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March Monthly Meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, March 9, 2020 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 21 members and guests present.  The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos KB9BVL.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name and amateur call.

Club Business Items

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd read the minutes from the February meeting.   A motion to accept minutes was made, seconded and passed.
  • Treasurer Roger Good brought us up to date with the club’s finances.  Roger reported that he had talked with the Paducah Parks administrator and was told that nothing had changed from previous years concerning insurance requirements.  Roger reviewed our liability insurance with Beth Gupton.  Roger announced that the W4NJA domain fee had been paid.  He also ordered new checks with updated treasurers name.  Jeff called for the motion to approve the Treasures report which was subsequently moved, seconded and passed.
  • President Jeff Wielgos told us about the present condition of the 06 repeater. The power supply had failed a couple of times in the past week.  After finding that a simple reset did not permanently solve the problem, Jeff replaced the supply with one of his own until new supply could be obtained.  Jerome Mansfield told Jeff that McCracken Co. Emergency Services had budgeted funds that would be available to replace the supply later in the summer.
  • There was further discussion of the selection of a club polo shirt.  Jeff is taking care of communication with a dealer.  There was discussion about obtaining the Field Day Permit from Paducah Parks.

Demonstration

President Jeff gave us an in-depth synopsis of the recent KY/TN tornado outbreak.  Jeff had a good bit of data from the Paducah National Weather Service where his wife, a registered meteorologist, is employed.  He reviewed the path of the cold front with pictures and data about each tornado outbreak that occurred along the way.  Radar snapshots and computer data was exhibited showing the moment that damage was happening.  The big one was on the ground for 53 miles through the Nashville area and continued East to Putnam County.  It was estimated to be a F4 tornado with winds reaching speeds up to 175 mph killing 25 people, most of which were in their beds asleep at 1:30 in the morning.  Jeff projected vivid photos of the damage which leveled structures leaving only foundations.   The conditions and results thereof were considered to be very unusual and will probably serve as a case study for meteorologists in the future.  All in all, this was reminder of what can happen, perhaps in our own backyard, further emphasizing the need for us to be prepared.  Everyone agreed that Jeff’s timely presentation was outstanding.  Thanks Jeff.

NET CONTROL OPERATORS

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

March 15         Dave W4KN – 22 PARA ck-ins  (new record)

March 22         Jeff KB9BVL – 15 PARA Ck-ins, (Metro. & Pad.)

March 28         Frank KY4LDS – Emergency WX net 45 ck-ins

March 29         Roger KC9WPS – 13 PARA ck-ins

April 5              Frank KY4LDS

April 12            Jeff KB9BVL

February Monthly Meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, February 10, 2020 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 26 members and guests present.  Five came for FCC VE testing.  (See results below) The meeting was opened by PARA President, Jeff Wielgos KB9BVL.  Jeff welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name and amateur call.

Club Business Items

  • Secretary Ron Cowherd read the minutes from the January meeting.   A motion to accept minutes was made, seconded and passed.
  • Treasurer Roger Good brought us up to date with the club’s finances.  Roger asked us to OK the payment of $250 for Field Day liability insurance.  It was further brought to our attention that our Field Day liability insurance may have not been reviewed in several years.  President Wielgos suggested a motion to check with City Hall to see if our policy still meets city standards for such event and, if not, our policy be upgraded to meet current regulations.  Mike Newman suggested that if the cost of upgrading was too much, we could change the location to another site off city property.  There was much discussion about the pros and cons of moving to another location.  Roger will look into city park use requirements.  A motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made, sec.  seconded and passed.
  • Jeff announced the PARA Vice President office was open and asked for any nominations or anyone that would volunteer to be considered for the position.  Mike Newman finally volunteered and subsequently a motion was made, passed and voted to select Mike for the position.
  • It was suggested that a letter of thanks be sent to Kevin O’Neill who oversees the use of the Emerging Technology Center building.  A letter has been mailed.
  • Regarding the KYQSO Party, Paul Smith stated that all the logging program people have been notified that there are no changes this year, all the contest calendar people have been notified of the new date, the webpage changes have been made, so right now we are pretty much on auto pilot.  We need to find out if any other clubs would like to operate a bonus station so we can get them listed.  It was also suggested we try to encourage more stations to become bonus stations since we only had two last year.
  • It was discussed that we look into PARA logo polo shirts for the club.

NET CONTROL OPERATORS

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

February 16     Jeff KB9BVL       19 PARA  ck-ins

February 23     W4NJA repeater inoperative.  No count avail.

March 1            Roger KC9WPS  16 PARA ck-ins on .120 repeater

March 1            Logan KG4VKB  9 ARES ck-ins on .120 repeater

March 8            Jeff KB9BVL      18 PARA  ck-ins

New License Successes

We are happy to report that (pictured L to R) Ronnie Stone and Justin King passed the Technician Exam.  Shane Martin and Christopher Jenson passed both the General. Christopher Jenson also passed the Extra.  Congratulations to all.  We cordially invite all of 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 upgrade exams are offered 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 meetings are held at 7:00 pm on 3rd Thursdays, 3700 Coleman Road EOC building in the Jack Johnston meeting room.
  • Metropolis net  Thursdays 8:15, 146.655 PL179.9, 147.225 is old repeater freq.
  • Draffenville net Wednesdays 9:00 145.390 PL118.8

 

OCTOBER MONTHLY MEETING

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The “PARA Lunch Bunch” at Lone Oak Back Yard Burgers. (about 11:30 am, Mondays) Join us!

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, October 14, 2019 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 18 members and guests present.  No one came for FCC VE testing.  The meeting was opened by PARA Vice President, Ken Wontor KW4DI.  Ken welcomed us and asked each attendee around the room to give their name, amateur call and tell of their amateur radio activities since the last meeting.  Paul Smith brought to our attention that we should recognize Charlie Richey’s outstanding hard work and leadership with the growth of amateur radio in Metropolis.  A big round of applause from PARA was given.

Club Business Items

  • Ron Cowherd gave the Secretary’s Report, It was moved, seconded and voted to accept the Secretary’s  minutes.
  • Roger Good, announced that there were $0.00 expenditures and $500 in new revenue since last report which allowed us to fully pay for the new KYQSO plaques.  Roger suggested that our $500 12 month CD is scheduled to mature November 11th.  He suggested that we add an additional $500 to the CD and reinvest for 16 months.  That would leave us with $1,600 cash for club activities.  We were reminded that club membership dues are coming up January 1st that will bring in additional revenue.  After a short discussion, it was  moved and second to accept Roger’s suggestion followed by a vote to accept the Treasurer’s Report. 
  • Garry Wheatley told us that the Paducah National Weather Service has a new director.  The new director has commented that he wants to expand the use of amateur radio volunteer resources to improve instantaneous feedback between the NWS and more remote sites during severe weather.  After a lengthy discussion a motion was made for Garry to serve as liaison between PARA and the Paducah NWS.

Ken closed meeting with the following useful info:   Repeater Maps – an app to give repeater location data as you travel.  Google Play Store version 19.10.11  Repeater Book

Internet Youtube:  Antenna Radio Prepper Explaines charts with random wire lengths that do work.   https://udel.edu~mm/ham/randomWire/    or do not work.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zF7bDoqkG4

QRP GUYS WEB Page  Go to devices DSB   qrpguys.com  Go to devices  Qrpguys 40 30 20 DSB Digital Transceiver Kit $40     https://qrpguys.com/digital-transceiver

Net Control Operators

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

October 20        Steve NW9W     17 PARA Ck-ins

October 27        Frank KY4LDS   18 PARA Ck-ins

November 3      Roger KC4WPS  13 PARA Ck-ins

November 3      Logan KG4VKB  11 ARES Ck-ins

November 10    Ken KW4DI        14 PARA 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 upgrade exams are offered 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.
  • 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.
  • CW round table for on-the-air operating practice, 6:30 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.
  • Metropolis net  Thursdays 8:15, 146.655 PL179.9, 147.225 is old repeater freq.
  • Draffenville net Wednesdays 9:00 145.390 PL118.8

 

December Happenings 2018

The annual PARA Christmas Dinner was celebrated Monday, December 10, 2018 at Casa Mexicana Restaurant on Village Square Drive in Paducah.  The special occasion has traditionally convened in lieu of a formal December club meeting.  Snapshots of the approximately 26 members and guests in attendance enjoying excellent food and spirited conversation are shown below:  (click on image for slide show)

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ARRL International Grid Contest

ARRL Leaderboard Results shows KY position and Total Grid count as of  1/12/2019.  Five club members in top 25.
1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 8995 grids;  12.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 3201 grids;  17. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 2811 grids;   20. KC4WPS Roger Good, 2176 grids; 25. ND4X Paul Smith, 1754 grids;  28. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1566 grids;  31.  KO4XJ 1508 grids; 48. AB4IQ Ed Pflueger, 863 grids; 55. NU4N Dave Tucker 740 grids;  56. W4WWS Steve Parmley, 806 grids;   68. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 638 grids;  89. N4FZ Gene Summers 437 grids;      101.  W4NJA 344 grids. 105.  KJ4CO John Chandler, 319 grids;  115.KW4DI Ken Wontor, 274 grids;  119.  W4KU, Wallace Shankle, 251 grids.

PARA Net Controls (late December/early January)

December 16         Ron K4GYD               14 check-ins

December 23         Jason KY9I                  9 check-ins

December 30        Frank KY4LDS            9 check-ins

January 6              Steve NW9W             PARA 10 check-ins

January 6              Logan KG4VKB          ARES 8 check-ins

January 13           Ken KW4DI                 PARA 17 check-ins

PARA 2018 Statistics

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para stats 2014-2019

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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.

OCTOBER MONTHLY MEETING

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, October 08, 2018 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 23 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

  • Treasurer Bruce Huyck reported on the club’s current financial status followed by the Secretary’s report.  Both reports were moved, seconded and approved.
  • Ken Wontor announced that he had spoken with the director of the Emerging Technologies Center and found that our  meeting room, #104, or another room could be used  for the “grass-roots” CW class.  We should choose the date and time and let him know.  Prospective participants should tune in to the PARA CW roundtable which meets Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 7:00 pm on the W4NJA 147.060 repeater for info concerning the day and time of the new class.
  • Quite a bit of time was spent discussing the fact that apparently the KYQSO Party plaque awards construction and shipping had not been finished.  It was not clear who was was in charge of the final construction of the plaques regarding use of engraving or brass plate attachment.  It was felt that the slowness of this presentation would subtract from the overall success of the event.
  • The question was asked about a date and place for the PARA annual Christmas dinner.  Ed Pflueger will check with Casa Mexicana to see if the reservation was made last year and if not make the reservation for this year’s date:  Monday, December 10th.
  • It was announced that a Mayfield group had put 3 new repeaters on the air:  frequency 441.875, +179.9, analog or Fusion digital; 145.110 -179.9, analog or Fusion digital and 224.820, -179.9, analog only.

Net Control Operators for Late October/Early November

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

October 14             Jeff KB9BVL      11 chk-ins

October 21             Roger KC4WPS 11 chk-ins

October 28             Frank KY4LDS    9 chk-ins

November 4           Jeff KM4LDP     12 PARA chk-ins

                                        Logan KG4VKB   9 ARES chk-ins

November 11        Ken KW4DI         11 chk-ins

ARRL International Grid Contest

ARRL Leaderboard Results shows KY position and Total Grid count as of  11/12/2018  6 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;       94. 99.  KJ4CO John Chandler, 346 grids;  126.  W4NJA 343 grids.

New License Successes

We are happy to report that Glenn “Butch” Durrett and Carol Brown 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.
  • 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.

MARCH MONTHLY MEETING

March 2018PARA Meeting Minutes 3/12/2018

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held  Monday, March 12, 2018 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 28 present, including 4 FCC Amateur License examinees.

The meeting was opened by Club President, Jeff Wielgos.  The usual order of business was altered this night due to a special Skype presentation presented by DX Engineering.

Skype Presentation

Cory Gibson (W3CDG) from DX Engineering, Akron Ohio, gave a SKYPE presentation of  “A Practical NVIS Antenna for Emergency or Temporary Communications.”  Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) is a propagation mode which uses high angle radiation to send signals almost straight up to be reflected back to Earth for very effective short to medium distance communications. This mode of operation makes it ideal for in-state communications during disasters or other emergency situations. The military has used NVIS techniques for decades to provide short haul communication with other units on the ground.  Click WP-NVIS-Rev3 for a PDF file giving theory behind the design and construction of the antenna.

Items Discussed and Passed

Due to the meeting agenda’s unusually large number of items to be covered, the customary Secretary and Treasurer’s reports were not given.  The business portion of the meeting was as follows:

  • Dave Perry (N4QS) reviewed the details of PARA’s February meeting decision to sponsor the 2018 KY QSO Party.  For the discussion and proceedings leading to the passing of the motion see an outline in the February Monthly Meeting.
  • Dave continued this night’s meeting by leading further discussion of the QSO Party responsibilities.  Discussion points: (1) W4NJA is becoming known as one of the outstanding clubs in KY. (2) importance of getting other clubs involved.  (3) discuss and vote on official change of date from November to June. (4)  discuss negative and positive reactions to change of date. (5) motion to change date to June was moved, seconded and approved. (6) need to design a plaque (7) resolve conflict with the Princeton Ham Fest. (7) rover operations in as many counties as possible. (8) suggested rover teams. (9) N1MM software training session (10) importance of club member participation by just getting on the air. (11)  motion made, seconded and approved to make 3-2-1 power multiplier classifications.

Net Control Operators for Late March/Early April

March 18       Logan KG4VKB      10 check-ins

March 25       Frank  KY4LDS       15 check-ins

April 1            Greg  KY4A 10 PARA ck-ins; Logan 10 ARES

April 3 (tornado warning) Dave Dewey 13 check-ins, Don Fuller, Garry Wheatley 15 ck-ins @ WX Station.

April 8             Ken  KW4DI          10 check-ins

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

ARRL International Grid Contest

(ARRL Leaderboard Results shows Ky position and Total Grid count as of  4/9/2018)  6 club members in top 25 and 11 in top 50.                                                                  

1.  N4QS Dave Perry, 2740 grids, 42/day;  10.  AI4EY Fred Carter, 1235 grids, 17/day;  13. K4GYD Ron Cowherd, 1020 grids, 14 day;  18. KO4XJ John Hudson, 894 grids, 13/day;  20W4WWS  Steve Parmley, 785 grids, 10/day;   23. KS4V Bruce Huyck, 663 grids, 10/day; 36. KB9BVL Jeff Wielgos, 479 grids, 6/day; 40. AB4IQ, Ed Pflueger, 364 grids, 4/day; 46. KJ4CO John Chandler, 323 grids, 5/day; 47. KC4WPS Roger Good, 320 grids, 7/day; 49. KW4DI Ken Wontor, 311 grids, 4/day.

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

Kentucky QSO Party News

The PARA Kentucky QSO Party web site, kyqsoparty.org  is now up and running, thanks to Paul Smith.  Please check the Side Bar link often for latest news.

New License and Upgrade Successes

We are happy to report that four individuals successfully passed their FCC Amateur Radio license exams at the close of the March meeting.  Results are:  Kevin Hawkins and Gene Bunch became new Technicians.  Roger Good and Bruce Hesley became new Generals.  Congratulations to all.

 

 

    Remember:

  • PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm of each month except December.
  • New License and upgrades are offered at the close of each meeting night throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at w4nja.org.  For info click at the top of the page on 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
  • KY QSO Party sponsored by PARA W4NJA, June 2nd, 2018
  • Field Day, Keilor Park, Paducah, June
  •  PARA membership fees ($20) are due and payable at a future meeting.