2022-02-01 Net Minutes


Check-ins (20)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • David Bailey (K5DKB)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Kevin Walton (N4RMF)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)
  • Lance Smith (KI5ETF)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Robert Carter (NC5R)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Welcome to February
    • Mind the upcoming winter weather
  • Special events this weekend
    • K5R – Rockwall, TX, Amateur Radio Club
      • This weekend
      • Commissioning Republic of Texas Central National Road
    • VT QSO Party
    • MN QSO Party
    • British Columbia QSO Party
    • 10-10 Int’l SSB Contest
  • Upcoming February Meeting
    • 2021-02-19 09:30
    • American Legion Post 159
      • Other events are planned there, so get there early to get a parking space
    • VE test at end of meeting

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

  • Let us know if you have ideas for additional after-meeting presentations
    • Trying to get one set up for February

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Expect Net Minutes as usual

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • Current balance at start of month: $7,237.29

Announcements / Comments

Question for conversation: Do you use any software to configure your radios?

Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • CHIRP for handheld
    • free, open-source, easy-to-use, and works with just about everything

Bill Rose (K5WTR)

  • Tip for cold weather: Use extension cord and heat from 7 W incandesant night light bulb to prevent freezing

Ron Hambric (N5SBN)

  • Reminder: Brazos County ARES (N5BRZ) Net tonight
    • 443.425 MHz FM KD5DLW repeater
    • 20:30 or at conclusion of this net, whichever is later

Robert Carter (NC5R)

  • As a blind operator, I use a lot of software to control radios
  • Custom software from Jim Jennings (/SK) for ICOM 746 that works with screen reader
  • “Ham Pod” to announce frequency and mode
  • shout-out to Dick Zimmer (W5DZ), who made talking rotor box

Buy / Sell

Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)

  • Looking to buy a desktop microphone for my ICOM IC-718
    • SM-30, SM-50, or equivalent
    • 8-pin threaded connector
  • Good on QRZ

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Selling a Samlex SEC 1235M 30 A switching power supply
    • Originally purchased refurbished direct from Samlex in 2019
    • Still works well
    • Can be yours for $50 (cost $168 new on Amazon)
  • Look me up on QRZ, n5zkf@arrl.net

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