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

2016 ARRL Field Day

2016 ARRL Field Day June 25 – 26, 2016

The Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club will hold it’s field day activities at the Donnelly Company picnic area on Stewarts Lane (same location as last year).

Be sure to check out the Club Photo Album for great photos from our Field Day 2016 !!


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