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PARA Meeting Minutes 1/9/2017

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held  Monday, January 9, 2017 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  There were 29 present including 5 prospective FCC examinees.  See examinee pictures and exam results below.

The meeting was opened by President Jeff  Wielgos (WB9BVL).  Jeff invited each attendee around the room to introduce themselves with their name and call.  The Treasurer’s report was given by Bruce Huyck (KS4V).  The November 2016 meeting minutes was read by Secretary Cowherd (K4GYD) followed by comments about the PARA annual Christmas Party held at Casa Mexicana Restaurant.  The success of the party was evident by a brief slide presentation showing 26 smiling faces enjoying their good food and company.

Old/New Business

  • Several members expressed the feelings of the entire club by sharing memories of Silent Key, George Lankton (W4TPC) who passed away December 2nd, on his 90th birthday.  George was a long time member of PARA and contributed much of his time and leadership to the club during those years.  Bruce Huyck (KS4V) made a motion to send a donation of $25 to the Paducah Cooperative Ministry as a memorial to George.  The motion was seconded followed by a unanimous vote of approval.
  • Ken (KW4DI) announced that a representative from “Batteries and Bulbs” of Paducah would be at the February meeting to give a presentation.
  • It was brought to our attention that a national independent group has organized another Parks On The Air contest for 2017.  The popularity of ARRL’s NPOTA (National Parks On The Air) has generated a sequel based on state parks instead of national parks.  Details and rules may be found at:  Additional ‘real time’ info may be found at:  We have several state parks in our area that we may choose to activate sometime this year.
  • Jeff (KB9BVL) told us of some ideas he has for an intra-club challenge with awards/trophys for winners.  After some discussion it  was suggested that the challenge could possibly begin February 1st.  An email will be issued or look on this web site later for more details.

Net Control Operators

January 15                 Brent W4CHE          5 check-ins

January 22                Logan KG4JXH         9 check-ins

January 29                Frank KY4LDS        13 check-ins

February 5                Logan KG4JXH       10 PARA; 7 ARES

February 12              Ken KW4DI              11 check-ins

New License and Upgrade Successes

We are happy to report that five fellows passed their FCC Amateur Radio exams after this month’s meeting.  Congratulations to all.   We want you to know that you all are cordially invited to attend future PARA meetings with us.

Left to Right:  Gerald Wasko, Tech;  Kyle Walker, Tech & General;  Devon Caldwell, Tech;  Casey Lynn, Tech;  Jay Smock, Tech.

2016 Statistics

  • Meeting attendance:  Year total, 261;  Monthly ave. 22
  • ARRL License:  21 examinees; 23 exams passed (12 tech. 4 gen. 5 extra, 2 VE)
  • PARA net check-ins:  10 months 400; mon. ave. 40, about 10/wk.
  • ARES net check-ins:  6 months 42, about 7 per week ave.

Rare DX

Fred Carter (AI4EY)  worked Mongolia  (JT1CO).

Congratulations Fred

Ham Station, Evansville, Indiana

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Remember next Scheduled Meeting will be Monday, February 13, 2017 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.



PARA Meeting Minutes 6/13/2016

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, June 13 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, Room 140, in Paducah, KY.  Among the 25 attendees present, two came for FCC license upgrade exams.

The meeting was opened by Vice President Ken Wontor (KW4DI).  Ken invited each attendee around the room to introduce themselves with their name and call.   The treasurer’s report given by Bruce Huyck (KS4V), and the Secretary’s reading of the minutes by Ron Cowherd (K4GYD)  were subsequently approved by the members.

Old/New Business

Items discussed include:

  • Final planning for Field Day (June 25-26)  was the focus of the meeting.  Ken Wontor reviewed a list of important Field Day needs, one by one, to double check that all bases were covered.  In addition, various members commented on some positive and negative aspects of former years that we could apply for the betterment of this year’s event.  There were comments about the importance of having an adequate pool of potential operators present to rotate with active ops,  both day and night.  There will be two stations set up in the McCracken County Mobile Command Center, SSB and RTTY and a CW station in pavilion.  Set up will begin about 8:00 a.m. Saturday.  We were also reminded that as many members as possible are needed at end of event on Sunday to help with take down and clean up.

Net Controls for Late June/Early July

Sunday night nets are at 9:00 PM CDT on 147.060 PL 179.9.  See net control procedures here.

June 19             Beth AK4BG                  15 checkins

June 26             Frank KY4LDS              10 checkins

July 3                  Logan KG4VKB             9 PARA – 3 ARES checkins

July 10                Ken KW4DI                   10 checkins

Recent FCC License successes

Congratulations to Ken Krahl (KM4DTS) and Brent Robertson (W4CHE) who have recently upgraded their licenses to Extra Class:

Bren t Robertson
Brent Robertson W4CHE
Ken Kraal KM4DTS








Contest Success Stats

Paul Smith (ND4X) placed 4th in the ARRL 10 meter contest with a very admirable total of 98,511 points.

National Parks On The Air current (7/11/16) Kentucky scores:  Bruce Huyck, 217 confirmed contacts;  Ron Cowherd, 118 confirmed contacts; Dave Dewey, 24 confirmed contacts.

Dave Perry (N4QS) in Aruba for CQ WW WPX CW contest, May 28 & 29.                                            Call: P4/N4QSOperator(s): N4QS YU7KW; Station: P49V Class: M/S HP
QTH: Aruba; Operating Time (hrs): 48;   Location:  South America.   Total QSOs:  3233; Prefixes:  1044; Total Score:  13,335,012





February Monthly Meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was held Monday, February 8 at the WKCTC Emerging Technology Center in Paducah, KY.  A prediction of snow showers for the evening did not deter approximately 20 members.  There was much anticipation for the presentation to be given by Dave Perry (N4QS) later in the meeting.  It was ironic that Dave’s subject about emerging technology in amateur radio was to be presented at the Emerging Technology Center . See presentation info below.

PARA Meeting Minutes 2/9/16

The meeting was opened by President Jeff Wielgos (KB9BVL) followed by the treasurer’s report given by Bruyce Huyck (KS4V) which was subsequently approved by the members.  Then Secretary Ron Cowherd read the minutes from the January meeting, also accepted by the members present.

Old Business.  

President Wielgos touched on an item from the January meeting in which it was    suggested that the club may want to look into the possibility of participating in the ARRL National Parks On The Air (NPOTA), a year long event.  After some discussion it was decided that we should look into the rules to determine whether Paducah’s “foot of Broadway” location qualifies as an activator spot on the “Trail of Tears.”  It was decided that we have all year to look into the matter to properly plan for this event during a warmer a time.

New Business

 Liability Insurance.  Bruce Huyck reminded us that it was time to pay the club liability insurance in the amount of $240.00.  A motion was moved, seconded and passed to pay for the insurance.

Treasurer Huyck requested that an additional person’s name be added to the checking account to provide check writing continuity in case he, for some reason, he wasn’t available to write a check.  It was suggested that the secretary would be the likely person.  Ron agreed to the request.

Past treasurer Paul Smith announced that the web domain fee would be due later this year.  He suggested that the present web master’s name should appear on the application before the due date for fee payment.  Ron Cowherd agreed to contact past web master, Rob Larrison, to get the account in order.

Secretary Cowherd read a letter addressed to Kevin O’Neill who is Dir. Community Education West Kentucky Community & Technical College.  The intent of the letter was to thank him and WKCTC for the use of the Emerging Technology Center facilities this past year.  The letter gave a brief description of PARA’s purpose and goals as an organization as well as short list of our educational and public service events in which we have participated.  It is our hope that PARA may continue to use the facilities throughout 2016.

Net Controls for Late February/Early March

                              February 14          Frank KY4LDS

                              February 21          Jeff KB9BVL

                              February 28          Frank KY4LDS

                              March 6                Logan KG4VKB

                              March 13               Ken KW4DI



Dave Perry, N4QS gave us some very exciting news about new software for remote control of a local or distant amateur radio station.  This “free” cutting edge software requires only (1) an internet connection, (2) smart phone, tablet or laptop, and (3) client software from  Dave demonstrated by using his smart phone to control his station at home.  He was able to control all aspects of the process by clicking on the knobs and buttons shown on the screen of his phone.  It was amusing when he accidentally touched the CQ macro button on 80 meters CW and a DL station from Germany came back to him with a 5/9 signal report.  Dave stressed how easy to install and user friendly the software is.  Unfortunately the software does not work on any Apple products at this time.

Nice job Dave.  Your enthusiasm was infectious.  Several of the club members with laptops with them, were signed up and had the software installed before the end of the meeting.


PARA meets at Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC on 2nd Monday, 7 pm of each month except December.

New License and upgrades are offered on odd months throughout the year.  See W4NJA web site at  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

Respectfully submitted,

Ron Cowherd (Sec. PARA)