2022-09-06 Net Minutes


Check-ins (19)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Travis Scott (KI5TMS)
  • Joshua Cook (KF5TYX)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Christian Hurst (W5FCH)
  • Kevin Walton (K5BTX)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Robert Carter (NC5R)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • David Bailey (K5DKB)
  • Christy Bailey (KI5WUM)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Back in town!
  • Lots of Special events this week (and next); notably,
    • 2022-09-11 Patriot Day (September 11) is coming up
    • 2022-09-10/18 Rte 66 on the air
  • Other calendar items to be aware of:
    • 2022-09-17 09:30 – Next meeting
    • 2022-09-30 – Belton Ham Expo
    • 2022-10-14/16 – Scouting / Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)
    • 2022-10-22 – Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management collection date
    • 2023-01-28/29 – Winter Field Day

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

proxy Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Please send any ideas for after-meeting presentations
  • Exercise your privileges: get on the radio
    • the repeater has been awfully quiet lately
    • looking forward to seeing everyone in September

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Net minutes will be sent out at conclusion of net as usual
  • Classes off to a good start: one lecture class (Machine Learning), and one research hour

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • 60 members
    • If you’d like to renew or join,
      • you can download the application from the club website
        • turn it in at the next meeting on 2022-09-17 (will have copies in-person)
      • can also send PayPal invoice if desired
  • Current bank balance: $8,539.99
  • Consider setting the Bryan Amateur Radio Club as your charity on Amazon Smile


Question for conversation: What is your favorite battery chemistry?

Ron Hambric (N5SBN)

  • Brazos County ARES net tonight
    • 443.425 MHz FM (KD5DLW) repeater
    • 20:30 or after W5BCS net, whichever is later
    • will be discussing upcoming exercise

Bill Rose (K5WTR)

  • My favorite chemistry is Iron-Nickel
    • “Edison batteries”
    • Used to be what telephone company used for power backup
    • Lifetime is 25-30 yrs; also very easy to repair
  • Second favorite is Lithium-Ion, seems to be the best these days
  • Lead-Acid Gel

Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Don’t really have a favorite battery chemistry; all have their drawbacks
  • Supercapacitors would be the ideal
  • Nickel-Metal-Hydride
    • no memory, can deep-cycle without any issues
    • can lose their charge over time
  • Lithium-Ion tends to degrade over time if held at full charge
    • Also don’t like to be deep-cycled

Buy / Sell

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Nitecore Intellicharger
    • 4 bay charger for rechargable cells
    • works with a variety of cell types (1.2 V, 3.7 V, 4.2 V, 4.35 V)
    • brand new, will take $20 for it
    • n5zkf@arrl.net

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