2022-04-26 Net Minutes


Check-ins (21)

  • John Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Kevin Walton (N4RMF)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Mark Coppock (KG5PDT)
  • David Bailey (K5DKB)
  • Marshall Walpole (KG5IQY)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)
  • Travis Scott (KI5TMS)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Kenneth Gray (AA5VF)
  • Jim Hanks Jr. (W5CYN)
  • Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Radio in the Park recap
    • It was a park, and there were radios in it
    • Couple of HF rigs
    • VARA FM Winlink
  • Still getting suggestions for club activities/events to host
    • will send a poll out eventually
    • Bring them up on the net or send me an email (n5zkf@arrl.net) if you have any ideas
  • Field Day is coming up
    • Raffle tickets are available to purchase $10 ea.
    • Send me an email if interested; can meet you somewhere (work at Research Park)
  • W5AC, Texas A&M Amateur Radio Club
    • needs help storing a lot of their equipment
    • A&M is kicking them out of their clubhouse/ham shack
    • Contact them at clubofficers@tamu.edu
  • Get on the air
    • Strong signals on 20 m even into the late evening
    • Slovenia
  • Special events this week
    • NASA-related stations – 50th Anniversary of Apollo 16
    • W0ZSW – Handy Ham
    • W4M – Moonshine Heritage Month
    • FL QSO Party
  • Church bell as an antenna?

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

  • Send ideas to myself or other officers for after-meeting presentations
  • Field Day preparations
    • Get your raffle tickets (to buy and sell)
    • keep an eye out for door prize items as well

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Expect minutes at conclusion of net
  • Thanks to everyone who came out to Radio in the Park
  • Final exams and project deadlines coming up

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • Current balance: $6,186.32
  • 46 members so far
  • Had a great time at Radio in the Park… and Luca did, too! 🙂

Announcements / Comments

Question for conversation: What’s the strangest object you’ve used as a radio antenna?

Bill Rose (K5WTR)

  • Prior to amateur radio, was in Air Force
  • Mark 108 radio Jeep
  • Took jumper cables and loaded up a Quonset hut

John Walpole (K5ZY)

  • Friend loaded up his tower rather than an antenna
  • Made a contact in FL

Don Ling (WB5CKO)

  • 5 W or 10 W incandescent light bulb
  • 2 100 Ohm Resistors on the end of a 100 ft coax cable

Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)

  • Finally got a mobile radio UHF/VHF
    • with Radio Operator plates!
  • Thanks to AD5RN and KG5LYE
  • Say hi on your morning commute!

Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)

  • Early 70’s doing ship stuff on tankers
  • Hand-cranked radios
  • Put it on the air at 500 KHz: antenna in the air, ground in the water

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Not really unique or strange, but built a copper water pipe J-Pole

Information Exchange

Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)

  • attempting to set up a USB DMR dongle
  • BlueDV and DVStick 30

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