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 Steve Morgan 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. Morgan 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.

JUNE MEETING MINUTES

President: Garry Wheatley, KD4GCY
Vice President: Jeff Wielgos, KB9BVL
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. There were 20 persons in attendance.

President Wheatley opened the meeting with a moving father’s day tribute and led the group in a pledge to the American flag.

  • Treasurer’s report given by Roger Good.
  • The minutes from the May meeting were read.
  • The Treasurer’s report and minutes were voted on and accepted. Roger announced that we had 2 new PARA members
  • Much time was spent on Field Day planning. Mike Newman (WA4ER) has donated the use of his property for Field Day on June 26 this year. Antennas would be erected at 1:00 on the day before.
  • Bruce Huyck announced that Todd Young had passed the tech test.
  • President Wheatley reminded us that there will be a “swap meet” on the parking lot of WKCTC at 6:00 p.m. before next month’s July 12 PARA meeting.

APRIL MEETING MINUTES

 

President: Garry Wheatley, KD4GCY
Vice President: Jeff Wielgos, KB9BVL
Treasurer: Roger Good, KC4WPS
Amended minutes

Meeting called to order 7:01 p.m.

  • 18 total attendees, 12 in person, 6 via zoom.
  • President Wheatley opened the meeting. He welcomed attendees and P.A.R.A.’s Zoom participants. The President reminded us of the importance of opening our hearts and minds to those around us. He said we are all in this together and also to be mindful of offering assistance to our community and others when possible. He emphasized the needs within our community are great.
  • April was the third “IN PERSON” meeting since March of 2020, due to Covid 19.
  • Treasurer report and Secretary’s minutes were submitted and approved.
  • 7 members from 2020 have not paid dues.
  • A unanimous vote was taken and passed to roll over P.A.R.A.’s C.D. from a 24 month to a 60 month C.D. , doubling the interest rate and it’s dividends.
  • President Wheatley reminded attendees of the upcoming National Weather Service ELITE SPOTTER TRAINING CLASSES. Details are on the National Weather Service, PADUCAH, website.
  • Murray State University is hosting a Ham Radio FOXHUNT on 4/17/21. For more details contact Mr. Ruben Fuentes, WB5WTF.
  • P.A.R.A. Monthly meetings will be held the second Monday of each month @ Heartland Church, 4777 Alben Barkley Dr. Paducah Ky 42001. Room # 211 (south side of complex) @ 7 PM C.S.T. President Wheatley mentioned our desire to return to West Kentucky Community and Technical College when the Covid 19 restrictions are revised.
  • President Wheatley requested a report from Jeff Estes, KM4LDP, concerning the repeater and antenna repairs on the Cook Coal Terminal near Metropolis Illinois. The repair process started in July 2020. New management has decided to complete the process. A new receiving antenna has been shipped. A transmitter has been replaced and reprogrammed. Completion should be forthcoming.
  • A Sprint Style Field Day Event, 6/26/21, was purposed and adopted. Bruce Huyck, KS4V, added valuable information. Including the Pro’s and Con’s of how we might structure the event. Three options were presented and discussed, a vote was taken and Option # 2 was approved. Option #2 will utlize Mike Newman’s shop and property as a place to hold P.A.R.A.’s Field Day 2021 event. This site was chosen because it provided indoor facilities and shelter, good antenna site construction possibilities. All of which are provided to P.A.R.A. at no cost. Site will be surveyed. Remaining event details to be determined at the May meeting. President Wheatley thanked Bruce for his input and efforts.
  • Paul Smith, ND4X, reminded the group of the Upcoming Kentucky State wide QSO Party / Special Event Stations. Paul inquired if P.A.R.A. wished to participated. June 5 and June 6 2021. Primarily operating on Saturday June 5 from 9 Am to 9 PM C.S.T. A consensus vote was taken and passed that the P.A.R.A. would participate in this event. Again, more details forth coming.
  • President Wheatley discussed the notion of a Tailgating Party/Picnic cook out sometime in early to mid July 2021. A consensus vote was taken and passed to make this a separate event from the Field Day 2021 event. More discussions to follow.
  • President Wheatley again mentioned we may want to be mindful of our community members and their needs.

Net Control Operators

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

APRIL 18 – Steve Harrison, NW9W

APRIL 25 – Frank Baumer, KY4LDS

MAY 2 – Jeff Estes, KM4LDP

MAY 9 – Ross Mitchell, WQ5B

MAY 2 – Logan Blewett, KG4VKB – ARES


MARCH MEETING MINUTES

 

President: Garry Wheatley, KD4GCY
Vice President: Jeff Wielgos, KB9BVL
Treasurer: Roger Good, KC4WPS
Secretary: Aimee Mitchell, WI2P

Meeting called to order 7:05 p.m.

Treasurer report was approved.
• ARRL Club liability insurance now in effect.
• 10 members have not paid dues.
• General Minutes were approved.
• Monthly in person meetings were discussed.
• Jeff Estes, KM4LDP, secured Heartland Church Fellowship Hall for a potential in person meeting place. There was a consensus that Heartland Church, Fellowship Hall, was a definite viable option to meet at this location. Vote was taken and passed.
• West Kentucky Community and Technical College will be contacted to see when their Conference Room will be available to use for our IN PERSON monthly meetings. If W.K.C.T.C. is not available Heartland Church Fellowship Hall is our second and final option.
• Feasibility of a Field Day (6/26 – 6/27/21), Possibility of a “Sprint Style” Field Day on 6/26/21.
• A consensus vote was taken and passed by a 89% regarding viability of interested parties to participate. Approximately 8 am to break down before Midnight .
• Field Day Committee formed consisting of Ron Cowherd, K4GYD, Committee Chair and advertising, with Bruce, KS4V, and Frank, KY4LDS to assist and coordinate.
• ARRL extended Class D rules.
• Garry Wheatley, KD4GYC, suggested a Potluck/Picnic/Tailgating event possibility in early to mid July.
• Congratulations to Massac County Amateur Radio Club officers. New President, to be voted in, will be Mr. Ruben Fuentes, WB5WTF, and Mr. Marvin “Jake” Ervin, KD9NFO, Vice President. • Appreciation and thanks to Ron Cowherd, K4GYD, former Secretary for over 5 years of service.
• Welcome Aimee Mitchell, our new Secretary.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Net Control Operators

March 14 – Dave Dewey, W4WKN  

March 21 – Jeff Estes, KM4LDP

March 28 – Frank Baumer, KY4LDS

April 4 – Michael Durr, KN4TIP – PARA

April 4 – Logan Blewett KG4VKB – ARES

April 11 – Garry Wheatley, KD4GCY

FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING

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)

NET CONTROL OPERATORS

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

 Remember:

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).

JANUARY MONTHLY MEETING

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association (PARA) was held, 7:00 PM, Monday, 11, 2021 with Roger Good (KC4WPS) in charge. The virtual meeting was opened and hosted by PARA Treasurer, Roger Good. There were 15 members in attendance.

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.
  • Several topics were discussed concerning the inability to meet together. Secretary Cowherd reported a recent discussion from the office of the WKCTC Dir. of Community Ed. who advised that the two rooms in the Emerging Technology Center would not be available in the foreseeable future. However, we will be welcome and notified when when Covid conditions improve.
  • Several locations were mentioned and the suggestion made that perhaps we should organize a group to look into a place to have live meetings again. The question was asked whether more people would meet in live environment than meeting virtually. After quite bit of discussion, a poll of those present was taken by a show of hands and we found about half of us did not feel comfortable attending together live at this time. Roger, expressed the feelings of all of us that we miss the social aspects of live meetings but we probably should continue with the Zoom setup for now.
  • A motion was made to suspend the election of officers for the 2021 year until we have a better representation of club members. The question was asked as to whether we had a quorum for voting. Treasurer reported that presently there are 21 paid members and 15 present, therefore, the quorum requirement was met. The motion was seconded and passed by the members present.
  • Paul Smith (N4DX) reported that Kentucky Contest Group had agreed to take over the KY QSO Party. Paul sent them them the paper work and has the opinion that the group will do a good job.

NET CONTROL OPERATORS

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

January 17 – Jeff KB9BVL –  16 ck-ins                    

January 24 – Michael KN4TIP –  15 ck-ins

January 31 – Frank KY4LDS –  22 ck-ins

February 7 – Steve NW9W – 14 ck-ins

February 7 – Logan KG4VKB – 14 ARES ck-ins

Remember:

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. The next PARA meeting will be February 8, 2021.

New License and upgrade exams are 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 .  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).

DECEMBER MONTHLY MEETING

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 paypal74@rogerg.com .  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 rogerg@rogerg.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    

Remember:

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).

November MONTHLY MEETING

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association (PARA) was held, 7:00 PM, Monday, November 9, 2020 with Roger Good (KC4WPS) in charge of the double ZOOM link (90minutes). The meeting was opened and hosted by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos (KB9BVL) 15 members 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. The two reports were unanimously voted to accept.
  • President Jeff reminded us that dues for the coming year should begin with the month of December. It was also suggested that without a time to give the money to Roger in person, that an address be given where the dues can be mailed. Roger will look into Pay Pal as an alternate means of collecting dues.
  • Jeff introduced us to a website that gives information to weather spotters via sharing mini courses. eg. basic radar, winter weather tornado safety etc. Jeff’s wife, who is employed by the local weather service, is the author of several of the courses within the series. These courses already have been drawing outstanding reviews.
  • President Jeff showed us a website that showed sunspot activity which may be evidence that it is the beginning of sunspot Cycle 25. See additional info, https://www.nasa.gov Jeff also mentioned meteor scatter activity with the Leonids (Nov.6 to Nov. 30) See additional info, https://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/ There are several PARA members that use JSJT MSK144 to make contacts. This app requires special 6 meter or 2 meter operating techniques but works well with modern transceivers. See Ron Cowherd K4GYD and Ken Wontor KW4ID for more information.
  • It was brought up that since we aren’t having a December Christmas party this year, we should have another virtual Zoom meeting in its place. Ed Pflueger suggested we have a Christmas door prize to make the meeting special. Ed has has in his closet an Icom 207, two meter, 440 mc. transceiver that belonged to Bob Beadles, now a Silent Key. The radio was donated to the club by Bob’s family. We talked about the need to advertise this special event. The Zoom meeting is scheduled for December 14th, 7:00 pm. Roger will send us details later.
  • Rueben Fuentas announced that there will be a fund raiser for Harold Hicks (KC9ZZA), a member/leader in the Metropolis ham club. He recently fell, broke his arm, and a then to add to his bad luck, a few days later his house burned down. Unfortunately the house was uninsured. The time of the fund raiser is Saturday, Nov. 14th, 10:00-3:00, at Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis, IL. It’s a good cause and much fun.

NET CONTROL OPERATORS

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

November 15 – Roger KC4WPS – 21 ck-ins

November 22 – Jeff KB9BVL – 16 ck-ins

November 29 – Frank KY4LDS – 21 ck-ins

December 6 – Steve NW9W – 16 ck-ins

December 13 – Michael KN4TIP – 21 ck-ins

December 13 – Logan KG4VKB – 13 ARES ck-ins                     

Remember:

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

Metropolis Ham Study Class: October 3rd, 0900 TO 1400, Grace Church,  10th street,  Study.org.     Review session with test to follow.  90% pass rate, email Charlie Richey (K9DUE) or call (618) 309-6911 to preregister. Questions answered at same number.

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).