June 2020 Meeting Minutes

Monthly Club Meeting Minutes



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

Attendees (25)

  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Trent Owens (AG1TX)
  • David R. Cook (KI5GDX)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Jeremy Carter (KF5YAA)
  • Jim Snell (WA5PMO)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Gina Miller (K5GKM)
  • Connor Farrell (WG1GEM)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
  • John “Pocat” Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Kerry Miller (WD5ABC)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Gerald Golub (W5VUI)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Charlie Culver (KD5DLW)
  • Dwayne Walters (W5DPW)

Officer Reports

President N5ZKF

  • Welcome to our 4th “on air” monthly club “BARC: W5BCS” meeting!
  • Field Day is our biggest priority for the meeting.
  • Field Day:
    • Setup will start at 8am.
    • Texas .gov guidelines for meetings:
      • 65 years or older, think you may have a significant risk for complications, please consider participating from home.
      • If you have symptoms of being ill please stay home.
      • Encourage you to bring your own face covering.
      • Pavilion, indoor space and bathroom will be available for the weekend.
  • We will have a VE Test session under the pavilion @ 2pm on Saturday.
  • Stations:
    • 2 HF Stations maybe 3 with the GOTA “Get On The Air” station provided by Texas A&M University Amateur Radio Club (W5AC)
    • Ron Hambric (N5SBN) Will be providing a solar portable Winlink station.
  • 2 Antenna Trailers
  • Start radio ops at 2pm local time.
  • ARRL one time only rule accommodations:
    • If you want to be on the air from home as a Class D station, you can contact other stations and make points for the club.
      • You may operate from home with your call/privileges, log / enter your contacts into the webpage and contribute to the club’s Field Day points.
  • Midtown Park:
    • I have a good contact at the City of Bryan and will be drafting a letter for board approval soon.
    • If you are interested in helping with this project, please let me or one of the officers know.
      • n5zkf@arrl.net
  • ARRL Kids Day! Today is ARRL Kids Day, so tune around and talk to some young people on the air to help foster some interest and excitement in our hobby.
  • ARRL Contest Calendar
    • Still a lot of contests and Special Event Stations happening

Vice President KI5DUJ

Unavailable this morning..

Secretary 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 N5GQB

  • Financials:
    • Statement Details:
      • Previous Ballance: $5,650.09
      • Debit: $130.00 (PO Box Renewal)
      • Current Ballance: $5,520.09
  • Received one member’s renewal Pierre Catala (WA1UAT), thank you!
  • 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.

New Business

Announcements and Comments

Gerald Golub (W5VUI)

  • Test session at 2pm on Saturday. Will send out an email to the VE group
  • Web page, waiting on some info and then to also update some back end
    • Contact me with any questions or website help: w5vui@w5vui.com
  • Question: Can we use club call and club privileges for Field Day or your own privileges? Do we log as club?
    Phil Gates (N5ZKF): If you are at your station, use your call and your privileges, then on the webpage you can assign your contacts to the club.

Connor Farrell (WG1GEM)

  • Texas A&M University Amateur Radio Club (W5AC) will be providing and operating the GOTA station this year.
  • Start selling shirts available and possibly selling at field day
  • Texas A&M University Amateur Radio Club (W5AC) set up an endowment and it’s almost ready to start funding.+

Charlie Culver (KD5DLW)

  • Wanted to remind everyone about the local 10M crossband repeater. I’m not sure which tone corresponds to which frequency but here are the details:
  • 10M Crossband Repeater
    • 29.600 Mhz
    • 29.500 Mhz
      • Tones:
        • 156.7
        • 167.9
    • UHF Frequency
      • 443.525 Mhz

David R. Cook (KI5GDX)

  • Looking forward to the VE Test session at Field Day as I am taking general test.

Trent Owens (AG1TX)

  • Will there be a swap meet or a table to sell equipment?

Phil Gates (N5ZKF): Wont be a club organized or monitored “Swap Meet” but you can bring things to set out and sell. You’ll be responsible for monitoring whatever you bring.

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Thank the membership for the offerings to help out with club functions. It is volunteerism that makes the club run and I really appreciate it.


Nothing heard..

Information Exchange

Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)

  • Just received a nano vna as a father’s day gift. Anyone have any experience with these?

Phil Gates (N5ZKF): Paul Bilke and I have one, I have used it a few times and its a great piece of equipment. I encourage you to spend some time in front of YouTube as there are some really good reviews and details about it.

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:
    • officers@bryanarc.org

VE Test Session

  • Next test session will be at Field Day:
    • 2pm this Saturday (06-27-2020) under the pavilion.

July Meeting

  • As of now, the meeting will be on July 18, 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: 2020-07-18 09:30

_No Presentation Scheduled This Month..

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