2021-05-11 Net Minutes


Check-ins (23)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Garrett Martin (W5HVS)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Jeremy Carter (KF5YAA)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Lance Smith (KI5ETF)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Mark Coppock (KG5PDT)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Vic Pears (KX8V)
  • Travis Scott (KI5TMS)
  • Gerald Golub (W5VUI)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • 3/4 in of rain at house; hopefully no severe weather
  • Meeting this weekend
    • 2021-05-15 09:30
    • On W5BCS repeater (146.680 MHz FM)
    • Will send out Zoom link
  • Get on the air
    • Mixed propagation
    • Spoke with Morocco on 20m
    • Other QSOs in Saudi Arabia, Hawaii, Martinique
    • Armed Forces cross-band exercise
  • Upcoming special events
    • 2021-05-16/31: K1A, TX Memorial Day
    • 2021-05-15: WW1USA, Kansas City WW1 Commemoration
    • 2021-05-15/21: W9A, EMS week
    • until 2021-05-15: K3FBI, National Police Week

Secretary’s Note: I’ve adopted the habit of writing dates in the standard international format (ISO 8601), and the <start>/<end> format here represents a time interval. I haven’t used this interval notation much up to this point, but I might start using it more in the future.

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)

  • Field Day raffle tickets need to be sold (preferably before Field Day)
  • Keep ideas coming in for presentations and Field Day door prizes
  • Prizes:
    • $500 HRO gift certificate
    • Benelli Nova 12 GA Shotgun
    • Yaesu FT-60R
    • Custom-made wallet from Richard Epting (KG5WIV)

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Expect minutes at the conclusion of the net as usual
  • Lots of big events happening recently:
    • Sister got married this weekend
    • In process of buying a house

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • unable to read on repeater
  • 58 members!
  • current balance: $4734
    • disbursements for Field Day prizes

Announcements / Comments

Question for conversation: Have you participated in the ARRL Frequency Measuring Test (FMT)?

(Most recent FMT was 2021-04-09; there will be another one in September)

Ron Hambric (N5SBN)

  • monthly ARES meeting will be 2021-05-12 20:00
    • Zoom meeting link sent out to members
    • All welcome to attend; contact n5sbn@arrl.net if you’d like to attend.
  • reminder: if you’d like to use Amateur Radio to help in an emergency, many organizations require ARES affiliation
    • consider becoming an ARES member

Don Ling (WB5CKO)

Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)

  • Participated in the 2004 frequency measuring test
  • Did pretty well:
    • Off by 0.66 Hz
    • got certificate from ARRL

Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)

  • Does $100 worth of Field Day raffle tickets include next year’s dues?
    • KI5DUJ: yes!

Buy / Sell

Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)

  • Not a buy/sell, but a giveaway:
    • Fair amount of RG-6 (TV) coax cable
    • maybe around 100 ft
    • not sure of shielding
    • Just call or text (979) 219-6883 if interested

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Another freebie
    • Vintage Westinghouse Radio Receiver (ca. 1930s)
    • AM band receiver
    • Could use some more work (missing some components like pointers, speaker, etc.)
    • Contact n5zkf@arrl.net if interested

Information Exchange

Chris MacCannell (KI5POS)

relay N5ZKF

  • Interested in getting info about antennas
  • Contact directly or through N5ZKF if able to help

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