Minutes – Meeting August 22. 2017

The WRARC held it’s regular meeting at the American Legion Building on Spears Lane in Danville. Those in attendance were: KG4UQL, K4FT, KM4FRM, KM4QOY, N4JLT, KB4NST, KM4PDI, KB4UPW, WD4LEW, KE4SHC, KG4PIF, KA4SWT, KG4VCR, AC4NE, WQ4Z, KE4INO and K4OH.
The  meeting was called to order at 7:32pm by president John Montgomery. John asked Chris to read last months minutes. Chris read the minutes from July. John Wulf made the motion to accept the minutes. Sharon 2nd the motion. Members accepted the minutes as read.
John asked Ken for a treasury report. Sharon made the motion to approve the report. Ken Whitehouse 2nd the motion and all members approved.
Chris said he had gotten an email from Thomas with a problem he was having after some of his equipment went down.
He was trying to record the event using his drones. Chris said he tried to get a response from hams in western Ky to help but did not get a response from any.
John asked George Coomer about the BSA radio station. George said the event was over.
John asked if anyone had seen or talked to Ron. No member had.
Almost all members present had made it to the before cookout. Had Burgers and Hot Dogs with some members bringing chips,Baked Beans, Potato Salad and Desserts. Fellowship was good as we got to talk and eat together before meeting.
John Wulf said that the club will be doing a contest from the club station 0n the 26th Aug which is THIS SATURDAY starting at NOON. This is a DX contest which is the YO Romanian contest.
John asked if anyone has heard any noise on the repeater. No one had.
John asked Chris to tell about what he was doing. Chris said that he had a letter drawn op to send to local businesses and companies to get donations. This was set at different levels of what was given. The funds are needed to start on the trailer since we only have our dues to fund things and this is well beyond what we take in or have. He said he has sent out 100 and has another 100 to send out but checking to make sure he has the right mailing address since some he has found have p.o. boxes and do not get mail at there address.
John Wulf said the next test session will be held on OCT 8th at the Methodist Church in Danville. Next year we will start doing this at the Legion Building.
Ken said the next coffee get together will be SEPT 15th at AJ’S next to the post office in Danville starting at 9:00am
Sharon said it’s almost time to update the SERA info. Chris said that she want to put or check that we do have a fusion repeater. He noticed that the repeater journal has a list of different digital repeaters now. She said she might have to call him to remind her what needed to be done. Also the dues will be coming up too.
Ken said that the American Legion has a d-star net on the 1st Monday of the month. This month we had 7 members check-in to the net. National was blown away that the post had that many checking in.
Ken Whitehouse said that he took care of the Ky reflector and that there is a Ky d-star net on Thursdays at 7:00pm on 56B.
The next before meal will be at Applebee’s in Danville at 6:00pm. Some said that they are going early since they have a half price appetizer deal before 6pm so they want to get so wings before the meal starts at 6pm.
Ken Whitehouse made the motion to close the meeting. John Wulf 2nd and the meeting closed at 8:18pm

Minutes – Meeting July 25. 2017

The WRARC held its monthly meeting at the American Legion Building in Danville. Those
present were : KG4UQL, KA4SWT, KF4FMQ, KM4PDI, N4JLT, K4FT, WD4LEW, KE4SHC,

The meeting was called to order at 7:38pm by Vice Present Mike May.
Mike asked for the minutes to be read. Chris read the minutes from the June meeting that
Sharon took in his time away. John Wulf made the motion to accept the reading of the minutes. John Lewis 2nd and the members approved.

Mike asked for a treasury report Mike made the motion to accept the report. John Lewis 2nd the motion. All members approved.

— Antenna —
Mike asked Doug if he had heard anything back on the antenna on the short tower. Doug
said that he has not after sending emails so will have to study problem more for a fix.

— Cables —
Mike said that him and others came out and ran the cables to the tower and radio room.
Thought there was a problem while Doug was running a fish tape thru the conduit. Seem
to be a blockage at the bend in the concrete which we hoped was not a break or leak in of
concrete. Andy went home to get a shop vac and he had a bore scope at his house that
he went to get. While gone Andy worked a smaller vac hose in with the fish tape and it went
thru. When he got back he used the scope to see what was going on. Nothing was spotted
so it might have be the lip of the joint. Whatever was going on the cables got pulled and are
now ran and hooked up. Mike said the ends need to be put on and Doug said that he had
come back the next day and put them on so the station in operational.

— ve test session —
John Wulf reported that three people came and all three passed and got what they tested
for. There was 1 tech, 1 general and 1 extra. Chris said that Bernie was there and passed
his general.

— new business —
Mike mentioned that the net on Wen night had a good turn out. If you can try to check in to
the nets 8:00pm om Wen.

— eclipse —
Thomas asked if the club or member was going to do anything for the up coming eclipse.
He said we was going to western Ky with some custom drones to do some testing and play
with. He would only have his ht but would like to do some other test while down there. No
one thought they would be going so Chris said he would contact some of the hams down
in the location he would be located to see if any want to help in his operation.

— legion meeting —
Ken Whitehouse said the the next Legion meeting was going to be next tues ( aug 1st )
and all club members were welcome to attend. It starts at 7:00pm.

— BSA —
George Coomer said the national jamboree was still going on and he had tried to make
contact but just could not hear them but did hear other stations talking to them. They are
on 20 and 40 meter bands during day and was not sure about night time. The call that is
being used is K2BSA.

— old member —
Mike mentioned that he had seen one of our old members that has moved back to the area
and is living in Casey Co. His name is Ron Goodpaster and his call is AG4TY he is the Casey ares ec.

— Meeting Meal —
Ken said that the club still has meat left over from field day and would be grilling for the next
meeting. It is just hamburgers and hot dogs not a big full blown meal. We do need the stuff to go with it like ketchup, mustard, onions, tomatoes or what ever you like to go on these
things. If some one would like to bring chips what will do. If someone feels like we need more and are willing to bring other things please do. Members need to let Chris know to keep a list on what is coming.

— club event —
John Wulf said that since the station is up that on Aug 26th at noon is a contest and the club station will be involved. So all are welcome to come out and make a few contacts and visit.

— coffee club —
Ken said the next coffee get together will be Aug 11th at 9:00am at AJ’S in Danville.
The Sept coffee will be Sept 15th

— ht antenna —
Mike said he had read some stories about doing a kind of dipole configiration attaching a
19″ peice of stranded wire to the body of the ht. Mike went into some of the stories and thought it was interesting and he might do some testing. Told members to google if they are
interested in learning more.

— repeater —
Mike said he had heard some noise on the repeater and wondered if anyone else had heard
anything. No other members had heard anything. He was just wondering in wimax signal
might be coming back.

Ken Whitehouse made the motion to close the meeting. John Lewis 2nd and the meeting closed at 8:30pm.

summited to WRARC by
Chris / KG4UQL
wrarc secretary

Minutes – Meeting June 27. 2017

The WRARC monthly meeting was called to order at 7:35pm. We had hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips and pop from 6:30-7:30pm. Meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by President John Montgomery (K4OH). Those attending the meeting included the following: George Griebe (WQ4Z), Sharon Griebe (KE4INO), Mike May (KF4FMQ), Bill Waldschmidt ((W9WA), Marty Montgomery ((KE4SHC), Merle Montgomery (KG4PIF), Peter Rock (KJ4ND), Doug Collins (WA4SWT), Ken Whitehouse SR (N4JLT), Don Stivers (KM4OLL), Ray Whitehouse (KI4BM), David Pleasants(KM4PDI) with 2 guests, Roger Parsons (KG4VCR), John Montgomery (K4OH), John Wulf ( K4FT), John Lewis (WD4LEW), Bennie Kessler (KB4UPW), Ken Douglass (KM4FRM), and visitors- Addison and Kipling Griebe. Assistant secretary Sharon, KE4INO, Griebe read the June notes. Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA) made a motion to accept the minutes. Peter Rock (KJ4ND) seconded the motion.

Treasurer report was given by Ken Douglass (KM4FRM). Bill Waldschmidt (W9WA) approved the treasurers report and John Lewis (WD4LEW) seconded the motion.

OLD Business:

The tower work is done. We have two towers- a 58 foot and a 48 foot tower.

Doug Collins (WA4SWT) said he discovered an antenna problem with the antenna. He has been in contact with the company and has since discovered our antenna was one of the first ones made even though we have not used it a lot. The man he talked to at the company offered to send a new antenna, balun, and accessories. He wanted pictures of the antenna being taken down and put back up. Doug has emailed the man twice and the man has not responded. If he does not get the new antenna Doug said he will try other  options.

Field Day was described as being AWESOME! We were 3A. Total points were 3420. Last year it was 3004. The GOTA station made 78 QSO’s. We had 1350 in bonus points-including battery power charged by a solar cell, a training session, public area, a display table, news article, Boyle EMA Mike Wilder, Mercer county Sheriff, State Commander of American Legion and Former Commander of American Legion. These all added points to our total score.

Field Day was a total success. We had the State Commander of American Legion and Former Commander of American Legion visit. Tony Cromwell from Post 46 was also in attendance. Many people brought food for a picnic and Ken Douglass and Tony from the American Legion cooked hamburgers and hot dogs.

NEW Business:

Amateurs eligible were encouraged to join the American Legion Radio Club. Google TALARC to join. They run nets on 40 & 20 with digital nets as well. You must be a member or son of the American Legion to join.

Benny Kessler (KB4UPW) asked if our repeater is linked to any other. The answer was no. He stated Campbellsville was linked to Chattanooga.

Ken Douglass (KM4FRM) introduced Roger Parsons (KG4VCR) to the club.

Ken Douglass (KM4FRM) explained the new dues system. There will be three categories.

1.      Full- American Legion
2.      Legion sons
3.      Associates members of Post 46
Full membership- you served in wartime periods.
Son- You did not serve but father or mother or grandparent did serve.

For full legion members you will start getting emails in July from National until December. This will be paid $30.00 by check and mailed to Post 46. Then they send to National.

Legion sons-next month in July you will receive emails requesting dues of $20.00 to be paid to Post 46.
Associates- Not a member of American Legion. You will pay $30.00 to the WRARC treasurer (Ken Douglass). Check is made out to WRARC for 2018.
WRARC will get rebates. This year it was &600 plus $200. WRARC gets no money for full memberships. Local Post money only goes to National.

Example: Sons $30.00 goes to post. WRARC gets $20.00 back. Post 46 loses money but they will be investing in our club. The Post has monthly income. They are self sufficient. They rent out the other building on their property to the State for a daycare. They also have a social club. Family memberships would be $60.00. There will be no more WRARC family memberships. For the first year WRARC
Will pay the extra for a family. Next year the dues will  be $30.00 per family member.
Don Stivers(KM4OLL) asked about Legion numbers. Next year your card will have the number on it. Ken will get Legion numbers for those needing it. The women’s auxiliary dues are $25.00 year.

Ray Whitehouse (KI4BM) wanted to know if the club had a vertical antenna. John Montgomery stated we do have one that works simplex, 6 meter, 2 meter, and 440.It is not yet mounted.

Doug (KA4SWT) stated he will be needing help running conduit through the ceiling- maybe 3-4 people.

The next testing session will be July 22, 2017 at the Methodist Church on 3rd street in Danville.

 July 7-8 there is a Hamfest in Indiananopolis.

For the July meeting we will be eating at the Guadalajara Restaurant by Big Lots in Danville at 6:00PM

John Wulf (K4FT made a motion to close the meeting. Mike May (KF4FMQ ) seconded the motion. Meeting closed at 8:36 pm

Sharon Griebe KE4INO
Acting secretary for Chris (KG4UQL)