January Monthly Club Meeting Minutes

date 2021-01-16 convened 09:30 adjourned 10:03


  • President: Phil Gates (N5ZKF) present
  • Vice President: Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ) absent
  • Secretary: Matthew Barry (KG5LYE) absent
  • Treasurer: Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ) present

Attendees (12)

  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Clark Pennington (KC5BHM)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Mark Coppock (KG5PDT)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates


  • Welcome new BARC officers
    • Secretary: Matthew Barry, KG5LYE
    • Treasurer: Lorna Flansburg, KI5FIZ
  • Don’t forget your club membership renewals.
  • D-Star repeater
    • New call is KI5MMC
    • Ready for use.
    • Thanks to Paul Bilke, KI5WGJ, Trent Owens, AG1TX, and John Walpole, K5ZY for their help with this.
  • Check the minutes from Tuesday’s net meeting for some radio activities this weekend.
  • Prompt: What are you currently working on? Any amateur radio projects?

Vice-President Rick Pfeil


  • Absent

Secretary Matthew Barry


  • Absent

Treasurer Lorna FLansburg


  • Current bank balance is $5,567.09.
  • Received seven membership renewals.
  • Please send your renewals to the club PO Box:

Bryan Amateur Radio Club

ATTN: Treasurer
P.O. Box 4442
Bryan Texas, 77805-4442

Old Business

Past Treasurer, Sly Kapchinski, is working to complete and publish the treasurers report for 2020.

New Business

None at this time.


  • KC5BHM: Is there any testing available?
    • None currently planned and emergency orders from Governor Abbot make it difficult. Check with W5VUI to see if he has options.
  • N5ZKF: Battery box project
  • N5SBN: If you need to hold spare fuses for your radios, consider a small magnetic keybox, which could attach to the steel chassis of your equipment.
  • N5GQB: As Seen on TV: “Battery Daddy”, a plastic carrying case for all your dry cell batteries. Might be found in local stores, eventually.


Nothing heard

Information Exchange

N5ZKF: My neighbor, Rod Hotz, K5BGB, sent along a cautionary tale regarding tower safety. K1TO fell in August and still has not recovered from damage done to his vision, broken bones, ability to care for himself. K1TO had climbed a tower that was later found to not have any sort of foundation at all. The tower fell with K1TO still connected to it. There are other stories similar to this and you really need to be careful when working on or around antenna towers. You should have the training, equipment, and sufficient ground support for any such work. If there’s a tower in your future, make sure you understand and follow the engineering specifications for proper installation, including a sufficient foundation structure to support the tower.

Next Meeting: 2021-02-20 09:30

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