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FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING

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Paul Smith’s “Moon Bounce Array” – Two phased 22 element beams with azimuth and elevation rotation; mounted on Hazer for the tower height.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, February 11, 2019 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 23 members and guests present.  The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name and amateur call. Two came for FCC VE testing, see pictures below.

Club Business Items Discussed

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd reviewed business items from the November meeting.  Those items included:  KY QSO Party planning.  Dates for party will be June 1st and 2nd.  Secretary Cowherd requested seasonal selfie pictures to be used as a banner for future Monthly Meeting web site web page posts.  Send medium size pix to roncowherd@aol.com.
  • Treasurer Bruce Huyck reported the club’s current financial status.  He reminded us that 2019 club dues ($20) are now payable.  Bruce told us that the club treasurer position is still open for the year 2019.
  • Ed Pflueger (AB4IQ) gave us an excellent demo of the Elecraft K2 Transceiver Kit that he had recently constructed.  The radio covers 160-10 meters, 5, 10 or 15 watts.  Ed explained that he was looking for a project to do during the cold days of winter.  Also, it was a nostalgic experience that reminded him of previous Heathkit projects that he had completed in past years.  The kit is a challenge in that it is not a modular build as today’s kits offer but employ a 20 year old point- to-point construction technology.  He even wound the coils that were needed.  The K2 followed the KX1 and preceded the K3, KX3, KX2 and K3s in that order.  All of these radios enjoy excellent Sherwood ratings.  The Elecraft company has the reputation of offering superior products as well as outstanding customer support.
  • Jason Brambach (KY9I) continued the “show and tell” evening with a demo of the Flex Maestro, an SDR control interface for his 6000 series Flex  transceiver at home.   Please see:   flex maestro presentation

Net Control Operators for Late February/Early March

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

February 17             Jeff KB9BVL         11 PARA ck-ins

February 24             Jeff KB9BVL           9  PARA ck-ins

March 3                     Jason KY9I             8  PARA ck-ins

March 3                    Logan KG4VKB      9  ARES ck-ins

March  10                 Ken KW4DI            18 PARA ck-ins

New License Successes

We are happy to report that Robert Calhoun left. pic. has successfully passed the Technician class FCC exam.  Stewart Strickland (KE4RUP) rt. pic. has successfully upgraded to the General level.  Congratulations to both of you.  We cordially invite you to enjoy your new licenses and join us at future monthly meetings.

 

Remember:

  • 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 ARRL.com 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 w4nja.org.  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 7:00 to get instructions.
  • 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.

For Sale:

  • For sale by John Hudson KO4XJ:  10 element Cushcraft 2m beam  $40.
  • For Sale by Bruce Huyck KS4V:  Kenwood TS590SG HF rig with built in antenna tuner, hand microphone, fused power cord, and everything else that came new with the radio.  Two accessories are installed in the radio.  The SO-3 is a temperature controlled oscillator for frequency stability and the VGS-1 is a voice synthesizer module for recording voice messages.  Rig is in mint shape with absolutely no issues.  Asking $850.

January Monthly Meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, January 14, 2019 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 34 members and guests present.  The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name and amateur call.

Club Business Items Discussed

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd reviewed business items from the November meeting.  Also, pictures snapped at the Annual PARA Christmas Dinner held at Casa Mexicana restaurant, December 10th were projected for all to see.  The dinner replaced the December Monthly Meeting.  In addition, Secretary Cowherd presented statistics from both the 2018 club meetings and the WordPress W4NJA.org web site.  The numbers reveal that the club has steadily improved average meeting attendance, FCC exams, and Sunday night net checkins over the past 3 years.  In addition it was shown that the use of the W4NJA.org web site has also grown during the same period.  See the December Monthly Meeting web page for pictures and statistics.
  • Treasurer Bruce Huyck  reported the club’s current financial status was in good shape.  He also reminded us that 2019 club dues ($20) are now payable.
  • Dave Perry reported that ARRL is in the process of reassessing the scoring of the International Grid Contest that closed at the end of 2018.  The official announcement of final scores will be available at a later date.
  • Dave Perry gave an update on the 2018 KY QSO Party awards concerning the criteria that was used for selection of the top scoring winners.  Dave reported that soon the brass plates were to be engraved, attached to the plaques and shipped to winners.  The winners are listed on the KY QSO Party web site.
  • Following discussion of date selection for the coming 2019 QSO Party, June 1st and 2nd was approved by unanimous vote.  There was additional discussion of what we learned from the 2018 experience and how we can improve the next event.
  • PARA club officers re-elected for 2019 are:  President, Jeff Wielgos; Vice President, Ken Wontor; and Secretary, Ron Cowherd.  The Treasurer’s office is still vacant due to Bruce Huyck’s request to retire from the office.  Anyone interested in the position, please speak up.
NET CONTROL OPERATORS

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

January 20              Jeff KM4LDP.        9 ck-ins

January 27              Steve NW9W        9 ck-ins

February 3              Jeff KB9BVL          7 PARA

February 3              Logan KG4VKB     7 ARES

February  10           Ken KW4DI         11 ck-ins

Remember:

  • 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 ARRL.com 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 w4nja.org.  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 (ARES) meetings are held at 7:00 pm on 3rd Thursdays, 3700 Coleman Road EOC building in the Jack Johnston meeting room.

NOVEMBER MONTHLY MEETING

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, November 12, 2018 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 22 present.  Two came for FCC VE testing, see pictures below.

The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name and amateur call.

Club Business Items Discussed

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd reviewed the club business from the October meeting followed by Treasurer Bruce Huyck’s  report on the club’s current financial status.  Both reports were moved, seconded and approved.
  • It was announced that officers would be elected at the next regular club meeting, January 14th.  Bruce Huyck requested that he wanted to retire from the Treasure’s office.
  • President Wielgos led a discussion concerning the KY QSO Party award plaques.  It appears that some progress is being made.
  • Jeff Wielgos showed a video that was shot live as he constructed his new 100 ft. tower.  The video was followed by a spirited discussion of the do’s and don’t’s of tower erection.
  • A CW “grass roots” class for prospective CW ops is still in future plans after the holidays.  The WKCTC meeting room can be available at a time of our choosing.
  • We were reminded of the Annual PARA Christmas Dinner that will be held at Casa Mexicana restaurant 6pm, Monday, December 10th.  The dinner will replace the December Monthly Meeting.

Net Control Operators

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

November 18         Jeff KB9BVL            11 check-ins

November 25         Frank KY4LDS        13 check-ins

December  2          Roger KC4WPS        PARA 14 ch-ins

December  2          Logan KG4VKB       ARES 11 ch-ins

December  9         Ken KW4DI                11 check-ins

ARRL International Grid Contest

ARRL Leaderboard Results shows KY position and Total Grid count as of  11/12/2018.  Five club members in top 25.
1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 7802 grids;  12.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 2907 grids;  15. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 2504 grids;   17. KC4WPS Roger Good, 2369 grids;  24. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1782 grids;  26.  KO4XJ John Hudson, 1584 grids;  45. ND4X Paul Smith, 1020 grids;  48. W4WWS Steve Parmley, 941 grids;  50. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 863 grids;  55. NU4N Dave Tucker 740 grids;  69. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 565 grids;  77. N4FZ Gene Summers 488 grids;  84.  KW4DI Ken Wontor, 412 grids;  86. W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 428 grids; 99.  KJ4CO John Chandler, 346 grids;  126.  W4NJA 343 grids.

New License Successes

We are happy to report that Brian Hodge and Eric Heuneman have both successfully passed the Technician class FCC exam.  Congratulations to both of you.  We cordially invite you to enjoy your new licenses and join us at future monthly meetings.

 

Remember:

  • 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 ARRL.com 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 w4nja.org.  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.
  • The Annual PARA Christmas Dinner will be held at Casa Mexicana restaurant 6pm, Monday, December 10th.  The dinner will replace the December Monthly Meeting.
  • For Sale:

    • For sale by John Hudson KO4XJ:  10 element Cushcraft 2m beam  $40.

SEPTEMBER MONTHLY MEETING

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, September 10, 2018 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 24 present.  Three came for FCC VE testing, see pictures below.

The meeting was opened by PARA Vice President, Ken Wontor.  Ken welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name, amateur call and relate any interesting amateur radio activities that they may had in the last month.

Club Business Items Discussed

  • Treasurer Bruce Huyck reported on the club’s current financial status.
  • Secretary Ron Cowherd reviewed last month’s major discussion items including news about the CW roundtable which meets Tues. & Thurs. 8:00 pm.  Participants first meet on the 147.060 repeater to choose the 40 mtr. freq. (+ or – 7.055 or so) and order of rotation before the roundtable begins.  We are still discussing a time and meeting place for a grass-roots CW class.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Jason KY9I, discussed his experiences with CW Academy and how the practice techniques he is learning can benefit our club.
  • Kyle Walker (K4KMW) led a discussion on the KY Fusion Digital Network, which meets at 7:00 CST, on the local 147.12 MH machine.  Kyle’s discussion was followed by a 15 min, Yaesu promotional Fusion video brought in by Ken Wontor KW4DI.

Net Control Operators for Late September/Early October

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

September 16   Eric K4YUS        10 Ck-ins

September 23   Jason KY9I         15 Ck-ins

September 30   Frank KY4LDS   18 Ck-ins

October 7           Ken KW4DI        14 Ck-ins

October 7           Logan KG4VKB  10 Ck-ins ARES

ARRL International Grid Contest

ARRL Leaderboard Results shows KY position and Total Grid count as of  10/8/2018  6 club members in top 25:

1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 6648 grids;  13.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 2459 grids;  16. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 2224 grids;    18. KC4WPS Roger Good, 1957 grids;  19. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1769 grids;  24.  KO4XJ John Hudson, 1547 grids;    46. W4WWS Steve Parmley, 941 grids;  48. ND4X Paul Smith, 899 grids;  50. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 830 grids; 66. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 529 grids;  67. NU4N Dave Tucker 529 grids;  82. W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 428 grids; 83. N4FZ Gene Summers 418 grids;  84.  KW4DI Ken Wontor, 412 grids;      94. KJ4CO John Chandler, 346 grids;  96.  W4NJA 343.

Current grid contest results may be found at:  https://igc.arrl.org/leader-board.php

 New License Success

We are happy to report that Mark Wilson successfully passed the General class FCC exam.  Marton Wilson and Edward Paulk passed the Technician class exam.  Congratulations to all.  We cordially invite you to enjoy your new licenses and join us at future monthly meetings.

 

Remember:

  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.  Prospective hams in search of
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org.  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
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 8:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA 147.060 repeater at 8:00 to get instructions.

 

For Sale

  • For sale by John Hudson KO4XJ:  SDRPLAY RSP2. I bought this last fall but decided I didn’t need it.  $125 plus shipping or P/U in Paducah area.
  • Also For sale by John Hudson KO4XJ:  10 element 2m beam Cushcraft $40.

 

AUGUST MONTHLY MEETING

PARA Meeting Minutes 8/13/2018

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, August 13, 2018 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 30 present.  One came for FCC VE testing (see picture below) and three others came just to find out how to become an amateur radio operator.

The meeting was opened by PARA President Jeff Wielgos who announced that the business segment would be delayed until after the DX Engineering Skype presentation on grounding was completed.  Unfortunately due to equipment malfunctions and technical difficulties on both ends of the circuit it was decided by DX Engineering representative Bob W5OV and our club that the presentation would have to be scrubbed and rescheduled for another time.

Items Discussed and Passed

  • Club Treasurer Bruce Huyck announced that Secretary Cowherd would be reimbursed $30 for the yearly No Ad fee to WordPress.
  • Dave Perry and Paul Smith reported that there was nothing to report about the KY QSO Party awards, other than certificates and plaques were being prepared as previously planned.
  • President Jeff Wielgos related that the FCC has banned the sale of the popular Baofeng portable transceivers.  It appears that amateurs that have already purchased the radio may continue using them on the designated ham bands.
  • Jason Brambach (KY9I) and Ron Cowherd (K4GYD) led a discussion on a proposed CW round table for those who would like to have practical on-the-air sending and receiving experience.  At the close of the meeting nine club members gave their names, interests and present receiving and sending WPM abilities.  It has been suggested that those who would like to participate should meet on W4NJA repeater Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8:00 to get instructions (freq. and order of rotation, etc.) for the session to follow.  This endeavor is a work-in-progress and suggestions are welcome.

Net Control Operators for Late August/Early September

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

August 19          Jeff KB9BVL     14 chk-ins

August 26          Jeff KM4LDP      9 chk-ins

September 2     Frank KY4LDS  15 PARA

September 2      Logan KG4VKB 11 ARES

September 9       Frank KY4LDS   14 chk-ins

ARRL International Grid Contest

ARRL Leaderboard Results shows KY position and Total Grid count as of  9/10/2018  6 club members in top 25.                                                                  

1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 5788 grids;  12.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 2299 grids;  16. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 1900 grids;    18. KC4WPS Roger Good, 1856 grids;  19. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1762 grids;  23.  KO4XJ John Hudson, 1473 grids;    43. W4WWS  Steve Parmley, 808 grids;  51. ND4X Paul Smith, 756 grids;  52. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 724 grids;  64. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 529 grids;  75. W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 428 grids; 80. N4FZ Gene Summers 418 grids;  81.  KW4DI Ken Wontor, 412 grids;  83. NU4N Dave Tucker 396 grids;    92. KJ4CO John Chandler, 346 grids;  93.  W4NJA 343.

Current grid contest results may be found at:  https://igc.arrl.org/leader-board.php

New License Success

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We are happy to report that Mark Wilson successfully passed the Technician class FCC exam.  Congratulations Mark.  We cordially invite you to enjoy your new license and join us at future monthly meetings.

 

 

 

Remember:

  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.  Prospective hams in search of
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org.  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
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 8:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Meet on W4NJA repeater at 8:00 to get instructions.
  • 2018 Field Day Photos

 

JULY MONTHLY MEETING

PARA Meeting Minutes 7/9/2018

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, JULY 9, 2018 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 18 present.  No one came for FCC VE testing.

The meeting was opened by PARA Vice President, Ken Wontor.  Ken welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name, amateur call and relate any interesting amateur radio activities that we may had in the last month.

Items Discussed and Passed

  • 2018 Field Day Photos were viewed via the very convenient overhead projector and screen.  All photos were made by Ken Wontor and Ron Cowherd.  Anyone that may have taken FD pictures are welcome to send them to roncowherd@comcast.net.  They will be added to the 2018 FD page.
  • The Treasurer’s report was given by Ken Wontor in absence of Bruce Huyck who was absent.  Ron Cowherd gave the Secretary’s report which was followed by a motion to accept the two reports, seconded and passed.
  • A motion was made to authorize Ed Pflueger to purchase 2 DX Engineering 4-1 baluns (approx. $190 ea.) for the next year’s Field Day RTTY and SSB stations.  The motion was seconded and passed.
  • Field Day score summary:  QSOs: CW 793; Digital 36; phone 817.  Total Points:  CW 1586; Digital 73; Phone 817.  Total Score = 4,950.
  • Dave Perry discussed KY QSO Party award details.  Decisions about plaques and certificates awards were discussed but not finalized at this time.  Shane Martin, with graphics training, volunteered to create the certificates.  Additional information will  be available at http://www.kyqsoparty.org

Net Control Operators for Late July/Early August

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

July    15             Garry KD4GCY     12 PARA – 13 ARES

July    22             Frank KY4LDS      14 ck-ins

July    29             Frank KY4LDS        9 ck-ins

August  5            Logan KG4VKB

August 12         Frank KY4LDS         10 ck-ins

ARRL International Grid Contest

(ARRL Leaderboard Results shows Ky position and Total Grid count as of  8/13/2018)  5 club members in top 25.                                                                  

1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 5171 grids;  12.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 2224 grids;  15. KC4WPS Roger Good, 1767 grids;  17. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1717 grids;  19. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 1608 grids;  22.  KO4XJ John Hudson, 1393 grids;    33. W4WWS  Steve Parmley, 941 grids;  48. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 683 grids;  50. ND4X Paul Smith, 668 grids;  62. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 527 grids;  72. W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 428 grids; 75. N4FZ Gene Summers 416 grids;  76.  KW4DI Ken Wontor, 412 grids;  80. NU4N Dave Tucker 396 grids;    85. KJ4CO John Chandler, 346 grids;  86.  W4NJA 343.

Current grid contest results may be found at:  https://igc.arrl.org/leader-board.php

Remember:

  • The August PARA meeting will feature a special Skype presentation on grounding by DX Engineering.  This will be the 3rd time for the very informative live event.  We need a good attendance for this meeting because the speaker will be able to see us.
  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm, each month except December.
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org.  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
  • 2018 Field Day Photos
  • PARA membership fees ($10 pro-rated at this time) payable at a future meeting.

 

JUNE MONTHLY MEETING

PARA Meeting Minutes 6/11/2018

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, June 11, 2018 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 21 present.

The meeting was opened by Club Treasurer Bruce Huyck.  Bruce welcome and asked each attendee around the room to give their name, and amateur call.

Items Discussed and Passed

The business portion of the meeting was as follows:

  • Ron Cowherd gave the Secretary’s report followed by the Treasurer’s report by Bruce Huyck.  A motion was made to accept the two reports, seconded and passed.
  • Paul Smith reported on W4NJA’s 2018 KY QSO Party success.  So far, 119 logs have been submitted, 21 operators out of 120 KY counties sent in logs.  McCracken, Anderson and and Hopkins had multiple stations (2 ea.)  There were hams from 38 ARRL Sections including Canada.  There were 130 logs submitted to LOTW which puts W4NJA at position 17,855 overall and number 136 in KY.  Paul passed out 11 page handout of data that showed W4NJA 180,720 points earned for the event, 598 QSOs, with 204 multipliers.  Total score, so far, is 1,026,000 points for our QSO Party exceeding any total scores in the past 10 years.
  • Dave Perry thanked everyone who participated in the QSO Party.  In addition, he asked what was learned by those who participated that may have been new to contesting or as a rover/portable operator.  It was agreed that we should make a list of what to do or what not to do in order to tweek next year’s planning.  Dave stressed setting goals for next year by besting this year’s numbers.  He suggested that we should think in terms of how we can increase the benefits for Kentucky by encouraging more KY hams and people around the world to participate in our contest.
  • Mike Newman announced that he was rebuilding his storage facility where PARA paraphernalia (antennas, computers, etc.) has been left.  Dave Perry offered a room at his remote station for the equipment.
  • Bruce Huyck gave an extensive overview of Field Day plans.

Net Control Operators for Late June/Early July

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

June 17              Frank KY4LDS      14 check-ins

June 24              Jeff  KM4LDP         12 check-ins

July    1              Eric K4YUS             12 PARA, 10 ARES

July    8               Logan KG4VKB     13 check-ins

ARRL International Grid Contest

(ARRL Leaderboard Results shows Ky position and Total Grid count as of  7/9/2018)  6 club members in top 25.                                                                  

1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 4253 grids;  10.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 2032 grids;  15. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1370 grids;  17. KC4WPS Roger Good, 1470 grids;  21.  KO4XJ John Hudson, 1199 grids;  23. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 1152 grids;  33. W4WWS  Steve Parmley, 941 grids;  48. ND4X Paul Smith, 547 grids;  54. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 504 grids;  55. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 500 grids;  64. W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 428 grids;              68. KW4DI Ken Wontor, 412 grids;  71. NU4N Dave Tucker 396 grids;  77. N4FZ Gene Summers 366 grids;  78. KJ4CO John Chandler, 346 grids;  79.  W4NJA 337.

Current grid contest results may be found at:  https://igc.arrl.org/leader-board.php

New License and Upgrade Success

We are happy to report that Vardie Gene Bunch successfully upgraded to the General class FCC license.  Congratulations Gene.  We cordially invite you to enjoy your new license status and join us at future monthly meetings.

Gene Bunch
Gene Bunch-New General

Remember:

  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm of each month except December.
  • New License and upgrades exams are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org.  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
  • 2018 Field Day Photos
  •  PARA membership fees ($10 pro-rated) payable at a future meeting.