WRARC Minutes Sep 22nd, 2020

Meeting was virtual via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Thanks Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May at 19:36.
Attendees: 0 guests, 11 members: Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), John Wulf (K4FT), Mike May (KF4FMQ), , Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Harold Miller (AF6MB), Chris Galbreath (KG4UQL), Ray Whitehouse(KY4RW), Russell Chaney (KN4OHD), Andy Rose (KI6SEP)

Previous meeting was August 25, 2020. Motion by Chris to accept Minutes of that meeting as published, Dennis 2nd, passed by acclimation.

Treasurer’s Report. (Note: numbers were not discussed during meeting due to security concerns and were provided separately after the meeting)

 Live potted plant in memory of Ken Whitehouse
 Ending/Current balance

Activities Report:
 (upcoming) Monthly coffee Zoom: Friday, October 2, 9 A.M.
 September 7, 2020 TALARC D-STAR Net: Record number of check-ins: 47 check ins from 14 States, 2 Canadian Provinces. (See appendix for details.) Ken attributes this record to the email reminders he sent out.
 Next TALARC D-STAR: Monday, October 7
 John received 20-20 Plaque in mail for Kentucky QSO Party
 Ray Whitehouse: Kentucky D-Star net has very good participation. Sweet spot is between 40~60. When more, the net gest too long and people both drop off as well as are less likely to attend again.
 Thursday night American Legion XRF757A. This connection is being provided just for us, Post 46, so we’d like good participation.

Old Business:
Many 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
 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!

Looking for people to make presentations at future meetings: please contact Mike if you would like to present or have suggestions of topics.
Doug Collins (in attendance) recovering nicely from 6 heart bypasses last month.
Zoom’s policy change of requiring password to access meeting caused no problems for this meeting, the first with the new policy: appears password was contained within the link provided to all of us.

New Business
Post open again. Main room repainted. Ozone machine is run every night. Kitchen completely redone.

Ken Whitehouse is now a Silent Key as a result of complications due to COVID. Separate emails have been sent regarding services and interment.

December 29th is the 60th anniversary of the Club: do we want to have a Special Event? Should we use our Club call sign, or apply for a special event call? Discussion regarding conflicts with holidays, be nicer if we can do it in person, etc. Side question: how many of the founding members are still alive? Conclusion: put it off until next year, after the holidays.

Net Control Larry (NN4H) of the Kentucky D-Star Net called Ken Douglass: Net participants want to make contributions to Club in memory of Ken Whitehouse. Ken had the first D-Star in Kentucky and was a major mover in spreading D-Star through Kentucky. Ray said: his dad would not a plaque, placing into our treasury would be OK. However, since Ken was
such a proponent of D-Star in Kentucky, it would also be a nice idea to donate to the cost of operating the 056 reflector. ($20 per month/$250 year)
 Motion by Dennis: Club pays for 056 reflectors one year, Chris 2nd. Donations will offset any differences. Pass by
acclimation.
 Motion by Harold: any money received covering more than one year will be used to pay additional years/fraction of year. Peter 2nd. Pass acclimation.
 WRARC members who are interested are encouraged to donate in Ken’s memory to the Club. Make checks out to Club indicating donation in Ken’s memory and mail to Ken Douglass (address above).

VE Testing:
 October 24 session is on: Post is open & 6 hams who are Extras have committed to be there to support.
 Pre-registration is required with John Wulf, K4FT, Phone: (563)-505-0339
 Masks are required.
 Start at 10 AM.
 Zoom meeting October 16 for Examiners & support people to finalize details such as administering test,
sanitizing tables, etc.
Club Elections in November. Anybody who is interested in serving as an officer should contact any of the existing officers.

Adjournment
Motion to Adjourn by Chris, 2nd by Peter; Adjourned at 2034. No program after meeting.

WRARC Minutes Aug 25th, 2020

Meeting was virtual via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Thanks Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May at 19:31.
Attendees: 0 guests, 10 members: Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), John Wulf (K4FT), Mike May
(KF4FMQ), , Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA), Joel Haberman (KU4KD), Chris Galbreath (KG4UQL), George
Coomer (KM4QOY), Andy Rose (KI6SEP)

Previous meeting was July 28, 2020. Motion by Bill to accept Minutes of that meeting as published, Joel 2nd , passed by acclimation.
Treasurer’s Report. (Note: numbers were not discussed during meeting due to security concerns and were provided separately after the meeting)

 No income, no expenditures

Activities Report:
 Coffee (via Zoom): Friday, September 4
 August TALARC D-STAR Net: 31 check ins from 8 States. (See appendix for details.)
 Next TALARC D-STAR: Monday, September 7
 Thursday night American Legion XRF757A. This connection is being provided just for us, Post 46, so we’d like good participation.

Old Business:
About 50% of the members have not paid their dues!
Club/Post membership renewal:  Ken
 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 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!

New Business
WRARC Monthly Meeting 20200825 Minutes Version 1
Ken contacted organizers of Kentucky QSO Party to sponsor award – too late, all categories already covered. They have
us on top of list for next year.
Post remains physically closed; Post leadership will review this policy in 2 weeks.
Looking for people to make presentations at future meetings: please contact Mike if you would like to present or have suggestions of topics.
Doug Collins in hospital for expected insertions of stents for heart. Instead had 6 bypasses this morning, doing well.
Blockage was 90%! New hips recently so busy recovering!
Ken Whitehouse in hospital with complications from COVID. Ray reported he is doing better today than yesterday. Tina tested positive for COVID before Ken. She is now out of the quarantine period. Believe they had been exposed prior to 8/15.
Dennis: The service provided by Zoom is changing the way people log in. Starting with our September meeting, we will need to use a password as part of our login. Password will be provided in the email that announces the meeting.

Adjournment
Adjourned at 2000.
Presentation by Mike May regarding tuning wire antennas by folding versus trimming and the effects that can be expected.

WRARC Minutes July 22nd, 2020

Minutes for July 28, 2020 Meeting of Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club
Meeting was virtual via Dennis’ Zoom account. (Thanks Dennis!)
Meeting called to order by President Mike May at 19:31.
Attendees: 0 guests, 13 members: Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), Scott Cooper (KN4ZNX), John
Wulf (K4FT), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Russel Chaney (KN4OHD), Bill
Waldschmidt (W9WA), Joel Haberman (KU4KD), Chris Galbreath (KG4UQL), Dave Jewitt (KN4ZOA), Andy Rose (KI6SEP)
Previous meeting was June 23, 2020. Motion by Doug to accept Minutes of that meeting as published (3rd version, 2nd
revision), Dennis 2nd , 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

 Rebate from Post received and deposited to Club’s checking account. (This is based on the number of Club members as of June every year.)
 U.S. Post Office: stamps
 Ending/Current balance

Activities Report: none – George not in attendance
 Next TALARC: August 3, Monday
 June TALARC D-STAR Net 38 check ins from 12 States and 1 Canadian Province. (See appendix in last month’s
Minutes for details.)
 July TALARC D-STAR Net 33 check ins from 10 States. (See appendix in last month’s Minutes for details.)
 The report for the TALARC will now be titled “American Legion D-Star Net (TALARC)” for improved clarity.
 Encourage Club members to join August 3rd’s and all TALARC nets in via D-Star or by EchoLink: our Club is the
host for this national net! EchoLink is free software for PCs, MACs. iPhone, iPad, Android.
 Ken stated this Net has the most participants of any American Legion Net (see appendix in last month’s Minutes
for list of all such nets.)

Old Business:
VE Session July 25 cancelled.
Bourbon Chase 2020 cancelled: Ragnar, the event organizer, has cancelled all 2020 races including this one.
Club/Post membership renewal: underway  Ken
 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
Full Legion Members $30
SAL Members $20
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!
New Business

Dan Lubinski (KD0HYA) is a Silent Key. Private service took place in Camp Nelson. Condolences will be sent on behalf of
Club.
Field Day occurred 4th Saturday in June, 6/27 & 28. Everybody worked from home.
Kentucky QSO Party Certificate Received (Party was June 6):
 694 contacts and 35 Counties, 13 Bonus Stations.
 Total score of 186,656 points
Dennis received his Thirteens Colonies Contest certificate.
Post remains closed; Post leadership will review this policy in 2 weeks.
Looking for people to make presentations at future meetings: please contact Mike if you would like to present or have
suggestions of topics.

Adjournment
Adjourned at 2004 following Motion made by Dennis & seconded by Scott.
After Meeting: discussion of end fed antenna performance at various member’s homes.