Meeting Minutes


July 2019


The Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club met at 7:00 PM, 07/22/19 at the USW Union Hall with Bob, KK4XA presiding. There were 28 members and 4 visitors present. The visitors were: Kelley Gunter, KR4FK; Tim Berry, WB4GBI; Don Moore, K4HVJ and George Gill Bob welcomed the members to the meeting, telling that the main purpose was to give a report on the club 2019 Field Day activity. Bob mentioned that the projector and screen were set up to scroll through the many pictures taken at this year’s Field Day Bob reported that a former club member, Mike Kirchoff, W2OO had become a silent key. He mentioned that checking on QRZ would show Mike’s obituary and biography. Bob also reported that club member George Roemer, W3GLR is recovering from a fall and is doing well. Regarding upcoming events, Bob said that there will be a tailgate hamfest in Sweetwater on Sept. 28th. A call-in can be had on the W4YJ 145.25 repeater. Steve, K4DXV mentioned that the SEDCO Convention is coming up in September on the 20th and 21st. in Pigeon Forge. Bob reminded everyone about the SMARC weekly net Thursday’s at 7:00 pm on the club repeater and the Friday morning breakfast at TC’s Grill. Bob said that he is starting a morning roll call on the club repeater at 9:00 AM Monday through Friday and he would be on in the morning. Steve, K4DXV told about the Scout Jamboree presently being held near Beckley, WV. He also mentioned that club members who were or had been involved in scouting were welcome to provide some experiences that could be included in the club newsletter. He said members can email him at newsletter@w4olb.org Bob announced that the club is giving an honorary membership to Tim Berry, WB4GBI for his work for ham radio in maintaining several repeaters in the area and allowing the club use of his 146.625 repeater in case of the club repeater being out of service. An honorary membership is also given to Kelley Gunter for his work in being a liaison between the club and the Steelworkers and the club Randy read the treasurer’s report with $2992.89 in the club account with $442 set aside in the UHF antenna fund. He detailed some of the recent expenses for Field Day such as the new signs, bandpass filers and gas for the generators. Carroll reported that the next VE session will be held September 9th. The last session for the year will be December 9th. The date is always the second Monday of the month. The location and time is the St. Andrew’s Church hall on East Broadway at 7:00 PM. Bob mentioned some possible non-club activities to think about. One would be a family picnic gathering at Metcalf Bottoms in the park. Another would be a trip up to the Tapoco Lodge for a meal gathering. He said to “Stay tuned” for any information. Paul Ballentine, KM4LSM who is a scout leader told about starting a Technician training class for scouts who are interested in getting their ham license. The location would be the Blount Christian Church. Steve, K4DXV asked for a motion to compensate the students for the exam fee. After some discussion his motion was amended to provide a one year free membership in the club for any student who was successful in getting licensed. The motion passed. A short break for drinks and eats was taken prior to the program for the evening. Bob said that the club owed a special thanks to Kurt, KC4NX for all the work to make this year’s Field Day a success. He also thanked others who helped with set up the antennas, operating the stations and being involved in the food for the weekend. The program for the evening was provided by Dave Kaun, N9KMY. The subject of the program was this years Field Day. He had several pictures in a Power Point program. Dave, along with Kurt answered any questions during the program. There was some discussion regarding how to set up the CW station in the future to minimize interference problems between the two CW stations which are housed in the trailer having the antenna cables in close proximity and the stations powered by the same generator. The meeting closed at 8:45 PM

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