2021-04-06 Net Minutes


Check-ins (21)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • John “Pocat” Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)
  • David Cook (KI5GDX)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Randy Field (K5RLF)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Joshua Cook (KF5TYX)
  • Garrett Martin (W5HVS)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Tom Small (N1TOV)
  • Jim Hanks Jr. (W5CYN)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Final Call: Joyce Menefee (KA5IZB) Silent Key
  • Worked Cook Islands on HF!
  • NI6IW on the air this Saturday to commemoriate Doolittle raid on Japan
  • QSO parties for NE, NM, GA, and SD
  • Club meeting 2021-04-17 09:30

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)

  • Field Day
    • 2021-06-26 and 2021-06-27
    • Plan to have list of raffle prizes by next meeting
    • Remember to keep an eye out for door prizes
  • Keep ideas coming in for presentations!

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Minutes will be sent out at conclusion of net
  • Got first vaccination

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • Bank Statement
    • Balance at end of February: $5986.09
    • Income from dues: $195.00
    • Disbursement for Field Day park Reservation: $200
    • Balance at end of March: $5981.09
    • Thanks to all who have renewed their memberships!
      • If you haven’t yet, please do so. 🙂
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Announcements / Comments

Question for conversation: Do you use an antenna tuner?

Ron Hambric (N5SBN)

  • ARES Net tonight
    • at conclusion of W5BCS net or 20:30, whichever happens later
    • on 443.425 (KD5DLW) repeater
  • MS150 (150-mile bike ride for multiple sclerosis awareness)
    • starts in 3 locations, ends at Kyle Field
    • they could use some ham radio operators

Bill Rose (K5WTR)

  • Use tuners on all bands
  • work very well: saves on antennas and radios, but not so much on radiation 🙂
  • $40 Nano VNA antenna analyzer
    • does SWR, smith charts, and just about 50,000 other things
    • can’t beat the price for what it does!

Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)

  • LDG AT-200ProII tuner

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • MFJ-939 tuner
    • very fast, iterative tuning
    • lightweight

Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)

  • Propagation
    • Heard station from Australia on 20m last night
    • S5 when antenna was pointing East (long path)
    • less than S1 when pointing West (short path)

Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)

  • (to N5ZKF) What antenna?
    • N5ZKF: Vintage vertical with ground plane

Jim Hanks Jr. (W5CYN)

  • Using LDG IT-100 auto-tuner
  • Antenna is ladder-line to doublet
    • tunes on every band

Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • built-in ICOM IC-7300
    • will match 3:1 SWR on full power
    • emergency mode 10:1 match on half power
    • trick: turn down power, and tuner might have an easier time matching

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