This Months News
Jeff Darby - KE0CAZ
Well another month has come and gone and soon the holiday season will be upon us. This is a time when we group together with friends and family to break bread and enjoy each other's company. Just remember if you need a break you can still come to the breakfast every Saturday for a short visit with the Ham club.
Remember we have the club Christmas party Friday 14-Dec-2018 at the Gardner Senior Community Center. We will cater a main dish of meat. Attendees will be asked to bring side dishes and deserts.
We also have Kansas Day on 26-Jan-2019. Please see the appropriate article and calendar entry on the website.
The club will be holding a class for people wishing to test for their General class license at the Salvation Army location in Olathe. All the information in on the club website. In my mind the classes are a great public service to bring new hams into the hobby. I would invite anyone in the club to attend a class and provide feedback and encouragement to the participants. Their interest in the general class shows an interest to move forward into other aspects of the hobby. Giving guidance and advice is rewarding to both the student and the teacher.
Again I wish you and you family a Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas.
MEETING TO ORDER
The SFTARC held its monthly meeting on December 1, 2018. President Jeff Darby, KE0CAZ, called the meeting to order at 7:30 AM.
Members and guests introduced themselves. There were 18 members and 1 guest present.
Marty, KE0PEZ, reported debits and credits to the club checking account during the month and the current balance. Kansas QSO Party T-shirts have all been distributed and money collected. Bob Harder has sent a final bill for the T-shirts delivered to the club members who participated.
A review of the club Constitution and By-laws is in progress. Jim AC0KN volunteered to join Jeff, Larry, Marty, and Greg in the review.
Marty reported on the tax status. Although we are registered as a non-for-profit corporation in the State of Kansas, our non-profit status with the IRS was revoked in 2013. We can regain tax-exempt status by submitting the necessary application.
Marty continues to update the club membership list.
2019 Ham License Classes
The class offered by the SFTARC in 2019 to prepare students for the General Class amateur radio license will be held at the Salvation Army in Olathe and will start on 5 January, 2019. The announcement flyer is published on the club website. An announcement of this class is posted to Larry's List. Class registration will be via the club website. At this time there are about 8 registrations.
Newsletter inputs are due by 7PM Wednesday, 12/05/18. For help contact Greg Wolfe.
The club Christmas Party will be held on Friday, Dec 14, at 6:30 pm at the Gardner Senior Citizens Center. A sign-up sheet was passed around for club members to indicate the side dish they will bring.
Repair of Club Beam Antennas
Greg installed the new 20-meter trap on the tri-band beam. We need to get to the trailer and test it.
New Shirt Order
Jeff passed around a sign-up sheet for the orange collared golf shirts and T-shirts at Olathe T-Shirt and Trophy. He will place an order.
2020 Midwest ARRL Convention Planning
In its most recent meeting, the Mo-Kan Council voted not to participate in the hosting of the ARRL Midwest Convention in 2020.
KS Day 2019
This event will take place on 26 Jan, 2019, 10am-3pm. The club station KS0KS is already listed as a special event station. It was noted that this coincides with winter Field Day
Del's Edgerton Property
Construction of a 175’ antenna is in progress. We should park the trailer so that the solar panels get a reasonable amount of sunlight.
Joe is working to organize an interclub event that would be in a picnic format in about April, 2019. He envisions an HF antenna competition to see which team could best meet requirements of safety, ease of erecting, and HF results. He estimates 10-12 clubs would be interested in participating in this picnic event.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at about 8:00am.
Jeff Darby - KE0CAZ
The Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club will be holding their annual Christmas Party at the Gardner Senior Citizen Center in Gardner, KS.
The party will be catered by Smoky Hill BBQ. If you plan on attending the party this year, please plan on bringing a side-dish. If you plan on attending please let Jeff Darby know so we can plan the catering. Jeff also has the sign up sheet for side dishes.
The address is below:
Gardner Senior Citizen Community Center
128 E. Park St.
Gardner, KS 66030
Jeff Darby - KE0CAZ
A class for the Amateur Radio General Class License will be offered on Saturday mornings 9:00AM to 12:00PM from Jan 5 - Feb 16, 2019, at the Salvation Army, 400 E Santa Fe, Olathe, KS.
Class information: (Click a link below)
Sign Up - Via sftarc.org web site (Click link at left)
Registration Deadline is the first class. Please let us know if you are interested in attending this class so we can judge the demand as early as possible.
Register early to insure your book is available by first class. Class payment collected at first class - cash or check please. No credit cards.
G Wolfe - KI0KK