July 2022 Monthly Meeting Minutes



  • President: Phil Gates (N5ZKF) present
  • Vice President: Rick Pfeil (W4RDP) present
  • Secretary: Matthew Barry (KG5LYE) present
  • Treasurer: Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ) present

Attendees (21)

Quorum attained!

  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ)
  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)
  • Kevin Walton (N4RMF)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • David Vickers (KI5WEH)
  • Mike Vickers
  • Robert O’Connell (KC5DWB)
  • Vic Pears (KX8V)
  • Kerry Miller (WD5ABC)
  • Joshua Wenger (W5AML)


  • Congrats to Evelyn Hall, who just got her Tech license at Field Day and is the recipient of a free radio courtesy of Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ)
    • whole family present
    • from Australia, living in the states for about 20 years
  • Special Howdy to returning members and newly (and soon-to-be) licensed members!

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Club QSL Cards
  • Recently Received a card from overseas:
    • Winsor Castle on occasion of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
  • Previously received cards “from the darkest corner of the club archives”
  • Could be fun to make your own

Field Day

  • Points tabulated so far: 1526
    • special thanks to CW operators! (each contact counts double)
    • has not been turned in yet; still want to audit one more time
    • does not include donated contact points
    • compared to last year: 3,030
      • this included a fair number of donated contacts
  • Any feedback on what did or did not go well?
    • please let us know!
  • 55 people checked in
  • Thanks to all of the volunteers
  • VE Test session
    • 4 new licensees
    • 1 upgrade to General
    • 1 upgrade to Extra
  • Venue should be available to us next year
  • Field Day is a fundraiser for the club
    • This year, we netted just over $1,000 for the club

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

  • Need ideas for after-meeting presentations
  • We’d be happy to help prepare and present
  • Outreach to Boy Scouts for Amateur Radio Merit Badge
    • self and Ron Hambric (N5SBN) are merit badge counselors
    • if interested, let me or N5SBN know

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

June Bank Statement

  • starting: $6475.98
  • income: $2,145
    • Field Day: $1,251.37
      • income: $2,533
        • Dinner plate donatios
        • $700 presale
        • $1,440 in Raffle Tickets
      • expenses: 1481.63
        • Raffle prizes
      • net at end of Field Day: 1051.37
      • refund on park: 200
    • Stickers, clings, patches
    • Refund from M&M Apparel
    • Received VE fees that should have gone to VEC
  • available: $
  • disbursements:
    • $60 to VEC
  • ending: $8560.98

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Minutes from this meeting will be sent out later today
  • Will also include the following minutes from when I was out:
    • 2022-06-18 June meeting
    • 2022-06-21 Net
    • 2022-06-28 Net

Other Business

Winter Field Day

  • Not an ARRL event, but popular nonetheless
  • Similar to ARRL Field Day
  • Began in 2007
    • sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio (SPAR)
    • Last weekend of January (2023-01-28/29 next year)
    • 19:00 UTC to 19:00 UTC
    • not necessary to operate for 24 hours; much more laid-back
  • 3 entry categories: indoor, outdoor, home
  • Bonus points are a little different:
    • 500 points if radio equipment is not on the power grid
    • 500 points if not home
    • 500 points for satellite (one-time only)
  • Possible venues:
    • could do it here at the American Legions
    • Wellborn Community Center
  • Good general interest!
    • weather alone is a nice motivation!

New Antenna Needed

  • motion by Ken Reeves (KE5FIV) to budget not to exceed $200 for the purchase of a trapped diploe antenna
    • seconded by Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
    • motion passes

Antenna Trailer


  • trailer needs outriggers for stabilization
  • needs to be painted
  • might need new tires (if 10 years old or older)
  • club should probably be financially responsible
  • may be able to solicit for donation of materials
  • have mechanical engineer take a look at it and sign off?
  • put a recognition of those who originally built it


  • Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ) is trustee (registered to his name)
    • should probably be transferred to club
    • covered under club insurance
  • will still need someone to store/host it
    • KF5WGJ can still serve in this capacity
    • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC) has also offered to store it if need be
  • motion by Brad Snyder (KG5SDE) to transfer posession of trailer to the club
    • seconded by Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
    • motion passes

Antenna Trailer Committee

  • Volunteer members:
    • Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ)
    • Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)
    • Mike Vickers
    • Robert O’Connell (KC5DWB)
  • Tasks:
    • fill out the paperwork and file at tax office
    • assess condition of trailer
    • get list of suggested maintenance items
    • consult with insurance

Honorary Memberships

The club by-laws include an “honorary membership” status:

This grade of membership shall require the two-thirds vote of the membership.
Such membership shall not pay dues or fees, and shall be entitled to hold
office and vote.

We don’t have a process for nominating or carrying out the approval.

Health and Welfare / Good of the Order


  • motion by Brad Snyder (KG5SDE) to adjourn
    • seconded by Vic Pears (KX8V)
    • passes unanimously

August Meeting

Next Meeting: 2022-08-20 09:30, American Legion Post 159


Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Info about local repeaters

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