Category Archives: Monthly Meeting

June Monthly Meeting

The June monthly meeting was another success with 19 in attendance with 2 guests.

Field Day is the 28th and 29th of this month.  For those not familiar with Field Day it is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators.  In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.  A great resource for Field Day can be found at the ARRL website.  For more information about W4NJA’s Field Day click on this month’s meeting minutes.

Starting this month all VE testing will be done on the EVEN numbered months directly after the monthly club meeting.  So the next testing session will be after the meeting in August.  If you are interesting in testing or upgrading please contact Bruce KS4V here.

Net control operators were set for the next 4 weeks.  To view the NCO’s please click here.

WA9WJL  asked about log submission of check ins on Sunday’s Weather Net. New info: Check in logs should
be submitted to Garry Wheatley, EC, then to Jim Brooks, KY4Z, but only when there is an actual emergency or
weather event.  On a side note, W5CPT asked about the Echolink connection to the 147.060mHz W4NJA repeater, and KG4VKB
mentioned the EM protocol says “No Echolink per RF connection”, which means connection by computer only.
PC, MAC, Android and IOS is supported.  For more information on Echolink check out there website.

We really hope to see many of you at Field Day this year.  Operators are always needed and it’s a great time to forget everything else and play radio all day.  Hope to see you all there!

73’s

Rob – KC9VFV

May Monthly Meeting

The May meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was another successful one with 23 in attendance.

Among subjects discussed was our annual Christmas dinner.  The Christmas party this year will be at Casa Mexicana on December 8th at 6 PM.  This is a nice opportunity to hang out with other hams and have a good dinner.  Don’t miss out.

Also discussed was that there will only be one more meeting before Field Day.  Ed noted we will have 4 stations operating 3A, with a GOTA station. The Icom 7200 will be the GOTA rig,  Ed’s Omni           VII for CW.  More Field Day preparation to be discussed at the June     9th PARA Club meeting.

Net control operators were set for the next 4 weeks.  To see the NCO’s go to the Net Control Operator page.

We’re still needing some “Shack” pictures for the website.  Thanks to the stations that have submitted pictures.  They all look good and we’re finally building the page nicely.  If you have pictures that you can send me email them to me here.  The “Show Us Your Shack” page can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Tristan Jones of Wickliffe, KY.  He passed his technicians class exam.  One more ham in the mix.

Big thanks to Gene – N4FZ for the help with the website updates.

Finally here is a great article from Clint – W5CPT on “How to attach a standard PL-259 to ½” Cable TV Hardline.”  This is an excellent article and a must read.  To view the article click the link below.  Thanks Clint for this presentation.

How to attach a standard PL-259 to ½” Cable TV Hardline

Until next time….73’s Rob KC9VFV

April Monthly Meeting

April’s meeting has come and gone and we had another good turnout with 23 in attendance.  Our new room in the Emerging Technology Building at WKCTC is very nice.  It’s nicely equipped with projectors and WiFi to make future presentations enjoyable.

Field Day 2014 was a big topic as usual this time of year.  Testing out the new routers for the logging programs  was discussed using Paul’s ND4X router configuration.  If you haven’t read this yet it’s a very detailed and interesting read.  You can find Paul’s article here.  We are also needing to get an idea on how many operators and helpers we’ll have this year.  If you are interested in operating at Field Day or even help setup (hang antennas, set up tables, ect…) just email one of the club officers here.  Any help is appreciated and Field Day is a lot of fun.  Just let us know what you can do.  Field Day is June 28th and 29th.

Net control operators were set for the next month.  The net meets every Sunday night at 9PM on 147.060 PL 179.9 and all amateur radio operators are invited to check in.  Net control operators are listed here.

Ed – AB4IQ gave a great demonstration of the VE7CC DX Cluster software.  A DX Cluster is in essence a “chatroom” or node into which amateur DX hunters can post information about DX either worked or heard.  For more information about cluster software or W4NJA’s cluster info click here.

We’re still needing some submissions for our “Show Us Your Shack” portion of our web page.  We only need 1 or 2 pictures submitted.  These are a really good way to get different ideas for your own shack by seeing what other hams are doing.  You can email your photos to me here.  Be sure to include your callsign in the email.

Our next PARA meeting will be May 12th at 7PM.

73’s

Rob KC9VFV

March Monthly Meeting

     Hello everybody.  The March meeting has come and gone and quite a bit was discussed Monday night.  We had a wonderful classroom to meet in, with at least 25 in attendance. Discussions included the W1AW/4 Centennial operation at Mike’s QTH, which expected to make over 3.2k contacts. Bruce, KS4V commented that on 40m, he was running 800 Watts calling them, and they still couldn’t hear him. I, N4FZ was running 500W, my vertical and had similar problems getting them to hear me. Mike commented that he had significant QRN, and a narrow beam width on receive, but his transmit signal reports were very good.  Mike mentioned he had added a capacitor/device to his coax, to reduce QRN, and time will tell if it works.  Mike said during the Centennial W1AW/4 event, he had a contact with a QRP station, running a similar  4 element 40m beam, and was also very loud, in spite of the other station’s 5 Watts of output power. “Invest in your antennas”, Mike said.

     Field Day was discussed next, with questions about the Club radio that will be used, antenna plans for this year, as well as generator availability, the EM bus’s cool air conditioning, “bring a jacket”, Mike noted, hi.  Mike has the Club computers and HF radio, and antennas which he will bring.   Ed said he will also bring his trusty Omni VII, LDG tuner and bandpass filters once again.  Paul Smith commented that there were synching issues with the station computers last Field Day, due to poor WiFi signal strength.  Chris O’Dea, KC9RZV, volunteered some WiFi equipment with 12dBi antennas, which should solve the problem.  Mike made a motion, which was accepted, to accept the WiFi equipment during FD, and that the Club would be responsible for it.  The GOTA station should have a new Op callsign, yet to be determined, and a question of whether the Op had to be a Technician Class to be eligible to man it, we will check the rules. Malcolm said he needed better lighting for the GOTA station, which I volunteered to bring him a hat light.  For FD station locations, Bill’s KY2O RV should be there, Ed commented, and that the pavilions should be available in case the RV isn’t, for backup.  Ed also said he would get there early to reserve them. Also, Clint Talmadge showed us his parasitic suppressor he had assembled, Mike explained how they work and their purpose in an amplifier.  Bruce explained “SPLIT” operation on a DXpedition or special event, like the W1AW/# Centennial.  The meeting was adjourned at about 8:10pm.

73’s
Gene – N4FZ

February Monthly Meeting

We had another really good turnout for the February meeting with 28 in attendance.  Not a bad number when it’s 10 degrees outside.

The big news of the night was the W1AW contest.  The ARRL Centennial Celebration was presented by Paul for operations on March, 5 2014 at 6 PM.  This will be held at Mike Newman’s QTH using W1AW/4 in a contest setting.  If your interested in operating please email Paul and let him know.

Another topic to keep in mind is the possibility that we might need to relocate our monthly meetings.  In the past several months we have been forced to use the student lounge at WKCTC instead of our normal room 142.  If anyone has a place they know of that could accommodate between 20-35 people, send one of the officers an email.

Show us your shack!!!  We are needing photos or video of your shack to put on the website.  If you have a few photos or video to send you can email them here or you can upload them to an online viewer (skydrive, dropbox, ect…) as long as they are set to public.  We would like to have a nice spot on the website to showcase these so please take a couple of minutes and email them to me.

The new website has a nice RSS source that you can use with your phone or tablet.  If you use any feed reader app (flipboard, feedly, ect…) you can access the feed by entering the address: https://w4nja.org/feed in the search bar.  Every post that is made will automatically show up in your reader.

Net control operators were set for February.  See the net control page for schedules.

Don’t forget that the ROMEO group (Retired Old Men Eating Out) meet every Thursday at Michael’s Pizzeria in Paducah at 11AM for lunch.  Come have lunch and meet some of the local hams.  It’s a good time.  Click here for directions to Michael’s.

We had another good night of testing with 3 upgrading to General Class and 2 upgrading to Amateur Extra.  Congratulations guys!

Club dues are due.  The club now accepts all major credit cards.  If you are interested in membership or need to pay dues contact ND4X.

73’s – Rob KC9VFV

January Monthly Meeting

Hello everyone,

Our first meeting of 2014 has come and gone and we have several changes to announce.  January is when we hold our club officer elections and we have some new names in the mix this year.  The new elected officers are:

President – Mike Newman WD4EFZ

Vice President – Ken Wontor WA9WJL

Secretary – Gene Summers N4FZ

Treasurer – Paul Smith N4DX

We had a nice turnout with 32 in attendence with several taking exams. Daniel KG4JXH upgraded to General Class tonight so congratulations Daniel.

Other topics discussed tonight were the latest on the repeater controller failure. As many have noticed the W4NJA 147.060 repeater is currently off the air. The repeater has experienced a failure that several members are working to resolve. 147.060 should be up and running soon so stay tuned.  Remember that the Sunday night net will be on the KD4DVI 147.120 repeater until our main machine is fixed so keep that in mind. PL tone for 147.120 is 179.9 also. 

US Islands Announcement: The US Islands on the air program has a new island that will be very easy to activate. The Power House Operations Center at Kentucky Dam qualifies under this award, you can drive right up to it and set up. It has a designation of KY021R.  Go to http://www.usislands.org for more information. 

2014 PARA activities: Please be thinking about any activities you would like to see the club participate in this year and let us know at the next meeting. Special events, contests, you name it just let us know. You might be surprised how many others would want to join.

We are pleased to announce that John Hudson KO4XJ has assumed the duties of Kentucky Section Emergency Coordinator effective January 1, 2014. John has served as the past president of the Paducah Amatuer Radio Association, McCracken County EC and District 1 DEC. Please continue to give John your support as he takes over this very important role.  Congrats John!

With John’s busy schedule I (Rob KC9VFV) have voluteered to take over the PARA website updates. If you have any suggestions or ideas on what you would like to see on here please let me know.

Lets make 2014 a fun one!!!

73’s

Rob – KC9VFV

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CLUB DUES ARE DUE

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