Minutes – Meeting November 28. 2017

The WRARC monthly meeting was called to order at 7:45 pm. We had a great dinner with several members attending at Mallards in Danville.). Those attending the meeting included the following: George Griebe (WQ4Z), Sharon Griebe (KE4INO), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Bill Waldschmidt ((W9WA, Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Doug Collins (WA4SWT), Ken Whitehouse (N4JLT), Ray Whitehouse (KI4BM),  John Wulf ( K4FT), John Lewis (WD4LEW), Bennie Kessler (KB4UPW), Ken Douglass KY4KD), Ron Gaddis (AC4NE), Mike Wingfield (W8MW), Roger Parsons (KG4VCR), Bernie Hunstad (KM4TPW), Tom Demond (W9LRR), George Coomer (KM4QOY), Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Anne Weiskicher (KN4HFT), Joel Haberman (KU4KD), Dan Lubinski (KD0HYA). Also we had Janie Taylor KI6SER and Andy Rose KI6SEP at the dinner. We had a total of fifteen attendees at the dinner tonight.
Assistant secretary Sharon, KE4INO, Griebe read the October notes from Chris. Joel Haberman (KU4KD) made a motion to accept the minutes.  Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA) seconded the motion.
Treasurer report was given by Ken Douglass (KM4FRM).
We have new donations. Bill Waldschmidt donated a nice laptop with a big screen that will have windows 10 loaded on it. John will be working on the laptop. Peter Rock donated 2 HF radios. One was an HF rig a Yaesau 747  and the other is an ICOM 706. Both have been installed and are working.
Mike Wingfield made a motion to accept the treasurer report and John Lewis seconded the motion.
John Wulf reported there were 5 tests given and all passed the tests and some   applicants tried to upgrade.  The next testing session will be January 27, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Legion Building.
John Lewis stated the repeater is still acting up. It was suggested to have a time to go  up to site and maybe tighten the squelch.
John Wulf reported they made 198 contacts at the QSO party. They received 12,700 points. The score was tripled from last year.  They had 6-7 participants.
John Wulf reported the Field Day results.  We were 91 in  the nation 3A (319), 17 in Division out of 40 ad 2 in state out of 7.
    Sharon Griebe stated the Club license had been sent in for renewal.
The Thanksgiving Dinner put on by the Legion was a success. The food was delicious and everyone went home with a go box. Ken Whitehouse thanked everyone for help setting up the tables.
Ken Whitehouse reported D Star went very well. They had many check-ins. It was stated that maybe in January they will change from 26 A to 56 A or C. D Star is linked in Danville. 56 is KY. D Star region 444.2375 MHz D Star. The radio club has a D Star radio on loan.
Bill Waldschmidt reported that the weekly 2 meter nets are going well.
As far as anyone knows no one participated in the Inter Op exercise with the Dept of Defense.
Election according to the By Laws were held tonight.
President –Mike May (KF4FMQ)
VP was put off until December when the office runs out
Secretary- Chris Galbreath (KG4UQL)with Sharon Griebe(KE4INO) to help him
Treasurer- Ken Douglass (Ky4KD)
Activities Director-George Coomer (KM4Q0Y)
Board of Directors-Mike May read the minutes from 2016 regarding board members.  George Griebe and Joel Haberman volunteered to come off the Board according to the bylaws. New Board members are Ray Whitehouse and John Wulf. Doug Collins, Bill Waldschmidt and current officers will remain on board.  Ray Whitehouse suggested we need to have a Board meeting at least once a year. Board members are to make sure the rules of the club are followed and make sure we keep our nonprofit status and board members are to meet when there is a problem. Motions were made for nominations and voted on for all positions in the club.
John Wulf had found a QSO card from Chauncey Alcock and remade it to use for club contacts in his memory.
Mike May presented  a program on his new generator. He showed how you can buy an adapter to change it to a tri fuel conversion. His generator is from www.uscarb.com and you can buy the conversion  kit from them. Mike also bought a regulator for the fuel control. Mike said it should be a simple fix to make the changes. He stressed you should check your regulators and not assume your regulator is big enough. He also said we need to keep our linemen safe when dealing with generators and make sure everything is done properly. The main concern is any connection arrangement that might accidently feed electricity from the generator into the power lines.
Ken Douglass stated that starting in January we need to try and have some sort of a program every month.
Ken Douglass stated we are 91% on our 2018 dues.
Ken Douglass also stated the Post has invited the radio club to  a Christmas Dinner at the Post on Saturday December 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Everyone is asked to try to bring a dish to share with everyone. We will have a short informal meeting at the dinner.
Ken Douglass (KY4KD) made a motion to close the meeting and Joel Haberman (KU4KD) seconded the motion. Meeting closed at 9:15 pm.
Sharon Griebe KE4INO
Acting secretary for Chris KG4UQL

Minutes – Meeting October 24. 2017

The WRARC held it’s regular meeting at the American Legion Building in Danville. Those in attendance were:KG4UQL, KA4SWT, KG4VCR, K4FT, WD4LEW, KF4FMQ, KM4FRM, N4JLT, KM4PDI, KM4QOY, WQ4Z, KE4INO and visitors KD0HWY and W8MW.

The meeting was called to order by vice president Mike May at 7:33pm.

Mike asked Chris to read the minutes from the September meeting. Chris read the minutes for September
with no discussion Ken Whitehouse made the motion to accept the minutes.John Lewis 2nd and the members present approved.

Mike asked Ken for a treasury report. John Lewis 2nd and to members approved.
Ken added that the club was doing good with 85% of dues paid

We had 2 guest that introduced themselves. They were Daniel Lubinski KD0HWY and Mike Wingfield W8MW.

With discussion about this it was decided to let Sharon and George continue with the trustee as long as they can do it.

Ken Whitehouse said that they had 4 people show up. The Red Rooster is now just called Rooster with the
same staff. The next coffee is November 17th at 9:00am. Location is next to Danville post office.

Mike asked what about the qst’s. Ken said Toni said not in a hurry if we are taking which will give us time to
build a shelf.

Mike said he hoped everyone had a chance to think about a preparedness plan for there family.

John Lewis siad he has heard some crashing or static on the repeater from time to time. Mike said all
members need to monitor to see if they here anything.

John Wulf said that the club has another test session on the 28th which is Saturday at the MethodistChurch next to the hospital in Danville starting at 10:00am.
John added that there are two new bands for ham radio. To use them you have to apply to the power commission to get approval.

The next before meeting meal will be held at Mallard’s at 6:00pm out by Bob Allen’s car lot on the bypass.

John Wulf said that the Ky QSO Party is November 11th from 10am to 10pm and will be doing this at the club station. Not sure if we will do the full 12hrs but will have to see how it goes.

Chris told members that there were member list on the tables and to please check to make sure your information is correct so he can complete. When done he will make copies so all members have contact info if they need to contact others.

Ken said the Legion is having a Thanksgiving dinner on November 18th at 5pm. You need to bring a side dish. Ken said that this is a really good dinner.

George Coomer said the national legion d-star net is the first Monday of the month at 9:00pm. The  net control of the net has some health issues that being said the club has been task to take over as net control of this national net. This will be done from the club room with who ever would like to come out. This is also the first time it has been done from a American Legion Post, so this is a big honor.

Ken said he would be doing the weekly net this week since Bill can not. The net is on 145.310mhz and a tone of 100.0. Sharon asked Chris since Bill can’t do could he send out a reminder Chris said he would.

Since our meeting in December is after Christmas was not sure how many members would be able to attend with some leaving to be with family or other plans. Sharon made the motion to make our Christmas the Legion Thanksgiving time. George Coomer 2nd and all members approved. So mark your calendar for November 18th 5:00pm at the Legion building.

John Wulf brought in a article from arrl on a interoperability training exercise set for November 4th-6th. John said Chris might know more about this. Chris said that info keeps changing for the MARS side and not sure if the amateur has changed any. During the exercise a designated DOD headquarters entity will request county by county status report from the 3,143 US counties. This will be primarily on the 60 meter interoperability channels as well as others. A informational broadcast on Sunday the 6th on 13483.5 khz from 1600 to 1615 UTC. Hams should monitor for more info about the exercise and how they can participate in this exercise. Also on Saturday 0300 to 0315 UTC channel 1 (5330.5 khz)

Ken made the motion to close the business meeting. John Lewis 2nd and the businees meeting closed.

Mike gave a brief presentation on a subject he brought up at a earlier meeting. This was a dipole for your ht to improve your signal. He had made one for his as close to the story he had read. He explained what he had done and some variations of a different way to also do this.

The meeting closed at 8:46 pm.

Minutes – Meeting September 26. 2017

The WRARC held it’s regular meeting at the American Legion Building in Danville.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by Vice President Mike May.
Mike asked Chris to read last months meeting minutes.
Chris read the minutes from Aug. Sharon made the motion to accept the minutes as read. George Coomer 2nd the motion and all members approved.

Mike then asked Ken for the club treasury report.
Bill made the motion to accept the report. Peter 2nd and the members approved.
Ken followed by saying club dues are now due. In the past we have did it at our Christmas Dinner but the Legion does it earlier.
Dues need to be in on July if possible. He went on by telling the categories.
Full legion members should get a notice in mail if you have not gotten a notice let him know so he can check on it.
Son and Associate will NOT get a notice. Sons need to write a check to post 46 in the amount of $20.00.
The Associates need to write a check to the CLUB for $30.00. The Associate membership was paid by the club so all that this includes needs to get there money in to him (Ken).

—OLD Business —
Mike ask Chris to tell more on the fund raising. Chris said that he had sent over 200 letters out to most all companies, businesses, and also included doctors and lawyers. Only one place has responded so far which was Inter County Energy or RECC. They sent a check for $100.00 which Chris gave to Ken. Chris said that this check paid for the stamps used to mail the letters. He also said he sent out some earlier to computer companies and got an email back from one which was Apple and could not help at this time. He said it took 3 months for this to come in so it might have had to go thru the chain of command.

— NEW Business —
Ken said the next coffee get together will be Friday October 13th at AJ’s down by the Danville Post Office. It is being sold so not sure what the new name will be but can still meet there at 9:00am. The Legion D-Star net is the 1st Monday of the month on 56B at 9:00pm.

— Meal —
The next before meeting meal will be at Quadaljara 1715 Perryville Rd. Starting at 6:00pm.

— Trustee —
Sharon said the her and George are getting older and need to start thinking of a replacement for the trustee for the repeater and to take over the bills that she pays for the club. All the bills are on line so not a problem to do. This needs to be decided at the October meeting.

— QST —
Ken said that Toni the commander of the Legion wants to donate Hardbound copies of qst to the club. The years are 1961-1975 and are very nice as he showed the members pictures he had of them. Members said we need some shelves for them so that will be looked into.

— Emergencies —
Mike said that with the weather that has been hitting the south and the islands members need to have a plan for there family here. The area here can have flooding and tornadoes which can cause us big problems so be prepared. Chris said in January he will start doing some EComm training.

George Commer made a motion to close the meeting. Bill 2nd and the meeting closed at 8:43pm.

Submitted to WRARC members by:
Chris Galbreath KG4UQL
WRARC Secretary