PARA Meeting Minutes 7/9/2018

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, JULY 9, 2018 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 18 present.  No one came for FCC VE testing.

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 we may had in the last month.

Items Discussed and Passed

  • 2018 Field Day Photos were viewed via the very convenient overhead projector and screen.  All photos were made by Ken Wontor and Ron Cowherd.  Anyone that may have taken FD pictures are welcome to send them to roncowherd@comcast.net.  They will be added to the 2018 FD page.
  • The Treasurer’s report was given by Ken Wontor in absence of Bruce Huyck who was absent.  Ron Cowherd gave the Secretary’s report which was followed by a motion to accept the two reports, seconded and passed.
  • A motion was made to authorize Ed Pflueger to purchase 2 DX Engineering 4-1 baluns (approx. $190 ea.) for the next year’s Field Day RTTY and SSB stations.  The motion was seconded and passed.
  • Field Day score summary:  QSOs: CW 793; Digital 36; phone 817.  Total Points:  CW 1586; Digital 73; Phone 817.  Total Score = 4,950.
  • Dave Perry discussed KY QSO Party award details.  Decisions about plaques and certificates awards were discussed but not finalized at this time.  Shane Martin, with graphics training, volunteered to create the certificates.  Additional information will  be available at http://www.kyqsoparty.org

Net Control Operators for Late July/Early August

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

July    15             Garry KD4GCY     12 PARA – 13 ARES

July    22             Frank KY4LDS      14 ck-ins

July    29             Frank KY4LDS        9 ck-ins

August  5            Logan KG4VKB

August 12         Frank KY4LDS         10 ck-ins

ARRL International Grid Contest

(ARRL Leaderboard Results shows Ky position and Total Grid count as of  8/13/2018)  5 club members in top 25.                                                                  

1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 5171 grids;  12.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 2224 grids;  15. KC4WPS Roger Good, 1767 grids;  17. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1717 grids;  19. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 1608 grids;  22.  KO4XJ John Hudson, 1393 grids;    33. W4WWS  Steve Parmley, 941 grids;  48. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 683 grids;  50. ND4X Paul Smith, 668 grids;  62. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 527 grids;  72. W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 428 grids; 75. N4FZ Gene Summers 416 grids;  76.  KW4DI Ken Wontor, 412 grids;  80. NU4N Dave Tucker 396 grids;    85. KJ4CO John Chandler, 346 grids;  86.  W4NJA 343.

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


  • The August PARA meeting will feature a special Skype presentation on grounding by DX Engineering.  This will be the 3rd time for the very informative live event.  We need a good attendance for this meeting because the speaker will be able to see us.
  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.
  • 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
  • 2018 Field Day Photos
  • PARA membership fees ($10 pro-rated at this time) payable at a future meeting.


Field Day 2018

Command Center
McCracken County Emergency Command Center (for RTTY & SSB stations) generators on trailer, and supplies in foreground.
Jeff and Don
Jeff Estes KM4LDP and Don Fuller KC4DR
Don Fuller: “I could use this thing for hunting and fishing too.”
Jeff Estes: “Wow, those squirrels are bad this year.”
Don Fuller to Ed Sobkowiak AC9OO: “Wait a minute Ed, I think one of the windows closed on my finger.”
FD'18 Sat. Station
Laurel Black, (Paducah Sun reporter), Jerry Oliver KJ4EU and Frank Baumer KY4LDS listening for satellite stations.
FD'18 CW Stat
Gordon Bremenkampf K8EFW, unidentified visitor, Beth Gupton AK4BG, Steven Gupton AI4ZL watching Gene Summers N4FZ operate the CW station.
FD'18 food pav.
Eric Roberts K4YUS, Ed Pflueger AB4IQ, Mike Newman WD4EFZ, Don Fuller KC4DR, Ken Wontor KW4DI and Bruce Hesley patiently waiting for the cook to arrive.
Paul,Dave and Jason Gun
Paul Smith ND4X, Ron Cowherd K4GYD and Jason Brambach KY9I (unseen) showing off his spud gun complete with laser sight.


Ken pic. Gordan+Craig Bradley
Gordon Bremenkampf K8EFW and Craig Bradley KD9MS in CW station.


Ken Pic. ? op
Craig Bradley KD9MS from Karnac, IL

Photos by Ken Wontor KW4DI and Ron Cowherd K4GYD