August 2019 meeting

Is scheduled for Tuesday August 27 at 7 PM at the Education Conference Room of the Uvalde Memorial Hospital. See you there!

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July 23, 2019 meeting minutes

The meeting was called to order when the President arrived at 7:15 PM.

Attending: Mary KU5Z, Jim AB5JK, Erik K5WW.

Treasurer’s report: $906.98, after reimbursing K5WW $17.40 for sending DX QSL cards to the ARRL Outgoing QSL Bureau.

During preparations for the ARRL Field Day K5WW discovered that the link between the stations PCs had been severed, due to a recent update to the marvelous Meraki access point. After discussing the problem with the hospital’s IT guys and to remedy that problem K5WW installed a wireless bridge; and now the logging PCs are happy again.

Jim has some amazing plans to provide free, hospital-independent internet access to the shack, creating some redundancy for some of our internet needs, thanks to some surplus equipment he got his hands on. That would come in handy for when the repeater is back on the air.

Speaking of which: former President Jason KS5TX visited on Friday and had a good look around to see what exactly we would need to get all of our tower/antenna issues handled. He and K5WW made a good list of items (still) needed, and he even shopped around at local equipment rental places to get quotes. That equipment, state of the art stuff I might add, turns out to be quite affordable (renting it, of course!). So we’re going to get that done soon, it looks like, without waiting for cool weather and talking another year about it! πŸ˜‰

After that he went fishing. A well-earned break. We all hope you caught a few hands full!

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 PM. Next meeting should be August 27.

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That guy Jay

Him again!!!

Somehow he managed to sneak into the shack and make 160 QSO during the July 2019 NAQP RTTY Contest:






I don’t care how he keeps doing that; but … thanks Jay! πŸ˜‰

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Meeting reminder

Reminder: July’s meeting will be on the 23rd, at 7 PM. Are we excited yet??? πŸ™‚

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Our apologies…

… to anyone who may have shown up for today’s meeting. A last minute change in the President’s schedule, and the Secretary who was on the road for a medical trip may have left some people waiting in the parking lot… Life happens πŸ™

Next meeting should be Tuesday, July 23.

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2019 ARRL Field Day wrap-up








The preliminary total score is 198 thanks to a handful of bonus points.

Operator: K5WW

Visitors: AB5JK, KD5BUC

Lessons learned: most equipment still works πŸ™‚

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May 28, 2019 meeting minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 UMH time.

Attending: Jim AB5JK, James WW5XX and Erik K5WW. Excused: Dave WA6YJW (we hope you made it home OK!)

Treasurer’s report: $924.38 as of today, after last month’s expenses and collection of dues.

Main discussion point: Field Day. We decided to have Field Day at the club shack again this year, due to possible severe weather and accessibility concerns. K5WW will take care of the announcements. For those who don’t know: ARRL Field Day is always the 4th full weekend of June. This is your way-ahead-of-time invitation! πŸ™‚

The President suggested that the repeater/tower work be put on the back burner (no pun intended) until the weather gets a bit cooler again. In other words: we’ll need a few volunteers around December πŸ˜‰

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM. Next meeting is Tuesday June 25th.

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May 2019 meeting

Coming up. Tuesday the 28th at 7 PM. Lots of things to discuss. You’re invited!

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Emergeny Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend

Now’s the time to stock up on generators and hatchets! πŸ˜‰

From the Texas Comptroller website:

April 27 – 29, 2019

You can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax free during the 2019 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to issue an exemption certificate to claim the exemption.

This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 29.

These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price:

  • Less than $3000
    • Portable generators
  • Less than $300
    • Emergency ladders
    • Hurricane shutters
  • Less than $75
    • Axes
    • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
    • Can openers – nonelectric
    • Carbon monoxide detectors
    • Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
    • Fire extinguishers
    • First aid kits
    • Fuel containers
    • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
    • Hatchets
    • Ice products – reusable and artificial
    • Light sources – portable self-powered (including battery operated)
      • Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns
    • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
    • Radios – portable self-powered (including battery operated) – includes two-way and weather band radios
    • Smoke detectors
    • Tarps and other plastic sheeting

These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:

  • Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
  • Camping stoves
  • Camping supplies
  • Chainsaws
  • Plywood
  • Extension ladders
  • Stepladders
  • Tents
  • Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
  • Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies

Additional Charges Affect Purchase Price

Delivery, shipping, handling and transportation charges are part of the sales price. If the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable. Consider these charges when determining whether an emergency preparation supply can be purchased tax free during the holiday.

For example, you purchase a rescue ladder for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, for a total sales price of $309. Because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300, tax is due on the $309 sales price.

For more information, contact us at Tax Help, or call 1-800-252-5555.

(KS5TX: thanks for the heads up!)

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April 23, 2019 meeting minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM local time.

Attending: Gary K5QOW, Jim AB5JK and Erik K5WW.

The Treasurer reports $1,000 in the sock box, after he paid his dues early and rounded up the amount to an even $1,000.

K5WW was reimbursed the $117.62 that he paid last month for the new web hosting plan for .

K5QOW paid his dues, and added a $10 donation. K5WW paid dues for himself and KU5Z; and Richard N5YPJ paid his dues by proxy.

Jim demonstrated several pieces of newly acquired hardware, among which Agilent and Rigol spectrum analyzers. Really nice equipment, with millions of different uses, at a rock bottom price – nice! Clearly, those who didn’t go to the Belton hamfest missed out on quite a few good deals πŸ™‚

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 (ish) local time. Next one: May 28 at 7 PM at our regular watering hole. (bring your own water)

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