2017-06-06 Net Minutes

Check-ins (20)

  • KG5LYE
  • N5GQB
  • WB5CKO
  • KG5OOE
  • KG5EYV
  • W5GC
  • K5DNC
  • WW5OBA
  • NV5S
  • NC5R
  • KG5LYQ
  • N1TOV
  • K5ZY
  • N5ZKF
  • KF5WGJ
  • N5WKY
  • N7ALM
  • AG1TX
  • KM5TW
  • W5RYC

Officer Reports

President KF5WGJ

  • 2017-06-10 (this weekend) Ham Con in Irving, TX
  • 2017-06-17 11:00 Club Meeting at C&J Barbecue at the bend on Texas Ave. in Bryan
  • 2017-06-24 Field Day

Vice-President KG5EYV

  • echo Club meeting on 2017-06-17 for field day planning, and
  • Field Day on 2017-06-24

Secretary KG5LYE

  • Hurricane Charlie exercise was today
    • personally wasn’t able to attend
    • hope everything went well
  • ARES net moved to a later date since N5SBN is away

Treasurer N5GQB

  • empty PO box
  • no money in or out recently
    • except perhaps for re-file for 501(c)(3)
    • will know more for sure once statement arrives
  • Subscribe to list-serv on http://bryanarc.org
  • Next club meeting 2017-06-17 11:00 at C&J Barbecue small room

Field Day

  • Lots of last-minute preparation between now and Field Day
    • much of which will be done at next club meeting
  • tables for swap-fest – money goes to you
  • donations for silent auction – money goes to club
  • raffle grand prizes (need not be present to win):
    1. Yaesu FT-891
    2. Escape Room BCS (for up to 8 people) donated by KG5IAD – Thanks!
    3. SDR Play v2 receiver
    4. Tytera MD-380 Analog and DMR radio
    5. Gift Cards: resaurants, shopping (still undecided; Academy?)
  • smaller door prizes (must be present to win):
    1. ARRL Repeater book directory
    2. $50 ARRL gift certificate
    3. Field day swag (hats, shirts)
    4. Radio Tape Measure (with wavelength markings)
  • meal and raffle tickets will be available at club meeting and at Field Day
  • VE test session in afternoon at Field Day
    • next test session probably won’t be until August or September
    • Baofeng handheld radio door prize for one lucky new ham!
    • licensing exam study guides available for sale at Field Day

Announcements / Comments


  • 2017-06-10 09:00 to 11:00 American Legion Post 159 Memorial Breakfast
  • 2017-06-14 (D-Day plus 10) 11:00 to 16:00 Camp Hearne Open House
  • 2017-06-17 Blackjack Volunteer Fire Department Pct 2 Fish Fry
  • 2017-06-07 05:37 (45 minutes before sunrise) Meteor Shower
    • to the East (between bearings 60º and 120º), just above the horizon
    • 60 per hour
    • great chance to try out meteor scatter propagation

Buy / Sell


  • MFJ 1786 20m Loop antenna, like new – $350 in Irving, $325 local
  • Yaesu FT-450 100W – $550 in Irving, $500 local

Information Exchange


  • built 1/4-wave vertical ground-plane antenna based on info presented in recent antenna theory presentations
    • more ground planes really help with reception
    • contacts as far as Australia

WB5CKO (in response to KG5EYV)

  • Earth is a lossy conductor, but radials make it more like a perfect ground
  • raising the antenna off the ground gives even better isolation
  • also better to use lots of short radials versus a few long radials


  • 6m has been open for a while (not as a result of meteor shower)



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