to accept Minutes of that meeting as published (via email)
by Peter, 2nd by Chris. Passed by acclimation.

Treasurer’s Report.
 Starting balance.
 $75.00 Donation from Shell Stevens as thank you for repair/replacement of HF antenna.
 $17.50 Recycled
 Ending/current balance.

Activities Report:
 Completed:
o Monthly coffee via Zoom: Friday, May 7, 9 A.M.
o Monday, April 5, 2021 TALARC D-STAR Net: There were 40 total check-ins including Net
Control from 12 states, two Canadian Provinces and one from Trinidad and Tobago (See
appendix for details.)

 Upcoming:
o Next TALARC D-STAR: Monday, June 7. Remember you can check in via EchoLink from
your computer or smartphone to either node KY4RW-L or use EchoLink’s search mode on
“Danville”.
o Monthly coffee via Zoom: Friday, June 4, 9 A.M.
o Kentucky QSO Party & Field Day will be discussed later in meeting.

Old Business:
 Work underway transferring responsibilities to other members from George Griebe who has
been doing this for years. o SERA (Southeastern Repeater Association). Membership cannot be transferred; Chris
will get a new membership that will activate when George’s runs out. Everything setup
& good to go. No new information.
 Discussion to purchasing inexpensive tablets for VE testing. No new discussions (Harold out of
town & unable to attend)
o May be able to put Linux on some computers donated by Bill. Harold will look into
these once he gets the computers. Limitation may be laptops are not touchscreen and a
signature is required.
o Harold believes with 20 testees, 3 signature entry machines with one spare would be
perfect.
 Danville ham KL1SE (Shell Stevens) had antenna come down due to ice storm. Doug, Chris,
Mike, & Peter replaced the damaged antenna.

 Bourbon Chase Relay Race: Last month’s motion was
o First determine if we are wanted and if COVID rules allow us. Second, if positive
response, we conduct an email poll of members: if sufficient members commit to
participating, we then move ahead.
 “First clause of motion”: George Coomer attended 5/4, Tuesday’s Bourbon
Chase planning meeting and reported details to Club via email. A few highlights
are:
 “it was productive and encouraging. In attendance were 2 Race
Directors from the Bourbon Chase (Ragnar), City Engineer, Chief of
Police, President of The Heart of Danville, Executive Director of The
Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Myself.”
 Yes, they do want our participation and feel that we add value.
 Exchange zone will be moved away from 4th towards 3rd & our Display
will be moved from bank.
 “Second clause of motion”: Given positive response, email was sent to all
members. Only 4 replied. We need around 20 members but only have 14.
(Assumption: all in attendance at April meeting are participating unless they
expressed otherwise.)
 Location of Display proposed by organizers has limited viewability and is not
preferred by us. Janie & Andy have scouted other locations in Weisiger Park,
and communicated to George.
 New location for display means re-do of planning.
(+) Plus: likely we have more time to perform setup;
(-) Minus: location is in direct sunlight making in very difficult to see for half of
race (based on 2019 times).
(-) Minus: very limit viewing area
Other areas in Park may be agreeable to organizers; several are much better &
avoid both these negatives. Best so far: screen to West of fountain facing East. o Need more sign-ups.
o Mike: Site evaluation of Weisiger Park should be soon. We will discuss this at our
monthly coffee on June 4th. Ideas for projector locations. Some radio testing: get people
at spotting and display locations with at least HTs to test communications. Perhaps with
external antennas.

 Looking for people to make presentations at future meetings: please contact Mike if you would
like to present or have suggestions of topics.

New Business
 Chris: prices will be going up on construction materials as time passes such as wood in July.
Would like approval to started spending. 2×4 have been donated and that helps reduce the
remaining costs;
o Post provided $1,200
o Motion by Ken to spent up to $1,300. Seconded by Dennis. Pass by acclimation.
o Gene: any idea on how much antennas & radio equipment will cost? Chris: list exists but is
very old &, therefore, obsolete. Example: some radios on the list are no longer made.
 Kentucky QSO Party Saturday, June 5.
o In Club room at Post for people who are vaccinated? Some people concerned, cited Post
member who was vaccinated yet passed away with COVID complications.
o This year, only one member can be using Club’s call.
o Consensus: operate from home.
 ARRL Field Day is 4th weekend of June, 4 days after our next meeting => long term planning
needs to start now.
o Allows Club score even if members running not at Club site.
 Next Monthly meeting: Tuesday June 22, 2021 at 1930, open forum at 1900.

Adjournment
Motion to Adjourn by Chris, 2nd by Gene; Passed by acclimation. Adjourned at 2044.
Minutes respectfully submitted
Andy Rose
KI6SEP
WRARC Secretary

WRARC Minutes Apr 27, 2021

Minutes for April 27, 2021 Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club
Monthly Meeting
Meeting via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Thanks Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May at 1931

Attendees: 13 members;
 Members: Ken Douglass (KY4KD), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), John Wulf (K4FT), Mike May (KF4FMQ),
Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Gene Klaus (KO4IVI), Andy Rose (KI6SEP), Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU) ),
Chris Galbreath (KG4UQL), Larry Roberts (KE4LR), William Waldschmidt (W9WA), Janie Taylor
(KI6SER), George Coomer (KM4QOY)
Previous meeting was March 23, 2021. Motion to accept Minutes of that meeting as published (via
email) by Ken, 2nd by John. Passed by acclimation.

Treasurer’s Report.
(Note: numbers were not discussed during meeting due to security concerns and were provided
separately after the meeting)
 Starting balance.
 $100.66 Annual equipment insurance. Generator no longer insured with this policy.
 Ending/current balance.

Activities Report:
 Completed:
o Monthly coffee via Zoom: Friday, April 2, 9 A.M.
o Monday, April 5, 2021 TALARC D-STAR Net: There were 42 total check-ins including Net
Control from 12 States & 1 Canadian Province. (See appendix for details.)
o Saturday, April 17: Conducted Zoom for several radio contests going on at that time,
including a Serbia Dx contest, MMDX (worldwide), Michigan QSO party, Texas Parks on
the Air, Ontario QSO party. Thanks to Dennis for use of his Zoom account.
o VE Testing on April 23. 8 signed, 7 showed. 1 failed but he had not studied. Everybody
else got what they went for and some went higher.

 Upcoming:
o Next TALARC D-STAR: Monday, May 3. Remember you can check in via EchoLink from
your computer or smartphone to either node KY4RW-L or use EchoLink’s search mode on
“Danville”.
o Monthly coffee via Zoom: Friday, May 7, 9 A.M.
o Discussion of potential Club activities include a possible radio fox hunt. (Peter) o Ongoing participation Wednesdays in the TALARC HF net at 1930 (or later if frequency is
not clear from previous net) before our 2000 Net.

Old Business:
 Work underway transferring responsibilities to other members from George Griebe who has
been doing this for years. Ken & Chris are spearing-heading the effort.
o SERA (Southeastern Repeater Association). Membership cannot be transferred; Chris
will get a new membership that will activate when George’s runs out. Everything setup
& good to go. No new information.
o IRS change over completed by Ken.
 Discussion to purchasing inexpensive tablets for VE testing. No new discussions (Harold out of
town & unable to attend)
o May be able to put Linux on some computers donated by Bill. Harold will look into
these once he gets the computers. Limitation may be laptops are not touchscreen and a
signature is required.
o Harold believes with 20 testees, 3 signature entry machines with one spare would be
perfect.
 Danville ham KL1SE (Shell Stevens) had antenna come down due to ice storm. Looking for
recommendation of person to hire to put a new one up. Not in a hurry: wants to wait until
weather better. Doug gave update & will pull a posse together shortly.
o Doug spoke with Shell last night. Will gather at this Saturday around 9 or 10. Let Doug
know if you are interested in helping.
 Would like a 20 foot or larger storage container to unload the trailer for construction. There is a
lot of stuff in the trailer that we should probably not keep. No new discussion.
 Looking for people to make presentations at future meetings: please contact Mike if you would
like to present or have suggestions of topics.
 Bourbon Chase Relay Race: announcement made on 3/9 that it is on for 2021. We need to make
a “go” decision by April if possible but no later than May. Discussion & vote deferred until April
meeting.

New Business
 Bourbon Chase Relay Race: slide show discussing why vote is not “WRARC should do this” but
“Voting yes means I commit to participating”. The participation may be limited to pre-event
efforts, which is more than fine. Slide show by Andy, attached. Significant discussion, highpoints
below, which resulted in a motion by Janie.
Motion by Janie: First determine if we are wanted and if COVID rules allow us. Second, if positive
response, we conduct an email poll of members: if sufficient members commit to participating,
we then move ahead. 2nd by Bill. All 13 in attendance vote in favor. o George will contact Heart of Danville and the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau ASAP to
determine if we are wanted and if we’d fit into the COVID rules.
o Andy will write up email poll which, per Motion, will be communicated once George gets
answers.
Discussion which preceded motion:
o Get in touch with Danville organizers soon & ask if they want us involved. Janie: in years
past, the committee doesn’t form until a few weeks before.
o George: Heart of Danville & Convention & Visitor’s Bureau are much more active this
year than in the past. We may need to prod them which we did not in the past.
o 3 rd drive through at Bank has to be left open for ATM. People in past years have ignored
our yellow caution tape around the projector & screen, cutting through in front of the
projector and generally crowded us. We can put rope up or something else more
substantial than caution tape to keep people away from us. We may be able to get 6
foot wooden barricades from City if we request them far enough in advance.
o Doug offered his radio & headset for downtown, which we used in 2018, as back up if
we need to use voice. Also, we should really use real antennas and not antennas on HTs
as we did last time.
o Chris: May want better lighting at Spotting so we don’t have to get as close to see Bibs.
o Not enough people here tonight to staff event  we need to contact email list.
o Some members are supportive but cannot or should not be at the event. This is not an
issue: people need to take care of their health first! Some of these people might be able
to participate in planning and some other pre-event efforts.
o Go to Post and ask if anybody would like to help. (Mike will contact Tony)
 Dennis: question Kentucky QSO. Will it be the way it was done in 2020? John: no, the Kentucky
QSO Party Committee (??) has taken it back over and the old rules are back in effect.
 Next Monthly meeting: Tuesday May 25, 2021 at 1930, open forum at 1900.

Adjournment
Motion to Adjourn by Dennis, 2nd by Bill; Passed by acclimation. Adjourned at 2049.

WRARC Minutes Mar 23, 2021

Minutes of March 23, 2021 Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club
Meeting
Meeting via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Welcome home Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May at 1933

Attendees: 12 members;
 Members: Harold Miller (AF6MB), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), John Wulf (K4FT),
Mike May (KF4FMQ), Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Gene Klaus (KO4IVI), Andy Rose (KI6SEP), Russell
Chaney (KN4OHD), Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Tom Allen(KO4LLX), Larry Roberts (KE4LR)

Previous meeting was February 23, 2020. Motion to accept Minutes of that meeting as published (via
email) by John, 2nd by Gene, passed by acclimation.

Treasurer’s Report.
(Note: numbers were not discussed during meeting due to security concerns and were provided
separately after the meeting)
 Starting balance.
 No income, no expenses
 Ending/current balance.

Activities Report:
 Completed:
o Monday, March 1, 2021 TALARC D-STAR Net: There were 47 total check-ins including
Net Control from 18 states. (See appendix for details.)
o Coffee Zoom session March 5, 2021.
o Conducted Zoom for the NCJ NAQP RTTY Party and/or South Carolina QSO Party on
Saturday, February 27. Thanks to Danville Garden Club for use of their Zoom account.
o Conducted Zoom Saturday, March 13th, 1pm-5pm for Oklahoma QSO party.
party, the Idaho QSO party, and/or a PSK contest. Thanks to Danville Garden Club for
use of their Zoom account.
 Upcoming:
o Monthly coffee via Zoom: Friday, April 2, 9 A.M.
o Next TALARC D-STAR: Monday, April 5. Remember you can check in via EchoLink from
your computer or smartphone to either node KY4RW-L or use EchoLink’s search mode on
“Danville”.
o April 17 (Saturday): a number of QSO parties. Dennis will provide Zoom.
o Ongoing participation in the TALARC HF net at 1930 (or later if frequency is not clear
from previous net) on Wednesdays just before our 2000 Net.
o VE Testing on April 23. Contact Harold if you are willing to assist.
Old Business:
 Dennis is home!
 Work underway transferring responsibilities to other members from George Griebe who has
been doing this for years. Ken & Chris are spearing-heading the effort.
o SERA (Southeastern Repeater Association). Membership cannot be transferred; Chris
will get a new membership that will activate when George’s runs out. Everything setup
& good to go. No new information.
o IRS still in process – cannot get confusion resolved for name and address. Keep getting
“access denied” and the 3 people at IRS contacted have not been able to resolve. Work
continues by Ken. Not due until June.
 Discussion to purchasing inexpensive tablets for VE testing.
o No tablet purchases for April VE session
o May be able to put Linux on some computers donated by Bill. Harold will look into
these once he gets the computers. Limitation may be laptops are not touchscreen and a
signature is required.
o Harold believes with 20 testees, 3 signature entry machines with one spare would be
perfect.
 Danville ham KL1SE (Shell Stevens) had antenna come down due to ice storm. Looking for
recommendation of person to hire to put a new one up. Not in a hurry: wants to wait until
weather better. Doug gave update & will pull a posse together shortly.
 Looking for people to make presentations at future meetings: please contact Mike if you would
like to present or have suggestions of topics.

New Business
 Bourbon Chase Relay Race: announcement made on 3/9 that it is on for 2021. We need to make
a “go” decision by April if possible but no later than May. We can back out later if COVID
concerns continue but lead times mean we need to get started by April. There are a lot of items
to discuss so we can make an informed decision. Andy will present the items at April meeting (if
we choose to discuss it then)
 Doug has been able to procure a lot of 2x4s for use in the trailer so we will not need to purchase
them.
 Repeater backup battery is still good: Doug charged it and tested it into load as well as running
repeater from it.
 Would like a 20 foot or larger storage container to unload the trailer for construction. There is a
lot of stuff in the trailer that we should probably not keep.
 Next Monthly meeting: Tuesday April 27, 2021 at 1930, open forum at 1900. Adjournment
Motion to Adjourn by Harold, 2nd by Peter; Passed by acclimation. Adjourned at 2023.