2022-08-02 Net Minutes


Check-ins (20)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • David Bailey (K5DKB)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Mark Coppock (KG5PDT)
  • Lee Lance (AA5AG)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Jim Hanks Jr. (W5CYN)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Travis Scott (KI5TMS)
  • Christian Hurst (W5FCH)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Would love to see some rain.
    • Stay safe from the heat
  • Next club meeting
    • 2022-08-20
    • American Legion Post 159
  • Sent out an email with some proposed future activities
    • Please let us know what you’re interested in.
    • If you didn’t get it, please contact me at n5zkf@arrl.org and I’ll send you a link to the form
  • Special events this week
    • 2022-08-04 – K1CG: 232th Birthday of the US Coast Guard
    • 10-10 int’l ssb contest
    • North American CW QSO party
    • ARRL 222 MHz and up DX contest
    • South African Radio League (SARL) HF phone contest
    • MD0CCE from the Isle of Man is on 20 m right now
  • Will be out of pocket for the next 3 nets

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

proxy Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Please send any ideas for after-meeting presentations

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Net minutes will be sent out at conclusion of net
  • Finished minutes for June meeting and will include those in the email as well

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • 58 members
  • Current balance: $8,819.98
  • Consider setting the Bryan Amateur Radio Club as your charity on Amazon Smile

Announcements / Comments

Question for conversation: Do you use a balun, unun, or other transformer in your setup? How? Did you buy it or make it?

Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Use a 4:1 ferrite core balun for impedance matching from 50 Ohm unbalanced coax to 300-ish Ohm balanced ladder line

Ron Hambric (N5SBN)

  • Reminder: ARES net tonight
  • 443.425 MHz FM (KD5DLW) repeater
  • 20:30 or after W5BCS net
  • Interesting email from TX RACES
    • Civil Air Patrol has been circling over KY and TN to provide comms for those on the ground there with the flooding

Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)

  • Balun from Matthew Barry (KG5LYE) does indeed work very well!
  • Definitely worth the pizza and bottle of wine… I think I came out ahead on that deal!

Jim Hanks Jr. (W5CYN)

  • Use 2 baluns
    • 4:1 that was purchased; on my base doublet antenna
    • 49:1 that I made; end-fed “random wire” antenna
  • Very satisfying to build one yourself, and they work very well
  • Robertson County ARES has begun their weekly nets
    • Thursday nights at 20:00
    • W5KVN repeater (Franklin)
    • Anyone interested is welcome to attend

Bill Rose (K5WTR)

  • 49:1 is an interesting ratio
  • have one that came with my beam antenna

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Have a 4:1 air-core balun on my off-center-fed dipole

Buy / Sell

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Still have a West Mountain Radio CLRdsp ClearSpeech noise reduction processor
  • sells for $200, now asking $80
  • send me an email at n5zkf@arrl.net if interested

Information Exchange

Dwayne Walters (W5DPW)

proxy Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • having problems with a Yaesu FT-70D
  • Does anyone have one? Would like to compare notes.
  • Something wrong with config or a broken radio?
  • David Bailey (K5DKB): I have one. Not sure if I would be of much help, but I would be willing to try.

Jim Hanks Jr. (W5CYN)

  • Made my 49:1 balun from a YouTube video by Steve Ellington (N4LQ)

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