Happy New Year! On Friday, December 8th, we had a Christmas party at Magel’s and A LOT OF FUN BROKE OUT! We had thirty-two people present.
Big thanks to Ben York (K5BLY) for running over to his church to get a speaker system and microphone. The Club owns one, but it was not brought and the group realized too late that one would be needed. Thank you Ben!
Jerry Keisler (WA5KZA) rolled about a 15 minute compilation of Super 8 video with audio dubbed in. It was projected up onto a screen for viewing and then he briefed the group on what all the material covered. There was video of a B17 and a P51 at Cox Field and lots of Field Day stuff. Here is a link to the video and we had him to write up a narrative to cover his remarks at the party.
From Jerry: The video contains footage from four field days, three at Pat Mays Lake Dam on the west side of the dam and one on Rich mountain at a fire lookout tower. It also includes the Ham fly-in at Tigers Field airport west of town. He liked restoring old military aircraft. And the first RRVARC repeater build [was] with donated items from club members. The strip is about 14 minutes long. The picture was originally made using super 8 movie film. Then converted to VHS tape using a camera shooting a screen that the super 8 projector was shooting. The VHS was converted to DVD. Which was converted to MP4. – Jerry
Kim Ledbetter (KI5VLH) broke out on the keyboard with Christmas carols (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas) with the group singing along. Using a projector Phillip Beall (W5EBC) scrolled the lyrics on-screen so that everyone knew the words.
Several awards were given out. We had hinted at it strongly hoping that addition to the party would get people off the couch and headed there for a great meal and to hang with our friends in the Club. We were not disappointed. The Club officers have decided that going forward there may be the occasional award during the year given out at a Club meeting, but the bulk of them will be awarded at the Christmas party. The award categories and details are available at this link and those that have been honored are listed on the Honor Roll page at this link.
To recap the awards that were given at the Christmas party:
Lifetime Achievement Award – This award had previously been awarded only to Jerry Keisler (WA5KZA) and Bertie Todd (WB5JFL). The board awarded the new Lifetime Achievement award to Jerry (WA5KZA) and Patricia “Pat” (WD5FGW) Keisler, Bertie (WB5JFL) and Alvin (WB5EJV) Todd (posthumously) and Mike Rice (WB5KWK).
Distinguished Service – Kelly Collins (W5KJC) – Kelly was given this award in recognition of his twenty years of dedicated service to the Club. From organizing fundraisers to coordinating all of our repeater gains of the last several years to securing access to the Atlas site for our repeater gear; the things he has done for the Club are too many to list.
Meritorious Service – Phillip Beall (W5EBC) was presented this award for his ongoing efforts for the Club. Organizational efforts, structural efforts, website development and content, support for other officers; the officers wished to thank Phillip for his efforts.
Annual Special Recognition – Club Member of the Year 2023 – Charles Penry (WA5VHU). Charles has tirelessly worked to upgrade and enhance the Club repeaters and other repeater support tools such as APRS, supported station Trustee Kelly Collins as the primary alternate Control Operator and simultaneously serving as the Club Field Day Coordinator. In the latter capacity he reintroduced the Club to Winter Field Day and successfully coordinated both events in 2023.
Each of these awards came from the Club via nomination of the leadership. Going forward a member at large may nominate someone to the leadership formally or informally or the officers themselves may initiate the discussion. The awards can be presented throughout the year or during the annual Christmas Party.
After the awards were given out and while visiting with each other, the crowd dove into the meal while listening to Christmas music.
We are building a “light box” to take pictures of the glass and acrylic awards. They have proved to be quite challenging to photograph and have the pictures show just how pretty they are. We will eventually add a picture of each to our Honor Roll page.
Dues – Everyone’s dues comes due on January 1 each year. If you have not yet renewed please click this link to do it via PayPal or you can bring a check on Saturday. The Club runs on a tight budget and for now dues money is what supports most of our activities. Thank you for follow up on this.
January 27 Club Meeting – This coming Saturday is our next Club meeting. Many show up 0800-0830 for breakfast before the meeting. We ask that you be early enough so that we can clear the waitstaff when the meeting begins at 1000. The presentation this month will be our own Steven Lott Smith (KG5VK) who is also our ARRL North Texas Section Manager. He will be doing a presentation on the FEMA RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) and the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) programs.
Winter Field Day – A handful of our members will be at Winter Field Day and will not make the meeting. Others are going to the Club meeting and then will carpool or caravan from High Cotton Kitchen to the Winter Field Day location at Cooper Lake State Park. Here is a link to details on our Club Winter Field Day activity.
SKYWARN Spotter Training Schedule 2024 – Do you know the difference between a cirrus cloud and a cumulus cloud? What about advection and radiation fog? A wall cloud and a shelf cloud? Do you know how to accurately describe the size of hail or the amount of rain that is falling using approved National Weather Service descriptions? If not and if you want to make weather observations and sound like you have a clue, this course is for you. There will not be one in Lamar County in 2024, but courses are available in nearby counties and online. Please click here and read up on it.
Fox Hunts – Jerry Keisler (WA5KZA) has now started scheduling regular Fox Hunts, twice a month. For details please click here.
Board of Directors meeting – We have set Tuesday, February 27, as the date for the next board of directors meeting. All members in good standing are invited to attend if they wish. Details to be announced.
The feedback that we received following the Christmas party was that everyone had a really good time. 2024 will be a big year for amateur radio in general and the RRVARC in particular. From the January Club meeting RACES/ARES presentation, to the “Go Box” presentations at upcoming meetings, a board of directors meeting in February and there will be elections for new officers in March and the April 8 solar eclipse; just the first quarter promises a lot of “live action”. We look forward to seeing all of you soon.