WRARC Minutes April 23, 2019

20190423  April WRARC Monthly Meeting

Called to order by Mike May @ 19:35 at the American Legion Post

Minutes of March, 2019 Meeting: motion to accept by John Lewis, seconded, passed by acclimation.

Treasure’s Report. (Ken Douglas)

  • ARRL insurance paid $106.26
  • Check for $40 to Chris for window blinds in club room. Installed by Doug & Chris.
  • Second check received from Wreaths Across America,


Frank Rhodus

Bill Chaney, Russel’s brother

Elizabeth Parton

Eric Hatcher

Activities (George Coomer)

  • March TALARC D-Star: 30 check-ins from 10 states. 1 from British Columbia.  Report attached.
  • Summary of April 13 Georgia QSO: Terrible RF conditions, 5 contacts in 4 hours.  Good time nevertheless by all at shack.
  • Saturday May 4th: 1300-1700 Indiana, Delaware, & New England
  • Next coffee at AJ’s: May 10th.  (On Main Street in Danville between Constitution Square and the Post Office.
  • Interviews went well last Wednesday, April 17 by assistant editor from American Legion with photographer. The article will appear first on Legion’s website, then in CQ magazine. Good attendance.  Lots of pictures were brought for reporter to take.
  • Field Day coming up! (Fourth weekend in June as always.)

Old Business:

  • Chris reported at last meeting that the fiber optic switches were down at the Capital Amateur Radio Society emergency management.  These are needed to control radios which are located remotely from the operator area.  Chris had asked if we would be willing to be a backup site for the upcoming drill:  Mike confirmed with Tony (our Post Commander) who gave a resounding yes that they can use our station in case the repairs are not completed in time for the drill. (See new business for update)
  • Ken D: Web master.  Valerie (George’s wife) provided lots and lots of help getting things squared away – recovered something like 150 pictures.  Still having some issues with backup & restore.  Found service that helps for ~$14 per call. 
  • 100 year anniversary of Post in October.  Mike found out how to get special event call. Tony asked us to set up special event station in a public location.  Staffing, location, etc. still TBD. Potential conflict. Still expected Tony wants it on the same weekend as Bourbon Chase weekend, October 18-19.
  • Next VE 4/27, this Saturday, 6/29 general, July 1st for Extra.  Then July 27

New Business

  • Ken: Award received “Kentucky QSO Party 2018, High Score Multi-Op – Kentucky: 46,280 (This is the one we sponsored!)
  • Doug: Need new rotor
    • Yaesu G450 $279.95, demo $269; 75 feet of 2 conductor rotor wire $41.25
    • Need 45~50 foot bucket truck for a day.  Can park next to the tower – just need to go straight up.  ?? has 45’ x 25’ (height x reach)  Currently in City lot
  • Doug: Likely Emergency Manager will need to use our station.  Will need 2m beam (read: need rotor in time for the Drill) Same rotor for 2m beam and HF.
  • Twelve hats are on order.  George suggests we give hat to Legion’s reporter from last week
    • $20 + shipping => $23
  • Elizabeth Parton: her grandfather-in-law passed at 95 and she is agent to sell his equipment:
    • 4 giant towers for sale. 2 laydowns, 2 crank ups.  Antenna and all equipment on them for sale except for one antenna
    • Lots of radios and gear.
    • Prefers if we come to perform an inventory
  • Ken. 
    • Has crate of miscellaneous ham gear, all free (except for Mike’s meter)
    • Uniden scanner: $20
    • Multi-meter: $5

Close business at 2020 (motion by Doug, 2nd by ??)


Mike May – home brew 2m Dipole Antenna built out of rabbit ears

  • Preferably >19” rabbit ears
  • Mount ears to PVC T with ears going up and down.  Stem of T is horizontal and then to a 90degree to go vertical.
  • Remember when calculating the lengths: the radiation starts with the exposed cable, not just the antenna.
  • Excellent test results: 144-148MHz: SWR 1.2

Adjourn: John motion to adjorn,2037

WRARC Minutes March 26, 2019

20190326  March WRARC Monthly Meeting

Called to order by Mike May @ 19:31

Minutes: motion to accept as revised: addition of title “New Business” just after item “Hats” & before section starting “Ken D:”; Motion by Bill, 2nd by Dan.

Treasure’s Report. (Ken Douglas)

  • Rebate for $100 for new Icom 7300 arrived.
  • Lowe’s $1.16 credit has been applied to purchase of tie-wraps (Ken made up the rest).
  • Lowes credit card will be used as needed for materials.
  • Motion by Dennis to allow Treasurer to coordinate with an additional officer to authorize use of card. Passed by acclimation.

Activities (George Coomer)

  • March TALARC D-Star: 36 check ins from 10 states. (Report attached)
  • Upcoming: Saturday, April 13 from 1300 until 1700 Georgia QSO
  • Change in plans: QST reporter & crew only here for one day, Weds 4/17 9-4 for interviews and video.  George will send out email describing what they are hoping to do.
  • There is an American Legion net on 80m @ ~3.829 MHz every Wednesday at 1930.

Old Business:

  • Ken D: Bennie’s wife called Ken to say she may have buyer for HF rig and remaining gear

New Business:

  • Chris: Fiber optic switches down at Capital Amateur Radio Society emergency management.  These are needed to control radios as they are located remote to the operator area.  They want to know if they can use our station in case the repairs are not completed in time for the drill on May 30th for a National Exercise. Only areas from Kentucky that will be participating are Area 1 & Area 2, western Kentucky.  This is an all day exercise. We would be called the alternate EOC. Roughly 0900-1800 but possibly stopping earlier.  Emergency power is not required.  George motions to allow, Ken 2nd. Passed.  Mike will confirm OK with Tony as Post Commander.
  • Ken D: Web master.  Yurg was our webmaster and Ken took it over.  Needs help for WordPress backup & restore.   Motion for $150 maximum for professional help for Ken. George motion, Bill second. Passed by acclimation.
  • Chris: 100 year anniversary of Post in October.  Tony wants special event station in a public location.  Unclear how to get a special event call, how much lead time is needed.  Also Tony may want us to provide staffing for public information – Mike feels may be deal breaker.  Wants it weekend before in a high visibility location, possibly at WalMart.  Bourbon Chase is October 18-19 which is that same weekend.
  • Next VE 4/27
  • Next breakfast 4/5

Close business at 2018 (motion by John Lewis, 2nd by John)

Program: Ken Douglas – Propagation

*pskreporter.info/pskmap.html” shows world map of communications.  Can be set to map a single call sign and will then show everybody who heard whether or not they connected.  Works with digital modes & CW only – does not work with phone.

Adjourn: Dan motion,2048


Andy Rose

KI6SEP WRARC Secretary

WRARC Minutes Feb 26, 2019

20190226  February WRARC Monthly Meeting

12 Attendees: Mike May, Ken Whitehouse, Dan Lubinski, Bill Waldschmidt, John Lewis,  George Coomer, Andy Rose, John Wulf, Doug Collins, Ken Douglas, Russel Chaney, Chis Galbreath

Called to order by Mike May @ 1931

Minutes: motion to accept as published

Treasure’s Report. (Ken Douglas)

  • Rebate of $100 for new Icom 7300 has not arrived yet.
  • $50 check mailed to Kentucky QSO Party Plaque Fund.  Turns out we won the plaque we’d purchased!
  • Purchased flowers for delivery to Bennie’s widow, Ellen, for $31.80.  Thank you card from her, passed around.
  • Wreaths Across America gave the Club a $50 rebate for finding sponsors for the wreaths.

Activities (George Coomer)

  • D-Start Net:
    • 25 check-ins from 7 states;
    • 3 people had questions for VA advisor, a new resource attendee here.
  • April 23 & 24 film crew.  Writing an article for CQ how an Amateur Radio Club interfaces with the Legion at a Port.  Likely will be on Legion web site as well.
    • As many operators who are Legion members: wear Post & Ham clothing.
    • Will be our April meeting instead of our standard business.
    • Want lots of Club members & Post members as well.
    • Be nice if we can order and receive hats in time for this.  (Will send 2nd email)
    • CQ is world-wide

Old Business:

  • 3rd year in a row we won same class in Ky QSO Party. Multiple Operator Fixed station
  • Ken W’s donated SD card is installed and working in the 7300.
  • Morning after American Legion Post 42 visited us from Bardstown, one of them called to keep an eye open for his keys.  A bit later he & Ken talked again & he had found them.
  • Hats: 5 desired so far, 2 more in meeting (John & Russell)
  • Ken D:
    • Phone call from Bennie’s widow asking if the Club could help sell his gear
    • Radio Shack SWR & power meter;  New price was ~$50, selling for $15. Covers 3-30MHz, switchable up to 2kW.
    • Kenwood 2m-only, 65W. Still in production $130 used, new $150-$200; sell for $95 including remote speaker. Model TM 281A including power cord (no mounting bracket, no programming cable)
    • TS530 Kenwood transceiver with some cosmetic issues – needs sanding of case & touchup painting.  Going used $250~300; sell for $100-150.  AC power needed as tube final 120 W on lower bands.

Adjourn business at 2001 (motion by John Lewis, 2nd by Chris)

Program: Mike May. How to build your own 300 ohm twin lead roll up jpole antenna.  (following for details, lessons learned)