Minutes – Meeting June 7. 2016

The regular meeting of the Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club was held at the American Red Cross building in Danville on June 7, 2016. The meeting was called to order by the club president, John Montgomery, K4OH at 7:35 pm. Amateur Radio operators present at the meeting included: George Griebe, WQ4Z, Sharon Griebe, KE4INO, Edward Durham, KT4HR, Marshall McElfresh K4UKB, John Lewis WD4LEW, Ron Skelton W6W0, Mike May KF4FMQ, Bernie Hunstad KN4WTP, Doug Collins KA4SWT, Joel Haberman KU4KD, Zenah Teater KK4IYY, David Pleasants KM4PDI, John Montgomery K4OH, Ken Douglas KM4FRM, Marty Montgomery KE4SHC, Peter Rock KJ4ND, George Coomer KM4QOY, Roger Parson KG4VER, and Bill Waldschmidt W9WA .

Sharon, KE4INO read the minutes from the April 2016 meeting. Joel KU4KD made a motion to accept the minutes and Ed Durham KT4HR seconded the motion. Ken Douglas KM4FRM gave the treasury report. A check had been made out to Sharon KE4INO for bills which included insurance, and the annual incorporation papers and other bills. Marshall K4UKB made a motion to accept the treasury report and Bill W9WA second the motion.

Old Business:

During the last contest held up in the clubroom there were 5 amateurs that competed.They used the new software and sent the ADIF files to John. Ed Durham KT4HR, Marty Montgomery KE4SHC, Juerg Weidmann KK4JW, John Montgomery K4OH, and John Wulf K4FT. They also checked out all the computers for Field Day and repaired any that were not working properly.

Final plans were made for Field Day. The Field Day will be at the R R Donnally Clubhouse on Stewarts Lane. Mike May will bring his generator. Joel Haberman and George Coomer also have generators if they need to use them. Doug Collins, John Montgomery, Marshall McElfresh, John Wulf, will all bring radios including the club radio. The club will be running 3A . We will be doing single sideband, cw, VHF and have a GOTA station. John Montgomery will bring antennae. George Coomer will check around town to find out if we can get chicken and sides donated for 25-30 people. If not, then a charitable reduced cost for same and reimbursement to George if it costs more than $ 50. Sharon Griebe will take care of lunch providing pizza, pop, cookies, chips, paper plates, napkins, plastic silverware, etc. Set-up for Field Day will start at 8:00 am.

In other business George Coomer has picked up the clubs trailer from Marshall McElfresh.

New Business:

Marshall said the repeater site needs to be checked to make sure everything is running alright.

John Montgomery has talked to Chris Galbreath regarding the Red Cross Building contents. Chris tagged several items with blue post-it notes and has talked to Bill Sammons regarding the building. According to Ruth Ann the new drug program is not a 24 hour business. Doug Collins and Ed Durham will come to the Red Cross building tomorrow to seek information. George Griebe, repeater trustee will receive a key to the repeater site.

Bill Waldschmidt stated that the IT director says they are retiring some XP computers and wanted to know if the club was interested in obtaining any of them. John M said that, yes, the club can use them.

Marshall asked about the antenna they took down and apparently there has not been any interest in it. Chris Galbreath had sent out emails to club members, the Louisville club, and Northern Kentucky with no response. Suggestions were to list the tower on KY HAM, Craigs List or something similar.

Special Program:

A special program was given by Ron Skelton W6WO about Baluns: What they do and how they do it. Bottom line: If you have a dipole fed by coax, put a balun on the coax as near to the antenna as possible.

Bill Waldschmidt made a motion to close the meeting and Peter Rock seconded the motion. Meeting closed approximately 9:15pm.

Submitted by:

Sharon Griebe, KE4INO, acting secretary

Minutes – Meeting May 3. 2016

The WRARC held it’s regular meeting at the Red Cross building in Danville. The meeting was called to order at 7:36pm by club president

John Montgomery. Those present at the meeting were: KG4UQL, KE4SHC, KF4FMQ, KM4QOY, KM4TPW, W9WA, KJ4ND, KM4PDI, KU4KD, K4OH, KK4JW, KM4OLJ, K4FT, KM4FMR, KT4HR, WQ4Z, KE4INO, KB4UPW, K4UKB, KG4VCR, KA4SWT, KG4PIF.

John asked Chris to read the minutes from the April meeting. Chris read the minutes. Ken made the motion to accept the minutes as read.

Joel 2nd the motion and the motion passed by the members.

John asked Ken to give the treasurer’s report, which he did. Marshall made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report as read. Joel 2nd the motion and the motion passed by the members.

__________ OLD BUSINESS ___________

Repeater: John asked how the repeater was doing. Marshall said it is back on AC power. Marshall said that he and Chris made a trip

up to the site after getting a call from Ken before the net, that the repeater was down. Got the repeater back on before the net. After some

checking it was found that a power cable from the power supply to the battery had a blown fuse. Replaced the fuse and the supply was charging the battery. Marshall did some research on the Astron power supply and determined that it is not a good supply to float the battery with without doing some modifications on it. The best supply to use would be a Battery Tender. He also did some review on the DR1X repeater and found that is produces a trickle charge on the DC pair, therefore his suggestion is to just run the repeater on AC with the battery connected and if there is a power failure the repeater will automatically switch. It will be up to the club to decide what options it wants to use. Ken added that he could not get over how fast that

Marshall and Chris got the unit back up and on the air since it was 25 minutes before net time and started out on simplex and switched

to the repeater only after a minute or two.

Contest: John Montgomery asked John Wulf about the past contest. John said that the GA qso had 390 points after some CW and SSB

contacts. There is an up date to our logging software we use that can do multi contest at one time. John M. said he will up date the field



Field Day: Mike May asked if we still needed to borrow his generator a 5kw. John said yes since the older computers used a lot of power and that should work. Mike mentioned that he has gone thru his generators and found even a new one needs to be adjusted to 60 hertz. One he had gotten was a little off but has it set, the other was off a lot more. The newer kitchens and electronics in homes don’t like it if power is off and could damage products. It was asked if we could do 3A class this year. John said it was not a problem BUT we have to have people that are willing to be there around the clock to man the extra station. In the past we have done it and the radio sets there with no operator. If members are willing to commit to be on the radio at ALL stations around the clock we can do 3A. Can talk more at next months meeting to see the numbers that are going to be at this years field day.

Radio Kit: John said it is more complicated than he originally thought. It’s not a Heath Kit so the instructions are not good. He is working on it and will let everyone know when it’s done and hopes to bring it to a club meeting to show. He is trying to document step by step so anyone that wants to build one can have a little easier time on building.

__________ NEW BUSINESS ___________

QSO PARTY MAY 7th noon till 7pm this Saturday at the clubs radio room. This will get us ready for field day so come and have some


Next QSO Party June 25-26 it’s FIELD DAY !!!!!!! All are welcome, tell your family and friends to come out even if it’s for just a hour or so we can get them on the radio. If you know someone that is interested in Ham Radio let them know too.

The before meeting meal will be at Fazoli’s at 6pm.

Check out the clubs web site www.wrarc.com for any news.

Joel made the motion to close the meeting. Ken 2nd and the meeting closed at 8:50pm

Submitted to members of the WRARC

by Chris/ KG4UQL

WRARC Secretary

Minutes – Meeting April 5. 2016

The WRARC held it’s regular meeting at the Red Cross building in Danville. There were 20 people present. Those include: KG4UQL,K4UKB, KF4FMQ,KM4QOY,KA4SWT,WD4LEW,


The meeting was called to order at 7:51 pm by president John Montgomery.

John asked Chris to read the minutes from the March meeting. They were read with Marshall making the motion to accept as read. Bill 2nd the motion with the motion accepted.

John asked Ken for a treasury report. Ken gave the report and Marshall made the motion to accept the report as read. John Lewis 2nd the motion and the motion accepted.

——— OLD Business ——-

BYLAWS — John asked Chris if he had this done yet. Chris said he had the signed copy just has not got it scanned into the computer. When I get done he will send a copy to Marshall for web site. Then if anyone wants a copy he will have printed and ready to those who want a copy.

REPEATER —- John asked if anyone has heard any noise on the repeater. Marshall said he has heard some noise a couple of times but was short lived and seems to be doing fine. The repeater is on AC power and we need to decide on a power supply to get battery charging back to going. This time of year with storms we might need if power is knocked out. John said there is a 50 amp supply in the clubs radio room that should work. We have another to run radio and the larger one should charge and run repeater when needed. John told Marshall

to call so he could open the building to get supply to take to repeater site.

QSO Party —- John Wulf reported not sure off the top of his head how many contacts we made but we did get the trees cut back so antenna could be put up and beam can now move. Have a good number show up and had good time.

TRAILER —- Marshall reported that he found a replacement vent cover and it is installed. He called the company that made the trailer and gave him a part number but would have to go thru a dealer to get. Lowe’s is who They said to get it from but they have not had enclosed trailers for some time. They gave him a price which was way to high for a vent so he went online and found a match for alot less.

FIELD DAY —- Chris said Dan had emailed him and the site is reserved for our use. John mentioned that this was a good site with plenty of land for antennas and a large building to setup in. Food for this year was talked about but was finally decided for members to think about what they want to do or have and we will decide next meeting.

RADIO KIT —- John said he got it in and not yet finished yet. It is a little thing that has some intricate soldering and has had a few problems but will keep members up on the progress.


BILLS — Sharon said she had payed some bills that included the Corp papers and insurance. Had the bills laid out but just didn’t pick up.

ACTIVITY — John Wulf said that this Sat the 9th at 2pm was the Georgia QSO party and will be run from the club station here at Red Cross.

There is a test session APRIL 23rd at 10am here at the Red Cross Building.

May 7th the IN,7QP, DE,NE QSO party noon to 7pm but subject to change Location TBD

Next meeting Date is MAY 3rd 2016 there will be alot to get ready for Field Day so be ready.

Meal will be at WANDA’S in Junction City.

Submitted to the members of the WRARC

By club secretary Chris / KG4UQL