WRARC Minutes Oct 22nd, 2019

(Thanks to Chris for taking and publishing the minutes!  Janie had gal bladder surgery the day before preventing my attendance. Andy)
Before the regular monthly meeting some members came in early to join in on the Post’s 100yr birthday. We had cake along with ice cream. Fellowship with other legion members followed.

The WRARC held it’s regular meeting at the post. with members KF4FMQ, KY4KD, W9WA, K3KZU, KU4KD, KG4UQL, KA4SWT, KJ4ND, K4FT, WD4LEW and N4JLT with visitors David Jewett and Post Commander Cromwell.
The meeting was called to order by President Mike May at 7:35pm.
Mike asked if all had read the minutes form the Sept meeting is there a motion to dispense the reading and accept the minutes. Kenneth made the motion with John L 2nd the motion. Members approved the motion.

Mike asked Ken for a treasury report. He paid $50 to sponsor a plaque for the Ky QSO party. Deposited $23 from the sale of the last hat. The hats sold we made a whole $4. A deposit is forthcoming since he just got a donation from Bill W for $250.

Mike asked for a activity report. Ken reported for George that the Dstar net on Oct 7th had 31 check-ins  from 8 states. The veterans after net was also held. The next Dstar net will be at the club on Nov 4th. Saturday  Nov 16th at 1-5pm will be the ARRL SSB sweepstakes in the club room.

OLD BUSINESS Training: Mike mentioned some members asked about training to get their ham ticket or upgrade. Mike said he told them about KE0OG you tube training on all classes and ham test online. If there was aspects of the materials they had trouble with members could help further.
Bourbon Chase: Mike said the chase has come and gone with a few technical glitches but the mission got completed.

Special Event: John sent out a script to use for the event.

NEW Business: Tony post commander had some mementos to show support for what we had done to assist the post. He presented a pen set with W4L to remember the birthday event. He has another one that will go to the one that makes the most contacts. He gave a big Thank You for all we did for this celebration.

Mike said that Nov is election time so we have Officers and 2 Directors to vote on. Ken said he would like for someone to take treasure but would do one more year but needs help since he does web page also.

Mike asked for a motion to close the business portion of the meeting. John L made the motion with Peter 2nd so the business portion closed at 7:54pm.

Members asked for more information on how the chase went. Mike said runners came earlier than they were suppose to. This got things behind and with technical problems we had a slow start but in the end it worked out. Peter said the runners commented on the projector giving runner numbers and no one does this on the 200 mile route but us.
Meeting closed at 8:52pm

Submitted to WRARC Members by Chris KG4UQL.

WRARC Minutes Sep 24th, 2019

20190924 September WRARC Monthly Meeting

(Dinner had been at Giovanni’s)

Call to Order at 19:35 by Mike May

Minutes of September meeting: motion to accept, after two corrections, by Bill, 2nd

Attendees 17 (16 members, 1 guest): William Waldschmidt (W9WA), Roger Parsons (KG4VCR), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), John Wulf (K4FT), Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Harold Miller(AF6MB), Scott Cooper,  Chris Galbreath (KG4UQL), George Coomer (KM4QOY), Jerry Wilson, Ray Whitehouse(KY4RW), Ken Whitehouse(N4JLT), Janie Taylor (KI6SER), Andy Rose (KI6SEP)

One guest:

·       Micky AJ4OI. Mercer County.  Has been checking into our Wednesday net

Treasurers Report by Ken


·       $35 repeater coordination dues (for 2m), 1 year


·       Dues go directly to American Legion & do not show up here.

·       Collecting dues continues.  Cash or check.  Check made out to “American Legion Post 46”

o   $30 for Legion associate members

o   $30 for full Legion members

o   $20 Sons of the Legion

Can be mailed to

Ken Douglass

108 Chandler Dr.

Danville, KY  40422

Activities Report – George

·       We were the multi-Op winner for the KY QSO Party with 38,580 points

·       This weekend: 9/28 CQWW RTTY DX Contest

·       Fri, 10/4 next breakfast at AJ/Rooster’s

·       Next TALARC Monday, 10/7

Old Business

·       Special Event Station for American Legion 100th anniversary on October 22 – special event station on Saturday, 10/19 with call sign W4L.  Also will be on air on 22nd , coincidentally our monthly meeting, from the Post.  See New Business for updated information.

·       Planning continues for Bourbon Chase.

New Business

·        Could Club sponsor training classes? – came up since last meeting.

o   Mike: KE0OG (Kay-Eee-Zero-Ohh-Gee), Dave Casler, has YouTube type videos for all 3 license classes. ~37 videos for each.

o   Mike on-line test also good resource.

o   Mike conclusion: plenty of existing resources so not worth Club’s effort to develop our own.

·       Bourbon Chase:

o   Evening of 10/18

o   Presentation tonight after business meeting.

o   Mike spoke with Judge Executive.

§  Told him desire for pavilion, power, restrooms

§  Issue is mixed ownership between City & County.  Fortunately Pavilion and restrooms are County.  Judge Executive sees no issues.

o   We had 9 people sign up tonight.  We need to do more recruiting to reach our goal of 18 as stated in last month’s Meeting.

·       Post Centennial on Saturday 10/19 (day after Chase)

o   W4L.  Can be used by anybody during the week from your home.  Pass log information to John Wulf.

o   Coordinate with John if you would like to work Event from home.

o   Tony & John will be putting together a script for those of us who want to participate.

o   Will not be at Lowes – corporate policy.

o   Chris is looking into alternative locations:

§  Waiting for answer from Tractor Supply.

§  Waiting for answer & working with Kroger.

§  Any other ideas?  Let Chris know! Not much time.

o   Will be operational on 22nd from the Post, before our next meeting.

·       Raffle of Gigapart hat among attendees, hat courtesy of Ken Whitehouse (picked it up at Hamvention)

o   John Wulf won!

Close business @ 20:08

WRARC Minutes Aug 27th,2019

20190827 August WRARC Monthly Meeting

(Dinner had been at China Buffet)

Call to Order at 19:35 by Mike May

Minutes of July meeting: motion to accept by William, 2nd Joel

Attendees 13 (11 members, 2 guests): William Waldschmidt (W9WA), Russell Chaney (KN4OHD), Roger Parsons (KG4VCR), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Ken Douglass (KY4KD), John Wulf (K4FT), Joel Haberman (KU4KD), Doug Collins (KA4SWT), Dennis Weiskircher (K3KZU), Daniel Lubinski (KD0HYA), Andy Rose (KI6SEP)

Two guests:

  • William “Scott“ Cooper (Harrodsburg) not yet a ham but studying for next VE session.
  • Harold Miller AF6MB (Danville – just up the road from the Post) was Emergency Coordinator in southern Oregon – in the town of Grant’s Pass.

Treasurers Report by Ken

  • Spent: Stamps $11
  • Deposit $50 for Hats sold
  • Deposit $100 from Post for annual recruitment and retention allowance
  • Collecting dues underway.  Cash or check.  Check made out to “American Legion Post 46”
    • $30 for Legion associate members
    • $30 for full Legion members
    • $20 Sons of the Legion

Can be mailed to

Ken Douglass

108 Chandler Dr.

Danville, KY  40422

Activities Report (George not present)

  • Best way to get on D-Star (per Ken): USB $130 dongle. DVstick 30
  • George’s report brought up on projector, reviewed by Mike
  • Last weekend’s Contest had to be cancelled because Post was able to rent the Hall.  Club considers this a good thing as it allows the Post to get $500~$1000.
  • Next Contest: September 28th CQWW DX Contest RTTY Saturday 1-5

Old Business

  • Special Event Station for American Legion 100th anniversary on October 22 – special event station at Lowes on Saturday, 10/19 with call sign W4L.  Also will be on air on 22nd, coincidentally our monthly meeting.
  • Planning needed for Special Event Station
  • Planning needed for Bourbon Chase.
    • We decided to move spotting station further out to give us more time to communicate & post the numbers as well as the next runner more time to get ready. The distance is now 1.7 miles instead of exactly one mile. The new location is in the Boyle County Fairgrounds on the gravel road East of the intersection of Man O’ War Drive and the Bypass.  Not only does this mean we will not need to be dodging cars, it also means we will be able to set up in a large pavilion.  Hopefully we will be able to get power turned on during the event and have restroom access.
  • Due to the odd distance we plan to have a visible conversion chart at the Display “if your runner runs 1 mile in X minutes, expect them in Y minutes”
    • We’d like 18 people to work two shifts this year – last year’s 9 people with only one shift was a push!
    • Lots of details to work out!

New Business

  • Contest: August 31/0000 UTC – Sept 8/2359 UTC   150th anniversary of the birth of the ARRL’s first president and cofounder, Hiram Percy Maxim (HPM), W1AW. (Details: http://www.arrl.org/hpm150-birthday-celebration)
  • September nearby Hamfests:
    • 09/07/2019 | Greater Louisville Hamfest 2019

Location: Shepherdsville, KY

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Greater Louisville Hamfest Association

Website: http://LouisvilleHamfest.com

  • 09/28/2019 | ARCS Hamfest

Location: Paintsville, KY

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Amateur Radio Community Services Club

Website: http://ky4arc.com

Close business @ 20:28

Presentation on End Fed Half-Wave (EFHW) antenna by Russell taken from Steve Ellington. (You can search using his name and EFHW and get started.) Here is a link <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wrN1qhstX4>

  • Lots on Facebook
  • Arrow Electronics has better prices than Mouser & reportedly packages better in shipment.
  • If mounting into PVC box:
    • Use 6×6 box instead of 4×4
    • Be aware PVC moves: double or triple nut mounting connections

Motion to adjourn at 21:10