May 11, 1992
QRM FROM BOB:
Now that many of our original club goals have been met we are moving into other areas of interest. The code class is up and going, the volunteer testing program is in place and we are currently working on other projects. Your enthusiasm continues to make things click and we look forward to working on our new projects. Again, I would like to thank all of you who have worked so hard to make these things come together.
As stated in the club charter, one of our primary objectives is to promote the hobby of amateur radio by offering our assistance to those who desire to join the fraternity of amateur radio operators. If you know of anyone who would like to join our fraternity, please feel free to bring them to our next meeting on June 16, 1992 and we will make a special effort to welcome them and answer any questions they may have. We are committed to assist any worth-while individual interested in joining the ham ranks so please feel free to contact me or any of the officers or directors if you know of someone who may have questions.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MAY AND JUNE:
The next membership meeting will be at the Hot Biscuit at 9:00 A.M. MAY 16, 1992. We will be in the large banquet room in the rear of the building so please use the side door.
The June meeting will be our FIELD DAY which will be conducted at Wright Patman Lake June 27 and June 28. Cletus and Lynn are heading up the committee for Field Day. The committee will make set ups on June 26 and the main activities will be on Saturday June 27. There will be a hamburger cook out at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 27 and we would like all members to make a special effort to visit during the day and especially to join us for the cook out. The Texarkana Club will be with us, so it will be a fun event.
The location will be at the covered area near the large water pipes where International Paper draws their water from Wright Patman Lake. Turn left at the entrance to boat ramp one and it is about a quarter mile on the right. Call Lynn if you need additional directions. We will need a good count of how many will attend so we will know how many to prepare for.
The repeater has had a few glitches but works well the majority of the time. Mark and David will continue the fine tuning as necessary to keep us rolling. John Price of Price Hardware has donated the club a radio we can use as a back-up repeater after modifications are made. Mark has the radio now and will give it a bench check some time next week. The primary purpose of this radio will be as a back-up for the 98 machine. We tentatively plan to install it at the hospital where we will have emergency power available at all times and it can be used during any emergency situation. Please let John Price know we appreciate his donation, as this will mean a lot to our long-range club plans.
We have about eight students in the school and each person is making great progress. The school is being conducted at the Atlanta Telephone Office compliments of James King. We meet every Monday evening at 7:30 P.M. and hope to conclude this session around the first of July. If you are interested in attending the school contact Don Shirley or me by phone.
EMERGENCY COORDINATION NEWS:
Gary and Mark went to Lufkin to look at the vehicles we may be able to obtain for emergency communication purposes. We are working with the county to obtain a van with the understanding RACC will provide operators and some communications equipment for the van. We don't have a date when we may receive a vehicle, but will keep you posted on the progress. Jim Collom has donated the first equipment for the van which is an aircraft transceiver. Many thanks to Jim for this donation.
The May net will be conducted on Thursday, May 14 at 8:00 P.M.
The June net will be conducted on Thursday, June 25 at 8:00 P.M.
Due to Field Day activities we will not have a regular membership meeting in June and this newsletter will serve as the May and June issue. Please try to make the nets as this is where we will pass on any club activity information normally covered in the newsletter.
Four RACC members attended the National Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio. Travis, K5AVH, Pat, KG5SC, Darlene, N5XFC and myself made this event and all I can say is it is awesome. Every ham needs to attend at least one of these to see what it looks like to have 40,000 hams in one place.
Craig Fincher is working on the Charter Membership Certificates and we plan to issue them at the next meeting.
James King has a new call sign: KB5SBH Congratulations on the upgrade James.
Our newest RACC members are Wayne, Chuck, Devin and Tex Carrol. Here is a real ham family. Welcome to the club and we look forward to working with you guys. Bill, N5RRN from Marshall has indicated he may be our first RACC member from the Marshall area. We appreciate the support from members outside Cass Couty.
The Dallas Ham-Com will be held on June 5-7 Several RACC members will attend. If you would like more information on this large hamfest, give me a call.
If you have anything you would like placed in the newsletter or if I have omitted anything, please give me a call. Also, if you have any ham gear for sale, trade, etc. let me know and we will include it. Several clubs do this and it's a good way to move equipment.
Don't forget the net on Thursday, May 14 and we look forward to seeing each of you at the Hot Biscuit on May 16.