MARCH MONTHLY MEETING

Frist KYQSO Plaque
One of ten plaques to be awarded to high scoring participants of the PARA’s First KY QSO Party.  The plaque shown above was earned by Paul Smith (ND4X) for High Score-Single Op, Single Band, 84,548 points.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, March 11, 2019 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 21 members and guests present.  The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name, amateur call and total contacts made since the last club meeting. Two came for FCC VE testing, see pictures below.

Club Business Items Discussed

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd read the Treasurer’s Report in absence of Bruce Huyck.
  • The Secretary’s report followed with a review of items covered at the February meeting.  The February meeting featured two demonstrations the first of which was presented by Ed Pflueger and his new Elecraft K2 that was constructed during December and January.  Jason Brambach demonstrated the Flex Maestro, an SDR control interface for his 6000 series Flex transceiver.  In addition, Jason later prepared an excellent detailed synopsis of his presentation with text and pictures, now linked on the February Monthly Meeting web page or the following:  flex maestro presentation
  • Garry Wheatley told about McCracken County VOAD, Volunteer Organizations Aiding in Disaster.  Ari Dinson from the Red Cross is trying to collaborate the various volunteer organizations in the area, e.g., churches, Salvation Army, etc.  VOAD is looking for more groups to get involved.  Garry spoke at a VOAD meeting recently explaining how amateur radio could serve in case of disaster.  He suggested that if each of the individual groups had two or three operators imbedded within their organizations it would be a great help to McCracken Co. ARES.  Garry said he got many questions about amateur licensing, testing, etc.
  • Dave Perry brought ten KY QSO plaques with engraved brass plates that were ready to be mailed out to high scoring participants.  Two of the plaques were to be presented to 1st and 2nd place non-Kentuckians and eight plaques to high scoring in-state Kentuckians of different categories.  Paul Smith, with 84,548 points, took 1st place in Kentucky.  See picture at top.  Dave continued with ideas to fine tune the next KY QSO Party to be held 1st weekend in June.  Much discussion followed with suggestions for improvement from the  club.
  • President Jeff Wielgos warned us of the possibility of high winds and possible damage that may occur later in the week.  In retrospect, Jeff’s prognostication was “spot on.”

Great Testimonial for KY QSO Party from David Smith (ND4Y):

“a proud pic of me and my KyQP plaque.  Thanks for PARA’s sponsorship.  Had a great time and looking forward to the 2019 KyQP.”

David Smith ND4Y

Net Control Operators for Late March/Early April

Sunday night nets are at 9:00 PM on 147.060 Mhz. PL 179.9

March 14            tornado event        19 observer rpts.

March 17            Jeff KB9BVL            10 PARA ck-ins

March 24            Roger KC4WPS       13 PARA ck-ins

March 31             Jason KY9I              13 PARA ck-ins

April 7                   Ken KW4DI           14 PARA ck-ins

New License Successes

We are happy to report that Roger Rives, left. pic. and Michael Burr, rt. pic. have successfully passed the Technician class FCC exam.  Congratulations to both of you.  We cordially invite you to enjoy your new licenses and join us at future monthly meetings.

Michael Durr
Michael Durr, new Tech
Roger Rives
Roger Rives, new Tech

Remember:

  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.  Prospective hams in search of general info concerning the hobby may Google ARRL.com and click on relevant headings.
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site.  For info,  click button at the top of the page:   About Us, then VE License Testing.
  • The Sunday Night Net meets each Sunday night at 9 PM. All amateur radio operators are invited to check in. 147.060 PL 179.9  The ARES monthly net convenes immediately following PARA net on first Sunday nights.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 7:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA 147.060 repeater at 7:00 to get instructions.
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services meetings are held at 7:00 pm on 3rd Thursdays, 3700 Coleman Road EOC building in the Jack Johnston meeting room.
  • 2019 KYQSO Party scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019.
  • 2019 ARRL Field Day, June 2019.

FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING

Paul Smith Ant.1jpg
Paul Smith’s “Moon Bounce Array” – Two phased 22 element beams with azimuth and elevation rotation; mounted on Hazer for the tower height.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, February 11, 2019 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 23 members and guests present.  The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name and amateur call. Two came for FCC VE testing, see pictures below.

Club Business Items Discussed

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd reviewed business items from the November meeting.  Those items included:  KY QSO Party planning.  Dates for party will be June 1st and 2nd.  Secretary Cowherd requested seasonal selfie pictures to be used as a banner for future Monthly Meeting web site web page posts.  Send medium size pix to roncowherd@aol.com.
  • Treasurer Bruce Huyck reported the club’s current financial status.  He reminded us that 2019 club dues ($20) are now payable.  Bruce told us that the club treasurer position is still open for the year 2019.
  • Ed Pflueger (AB4IQ) gave us an excellent demo of the Elecraft K2 Transceiver Kit that he had recently constructed.  The radio covers 160-10 meters, 5, 10 or 15 watts.  Ed explained that he was looking for a project to do during the cold days of winter.  Also, it was a nostalgic experience that reminded him of previous Heathkit projects that he had completed in past years.  The kit is a challenge in that it is not a modular build as today’s kits offer but employ a 20 year old point- to-point construction technology.  He even wound the coils that were needed.  The K2 followed the KX1 and preceded the K3, KX3, KX2 and K3s in that order.  All of these radios enjoy excellent Sherwood ratings.  The Elecraft company has the reputation of offering superior products as well as outstanding customer support.
  • Jason Brambach (KY9I) continued the “show and tell” evening with a demo of the Flex Maestro, an SDR control interface for his 6000 series Flex  transceiver at home.   Please see:   flex maestro presentation

Net Control Operators for Late February/Early March

Sunday night nets are at 9:00 PM on 147.060 Mhz. PL 179.9

February 17             Jeff KB9BVL         11 PARA ck-ins

February 24             Jeff KB9BVL           9  PARA ck-ins

March 3                     Jason KY9I             8  PARA ck-ins

March 3                    Logan KG4VKB      9  ARES ck-ins

March  10                 Ken KW4DI            18 PARA ck-ins

New License Successes

We are happy to report that Robert Calhoun left. pic. has successfully passed the Technician class FCC exam.  Stewart Strickland (KE4RUP) rt. pic. has successfully upgraded to the General level.  Congratulations to both of you.  We cordially invite you to enjoy your new licenses and join us at future monthly meetings.

 

Remember:

  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.  Prospective hams in search of general info concerning the hobby may Google ARRL.com and click on relevant headings.
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org.  For info click button at the top of the page:   About Us, then VE License Testing.
  • The Sunday Night Net meets each Sunday night at 9 PM. All amateur radio operators are invited to check in. 147.060 PL 179.9  The ARES monthly net convenes immediately following PARA net on first Sunday nights.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 7:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA 147.060 repeater at 7:00 to get instructions.
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services meetings are held at 7:00 pm on 3rd Thursdays, 3700 Coleman Road EOC building in the Jack Johnston meeting room.

For Sale:

  • For sale by John Hudson KO4XJ:  10 element Cushcraft 2m beam  $40.
  • For Sale by Bruce Huyck KS4V:  Kenwood TS590SG HF rig with built in antenna tuner, hand microphone, fused power cord, and everything else that came new with the radio.  Two accessories are installed in the radio.  The SO-3 is a temperature controlled oscillator for frequency stability and the VGS-1 is a voice synthesizer module for recording voice messages.  Rig is in mint shape with absolutely no issues.  Asking $850.

January Monthly Meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, January 14, 2019 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 34 members and guests present.  The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name and amateur call.

Club Business Items Discussed

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd reviewed business items from the November meeting.  Also, pictures snapped at the Annual PARA Christmas Dinner held at Casa Mexicana restaurant, December 10th were projected for all to see.  The dinner replaced the December Monthly Meeting.  In addition, Secretary Cowherd presented statistics from both the 2018 club meetings and the WordPress W4NJA.org web site.  The numbers reveal that the club has steadily improved average meeting attendance, FCC exams, and Sunday night net checkins over the past 3 years.  In addition it was shown that the use of the W4NJA.org web site has also grown during the same period.  See the December Monthly Meeting web page for pictures and statistics.
  • Treasurer Bruce Huyck  reported the club’s current financial status was in good shape.  He also reminded us that 2019 club dues ($20) are now payable.
  • Dave Perry reported that ARRL is in the process of reassessing the scoring of the International Grid Contest that closed at the end of 2018.  The official announcement of final scores will be available at a later date.
  • Dave Perry gave an update on the 2018 KY QSO Party awards concerning the criteria that was used for selection of the top scoring winners.  Dave reported that soon the brass plates were to be engraved, attached to the plaques and shipped to winners.  The winners are listed on the KY QSO Party web site.
  • Following discussion of date selection for the coming 2019 QSO Party, June 1st and 2nd was approved by unanimous vote.  There was additional discussion of what we learned from the 2018 experience and how we can improve the next event.
  • PARA club officers re-elected for 2019 are:  President, Jeff Wielgos; Vice President, Ken Wontor; and Secretary, Ron Cowherd.  The Treasurer’s office is still vacant due to Bruce Huyck’s request to retire from the office.  Anyone interested in the position, please speak up.
NET CONTROL OPERATORS

Sunday night nets are at 9:00 PM on 147.060 Mhz. PL 179.9

January 20              Jeff KM4LDP.        9 ck-ins

January 27              Steve NW9W        9 ck-ins

February 3              Jeff KB9BVL          7 PARA

February 3              Logan KG4VKB     7 ARES

February  10           Ken KW4DI         11 ck-ins

Remember:

  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.  Prospective hams in search of general info concerning the hobby may Google ARRL.com and click on relevant headings.
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org.  For info click button at the top of the page:   About Us, then VE License Testing.
  • The Sunday Night Net meets each Sunday night at 9 PM. All amateur radio operators are invited to check in. 147.060 PL 179.9  The ARES monthly net convenes immediately following PARA net on first Sunday nights.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 7:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA 147.060 repeater at 8:00 to get instructions.  Stay tuned on these nights for info about a “Grass Roots” CW class to be organized in the near future.
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) meetings are held at 7:00 pm on 3rd Thursdays, 3700 Coleman Road EOC building in the Jack Johnston meeting room.

December Happenings 2018

The annual PARA Christmas Dinner was celebrated Monday, December 10, 2018 at Casa Mexicana Restaurant on Village Square Drive in Paducah.  The special occasion has traditionally convened in lieu of a formal December club meeting.  Snapshots of the approximately 26 members and guests in attendance enjoying excellent food and spirited conversation are shown below:  (click on image for slide show)

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ARRL International Grid Contest

ARRL Leaderboard Results shows KY position and Total Grid count as of  1/12/2019.  Five club members in top 25.
1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 8995 grids;  12.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 3201 grids;  17. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 2811 grids;   20. KC4WPS Roger Good, 2176 grids; 25. ND4X Paul Smith, 1754 grids;  28. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1566 grids;  31.  KO4XJ 1508 grids; 48. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 863 grids; 55. NU4N Dave Tucker 740 grids;  56. W4WWS Steve Parmley, 806 grids;   68. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 638 grids;  89. N4FZ Gene Summers 437 grids;      101.  W4NJA 344 grids. 105.  KJ4CO John Chandler, 319 grids;  115.KW4DI Ken Wontor, 274 grids;  119.  W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 251 grids.

PARA Net Controls (late December/early January)

December 16         Ron K4GYD               14 check-ins

December 23         Jason KY9I                  9 check-ins

December 30        Frank KY4LDS            9 check-ins

January 6              Steve NW9W             PARA 10 check-ins

January 6              Logan KG4VKB          ARES 8 check-ins

January 13           Ken KW4DI                 PARA 17 check-ins

PARA 2018 Statistics

para 2018 statistics

para stats 2014-2019

para stats 2018

Remember:

  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.  Prospective hams in search of general info concerning the hobby may Google ARRL.com and click on relevant headings.
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org.  For info click button at the top of the page:   About Us, then VE License Testing.
  • The Sunday Night Net meets each Sunday night at 9 PM. All amateur radio operators are invited to check in. 147.060 PL 179.9  The ARES monthly net convenes immediately following PARA net on first Sunday nights.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 7:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA 147.060 repeater at 8:00 to get instructions.  Stay tuned on these nights for info about a “Grass Roots” CW class to be organized in the near future.
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services meetings are held at 7:00 pm on 3rd Thursdays, 3700 Coleman Road EOC building in the Jack Johnston meeting room.

NOVEMBER MONTHLY MEETING

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, November 12, 2018 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 22 present.  Two came for FCC VE testing, see pictures below.

The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name and amateur call.

Club Business Items Discussed

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd reviewed the club business from the October meeting followed by Treasurer Bruce Huyck’s  report on the club’s current financial status.  Both reports were moved, seconded and approved.
  • It was announced that officers would be elected at the next regular club meeting, January 14th.  Bruce Huyck requested that he wanted to retire from the Treasure’s office.
  • President Wielgos led a discussion concerning the KY QSO Party award plaques.  It appears that some progress is being made.
  • Jeff Wielgos showed a video that was shot live as he constructed his new 100 ft. tower.  The video was followed by a spirited discussion of the do’s and don’t’s of tower erection.
  • A CW “grass roots” class for prospective CW ops is still in future plans after the holidays.  The WKCTC meeting room can be available at a time of our choosing.
  • We were reminded of the Annual PARA Christmas Dinner that will be held at Casa Mexicana restaurant 6pm, Monday, December 10th.  The dinner will replace the December Monthly Meeting.

Net Control Operators

Sunday night nets are at 9:00 PM on 147.060 Mhz. PL 179.9

November 18         Jeff KB9BVL            11 check-ins

November 25         Frank KY4LDS        13 check-ins

December  2          Roger KC4WPS        PARA 14 ch-ins

December  2          Logan KG4VKB       ARES 11 ch-ins

December  9         Ken KW4DI                11 check-ins

ARRL International Grid Contest

ARRL Leaderboard Results shows KY position and Total Grid count as of  11/12/2018.  Five club members in top 25.
1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 7802 grids;  12.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 2907 grids;  15. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 2504 grids;   17. KC4WPS Roger Good, 2369 grids;  24. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1782 grids;  26.  KO4XJ John Hudson, 1584 grids;  45. ND4X Paul Smith, 1020 grids;  48. W4WWS Steve Parmley, 941 grids;  50. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 863 grids;  55. NU4N Dave Tucker 740 grids;  69. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 565 grids;  77. N4FZ Gene Summers 488 grids;  84.  KW4DI Ken Wontor, 412 grids;  86. W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 428 grids; 99.  KJ4CO John Chandler, 346 grids;  126.  W4NJA 343 grids.

New License Successes

We are happy to report that Brian Hodge and Eric Heuneman have both successfully passed the Technician class FCC exam.  Congratulations to both of you.  We cordially invite you to enjoy your new licenses and join us at future monthly meetings.

 

Remember:

  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.  Prospective hams in search of general info concerning the hobby may Google ARRL.com and click on relevant headings.
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org.  For info click button at the top of the page:   About Us, then VE License Testing.
  • The Sunday Night Net meets each Sunday night at 9 PM. All amateur radio operators are invited to check in. 147.060 PL 179.9  The ARES monthly net convenes immediately following PARA net on first Sunday nights.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 7:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA 147.060 repeater at 8:00 to get instructions.  Stay tuned on these nights for info about a “Grass Roots” CW class to be organized in the near future.
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services meetings are held at 7:00 pm on 3rd Thursdays, 3700 Coleman Road EOC building in the Jack Johnston meeting room.
  • The Annual PARA Christmas Dinner will be held at Casa Mexicana restaurant 6pm, Monday, December 10th.  The dinner will replace the December Monthly Meeting.
  • For Sale:

    • For sale by John Hudson KO4XJ:  10 element Cushcraft 2m beam  $40.

OCTOBER MONTHLY MEETING

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, October 08, 2018 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 23 present.  Two came for FCC VE testing, see pictures below.

The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name and amateur call.

Club Business Items Discussed

  • Treasurer Bruce Huyck reported on the club’s current financial status followed by the Secretary’s report.  Both reports were moved, seconded and approved.
  • Ken Wontor announced that he had spoken with the director of the Emerging Technologies Center and found that our  meeting room, #104, or another room could be used  for the “grass-roots” CW class.  We should choose the date and time and let him know.  Prospective participants should tune in to the PARA CW roundtable which meets Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 7:00 pm on the W4NJA 147.060 repeater for info concerning the day and time of the new class.
  • Quite a bit of time was spent discussing the fact that apparently the KYQSO Party plaque awards construction and shipping had not been finished.  It was not clear who was was in charge of the final construction of the plaques regarding use of engraving or brass plate attachment.  It was felt that the slowness of this presentation would subtract from the overall success of the event.
  • The question was asked about a date and place for the PARA annual Christmas dinner.  Ed Pflueger will check with Casa Mexicana to see if the reservation was made last year and if not make the reservation for this year’s date:  Monday, December 10th.
  • It was announced that a Mayfield group had put 3 new repeaters on the air:  frequency 441.875, +179.9, analog or Fusion digital; 145.110 -179.9, analog or Fusion digital and 224.820, -179.9, analog only.

Net Control Operators for Late October/Early November

Sunday night nets are at 9:00 PM on 147.060 Mhz. PL 179.9

October 14             Jeff KB9BVL      11 chk-ins

October 21             Roger KC4WPS 11 chk-ins

October 28             Frank KY4LDS    9 chk-ins

November 4           Jeff KM4LDP     12 PARA chk-ins

                                        Logan KG4VKB   9 ARES chk-ins

November 11        Ken KW4DI         11 chk-ins

ARRL International Grid Contest

ARRL Leaderboard Results shows KY position and Total Grid count as of  11/12/2018  6 club members in top 25.
1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 7802 grids;  12.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 2907 grids;  15. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 2504 grids;   17. KC4WPS Roger Good, 2369 grids;  24. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1782 grids;  26.  KO4XJ John Hudson, 1584 grids;  45. ND4X Paul Smith, 1020 grids;                  48. W4WWS Steve Parmley, 941 grids;    50. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 863 grids;  55. NU4N Dave Tucker 740 grids;  69. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 565 grids;  77. N4FZ Gene Summers 488 grids;  84.  KW4DI Ken Wontor, 412 grids;  86. W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 428 grids;       94. 99.  KJ4CO John Chandler, 346 grids;  126.  W4NJA 343 grids.

New License Successes

We are happy to report that Glenn “Butch” Durrett and Carol Brown have both successfully passed the Technician class FCC exam.  Congratulations to both of you.  We cordially invite you to enjoy your new licenses and join us at future monthly meetings.

 

 

Remember:

  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.  Prospective hams in search of general info concerning the hobby may Google ARRL.com and click on relevant headings.
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org.  For info click button at the top of the page:   About Us, then VE License Testing.
  • The Sunday Night Net meets each Sunday night at 9 PM. All amateur radio operators are invited to check in. 147.060 PL 179.9  The ARES monthly net convenes immediately following PARA net on first Sunday nights.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 7:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA 147.060 repeater at 8:00 to get instructions.  Stay tuned on these nights for info about a “Grass Roots” CW class to be organized in the near future.
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services meetings are held at 7:00 pm on 3rd Thursdays, 3700 Coleman Road EOC building in the Jack Johnston meeting room.
  • The Annual PARA Christmas Dinner will be held at Casa Mexicana restaurant 6pm, Monday, December 10th.  The dinner will replace the December Monthly Meeting.

For Sale:

  • For sale by John Hudson KO4XJ:  10 element Cushcraft 2m beam  $40.
  • For Sale by Bruce Huyck KS4V:  Kenwood TS590SG HF rig with built in antenna tuner, hand microphone, fused power cord, and everything else that came new with the radio.  Two accessories are installed in the radio.  The SO-3 is a temperature controlled oscillator for frequency stability and the VGS-1 is a voice synthesizer module for recording voice messages.  Rig is in mint shape with absolutely no issues.  Asking $850.

SEPTEMBER MONTHLY MEETING

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, September 10, 2018 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 24 present.  Three came for FCC VE testing, see pictures below.

The meeting was opened by PARA Vice President, Ken Wontor.  Ken welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name, amateur call and relate any interesting amateur radio activities that they may had in the last month.

Club Business Items Discussed

  • Treasurer Bruce Huyck reported on the club’s current financial status.
  • Secretary Ron Cowherd reviewed last month’s major discussion items including news about the CW roundtable which meets Tues. & Thurs. 8:00 pm.  Participants first meet on the 147.060 repeater to choose the 40 mtr. freq. (+ or – 7.055 or so) and order of rotation before the roundtable begins.  We are still discussing a time and meeting place for a grass-roots CW class.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Jason KY9I, discussed his experiences with CW Academy and how the practice techniques he is learning can benefit our club.
  • Kyle Walker (K4KMW) led a discussion on the KY Fusion Digital Network, which meets at 7:00 CST, on the local 147.12 MH machine.  Kyle’s discussion was followed by a 15 min, Yaesu promotional Fusion video brought in by Ken Wontor KW4DI.

Net Control Operators for Late September/Early October

Sunday night nets are at 9:00 PM on 147.060 Mhz. PL 179.9

September 16   Eric K4YUS        10 Ck-ins

September 23   Jason KY9I         15 Ck-ins

September 30   Frank KY4LDS   18 Ck-ins

October 7           Ken KW4DI        14 Ck-ins

October 7           Logan KG4VKB  10 Ck-ins ARES

ARRL International Grid Contest

ARRL Leaderboard Results shows KY position and Total Grid count as of  10/8/2018  6 club members in top 25:

1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 6648 grids;  13.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 2459 grids;  16. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 2224 grids;    18. KC4WPS Roger Good, 1957 grids;  19. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1769 grids;  24.  KO4XJ John Hudson, 1547 grids;    46. W4WWS Steve Parmley, 941 grids;  48. ND4X Paul Smith, 899 grids;  50. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 830 grids; 66. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 529 grids;  67. NU4N Dave Tucker 529 grids;  82. W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 428 grids; 83. N4FZ Gene Summers 418 grids;  84.  KW4DI Ken Wontor, 412 grids;      94. KJ4CO John Chandler, 346 grids;  96.  W4NJA 343.

Current grid contest results may be found at:  https://igc.arrl.org/leader-board.php

 New License Success

We are happy to report that Mark Wilson successfully passed the General class FCC exam.  Marton Wilson and Edward Paulk passed the Technician class exam.  Congratulations to all.  We cordially invite you to enjoy your new licenses and join us at future monthly meetings.

 

Remember:

  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.  Prospective hams in search of
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org.  For info click button at the top of the page:   About Us, then VE License Testing.
  • The Sunday Night Net meets each Sunday night at 9 PM. All amateur radio operators are invited to check in. 147.060 PL 179.9
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 8:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA 147.060 repeater at 8:00 to get instructions.

 

For Sale

  • For sale by John Hudson KO4XJ:  SDRPLAY RSP2. I bought this last fall but decided I didn’t need it.  $125 plus shipping or P/U in Paducah area.
  • Also For sale by John Hudson KO4XJ:  10 element 2m beam Cushcraft $40.