December Happenings 2018

The annual PARA Christmas Dinner was celebrated Monday, December 10, 2018 at Casa Mexicana Restaurant on Village Square Drive in Paducah.  The special occasion has traditionally convened in lieu of a formal December club meeting.  Snapshots of the approximately 26 members and guests in attendance enjoying excellent food and spirited conversation are shown below:  (click on image for slide show)

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ARRL International Grid Contest

ARRL Leaderboard Results shows KY position and Total Grid count as of  1/12/2019.  Five club members in top 25.
1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 8995 grids;  12.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 3201 grids;  17. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 2811 grids;   20. KC4WPS Roger Good, 2176 grids; 25. ND4X Paul Smith, 1754 grids;  28. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1566 grids;  31.  KO4XJ 1508 grids; 48. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 863 grids; 55. NU4N Dave Tucker 740 grids;  56. W4WWS Steve Parmley, 806 grids;   68. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 638 grids;  89. N4FZ Gene Summers 437 grids;      101.  W4NJA 344 grids. 105.  KJ4CO John Chandler, 319 grids;  115.KW4DI Ken Wontor, 274 grids;  119.  W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 251 grids.

PARA Net Controls (late December/early January)

December 16         Ron K4GYD               14 check-ins

December 23         Jason KY9I                  9 check-ins

December 30        Frank KY4LDS            9 check-ins

January 6              Steve NW9W             PARA 10 check-ins

January 6              Logan KG4VKB          ARES 8 check-ins

January 13           Ken KW4DI                 PARA 17 check-ins

PARA 2018 Statistics

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  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.  Prospective hams in search of general info concerning the hobby may Google and click on relevant headings.
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at  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  The ARES monthly net convenes immediately following PARA net on first Sunday nights.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 7:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA 147.060 repeater at 8:00 to get instructions.  Stay tuned on these nights for info about a “Grass Roots” CW class to be organized in the near future.
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services meetings are held at 7:00 pm on 3rd Thursdays, 3700 Coleman Road EOC building in the Jack Johnston meeting room.