2018-02-27 Net Minutes


Check-ins (26)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Mark Hnatiuk (KG5EYV)
  • John “Pocat” Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Marvin Lowman (KG5MCN)
  • David Barry (Dad) (KG5UZA)
  • John Walker (W1JCW)
  • Poncho Smith (W5EWS)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Bob Henglein (W5GC)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Brent Anderson (WW5OBA)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Wyatt Stevens (KG5OOE)
  • Jim Snell (WA5PMO)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Vic Pears (KX8V)
  • Scott Rodkey (N5WKY)
  • Richard Epting (KG5WIV)
  • Tom Small (N1TOV)
  • Daniel Fowler (KG5WUO)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Doug Kingman (K5FTA)
  • Lucas Hastings (KG5LYQ)

Officer Reports

President KG5EYV

Upcoming events:

  • 2018-03-17 Next meeting
    • St. Patrick’s day: wear green ham radio shirt
    • No VE test session
  • 2018-03-24 pancake breakfast at IHOP
  • 2018-04-07 Belton Hamfest
  • 2018-04-14 Radio in the Park
  • 2018-04-24 April meeting
    • VE Test Session; this will be the next one

Vice-President N5ZKF

  • (did not check in)

Secretary KG5LYE

  • Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers
    • Grandma fell and is in the hospital

Treasurer N5GQB

  • (did not check in)

Announcements / Comments


  • 10m net on 28.450 USB
  • SkyWarn story:
    • In Huntsville: “get in car and go west”
    • spotted a tornado and called it in
    • later that evening: tornado touched down behind KBTX


  • SkyWarn class this Thursday, 2018-03-01 at Brazos CEOC
  • KG5EYV: “SkyWarn is one of the best weather classes I’ve seen. Highly recommended.”

Buy / Sell


  • Yaesu FT-7900
    • dual-band Mobile unit
    • Missing mic
    • only hooked up once to make sure it works
    • open to any offers (price for a new one is between $270 and $300)
    • phone is 979-828-1772

Info Exchange


  • 6m hexbeam
    • gets better reception when deployed up rather than down
    • could monitor 10m very well
    • poor impedance match, so didn’t transmit much
  • WD5ABC via KG5LYE: SWR isn’t everything:
    • ref: Hallas, Joel R., W1ZR. “One Balun is Usually Enough.” QST Dec. 2017: 57–58. Print.


  • Any experience with Collins 32S1 35S1?
    • (no response)


  • Opportunity to tune into “Brazos Valley Area Radio Club” in Sugarland
    • Club that put on Greater Houston Hamfest
    • Very clear despite distance; phenomenon?
  • KG5LYE: yes — sporadic E layer, tropospheric ducting, or scatter propagation
  • K5ZY: 2 contacts in Mexico City!
  • KX8V: knows someone who worked all states on 2m band!
  • W5DZ: websites for logging propagation:

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