Category Archives: Monthly Meeting

May Monthly Meeting

Monday, May 11th was our latest monthly meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association with another good turnout of 19 hams.

Field Day 2015 was the main topic.  At the present time we’re thinking of having 2 stations operating instead of the usual 3 stations.  We’ll have one more meeting on June 8th to finalize all Field Day plans.  For those who have never been to Field Day the objective is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2.  Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2015 is June 27-28.  We are always in need of operators for this event.  If you are interested in operating please contact one of the club officers and let them know.  Even if you don’t want to operate stop by and see what it’s all about.

President Ken KW4DI got in touch with the right people and got approved 2 new highway signs with the club’s repeater information on them.  The picture below gives you an idea of what the sign will look like.

repeater

The Dayton Hamvention is May 15 through the 17th in Dayton, Ohio.  This is the biggest ham radio related event of the year.  If you’ve never been it’s worth it for sure. For directions to the event click here.

Net Control Operators have been set for the next month.  To view the NCO’s click here.

The new club shirts are in and they look really good.  You can still order a club shirt if you are interested.  The price is $22 unless you supply your own shirt and the price is a little less.  If your interested in the club shirts contact Ken KW4DI and he’ll get you the information. Below are some examples of the new shirts.

Ken and Jeff Malcom

That’s all for now.  Get on the radio!  73’s.

Rob KC9VFV

March/April Monthly Meetings

The April meeting was another success with 20 in attendance.

Among topics discussed were the Dayton Hamvention coming up May 15th through the 17th.  Dayton is probably the biggest ham radio event of the year.  For more information visit the Hamvention.org website.

The Princeton Hamfest will be June 6th.

Field Day 2015 was also discussed.  Only 3 stations will be operating this year instead of the usual 4.  Also, we are in need of CW operators this year.  Anyone interested in operating Field Day this year please contact a club officer.

Net control operators were set for April/May.  To view the NCO’s click here.

At the March Meeting we had a nice presentation from Dave Perry N4QS about his recent trip to Kuwait to operate in the CQ World-Wide CW contest with the VooDoo Contest team.  View the video below.

Finally, condolences to the family of Bud Jenkins WF5B who passed away Monday, March 30.  The following was written by Paul ND4X about Bud and is a nice tribute:

It is with a very sad heart that I am writing this.  Bud Jenkins, WF5B, passed away Monday morning (March 30, 2015) at 4:14 AM.

 Please check the newspaper for arrangements, but right now I understand that visitation will be at10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Paducah, KY at Lindsey Funeral Home.  Burial will follow later in the day at the military cemetery in Hopkinsville, KY, with full military honors.

 Many of us have known Bud for – not years – but for decades.  Bud was the type of friend, that no matter what you needed help with, he was the first to show up, and the last to leave.  He was always ready to help, no matter what, where or when – freezing cold or blazing hot – wet or dry.

 Many of us have seen Bud put on a climbing belt and ascend where no one else would even dare. If you needed a tower put up, or an antenna replaced, Bud was always there. 

 Bud always had a great station.  A couple of his favorite ham stories are about the time several of us operated the PA QSO Party from his station.  Our score was so good the PA contest committee decided that we must have been an in-state station instead of an out-of-state submission, and rejected our out-of-state submission.  True story, I swear.

Another time the Navy could not contact one of their ships afloat.  Several hours had passed since they were supposed to check in with the fleet, and people were becoming concerned.  Bud was in Navy MARS at the time, and they asked him if he would try to contact the missing ship.  Yep, you know it, Bud was able to contact the ship and relay the status back to the Navy communications team.  If you ever saw Bud’s tower and antenna system before the ice storm did its damage, you would understand how he could reach out and touch someone.

 I started to put “Silent Key” in the subject line, but for those of you who knew Bud, you will understand.  Some of us remember the time Bud almost caused a small riot at Dayton when we realized we were on a bus of CW QRP fans riding from the motel to the arena.  You could always count on having a great time when you were with him. 

 Bud’s passing is truly a great loss for everyone that knew him.  Bud will be missed.

 73’s

 Paul – ND4X

Until next time…. 73’s and GET ON THE RADIO!!

Rob KC9VFV

February Monthly Meeting

The February 2015 meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association has come and gone with another good turnout of 24 attendees.  Remember the club meets the 2nd Monday of every month at the Emerging Technology Center Building of the West Kentucky Community and Technical College.  We meet at 7 PM in room 140.

There are a couple of good hamfests coming up.  The fourth annual Princeton Hamfest is June 6th, 2015 at the Fire Training Center in Princeton, KY.  For more information click the image below.

Princeton Hamfest

Another good hamfest coming up is the 2015 “Ides of March” hamfest at the Tennessee National Guard Armory in Union City, Tennessee.  For more information click the image below.

2015 Hamfest Flyer

Net Control Operators have been set for the next 4 weeks.  To view the NCO’s click here.

Bruce KS4V gave a great presentation on the use of Anderson Power Poles.  For more information on Power Poles watch the video below or visit the Powerwerks website.

73’s

Rob KC9VFV

January Monthly Meeting

The first meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association for 2015 was this past Monday and like every first meeting of the new year the top priority is the election of new officers.  The 2015 PARA officers are:

President –  Ken Wontor KW4DI

Vice President – Mike Newman  WD4EFZ

Treasurer – Paul Smith ND4X

Secretary – Jeff Wielgos KB9BVL

Among topics discussed were the club insurance for this year is due.  The $260 amount was approved.  Jim Rudd reminded us of the “No Tobacco” policy for the entire campus.  Ken showed several video clips on the Fox Hole Radio and the use of an antenna tuner.  Mike Newman added that the tuner didn’t actually change the characteristics of the antenna but made it match what the transceiver wanted to see.  He also cautioned putting too much power into a severe mismatch could create a fire situation, IE max smoke.

Net control operators have been set for the next month.  To view the NCO’s click here.

Club dues for 2015 are also due at this time.  The dues are $20/year, or $25/year for all members of a family living at the same address.

Congratulations to our new officers and we look forward to a fun and exciting year in amateur radio.  Until next time….

73’s

Rob – KC9VFV

November Monthly Meeting

Well another year is almost gone and our turnout for the last regular club meeting of 2014 was pretty good at 23 attendees.  A reminder that the December 8th meeting will actually be the PARA Christmas Party.  The dinner will be held at Casa Mexican in Paducah at 6 PM.  The next regular club meeting will be January 12th.

Among topics discussed at the meeting were selecting volunteers to be on the officers selection committee.  Jerry Foland WA4TTL and Fred Carter AI4EY volunteered for the job.

Paul Smith requested a By-Law change in the mode to contact members. In the past it said members would be notified by mail and due to the advances in technology was suggested to say Email.  It was voted on and passed.

Bruce KS4V said he had a Mirage 10W in 80W out 2 meter amplifier that belonged to the club.  He suggested selling it for a donation to the club.  No response at this time.  Contact Bruce if you are interested.

Daniel KG4JXH reminded of us of to meet on the 147.060 PL 179.9 repeater on Thursday nights @ 9:00 pm (03:00 UTC) for a roundtable net.

Net Control Operators have been set all the way to January 11 because of the holidays.  To view the NCO’s click here.

We still need more submissions for our “Show Us Your Shack” page.  Email me a couple of pictures of your shack so we can add it to the website.  Be sure and include your call sign.

Congratulations to the 3 who tested and passed exams Monday night.  Our own Ken Wontor WA9WJL upgraded to Extra Class.  Way to go Ken!

Finally, Ken WA9WJL gave a presentation on End Fed Zepp Antennas and the theory behind it.  To view the video click here or watch the clip below.

Until next time….73’s

Rob KC9VFV

October Monthly Meeting

     We had 15 brave Amateurs in attendance last night HI, a good but lower number, due to the stormy weather. Two guests were with us, with three people testing, all passed. Ken Krahl, KM4DTS passed his General Class, Benjamin Selph passed his General Class test, Joe Grimes passed the Technician Class as well. Congratulations guys!
     Monday’s weather was just a reminder of the need for more participation in the Sunday night at 9 pm, Purchase Area Emergency Weather and Traffic Net, PAEWTN. The weather in recent years has been extreme at times, and Amateur Radio is a powerful resource that has over the last 100 years, stepped in during times of emergencies and disasters. One member, Frank, KY4LDS suggested adding a “Check Box” in the sign in sheet to indicate participation in the PAEWTN net. The motion passed, and in the future, we can put a number in the box, to indicate our efforts to help in times of emergencies. Weather Spotting is one way to help our fellow man, and the training is available to those interested.
     Net Control operators have been set for the next four weeks.  To view the NCO’s click here.
     Ken’s WA9WJL,” VSWR Explained” video is here:  
     Mike Newman mentioned Club officer’s positions for 2015, will be discussed at the next meeting. Those interested in serving their Club, should consider these positions. Plus, it’s fun to give back to such a great hobby as Amateur Radio! The Christmas Dinner will be held at Casa Mexicana, December 8 at 6pm. Bring your appetites for some great Mexican food.   Gene N4FZ

September Monthly Meeting

     We had a full house last night at the PARA meeting, with 23 in attendance, a fine looking bunch, HI. PARA President Mike Newman mentioned that the NWS Open House is coming up in two weeks, The NWS Open House website link is: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=pah&storyid=103700&source=0 . Looks like a great opportunity for Amateurs and the Community to rub elbows, and learn about our regional NWS site, near Barkley Regional Airport. Jeff Weilgos, KB9BVL is a contact person for more information on volunteering for the event.
     George Lankton, W4TPC, has some radio equipment, an Icom IC706MKII HF transceiver, a Mosley HF beam antenna and 45′ crank up tower for sale. Give George a call if you are interested in any those items.
     Several computer programs were discussed at the meeting last night, including the VE7CC Cluster program, which Ed Pflueger, AB4IQ, and other Club members have set up as a local “node”, W4NJA-1. This allows our Club members and others to connect to the VE7CC-1 node, and several others, which link together. These connections allow local DXers to be able to spot any stations heard from exotic locations, worldwide. Also, Ed has tied his DXbase2007 program into the local node, in order to process any spots which include DX entities he  made need for DXCC awards.
     Ron Cowherd, K4GYD, Discussed the six meter band, and that it was a new band for him to be able to operate on. Ron has found a good website, DXMaps2.6,http://www.dxmaps.com/spots/map.php?Map=NA   which shows propagation and spots on all the amateur bands, six meters included. This site is a great resource for DXers and those interested in propagation.
     Ken Wontor, WA9WJL, found some real gems once again, including; “Windom antenna build”, by W1GV, which describes the theory behind the Windom antenna. link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PbOfZYzCUE . Also, “Shortwave Radio from WWII, “Voice of Victory, part 2, 1944″, Hallicrafter’s SCR-299 HT-4 transmitter”. link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TURd_XVpwvk .
     We have five new Purchase Area Emergency Weather and Traffic Net, net controls for the month of September through October 12. To view the NCO’s click here. Be sure to mark you calenders for the next PARA Club meeting is October 13. See you there, 73.
Gene, N4FZ