July 2019 Monthly Meeting Minutes



  • President:
    Mark Hnatiuk (KG5EYV) present
  • Vice President:
    Phil Gates (N5ZKF) present
  • Secretary:
    Matthew Barry (KG5LYE) present
  • Treasurer:
    Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB) present

Attendees (21)

  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Max Eubank (K5ADR)
  • John “Pocat” Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Mercadez Mathis
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Gerald Golub (W5VUI)
  • David Barry (KG5UZA)
  • Kerry Miller (WD5ABC)
  • Kevin Phillips (W5TTY)
  • Ernie Pyle (KI5WG)
  • Kathy Pyle (KB5QWS)
  • Joshua Cook (KF5TYX)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Trent Owens (AG1TX)
  • James Cravey (KG5ZTZ)

Officer Reports

President KG5EYV

Hospitalized for brain tumor!

Vice President N5ZKF


Secretary KG5LYE

Filling in for President and Vice President

  • Thanks to Ron Hambric (N5SBN) and Red Cross for hosting us again this month!
    • Ideas for a regular club meeting place?
      • Red Cross should be available for next month
      • Ringer Library should be open sometime in August
        • Conference room should be available for us
        • Primary contact: Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)
  • Next meeting 2019-07-20 09:30
    • VE Exam 08:00?
    • Need new secretary
      • I will probably be there, but I move out the next day
  • Thanks also to everyone who came out to Field Day!
    • Couldn’t have happened without you!
  • Club social
    • Which meal?
      • Not breakfast
      • One lunch, one dinner per year
    • Location?
      • Place with isolated meeting room
      • China King Buffet by Harbor Freight
    • Treat like another club meeting?
      • Invite spouses
      • Just like annual meeting we usually have at C&J
    • Sometime in near future:
      • Lunch at China King Buffet, maybe on Saturday?

Treasurer N5GQB

  • June Bank Statement
    • Starting balance: $3153.45
    • One check cleared: (Field Day Prizes) $377.31
    • Ending balance: $2776.14
    • Field Day Deposits still pending because they’re still coming in
      • $200 reimbursement for pavilion rental sent to Mark Hnatiuk (KG5EYV)
      • W5AC bought old 78 in coax for $125
        • Still need check and paperwork (since it’s A&M)
        • May need to wait until the semester starts
  • Field Day Report
    • Door Prizes
      • 2 PSA M4 Carbine Semi-Auto Rifles
        • won by John “Pocat” Walpole (K5ZY)
        • won by Jacob Morgan (KG5SDD)
        • Currently being taken care of
      • TYT MD-380 DMR Radio
        • won by Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
      • ICOM IC-2730A Dual-Band
        • won by Jacob Morgan (KG5SDD)
      • Lowe’s $100 gift certificate
        • won by Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
        • purchased by Mark; still needs reimbursement after we get receipt
    • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
    • Monies
      • raffle prizes: netted about $400 profit
      • meal tickets: $340 profit (no cost to club!)
      • Net profit from whole event: about $750
    • Points
      • Info still coming in (due by 2019-07-23)
        • Extra 100 pt bonuses for documentation
          • Who has sign-in log?
            • Maybe Mark Hnatiuk (KG5EYV)
          • DPS officers, Mayor, etc
        • GOTA station
          • Handwritten logs?
      • Last year: just under 1500 pts
      • Contacts: currently just under 200 tallied
    • What went well?
      • Lots of kids on the radio
      • W5AC involvement
        • Perhaps let them know earlier to get the word out
      • News article in The Eagle
    • What needs improvement?
      • Training
        • Learn to use equipment
        • Practice contesting
          • TX QSO party
      • Radio issues
        • Receiving nothing but static
        • Need backup radio(s) on standby
        • Have manuals handy
      • More radio operators
        • Especially overnight
      • More modes: Digital and CW
    • Need to write thank-you cards
      • Whataburger on Rock Prairie: for breakfast
        • Attn: Jay
        • Promised continued support, maybe a big basket including Whataburger for a year (~$600 value)
      • St. Anthony’s Church for briskets
      • W5AC for GOTA station and help
        • Want to do it again next year
        • Want to promote more future joint club events
      • Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ) for cooking and lots of materials
      • Brazos County ARES (N5BRZ) for Winlink Comms with SEC

New Business


  • Suggestion: for running the net
    • Use a station with good power to cut through noise on repeater
    • Copy on input frequency
    • Try on different repeater

Good of the Order

  • Mark Hnatiuk (KG5EYV) was hospitalized Sunday for brain tumor


  • Motion to adjourn by W5VUI
    • seconded by KG5SDF
    • passes

Next Meeting: 2019-08-17 09:30

Presentation by Ron Hambric (N5SBN) on Amateur TV

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