JANUARY MEETING MINUTES

Paducah Amateur Radio Association

Minutes for PARA Meeting

January 9, 2023

Club President KD4GCY-Garry presided and called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.

There were 18 members at the meeting. 

Club Scribe KN4TIP- Michael read the Minutes of the November 14, 2022 meeting to the membership.  KB9BVL–Jeff made a motion to amend the minutes and KC4ENA- Freddie seconded the motion. A motion to accept the amended minutes made by KC4WPS- Roger and seconded by K4HNJ- Don. The motion was voted on and carried.

Club Treasurer KC4WPS- Roger read the financial report with corrections to the membership.  KG4SRK- Dennis made a motion to approve the report as read. KC4ENA- Freddie seconded the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried.  KC4WPS- Roger continued with discussion of our club liability insurance through ARRL for a $200/annual payment.  KN4TIP- Michael made the motion to approve the payment and was seconded by KB9BVL- Jeff.  The motion was voted unanimously approved.  KC4WPS- Roger continued with discussion of our CD’s that our currently earning a very low interest rate but are not at maturity.  We discussed surrendering them at a 90 day penalty and converting them to the present higher rate. KD4GCY- Garry reminded us that the club money was earned mostly by some of our senior members that were not present to discuss topic.  A motion was made by KN4TIP-Michael to table the discussion until next meeting to allow those senior members to be present, the motion was seconded by KG4KXN-Scott. The motion was voted on and carried.

KD4GCY-Garry presented a slate of officers for this year. Opportunity to nominate other officers was made.  No changes were made, so the slate remained as:

          President-                     KD4GCY-     Garry Wheatley

          Vice-President-             KC4DR- Don Fuller

          Treasurer-                     KC4WPS- Roger Good

          Scribe-                           KN4TIP- Michael Durr

A motion was made by WD4OKO- Neal to approve the slate as stated and KC4ENA- Freddie seconded the motion. The motion was voted unanimously approved.

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

  • Prayer requests for KM4LDP-Jeff and family whose mother Anna Marie Estes Heavrin passed Jan 7, 2023 at age 88.  The funeral is January 10, 2023 at 1:00 pm at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner and Orr Funeral Home.  The club made a $35 donation to St. Judes Childrens’ Hospital on her behalf.
  • An Emergency Weather net was initiated by KD4GCY- Garry at 2110 continuing until 2325 due to regional severe weather and tornado warnings.  Thankfully there was no severe damage or loss of life reported.  There were 17 check-ins during the emergency.
  • KD4GCY-Garry informed us of the National Weather Service Ambassador program.  “The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a WRN Ambassador, partners commit to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather. In effect, the WRN Ambassador initiative helps unify the efforts across government, non-profits, academia, and private industry toward making the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient against extreme environmental hazards. Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) is a strategic outcome where society’s response should be equal to the risk from all extreme weather, water, and climate hazards.” https://www.weather.gov/wrn/ambassadors
  • KN4TIP- Michael 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 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 we need a code operator, FT8 operator or other modes represented for the children to experience.  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.
  • The Fulton Co. Extension Office will be hosting a presentation of Amateur Radio on January 19, 2023 at 6:00 pm.  A dinner is being provided so preregistration is required
  • An updated Net Control Procedure will be uploaded to the W4NJA.ORG website
  • Net Control Operator assignments were made, and the formal portion of the meeting was adjourned at 2044

Jan 15         WD4OKO- Neal

       22        KC4WPS- Roger

       29        KY4LDS- Frank

Feb 05        KN4TIP- Michael

       12        KB9BVL- Jeff

Submitted Jan 11, 2023 by club scribe, KN4TIP- Michael   

NOVEMBER MEETING MINUTES

Minutes for PARA Meeting of November 14, 2022

Club President KDGCY-Garry, presided and called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.  Garry reminded us of the special significance of the pledge on this Veteran’s Day weekend.

We had fourteen members present, and also K4HNJ-Don (Donald Lindsey) who recently moved here from Florida, and Duane Rose, a Paducah resident who is currently studying for a Technician license.  We introduced ourselves around the room to our guests.

Club Scribe Michael, KN4TIP, read the Minutes of the October 10, 2022 meeting to the membership. ND4X-Paul made a motion to approve the Minutes as read and W4WKN-Dave seconded the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried.

Club Treasurer Roger, KC4WPS, read the financial report to the membership.  He reported there are 42 paid members.  KG4SRK-Dennis made a motion to approve the Report as read . KC4WPS-Roger 2nd the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried.

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

  • Prayer requests by KN4TIP-Michael for his right hip being evaluated for circulations issues.
  • Chris Noles provided a phone number for ease in contacting the National Weather Service with either text or pictures of adverse weather. The number is 270-681-2694 and is monitored in the NWS Paducah location. 
  • ND4X-Paul reported our information on the W4NJA website to access the Packet Dx clusters.  This information is valuable when activating or hunting POTA (Parks On The Air) contacts.
    A search of https://pota.app/#/  will open the POTA contact website.  The website automatically records “hunters” contacts when the “activators” upload the contact information.  Awards are given for a variety of accomplishments. 
  • KN4TIP- Michael inquired of the progress of the committee to review and edit the “Net Control Procedures”.  KD4GCY- Garry requested same to transcribe his interpretation of the current procedures to be utilized.
  • KN4TIP-Michael is spearheading a program to enlist parents and their 9-12 year old children to become involved in Amateur Radio.  Commitment from the club was given to provide entry level radios to the children when they become licensed.  Further actions are tabled for further discussion
  • Skywarn Recognition Day occurs the first Saturday of December each year. Amateur Operators have been invited to operate from the NWS between the hours of 6pm Friday, Dec. 2 to 6pm Sat, Dec 3.  Contacts from amateur operators wishing to work multiple NWS stations will receive a variety of certificates. Please contact the office to be added to the list. 
  • The Southernmost Illinois Emergency Radio Association (SIERA) meetings will be held on 3rd Wed 5:30pm at 605 Metropolis St.
  • Up-coming events:  ARES meets Nov. 17, 2022 at the McCracken County EOC on Coleman Rd at 7:00 pm local time. A meeting of the NWS supervisors will meet at the same time in Grand Rivers.  Trent Okerson of WPSD weather is presenting a program on the Mayfield tornado occurring December 2021 at the McCracken Public Library.  There is a Remembrance Walk scheduled in Mayfield also for the tornado. 
  • The January 9, 2023 meeting will be presided over by KC4DR-Don at the request of KD4GCY- Garry who will be absent. 

Net Control Operator assignments were made and the formal portion of the meeting was adjourned at 8:58 pm

2022

11-20         KB9BVL-Jeff

11-27         KY4LDS- Frank

12-04         KD4GCY-Garry

12-11         WD4OKO-Neal

12-18         KN4TIP- Michael

12-25         Christmas Holiday- No Net

01-01 New Year’s Holiday- No Net

01-08        KN4TIP- Michael

Show and Tell: 

KY4LDS- Frank demonstrated a 3rd compressed air cannon device used to launch antenna pull lines.  He said this one is the most accurate of the launch systems he has acquired. 

Submitted Nov 15, 2022  by KN4TIP-Michael, Club Scribe

OCTOBER MEETING MINUTES

Minutes for PARA Meeting of October 10, 2022

Club President Garry, KD4GCY presided and called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.

Club Scribe Michael, KN4TIP, read the Minutes of the September 12, 2022 meeting to the membership. KC4DR–Don made a motion to approve the Minutes as read and KM4LDP-Jeff seconded the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried.

Club Treasurer Roger, KC4WPS, read the financial report to the membership.  KM4LDP-Jeff made a motion to approve the Report as read . AC9OO-Ed seconded the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried.

There were 18 attendees at the meeting. 

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

  • Prayer requests for KS4V-Bruce who is still recovering from extended COVID symptoms, KN4TIP – Michael who is suffering from Psoriatric Arthritis and is waiting medication approval, his wife Marianna Durr with Lupus, KM4LDP-Jeff who is to have the “Watchman” heart filter to prevent blood clots, and W4KU-Wallace Shankle III who has had a recent illness  he is still in recovery.
  • “Seniors Learning For Fun” program Sept. 22 was attended by 51 seniors. A former ham operator, Cathy Hunt talked about renewing her license.  Several seniors came out to see live demonstrations on radio by KM4LDP- Jeff and KN4TIP-  Michael.
  • Skywarn Recognition Day occurs the first Saturday of December each year. Amateur Operators have been invited to operate from the NWS between the hours of 6pm Friday, Dec. 2 to 6pm Sat, Dec 3.  Contacts from amateur operators wishing to work multiple NWS stations will receive a variety of certificates.
  • Aiden Carnes reports a new club is forming in Metropolis to be known as Southernmost Illinois Emergency Radio Association (SIERA) Meetings will be held on 3rd Wed 5:30pm at 605 Metropolis St. They are seeking ARRL affiliation and insurance.
  • KN4TIP- Michael presented the plan of getting 9-12 yo involved in amateur radio.  He will be contacting parents of children in home school CoOps to develop interest in supporting their children in becoming active operators. It was suggested to get the interest in not only 2m operation but the 10m section, and CW available to technicians. The goal is to get the children licensed by January 2023. 
  • Up-coming events:  Fort Massac Encampment Oct 15-16, 2022, Big -Brown Truck Pull- October 15, 2022,   Multiple Fall Festival Celebrations, Great American ShakeOut Oct. 20, 10:20 am., North American SSB Sprint-Oct 22, 0000z-0359z.

Net Control Operator assignments were made and the formal portion of the meeting was adjourned

10-16 KB9JBL-Jeff

10-23 W9ADN- Aiden

10-30 KY4LDS- Frank

11-6 KC4WPS- Roger

11-13 KN4TIP- Michael

Show and Tell: 

KD4GCY- Garry showed an old emergency beacon device with tubes.  He also shared an AM/FM 4 diode kit with W9ADN to build.

KY4LDS- Frank shared two systems for launching a line for antenna into a tree- one arborist slingshot device and the other a compressed air cannon device used by electric tower workers.  Both will launch much higher than a hand thrown device.

SEPTEMBER MEETING MINUTES

Meeting of Sept, 12, 2022

Club President Garry, KD4GCY presided and called the meeting to order at 1902 and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.

There were 19 attendees at the meeting.  There were two guest speakers, KJ4CRV-Chris Noles, NWS Lead Forecaster and Kim Clark, 911 Dispatcher- Communications were introduced to the membership.

The business portion of the meeting was delayed allowing our speakers to go first:

Chris Noles started by opening for questions following our ARES meeting presentation. They are moving forward to ensure a strong presence in Amateur Radio.

Kim Clark, ENP presented a power point presentation. She amassed a great deal of experience through different communications and administrative positions. She is certified as an ENP- Emergency Number Professional and a CMCP – Communication Manager Certification Program.  She is the current manager of the Paducah Central Dispatch.  Dispatch has acquired cutting edge technology to locate individuals via cell phone for rapid deployment.  Unfortunately, dispatch is still limited to an outdated Motorola console running on XP software outdated in 2014.  There are currently 5 telecommunicator  positions open. 

Club president KD4GCY-Garry opened the business meeting with the following topics

  • September 22, 2022 2:00 pm “Seniors Learning For Fun” program at WKCTC conference room.  Several operators are committed to have radio equipment available for GOTA.
  • ARRL membership application may submitted to Roger Good-Treasurer during the months of September and October so he can send to ARRL as a batch to limit paperwork
  • A reminder that the December meeting will be cancelled in lieu of the December 12, 2022 dinner meeting at Casa Mexicana 4793 Village Square Dr #1, Paducah, Kentucky
  • KB9BVL- Jeff has acquired three inexpensive handhelds. There was discussion to sell to any club members for $20 each.

A motion was made by KC4WPS­- Roger to make the radios available to new hams if needed that don’t have a radio.  The motion was amended to make KB9BVL- Jeff solely responsible for distributing the equipment as determined by need. The motion as amended was seconded by KM4LDP- Jeff.  The motion carried.

Club Treasurer Roger, KC4WPS, read the financial report to the membership.  made a motion to approve the Report as read with one correction.  A motion was made to approve the report by KM4LDP-Jeff and was seconded by W4WKN- Dave.  The motion carried.

Club Scribe KN4TIP- Michael read the Minutes of the Aug 8, 2022 meeting to the membership. KC4WPS-Roger made a motion to approve the Minutes as read and KM4LDP-Jeff 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.

Net Control Operator assignments were made, and the formal portion of the meeting was adjourned at 2037.

Sept. 18: KN4TIP-Michael

Sept. 25: KY4LDS- Frank

Oct. 2   : KN4TIP- Michael

Oct. 9   : KB9BVL- Jeff

    Submitted by KN4TIP-Michael, Club Scribe

AUGUST MEETING MINUTES

Minutes for PARA Meeting of Aug 8, 2022      

Club President Garry, KD4GCY presided and called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.

Club Scribe Michael, KN4TIP, read the Minutes of the July 11, 2022 meeting to the membership. – KM4LDP-Jeff made a motion to approve the Minutes as read and KC4DR- Don seconded the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried.

Club Treasurer Roger, KC4WPS, read the financial report to the membership.  KN4TIP-Michael made a motion to approve the Report as read and ND4X-Paul seconded.  The motion was voted on and carried.

There were 17 attendees at the meeting. Introductions were made around the room

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

  • Aug 5, 2022 Hospital test involving multiple contacts to WBH and Massac Memorial Hospital
  • KC4WPS-Roger led discussion of possibility of reinvesting current CD’s to a higher return investment
  • Review of 2022 Field Day Stats
  • Upcoming “Senior Learning For Fun” program on Ham Radio Thursday September 22, 2022 from 2-3pm – We will have a short PowerPoint program and then invite the seniors out to the patio area where we will have multiple radios setup including- a “GoBox”, Digital Mode, SSB and 2m rigs for the seniors to have a GOTA exercise.
  • KG4VKB-Logan will set up a meeting with Dr. Vanhoose to discuss the club taking over the EchoLink node.  KM4LDP -Jeff has offered to allow us to set it up at his location for easy access to the equipment.
  • A review of recent and upcoming events including:

July 30 Moonlight Bike Ride,

Weekend of Oct 15: Big Brown Truck Pull, Fort Massac Encampment,

Sept 17 Big Boy Toys,

Sept 24 BBQ on the River

  • Net Control Operator assignments were made and the formal portion of the meeting was adjourned

Aug 14: KB9BVL- Jeff

Aug 21: KN4TIP- Michael

Aug 28: KY4LDS- Frank

Sep 04: KC4WPS-Roger

Sep 11: KD4GCY- Garry

Presentations were made on:

               Spectrum Analyzer by KD4GCY- Garry

Converted Dish antenna to a 2m half-wave slot antenna by   KN4TIP-Michael                     

Adjustable voltage/and connection Wall warts by KY4LDS- Frank

JULY MEETING MINUTES

Minutes for PARA Meeting of July 11, 2022

Club President Garry, KD4GCY presided and called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m. and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.

Club Scribe Michael, KN4TIP, read the Minutes of the June 13, 2022 meeting to the membership. A date was corrected in the minutes from last month.  W4WKN- Dave made a motion to approve the Minutes as amended and KM4LDP-Jeff seconded the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried.

Club Treasurer Roger, KC4WPS, read the financial report to the membership.  KM4LDP-Jeff made a motion to approve the report as read it was seconded by KG4SRK-Dennis.  The motion was voted on and carried.

There were 20 attending the meeting.  There were four guests, KJ7CPQ- Al Lake, N4NGA- Charles Spradlin, K4LJS-Karen Spradlin, and Todd Young-KO4RKC who were introduced to the membership. Charles and Karen Spradlin were attending a CDL Truck Driving School in Paducah and made contact via the repeater listed on the interstate sign coming into town.  KD4GCY-Garry made the QSO and invited them to our meeting.

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

  • Steve Morgan- W4NHO, the state Section Manager resigned effective July 8, 2022
  • KY QSO – ND4X-Paul gave report on the recent QSO party stats. 
  • Paul also gave a report on the LoTW logbook
  • KD4GCY-Garry proposed that the Lighthouse at Grand Rivers may qualify for Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society.  We will research to see if it is included in the ARLHS World List of Lights (WLOL) and if not make application and seek to activate it.
  • Continued discussion of the purchase of the EchoLink system, improving access to the equipment, and whether it will need to be reassigned to a different call sign. We are aware that the computer will need to be replaced and other components upgraded as needed.
  • The educational program for the Seniors group is set for the fall.  We will have several stations set up for the seniors to “Get On The Air” and demonstrate some of our capabilities.  KM4LDP-Jeff will bring his “GoBox”, KN4TIP- Michael will have a 2 meter radio with SignaLink for use by the seniors. A third unit demonstrating digital modes is planned.
  • Neil reported increased activity within EM involved in amateur radio.  Emergency Management is looking to cross-train individuals from other disciplines including amateur radio operators.

Net Control Operator assignments were made, and the formal portion of the meeting was adjourned at 20:26 

KC4WPS- Roger gave a training on installation of RJ45 connectors to Cat5-E cable with demonstration of the tool to verify the connection and sequence of the cable connection.

Upcoming Net Control Operators:

July 17: KN4TIP-Michael

July 24: KC4WPS-Roger

July 31: KY4LDS-Frank

Aug 7: KM4LDP-Jeff

Submitted July 15, 2022 by KN4TIP-Michael, Club Scribe

JUNE MEETING MINUTES

Minutes for PARA Meeting of JUNE 13, 2022

Club President Garry, KD4GCY presided and called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m. and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.

Club Scribe KN4TIP- Michael, read the Minutes of the May 9, 2022 meeting to the membership.  ND4X-Paul made a motion to approve the Minutes as read and AC9OO-Ed seconded the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried.

Club Treasurer KC4WPS- Roger, read the financial report to the membership.  KN4TIP-Michael made a motion to approve the Report as read and AC9OO-Ed seconded it.  The motion was voted on and carried.

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

  • Introductions around the room of our members. There are two new Amateur Operators, KQ4AFM-Steve Rowhuff, and KQ4AFL- Kellie Rowhuff
  • Ky QSO Party and VHF  discussed by ND4X-Paul
  •  Motion made by KN4TIP-Michael for $450 petty cash for use on field day, KM4LDP-Jeff 2nd the motion and it was carried without dissent
  • June 25-26. 2022 Field Day  Assignments were made for radios, generators, coolers, food, cables, etc
  • EchoLink was discussed by group as to whether we should approach Dr. VanHoose to purchase the unit to give us better access.  Logan has discussed it briefly with him and he will consider relinquishing it.  He mentioned the computer is old and will need to be replaced.  Logan  will make a formal request of Dr. Vanhoose to see how he feels and the cost of procuring and installing it
  • New tech pool questions go into effect on July 1, 2022
  • Next meeting July 11, 2022 at WKCTCS
  • WD4OKO- Neil discussed testing of the 147 .06 repeater and reconfiguring the antennas on the tower to give us a 60′ higher receive antenna.  Initial reports are favorable to the test.
  • Net Control Operator assignments were made and the formal portion of the meeting was adjourned at 9:05pm

                June 19, 2022  KN4TIP- Michael

                June  26, 2022  KY4LDS- Frank

                 July 3, 2022   KD4GCY- Garry

                 July 10, 2022 W4WKN- Dave

JUNE 13, 2022

MAY MEETING MINUTES

Minutes for PARA Meeting of May 09, 2022

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 Scribe KN4TIP-Michael, read the Minutes of the April 11, 2022 meeting to the membership.  KM4LDP-Jeff made a motion to approve the Minutes as read and KC4WPS-Roger seconded the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried.

Club Treasurer KC4WPS-Roger, read the financial report to the membership.  KM4LDP-Jeff made a motion to approve the report as read and KC4DR-Don seconded it.  The motion was voted on and carried.

There were 21 members in attendance.

President KD4GCY-Garry led the membership in discussion on the following topics:

  • KO4ASI-Vickie Siedel promoting Health Care facilities to become more involved in Amateur Radio.  It seems to be a mandated plan by the government. We are looking forward to assisting this effort to identify amateur radios and operators within our area hospitals. She is active on the PARA repeater on Tuesdays, about 12 noon.
  • A hospital test conducted  Friday, May 6, 2022 with multiple modes used and several agencies participating.
  • The Lewis and Clark On The Air  Event June 4, 2022- June 19th,2022.  event sponsors are not responding Garry.  We will try to obtain a phone number to make contact
  • Malcolm Williams KK4RGM went Silent Key Mar 4, 2022. 
  • KY4CSN-Carson was introduced to the group.  Carson is a sophomore in high school. We heartily welcome these young amateur operators
  • The annual Armed Forces Day Crossband exercise will be on May 14, 2022  1300-2200 UTC on 60m USB  with 5 channels designated for communication. Channel 1 (5330.5KhZ) is the primary frequency  to give directions for each region.  Our region is “4”.  A 60m high power broadcast will begin at 0200UTC  with details.
  • Laura Pfleuger wishes to thank us for contribution to her selected charity on behalf of her mother who passed away.
  • K4GYD-Ron identified we have a letterhead already established  and is sending  a copy to KC4WPS-Roger
  • Princeton has a “Tailgaiter” swap meet on June 4, 2022 at the Princeton airport.  It is also the KY QSO date June 4-5,2022
  • EchoLink has been not functioning properly. We are discussing whether we should offer to purchase the system from Dr. James Vanhoose
  • Field Day- June 25, 2022. WA4ER- Mike as offered his property again for use.  We are considering KY9I- Jason using QRP at the same time, however we are looking at possible conflicts on the bands
  • WD4OKO-Neal Krinard- Deputy Director Emergency Communications spoke about new relations with the McCracken Emergency Management
  • KY4LDS- Frank brought his Radiation Meter for discussion post meeting
  • KC4DR-Don made motion to dismiss, seconded by AC9OO- Ed   Meeting closed at 2029

Net Control Operator assignments :

May 15- KN4TIP Mike

May 22- KC4WPS Roger

May 29- KY4LDS Frank

Jun 06-  KB9BVL Jeff

Jun 12- KY4CSN Carson

APRIL MEETING MINUTES

Minutes for PARA Meeting APRIL 11, 2022

Club President Garry-KD4GCY presided, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.  There were 18 members and one prospect in attendance.

Club Treasurer Roger-KC4WPS, read the financial report to the membership. KC4DR-Don made a motion to approve the report as read and KG4SRK-Dennis seconded it.  The motion was voted on and carried.

The meeting scribe Michael-KN4TIP read the Minutes of the March 14, 2022 meeting to the membership.  The motion was accepted without dissent.

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

  • New prospective Chuck Ringstaff here for Technician testing
  • Ed Pflueger’s mother in law (Laura’s mother) passed away, a private funeral with the family is planned.
  • A brief discussion of the new licensing fees- The ARRL Official Site lists under License Fees and Applications:

“The $35 application fee, when it becomes effective on April 19, will apply to new, renewal, rule waiver, and modification applications that request a new vanity call sign. The fee will be per application.”

  • Lewis and Clark On The Air Event June 4, 2022- June 19th,2022 Garry KD4GCY has made contact with the lctota.org for participation but has yet to receive information.  He will continue to follow.
  •  The KY QSO Party is scheduled for June 4-5, 2022 with rules as they were the past year
  • On Thursday, September 22, 2022 we will present a program for the “Seniors Learning for Fun” from 2:00-3:00 in the WKCTC large meeting room.

We are planning a short introduction before showing a Powerpoint presentation that ND4X-Paul has prepared with an imbedded video from the ARRL . We will then have a GOTA session with a minimum of 3 tables of equipment presenting different modes of amateur radio in the Garden area.

  • The Southeastern DX Club will be hosting a Convention, September 23-24, 2022
  • Clint Talmedge-W5CPT spoke with a GMRS friend of his to encourage him and a group to obtain amateur licenses to extend their operational capabilities through open 2m repeaters.

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

UPCOMING NET CONTROL OPERATORS:

April 17 KB9BVL- Jeff

April 24 KY4LDS- Frank

May 1   KN4TIP- Michael

May 8   KW4DI- Ken

The formal meeting was closed at 2015.

 A VE testing session was started with two testing for Extra, and one testing for Technician.

MARCH MEETING MINUTES

Club President Garry, KD4GCY presided and called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.  There were 16 members in attendance. 

A guest presenter, Tina Clark, Sr. Administrative Assistant Workforce Solutions Advisor for the “Senior Learning For Fun” said they have seniors 55+ who meet for information on a variety of subjects.  She said the seniors inquired about amateur radio. A program will be developed for a date to be determined for this fall.   A committee was formed of volunteers to formulate a presentation.  These included KD4GCY-Garry, ND4X- Paul, W4WKN-Dave, and KN4TIP- Michael. 

KD4GCY, Garry read the Minutes of the February 14, 2022, meeting to the membership.  ND4X-Paul made a motion to approve the minutes as corrected for typographical errors, and a correction to the presentation by KC4DR-Don regarding the number of satellites affected by the recent magnetic storm. KB9BVL-Jeff seconded the motion.  The motion was voted on and carried. 

Garry-KD4GCY, read the financial report to the membership. KN4TIP-Michael made a motion to approve the report as displayed and ND4X-Paul seconded it.  The motion was voted on and carried. 

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

⦁ KC4WPS-Roger is recovering from recent illness 

⦁ Upcoming Weather Spotting Classes 

BASIC (follow link below to register) 

                  Monday March 21, 2022 – 6:00 PM   

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3300815690621103630

ELITE SPOTTER TRAINING ON SITE CLASSES:(Basic is a pre-requisite) 

                 Tuesday April 19, 2022 – 6:00 pm CDT 

                 Paducah, KY: Office of Emergency Management Jack Johnston  

                Training Room 3700 Coleman Road 

               Registration is required https://forms.gle/99GgWyMuRsqp5Vt19 

⦁ Contesting updates-ARRL   MO QSO Party April 2-3, 2022 

                                                               KY QSO Party June 4-5, 2022 

           (Added by scribe for info)     TN QSO Party September 04, 2022   

                             ”                                IL QSO Party   October 16, 2022                                                   

⦁ May 14, 2022,    Armed Forces Cross-Band Exercise.  Details on ARRL website https://www.arrl.org/news/annual-armed-forces-day-cross-band-exercise-set-for-may-14

⦁ PARA Net Control Procedures Ad Hoc committee was formed with members W4WKN-Dave, KB9BVL-Jeff, and KD4GCY-Garry  

⦁ Lewis and Clark On The Air  Event June 4, 2022- June 19th,2022.  KD4GCY-Garry will contact lctota.org for participation 

⦁ McCracken County Sports Tourism Commission is working on a full (26.219 mile) Marathon race. We may be asked to assist other organizations and agencies with communications. 

⦁ KN4TIP-Michael showed the banner he had ordered from VistaPrint. 

  • Two Geomagnetic storms are predicted geomagnetic storms to hit the Earth this week because of the coronal mass ejections (CME) that erupted on the sun on March 10. NOAA issued an alert for a G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storm watch for Monday and a G1 (Minor) geomagnetic watch that is “likely” for Tuesday, March 15. 

⦁ A “Thank You” letter was proposed by KG4VKB-Logan for the use of Heartland Church for our recent meetings. 

⦁ Field Day June 25-26 weekend- see link for details: http://www.arrl.org/news/some-new-rules-going-into-effect-this-year-for-arrl-field-day  

⦁ Russia is banning vacuum tubes shipped other countries in response to US sanctions against them. 

⦁ Discussion of license testing requirement by the ARRL.  Motion made by KN4TIP- Michael to change W4NJA website under VE License Testing from: “Test sessions are given at the end of the regular PARA business meeting each month (excluding December).” to “Test sessions are by appointment.”  The motion was seconded and carried. 

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

Net Control Operators 

Mar 20- KN4TIP-Michael 

Mar 27- KY4LDS- Frank 

Apr 03-  KW4DI-Ken 

Apr-10- KB9BVL-Jeff 

A motion was made by to close the meeting by KB9BVL-Jeff, seconded by KC4DR-Don.  The meeting was closed at 2045. 

Submitted by KN4TIP-Michael, Club Scribe 

March 17, 2022      Leave a comment