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

Minutes – Meeting March 2. 2016

The WRARC held it’s regular monthly meeting at the Red Cross Building in Danville with13 in attendance. Those at the meeting were KG4UQL, K4UKB, KA4SWT, KF4FMQ, KM4QOY, KM4PDI, KM4OLL, K4OH, K4FT, W9WA, KE4INO, WQ4Z and KM4FRM.

President John Montgomery called the meeting to order at 7:35pm. John asked Chris to read the minutes from the February meeting. Chris read the minutes from the Feb

meeting. John Wulf made the motion to accept the minutes as read. Bill Waldschmidt 2nd the motion and was approved by members.

John then asked Ken for the treasurer’s report. He paid Sharon for the club bills that she has accumulated and paid. Chris made the motion to accept the report. Marshall 2nd the motion and all members approved. Sharon asked if there was anything that

needed to be added to the insurance list if so let her know.


— By-Laws —

John said that Chris had up-dated the by-laws to reflect the changes in the dues. He just signed the new changes. Chris said that he will have these ready when he gets it saved in the computer and will be ready for those wanting a copy. Marshall asked for a copy so he could up-date the web site. Chris will get to Marshall.

— Repeater —

Marshall reported that the noise got so bad it had to be turned off even after adjusting the squelch. On Feb 12th it was turned back on by Doug and Chris. It was working fine until Feb 19th on the 20th he and Chris went to site to check it out. It was found out the power supply had blown a fuse. Replacing the fuse it blew again so after checking no power was coming out of the supply, Marshall brought it to the meeting so John could go

over it to see what is wrong. The repeater is up and going on ac power. The one good thing that was found out was the battery stayed up for over 6 days. It might need a larger supply that is 20-25 amps to keep it up better so the club needs to decide sometime on what it wants to do.

— Activity —

John Wulf reported that several showed up for the contest along with the antenna and tree work. Not real sure about the total contacts but all had fun talking radio.

— Trailer —

John asked about the vent on the trailer. Marshall said it needed a vent cover cause it had a crack letting in water. Chris made the motion for Marshall to buy and club pay him back. Sharon 2nd the motion. Sharon with some thoughts said that her and George will pay for it so the club didn’t have to.

—- New Business —-

Though not mentioned at meeting this will see who reads the minutes. Dan e-mailed me back to let me know the FIELD DAY SITE is reserved for us to use. June 25-26 2016 is the time so get ready for some radio fun.

Marshall had several things to bring up. He had gotten an e-mail from a gentleman in St Louis that had contacted us on field day in 2014. Has was doing worked all counties for Ky and needed Boyle county. John Wulf said he will take care of it since he has the club qsl cards. Marshall gave him the info.

The tower where the repeater is located had gained alot more antennas from wimax and might be causing a lot of our problems. So we might start thinking of a back-up to where we

might move it to if needed. John said if it gets too bad again we will have to send a letter to the FCC for help in the problem.

Marshall said that the club needs to think about finding a new web master and a place to put the trailer. John asked if there was a problem and Marshall said he is thinking about moving to

Texas, not sure how fast this will happen but he is looking at property down there already.

John said that if everybody has not read the QST it had a great story on a 40 meter QRP transceiver in kit form for under $30. He challenged all to buy and make a least one qso on this little unit. he has ordered his and waiting for it to come in. When he gets it together he will give a report. Chris said maybe this could be a project all members could do as a project at meetings to put together. This will be up to the members to decide after John gets his in.

Ken mentioned that in a past meeting it might be good to keep members up on renewal of their license. He did this and said nobody is close to time. He also said that when the repeater was down a simplex net was held which was a good learning event in knowing what your equipment can do and who you can hear. Relays were also good to learn as it might be needed.

Marshall said that with the new light bulbs coming out do your research so you don’t have a interference problem. He said the Stone Mountain repeater tower the city put up led lighting to make it a x-mas tree design this wiped out the repeater and it had to be moved. So if you have noise in home check the new stuff coming in.


Cave City Hamfest March 5th Saturday

Clubs place to eat before the April Meeting Will be Cracker Barrel 6pm April 5th

Oklahoma QSO party March 12th at club room starting at NOON

Saturday April 9th Georgia QSO Party CW/RTTY/SSB starts at 1pm Location TBD


Don’t forget to check out the clubs web site at www.wrarc.com

Submitted to members of the WRARC

By Secretary Chris Galbreath KG4UQL

Minutes – Meeting February 2. 2016

The WRARC was held at the Red Cross Building in Danville with 13 people attending.Those in attendance were:KM4QOY, W9WA, KM4FRM, K4FT, KJ4ND, K4OH, KM4OLL, KM4PDI, KK4IYY, KA4SWT, WD4LEW, K4UKB, and KG4UQL.

The meeting was called to order at 7:34pm by our president John Montgomery. John asked Chris to read the minutes from the last meeting. The minutes were read by Chris. John asked for a motion to accept the minutes as read. Marshall McElfresh made the motion with John Lewis 2nd. Motion was approved by members.

John then asked for ken to give a treasury report. Ken gave the report stating that several members had paid their dues. John asked for a motion to approve the report. Marshall made the motion and 2nd by John Lewis.

Motion was approved by members.

_______ OLD BUSINESS _________

___ Dues Change ____

John mentioned that the raised dues was now official by vote. John asked was there any comments. Marshall said that with the change the by-laws needed to be changed to show this. John asked Chris if he could take care of this and he said he would and will have it ready for the next meeting.

____ Repeater ____

John Montgomery asked John Lewis if he was still having trouble getting into the repeater. Lewis said not at this time but still hears noise at time. Marshall reported he has been hearing the noise also. Marshall was wondering if it is the wireless internet provider that might be causing this again like before. John said we will have to look into this again.

____ Activity ____

John Wulf mentioned that the Minnesota QSO Party is this Saturday. We will be doing it from the clubs radio room. We need to put up a temp 40 meter antenna so those that want to help should be up at 10am to put it up also a limb from one of the pine trees has grown up into the beam antenna so it needs a pruning again. He hopes to have a friend come up to help with that. The contest starts at noon. All are welcome.

______ NEW BUSINESS ______

____ Next Test Session ____

John Wulf said the next Ham license testing that will be here will be April 23rd 2016. The last test session had to be cancelled due to heavy snow.

____ New Extra ____

Ken Douglass is our newest extra class after taking his test in Anderson county. Congrats to Ken.

____ Marshall’s Mother ____

Marshall told the club that his mother had passed away Monday night. Please keep his family in your thoughts. Preston-Pruitt-Spurlin in Danville. Visitation Thurs Feb 4th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

you can go to their web site for more information.

____ Trailer ____

John Wulf asked about the clubs trailer. Marshall said that the vent cover needs to be replaced since it has a crack and can leak into the trailer. Nothing was decided on this.

Marshall made a motion to close the business meeting. John Lewis 2nd and the business portion was closed at 8:01pm.

____ John Montgomery’s New Test Equipment ____

After the business part of the club closed John gave a talk on a new mini antenna analyzer he had purchased. The little tool has bluetooth so it can link into a computer. He found a netbook to do this. The little device he has been playing with and still learning about some of the features. He made a trap for an antenna some time back and thought this would be a good test for the analyzer. By making some homemade jumpers he clipped it to the trap. The app on the computer was up and running and as he said it does a lot for its size. He hit the tab and it showed the freqs that it was best suited for. More test were done and he found the this little tool was very accurate. Tested on some antenna cable it told him how long it was and was correct. It even found that another piece had a short or problem since it showed shorter length than what was measured so it caught a bad antenna line. With the graph on the screen it showed the freqs that an antenna liked. He is still playing and learning this little tool but is a great asset to a ham that

builds their own or even buys an antenna. If you want more info google Mini VNA Pro and see all it can do. After his talk some of the new members went to see the clubs radio room with John Wulf and

some stayed in the meeting room to talk more. The members came back to the meeting room and it dawned on us that we need to figure out where to eat before the next meeting. Options were thrown around and the next place that we will eat at before the MARCH MEETING MARCH

1st is Los Radeos Mexican Rest- 240 Skywatch Drive in Danville down from Kroger on the bypass.

____ More ____

Next meeting March 1st 2016 Red Cross Building

March 12th – Wisconsin QP contest starts at noon

April 9th – Georgia QSO party CW / RTTY / SSB starts at 1pm

Check out the web site www.wrarc.com for other club and ham information.

Submitted to the members of the WRARC

by club secretary Chris / KG4UQL