Minutes – Meeting July 7. 2015

The Wilderness Road ARC met at the Red Cross building in Danville with 12 members attending. Members present were KK4IYY, KG4VCR, KG4UQL, K4UKB, KA4SWT, KT4HR, KM4FRM, W9WA, WX4GPS, WD4LEW, K4FT and K4OH. The meeting was called to order at 7:39pm by President John Montgomery K4OH. The minutes from June were read by K4FT. K4UKB made a motion to accept the minutes but with a correction that he had bought a UHF repeater, not a VHF, W9WA 2nd the motion. The motion was approved by the members. KK4IYY gave the treasure’s report. K4UKB made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report and WD4LEW 2nd the motion. Members approved the motion.

OLD BUISNESS

Repeater

Marshall K4UKB has changed the voice ID to CW and set the timer for 10 minutes.

VE Testing

The next test session will be July 25th 10am at the former Red Cross building.

Field Day

Things went well for FD this year! There is a lot of preparation that goes into this: Networking, Mesh system, power, antennas, SSB, CW, VHF, GOTA stations, displays and the food to mention a few. The weather was perfect and what a great site to have at R.R. Donnelley. Preliminary score shows well over 200 points more than last year. Thanks to all those who participated to make FD such a success!

NEW BUISNESS

Repeater

John K4OH will make a request to Mike Wilder at the courthouse to get an extra key for the repeater site. John said that though it has not been requested by our trustee, he needs to have a key in case of emergency to shut down the repeater.

John K4OH requested the repeater be temporarily moved to the club station for coverage testing to determine if there is a problem with the antenna or feed line at the repeater site. Chris KG4UQL and Doug KA4SWT will work on setting a time to get this done.

Trailer

Chris KG4UQL has been in contact with the Red Cross about the trailer parked behind the building.

The Red Cross in Lexington has donated the approximately 8 X 24 foot trailer to WRARC.

Thanks Chris and Doug KA4SWT for your work on this!

Donation

Marty KE4SHC needs help taking down his tower. He has donated the GP9 on the tower and a Gap antenna to the club.

If you would be willing to help please contact John K4FT.

K4UKB made a motion to close the meeting, W9WA 2nd and the WRARC meeting closed at 9 pm.

REMINDERS:

Next Meeting

7:30 PM Tuesday, August 4th at the Red Cross Building in Danville.

Dinner

Bowlarama Lanes – 1050 E. Lexington Ave. Danville – 6PM August 4

VE testing

10AM Saturday July 25 at the former Danville Red Cross

2 Meter Net

Every Wednesday at 8PM EST – 145.310 with a sub audible tone of 100Hz

Web Site

http://www.wrarc.com

Respectfully submitted by John K4FT – WRARC Secretary

Minutes – Meeting May 5. 2015

The Wilderness Road ARC met at the Red Cross building in Danville with 12 members attending. Members present were KK4IYY, KU4KD, KG4UQL, WN4E, KA4SWT, KE4FMA, KM4FRM, W9WA, K4UKB, WD4LEW, K4FT and K4OH. The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by President John Montgomery K4OH. The minutes from April were read by K4FT. K4UKB made a motion to accept the minutes as read, WD4LEW 2nd the motion. The motion was approved by the members. KK4IYY gave the treasure’s report. K4UKB made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report and KU4KD 2nd the motion. Members approved the motion.

OLD BUISNESS

Repeater

Marshall K4UKB has the new repeater voice module installed (donated by KU4KD) and programmed, it has been on the air at the repeater site. Please check it out and let us know what you think. Marshall also has sent in the warranty card and has it listed at repeaterbook.com. Marshall and Doug KA4SWT are still going to try some things to improve the signal coverage of the repeater. Marshall wants to remind us that you will hear two drop outs on the repeater because of the short tail and this is normal. Thanks Marshall and Doug for all the work you have done on this project!

W1AW/P and Centennial QSO Party Awards

John K4FT brought the Centennial QSO Party certificate to the club meeting and John K4OH will soon have it hanging in the Club’s Radio room. We are still awaiting the WAS certificate.

VE Testing

The April 25th VE testing proved effective as all four candidates either upgraded or received a new license. Congratulations to Ken KM4FRM on his upgrade to General! The next test session will be July 25th.

Field Day

Things are proceeding as planned on field day preparations. Bill W9WA has donated 6 computers to the club for networking. Doug KA4SWT will organize the SSB station and prepare the triband, John K4OH will bring the CW station along with doing the networking for logging, John K4FT the VHF station and generator. O.C. Currens WN4E is going to check about the possibility of operating the SO-50 satellite. John K4OH will check with George WQ4Z about doing the GOTA station. The club is buying dinner from KFC for 6pm Saturday night and Marshall K4UKB will bring it out to the FD site. Please contact K4OH to see how you can be of help.

Everyone is welcome to attend FD, bring your family and friends June 27 & 28!

NEW BUISNESS

Bank Account

Treasurer KK4IYY reported that the bank is now charging $5 a month for paper statements. Joel KU4KD made a motion to go with electronic statements, Marshall K4UKB 2nd and the motion carried unanimously.

K4UKB made a motion to close the meeting, WD4LEW 2nd and the WRARC meeting closed at 8: pm.

REMINDERS:

Next Meeting

7:30 PM Tuesday, June 2nd at the Red Cross Building in Danville.

VE testing

10AM Saturday July 25 at the former Danville Red Cross

Dinner

Los Rodeos – 240 Skywatch Drive Danville – 6PM JUNE 2ND (Next to Dollar General)

2 Meter Net

Every Wednesday at 8PM EST – 145.310 with a sub audible tone of 100Hz

Field Day

June 27 & 28 2015 – Mark your calendars

Web Site

http://www.wrarc.com

Respectfully submitted by John K4FT – WRARC Secretary

Minutes – Meeting April 7. 2015

The Wilderness Road ARC met at the Red Cross building in Danville with 9 members attending. Members present were K4UKB, KG4UQL, WD4LEW, KA4SWT, KM4FRM, KK4IYY, KU4KD, K4FT and K4OH. The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by President John Montgomery K4OH. The minutes from March were read by K4FT. K4UKB made a motion to accept the minutes as read, WD4LEW 2nd the motion. The motion was approved by the members. KK4IYY gave the treasure’s report. KU4KD made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report and KG4UQL 2nd the motion. Members approved the motion.

OLD BUISNESS

Repeater

Marshall K4UKB received the new repeater today (7April). It was good timing as the old repeater now needs a few minutes of warm up time to work correctly. After a couple of weeks of set-up and testing the new repeater should be on the air.

ARRL International DX Contest

We had a great time during the ARRL DX contest March 8th at the club station. Many contacts and 27 different countries are in the log. W9WA, WD4LEW, KA4SWT, KK4ZNG, KM4FRM, K4OH and K4FT were there to participate.

W1AW/P and Centennial QSO Party Awards

It was decided to forgo the $60 Plaque and instead order the two $16 certificates for the W1AW worked all states award and the Centennial QSO Party award. John K4FT will order, he was reimbursed the $32 cost from the Treasurer.

NEW BUISNESS

VE Testing

April 25th at 10AM WRARC will hold VE testing at the former Red Cross in Danville. Please let John K4FT know if you will be attending. k4ft@arrl.net

Field Day

Dan KI4FTW has reserved RR Donnelly field for Field Day June 27 & 28, 2015. We will operate 2A with the free VHF station and a GOTA station as in the past. John K4OH will have the computers set up and networked in the next few weeks. Doug KA4SWT will have the A3 Tri-band beam (donated by W5MX) ready to go. John K4FT will have the generator in fine FD shape. The club will donate KFC for our Saturday night dinner. It will be a great time! Please plan to attend! http://www.arrl.org/field-day

KU4KD made a motion to close the meeting, K4UKB 2nd and the WRARC meeting closed at 8:16 pm.

REMINDERS:

Next Meeting

7:30 PM Tuesday, May 5th at the Red Cross Building in Danville.

VE testing

10AM Saturday April 25 at the former Danville Red Cross

Dinner

Giovanni’s – 1418 Hustonville Rd. Danville – 6PM May 5th

2 Meter Net

Every Wednesday at 8PM EST – 145.310 with a sub audible tone of 100Hz

Field Day

June 27 & 28 2015 – Mark your calendars

Web Site

http://www.wrarc.com

Respectfully submitted by John K4FT – WRARC Secretary