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December 14th, 2015 No comments

KARS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES DECEMBER 2015

December 14, 2015. Special Christmas Dinner meeting.
Spring Creek Barbeque, I-10 & Westgreen Blvd., Katy, TX

Meeting called to order by President Bob WB3EWP at 7:32 PM.

Twenty members and sixteen visitors were present. Everyone introduced themselves. All enjoyed a fine barbeque dinner as served by the Spring Creek folks.
One visitor, Mark Lorie, KG5JBJ submitted an application for membership. This will be placed on the January meeting agenda.

Motion by Mark N5YUS and seconded by Tommie KG5FMY to accept the minutes of last month’s meeting as posted on
the website. Motion passed.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Mike KA5OXA. Motion by Mark N5YUS and seconded by John AK5AK to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion carried.

There was no Board of Directors meeting in November to report on.

Old Business
Our weekly net continues on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM on our repeater, 147.200 Mhz, +600KHz offset, and PL tone of 141.3Hz.

A date to install the new VHF/UHF antenna and replace the 450 ohm ladder line is needing to be set. District 48 fire department has just received delivery of its ladder truck which would be very helpful in doing this activity.

The KARS club repeater has been successfully moved to a site on top of the Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The antenna is approximately 140 above ground and offers a much larger coverage area. A big “Thank You” goes out to Darrell KK5LG for working with ESD 48, the West I-10 fire department, the attorneys and the court to get our repeater out of station #2. The KARS treasury funded the cost of the move and is accepting donations to offset the costs. See Mike KA5OXA if you can help.

New Business
A vote on two applications for membership as previously submitted to the club:
Ben Keel KF5ZRN and George Graves KG5KOB. Motion by Mark N5YUS and seconded by Scott KT5SR to accept these applicants into membership of the club. Motion passed.

KARS is offering several Technician level ham classes throughout 2016 using the Ham Test Online curriculum. Access to the online class is $15.00 through the club instead of the regular cost of $24.95 per student. We do need a minimum of five student per session. Optional classroom work will be one to two hours of mentoring and clarification for four weeks on Saturday mornings leading up to the test. Have a family member, friend, neighbor interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator, then invite them to attend the class. Mike KA5OXA is heading up this training.
A nomination committee has been formed in advance of 2016 club officer elections. We will be electing a new President, Vice President, and Secretary for 2016. Voting is during the March meeting.

Announcements
The next Board of Directors meeting is set for Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 7:30PM at fire station #4 on Franz Rd.
The next club monthly meeting is Monday, January 11th at 7:30 at fire station #4 on Franz Rd.

Hearing no further business to conduct, President Bob closed the meeting at 7:54PM.

Entered into record this 14th day of December 2015 by Brian Havran, recording secretary.

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KARS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES NOVEMBER 2015

December 10th, 2015 No comments

KARS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES NOVEMBER 2015

November 9, 2015. Regular monthly meeting. Harris County ESD #48 Fire Station 4, Franz Rd. Katy, TX

Meeting called to order by President Bob WB3EWP at 7:30 PM.
All in attendance stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Eighteen members and two visitors signed in. Everyone introduced themselves.

Motion by Mark N5YUS and seconded by Bruce W5BCA to accept the minutes of last month’s meeting as posted on the website. Motion passed.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Mike KA5OXA. Motion by Gerald N5KT and seconded by Charlie KT5BBQ accept the treasurer’s report. Motion carried.

The Board of Directors minutes for October 27, 2015 were read.

Old Business

Our weekly net continues on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM on our repeater,
The frequency is 147.200 MHz +600kHz with a PL of 141.3.

The repairs to the exterior wall of Fire Station #4 have finally been completed. A date to install our new VHF/UHF antenna will be set soon. This will need to be coordinated with the fire department (ladder truck, etc.). It was pointed out that District 48 fire department does not own a ladder truck at this time.
Our ladder line to the HF antenna had snapped in multiple places. Two hundred feet of 450 Ohm ladder line has been supplied to KARS by a club member. Both activities need to be scheduled simultaneously.

Photo documenting for a KARS member album continues. Pictures are able to be taken during break time.

The club is holding applications for two prospective members:
Ruben Caparos, KG5IOO was not in attendance at this meeting. (Third reading). Nick Magoulianos, KG5IOP was in attendance and voted into membership of the Katy Amateur Radio Society.

Death certificates for Marshall Dues, K5MMD, and Jerry Cammack, KT5US, were submitted to the ARRL to be listed in their Silent Key column as reported by Mike KA5OXA.

The club has been given an opportunity to move the club repeater from its current location behind West I-10 station 2 which is elevated to approximately 70 feet above ground to a site on top on the Memorial Herman Katy Hospital which would be about 140 feet high. The new antenna has been installed on the hospital roof. By court order, ALL equipment in several firehouses still cannot be removed until a final settlement is reached. Both parties, West I-10 fire department and Harris County ESD #48, are not due back in court until late May 2016. Our repeater is still operating from station #2. Moving the KARS repeater to the Katy hospital roof will make it more useable over a wider area. The KARS treasury is funding the project and seeking donations to assist with this costly effort. Several members have stepped up by making donations for the antenna change. See Mike, WB5OXA, Treasurer if you can help.

Information for a repeater rack was received from Tommy, KG5FMA.
The information has been passed onto Darrell, KK5LG.

New Business

Our information has been updated for our ARRL Club Affiliation.

KARS is considering offering ham classes using the Ham Test Online curriculum. We would sell access to the online class to the students for $15.00 each. Our class room work would be one to two hours of mentoring and clarification for four weeks on Saturday before the VE test. Mike KA5OXA is heading up this training.

A nomination committee was formed tonight to select members willing to run for the offices of President, Vice-President, and Secretary. The election will be held during the March 2016 meeting. Chosen to be on the nomination committee were Mike KA5OXA, and Brian AF5IT. A third member needs to be added before the committee can begin its work.

The KARS Breakfast Bunch has left Luby’s on Mason Rd. in Katy and currently meets at the Corner Bakery & Café. It is located on the southwest corner of I-10 and Greenhouse Rd.

Announcements

The next VE examination will be held here at Fire Station #4 on Saturday, November 21, 2015 beginning at 9:30 AM. VE examiners are always needed. Want to become a VE examiner? See Mark, N5YUS, for the easy steps to do so.

Our next Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, December 22nd at 7:30 here at station #4.

Our next monthly meeting is Monday December 14th and is this year’s Christmas Dinner at 7:00PM. It will be held at Spring Creek Barbeque, 21000 Katy Freeway at Westgreen Boulevard. (located on the northwest corner of I-10 & Westgreen Blvd.) Spouses and/or family are welcome to attend.

Public Service Events and Opportunities

Pearl Harbor Memorial Service at the Battleship Texas on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
The station NA5DV would be set up and operating on the ship. The Patriot Guard Riders will have a flag line leading up to the ship.

The CyFair half marathon happens on Sunday, Nov 15th. Sid Sherwood is in charge of the ham communication for it.

Break

Tea, coffee, and sweet treats were enjoyed by the attendees during break time.
Thanks to all for keeping the refreshments self sustaining.

Presentation

Scott KT5SR, discussed Amateur Radio Emergency Service or ARES for short. He explained its purpose, structure, people and leaders, and operation. Scott urged all of us to join the Harris County ARES organization.

Hearing no further business to conduct, President Bob closed the meeting at 9:25PM

Entered into record this 9th day of November 2015 by Brian Havran, recording secretary.

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KARS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES OCTOBER 2015

October 12th, 2015 No comments

KARS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES OCTOBER 2015

October 12, 2015. Regular monthly meeting. Harris County ESD #48 fire station 4, Franz Rd. Katy, TX

Meeting called to order by President Bob WB3EWP at 7:30 PM.

All in attendance stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Thirteen members and one visitor signed in.

Everyone introduced themselves. The visitor was Paul Mercer, KG5IGK who was later voted into club membership.

Motion by Mark N5YUS and seconded by Tommy KG5FMA to accept the minutes of last month’s meeting as posted on the website. Motion passed.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Mike KA5OXA. Motion by Charlie KT5BBQ and seconded by Mark N5YUS accept the treasurer’s report. Motion carried.

There were no Board of Directors minutes to read in as much as there has not been a BOD meeting since our last monthly meeting.

Old Business

Our weekly net continues on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM on our repeater, 147.200 Mhz.

We had a bad 10 meter band pass filter. Mike KA5OXA has sent it back to the manufacturer for repairs along with a rebate coupon for the cost of mailing.

The repairs to the exterior wall of fire station #4 have finally been completed. A date to install our new VHF/UHF antenna will be set soon. This will need to be coordinated with the fire department (ladder truck, etc.).

Our ladder line to the HF antenna has been snapped in multiple places. This will require replacement of the completer ladder line and installation. Both activities need to be scheduled simultaneously. Weather permitting, we will come out Saturday after breakfast to assess the situation.

We discussed how Charlie KT5BBQ should be reimbursed for the coaxial cable he supplied for the VHF/UHF antenna re-installation that is forth coming. One likely scenario is that Charlie gives the club a bill and we pay him for the cable. We file the cost with our insurance. Charlie has indicated that he would probably turn around and donate back to the club an equal sum of money.

Photo documenting for a KARS member album continues. Pictures are able to be taken during break time.

New Business

The club is holding applications for three prospective members:
Ruben Caparos, KG5IOO and Nick Magoulianos, KG5IOP were not in attendance tonight. (Second reading)
Paul Mercer, KG5IGK was in attendance. Motion by Mark N6YUS and seconded by Jack WB5KVV to accept Paul in to membership of the Katy Amateur Radio Society. Motion passed.

This year’s Christmas party is scheduled for Monday, December 14th at 7:00PM. It will be held at Spring Creek Barbeque, 21000 Katy Freeway at Westgreen Boulevard. Spouses/family are welcome to attend.

The club has been given an opportunity to move the club repeater from its current location behind West I-10 station 2 which is elevated to approximately 70 feet above ground to a site on top on the Memorial Herman Katy Hospital which would be about 140 feet high. The new antenna has been installed on the hospital roof by a professional antenna installation company. By court order, ALL equipment in several firehouses cannot be removed until a final settlement is reached. Both parties, West I-10 fire department and Harris County
ESF #48 are not due back in court until late May 2016. Our repeater is still operating from station #2.

Charlie KT5BBQ gave a report on where moving the repeater and the cavity filters stands. He stressed that Darrell KK5LG is handling the situation, given his contacts with both parties and the fact that he is repeater trustee.

The money outlay to move the repeater to Memorial Herman Katy Hospital is considerable, given our budget and income levels. It was decided last month to fund the costs out of the KARS treasury, and seek donations to reimburse the club. Several members have stepped up by making donations for the effort. All are encouraged to do so.

Announcements

If you use QRZ.com to look up call signs and get good general ham information, you may think about supporting their cause with a donation.

The next VE examination will be held here at Fire Station #4 on Saturday, November 21, 2015 beginning at 9:30 AM. VE examiners are always needed. Want to become a VE examiner? See Mark N5YUS for the easy steps to do so.

Our next Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, October 27th at 7:30 here at station #4.

Our next monthly meeting is Monday, November 9th at 7:30 PM also here at station #4.

The Corpus Christie ham radio club is holding a hamfest on Saturday October 31st at the Aransas Pass Civic Center.

Public Service Events and Opportiunities

October 17th &18th : Bike Around the Bay, Baytown to Galveston
Wings Over Houston Air Show, Ellington Field
October 25th: Fairfield Triathlon, Cypress area
November 7th: Wallis VA Independence Ride supporting veterans, Wallis
ICS 300 class: October 19, 20, & 21

Break

Tea, coffee, and sweet treats were enjoyed by the attendees during break time.
Thanks to all for keeping the refreshments self sustaining.

Presentation

Jack WB5KVV showed a video that described how a transistor works and it talked about various types of transistors. The video was simple and straight forward, yet detailed enough so that those with transistor knowledge could keep interest.

Hearing no further business to conduct, President Bob closed the meeting at 8:53 PM

Entered into record this 12th day of October, 2015 by Brian Havran, recording secretary.

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KARS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES SEPTEMBER 2015

September 14th, 2015 No comments

KARS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES SEPTEMBER 2015

September 14, 2015. Regular monthly meeting. West I-10 fire station 4, Franz Rd. Katy, TX.

Meeting called to order by President Bob WB3EWP at 7:34 PM.

All in attendance stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Eleven members and no visitors signed in. Everyone introduced themselves.

Motion by Bruce WB5BCA and seconded by Scott KT5SR to accept the minutes of last month’s meeting as posted on the website. Motion passed.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Mike KA5OXA. Motion by Scott KT5SR and seconded by Brian AF5IT to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion carried.

Minutes of the most recent Board of Directors meeting were read by President Bob.

Old Business

The weekly net, lead by Jerry KT5US, continues on Tuesday evenings at 8:00PM on our repeater, 147.200 MHz.

We are waiting for cooler weather to begin work on the repairs of the VHF/UHF antenna system at West I-10 station 4. Also, we would like to see the politics of the ESD #48/West I-10 Fire Dept settle down as well. Currently, ESD 48 has control of station 4 where the radio room is located.

It was mentioned that Charlie KT5BBQ has offered to donate coaxial cable to be used in conjunction with the VHF/UHF antenna re-installation. Discussion was about should Charlie be reimbursed for this material. Charlie was not in attendance tonight. With all things considered, Bruce WB5BCA moved to table this discussion for a later meeting. Seconded by Jack WB5KVV. Motion passed.

We have a bad 10 meter band pass filter (as discussed at the Board meeting). Mike KA6OXA has volunteered to handle getting it repaired.

New Business

The club is holding applications for three prospective members:
Ruben Caparos KG5IOO
Paul Mercer KG5IGK
Nick Magoulianos KG5IOP
None of these three were in attendance this evening.

We are documenting members for a KARS photo gallery. Pictures can be taken during snack break.

Plans for this year’s Christmas party. Members seemed to enjoy the barbeque as we had last year.
Midway does close early.
Jack WB5KVV will check into another location, such as Spring Creek on the Katy Freeway at Westgreen Blvd.

The club has been given an opportunity to move the club repeater from its current location behind West I-10 station 2 which is elevated to approximately 70 feet above ground to a site on top on the Memorial Herman Katy Hospital which would be about 140 feet high. There are no building codes or restrictions that would prevent the move. The cost of just buying a new antenna would be significantly less than paying to have the old one taken down and moved. Also, the existing coax is old and weathered and not worth re-using. A professional antenna installation company would need to be hired to allow us to use the hospital site. Accordingly, we are expecting a cash outlay of around $1000 and most likely less. We discussed the pros and cons of this topic. The general trust of the discussion centered on the radio coverage improvement that the new repeater location would give.
Secondly, but equally apropos, was the fire department fiasco that is currently taking place. On August 24th a court gave the West I-10 fire department control of fire station 2 where the repeater is housed. ESD 48 cut the funding to the West I-10 fire department back in August and since West I-10 by court order cannot respond to alarms, they may run out of funds to keep the electricity on at station 2 which would, of course, not allow our repeater to function. Both parties are not due back in court until late May 2016. Even with all that being on the table, the money outlay is considerable, given our budget and income levels. If we put on a fund raiser, the time window may close with the hospital before money would be available. After a healthy discussion, Bruce WB5BCA offered up a motion that said we move the repeater from fire station 2 to the Memorial Herman Katy Hospital, fund the costs out of the KARS treasury, and seek donations (in the form of subscriptions) to reimburse the club. Seconded by Mark N5YUS. Motion passed by voice vote.

Announcements

The Texas QSO party will be held the weekend of September 26th and 27th. The club will have the radio room at station 4 open for use with the contest. It starts at 1400Z on that Saturday.

The next VE examination will be held here at station 4 on Saturday November 21 starting at 9:30AM.

Our next regular monthly meeting is Monday, October 12 at fire station 4 beginning at 7:30PM.

The next Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, October 27th at fire station 4 at 7:30PM.

The Corpus Christie ham radio club will hold it hamfest of Saturday, October 31st at the Civic Center in Aransas Pass.

Public Service Events and Opportunities

September 20th Tour de Pink, Prairie View
September 26th Tour de Cure, Katy
October 3rd Mammoth Lake Triathlon, Lake Jackson
October 11th Oktoberfest Triathlon in Fulshear
October 17th and 18th Bike Around the Bay, Baytown to Galveston
October 25th Fairfield Triathlon, Cypress

Break
The attendees enjoyed sweet treats and coffee during the intermission. Thanks to everyone for keeping this part of our meetings self sustaining.

Presentation

This month’s presentation was a “show and tell” about three members ham shacks. First up was Dan K5DAF who showed pictures of his set up at his house including his disguised antenna. He mentioned how important it was that his bride supports his participation in the hobby and how his antennas do not interfere with her home landscaping.
Next was Jack, who in the absence of Charlie, showed KT5BBQ’s home set up. Especially interesting was the mounting of his screwdriver antenna.
Finally, Jack showed his own hamshack based in his garage. He explained his grounding and lightening protection system.

Hearing no further business to conduct, President Bob closed the meeting at 9:07PM.

Entered into record this 14th day of September, 2015 by Brian Havran, AF5IT, recording secretary.

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KARS August Minutes

August 10th, 2015 No comments

KARS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES AUGUST 2015

August 10, 2015. Regular monthly meeting. West I-10 fire station 4, Franz Rd. Katy, TX

Meeting called to order by President Bob WB3EWP at 7:31 PM.

All in attendance stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Fourteen members and three visitors signed in.

Motion by Bruce KG5GJQ and seconded by Gerald WA5IRC to accept the minutes of last month’s meeting as posted on the website. Motion passed.

The Treasurer’s report was not given due to the absence of Mike KA5OXA is still recovering from knee surgery.
Minutes of the most recent Board of Directors meeting were read by President Bob.

A memorial service for silent key Marshall Dues, K5MMD, was held at the Houston Executive Airport in Waller County on Saturday, August 1st. Members of his family came in from out of state. KARS was well represented by about seventeen of its members and a similar number of his old aviation friends attended as well. After a short ceremony and remembrance, pulled pork sandwiches from Midway Barbeque and soft drinks were served.

Old Business

The weekly net, lead by Jerry KT5US, continues on Tuesday evenings at 8:00PM on our repeater,
147.200 MHz.

We are waiting for cooler weather to begin work on the repairs of the VHF/UHF antenna system at West I-10 station 4.

New Business

In light of the loss of K5MMD, we really should consider documenting all of our members in a KARS Gallery of sorts. It could be hard copy, electronically saved, or both.

We have a bad 10 meter band pass filter. Mike KA5OXA was successful in getting another filter repaired at no cost, however, Mike is not in attendance tonight, so the topic will be put back on the agenda next month.

Are we a 501(c)3 organization? The answer is “No”. It was mentioned that an organization has to jump through numerous hoops to obtain this status and the process requires legal and/or CPA types to assist with the filings. We may be a “not for profit” organization already. Scott KT5SR should know the answer to this, however he is not in attendance this evening. (Donations made to a “not for profit” are not tax deductible in the same manner as if given to a 501(c)3 charity.)

What can we do to bring more members into the club? There are a large number of hams in the immediate area who are not members of KARS. We should consider a membership drive. Local ham info is readily available on FCC.gov. It was suggested that we piece mill the thrust of any membership drive to avoid overcrowding of meeting facilities. Do we need to look into finding a larger meeting area? Bruce KG5GJQ will work on compiling a prospective member list.

Announcements

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 25th here at station #4.

The regular club meeting is Monday, Sept 14th at 7:30PM again here at fire station #4.

Our next VE license session is Saturday, Nov 14th starting at about 9:00AM.

The Boy Scouts Jamboree on the Air is scheduled for a Saturday in late October. The exact date wasn’t known. More on this next month.

Public Service Events

None in the coming weeks were known or mentioned.

Break

The attendees enjoyed sweet treats and coffee during the intermission. Thanks to everyone for keeping this part of our meetings self sustaining.

Presentation
Bob WB3EWP gave a presentation on QSL’ing. This is sadly a tradition in ham radio that is not as popular as it once was but still a vital part of the hobby. Bob talked about what is considered apropos and he discussed some of the tricks of the trade. He pointed out that there is a “Foreign Forever” stamp. Also, he stressed to use high quality envelopes if you are attempting to mail QSL cards out of the country.

Hearing no further business to conduct, President Bob closed the meeting at 8:40PM.

Entered into record this 10th day of August, 2015 by Brian Havran, AF5IT, recording secretary.

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