This Months News
G Wolfe - KI0KK
During July there was an extended opening on 10M and 6M bands beginning in the early afternoon and extending into the evening of that day. The 10M opening generally was within the US for Midwest stations. Observations of reported contacts showed many east coast stations working Europe. 6M activity continues to occur at times with limited short duration 10M activity.
Lets all support the KS QSO party and sign up to operate during the event on the weekend of 8/25.
Parts for the HyGain 3 Element beam have been received and installed. We will need to test the beam in the next few months. This will give the club and addition light weight beam antenna for club operating events such as Field Day.
Nominations for club officers will occur at our September meeting so begin to think of who to nominate. Elections will occur at the October club meeting.
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See you at the September 1st meeting at Perkins in Olathe.
Mike Costello - KB0ISQ
MEETING TO ORDER:
The President, Greg Wolfe, KI0KK, called the meeting to order.
Secretary/Treasurer Mike Costello, KBØISQ, reported the bank balance and expenditures for July; $200.00 for KS QSO donation, $300.00 for Field Day meals.
Final figures are:
KANSAS QSO PARTY
The KS QSO Party dates are August 25th and 26th. The club will be operating from Del’s QTH. We need CW operators andan idea of who is planning on operating. If you have not given Del your shirt sizes and plan on operating, let Del know ASAP.
REMINDER OF OFFICER ELECTIONS
Begin to think about nominations, you must have the nominees agreement to run in writing for the September meeting and October elections, Sine the current President and Secretary/Treasurer will not be running for office we need to take time to consider who might best fill these offices.
The President shall preside at all meetings of this club, and conduct them according to the rules adopted. He/she shall enforce due observation of this Constitution and By-Laws, decide all questions of order, sign all official documents adopted by the club, and perform all other duties pertaining to the office of president.
The Vice-President shall assume all duties of the president in his/her absence. In addition, he/she shall coordinate club programs and activities, plan and recommend contests for operating benefits, and advance club interest and activity as approved by the club.
The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings, keep a roll of members, submit membership applications, carry on all correspondence, read communications at each meeting, and mail written meeting notices to each member when so required under the By-Laws. At the expiration of his/her term he/she shall turn over all items belonging to the club to his/her successor.
The Treasurer shall receive and receipt for all monies paid to the club, keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended, pay no bills without proper authorization (by the club or its officers constituting a business committee). At each meeting, he/she shall provide a summary of disbursements and receipts. At the end of his/her term he/she shall turn over everything in his/her possession belonging to the club to his/her successor.
REPAIR OF TRIBAND BEAM
New 10m traps and end caps have been installed on the Hy-Gain TH-3JRS 3 element tri-band beam antenna.
2020 MIDWEST ARRL CONVENTION PLANNING
The Mo Kan Council is continuing planning to host the ARRL Midwest convention in 2020. Club members will likely be needed in the future to assist with the planning and operation of the convention. The possible need for the a donation of funds to support the the event was discussed but has not been requested by the Mo Kan Council. Further discussion will occur at the Raytown Hamfest this fall.
Clarification of the duties of Sec/Treas were discussed including: (1) maintaining membership status and info online on website. (2) Require a formal written report at the annual meeting of all income and expenditures and (3) forecast of the same for the upcoming year in Excel format. (4) Record meeting notes and publish them on club website in a monthly article for the club newsletter. These duties and record methods were approved by those present.
Issues related to the financial business of the club as it relates to current banking laws was brought up for discussion. The club needs to be sure we are meeting all IRS and any other legal requirements. Problems may occur in changing banking institution if we are not properly reporting. And on a related topic the need for the club to become a 501C3 organization was discussed. The members present agreed that we should investigate the cost and procedure for becoming a 501C3. Jeff Darbty will research and report back to the club.
No other issues being brought up the meeting was adjourned.
G Wolfe - KI0KK
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G Wolfe - KI0KK
An FT8 operating Guide is maintained by Gary Hinson ZL2iFB. The current Version is 1.19, April 2018
G Wolfe - KI0KK
The ARRL Board of Directors has adopted the recommendations of the Official Observer Program Study Committee, which would retire the venerable Official Observer (OO) Program and institute the Volunteer Monitoring (VM) Program. The Board took the action at its July 20 - 21 meeting in Windsor, Connecticut, instructing that the transition "be implemented as soon as practicable." Under the terms of the new program, current Official Observers will be invited to apply for appointment as Volunteer Monitors.
Link to full Article on eHam.net
Jim Cessna - AC0KN
Parade watchers flooded through the main entrance and onto the fairgrounds after the parade. The fairground loud speakers begain playing carnival music as the auctioneer began his auctioneer-cadance selling off the cows and calves in the cow barn. Cows mooed and ducks quacked adding to the ambiance.
The carnival rides and other events wouldn't start until late afternoon. The farious-wheel stood still, hovering above the roof-line of the perminent buildings. Kiddy-rides stood motionless as if frozen in time waiting for the carnival lights to signal "start", with children and parents waiting ancously in line for their turn.
In the Horse Barn stalls, horses were combed, watered, and feed. Their saddles and other tackle prepared for evening events by 4-H members.
In the Cow Barn stalls, cows were cared for similar to the horses. Some calves were laying down resting on a bed of sawdust. As the auction proceeded, cow-ownership transfered hands, with some of the proceeds going to 4-H.
The main walkway featured lots of food booths. The smell of BBQ, hamburgers, Philly Cheesesteak, and fried funnel-cake and other fried smells of carnival food walfted through the air, mixing with the smell of cows, horses, ducks, and chickens. About midway of the food vendors, Del's, "Fresh Roasted Sweet Corn" concession stand stood sholder-to-sholder with other vendors. Del's stand sold HOT ears of sweet corn fixed three ways; buttered, Mexican, and Itialian. You could also buy roasted peaches with a varity of toppings. Several of the Santa Fe Trail ARC membership provided additional support pealing the corn-husks down making a handle, then spreading manaise, sprinkling cheese, and squiting citrous on the Mexican-style corn. A similar procedure occured for the Itialian-style corn. Of course, straight buttered corn was just that, dipped ear in butter. Several fair attendees came back for additional ears. We had a lot of "thumbs-up" from patrains biting into the corncob.
And a good time was had by all.
Larry Hall - KD0RIU
Kay Eyman (WA0WOF) did a Tech Night presentation about her trip to Bhutan for the A52YL DXexpedition. Her trip was from April 29 through May 5, 2018. Kay met up with three other amateurs and her friends Kyoko "Mio" Miyoshi, JR3MVF, Junichi Tojo, JH3AEF, and Jusei Kitai, JA3IVU, on their 7th trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan. They operated from Dochula Eco Retreat, which is described on the Internet as the most scenic spot in Bhutan. A picture of the hotel is below.
Mio and Kay were issued A52YL as a club or group license, and the two OMs used their calls, A52AEF and A52IVU, respectively. In addition, Mio and Kay were issued individual licenses. Mio's is A52YLM and Kay's is A52YLE.
It was an enjoyable evening hearing about this nation that most of us would have trouble finding on the map but seems to be a neat place.
Thanks to Kay.
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