2022-11-29 Net Minutes


Check-ins (17)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • David Bailey (K5DKB)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Christian Hurst (W5FCH)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • John Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • We’d welcome anyone interested in calling the nets
    • don’t let us hog all the fun
    • we can get you the script
  • Events
    • 2022-12-17 Next meeting / “Election day”
    • 2023-01-21 January Luncheon
      • C&J is not looking so great, but will get you location details shortly
    • 2023-01-28/29 Winter Field Day
      • American Legion Post 159
      • Presentations, chili contest, contacts, lots of fun!
  • Special events this week
    • ARRL 160 m Contest
    • Pearl Harbor Day Commemorations
    • Civil Air Patrol Birthday
    • 2022-12-04 Skywarn Recognition Day
  • Officer Nominations
    • Thanks to Mike Wisby (KA5HIA) and Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ) for helping with nominations
      • contact either or both of them if interested in running for a position
    • Current state of the ballot:
      • President: David Bailey (K5DKB)
      • Vice President: Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ)
      • Treasurer: Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
      • Secretary: Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • On-the-Air
    • VHF is opening up as weather has changed
    • made SSB contact on 40 m all the way to South Africa

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

proxy Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Please send any ideas for after-meeting presentations
    • Something you’d like to present —OR— would like to see presented

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Will send out minutes after net as usual
  • Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • 59 members
  • Current bank balance: $8,191.48
  • Remember to shop Amazon Smile with W5BCS set as your charity of choice 🙂
  • Winter Field Day: “Dust off your chili cauldron, fine-tune that recipe, and prepare to compete to be #1 prime chili cook-off winner!”

Announcements / Comments

Question #105 for conversation via John Walpole (K5ZY): What radio do you use when mobile/portable?

John Walpole (K5ZY)

  • TS-2000 in my camper; Chameleon Antenna
  • ‘857 in my truck, Ataz 120

Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Baofeng UV-5R handheld
    • 2 m / 70 cm FM simplex and repeater
  • Icom ID-5100A in my Prius
    • 2 m / 70 cm FM, D-STAR
    • can listen on air band
    • dual simultaneous receiver

Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)

  • Yaesu 450D with MFJ power supply in motor home
  • mag-mount antenna
  • have another 75 m to 2 m multiband antenna

Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)

  • use Yaesu FT-1D
  • hope to install FT-8800 in car eventually

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Yaesu FT-350AR and TDR-6100
  • No HF mobile operations
    • Took entire home radio station to do a Parks on the Air activation

Bill Rose (K5WTR)

  • I put my FT-891 in the front seat of the car
  • six fiberglass mast sections

Information Exchange

Don Ling (WB5CKO)

  • “I get by with a little (maybe a lotta) help from my friends”
  • Antarctica has been on the air:
    • 14.130 MHz a few days ago
    • 7.049 MHz on CW
  • “When in doubt, change it out” (in reference to old vacuum tubes)
    • same goes for coax cables these days…
    • might look fine from the outside, BUT:
      • conductor or dielectric can crack
      • it can get water in it
    • replaced a 25 ft section of coax with 100 ft and got a 300% increase in signal at the other end
  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE):
    • same goes for Internet/TV/Cable coax feeds
    • just had ours replaced today: Internet got a lot faster and seems to be more reliable now

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Suddenlink is sunsetting their email service
  • If you have an @suddenlink.net email address, move to another email provider

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