|The January 17th 2017 meeting of the Newton Amateur Radio Club met in the Board Room of the Newton Public Library. Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Jeanne Groves.
Present were Charles K0HNC, Jed KD0JCG, Jeanne KS0JG, Dave WX0DH, Russell WX0RG, Jerry KD0LWX, Stan WD0EUF, Kent KB0RWI, John KROL, Joe KD0QNG, Greg KD0QNF
Minutes and treasurers report were read by Secretary/Treasurer Charles Meisinger. Joe moved and Greg seconded to approve both as read.
Stan said that Phil NY0T is now able to walk with a cane and is recovering well. Jeanne posted some pictures of Phil at his house and posted them on the club facebook page.
Jeanne said that Skywarn Appreciation Day will be March 4th this year.
Jerry said that the Chisholm Trail bike ride is now under the management of AMBUCS of Wichita and will be on May 6th.
Stan showed and described a 10/20/40 meter shortened dipole that he built from an article in the March 2016 issue of QST. It is fed with a 20 foot section of ladder line and connected to coax feed line through an RF isolator and should be about 44 feet high.
Stan reported on the Chisholm Trail 150th anniversary special event on April 25th through 30th. An amateur radio club in Cleburne TX (KC5NX) has organized the event which includes 7 1x1 call signs, W5A through W5G to be set up along the trail from near San Antonio TX to Abilene, KS. W5A will be used for the Abilene station and Stan is designated as the contact for QSL cards. He gave a brief history of the trail, which started with a trail head in SE Missouri in the 1830s. Missouri imposed a quarantine on the longhorns because they carried tick fever, which was fatal to local cattle. In 1867 Kansas imposed a quarantine, but it was modified by the builder of the stockyard in Abilene to apply only to the part of Kansas west of Abilene. In 1871, the trail head and quarantine were moved west to Ellsworth because of trouble with rowdy cowboys. In 1871 it was moved briefly to Newton, then Wichita and then Dodge City. In 1885 the quarantine was moved to the Colorado line. It was decided that the best way to man the W5A station was to have individual clubs pick a day to operate and bring their own equipment and antennas. Logging would be by paper logs turned in to Stan, who would handle QSL cards. Stan thought the best location would be at the band shell in the city park. It has power, restrooms and space for antennas. Dave moved and Jerry seconded to have Stan keep checking on locations. Jeanne and Russell will check with other clubs on the area to see if they are interested in participating.
John suggested contacting Nelson Kilmer at Hesston for information about finding hams doing missionary work.
Kent said that he could do updates for the mail list and that he is havng trouble with his web hosting service in California.
Nominations for officers for next year are: Jerry for president, Dave for vice president and Charles as secretary/treasurer. Dave moved and John seconded to cease nominations.
Charles gave the field day results for last year. We were 4th of 17 in Kansas and 378th of 1125 nationally.
Alternate communications: Kent said that the county EM plan did not include any provision for radio at the hospital. Greg said that the hospital has an emergency action plan, but there is no continuity in staffing. Jeanne said that the new hospital in Hillsboro has offered us space in their facility. Russell said that Marion county EM would not allow radio in the EOC building.
Dave moved and Jerry seconded to adjourn at 8:07.
Updated: Friday, March 31, 2017 1:08
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