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KARS Monthly Meeting June 10, 2019

June 19th, 2019 Comments off

Meeting started at 7:31 with the Pledge of Allegiance

Motion was made to accept the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting. Motion was seconded and voting approved the acceptance.

Discussion was open to investigate obtaining a storage facility for the club inventory. Since the unit would include items such as radios and other electronics a climate controlled unit would be preferred. A unit of either 5’X5’ or 5”X10’ would be sufficient to store all the items. A motion was made by Bob Bentley to authorize the search, seconded by Tom Greathouse and passed with a show of hands. Price range to be somewhere in the $30 to $50 per month.

Discussion was started about the next raffle for the Annual Christmas Party. Last year’s raffle of the ICOM 7300 was a success and comments were offered for the next raffle to possibly offer a different radio. Some suggestions were an ICOM 7610 or possibly an Elecraft product. This would pose a bigger investment by the club, which could be offset by offering tickets earlier. Some manufacturers offer a discount to amateur radio clubs as an additional incentive.

Presentation this evening was given by Ron Litt (K5HM) outlining the procedures for K3 radio operation and logging during the Field Day activities scheduled for June 22nd and 23rd, 2019. Ron went into detail how the operators would be able to make the contacts and log the contacts using the N1MM software which will be linked to the radio. All the stations will have computers networked to keep accurate information as contacts are being logged and recorded. There will be three modes of operation available across multiple bands, CW, SSB and FT-8. Ron explained the two main methods of operation, Running and Search and Pounce. Since it is a contest the number of contacts is very important. Finding an open frequency and calling CQ, waiting for stations to reply is Running. If contacts fall off or the band is not cooperating then searching for signals and attempting contact that way is Search and Pounce. Due to the quality of the Field Day setup and the various antenna arrays that will be in use, our location should be one of the strongest in the bands and we can use that to our advantage.

One new member was voted in. Brian Webster of Katy, TX, KI5CJO. Welcome to the Katy Amateur Radio Society Brian!

We have Net Control volunteers for:

6/18/2019 Scott Reeves KT5SR

6/25/2019 Bob Bentley WB3EWP

7/2/2019 OPEN

7/9/2019 Raul Ramos KD5RR

7/16/2019 OPEN

7/23/2019 OPEN

Treasury report: $4,644.73 with pending expense of $250.00 for Field Day Participation.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.

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Kars Monthly Meeting May 13, 2019

May 19th, 2019 Comments off

Meeting started at 7:33 with the Pledge of Allegiance

The presentation that was scheduled for this month’s meeting has been postponed. The hospital has upgraded their viewing configuration, removing the projection machine and installing a large flat screen monitor. The original VGA connections are no longer available, now inputs are HDMI. The club will take steps to be sure the proper adapters are available prior to the next scheduled meeting.

The June KARS Club Meeting presentation will be a demonstration and basic instructions on the operation of the K3 equipment that will be used at the combined Field Day June 22nd and 23rd. If you are not familiar with this equipment which is very popular during contesting please attend and feel free to take notes.

I static demonstration of the new BuddiPole mast assembly was given by Jimmy Vance, which showed how the antenna had been adapted to securely fit the mast and facilitate the ease of setup and operation when the remote repeater is used.

The Smoke Alarm Blitz had been cancelled, a tentative reschedule date had been set for June 8th. This date would be in conflict with the scheduled Extreme Weather Conference to be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on the same date. There may be some issues having enough volunteers to properly execute the Smoke Alarm Blitz.

A vote was taken to officially allow Katy Amateur Radio Society Club to participate in the upcoming Multi-Club Multi-Day Field Day activities. If the vote passed there would be a $250.00 participation fee. The motion was made to approve participation by N5KT and seconded by AE5TG. A show of hands, yay or nay indicated a majority approved of the participation.

Speculation is that, during Field Day the most promising modes of communication would tend to be CW and FT-8, given the inconsistency of the bands for voice communications. The bands to be used include 10m -15m-20m-40 m. Phone or FT-8

Group discussion concerning the Saturday morning KARS breakfast meetings. The suggestion was made to suggest several locations and, by majority vote decide which location would be the posted weekly Saturday location.

The suggestions were:

Lubys

IHop (if chosen time would be shifted to 7:30, before their normal traffic picks up

Rudy’s BBQ

Freddy’s

By show of hands vote Freddy’s was selected over the other options.

Treasury Report: $4600.07

Museum Ship Weekend is June 1st and 2nd. Checking on availability of the Battleship Texas for operation.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm. There were 27 members and 1 visitor.

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Kars Monthly Meeting Minutes April 8, 2019

April 26th, 2019 Comments off

Meeting started at 7:32 with the Pledge of Allegiance

Presentation this evening was given by Andy McAllister W5ACM covering the balloon launch with occurred at the recent HamFest.

Andy went into great detail and description of the preparations and results of the above mentioned launches. Andy also had a very detailed and historical presentation covering the progress that has been made over the years in planning and staging the events by the South Texas Balloon Launch Team.

The next major launch event is scheduled on September 28th, 2019 to be held at the Intergalactic Spaceport at the Wharton Airport. Plans are for a 28# payload. Launch will be at 10:00 am. APRS tracking can be followed at 144.39 MHz

Meeting minutes from the Board meeting were accepted.

The Buddipole setup for the club portable repeater antenna has been ordered.

Texas Parks On The Air – No shelters were available to reserve for the event.

Next Smoke Alarm Blitz is scheduled for May 4, 2019. More details will be posted and volunteers are welcome.

The Safety Fest is scheduled, rain or shine, for April 13th. 6 to 8 volunteers to act as rovers are needed.

Treasury Report: Current Balance: $4601.31 after Buddipole Purchase of $309.17

We had 25 members attending, with one visitor, Keith, KA5BZM

Meeting adjourned at 8:34

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, February 11, 2019

February 12th, 2019 Comments off

KARS General Meeting – Monday, February 11, 2019
• Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
• The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
• Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $4474.34
• “DX Engineering Story” Skype presentation by Robert Naumann, Sales Manager – DX Engineering.
• The December BOD minutes were read, motion was raised by Philip (W5PLA), seconded by Bob (WB3EWP), and approved by club members.
• Five (5) new member applications were presented: Darrell Kirk (KC5JAR), Ron Litt (K5HM), Robert Plocek (KI5CZJ), Dalton Plocek (KI5CZI), and Neo Ramirez (KI5CNF). Motion raised by Scott (KT5SR), seconded by Michael (KG5JBJ), and approved by club members.
• 2019 Membership Dues – a brief discussion/demo around the use of PayPal to submit 2019 dues. Many KARS members have already submitted their 2019 dues via PayPal and the process has received favorable response. http://www.katyars.com/about/
• 2019 KARS Officer Elections – The positions of Treasurer, Secretary, and Activities will be filled by Sheree (KF5LMJ), Jack (KF5RMY) and Orville (K5VWW). Motion was raised, seconded, and approved by club members.
• Upcoming Public Service Events:
◦ Saturday, February 16th: Bear Creek Casper Event. https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2620159/false#/invitation
◦ Saturday, March 9th: FEMA Bombing Awareness Class, held at Transtar.
◦ March 22nd-23rd: Greater Houston Hamfest. https://houstonhamfest.org/
◦ April 13th-14th: Texas Parks on the Air.
◦ April 13th – Katy Area Safety Fest. https://katyareasafetyfest.org/
• Net Control Assignment for the period of Feb 19 – March 12, 2019
Date
Net Control Operator
2/19 Jimmy Vance
2/26 Bob Bentley
3/5 George Graves
3/12 George Graves

• There were 29 members and 2 visitors in attendance.
• Meeting adjourned at app. 8:40 PM.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, January 14, 2019

January 15th, 2019 Comments off

  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $4103.67
  • World RadioSport Team Championship 2018” presentation by Colin Jenkins (KU5B).
  • The December BOD minutes were read, motion was raised by Charlie (KT5BBQ), seconded by Bob (WB3EWP), and approved by club members.
  • Three (3) new member applications were presented and approved by club membership: Chuck Abramson (K9CFA), Marc Abramson (KC9VW), and Steven Chun (KD5SIP).
  • KARS BOD has recommended the purchase of a portable generator & telescoping mast and tripod for use at club events. Motion was raised by Darrel (K5TWT), seconded by Shawn (W5AQY), and approved by club members.
  • Upcoming Public Service Events:
    • Saturday, January 19th: ESD48 Smoke Alarm Blitz. This will take place in the Governor’s Place subdivision, Katy. Anyone interested in participating, please contact Jimmy Vance.
    • KARS Winter Field Day, Jan 26-27, 2019: Will be held at Cullen Park West, same location as last year’s event. All members are encouraged to participate.
    • Pedaling the Prairie, Feb 2nd, 2019. http://www.pedalingtheprairie.org/register/
  • Net Control Assignment for the period of Jan 15 – Feb 12, 2019
Date Net Control Operator
1/15 Bob Bentley
1/22 Sheree Horton
1/29 George Graves
2/5 Jack Cavuoti
2/12 Rob Schweitzer
  • There were 31 members and 5 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at app. 8:40 PM.
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KARS General Meeting – Monday, November 12, 2018

November 18th, 2018 Comments off

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2888.73

“Understanding Electronic Circuits Through Schematic Circuit Analysis” presentation by Brian Havran (AF5IT).

Presentation will be posted to our KARS website  http://www.katyars.com/karspresentations/

The October BOD minutes were read, motion was raised, seconded, and approved by club members.
No new member applications were presented at this meeting.
Purchase of Handheld Radios – the BOD has recommended the purchase of a few, low cost, handheld units that could be used as loaners for new KARS members that have recently received their Tech license.
Silent Key Equipment – Jimmy (W5ZTX) and Jack (WB5KVV) have recently met with the wife of silent key, Jim Adam – K5UI, to offer the club’s assistance in the selling of Jim’s equipment. The extent of this assistance has yet to be determined.
Rudy’s BBQ has been selected for our KARS Christmas dinner. More details to follow.

Upcoming Public Service Events:

Saturday, November 10, 2018: ESD48 Smoke Alarm Blitz. This will take place in the Cimarron Katy neighborhood.
Net Control Assignment for the period of Nov 13 – Dec 11, 2018:
Date    Net Control Operator
11/13   Brian Havran
11/20   George Graves
11/27   Scott Reeve
12/4    Tom Greathouse
12/11   Raul Ramos

There were 23 members and 8 visitors in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at app. 8:30 PM.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, October 8, 2018

October 13th, 2018 Comments off

KARS General Meeting – Monday, October 8, 2018

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2256.61
“DXpedition – Taongi Atoll, Marshall Islands for IOTA” presentation by John McColly (W5RQ). Presentation has been posted to our KARS website – Taongi Atoll 2003 DXpedition
The September BOD minutes were read, motion was raised, seconded, and approved by club members.
Five (5) new member applications were presented and approved by club membership: Mike Almaguer, Chuck Lewis (KT5COL), Samuel Martinez (KI5AVV), Ronald Morrison (KG5WBV), and Rod Lewis (KC5RJL).
KARS Remote Station – Jimmy provided an update on the antenna and tower.
REMINDER: To help offset some of the remaining costs that will be incurred for the KARS Remote Station, KARS will be auctioning off a new ICOM IC-7300. Tickets are $20/each with the drawing to be held at our December meeting. Please contact any of the KARS officers if you are interested in purchasing a ticket(s). We have limited the number of tickets to be sold at 250.
Rudy’s BBQ has been selected for our KARS Christmas dinner. More details to follow.
Upcoming Public Service Events:

Wings Over Houston Air Show – October 20-21, 2018.
KARS will again be helping with a Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair on Saturday November 3rd, conducting a radio merit badge course. This is a district wide fair with at least 20 merit badges being offered. Last year there were over 200 scouts participating. We need app. 6 KARS members to participate in this effort – contact Jack Philley (WB5KVV) for more information and/or to volunteer.
Saturday, November 10, 2018: ESD48 Smoke Alarm Blitz. This will take place in the Cimarron Katy neighborhood. More details forthcoming.

Net Control Assignment for the period of Oct 9 – Nov 13, 2018:
Date  Net Control Operator
10/9    Raul Ramos
10/16  Jimmy Vance
10/23  Jack Philley
10/30  Tom Greathouse
11/6    Ron & Sheree Horton
11/13  Brian Havran

There were 26 members and visitors in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at app. 8:30 PM.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, September 10, 2018

September 15th, 2018 Comments off

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2795.39
“Experiences & Lessons Learned During Hurricane Harvey” presentation by Jeff Walker (KE5FGA). Jeff is the ARES District 14 Emergency Coordinator.
Representatives (Mary Payne & Pattie Creel) from the Katy CERT team attended the September meeting. For more information on this team please check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KatyAreaCERT/) or email them at KatyAreaCert@gmail.com.
The August BOD minutes were read, motion was raised, seconded, and approved by club members.
One (1) new member application were presented and approved by club membership: Paul Koby (KA5OBI). Paul holds a General Class license.
KARS Remote Station – Jimmy provided an update on the antenna and tower.
REMINDER: To help offset some of the remaining costs that will be incurred for the KARS Remote Station, KARS will be auctioning off a new ICOM IC-7300. Tickets are $20/each with the drawing to be held at our December meeting. Please contact any of the KARS officers if you are interested in purchasing a ticket(s). We have limited the number of tickets to be sold at 250.

Net Control Assignment for the period of Sept 18 – Oct 9, 2018:
Date  Net Control Operator
Sept 18  Bob Bentley
Sept 25  George Graves
Oct 2     Tom Greathouse
Oct 9     Raul Ramos

Upcoming Public Service Events:

Saturday, September 22, 2018, Houston Tour de Cure at Prairie View A&M (http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?fr_id=12331&pg=entry). Contact Scott Reeve (KT5SR) for details.

Saturday, October 6, 2018: ESD48 Smoke Alarm Blitz. This will take place in the West Memorial neighborhood. They will have 4 teams working a total of 131 homes.  Ideally, we will need one or two operators with each team and one or two operators to acts as net control at the command post. Contact Jimmy Vance (W5ZTX) if you are interested in participating.

KARS will again be helping with a Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair on Saturday November 3rd, conducting a radio merit badge course. This is a district wide fair with at least 20 merit badges being offered. Last year there were over 200 scouts participating. We need app. 6 KARS members to participate in this effort – contact Jack Philley (WB5KVV) for more information and/or to volunteer.

There were 22 members and 7 visitors in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at app. 8:30 PM.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, August 13, 2018

August 17th, 2018 Comments off

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2795.39
EMP – Electromagnetic Pulse” presentation by Jack (WB5KVV). Presentation included an overview of EMP with a focus on ham radio. This presentation has been posted to our KARS webpage (under the KARS Presentations tab).
The July BOD minutes were read, motion was raised by Bruce(W5BCA), seconded by Bob (WB3EWP), and approved by club members.
KARS Door Prizes – thanks to Charles (W4LXM) for providing an item (Extension Cord Retractable Reel) as door prize for this meeting. Much appreciated by the membership!
Three (3) new member applications were presented and approved by club membership: Shawn McCoy (W5AQY), Rick Braddy (W5FCX), and Brad Rich (N6GR).
Jimmy (W5ZTX) provided updates on his recently meetings with ESD 47 and ESD 48. Expectation is that more engagement from both ESDs and KARS will occur in the future. Strong possibility that KARS will have a presence at ESD 48, Station #5 Admin Bldg., date TBD.
Katy CERT – Jimmy (W5ZTX) has reached out to KATY CERT team to make them aware of KARS and our desire to work closely with them. There are several KATY CERT members who are interested in gaining their ham license as well as several KARS members who have completed CERT training.
KARS Remote Station – Jimmy provided an update on the antenna and tower. To help offset some of the remaining costs that will be incurred, it was suggested that the club purchase and auction off a radio (example: IC-7300) with the intent that the profits be applied to these remaining costs. A motion was raised, seconded, and approved by club membership to move forward on this suggestion. Additional research into the proper raffle guidelines will occur with the intent to conduct the raffle by our December meeting.
Net Control Assignment for the period of Aug 14 – Sept 11, 2018:
Date
Net Control Operator
Aug 14     Raul Ramos
Aug 21     Jimmy Vance
Aug 28    George Graves
Sept 4     Sheree Horton
Sept 11    John Thumond

Upcoming Public Service Events:

Saturday, September 8, 2018, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) will conduct a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) in selected neighborhoods of Aldine. This effort will involve teams of HCPH employees and volunteers conducting surveys to assess the recovery of Harris County residents one year following Hurricane Harvey.  Contact Scott Reeve (KT5SR) for details.
KARS will again be helping with a Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair on Saturday November 3rd, conducting a radio merit badge course. This is a district wide fair with at least 20 merit badges being offered. Last year there were over 200 scouts participating. We need app. 6 KARS members to participate in this effort – contact Jack Philley (WB5KVV) for more information and/or to volunteer.
There were 25 members and 4 visitors in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, July 9, 2018

July 13th, 2018 Comments off

KARS General Meeting – Monday, July 9, 2018

  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2707.39
  • Remote HF Radio Operations” presentation by Jimmy (W5ZTX). Presentation included a review of the Remote Ham software as well as a live demo of our KARS remote HF station. Jimmy also showed a YouTube video on proper installation of coax connectors (by Steve Venner @ ML&S). This video has been posted to our KARS webpage (under the KARS Presentations tab).
  • The June BOD minutes were read, motion was raised by Mike (KA5OXA), seconded by Bruce (W5BCA), and approved by club members.
  • KARS Door Prizes – thanks to Jack (WB5KVV) for providing several items as door prizes for this meeting. Much appreciated by the membership!
  • KARS Raffle: Congrats to Rob (KG5ZXY) for winning this month’s raffle prize – The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications.
  • No new member applications were presented at this month’s club meeting.
  • Net Control Assignment for the period of July 17 – August 14, 2018:

Date

Net Control Operator

July 17

Scott Reeve

July 24

David McMasters

July 31

Tom Greathouse

Aug 7

Sheree Horton

Aug 14

Raul Ramos
  • There were 23 members and 5 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.
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