2021-11-30 Net Minutes


Check-ins (22)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Jeff French (KM5TW)
  • Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)
  • Garrett Martin (W5HVS)
  • Travis Scott (KI5TMS)
  • Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Kevin Walton (N4RMF)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Lee Lance (KK5QO)
  • Chris MacCannell (W5FN)
  • David Bailey (K5DKB)
  • Jim Hanks Jr. (W5CYN)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Robert Carter (NC5R)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • First net after Thanksgiving
    • Thankful for all of your support of amateur radio
    • Local (external) interference on repeater is being taken care of
  • Next Meeting
    • 2021-12-18 09:30
    • at American Legion Post 159
    • need at least 18 people to have quorum for club business; please plan to be there
      • officer nominations need to be approved and elections need to take place
      • amendments to constitution and by-laws for your approval
    • Presentation by Don Hutchcraft (KE5ADX) about transmission/feed line behavior
  • Annual January Meeting / Annual Luncheon
    • 2022-01-15
    • food at 11:00, meeting at 12:00
    • C&J Barbecue in Bryan
    • more details to come
  • Contests this weekend
    • Romanian Pro CW
    • FT Roundup
  • W5AC mentioned on Ham Nation podcast
    • play-by-play sports broadcasting started 100 years ago

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

  • Let us know if you have ideas for after-meeting presentations
  • Please get involved with our committees
    • Field Day
    • Web Steering
    • By-Laws Revision

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Expect net minutes as usual
  • Looking forward to seeing everyone at the December meeting
  • If you’re interested in reviewing By-laws revisions and providing input before they get sent out to everyone, let me know
    • will be distributing them via

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • 71 members; 58 voting
  • Current balance: $7,043.88
  • Be sure to set W5BCS as your Amazon Smile charity for your Christmas shopping

Announcements / Comments

Question for conversation: Do you use any spotting networks?

Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)

  • news from AD5RN, an electrical engineering professor at Texas A&M:
    • extra credit opportunity for students to get their amateur radio license
    • help from W5AC club and Connor Farrell (WG1GEM)
    • 25 new student ham radio operators!

Bill Rose (K5WTR)

Lee Lance (KK5QO)

  • shout-out to my lovely wife
  • last day of 50th year; 51st anniversary tomorrow

Information Exchange

Robert Carter (NC5R)

  • Enjoying inverted-V after it was fixed
    • Thanks to those who got it working again!
    • Worked Costa Rica
  • Retiring at end of December
    • Plan to make a DMR hotspot using Raspberry Pi

Jim Hanks Jr. (W5CYN)

  • request for help
    • noise floor on HF rig went very high recently
    • wideband rhythmic pulsing
    • no new electronic devices in the house
    • any suggestions?
  • N5ZKF: I’ve seen lots of noise as well. Solar activity?
    • issue with power lines or power transformer?
  • K5WTR: had similar issue at some point, and realized the gain/squelch setting had been changed
    • twist ladder line about once every foot or so
  • KK5QO: what about christmas lights?
  • W5DZ: day, night, both? what’s the frequency of the pulsing?
    • could be something in the radio itself, try another radio?
    • W5CYN:
      • in a rural area, nearest lights are far away and not flashing
      • feedline is twisted already
      • 1 sec interval
      • not as prominent on 30 m and 15 m band
      • seems to be same behavior day and night

David Bailey (K5DKB)

  • Any VE sessions coming up?
  • N5ZKF: usually test on even-numbered months, so we’re due for one in December
    • contact Gerald Golub (W5VUI) w5vui@w5vui.com and let him know you’re interested

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