2022-03-08 Net Minutes


Check-ins (19)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • David Bailey (K5DKB)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • John Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)
  • Robert Carter (NC5R)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Travis Scott (KI5TMS)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • It’s been cold and wet today, hopefully everyone’s been staying warm and dry.
  • lots of events on the air this past week
  • meeting 2022-03-19 09:30
    • presentation by Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ) on 3D printing
  • Renewed license online recently
    • 3 days before expiration! (Yikes!)
    • Reminder to make a note of the expiration date of your own license!
  • Special events this week
    • NI6IW – USS Midway commemmorating launch of vessel
    • Novice Rig Round-up continues
    • ID and OK QSO parties
    • South American 10 m contest

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

  • Turn in your ideas for presentations if you have any
  • Brian Bachmann Park is confirmed for Field Day
    • Time to start collecting door prize items

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Expect net minutes as usual

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • Current balance: $7,478.65
    • Amazon Smile donation: $32.36 (from 15 people; thanks!)
  • 38 members so far
    • can renew by mail or at meeting
    • N5ZKF: form on the website has been updated

Announcements / Comments

Question for conversation: What’s the latest news about your amateur radio hobby?

Don Ling (WB5CKO)

  • Henry Menefee (W5RAS) is having his 96th Birthday
  • C&J Barbecue on the Bend in Texas Avenue
  • Saturday, 2022-03-12 12:00/15:00 “come and go”
  • Buy a plate and come to visit

Bill Rose (K5WTR)

  • Get on HF! bands are opening up great!

Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)

  • Comment about C&J’s: are they not taking any reservations because they are moving?
    • KG5LYE: can’t confirm 100%, but have heard similarly. Moving from “the bend” to William J. Bryan

Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)

  • Belton Ham Expo coming up
  • 2022-03-25/26, doors open 07:00 on Saturday
  • Bell County Expo Center
  • Admission: $5

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Skywarn Beginner Course
    • Very useful info to have
    • Brazos Center
    • 2022-03-10
    • 13:00/15:00 and 18:00/20:00
  • Raised VHF/UHF antenna a few more feet
    • bonding for station grounding using copper strap

Travis Scott (KI5TMS)

  • As of 16:00, finally got my Amateur Extra class license
  • (Round of applause! 👏)

John Walpole (K5ZY)

  • good job to all who contributed tonight
  • great to listen

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