2021-12-14 Net Minutes


Check-ins (23)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
  • Garrett Martin (W5HVS)
  • Kevin Walton (N4RMF)
  • Jeff French (KM5TW)
  • David Bailey (K5DKB)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Lee Lance (KK5QO)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Robert Carter (NC5R)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Jim Laird (KF5YY)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Travis Scott (KI5TMS)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Band conditions are pretty poor
    • There’s always the local repeater(s) 🙂
  • Meeting this Saturday, 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 to be approved
    • proposed amendments to constitution and by-laws
      • emailed ahead of time
      • printed copies will be made available at meeting
    • VE Test session 08:00
  • Annual January Meeting / Annual Luncheon
    • 2022-01-15
    • food at 11:00, meeting at 12:00
    • Different venue: Cooper’s Barbecue in College Station
    • We’ll need quorum there too for:
      • officer elections
      • ratifying amendments to constutution and by-laws
  • Contests and Special Event Stations
    • N9EN Edwin Armstrong (inventor of FM)
    • Earth-Moon-Earth Contest
    • Feld Hell Sprint
    • Indonesia (DX) and Croatia (CW) Contests

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

proxy Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Presentation after this weekend’s meeting by Don Hutchcraft (KE5ADX) about transmission/feed line behavior
  • Let us know if you have ideas for additional after-meeting presentations

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Expect net minutes as usual
  • Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • 71 members
  • Current balance: $5,891.93
  • Be sure to set W5BCS as your Amazon Smile charity for your Christmas shopping
  • Just upgraded to Amateur Extra class

Announcements / Comments

Question for conversation: Have you used and Arduino microcontroller in your ham radio hobby?

Don Ling (WB5CKO)

  • Geminid meteor shower going on
  • won’t be able to see due to cloud cover, but we can still use meteor scatter
  • typical procedure:
    • 10m band and up
    • listen for “ping” on SSB and speak up
      • give call sign and “EM10” (or wherever your QTH is)
    • stays open for 30-45 seconds

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • I have an Arduino and have used it before, but not for ham radio
  • neat to see what people do with them

Buy / Sell

Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)

  • Radio for sale
    • ICOM 7000
    • LDG AT-200Pro II auto-tuner
    • face plate extension
    • Programming software and cable
  • looking for $750 for the whole kit
  • Contact jeffjmcdowell@gmail.com if interested

Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)

Information Exchange

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Got a contact from someone we met at Farmer’s Market
  • Need someone willing to help them out
  • Contact n5zkf@arrl.net if you can help

Travis Scott (KI5TMS)

  • Thanks to everyone who helped get equipment set up!

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