WRARC Minutes Dec 22nd, 2020.

Minutes of December 22, 2020 Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club Meeting
Meeting was virtual via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Again, thanks Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May at 1933.
Attendees: 3 guest, 12 members;
 Guest: Thomas Allen (going to January VE), Larry Roberts (KO4IVL), Marshall McElfresh (K4UKB, former member
now living in Texas)
 Members: Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), John Wulf (K4FT), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Chris Galbreath (KG4UQL), William Waldschmidt (W9WA), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Andy Rose
(KI6SEP), Harold Miller (AF6MB), George Coomer (KM4QOY), Gene Klaus (KO4IVI), Joel Haberman (KU4KD).
(Listed in order on Zoom screen)

Previous meeting was November 22, 2020. Motion to accept Minutes of that meeting as published (via email) by Dennis, 2nd by Peter, 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.
 $115.00 Donations received for Ken Whitehouse N4JLT memorial.
 -$115.00 Check to Ray Whitehouse for the Ken Whitehouse N4JLT memorial.
 -$35.00 Payment for SERA Repeater annual fee
 Ending/current balance.

Activities Report:
 Completed:
o Coffee Zoom session December 4, 2020.
o December 7, 2020 TALARC D-STAR Net: 45 check ins from 12 States & 1 Canadian Province. (See appendix for details.)
o Various contests occurred during the month, individual participation (not as Club)
 Upcoming:
o Peter: Do members want to participate in a contest(s) using Zoom to coordinate, coach, etc via Zoom?
As individuals or as Club depending upon contest. Yes, tentatively we’ll do the NA QSO Party on
Saturday, January 16. We will start about 1pm local time that day, and run a few hours, probably to 4- 5pm
o Next TALARC D-STAR: Monday, January 4. Remember you can check in via EchoLink from your computer or smartphone to node KY4RW-L or use EchoLink’s search mode on “Danville”.
o Monthly coffee via Zoom: Friday, January 1, 9 A.M. (Yes, New Year’s Day)
o VE Testing Sessions:
 Harold has updated all four 2021 VE test dates online with ARRL which should propagate to all necessary sites. The 4 dates in 2021 are Jan 23, Apr 24, July 24, & Oct 23 — 10AM at Post 46. Go to Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area (arrl.org) and type in Zip Code 40422.
 If someone wants to test with us, they can go to https://exam.tools and by clicking on the link to HamStudy.org they can register. Just type in 40422 in the ZIP Code box and it should come up.
 Next VE session is January 23, 2021 using same signup and test procedure as last one (October).
Testing is in person but there is an online test available although we do not run it. Signup and other details at WRARC.com
 Contact Harold AF6MB for info harold.p@miller.org 541-602-6535. Info is also available for local testing at www.kn4s.com/amateur.html.

Old Business:
 Dues:
 Four are outstanding.
o Three have been contacted via email; none have responded yet.
o For one Ken does not have an email address and is working to find one.
 Work underway transferring responsibilities to other members from George Griebe who has been doing this for years. Ken is spearing-heading the effort (other than the Repeater Trustee – see below), mainly researching as to what all and how.
 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
 Motion to change Repeater Trustee to Chris Galbreath (KG4UQL) by Dennis, 2nd by John. Passed by acclimation.
(Quorum of membership is present: minimum quorum is 8 and 12 are attending.)
 Ken is reserving Post Hall for Kentucky QSO Party as well as Field Day
 Next Monthly meeting: Tuesday January 26, 2021 at 1930.

Adjournment
Motion to Adjourn by Bill, 2nd by Dennis; Adjourned at 2018.
Program: Wire Antenna Modeling, presented by Peter. Using software program EZNEC.

Minutes by Andy Rose, Club Secretary

WRARC Minutes Nov 24th, 2020

Meeting was virtual via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Again, thanks Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May at 7:30.
Attendees: 1 guest, 11 members;
Guest: Gene Klaus (KO4IVI) of our Post
Members: Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), John Wulf (K4FT), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Doug
Collins (KA4SWT), George Coomer (KM4QOY), William Waldschmidt (W9WA), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Chris
Galbreath (KG4UQL), Andy Rose (KI6SEP), Harold Miller (AF6MB)(joined late). (Listed in order on Zoom screen)

Previous meeting was October 27, 2020. Motion by Peter to accept Minutes of that meeting as published (via email), 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.
 $55.00 Donations received for Ken Whitehouse N4JLT memorial.
 -$55.00 Check to Ray Whitehouse for the Ken Whitehouse N4JLT memorial.
 Ending/current balance.
Total of $740 to the N4JLT memorial fund. This fund will pay for the cost of operation of D-star REF056 for nearly 3 years, $250 per year. Thanks to all that participated. Your gift is greatly appreciated.

Activities Report:
 Completed:
o November 2, 2020 TALARC D-STAR Net: 43 check ins from 11 States. (See appendix for details.)
 Upcoming:
o Next TALARC D-STAR: Monday, December 7. Remember you can check in via EchoLink from your computer or smartphone to node KY4RW-L or use EchoLink’s search mode on “Danville”.
o Monthly coffee via Zoom: Friday, December 4, 9 A.M.

Old Business:
 8 members have yet to pay dues. Four have been contacted & committed to pay. Ken will try to contact the remaining members.
 Change: pay all Dues by check, not by cash – nothing in person/minimal personal contact.
o Make checks out to “American Legion Post 46”
o Associate member dues are $30.
o Legion Sons are $20.
o If a member is unsure of proper payment, contact Ken.
o Annual dues cover January 2021 through December 2021.
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 Mail checks to Ken: (mailing address also on QRZ)
Kenneth A Douglass
108 Chandler Dr
Danville, KY 40422
 Please remember to send check to Ken!

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
Club Elections. We have 37 members, need 20% for quorum. Therefore, a quorum is 0.2 x 37 = 8. We have 11 in
attendance and can therefore conduct the election.
All officers other than George are able & willing to continue. President Mike May, Vice President Chris Galbreath,
Secretary Andy Rose, Treasurer Ken Douglass, Activities (need new), Directors (2): Doug & Bill

 Peter nominated existing officers to continue, George unable to continue.
 No other nominations.
 John nominated Peter to be Activities.
 Bill seconded both.
 Directors re-elected: Doug & Bill (Motioned Peter, seconded John).

Sharon KE4INO has requested the responsibility of club trustee be transferred from George WQ4Z to someone else. This will be handled at the Board of Directors’ meeting.
Mike will set up our annual Board meeting in the next week or so.

Adjournment
Motion to Adjourn by Dennis, 2nd by Chris; Adjourned at 2000. Program: Packet Radio Communications, presented by Andy Rose.

Minutes by Andy Rose, Club Secretary

WRARC Minutes Oct 27th, 2020

Meeting was virtual via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Again, thanks Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May at 7:30.
Attendees: 2 guests, 13 members;
Guests: Gene Klaus (KO4IVI), Jamie Wright (KO4IVO);
Members: Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), John Wulf (K4FT), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Harold Miller AF6MB), William Waldschmidt(W9WA), Russell Chaney (KN4OHD), Andy Rose (KI6SEP), Joel Haberman (KU4KD), Ron Malinowski (WX4GPS), Jerry Wilson (KO4EPK), David Jewett (KN4ZOA).
Welcome to our 2 guests: Gene Klaus (KO4IVI) of our Post – just received his Technician license, Jamie Wright (KO4IVO) – friend of Dennis.

Previous meeting was September 25, 2020. Motion by Dennis to accept Minutes of that meeting as published (via email), 2nd by Harold, 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
 Cost of new checks
 Donations in memory of Ken Whitehouse to support D-Star repeater REF056
 Payment to Ray Whitehouse to support D-Star repeater REF056, enough to operate the D-Star repeater for more than 2 years.
 Ending/Current balance.

Activities Report:
 Completed: October 5, 2020 TALARC D-STAR Net: Another record number of check-ins: 57 check ins (increase of 10) from 14 States, 1 Canadian Province. (See appendix for details.) Ken attributes this record to the email reminders he sent out.
o American Legion 80m Net: 7 from Post 46, new record for us & 2nd only to Mississippi where the net is based.
 Upcoming:
o Next TALARC D-STAR: Monday, November 2. Remember you can check in via EchoLink from your computer or smartphone to node KY4RW-L or use EchoLink’s search mode on “Danville”.
o Monthly coffee via Zoom: Friday, November 6, 9 A.M.

Old Business:
Still some members still need to pay dues! Post paid us already and therefore they are operating at a deficit until we get our dues to them.

Club/Post membership renewal:  Ken
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 Change: pay all Dues by check, not by cash – nothing in person/minimal personal contact.
o Make checks out to “American Legion Post 46”
o Associate member dues are $30.
o Legion Sons are $20.
o If a member is unsure of proper payment, contact Ken.
o Annual dues cover January 2021 through December 2021.
 Mail checks to Ken: (mailing address also on QRZ)
Kenneth A Douglass
108 Chandler Dr
Danville, KY 40422
 Please remember to send check to Ken!

VE Testing of October 24:
 Jerry (KO4EPK): upgrade to General; Guests Gene (KO4IVI) & Jamie (KO4IVO): new Technicians.
 The VE team consisted of Ron WX4GPS, Darrel AC4YD, Harold AF6MB, Chris KG4UQL, Bill W9WA and Doyle WD4HXE.
 Great turnout! 23 signed up, 21 showed up, 19 earned a new license or upgrade: 13 Technicians, 4 Generals, 2 Extras.
 The candidates received their new licenses 2 days later on Monday, October 26 – WOW!
 John: Great job everyone!!
 ARRL really likes the approach taken as it saves them a lot of paperwork. First in KY to do in-person with this technology, about 7th in entire Country. Another advantage: only needed 6 VEs while the old template method
would have needed 12 VEs.
 Lots of ideas on how to do Session better – not a surprise given this was the first time for this method. Will have a Zoom meeting for the VEs to discuss.

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:
Club Elections in November. Anybody who is interested in serving as an officer should contact any of the existing officers.

Russell made a donation to the Club: “On The Air” illuminated acrylic sign. Various colors of illumination, push button on base or remote control to illuminate.

Adjournment:
Motion to Adjourn by Joel, 2nd by Dennis; Adjourned at 2010. :

Program: RTTY.

Minutes by Andy Rose, Club Secretary