PARA Meeting Minutes 10/9/2017
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, October 9, 2017 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY. There were 16 present. No one came for FCC license testing.
The meeting was opened by Club Vice President, Ken Wontor (KW4DI). Ken invited each attendee around the room to introduce themselves with their name, call and report of ham activities during the past month.
Items Discussed and Passed
The business portion of the meeting was as follows:
- The Treasurer’s report was given by Bruce Huyck (KS4V) followed by the Secretary’s report given by Ron Cowherd (K4GYD). Both reports were subsequently approved by unanimous vote.
- Ed (AB4IQ) reminded us that the PARA annual Christmas Party is planned for Monday, 6:00 pm, December 12th at Casa Mexicana restaurant located at 4793 Village Square Drive directly behind Walmart in the Strawberry Hill area. This event will replace the December meeting and testing. No reservations required.
- Ron Cowherd announced that Jeff Wielgos had gotten a request from Bryan Pickering to come to our November meeting to give a followup on the presentation that he had given at the January 2017 meeting. The Powerpoint presentation was on the understanding, maintenance and operation of lead acid batteries. Bryan works at a local Paducah retail battery establishment that specializes in battery and light bulb sales.
- Bruce announced that DX Engineering is scheduled for March 2018 meeting to give another Skype presentation to the club similar to the one given August 2017. The subject will be on lightning and grounding techniques.
Net Control Operators for Late October/Early November
October 15 Jay KD9HRH 7 check-ins
October 22 Jeff KB9BVL 7 check-ins
October 29 Frank KY4LDS 6 check-ins
November 5 Logan KG4VKB 10 PARA check-ins, 8 ARES check-ins
November 12 Ken KW4DI 5 check-ins
Bruce (KS4V) reviewed Reverse Beacon.net/main.php, a free website of skimmer stations around the world in all modes and frequencies. Bruce projected the web page and explained how to use the app’s features.
Ken (KW4DI) showed his magnetic loop antenna and MFJ QRP Loop Tuner.
Congratulations Paul Smith ND4X:
PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm of each month except December.
New License and upgrades are offered on meeting nights throughout the year. See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org. For info click at the top of the page on 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
Christmas Party, Monday, 6:00 pm, December 12th at Casa Mexicana restaurant located at 4793 Village Square Drive directly behind Walmart in the Strawberry Hill area. No reservations needed.