Paducah Amateur Radio Association

Minutes for PARA Meeting

February 13, 2023

Club President KD4GCY-Garry presided and called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.

Club President KD4GCY-Garry turned the meeting over to KN4TIP- Michael since he was under a time constraint.  He presented an update on the “PTT Technicians’” program up-coming to encourage 9-12 year olds and their families involved in amateur radio.  The date for the orientation program is February 18, 2023 at 5:00 pm at Gospel Assembly Church Dining room (downstairs) located at 2100 Ohio (21st and Beltline) in Paducah, Ky.  We will have KM4LDP- Jeff’s go box and setup, KN4TIP- Michaels 2m/Fusion setup, and Aiden – W9ADN with a CW demonstration.  Over 30 agencies and individuals have been contacted to provide participants. The registrants will be limited to the first 50 children registered.  Please contact Michael via 2m or call 270-217-2315 , mdurr@comcast.net to participate.

Club President KD4GCY-Garry read the Minutes of the January 9, 2023 meeting to the membership. Club President KD4GCY-Garry made note that the weather net occurred on January 2, 2023. The minutes were accepted as read with the exception of the date of the weather net.

Club Treasurer KC4WPS- Roger read the financial report to the membership.  KC4DR-Don made a motion to approve the report as read. W4WKN-Dave seconded the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried. 

KC4WPS- Roger continued with discussion of our CD’s that are currently earning a very low interest rate. A motion was made by KC4WPS-Roger to cash out both CDs, pay the 3 month penalty, take $1000 from checking and reinvest half of the proceeds ($2000) in a one year CD and the other half ($2000) in an 18 month CD at Edward Jones Investments.  The motion was voted on and carried.

President Garry led the membership in discussion on the following topics:

Echolink – the status and possible solutions to the ongoing Echolink problems was discussed.

McCracken County EMA is having a Tech Class February 23, March 2, March 9, and testing on March 16, 2023.

NWS Paducah will be hosting a severe weather workshop March 1, 2023, 9 am to noon, at MSU building, 4430 Sunset Ave.  Registration is required.

Introductions – since there were many visitors at the meeting, KD4GCY-Garry went around the room for introductions. 

Paul-ND4X did a short presentation of POTA (Parks on the Air)

Net Control Operator assignments were made, and the formal portion of the meeting was adjourned at 2100.

Feb 19 – WD4OKO – Neal

Feb 26 – KY4LDS – Frank

Mar 5 – KN4TIP – Michael

Mar 12 – KD4GCY – Garry