The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association (PARA) was held, 7:00 PM, Monday, December 14, 2020 with Roger Good (KC4WPS) in charge of the double ZOOM link (90minutes). The virtual meeting (in place of the regular December Christmas Party) was opened and hosted by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos (KB9BVL) 26 members and guests were checked in.
Club Business Items:
- The Secretary’s Report of the September meeting was given by Ron Cowherd and the Treasurer’s Report was given by Roger Good. A motion was made to accept the two reports and subsequently were unanimously voted to accept.
- Treasurer Good gave instructions for paying 2021 PARA Club dues which will be payable on January 1, 2021! “If you would like to get ahead of the game, you may pay your dues electronically via https://paypal.com by sending $20 for individual or $25 for you and your spouse to firstname.lastname@example.org . PLEASE select “Sending to a friend” when checking out or PayPal will charge a fee. You may also pay your dues by check via USPS mail to : Roger Good, 2825 Krebs Station Road, Paducah, KY 42003. I can also accept $20 individual or $25 family (or more if you feel generous) eGift cards from Amazon.com! Make sure to make the gift card to Roger Good email@example.com and NOT to PARA. I will reimburse the club for your dues. I’m just trying to make it easy to pay your dues since the end of the covid restrictions do not appear to be on the horizon.“
- The highlight of the evening was a drawing for the door prize of an Icom 207, 144/440 mhz. transceiver that belonged to Bob Beadles, now a Silent Key. The radio was donated to the club by Bob’s family. The lucky winner was Brian Medlin (KK4OKW) of Paducah.
NET CONTROL OPERATORS
Sunday night nets are at 9:00 PM on 147.060 MHZ. PL 179.9
December 20 – Jeff KB9BVL – 17 PARA ck-ins
December 27 – Frank KY4LDS – 16 PARA ck-ins
January 3 – Roger KC4WPS – 18 PARA ck-ins
January 3 – Logan KG4VKB – 14 ARES ck-ins
January 10 – Michael KN4TIP – 16 PARA ck-ins
PARA meetings happen each month on the 2nd Monday, 7 pm, except December. President Wielgos Jeff suggested that we should plan on future ZOOM monthly meetings until Covid19 subsides. Roger Good will email ZOOM app instructions, ID and password, before each meeting date to those who are on the member list.
New License and upgrade exams will be offered. Address above. Exams or normally given 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. Please notice: We probably won’t be able to administer exams until we are able to resume use of the WKCTC facility.
Prospective hams in search of general info concerning the hobby may Google ARRL.com and click on relevant headings.
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. Echo Link check-ins are welcome.
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 (ARES) meetings are normally held at 7:00 pm on 3rd Thursdays, however the next meeting will be on October 22nd, to be located at Logan Blewett’s home/church located at 227 Farley Place, Paducah, 42003. Farley Place is just off Clements St. which connects Bridge Street with I-24 loop.
Metropolis net Thursdays 8:15, 146.655 – 600, PL179.9, The Massac club call is now known as W9DUE. 147.225 is old repeater freq.
Draffenville net Wednesdays 9:00 145.390 PL118.8
Wickliffe, recently put a new repeater (KA9SKT) on line, using the same machine that was formally located at Cairo, IL, using the same freq. (147.180 mh.), and tone (88.5 PL).