May 2022 Monthly Meeting Minutes



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

Attendees (19)

Quorum attained!

  • David Bailey (K5DKB)
  • Ernest Laney (K5ENL)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Clark Pennington (KC5BHM)
  • Don Hutchcraft (KE5ADX)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Bill Preston (KZ3G)
  • Kevin Walton (N4RMF)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Jim Hanks Jr. (W5CYN)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Seth Berry
  • David Vickers
  • Michelle Ramatowski

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

proxy Rick Pfeil (W4RDP); see below

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

Field Day


  • club will supply meat, beans, and potato salad for dinner
  • feel free to bring a side or dessert to help out
  • donation basket; suggested amount: $10
  • snacks for people working overnight would be appreciated
  • Rick Pfeil (W4RDP): Will bring ice chests
    • will also try to bring ice; but will probably need more


  • Publication: Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Preparation: Fri evening (time TBD)
    • Need help loading trailer from Sly’s (N5GQB) place
  • Setup: Sat 08:00
  • Contest operation: Sat 13:00 to Sun 13:00
    • we will be operating 2A (two simultaneous radios operating)
  • GOTA by W5AC
    • need confirmation from new leadership
    • Bill Preston (KZ3G): will get in touch
  • Overnight operations
    • attempted to have a sign-up sheet in the past
    • don’t have to sign up, just help out
    • Bill Preston (KZ3G): some members from W5AC have volunteered to do that
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN): Winlink and SSTV
  • VE Test coordinated by Gerald Golub (W5VUI)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA) is safety officer
    • gloves, hard hat, and safety glasses when setting up towers
    • don’t get a lead in the eye
    • keep cool and hydrated
    • enclosed, air-conditioned trailer to get out of heat
    • be careful with gasoline and generators
    • Ron Hambric (N5SBN): if you see something that you think might be unsafe, bring it to someone’s attention!
  • Teardown 13:30
  • Don Hutchcraft (KE5ADX): members of local government have confirmed they will attend
  • ARES Trailer will be there (thanks W5DZ and KA5HIA)

Get your raffle tickets!

  • $10 ea
  • Prizes:
    • Model 3000 Stoeger 12 gauge shotgun
    • $500 VISA gift card
    • Yaesu FT-70D HT radio
    • NanoVNA antenna analyzer
    • Custom knife by Richard Epting (KG5WIV)

Needed supplies!!

  • be sure to label your stuff
  • extension cords
  • backup computer for N3FJP logging software
  • Bring your own radio if you want: whatever you’re familiar with…
  • ice

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • Renew membership if you haven’t already

April Bank Statement

  • Starting $5,817.02
  • income:
    • $260 raffle
    • $109.30 from dues (change due to PayPal fees)
  • no disbursements
  • ending $6,186.32

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Minutes from April sent out
  • motion by Jeff McDowell (KI5CES) to approve April minutes as sent out
    • seconded by A5ENL
    • passes unanimously

Other Business

  • Web Steering committee meeting after meeting

Ron Hambric (N5SBN)

  • ARES meeting change for June:
    • first Monday: 2022-06-06 18:30
  • D-STAR nets on 2nd and 4th Tuesday after W5BCS net
  • trying to put together a list of individuals who have digital (D-STAR, DMR, Fusion, “Hot spot thumb drive”) capabilities
    • sent around a “sign-up sheet”
  • Robertson County putting together an ARES club
    • Jim Hanks Jr. (W5CYN) is coordinator
    • Note: don’t have to live in county(-ies) for which you want to be a member.
    • Note: can also be member of multiple counties
  • RACES is an international organization run by FCC
    • can’t self-activate; called on by local judges
    • vs. ARES, which can self-activate, and has done so for emergencies and local events
  • All hospitals have amateur radios
  • Cell phones are not as reliable as most people think
    • Exercise your privileges;

Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)

  • ARES district coordinator for 7 local counties
  • Winlink is primary communication
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ) is RACES district radio officer
    • assist county judge with emergency communication to Austin
  • new warehouse at RELLIS (1 of 6 in state)

Don Hutchcraft (KE5ADX)

  • American Legion Post 159 is meeting 2022-06-06 to discuss budget
  • Need to find places to spend Veteran Assistance money

Health and Welfare / Good of the Order

  • Guest introductions!
  • If anyone needs help with anything please reach out to the club. You can contact any of the officers at:


  • motion by Mike Wisby (KA5HIA) to adjourn
    • seconded by Kevin Walton (N4RMF)
    • passes unanimously

June Meeting

Next Meeting: 2022-06-18 09:30, American Legion Post 159

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