Minutes – Meeting July 5. 2016

The regular meeting of the Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club was held at the American Red Cross building in Danville on July 5, 2016. The meeting was called to order by the club president, John Montgomery, K4OH at 7:30 pm. Amateur Radio operators present at the meeting included: George Griebe, WQ4Z, Sharon Griebe, KE4INO, Marshall McElfresh K4UKB, Mike May KF4FMQ, Doug Collins KA4SWT, John Montgomery K4OH, Ken Douglas KM4FRM, Marty Montgomery KE4SHC, Peter Rock KJ4ND, Bill Waldschmidt W9WA, John Wulf, K4FT, Justin Perkins, KI4SXS, Don Stivers KM4OLL, Juerg Weidmann KK4JW,and Merl Montgomery KG4PIF.

Sharon, KE4INO read the minutes from the June 2016 meeting. Bill W9WA made a motion to accept the minutes and Marshall K4UKB seconded the motion. Ken Douglas KM4FRM gave the treasury report. A check was written to George Coomer KM4QOY for $50.00 to help cover Field Day Dinner expenses. Check has not been cashed as of club meeting so balance remains the same. Sharon KE4INO made a motion to completely pay back George Coomer, KM4QOY, for the dinner expenses. Bill Waldschmidt seconded the motion. The motion was voted on and passed to pay George Coomer KM4QOY the total bill.

Old Business

Field Day was discussed and it was decided that it was a total success. There was plenty of good food and plenty of radios. The computers John K4OH brought all worked great. The generator put out plenty of power and not much noise. The back up generator was not needed.They used the new N1MN plus version for logging and everyone was happy with it. It was decided to use this all the time in contests so everyone could learn and be familiar with the program. John Montgomery, K4OH, gave a short speech on how he had hooked all the computers up with the internet from his home for Field Day. He used four routers and they had 2.4 gig wifi with a steady signal.

New Business

It was discussed about the repeater chunking. No definite answers were given.

Marshall K4UKB said it is time that we must do something with the antenna on his trailer. Mike May will go look at it and see if he can get it in his barn. Juerg KK4JW was interested in the antenna if the price was quite a bit lower.

New meeting places were discussed. No definite plans were made. There is a possibility that the radio station could be set up in the trailer.

Sharon, KE4INO, will send Field Day pictures to Marshall.

The next VE session is July 23, 2016. They will have the new extra class exams.

August 20, 2016 is the North American QSO party at 2:00PM at the clubroom.

Marshall made a motion to close the meeting and Bill Waldschmidt seconded the motion and the meeting closed at 9:00PM.

Sharon Griebe KE4INO

Acting Secretary for Chris Galbreath

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 !!

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