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….
Rob – KC9VFV
Happy New Year everyone. Monday, January 12th at 7 PM will be our next monthly meeting. At this meeting we will be electing the 2015 club officers. If you are interested in any officer position, please let us know at the meeting.
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. Membership certificates are available for all paid 2015 members. Here is a sample of this years certificate:
We look forward to seeing all of you at the meeting. There is always a lot discussed at the January meeting so please try and attend.
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