The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association (PARA) was held, 7:00 PM, Monday, February 8th, 2021 with Roger Good (KC4WPS) in charge. The virtual meeting was opened and hosted by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos (KB9BVL). There were 19 members in attendance.

Club Business Items:

The Secretary’s Report of the January 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Treasurer Good informed us that our liability insurance is no longer in force. It was brought up whether we need insurance at this time since our activities have ceased due to Covid restrictions. After some more discussion, it was moved, seconded and voted in favor of the club to purchase the ARRL insurance.

The rest of the meeting was devoted to choosing officers. There was quite a bit of discussion as to how to go about the selection of the individual offices. President Wielgos opened the procedure by asking the current officers who would be willing to serve another year. President Wielgos offered to be considered for Vice President which would open the President position. Garry Wheatley was nominated and after some arm twisting, Garry agreed to be considered for President. Treasurer, Roger Good volunteered to continue one more year. Secretary Ron Cowherd asked to be relieved of his secretarial duties after 5 and 1/2 years of service. Aimee Mitchell was nominated and she agreed to be considered for the position. After additional discussion, it was agreed to accept those the nominees by acclamation. Subsequently a motion was made, seconded to accept the above slate by acclamation. The motion was passed.

Congratulation to 2021 PARA officers;

President: Garry Wheatley (KD4GCY)

Vice President: Jeff Wielgos (KB9BVL)

Treasurer: Roger Good (KC4WPS)

Secretary: Aimee Mitchell (WI2P)


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

February 14 – Maury KD9MZD – 25 ck-ins  (best on record)        

February 21 Maury KD9MZD – 21 ck-ins

February 28 Frank KY4LDS – 20 ck-ins

March 7 – Michael KN4TIP – 18 PARA ck-ins

March 7 – Logan KG4VKB – 12 ARES ck-ins


PARA meetings happen each month on the 2nd Monday, 7 pm, except December.   We will meet on 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. The next PARA meeting will be March 1, 2021. 

New License and upgrade exams are normally given at the close of each meeting night throughout the year, however, Please Notice:  We won’t be able to administer exams until we are able to resume use of the WKCTC facility after Covid restrictions are lifted.  See W4NJA web site for info.  Click button at the top of the page:   About Us, then VE License Testing.  Prospective hams in search of general info concerning the hobby may Google ARRL.com and click on relevant headings.

The Sunday Night PARA Emergency Training 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 .  The next meeting will “not” be at Logan Blewett’s home facility but will be on ZOOM.

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).

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