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