2021-01-05 Net Minutes

Net Minutes


Check-ins (30)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Jeff French (KM5TW)
  • Garrett Martin (W5HVS)
  • Pierre Catala (WA1UAT)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • John “Pocat” Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Bob Christian (KE5GHM)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)
  • Jim Snell (WA5PMO)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Gerald Golub (W5VUI)
  • Terry Field (KM5TDF)
  • James Cravey (KG5ZTZ)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Lance Smith (KI5ETF)
  • Jonathan Graham (KD5GG)
  • Jeremy Carter (KF5YAA)

Officer Reports

  • New officers take effect with calendar year (January 1)

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • FCC stuff:
    • new $35 application fee for:
      • new license
      • special temporary authority (STA) request
      • rule waiver request
      • license renewal
      • vanity call sign
    • no fee for administrative updates (e.g., change of address)
    • Email addresses now required
  • D-STAR repeater:
    • Thanks to all who’ve helped get KI5MMC up and running
      • Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ)
      • Trent Owens (AG1TX)
      • John “Pocat” Walpole (K5ZY)
    • work still in progress
    • send email if interested in testing
  • Special event stations: get on the air!
    • USS Midway (NI6IW) commemorating Desert Storm
    • Spindletop (K5S) on 2021-01-09 and 2021-01-10
    • Battle of New Orleans (W5IR)
  • Membership renewals for 2021

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)

  • Any ideas for presentations?
  • Door prizes

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • looking forward to serving y’all again!

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • Still getting up to speed

Announcements / Comments

What is your favorite operating mode?


Admin tabs now updated on website
Favorite HF bands


ARES net on KD5DLW


  • “Farewell address” of former treasurer
  • Getting everyithing handed over to Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Send forms and payments to PO box
    • please fill out entire form
  • favorite modes: digital or SSB

Thank you, Sly, for your many years of service!


  • USB/LSB Satellites
    • Worked W5RRR (Johnson Space Center)

Buy / Sell


  • New, In-Box Baofeng BF-888s pair still needs a home
    • no display computer programming (e.g., CHIRP) only
    • any offer if you have a use

Information Exchange


  • Thanks to Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ) for diagnosing antenna issue!
  • KF5WGJ: “all part of the ham thing”


  • Yes, it’s very special to have Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ) and both W5BCS and W5AC in the area!
  • New prospective ham looking to get involved
  • W5VUI: possible outdoor venue for January meeting?


  • Problem with antivirus software saying bryanarc.org is phishing site
  • W5VUI: Known issue with Malwarebytes; tried to resolve for last 4 years


  • Suggestion for membership application
    • font on PDF form seems a bit small

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