|The May 16th 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 Jerry Williams.
Present were Charles K0HNC, Jeanne KS0JG, Jerry KD0LWX, Joe KD0QNG, Dan K0FNI, Russell WX0RG, Dave WX0DH, Stan WD0EUF and Bob W0BH.
Minutes were read by Secretary/Treasurer Charles Meisinger. Russell moved and Dave seconded to approve the minutes as read.
Treasurers report was read by Secretary/Treasurer Charles Meisinger. Dave moved and Jeanne seconded to approve.
Stan gave an update on the Chisholm Trail special event. There were 239 contacts made in 38 states and 3 countries by 9 operators. There were several guest operators from Kansas and one ham from NH that saw the antenna and followed the coax to the door and visited for a while. 25 requests for QSL cards have been received so far.
Jerry gave an update on the Chisholm Trail bike ride. There were 74 riders and no problems other than 1 flat tire. We have been invited back again next year. Jerry had a visit from a reporter with the Newton Now newspaper.
Russell reported on the 50 mile ultra-runner event at Cassoday. It rained almost the entire time. About 25 per cent of the runners dropped out and many switched from the 50 mile to the 50K. A shared Google spreadsheet via the internet was used to track the runner’s times at each rest stop. This was available at net control for people to watch the progress of their runner. There was some discussion about using our radio net or a mesh net instead of the internet to link the stations.
Russell said that the McPherson tower now has an APRS station. The antenna is a DB224 at 180 feet. Weather data is planned to be added later.
Charles read a note from Tony Dreasher, the guest from last meeting. He sent a membership form and a check to join the club. His call is KS0TAD.
Field Day will be Jun 24th and 25th at Volunteer Hall at Harvey County East. Bob Harder reported on the Kansas QSO Party which will be Aug 26th and 27th this year. It will be the 9th straight year. There were 97 Kansas participants last year. He is considering adding another word to spell and maybe a new CW only category.
Joe was congratulated on his high school graduation. He is going to WATC for IT classes and then either WSU or KSU for computer science.
Dave moved and Joe seconded to adjourn at 7:45.
Updated: Monday, June 12, 2017 21:39
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