2021-03-30 Net Minutes


Check-ins (25)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Jeremy Carter (KF5YAA)
  • Joshua Cook (KF5TYX)
  • David Cook (KI5GDX)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Garrett Martin (W5HVS)
  • Randy Field (K5RLF)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)
  • Lance Smith (KI5ETF)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • James Cravey (KG5ZTZ)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Blount Cody (KD5FPC)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Mark Coppock (KG5PDT)
  • John “Pocat” Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Travis Scott (KI5TMS)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Special thank-you to W5DZ, KA5HIA, and others!
    • continued work on repeater noise
  • CQ World-Wide SSB last weekend
  • Crystal-clear signal on Friday from VK3MO in South Australia!
  • 4-hour North American SSB Sprint contest this weekend
  • Louisiana QSO Party
  • Florida State Parks On The Air
    • Parks on the air has been a good trend

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)

  • Field Day 2021-06-26 and 2021-06-27
    • Need help operating radios!
  • Send ideas for presentations
    • We’re probably going to start having meetings in-person soon

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Minutes and end of net as usual
  • Happy Easter!

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • $5911.09
  • Membership renewals coming in; get yours in if you haven’t already
  • Set W5BCS as your Amazon Smile charity

Announcements / Comments

Question for conversation: What coax do you use to interconnect your equipment?

Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)

  • Coax cables:
    • low-loss 9913… not good since it gets water in it
    • UHF/VHF: LMR400
    • Shack: LMR240, double-shielded and low loss

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • LMR-240 inside
  • experimenting with RG-58AU: thin and flexible

Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Center-fed Zepp antenna:
    • low-loss 300-Ohm twin-feed to 4:1 balun
    • short RG-58 coax from balun to radio
  • Big fan of BNC connectors

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