January Monthly Meeting

The first meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association for 2015 was this past Monday and like every first meeting of the new year the top priority is the election of new officers.  The 2015 PARA officers are:

President –  Ken Wontor KW4DI

Vice President – Mike Newman  WD4EFZ

Treasurer – Paul Smith ND4X

Secretary – Jeff Wielgos KB9BVL

Among topics discussed were the club insurance for this year is due.  The $260 amount was approved.  Jim Rudd reminded us of the “No Tobacco” policy for the entire campus.  Ken showed several video clips on the Fox Hole Radio and the use of an antenna tuner.  Mike Newman added that the tuner didn’t actually change the characteristics of the antenna but made it match what the transceiver wanted to see.  He also cautioned putting too much power into a severe mismatch could create a fire situation, IE max smoke.

Net control operators have been set for the next month.  To view the NCO’s click here.

Club dues for 2015 are also due at this time.  The dues are $20/year, or $25/year for all members of a family living at the same address.

Congratulations to our new officers and we look forward to a fun and exciting year in amateur radio.  Until next time….

73’s

Rob – KC9VFV

2015 Officer Elections

Happy New Year everyone.  Monday, January 12th at 7 PM will be our next monthly meeting.  At this meeting we will be electing the 2015 club officers.  If you are interested in any officer position, please let us know at the meeting.

Club dues for 2015 are also due at this time.  The dues are $20/year, or $25/year for all members of a family living at the same address.  Membership certificates are available for all paid 2015 members.  Here is a sample of this years certificate:

ND4X-2015-page-001

We look forward to seeing all of you at the meeting.  There is always a lot discussed at the January meeting so please try and attend.

73’s

Rob KC9VFV

November Monthly Meeting

Well another year is almost gone and our turnout for the last regular club meeting of 2014 was pretty good at 23 attendees.  A reminder that the December 8th meeting will actually be the PARA Christmas Party.  The dinner will be held at Casa Mexican in Paducah at 6 PM.  The next regular club meeting will be January 12th.

Among topics discussed at the meeting were selecting volunteers to be on the officers selection committee.  Jerry Foland WA4TTL and Fred Carter AI4EY volunteered for the job.

Paul Smith requested a By-Law change in the mode to contact members. In the past it said members would be notified by mail and due to the advances in technology was suggested to say Email.  It was voted on and passed.

Bruce KS4V said he had a Mirage 10W in 80W out 2 meter amplifier that belonged to the club.  He suggested selling it for a donation to the club.  No response at this time.  Contact Bruce if you are interested.

Daniel KG4JXH reminded of us of to meet on the 147.060 PL 179.9 repeater on Thursday nights @ 9:00 pm (03:00 UTC) for a roundtable net.

Net Control Operators have been set all the way to January 11 because of the holidays.  To view the NCO’s click here.

We still need more submissions for our “Show Us Your Shack” page.  Email me a couple of pictures of your shack so we can add it to the website.  Be sure and include your call sign.

Congratulations to the 3 who tested and passed exams Monday night.  Our own Ken Wontor WA9WJL upgraded to Extra Class.  Way to go Ken!

Finally, Ken WA9WJL gave a presentation on End Fed Zepp Antennas and the theory behind it.  To view the video click here or watch the clip below.

Until next time….73’s

Rob KC9VFV

October Monthly Meeting

     We had 15 brave Amateurs in attendance last night HI, a good but lower number, due to the stormy weather. Two guests were with us, with three people testing, all passed. Ken Krahl, KM4DTS passed his General Class, Benjamin Selph passed his General Class test, Joe Grimes passed the Technician Class as well. Congratulations guys!
     Monday’s weather was just a reminder of the need for more participation in the Sunday night at 9 pm, Purchase Area Emergency Weather and Traffic Net, PAEWTN. The weather in recent years has been extreme at times, and Amateur Radio is a powerful resource that has over the last 100 years, stepped in during times of emergencies and disasters. One member, Frank, KY4LDS suggested adding a “Check Box” in the sign in sheet to indicate participation in the PAEWTN net. The motion passed, and in the future, we can put a number in the box, to indicate our efforts to help in times of emergencies. Weather Spotting is one way to help our fellow man, and the training is available to those interested.
     Net Control operators have been set for the next four weeks.  To view the NCO’s click here.
     Ken’s WA9WJL,” VSWR Explained” video is here:  
     Mike Newman mentioned Club officer’s positions for 2015, will be discussed at the next meeting. Those interested in serving their Club, should consider these positions. Plus, it’s fun to give back to such a great hobby as Amateur Radio! The Christmas Dinner will be held at Casa Mexicana, December 8 at 6pm. Bring your appetites for some great Mexican food.   Gene N4FZ
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