September 2019 Monthly Meeting Minutes

Monthly Club Meeting Minutes



  • President:
    Mark Hnatiuk (KG5EYV) absent
  • Vice President:
    Phil Gates (N5ZKF) present
  • Secretary:
    Trent Owens (AG1TX) present
  • Treasurer:
    Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB) present

Attendees (22)

  • Trent Owens (AG1TX)
  • Matthew McDonoyl
  • Bob Christian (KE5GHM)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
  • Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Jim Laird (KF5YY)
  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)
  • Ernie Pyle (KI5WG)
  • Kathy Pyle (KB5QWS)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Jace Nelson (KE0MXN)
  • James Cravey (KG5ZTZ)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Bill Peterson (KZ3G)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)

Officer Reports

President KG5EYV

Still Recovering…

Vice President N5ZKF

  • Listserv is not operating properly. Gerald Golub (W5VUI) has been notified
  • VE Test Session at 8:00 next meeting.
  • Thank you to Red Cross for meeting space.

Secretary AG1TX

  • Previous meeting minutes accepted.
  • Unable to access listserv to email out minutes.

Treasurer N5GQB

  • Pretty quiet for Treasury.
    • Beginning Balance: $5,019.74
    • Deposits: $45.00
    • No Debits
    • Ending Balance: $5,064.74
    • Couple new members & Nothing in PO Box.
  • ARRL Memberships gives portion back to club if completed through the club. New memberships and Renewals
  • Texas QSO Party at Gerald Golub (W5VUI) went well
    • ARES van was there
    • Typical “Field Day Quirks” in setting up. A lot due to previous lightning strike.
    • Few HF radios available, not many contacts due to band conditions
    • Connor Farrell (WG1GEM) brought Flex radio for attendies to operate.
  • Radio in the park dates
    • Couple options 10/12/19, after meeting on 10/19/19, 10/26/19.
    • Decided on 10/19/19
    • Need someone to stake out table
    • Radio in the park defined for membership.
    • Portable radio operation, typically HF, in a local park using alternative power and portable antennas.
    • Opportunity for community visibility.

Old Business

Club Social

  • Meal at restaurant
    • Aim for evening in September
    • Send out Doodle Poll
  • Tailgate with W5AC later in season?
    • Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ) wants to sponsor some food

New Business

Club Social

  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF) Sent out email survey to decide on restaurant and day for Fall social. Laptop open for members to complete survey.
    • Discuss results on Net Meeting.

Club Elections

  • Need Committee to review candidates
  • Doesnt think Mark will be running for another term as President.
  • Important to have a full slate of officers. Email N5SKF if you are interested in serving.


  • “Wide Area Wednesday” & “Spread Out Sunday”: Wednesdays and Sundays EchoLink Node Connection on VHF repeater; Small groups for Elmer volunteers will go out on W5AC listserv.
  • W5AC has created a new free affiliate membership. Sign up online.

Operating Stories, Hints or Tricks

  • DStar node back online and Saltgrass UHF node (Output: 443.475 tone: 103.5) back online soon.
  • Travelling with radios and/or batteries. Check air carrier as to their policies on how to travel with your batteries.

Good of the Order

  • Tracy Pfeil, wife of Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ) is making progress
  • Mark Hnatiuk (KG5EYV) recovering from surgery


  • Motion to adjourn by Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
    • seconded by Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
    • passes

Next Meeting: 2019-10-19 09:30

Presentation by Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ) on Rasberry Pi

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