September 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 (17)

  • Trent Owens (AG1TX)
  • Tom Talley (W5XTT)
  • Gina Miller (K5GKM)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Paul Bilke (KF5WGJ)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Jeremy Carter (KF5YAA)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • David R. Cook (KI5GDX)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Welcome to our 6th “on air” monthly club “BARC: W5BCS” meeting!

    • Current meeting place, Red Cross, is unavailable to us, due to the pandemic, until further notice and our monthly meetings will be on the air until we can lock down a meeting place.
  • Happy Birthday to our VP Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ). Today is his birthday, so if you hear him on the air, tell him happy birthday!

  • ARRL has several event stations coming soon. Check their website HERE for a complete list.

  • A lot of great opportunities for contesting today! Visit for a complete list.

  • Dstar: ups replaced, network monitoring, documentation, Coming soon a new power amp thanks to Charlie Culver (KD5DLW).

    • Grateful to volunteers.
  • Midtown park project.

    • Bryan Park Advisory board meetings. Next meeting should be mid December. Meeting by video conference. They want citizens to email in items for them to address.
  • Send club Logo ideas to:

  • Gov Abbott has changed some guidance on Covid-19. I will read through those to see if our opportunities have changed. The red cross is currently not letting outside organizations into their buildings.

  • If you have moved, make sure you update your FCC license!

  • Subscribe to our email listserv if you aren’t getting our emails..

  • Space weather: Gaining consensus that we are beginning of solar cycle 25. So hopefully HF Propagation will be getting better soon!

  • Ran out of tropical weather storm names.. Pay attention to Beta

  • Prompt: Have you ever constructed electronics using vacuum tubes?

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)

  • Looking for someone to help keep the webpage content up to date. If you are interested, please contact an officer.

  • Need ideas for presentations and events for the fall.

    • Examples could be: Radio in the park, Parks On The Air: POTA, etc.

Secretary Trent Owens (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 Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)

  • Financials:
    • Statement Details:
      • Previous Ballance: $8,387.09
      • Deposit: $230: $200 field day deposit refund from the City of CS and a $30 renewal
      • Debits: $200 to Rick for deposit refund.
      • Current Ballance: $5,417.09

Old Business

No questions or comments on old business was heard..

New Business

New Business, Announcements or Comments

Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)

  • 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.
  • Radio in the Park: No date has been set yet. Maybe we can get dates and details set up.

Tom Talley (W5XTT)

  • I have made a heath kits, allied receiver at one time. SB110A: 100w SSB 6M rig.

Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)

  • I built a cw transmitter for CW with Tubes.

Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)

  • Heathkit acw novice trans. Couldnt get my code speed up.

Ron Hambric (N5SBN)

  • ARRL 2020 Simulated Emergency Test “SET” is scheduled for October 3-4 weekend.
    • Click Here for more information
    • Contact me at:


Sly Kapchinski (N5GQB)

  • One of my customers needs an antenna tower taken down. Rohn 25, 40-45ish feet tall. Tower looks to be in really good shape. Mounted in concrete, possibly. very light surface rust at ground interface. Antenna and tower is free. Bonus if you come get it.. Gin pole that will come with the tower if you take it down. Good shape. The mounting bracket has some rust.
    • 979-694-6600

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Mrs Hnatiuk, Mark Hnatiuk (KG5EYV /SK) ’s widow, still has some of Mark’s gear: Kenwood transceiver. Think its a 2M all mode, Dentron Clipperton amp., Heathkit tuner. I dont have any details on any of it.

    • If you need her contact please email me:
  • I also have some HIFI sp warfdale bookshelf 2way ported. These are made in HongKong. Very solid speakers and in pretty fair shape. They may sound good in your man cave.

    • Contact me at:

Information Exchange

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • I have been working on grounding my station. I’m mounting lightning arresstors on the ground rod. Some devices you use outdoors that need to be outdoors are not weatherized like they should be. Reading the documentation, the arrestors are not weatherized either. I need to find a way to keep moisture out.

Tom Talley (W5XTT): I have used those and I used a tire inner tube that I cut and secured over them to keep the water off of them. It has worked well so far.

Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)

  • Sounds like there is a power supply hum on the repeater. Does anyone else hear it?

Tom Talley (W5XTT): I had an icom that was broad enough that it pulled in some of the tone which sounded similar to a power supply hum.

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:

VE Test Session

Gerald Golub (W5VUI)

  • Next test session is TBD. We don’t have a location for our club meetings or test sessions yet but will need to find a location and abide by .gov guidelines. If you would like to test, please email me and I’ll put you on a list.

October Meeting

  • As of now, the meeting will be on October 17, 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: 2020-10-17 09:30

_No Presentation Scheduled This Month..

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