March Monthly Meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, March 9, 2020 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 KB9BVL.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name and amateur call.

Club Business Items

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd read the minutes from the February meeting.   A motion to accept minutes was made, seconded and passed.
  • Treasurer Roger Good brought us up to date with the club’s finances.  Roger reported that he had talked with the Paducah Parks administrator and was told that nothing had changed from previous years concerning insurance requirements.  Roger reviewed our liability insurance with Beth Gupton.  Roger announced that the W4NJA domain fee had been paid.  He also ordered new checks with updated treasurers name.  Jeff called for the motion to approve the Treasures report which was subsequently moved, seconded and passed.
  • President Jeff Wielgos told us about the present condition of the 06 repeater. The power supply had failed a couple of times in the past week.  After finding that a simple reset did not permanently solve the problem, Jeff replaced the supply with one of his own until new supply could be obtained.  Jerome Mansfield told Jeff that McCracken Co. Emergency Services had budgeted funds that would be available to replace the supply later in the summer.
  • There was further discussion of the selection of a club polo shirt.  Jeff is taking care of communication with a dealer.  There was discussion about obtaining the Field Day Permit from Paducah Parks.

Demonstration

President Jeff gave us an in-depth synopsis of the recent KY/TN tornado outbreak.  Jeff had a good bit of data from the Paducah National Weather Service where his wife, a registered meteorologist, is employed.  He reviewed the path of the cold front with pictures and data about each tornado outbreak that occurred along the way.  Radar snapshots and computer data was exhibited showing the moment that damage was happening.  The big one was on the ground for 53 miles through the Nashville area and continued East to Putnam County.  It was estimated to be a F4 tornado with winds reaching speeds up to 175 mph killing 25 people, most of which were in their beds asleep at 1:30 in the morning.  Jeff projected vivid photos of the damage which leveled structures leaving only foundations.   The conditions and results thereof were considered to be very unusual and will probably serve as a case study for meteorologists in the future.  All in all, this was reminder of what can happen, perhaps in our own backyard, further emphasizing the need for us to be prepared.  Everyone agreed that Jeff’s timely presentation was outstanding.  Thanks Jeff.

NET CONTROL OPERATORS

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

March 15         Dave W4KN – 22 PARA ck-ins  (new record)

March 22         Jeff KB9BVL – 15 PARA Ck-ins, (Metro. & Pad.)

March 28         Frank KY4LDS – Emergency WX net 45 ck-ins

March 29         Roger KC9WPS – 13 PARA ck-ins

April 5              Frank KY4LDS

April 12            Jeff KB9BVL

February Monthly Meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, February 10, 2020 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 26 members and guests present.  Five came for FCC VE testing.  (See results below) The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos KB9BVL.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name and amateur call.

Club Business Items

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd read the minutes from the January meeting.   A motion to accept minutes was made, seconded and passed.
  • Treasurer Roger Good brought us up to date with the club’s finances.  Roger asked us to OK the payment of $250 for Field Day liability insurance.  It was further brought to our attention that our Field Day liability insurance may have not been reviewed in several years.  President Wielgos suggested a motion to check with City Hall to see if our policy still meets city standards for such event and, if not, our policy be upgraded to meet current regulations.  Mike Newman suggested that if the cost of upgrading was too much, we could change the location to another site off city property.  There was much discussion about the pros and cons of moving to another location.  Roger will look into city park use requirements.  A motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made, sec.  seconded and passed.
  • Jeff announced the PARA Vice President office was open and asked for any nominations or anyone that would volunteer to be considered for the position.  Mike Newman finally volunteered and subsequently a motion was made, passed and voted to select Mike for the position.
  • It was suggested that a letter of thanks be sent to Kevin O’Neill who oversees the use of the Emerging Technology Center building.  A letter has been mailed.
  • Regarding the KYQSO Party, Paul Smith stated that all the logging program people have been notified that there are no changes this year, all the contest calendar people have been notified of the new date, the webpage changes have been made, so right now we are pretty much on auto pilot.  We need to find out if any other clubs would like to operate a bonus station so we can get them listed.  It was also suggested we try to encourage more stations to become bonus stations since we only had two last year.
  • It was discussed that we look into PARA logo polo shirts for the club.

NET CONTROL OPERATORS

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

February 16     Jeff KB9BVL       19 PARA  ck-ins

February 23     W4NJA repeater inoperative.  No count avail.

March 1            Roger KC9WPS  16 PARA ck-ins on .120 repeater

March 1            Logan KG4VKB  9 ARES ck-ins on .120 repeater

March 8            Jeff KB9BVL      18 PARA  ck-ins

New License Successes

We are happy to report that (pictured L to R) Ronnie Stone and Justin King passed the Technician Exam.  Shane Martin and Christopher Jenson passed both the General. Christopher Jenson also passed the Extra.  Congratulations to all.  We cordially invite all of 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 upgrade 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.  Also, you may call Fred Carter (AI4EY) and leave a message at (270)210-3628 if you wish to take a test at the next meeting.
  • The Sunday Night PARA Emergency 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 the first Sunday night of each month.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 6:30 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA 147.060 repeater at 6:30 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.
  • Metropolis net  Thursdays 8:15, 146.655 PL179.9, 147.225 is old repeater freq.
  • Draffenville net Wednesdays 9:00 145.390 PL118.8

 

JANUARY MONTHLY MEETING

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Michael Durr (KN4TIP) – photo by Marianna Durr. (details below)

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, January 13, 2020 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 22 members and guests present.  No one came for FCC VE testing.  The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos KB9BVL.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name, amateur call and tell of any amateur equipment that they may have received for Christmas.

Club Business Items

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd read the minutes from the October meeting, the last regular business meeting of 2019.  Motion to accept minutes was made, seconded and passed.
  • Treasurer Roger KC4WPS brought us up to date with the club’s finances.  Roger told us that at the end of 2019 we had a positive cash flow of $857 over the previous year.  Following the clubs instructions from the last meeting, he renewed the current $500 CD along with an additional $500 and purchased a 60 month CD which improved the interest rate from 1% to 1.85%. A motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the Treasurer’s Report.
  • Paul Smith, ND4XA explained that we realized a $300 profit due to other KY clubs that donated toward the expense of the award plaques.
  • President Jeff brought us up to date on the association of the National Weather System and Amateur Radio.  Jeff had spent over 4 hours at the weather station operating their ham station during the NWS nationwide QSO party/contest.
  • There was some discussion about the election of officers for 2020.  We normally elect officers in January, but since we didn’t have Vice President Ken Wontor present at this time, it was decided to delay the election until the February meeting when perhaps all the current officers could be present.  Jeff, Ron and Roger agreed to continue to serve in their respective positions for 2020 if no one else was nominated.
  • There was a brief discussion about plans for the 2020 KY QSO Party.  Ed Pflueger reported that the plaques are under construction.  Paul Smith said volunteers are needed regarding various logging requirements, much of which is already mechanized.  Dave Perry will also participate in the same capacity as last year.  The date is June 6, 2020, first Saturday in June.  Same as last year.
  • Garry Wheatley announced that The McCracken County Amateur Radio Emergency Services group will be offering a class for acquiring the FCC Technician License.  The Tech Class will be a two part presentation with the official test given at the close of the second class period. The first class will be Thursday Feb. 20th. Starting at 6:00 PM. The second class will be Saturday Feb. 22nd. Starting at 9:00 AM, with testing about noon time. Both classes will be conducted at the Ledbetter Vol. Fire Dept. located at 1481 US-60, Ledbetter, KY 42058.  If interested, you may reply to KJ4OKY@gmail.com to register or obtain additional information.

Demonstration

Michael Durr (KN4TIP), brought us an outstanding presentation entitled “Talking to the Birds.”  The subject of amateur satellite communication was thoroughly covered in a very short 30 minute period. Michael used printed documentation, visual media and personal experience to cover this very interesting topic.   See the following link: https://1drv.ms/p/s!AkcUWDGnpyTk7XvzbYRrHV-edADW  His home-brew 5 element, 2 band (VHF/UHF) “hand-held tape measure yagi” was quite impressive.  In addition, Michael surprised us with a multiple answer, 10 question “pop quiz” at the close of his program.  Jim Ruud (AK4PS) received a reward for being the only one who correctly answered all the questions.  Thank you Michael, for giving us a great overview of yet another one of Amateur Radio’s many facets.

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Michael Durr KN4TIP

NET CONTROL OPERATORS

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

January 19       Roger KC4WPS     8  PARA ck-ins

January 26       Jeff KB9BVL          9  PARA ck-ins

February 2      Michael KN4TIP  12 PARA ck-ins

February 9       Jeff KB9BVL         22 PARA ck-ins

February 9       Logan KG4VKB   11 ARES 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 upgrade 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.  Also, you may call Fred Carter (AI4EY) and leave a message at (270)210-3628 if you wish to take a test at the next meeting.
  • The Sunday Night PARA Emergency 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 the first Sunday night of each month.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 6:30 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.
  • Metropolis net  Thursdays 8:15, 146.655 PL179.9, 147.225 is old repeater freq.
  • Draffenville net Wednesdays 9:00 145.390 PL118.8

December Happenings 2019

The annual PARA Christmas Dinner was celebrated Monday, December 9, 2019 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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PARA Net Controls (late December/early January)

December 15         Jeff KB9BVL             PARA 13 check-ins

December 22        Steve NW9W             PARA 10 check-ins

December 29       Steve NW9W             PARA 9 check-ins

January 5              Garry KD4GCY             PARA 17 check-ins

January 5              Logan KG4VKB          ARES 15 check-ins

January 12           Frank KY4LDS           PARA 15 check-ins

PARA 2018 Statistics

PARA Statistics 2020

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, 6:30 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA 147.060 repeater at 8:00 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.

OCTOBER MONTHLY MEETING

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The “PARA Lunch Bunch” at Lone Oak Back Yard Burgers. (about 11:30 am, Mondays) Join us!

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, October 14, 2019 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 18 members and guests present.  No one came for FCC VE testing.  The meeting was opened by PARA Vice President, Ken Wontor KW4DI.  Ken welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name, amateur call and tell of their amateur radio activities since the last meeting.  Paul Smith brought to our attention that we should recognize Charlie Richey’s outstanding hard work and leadership with the growth of amateur radio in Metropolis.  A big round of applause from PARA was given.

Club Business Items

  • Ron Cowherd gave the Secretary’s Report, It was moved, seconded and voted to accept the Secretary’s  minutes.
  • Roger Good, announced that there were $0.00 expenditures and $500 in new revenue since last report which allowed us to fully pay for the new KYQSO plaques.  Roger suggested that our $500 12 month CD is scheduled to mature November 11th.  He suggested that we add an additional $500 to the CD and reinvest for 16 months.  That would leave us with $1,600 cash for club activities.  We were reminded that club membership dues are coming up January 1st that will bring in additional revenue.  After a short discussion, it was  moved and second to accept Roger’s suggestion followed by a vote to accept the Treasurer’s Report. 
  • Garry Wheatley told us that the Paducah National Weather Service has a new director.  The new director has commented that he wants to expand the use of amateur radio volunteer resources to improve instantaneous feedback between the NWS and more remote sites during severe weather.  After a lengthy discussion a motion was made for Garry to serve as liaison between PARA and the Paducah NWS.

Ken closed meeting with the following useful info:   Repeater Maps – an app to give repeater location data as you travel.  Google Play Store version 19.10.11  Repeater Book

Internet Youtube:  Antenna Radio Prepper Explaines charts with random wire lengths that do work.   https://udel.edu~mm/ham/randomWire/    or do not work.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zF7bDoqkG4

QRP GUYS WEB Page  Go to devices DSB   qrpguys.com  Go to devices  Qrpguys 40 30 20 DSB Digital Transceiver Kit $40     https://qrpguys.com/digital-transceiver

Net Control Operators

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

October 20        Steve NW9W     17 PARA Ck-ins

October 27        Frank KY4LDS   18 PARA Ck-ins

November 3      Roger KC4WPS  13 PARA Ck-ins

November 3      Logan KG4VKB  11 ARES Ck-ins

November 10    Ken KW4DI        14 PARA 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 upgrade 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.  Also, you may call Fred Carter (AI4EY) and leave a message at (270)210-3628 if you wish to take a test at the next meeting.
  • The Sunday Night PARA Emergency 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 the first Sunday night of each month.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 6:30 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.
  • Metropolis net  Thursdays 8:15, 146.655 PL179.9, 147.225 is old repeater freq.
  • Draffenville net Wednesdays 9:00 145.390 PL118.8

 

SEPTEMBER MONTHLY MEETING

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, September 9, 2019 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 20 members and guests present.  Two came for FCC VE testing.  See pictures below.  The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos KB9BVL.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name, amateur call and tell the name of someone whose radio shacks they had visited.

Club Business Items

  • Ron Cowherd gave the Secretary’s Report, highlighting the PARA club business items from the August meeting.  It was moved and second to accept the Secretary’s  minutes.
  • Roger Good led a discussion of pro-rating dues.  His treasurer’s report was made and accepted.
  •  There was a short review about the CW Roundtable.  The Roundtable is now at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  We meet first on the PARA 06 machine to determine a frequency, usually on or about 7.061.   Those who have been meeting have become quite proficient but the speed of sending will be adjusted to whatever speed is comfortable for all.  The best thing about our group is that there is no pressure and no one feels self-conscience if not being perfect.  We all are learning from each other.  Quite often after the CW session we discuss our strengths and weaknesses of copy and sending.  All are welcome.
  • There was a discussion of KY QSO plaques and someone that Wallace Shankle had spoken to that would make the plaques for $20 each.  A motion was made and seconded to purchase.  It is expected that most of the cost will be reimbursed as it was last year.
  • Charlie Richey gave us a report of the very active amateur participation in Southern Illinois.  The Metropolis repeater now in operation on 146.655 mhz, PL 179.9.

Net Control Operators

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

September 15      Roger KC4WDS    16 PARA  ck-ins

September 22      Jeff KB9BVL          12 PARA  ck-ins

September 29      Frank KY4LDS     15 PARA  ck-ins

October 6              Ken KW4DI          18 PARA  ck-ins

October 13            Ron K4GYD          13 PARA  ck-ins

New License Successes

We are happy to report that Jedediah Lamb (L) successfully passed the Technician class license.  Marton Wilson (R) (KN4PBC)  successfully upgraded to the General class license.  Congratulations Jedediah and Marton.  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 upgrade 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.  Also, you may call Fred Carter (AI4EY) and leave a message at (270)210-3628 if you wish to take a test at the next meeting.
  • The Sunday Night PARA Emergency 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 the first Sunday night of each month.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 6:30 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.