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THE NEXT GRAYSON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING IS TONIGHT 3-19-2019 AT THE GRAYSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN SHERMAN.. IT STARTS AT 7 PM. SEE YOU THERE
Greetings fellow GCARC Members and Club Friends:
I am happy to announce that the GCARC now has its own Talk Group (TG) on the Thank God it’s Friday (TGIF) DMR Network.
The information on the new DMR talk group can be found by clicking on the link immediately below...
73 - Glen KG5REK
It has come to my attention that a few people did not receive their copy of the newsletter this month. If this is the case for you, it can be downloaded HERE or on Facebook. It is also located in the Newsletters section on the left sidebar of this webpage.
73 - James KW5CW
Notice 1 SILENT KEY Estate Sale
2 each - Icom IC-R71A HF receivers - $325 each
Icom IC-718 HF Transceiver - $400
Collins WE - 30L1 HF Linear Amp - $325
Drake MN-2000 Antenna Tuner (1KW average/2KW PEP) - $200
Notice 2 CQ YL's, Linda Arnold- KE5YUC reactivated the Ladies Net on 147.00 at 8PM Central time and the first net was Thursday night Feb 21st. Several YL's participated. The notice regarding this net will appear in the newsletter. The YL schedule for the net is the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 8PM. All YL's are encouraged to participate. If you cannot reach the 147.00 repeater, you can access the net via ECHOLINK node WC5GC/R.
Notice 3 PRICE UPDATE. Is anyone interested in a home that would qualify for any ham radio operators dream selling well below the appraised value of 590K. It is now offered at $554,900. Well there is one available located in Grayson County for sale by Mike - W8CM. Check out this link below and if interested, please contact one of our club members, Lynda Tuma - KF5JUO who is the realtor that has the home up for sale.
Notice 4 Jim - K5QOI made a motion at the February GCARC monthly meeting to have his motion at the January meeting tabled for the time being, regarding his desire to have the meeting back to Fridays. Jim requests that other input needs to be received before a vote may be taken in the future. Ways could be to have a running poll taken on this subject on this website and acquire information on facebook. The motion was seconded and a vote was taken be members present. The outcome was 11 for and 1 against, so the motion was tabled until further studies can be taken. James will install a running poll on the website.
Notice 5 Roy - AF5VA mentioned at the February GCARC monthly meeting that it may still be a go to stage the GCARC 2019 Field Day at the Waterloo Lake Regional Park located in Denison Texas. Roy continues to work out possible arrangements to have the event staged at a public place. Roy also stated that the Winter Field Day location was such a success that there may be a possibility that the club may impose on Doug one more time this year to use the Winter Field Day location if solid arrangements cannot be acquired within the next few months. The good news is that the summer field day event will NOT take place at the Sherman Municipal Airport this year.
Notice 6 A vote was made at the February GCARC monthly meeting, seconded and approved by a unanimous vote that an amount up to $150.00 per occurrence be available without approval for incidental events that happen throughout the month regarding the need for such things such as flower arrangements for a deceased club member or relative of a club member. Other occurrences will be at the discretion of the board members at the time of need.
Notice 7 Lee - N5SLY reported about the ARRL bureau at the February GCARC monthly meeting and suggested we participate in the ARRL service by sending $5 to receive QSL cards that they handle for the club. Jim-K5QOI personally gave Lee $5 for the service. The club also approved payment to Lee in the amount of $34 for a Worked All States certificate and endorsements.
Notice 8 James - KW5CW gave a report about the club expenses for the website at the February GCARC monthly meeting. A previously agreed amount of $125.00 per year was amended for this year only to handle an additional $4.46 with another club vote that was taken and approved unanimously by the membership. The total amount of $129.46 will be spent on the website this year.
Notice 9 Glen - KG5REK informed the membership at the February GCARC monthly meeting about a new DMR talkgroup known as TGIF. He agreed with club approval to pursue with TGIF admin for a talkgroup for the GCARC. A motion was made and seconded with unanimous approval. Glen will pursue acquisition of a talkgroup for the club. The membership will be advised on this website and via facebook when the talkgroup is activated.
Notice 10 Three go-kits went on display at the February GCARC monthy meeting with explanation by the owners on how each worked.
Andrew - KG5SKM displayed his backpack Go-Kit.
Doug - KG5QPI displayed his Go-Kit in an ammo box which contains a TYT mobile radio for 2 meters and 70 cm.
James - KW5CW displayed version 1 of his lowband CW go-kit sporting an Alinco transceiver, Kenwood AT-130 Antenna Tuner and keyer. Newer versions will be displayed soon. Version 3 will be demonstrated live at a future meeting.
PAYPAL is again an option besides Stripe and Direct Deposit to send membership dues to the GCARC.
GRAYSONCOUNTYARC.ORG Now Running on a New Host
This website has been moved to a new host. As of yesterday, Feb 1, 2019, it was officially moved from Site5 Hosting to InMotion Hosting. The website continues to be secure, and on-line banking transactions are safe. Within the next 24 hours, Paypal will again be available to use, so users will again be able to use two different on-line methods to pay for GCARC membership. Also, as of February 1, all previous 2018 memberships should have been renewed, and any renewal payments received after January 31, 2019 going forward are considered late. Current members will receive their pass-through email addresses and others who renew as of February 1st will have their email addresses re-activated as they renew their memberships. These club email addresses contain K5GCC.org extensions and only will be used as forwarding mailboxes to an email address of their choosing. Also keep in mind that this is an option that can be accepted or refused by any member. This option will be made available to you at the time of your membership. At the time of email address activation, each member as a reminder will receive a note informing them what the address is, and that it is now active. Again, if you no longer wish to use an email address that was previously issued to you or if you just do not want one, it can be not issued or deleted at your request.
GCARC Winter Field Day
A Special Thanks go out to Doug Hotalen as the club participated in a very successful Winter Field Day at Doug's hobby house in Whitesboro Texas.
Doug Hotalen (KG5QPI) had graciously donated his 2nd home in Whitesboro, setup on 1 acre of land for the GCARC to use at no charge for this event. There were five stations setup with multiple antennas for operation, so the club ran class 5H. The event itself was a first for the club, as this was the first year that the club actually sponsored the winter event. Everyone who attended seemed to have fun and most likely the club will participate in the event again in 2020.
The next club event will be at the Perrin Air base - Air Force Museum on May 11, 2019. The club will use the call - W5I during this event.
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
Motion Made To Change the GCARC meeting day
There was interest by members at the January meeting to move the meeting day back to Fridays. A motion was made by Jim (K5QOI) and seconded by Marvin (KG5GMA). A final vote by the membership will take place at the February 19 general meeting if at least 30% of current paid members are present, otherwise the motion will be tabled until the following meeting on March 19 or in the future when at least 30% of paid up members are present at the meeting for the vote. If you have interest in keeping the meeting nights on Tuesday, or you have interest in moving it back on Fridays, then you can vote on this issue at the next upcoming meeting if you pay your 2019 dues so that you retain your right to vote. Dues will be considered late if not paid by January 31, 2019.
Regarding future voting procedures, it was also decided that the rules governing the consideration of a 'quorum' may be changed. More information may be provided at the next meeting on February 19th.
January 19, 2019
Notice 6 The 2019 GCARC officers held their first meeting to go over the proposed agenda for the new year on January 7th. An agenda for monthly meetings will be now be published here by the Saturday prior to each monthly meeting. The next scheduled meeting is February 19, 2019. Be on the lookout for the monthly agenda each month.
Notice 7 Winter Field day is a 'GO'. The GCARC will participate in Winter Field day this month on January 26th and 27th at the property of Doug and Sharon Hotalen, 1655 Hackleman Rd., Whitesboro, Texas. The YL's will also be operating a station during this event. Further details will be published soon.
Notice 8 The next edition of the club newsletter will be published on Saturday, February 23rd, around 5 PM. Anyone wishing to contribute an article to the newsletter should do so at their convenience, but the deadline for submission this month is noon on Saturday, February 23rd.
Notice 9 The issues centered around member email addresses have been solved. They will be reactivated to be used for forwarding purposes only, to an email address of choice. They will become available to members once 2019 dues are paid and activated by January 31st. A reconfirmation of your chosen email address will be sent to the member after dues are paid.
Notice 10 Presently, the 'Stripe option' is the only credit card payment system available at this time to pay membership dues. PayPal will be re-activated for payment by January 31st.
If paying using the off-line option, your check for payment needs to be immediately sent to the GCARC P.O. box so that it can be applied to the account.
Next Grayson County Amateur Radio Club Meeting
Tuesday - February 19th - Grayson County Courthouse - 7:00 PM
Election of Club Officers for 2019 are as follows:
President - Andrew Bentley - KF5SKM
Vice President - Roy Reed - AF5VA
Secretary - Doug Hotalen - KG5QPI
Treasurer - James Frank - KW5CW
If you changed your email address and still want the newsletter, please contact James via email with an update. Likewise, if you were already issued a GCARC email address it will be reactivated, and when it happens, the member will receive an email that was active previously. New members will receive an email to receive an offer to receive a new club email address.
Anyone can receive the newsletter for free and you do not have to be a member of the club to receive it. But you do need to be a paid member of the GCARC to receive a GCARC email address.
The local repeater list has been updated to include the DMR repeater located at 440.200+. Listing also now includes Metro, Texas Statewide and Brandmeister Facebook.
Texoma VE Group Testing Schedule
Tests for all license classes will be held
The first Thursday of EVEN numbered months
Grayson County College
Center for Workplace Learning
6101 Grayson Drive
Seminar Room C
Denison, TX 75020-8307
For additional information or questions
Ron Witherington – K5NKD
Notice 15 The GCARC Club net script is found at two places on this website. First, under the top menu item - GCARC, then ABOUT GCARC and Officers, and also under the top menu item - OTHER CLUB EVENTS, then GCARC Radio Net (Script). The net script will be updated by the next GCARC net on February 3rd.
Anyone wishing to be a net control operator during one of our nets,
please contact Andrew Bentley - KF5SKM or Roy Reed - AF5VA
Grayson County ARC Constitution Changes
The latest edition of the Grayson County Amateur Radio Club Constitution is now available on this website. The Bylaws of the GCARC Constitution have been modified to reflect the new procedure for changing the Regular club meeting day. It can be viewed under the 'GCARC' dropdown menu, then go to 'About' the Constitution and By-Laws and can easily be printed on your local printer if needed.
THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING WILL BE ON
TUESDAY - February 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Future Newsletter Publication Dates
Saturday February 23, 2019
March 23, 2019
April 20, 2019
May 25, 2019
June 22, 2019
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