20-04-14 Net Minutes

Net Minutes


Check-ins (24)

  • Al Chisholm (W5CA /SK)
  • Trent Owens (AG1TX)
  • Rick Swaims (W5RTF)
  • David R. Cook (KI5GDX)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Jeremy Carter (KF5YAA)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Jeff French (KM5TW)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • James Cravey (KG5ZTZ)
  • Gina Miller (K5GKM)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Jim Snell (WA5PMO)
  • Robert Carter (NC5R)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Joshua Cook (KF5TYX)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)

SK Ceremony

In Memory of our friend and club member Al Chisholm (W5CA /SK)

Officer Reports

President N5ZKF

  • Tonight we honor Al Chisholm (W5CA /SK). He was always ready to help. He was a big part of the antenna trailer we use for field day. A part of First Baptist Bryan’s ability to respond to community needs in disasters, etc. He saw to it that the steeple be fiberglass and house a HF antenna in case coms were needed in an emergency. We will definitely miss him.
  • Bad weather the last few days, check antennas and feed line for damage.
    • Nice weather now, good opportunity to do something outside amateur radio.
  • Due to the Corona Virus and “Shelter in Place” ordinances, we are not going to have our regular, in person, monthly meeting this Saturday 04/18/20. Instead we will have an on-air, NET style, meeting at the same time.
    • Saturday – 04/18/2020 at 09:00 on the 146.680 repeater.
  • ARRL has several event stations coming soon. Check their website HERE for a complete list.
  • Our theme for our comments portion of the NET tonight is: “What project are you working on?”

Vice-President KI5DUJ

Unavailable tonight.. However, per N5ZKF:

  • As of now, Field Day is still on.
  • Still collect door prize items and we’ll collect them as soon as possible.
  • Need to make a decision on raffle items pretty quickly.

Secretary AG1TX

  • 24 checked into the net so far.
  • If you are interested in being net control, please let me or one of the officers know.

Treasurer N5GQB

  • Nothing to report

Announcements / Comments

Don Ling (WB5CKO)

  • Space Weather. 79 days this year with 0 sun spots and none the last 9 days.
    • However, 10M is open across North America right now. 40M should be good also.


  • W5CA and W5DZ were a huge help when I first started in HAM. AL helped install a chip in my radio that I needed and he had. He was an amazing guy. He will be missed.

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Trying to design a new arrangement for my radio gear. Downsized my HF rig and ordered some parts to make it more portable and be able to take it to the park or out in the field.

Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)

  • Designing a remote antenna tuner. Problems I’m having are more with motors and gears.
    • Problem soldering to nickel plated items. Any suggestions?
      • Phil Gates (N5ZKF): really rough up the surface and then clean it well and make sure you put a lot of heat into the metal when you apply solder.

Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)

  • Remember my 1st contact. Took test one evening in Harris Co. 2 sisters were taking test at the same time I was. One was 9 and the other was 7. We all passed. Bill Rose (K5WTR) was one of my first contacts.

Trent Owens (AG1TX)

  • SOTA activation this year.
  • Get my VHF/UHF up higher.

Buy / Sell

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Information Exchange

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