May 2021 Monthly Meeting Minutes



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

Attendees (16)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Garrett Martin (W5HVS)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Mark Coppock (KG5PDT)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Jim Laird (KF5YY)
  • Gerald Golub (W5VUI)
  • Kevin Phillips (W5TTY)
  • Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

Updates on Repeater

  • Continuing problem with interference on 146.680 MHz
  • Thanks to a lot of detective work from many people
    • Charlie Culver (KD5DLW)
    • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
    • Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)
    • and others
  • Passive intermodulation
    • something special about our antenna/feedline
    • solution is to replace antenna with another model
  • Antenna has been ordered (same model as another that we’ve used previously)
    • Higher gain than current antenna
    • Should be here by mid- to late-June
  • Will be mounted upside-down, further away from beacon light

Online Services

  • We can now collect dues through PayPal
  • Donations through Amazon Smile
  • Other opportunities being assessed

Field Day Planning

  • If you would like to volunteer, let Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ) or myself know
  • More stations means more operators, especially overnight

FCC Updates

Public Health Updates

  • Everything seems to be looking good
  • Planning to have a normal Field Day this year
  • Perhaps will be able to meet in-person for our monthly June meeting

Club Board

  • Volunteer “club administrator”
    • Works in tandem with and advises officers
  • Appointing Bill Peterson (KZ3G) to fill in for the rest of the year
    • Thank you!

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)

Field Day

  • Raffle Tickets are ready!
    • we’d prefer you to buy/sell them ahead of time
    • Need to sell a minimim of 100 to break even
    • Goal is for everyone to sell 5 tickets
  • Prizes:
    • $500 HRO gift certificate
    • Benelli Nova 12 GA Shotgun
    • Yaesu FT-60R dual-band HT
    • Custom-made wallet from Richard Epting (KG5WIV)
  • Additional Modes for field day operations
    • CW, FT8, etc.
  • Door Prizes will be drawn hourly
    • Must be present to win
  • Meal cannot be sold, so we’ll have a tip jar
    • Recommended donation: $10
    • If we sell anything at the park, we lose the right to use it for free

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Reading of last month’s minutes
  • Minutes will be sent at the conclusion of the meeting

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)


  • 58 paid members currently
  • Will get PayPal info on website shortly
    • Can send out forms and links directly to you if you’re interested

April Bank Statement

  • Starting balance: $4,734.66
  • Disbursements for raffle
  • Expecting first Amazon Smile donations

Amazon Smile

  • Remember to set BARC as your charity

Other Business

Gerald Golub (W5VUI)

VE Sessions

  • Reiterate: new hams use FRN on form instead of SSN
  • Last session was 2021-02-13; might have one soon if we can get a venue
  • Planning to have a session at Field Day

Health and Welfare / Good of the Order

Buy / Sell

Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)

  • Looking for a TNC if anyone has one they’re not using
  • Need to be able to operate digital modes (e.g., Winlink) for ARES

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • 1930s 6-tube Westinghouse AM radio receiver that needs a home
    • Fair shape: circuitry has been modernized somewhat, but still needs some work
    • Covers Ham bands and commercial AM bands
    • Contact if interested (or know someone who might be)

Announcements / Comments

Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)

  • Will next meeting be in-person? If so, do we have a location?
  • N5ZKF:
    • We surely hope so!
    • Will be monitoring the public health sphere
    • Previously met at American Red Cross building on Boonville Rd, but has been closed to the public
    • We’ll keep everyone updated through the nets

June Meeting

Next Meeting: 2021-06-19 09:30 (on the air unless we hear otherwise)

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