NOVEMBER MEETING MINUTES

Minutes for PARA Meeting of November 8, 2021

Club President Garry, KD4GCY 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 Scribe Ruben, WB5WTF, read the Minutes of the September 2021 meeting to the membership.  Paul, ND4X made a motion to approve the Minutes as read and Jeff, KM4LDP seconded the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried.

Club Treasurer Roger, KC4WPS, read the Financial report to the membership.  Ruben, WB5WTF made a motion to approve the Report as read and Jeff, KM4LDP seconded it.  The motion was voted on and carried.

There was one guest, Greg, KI4ESK who was introduced to the membership.

President Garry announced there will be no regular meeting in December and that we will meet at Casa Mexicana on Village Square Drive for the Club’s annual Christmas party.  That will be at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, December 13th.

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

  • The earthquake presentation that took the place of the regular club meeting in October; and
  • The October 30th statewide Simulated Exercise Training (SET) using 2-meter simplex.

President Garry advised that on November 5th, there was a local hospital exercise in which Mike Hicks, N9ARK set up a pretend triage area and had a second communications trailer used for it.  Contacts were made on 20 meters, 40 meters as well as 2 meter and 440.  He emphasized a need to establish a point of contact at Lourdes Hospital to get them involved.

Garry introduced us to “Ham Shack Hotline,” which is a dedicated Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VOIP) network which is free to amateur radio operators around the world.  After informing us about the concepts, he said we could learn more by researching ham shack hotline.

Announcements from Garry:

  • There is a Winter Weather training session on December 2nd at 6:00 p.m., conducted by the National Weather Service that you can sign up for on their website.
  • PARA will be electing club officers at the January meeting.
  • There is local area testing of WinLink that will be on Zoom on December 16th.  Garry encouraged us to get familiar with and up and going on WinLink.

Net Control Operator assignments were made and the formal portion of the meeting was adjourned, with some members leaving for the license testing, and some members staying for a training session conducted by Frank, KY4LDS.

SEPTEMBER MEETING MINUTES

President: Garry Wheatley, KD4GCY
Vice President: Jeff Wielgos, KB9BVL
Scribe: Ruben Fuentes, WB5WTF
Treasurer: Roger Good, KC4WPS

Minutes of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association (PARA) Meeting of Monday, September 13, 2021.

Club Officers in Attendance:  President: Garry (KD4KCY); Scribe: Ruben (WB5WTF); and Treasurer: Roger (KC4WPS).  There were 16 members present.

The meeting was held at Heartland Church, 4777 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, KY., and was called to order at 7:00 pm., by Club President Garry Wheatley (KD4GCY).

Gary led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag and thanked everyone for their support following the accidental death of his brother, Dennis.

Ruben (WB5WTF) read the Minutes of the August meeting.  Don (KC4DR) made a motion to approve the Minutes and Jeff (KM4LDP) seconded it.  The membership voted to approve them.

Roger (KC4WPS) provided the Financial Report, including but not limited to expenditures, revenue and current balance.  Ruben (WB5WTF) made a motion to approve the Financial Report and Jeff (KM4LDP) seconded it.  The motion carried.

Garry (KD4GCY) brought up the topic of an earthquake presentation by Mr. Thomas Beebe, (W9RY), at our next monthly meeting.  There was extensive discussion by the membership including having invitations sent to other ham radio clubs in the area as well as local leaders such as the Mayor, the Chief of Police, the Sheriff, the Emergency Management Director and the County Judge Executive.  The discussion concluded with Bruce (KS4V) making a motion to reimburse Mr. Beebe for fuel costs to come to our meeting as well as providing for his and a Club member host dinner that day.  Mike (WA4ER) seconded the motion and it carried.

Garry (KD4GCY) announced the following upcoming events:

Weather Spotter training by the National Weather Service on September 16th and that you can sign up for it online.

The Great American Shake Out (Earthquake Drills) on October 21st.

He also announced there will also be Winter Weather training on December 2nd.

There was discussion about the Club’s annual Christmas dinner and the group consensus was to move forward with it for this year, at the same location, Casa Mexicana Restaurant.  Garry will get Ed (AB4IQ) to make arrangements with the restaurant.  If COVID disrupts this plan, we will have our regular monthly meeting instead.

After a two-minute video about the Fort Massac Encampment (Metropolis, Illinois) Ruben (WB5WTF) announced an invitation for Club members to participate as volunteers in providing support for first responders at this event which is scheduled for October 16th and 17th.

Roger (KC4WPS) initiated a discussion about the Club’s damaged generator.  He provided a power point presentation on the trouble-shooting, discoveries and successful repair of the generator.  The power point included pictures of the mouse that caused the damage, the chewed up electrical harness and the points of repair.  The members thanked him for repairing it and for saving us the cost of repairs.

PARA Net Control Operator assignments were made and are published on our website (wn4nja.org) under the topic, Net Control Operators.

Frank (KY4LDS) did a presentation on a 2 meter/440 meter radio go kit that he put together.  The presentation generated questions and comments about the kit’s contents, especially the power source.

The meeting was adjourned by Garry (KD4GCY) at 8:35 p.m.

AUGUST MEETING MINUTES

President: Garry Wheatley, KD4GCY
Vice President: Jeff Wielgos, KB9BVL
Scribe: Ruben Fuentes, WB5WTF
Treasurer: Roger Good, KC4WPS

Minutes for the Paducah Amateur Radio Association (PARA) Meeting

August 9, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.

Location: Heartland Church, 4777 Alben Barkley Dr, Paducah, KY

The meeting was called to order at 7:00  p.m., by club Vice President, Jeff (KB9BVL), and he led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.  There were 14 members in attendance.

An announcement was made that club President Garry’s (KD4GCY) brother was involved in a serious motorcycle accident yesterday, and the group prayed for Garry and his family.

The Minutes of the July meeting were read and a motion was made and carried to approve the Minutes as read.

The Treasurer’s report was read by Roger (KC4WPS).  Roger reported that he’d paid the cost for an invoice received for the Club’s website domain, in the amount of $20.00. Paul (ND4X) made a motion to reimburse Roger for this expenditure and Jeff (KM4LDP) seconded it.  The motion carried.  There was discussion carried over from the July meeting regarding the generator that needs to be repaired.  Following the discussion, Don (KC4DR) made a motion to authorize up to $300 to be spent for the generator to be fixed.  Eddie (AC9OO) seconded the motion and it carried.  Roger also reported that there are 49 current club members.  A motion was made and seconded to approve the financial report and it carried.

There was a discussion about our club’s membership list being shared outside the group.  No vote was taken but it was the group’s consensus that the list not be shared with outsiders.

President Jeff (KB9BVL) led a discussion regarding upcoming changes with the way weather alerts are put out to the public by the National Weather Service.  He introduced the membership to a couple of new weather websites titled: windy.com and weather.cod.edu.

Paul (ND4X) reminded everyone that the Kentucky Parks on the Air (POTA) is this coming Saturday.

Everyone was also reminded that just prior to our next club meeting there will be another “tailgate” event, this time in the parking lot of Heartland Church, where our club meeting will be.

JULY MEETING MINUTES

President: Garry Wheatley, KD4GCY
Vice President: Jeff Wielgos, KB9BVL
Scribe: Ruben Fuentes, WB5WTF
Treasurer: Roger Good, KC4WPS

Meeting called to order 7:00 P.M. by President Garry Wheatley. West Kentucky Community and Technical College, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr. Paducah KY 42001 in the Conference Room.

President Wheatley opened the meeting by leading the group in a pledge to the American flag.

  • Treasurer’s report given by Roger (KC4WPS). We spent $225.68 for field day expenses
  • The minutes from the June meeting were read.
  • The Treasurer’s report and Secretary minutes were voted on and accepted.
  • Dave N4QS was interviewed by the Central Arizona DX Association about his remote radio stations. You can see the interview at https://w4nja.org/para-members-in-the-news/
  • President Wheatley thanked Mike (WA4ER) for the use of his property for 2021 Field Day and then had everyone introduce themselves to the group. 
  • There were two visitors, Patty Beechum and Lloyd Baker.
  • Charlie (K9DUE) reported that the Metropolis (Massac County Amateur Radio) Club is restarting it’s monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month.  He and Ruben (WB5WTF) also reported on the Massac Club’s plans to use hams at the annual Fort Massac Encampment in October, which draws thousands of visitors.  All of the Paducah hams were invited to participate.
  • There was a discussion about filling the vacant Secretary position and the need for a new office of Web Administrator.
  • Roger (KC4WPS) volunteered to be Web Administrator.
  • Ruben (WB5WTF) volunteered to be Secretary (Scribe).
  • It was decided that the “swap meet” held before the meeting had been a success and a second “swap meet” will be held in the parking lot of WKCTC at 5:00 p.m. before the September 13th PARA meeting.
  • President Wheatley also reported on the following:
    • Jeff’s (KM4LDP) medical status, saying a procedure he had done today went well.  The group was encouraged to pray for his recovery.
    • The National Weather Service is getting ready to change the way in which certain alerts are made to the public by going to a three-tier system.
  • There was discussion about a problem with a generator that was used for Field Day and it was decided that Garry (KD4GCY) will go by Mike’s and pick up both generators and take them where they need to go.
  • The Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Bruce (KS4V) and seconded by Ruben (WB5WTF) and it carried.