2022-04-19 Net Minutes


Check-ins (17)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • John Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)
  • Kevin Walton (N4RMF)
  • Mark Coppock (KG5PDT)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Carol Dodds (KJ6LHH)
  • David Bailey (K5DKB)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Jerry Redman (KG5YSD)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Lots of interesting propagation: Asiatic Russia, Brazil, Italy
  • Special events this week
    • 2022-04-23 “NASA on the air” commemorating Apollo 13
    • ANZAC (Australia/New Zealand) day
    • North American SSB sprint
  • Brazos Valley Solid Waste
    • household hazardous waste dropof at University Services Building
  • Radio in the Park coming up
    • 2022-04-23 09:30
    • Mid-morning until whenever
    • Tanglewood Park
    • Bring your own gear
    • Chance of rain later in the afternoon
      • Backup date: 2022-04-30
  • April club meeting recap
    • Call for suggestions for club activities
  • Field Day is coming up
    • Raffle tickets are available to purchase
    • Send me an email if interested; can meet you somewhere

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

Proxy Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Field Day preparations
    • Raffle tickets available to buy and sell
    • keep an eye out for door prize items as well
  • Send ideas for after-meeting presentations
    • Special thanks to Don Ling (WB5CKO) for presentation on club history

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Expect minutes at conclusion of net
  • Hope everyone had a blessed Easter weekend!
  • Looking forward to seeing you at Tanglewood Park on Saturday!
  • Apologies for messing up the attendance last meeting

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • Current balance: $6,156.32
  • 46 members so far
    • sent out notices and received some responses
    • if you haven’t renewed your membership yet, you can do so:
  • Reminder to set the Bryan Amateur Radio Club as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile

Announcements / Comments

Question for conversation: What was your first transmitter/transceiver equipment?

Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • GMRS HT radios
    • Still have my callsign: WQQD712
  • First Ham radio was my humble Baofeng UV-5R

Bill Rose (K5WTR)

  • 20 m is wide open tonight!
    • talking to someone in Bermuda
  • Going to be “one-handed” for a while
    • need to get my hand operated on

Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)

  • first transmitter back in high school
    • had novice license
    • made CW transmitter with crystal and tubes (6AGC and 807)

Kevin Walton (N4RMF)

  • Also have a GMRS license: WRNP991
  • First transmitter/receiver combo
    • callsign was KA0CWA back then (late 1970s)
    • Heathkit DX-20
    • Hammarlund HQ-129X

Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)

  • first radio was Heathkit DX-40
    • From the one who got me interested in Ham Radio: WA4SQM
    • my call back then was WN4ACI
    • went to college and sold the radios and tower
    • got back into it recently

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • CB radio in the 70s
  • couple of HTs
  • got involved with Ham radio
    • Yaesu FT-470
    • Copied ISS, even

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