Minutes – Meeting March 3. 2015

The Wilderness Road ARC met at the Red Cross building in Danville with 14 members and guests attending. Members present were K4UKB, KG4UQL, W9WA, KU4KD, KK4ZNG, KA4SWT, KM4FRM, KK4IYY, KM4EGH, WX4GPS, K4FT and K4OH with Guests Brandon Goble and Alan KY1O. The meeting was called to order at 7:34pm by President John Montgomery K4OH. The minutes from February were read by K4FT. K4UKB made a motion to accept the minutes as read, KU4KD 2nd the motion. The motion was approved by the members. KK4IYY gave the treasurer’s report. KG4UQL made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report and K4UKB 2nd the motion. Members approved the motion.

OLD BUISNESS

Repeater

Marshall K4UKB called and talked to Yaesu and resubmitted the application. The application was approved February 19 but the new repeater was back ordered and is not expected until April. Marshall has been reimbursed for the cost of the repeater from the treasury. Members have donated toward the repeater, if you would like to help with a donation please contact Treasurer Zenah KK4IYY.

Boy Scouts

Alan Goble KM4EGH brought Boy Scout troop 27 to the club station March 3rd to help 8 scouts attain their Radio Merit Badge. Alan KM4EGH, John K4OH, John K4FT and several scout leaders were there to make this possible. Special Thanks to Rey Ruiz KM4DYA in Fort Walton Beach Florida for answering our CQ and being a great mentor on the air! A good time was had by all.

NEW BUISNESS

Repeater Site

Doug KA4SWT, Marshall K4UKB and Jere K4FUM went to the repeater site to check on the repeater with a spectrum analyzer belonging to K4FUM. They found the repeater putting out 13 watts and transmitting slightly off frequency (which was corrected). There was substantial interference when the top antenna was used so it was put back on the lower antenna. After trying several different things they feel that the antenna would work better if it was reoriented on the tower or if a stand-off was used to get the antenna farther away from tower leg. Plans are to work on it when the weather gets warm. Thanks to Jere (K4FUM) for bringing his test equipment from Atlanta and assisting in the testing.

ARRL International DX Contest

Activity Manager Bill W9WA announced that the club will participate in the SSB version of the ARRL DX contest this Sunday March 8th starting at noon at the club station. Come one, come all!

New Section Manager

We were honored to have Alan Morgan KY1O attended our club meeting tonight. Alan will become the new section manager for Kentucky on April 1, 2015 replacing Jim Brooks KY4Z (Thanks for your service Jim!). Alan explained the ARRL field Organization Structure and stated that there are positions open at the section level. If you are interested in getting more involved please contact Alan at ky1o@arrl.net . Alan is also looking for remote station location sites in our area, if you know of any please let him know.

K4UKB made a motion to close the meeting, KU4KD 2nd and the WRARC meeting closed at 8:28 pm.

REMINDERS:

Next Meeting

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

VE testing

10AM Saturday April 25 at the former Danville Red Cross

Cave City Hamfest

Saturday March 7 / see www.ky4x.org/activities/hamfest/

Dinner

Fazoli’s 1560 Houstonville Rd. Danville – 6PM April 7th

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 February 3. 2015

The Wilderness Road ARC met at the Red Cross building in Danville with 10 members attending. Members present were K4UKB, WD4LEW, W9WA, KA4SWT, KM4FRM, KK4IYY, AG4AE, new member Bill Zaspel (no call yet), K4FT and K4OH. The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by President John Montgomery K4OH. The minutes from January 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 treasurer’s report. K4UKB made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report and W9WA 2nd the motion. Members approved the motion.

OLD Business

RED CROSS

John K4OH has corresponded with Boyle county Judge Executive Harold McKinney via email. John had several questions concerning the availability of our future use of the former Red Cross building answered. John read the email at today’s club meeting. While the answers to the questions were mostly favorable, we are still awaiting the results of the final discussions between Boyle county and the Red Cross.

Repeater

John K4OH brought in the application papers that needed to be filled out for purchase of the new repeater. We were able to get the application filled out with the help of the club members attending. Marshall K4UKB will submit the application and pay for the repeater. He will be reimbursed from the club treasury. Members have donated toward the repeater, if you would like to help with a donation please contact Treasurer Zenah KK4IYY.

Boy Scouts

Alan Goble KM4EGH is with Boy Scout troop 27 and wants the club to help with their Radio Merit Badge. John K4OH is awaiting more information from Alan to determine the best way this can be accomplished. Please support Alan and John as they work toward making this happen.

W1AW/P

W4CDA has talked to W1AW/P in each of the 50 states in SSB, CW & RTTY and will apply for a $60 plaque when they become available. After uploading the Field Day logs our point total is now 5,411 points. Because of overwhelming participation the awards have been delayed until March.

NEW BUISNESS

VE Testing

Three people braved the cold and snow on January 24th to become new hams. All three passed their Tech, one passed all 3 elements to become Extra. Congratulations to all the candidates and thank you to the VE’s who attended. Participating VE’s at this session were KR4BD, K4OH, AC4K, W9WA, WX4GPS & K4FT – also thanks to Doug KA4SWT who was a big help.

K4UKB made a motion to close the meeting, WD4LEW 2nd and the WRARC meeting closed at 8:07 pm.

REMINDERS:

Next Meeting

7:30 PM Tuesday, March 3rd at the Red Cross Building in Danville.

VE testing

10AM Saturday April 25 at the former Danville Red Cross

Dinner

To be determined… 6PM March 3rd

2 Meter Net

Don’t forget to check in every Wednesday at 8PM EST – 145.310 with a sub audible tone of 100Hz

Field Day

June 27 & 28 2015 – Mark your calendars

Respectfully submitted by John K4FT – WRARC Secretary

Minutes – Meeting January 6. 2015

The Wilderness Road ARC met at the Red Cross building in Danville with 10 members and 1 guest attending. Members present were K4UKB, WD4LEW, WQ4Z, KE4INO, W9WA, KA4SWT, KM4FRM, KK4IYY, K4FT and K4OH. Welcome to guest Alan Goble KM4EGH ! The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by President John Montgomery K4OH. The minutes from December were read by K4FT. K4UKB made a motion to accept the minutes as read, W9WA 2nd the motion. The motion was approved by the members. KK4IYY gave the treasurers report, K4UKB made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report and WD4LEW 2nd the motion. Members approved the motion.

OLD BUISNESS

Election Results

John K4OH President, Joel KU4KD Vice President, Zenah KK4IYY Treasurer, John K4FT Secretary, Bill W9WA Activity Director.

Field Day

June 27 & 28 2015 – Mark your calendars

NEW BUISNESS

RED CROSS

In December there was an article in the paper indicating that the Red Cross was leaving Danville. Chris KG4UQL talked to the Boyle county Judge Executive and he assured Chris that we would be able to stay in the building. The Judge Executive was to attend our January meeting but did not. John K4OH will contact him about concerns the club has and report his findings at the February meeting.

Repeater

Marshall K4UKB brought in information about the Yaesu DR-1X/ DR1XE dual band digital repeater. The cost of the repeater will be $500 instead of the normal $1600 if purchased before March. Sharon KE4INO made a motion to purchase the repeater and K4UKB 2nd. The motion was approved unanimously. John K4OH to order as soon as possible. Donations were made to help with the cost. If you would like to donate toward the repeater contact Zenah KK4IYY.

Boy Scouts

Alan Goble KM4EGH is with Boy Scout troop 27 and wants the club to help with their Radio Merit Badge. He is working with John K4OH to determine the best way we can accomplish this. Please support Alan and John as they work toward making this happen.

Web Site

Marshall K4UKB has done an excellent job with the web site. He asks for club members to look it over and give him feedback to make sure it stays up to date. http://wrarc.com

W1AW/P

The year 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the ARRL and W1AW was activated in every state twice throughout the year. W4CDA has talked to W1AW/P in each of the 50 states in SSB, CW & RTTY and will apply for a $60 plaque when they become available. We also participated in the Centennial Point Challenge and so far have 2,442 points. Hopefully we will attain the 2nd level (3000 points) and then apply for a $16 Certificate when available. Thanks to all that helped!

K4UKB made a motion to close the meeting, KE4INO 2nd and the WRARC meeting closed at 8:18 pm.

REMINDERS:

Next Meeting

7:30 PM Tuesday, February 3rd at the Red Cross Building in Danville.

VE testing

10AM Saturday January 24 at Danville Red Cross

Dinner

Join us for dinner at Cheddars, 6pm Feb 3rd

2 Meter Net

Don’t forget to check in every Wednesday at 8PM EST – 145.310 with a sub audible tone of 100Hz

Respectfully submitted by John K4FT – WRARC Secretary