August Meeting Minutes

Monthly Club Meeting Minutes



  • President:
    Phil Gates (N5ZKF) present
  • Vice President:
    Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ) present
  • Secretary:
    Trent Owens (AG1TX) present
  • Treasurer:
    Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB) present

Attendees (21)

  • Trent Owens (AG1TX)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)
  • Jim Hanks Jr. (KI5KFD)
  • Justin Pauler (W5JWP)
  • Lance Smith (KI5ETF)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Loyd Rowe, Jr. (KA5LXK)
  • Jim Snell (WA5PMO)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Jeremy Carter (KF5YAA)
  • Gerald Golub (W5VUI)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Jim Laird (KF5YY)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Welcome to our 5th “on air” monthly club “BARC: W5BCS” meeting!
    • Current meeting place, Red Cross, is unavailable to us, due to the pandemic, until further notice and our monthly meetings will be on the air until we can lock down a meeting place.
  • Today is the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP) day.
  • International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend – ILLW
    Normally held on the 3rd full weekend in August
    This year: 00.01 UTC 22nd August to 2400 UTC 23rd August 2020 (48 hours)
  • Officers working together to identify opportunities for club activities and advancement.
    • City of Bryan MidTown Park Project
      • Consulting with former Parks staff, recommend that we go before the Park Board.
      • Also writing a letter to the Parks Director/Project Manager
      • Serious commitment on the part of BARC of Time and Money.
      • Requesting roll call poll of members checked-in to today’s meeting indicating wiliness to support this initiative through volunteer effort and financial backing.

Trent Owens (AG1TX): Roll Call Vote was taken of the above attendees (Excluding: KA5TWB as he was not present at the time of voting)
The vote was unanimous (20 yes / 0 no) in support of the MidTown Park initiative.

  • Respondents to our club activity poll set construction projects as a top priority. These projects are beginning to emerge but, we still have to overcome the logistical challenges of COVID-19.
  • The local D-Star repeater stack is need of service and a permanent custodianship.
    • In the interest of stabilizing services and adding to BARC infrastructure, we will be seeking to change the call sign on the repeater to a BARC club call (other than W5BCS).
    • Stay tuned for more information on that
  • An active club deserves a recognizable brand and logo.
    • There was a logo in the ‘90s that fell out of use.
    • If you are interested in working on this or, have ideas, please let me know.
  • If you develop upcoming questions, please email me:

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)

  • Looking for someone to help keep the webpage content up to date. If you are interested, please contact an officer.
  • Need ideas for presentations and events for the fall.
    • Examples could be: Radio in the park, Parks On The Air: POTA, etc.

Secretary Trent Owens (AG1TX)

  • Previous meeting’s minutes have been emailed and posted to the website for the past month without question or comments.
  • If you are interested in being net control, please let me or one of the officers know. Even if you are just curious about NET control and have questions, feel free to ask.

Treasurer Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)

  • Financials:
    • Statement Details:
      • Previous Ballance: $5,570.09
      • Deposit: club membership and arrl membership 64
      • Debits: One check to ARRL: $47 and a $200 check for club insurance.
      • Current Ballance: $5,387.09
  • You can renew or join the club at any time!
    • Click here for instructions
    • Join or renew ARRL through the club as we get a kickback. Not much but every little bit helps!
      • Make checks out to the Club and we will send the funds to the ARRL.

Old Business

No questions or comments on old business was heard..

New Business

New Business, Announcements or Comments

Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)

  • Just tried to log into BARC website and recieved an error.

Gerald Golub (W5VUI): I will look into the issue, please email me a screenshot of the error.


Nothing heard..

Information Exchange

Nothing Heard..

Health and Welfare / Good of the Order

  • If anyone needs help with anything please reach out to the club. You can contact any of the officers at:

VE Test Session

Gerald Golub (W5VUI)

  • Next test session is TBD. We don’t have a location for our club meetings or test sessions yet but will need to find a location and abide by .gov guidelines. If you would like to test, please email me and I’ll put you on a list.

September Meeting

  • As of now, the meeting will be on September 19, 2020 at 9:30am and unless our current situation changes, will be held “On Air” in a NET style meeting on the 146.680 repeater. Please check the website and/or our Tuesday evening NETs @ 8 PM local time for the most current information regarding our meetings.

Next Meeting: 2020-09-19 09:30

_No Presentation Scheduled This Month..

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