October Monthly Meeting

George Langton (W4TPC) October 2015, 89 years young, licensed in 1952, a model for us all.  Also pictured are Mike Newman (WD4EFZ), Malckom Williams (KK4RGM), Ed Sobkowiak (KC9UVO) and Don Fuller (KC4DR).

PARA Meeting Minutes 10/12/2015

The September PARA meeting was opened at 7 pm by president Ken Wontor (KW4DI) with a moment of silence in memory of Sam Jackson, (W4THY) who recently became a silent key.  Attendees around the room introduced themselves by giving their name, call and a brief comment on their activities since the last meeting.  There were 19 present, including Wesley Calvert, John Broadbent, and Tanya Gilmore who had come to take the exam for their new amateur license or upgrade.  (See pictures below)

Old Business

The Minutes from the September meeting were reviewed followed by a motion to accept.  The motion was approved.

The Treasurer’s report was given by President Ken Wontor (KW4DI) in absence of Paul Smith (ND4X) who was on vacation. A motion to accept was made followed by a vote of approval.

New Business

There was discussion concerning the new PARA QSL cards that were approved in the September meeting.  Several members commented on the appropriate design that Paul Smith had chosen.  The cards should be available soon.

We were reminded that the PARA annual Christmas Party was planned for Monday, 6:00 pm, December 14th at Casa Mexicana located at 4793 Village Square Drive in the Strawberry Hill area.  This event will replace the December meeting and testing.

It was also announced that the annual election of officers is scheduled for the January meeting.  The nominating committee will meet to choose a slate for nomination.

Net Controls for September are:

Oct. 18      KY4LDS     Frank

Oct. 25     KG4VKB     Logan

Nov. 1     KK4RGM     Malckom

Nov. 8     KW4DI     Ken


Ron Cowherd (K4GYD) Webmaster, encouraged PARA members to use the W4NJA web-site to stay informed of the schedule of club activities to come and news of club happenings that have past.  The site contains a wealth of information, both historical and technical with links to other important information on the web.  It was interesting to see statistical data showing the site’s use in 2014 and 2015.  Numerical data was displayed graphically on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis along with a world map to indicate from where the check-ins originated.   For example there have been 10,304 views in the past 22 months from the US and 76 countries.  Ron’s goal is to surpass 2014 view numbers by the end of 2015.

Club members may contribute photos and text items to the site by emailing to roncowherd@aol.com.  Comments, corrections and additions are welcome.

Respectfully Submitted,

Ron (K4GYD webmaster

New License and Upgrade Successes

Wes Calvert passed his Tech, General and Extra test to get the Extra license in one setting. Wow, Congratulations Wes.Broadbent

From left to Right:  Wesley Calvert passed his Tech, General, and Extra tests to get his Extra license in one setting.  Tanya Gilmore upgraded to General.  John Broadbent passed his Technician.  Congratulations Wesley, Tanya and John.  Also pictured:  Jerry Foland ((WA4TTL) and Mike Newman (WD4EFZ).

September Monthly Meeting

PARA Meeting Minutes 9/14/2015

The September PARA meeting was opened at 7 pm by president Ken Wontor (KW4DI) with a moment of silence in memory of Joey Gill, (KK4ETB) who recently became a silent key.   Each attendee around the room introduced themselves by giving their name, year licensed and report of their ham activities.  Ron Cowherd (K4GYD) appeared to be the first licensed in 1958 with Don Fuller (KC4DR) close behind.  There were approximately 23 members present in addition to two prospective members who came to take their first test for a ham license.

Old Business

The minutes from the August meeting were read by Secretary Jeff Wielgos (KB9BVL).  The Treasurer’s report was given by Paul Smith (ND4X).

A motion was made and passed to reimburse Rob Larrison (KC9VFV) $15.17 for the yearly W4NJA web domain fee that he had previously paid on behalf of the club.  Rob has asked to be relieved of his duties as web master but has agreed to continue as co-administrator of the W4NJA web site for a few months until Ron is comfortable with the WordPress App.  We appreciate the fine job that Rob has done setting up the site from the beginning.  It is planned that his format will remain for the time being just as he initiated.

Bruce Huyck (KS4V) the VE License Testing coordinator, reminded us testing is offered every other month with the next session available in November.  However, there could be an exception by special request.

New Business

Secretary Paul Smith suggested that Club QSL cards with the call of W4NJA are needed.  We have had several requests based on Field Day contacts as well as American Islands On The Air contacts.  The idea was discussed, and the motion was made and passed to allocate $100 for the new cards.  Members were encouraged to bring or email sample pictures for possible card graphics.

Net Controls for September are:

Sept. 20     KG4VKB     Logan

Sept. 27     KB9BVL       Jeff

Oct. 4         KY4LDS       Frank

Oct 11        KW4DI         Ken


Jeff (KB4BVL) presented a very enlightening report on the US Islands QSO Party at the KY Dam Powerhouse location.  Jeff and Paul (ND4X) represented PARA.  Jeff showed Google map images of the site which when zoomed in revealed the area that was completely surrounded by water therefore qualifying it as an island.  He also showed pictures of their rigs, antennas and power supply installation.  Their efforts were quite successful even though the 20 and 40 meter bands were not in the best condition at the time.  The club members showed their appreciation to Jeff and Paul by a nice round of applause.

President Ken continued with pictures of the two new signs that have been put in place on interstate (I24), one between the Ohio river bridge and first exit #3, and the other just east of the Reidland exit #16 coming into Paducah.  The completion of this project has been anxiously awaited for several months.  Ken led the effort to get this done and members also gave him a big hand of applause in appreciation.

PARA Pic #2PARA sign #1

Mike Newman (WD4EFZ), showed pictures and commented on his extensive station grounding system incorporated into his 170 ft tower and antenna installation at his home QTH.  His close-up pictures of the many ground connections clearly showed his professional expertise and effort to go the extra mile to guarantee safety.  Mike said he has had at least three lightning hits so far with no damage.  However, he added, “there is always the chance of a big one.”   Mike, we are in awe of your vast knowledge in this area.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jeff (KB9BVL sec. – Ron (K4GYD); Rob (KC9VFV)  web co-admin.

August Monthly Meeting

PARA Meeting Minutes 8/11/2015

Meeting was opened at 7 pm by president Ken Wontor (KW4DI).  Each attendee around the room introduced themselves.

Old Business

It was announced that due to work responsibilities, Rob Larrison (KC9VFV)  had asked to be relieved of his current duties as web master.  Discussion followed concerning the W4NJA website and the financial responsibilities involved.  Treasurer Paul Smith (ND4X) gave a report on expenses involved.  The floor was opened for a volunteer web master and when no one stepped forward Ron Cowherd’s arm was twisted and voila, PARA had a volunteer.  Ron (K4GYD) agreed to do so providing help would be available for the operation of the WordPress application.

New Business

It was discussed the possibility that PARA would participate as a “Special Event Station” August 29th by the activation of an island at the KY Dam Power Plant.  Paul Smith gave the details of the event including how the dam site qualified as an island.  As it turned out, PARA was represented using the W4NJA call on the 29th.  More info will be published in the September minutes concerning the success of the day.

It was announced that six V.E. Testing Sessions would be offered in 2016,.  Testing sessions normally occur at the close of the selected PARA club meetings.  A complete schedule of 2016 dates will be posted later.

The ensuing Huntsville Hamfest was brought up.  Several members mentioned they were going and had room for others in their vehicles.

Jeff (KB9BVL) / Ron (K4GYD)

Net controls for August are:

August 16          Frank            KY4LDS

August 23           Jeff              KB9BVL

August 30           Beth             KI4ZAR

September 6       Logan          KG4VKB

September 13     Ken              KW4DI

Joey Gill – KK4ETB – Silent Key

Joey Gill – KK4ETB – silent key

WPSD mourns loss of chief engineer

Posted: Sep 03, 2015 9:54 PM CDT Updated: Sep 04, 2015 5:11 AM CDT

We’re grieving for one of our own tonight.

WPSD Local 6 Chief Engineer Joey Gill was severely injured in a crash this morning on U.S. 62 in McCracken County. He was taken to a Lourdes hospital and then rushed to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

We learned late Thursday night from our vice president of news and operations, who is at the hospital with his family, that doctors determined Joey has lost all brain function.

Joey remains on life support until all family members can arrive and say their goodbyes.

We’ve lost a wonderful friend. His family has lost a wonderful husband and father.

We ask that you keep the Gill family in your thoughts and prayers tonight.


A local man is in critical condition after a motorcycle wreck Thursday morning.

It happened just west of the intersection at U.S. 62/Blandville Road and McCracken Boulevard in Paducah.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says 54-year-old Joey Gill, of Wickliffe, was operating a Red 2009 Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle eastbound on Blandville Road, just west of McCracken Boulevard. His front tire failed and separated from the rim, which caused him to lose control of the motorcycle. He was ejected into the path of an oncoming Ford F-150, operated by 42-year-old George Petty, of Paducah.

The sheriff’s department says Petty didn’t have time to react, and hit Gill.

Gill, who is the chief engineer at WPSD, was treated at the scene by Mercy Regional EMS for injuries we’re told were “serious” and “incapacitating.” He was taken to Lourdes hospital before he was flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

We’re told Gill was wearing a helmet, but still suffered a serious head injury.

NU4N in Aruba

Below is a slideshow from Dave’s – NU4N – trip to Aruba. Looks like he had a pretty nice setup. From Dave:
We made about 2302 qso’s , 905 prefix’s for a score of 7.4 million points.
We broke the old record from Aruba which I think was around 5 million points by somebody ?? Hi Hi
Would love to go back and operate sometime again.
The house was only 1200 bucks for 4 people for a week . Complete with 3 towers, 2 operating stations using Yeasu FT 1000 radios. Had 2 computers with N1MM software loaded and ready to go. Also had 2 microham interfaces for cw, rtty etc etc.

73 Dave NU4N

June Monthly Meeting

The meeting began at 7:00 Pm and the main discussion was about field day activities.
Field Day will be at the park, across from Midtown Market on Broadway.
We Will be operating 3 stations this field day. One station for CW, one for RTTY and another station for SSB.
2 of the stations (RTTY and SSB) will be housed in the County EOC Bus that Mike Thomasson will be providing
for our use that day. Set up for field day will start between 7-8 am on the 27th with operation starting around 1800Z.
Operators are needed and encouraged to participate in field day. If you can take one hour, or 4 hours, please come
help to operate. This will help man the stations for the duration of the event.
Contact Jeff: KB9BVL (Trwxxa62@aol.com) if you are interested in helping to man one one of the stations
for field day.

Frank, Ky4LDS also showed a short video on the progress of his redwood and sequoia trees.
Well done Frank! Keep ’em Growing!

Net control operators were set for the next 5 weeks.  To view the NCO’s Net Control Operators

Jeff – KB9BVL

May Monthly Meeting

Monday, May 11th was our latest monthly meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association with another good turnout of 19 hams.

Field Day 2015 was the main topic.  At the present time we’re thinking of having 2 stations operating instead of the usual 3 stations.  We’ll have one more meeting on June 8th to finalize all Field Day plans.  For those who have never been to Field Day the objective is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2.  Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2015 is June 27-28.  We are always in need of operators for this event.  If you are interested in operating please contact one of the club officers and let them know.  Even if you don’t want to operate stop by and see what it’s all about.

President Ken KW4DI got in touch with the right people and got approved 2 new highway signs with the club’s repeater information on them.  The picture below gives you an idea of what the sign will look like.


The Dayton Hamvention is May 15 through the 17th in Dayton, Ohio.  This is the biggest ham radio related event of the year.  If you’ve never been it’s worth it for sure. For directions to the event click here.

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

The new club shirts are in and they look really good.  You can still order a club shirt if you are interested.  The price is $22 unless you supply your own shirt and the price is a little less.  If your interested in the club shirts contact Ken KW4DI and he’ll get you the information. Below are some examples of the new shirts.

Ken and Jeff Malcom

That’s all for now.  Get on the radio!  73’s.



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