March 2022 Monthly Meeting Minutes



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

Attendees (15)

  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)
  • Kevin Walton (N4RMF)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Kerry Miller (WD5ABC)
  • Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Jim Laird (KF5YY)
  • Ernest Laney (K5ENL)
  • Marty Nau (W5MHN)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Hunter Hambric
  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Lorna out of town with Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Upcoming dates
    • 2022-03-25/26 Belton Ham Expo
      • “Tailgating” Friday afternoon/evening
      • Doors open 07:00 on Saturday
      • Wraps up by 12:00
      • Belton Expo Center
    • 2022-04-23 Radio in the Park
      • Tanglewoord Park, Bryan, TX
      • bring your own equipment if you want
      • starts around 09:00 or 10:00
      • 2022-04-30 Backup date if weather isn’t good on the 23rd

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

  • Field Day
    • 2022-06-25/26
    • 5 member committee:
    • Brian Bachmann Park reserved
      • This may not be available for free in the future (probably $300–$400)
      • Keep other places in mind for next year
        • Phil Gates (N5ZKF): We’ve had people offer to host Field Day on their property
          • lack of public visibility could be a problem
          • Maybe church or parking lot?
          • can get exposure through visiting news outlets and elected officials
        • Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR): do we need power?
          • no; just acreage and exposure
          • maybe use the Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bryan again?
          • St. Thomas Aquinas has some acreage up next to the bypass (needs to be mowed)
          • Scott & White Hospital has some green space as well
            • connection to Kirk Gulde (in charge of IT, knows value of ham radio)
        • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ): survey the “radio landscape” before (to avoid noise)
    • Raffle items have been purchased
      • Stoeger M3000 semi-automatic shotgun
      • $500 VISA gift card
      • Yaesu FT-70D HT handheld
      • NanoVNA antenna analyzer
      • Custom Knife from Richard Epting
    • Raffle tickets just about ready
      • will be printed by next weekend
      • sell them to anyone and everyone (not just club members)
    • Need volunteers to help with the Radios, esp. through the night
    • Meal
      • Hoping to get briskets donated
      • Pot-luck sides and desserts
      • Water, tea, gatorade to drink
    • Bring your own radio if you want; we’ll hook it up
      • Better if you’re familiar with the equipment
    • VE test session Saturday afternoon
      • We had 11 or 12 people last year even despite COVID

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • decals and window clings available for sale at $2 ea.

February Bank Statement

  • Starting $
  • income: $104
  • disbursements
    • $90 at Monograms & More to digitize logo (one-time fee)
  • ending $7,446.29

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Just got minutes from January meeting; will get those typed up and sent out
  • motion by Kevin Walton (N4RMF) to approve Febuary minutes as read by
    • seconded by Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
    • passes unanimously

Other Business

Antenna Trailer

  • Not an emergency, but keep it in mind
  • Need a place to park the antenna trailer
    • hasn’t been covered, but would be better if it was
  • Might need maintenance at some point in the near future
    • Anyone have a sandblaster? workshop? lifter (if we need to remove the antenna)?

Jamboree on the Air

Ron Hambric (N5SBN)

  • Good idea for publicity
  • 2022-10-14/16
  • Can have it here at American Legion Post 159 (with Scout troop here)

Skywarn Newspaper Article

Ron Hambric (N5SBN)

  • Newspaper clipping from 2022-03-06
  • Mentions your local Kevin Walton (N4RMF), Ron Hambric (N5SBN), Michele Mead,

Health and Welfare / Good of the Order


  • motion by Jeff McDowell (KI5CES) to adjourn
    • seconded by Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
    • passes unanimously

March Meeting

Next Meeting: 2022-04-16 09:30, American Legion Post 159

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