KY4ARC meets monthly on the First Thursday of the month at the Mayo Methodist Church (325 Third Street), Paintsville, Kentucky at 7:00p.m. (2300z).  VE testing starts at 6:00pm (2200z) by previous appointment. Come early if want to fellowship with others. For those who use\ GPS, the co-ordinance is 37° 48' 58.61"N by 82° 48' 26.25"W.


 Anyone interested in Ham radio is welcome to attend any meeting.

“Amateur Radio Community Service”

P O Box 75

Paintsville, KY. 41240

Minutes for Meeting

March 1st, 2018 Thursday


1 person took the General class license and passed.

Meeting was called to order at 7:15 by Ben Welch.

There were sixteen attendees at this meeting.


Minutes for the February meeting were read by Ron Grossl.

Treasurer’s report was read by Austin Denyer I

Also, he reported that we have 18 paid members at this time.


Motion was made and passed to accept both reports.


Old Business


John Hager reported that we now have the #18 campsite at Paintsville Lake reserved for Field Day and that we were okayed to stay until 5:00 pm on Sunday.


New Business


Since we had quite a few newer members, we all introduced ourselves by name and callsign. 


A discussion of what we may want Ken to put on the website.  Two suggestions were a Silent Keys section and an “Items for Sale” section.  Ken stated that anyone that wanted to list items for sale should send him an email at  [email protected] .


Since we had quite a few newer members, we all introduced ourselves by name and callsign. 


We had a brief discussion of ARRL’s proposal to give Technician class licensees voice privledges on each of the HF bands.  Most present were against this, but we don’t know exactly what to do about it.





Rob Johnson gave a good presentation on his Shark Openspot for DMR radio.



Motion to adjourn was made and passed at 8:45


Ron Grossl  (Secretary)    N4RLG


Tonight, one of our newer members, Rob Johnson, gave us a good look at the capabilities, use, and setup of a Shark Openspot for DMR radio.  The Openspot is a very popular way of getting on DMR radio without having to go through a repeater.  This presentation was of interest to our members that live in the fringe areas of our DMR repeater’s coverage.  Rob showed us a Powerpoint presentation of the equipment that comes with the Openspot and optional equipment that can be used to make the unit work away from the home network.  He showed us how easy it was to hook the Openspot to a network using an ethernet cable and plugging the powersupply into a wall receptacle.  He also showed us that the addition of a battery pack (used normally to charge cell phones) and a small wireless modem, could be used to tether the Openspot to a cell phone to access the DMR network anywhere you can get a decent cell phone signal.  This allows you to operate DMR in your car or out in woods. It is truly a way to keep in touch with the entire world with a minimum of cash output.

Rob then showed his actual unit and how easy it was to disconnect from one talkgroup and join another.  He also mentioned that it could be used for Fusion and D-Star communications. 

Thanks go to Rob for showing us his equipment and another way to gain access to DMR communications.

Congratulations  to Steve Allison who took and passed

 His General Class License test before the meeting.

  If anyone is interested in taking an Amateur Radio

 License test, contact a member of the VE team from the     VE list on the first page of the website.