2019-01-29 Net Minutes


Check-ins (22)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Mark Hnatiuk (KG5EYV)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • James Cravey (KG5ZTZ)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Michael Narcowich (KI5BPO)
  • Bob Henglein (W5GC)
  • Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)
  • Jared Hazlett (KI5AUV)
  • Connor Farrell (WG1GEM)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Michael Mertes (KZ5M)
  • John “Pocat” Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Richard Epting (KG5WIV)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Pierre Catala (WA1UAT)
  • Brent Anderson (WW5OBA)
  • Jim Laird (KF5YY)

Officer Reports

President KG5EYV

  • Next meeting 2019-02-16
    • USDA building on F&B Rd… unless weird things happen
    • Alternate meeting place TBD
    • Bills due
    • Radio in the Park / Field Day park deposit(s)
    • Insurance
    • Field Day Raffle
    • Games
    • Presentation (see report from N5ZKF)
    • VE Session 08:00

Vice-President N5ZKF

  • Meeting 2019-02-16
    • Presentation by KG5JDJ: Digital Radio Hotspots
    • Flurry of activity on all the digital modes (DMR, D-STAR, System Fusion)
    • Internet gateway hosted from small device at home

Secretary KG5LYE

  • Grandmother in hospital
    • not breathing deeply enough without machine
  • Anyone want my job?
    • Secretary doesn’t have to call the net (and vice versa) 🙂
    • All notes and materials available upon request
    • I’ll also be happy to teach anyone

Treasurer N5GQB

  • Lots of cold weather, but thankful it’s not as cold as up north!
  • Membership renewals due (https://bryanarc.org/join-barc)
    • $15 individual
    • $20 family
    • $5 family
    • Mail in or bring to next club meeting
  • Attn: ARRL members (incl. wannabe members)
    • W5BCS is ARRL-affiliated
    • Can join/renew through club, and club get perks!
  • Will update website with renewed members

Announcements / Comments


  • 20m looked good last weekend
    • Contacted FL, CA, and PA!
    • Check it out when you get a chance


  • Winter Field Day
    • Lots of people on the air!
    • copied stations in Costa Rica and North Japan (with much signal variability)


  • Invite to W5AC net
    • Weekly Net: Mon 20:00
    • Morning Reveille: Tue Thu Sat 07:30

Buy / Sell

Info Exchange


  • Tips for radio equipment programmed via computer software
    • Go ahead and get software with new radio
    • Capture factory configuration (base config to go back to; for base config and if selling)
    • Back up your own configuration (if it gets corrupt)
    • Programming software can be really powerful!
    • Reason: Started having trouble with Whistler Scanner
    • base config really helped to fix fatal error

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