Monthly Newsletter Dedicated to the Advancement of Amateur Radio January, 2002

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

Happy New Year to everyone. It seems like the past year has gone very quickly. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and ended up with everything you wanted. MAARS met in December at the home of Fred and Nadine Stueve for the our annual Christmas party. Turkey, ham and beverages were provided and everyone brought along a dish to share, as well as gifts for the gift exchange. It was great having the new hams there as well. James Glasgow (KCØLKW), Andrew Fassbender (KCØLUE), and Gregory Cerny, Jr. (KCØLUF) all youth hams who obtained their licenses in the past few months as well as Frank Gose (KCØLUG) a new ham as well. It was great having these people new to the hobby join us, as well as all who attended.

MAARS will be holding testing sessions every other month starting in February if all goes well. We will go with the 3rd Saturday of the month and the time is yet to be announced. We will also be discussing having classes for people that might want to take them in order to become an amateur radio operator.

Our January meeting will be held the second Friday of the month, January 11th, at 7:30 P.M. at the Red Cross building at 2601 Anderson. For the meeting we will have an auction of some things that have been collecting at various locations and mostly coming from Norm and Phyllis Dillman during their recent move. We will try to limit the number of items in order to keep the meeting from being too long. More items may be auctioned off at another meeting.

The club has various committees which we will discuss during the meeting as well, I hope we can get a better turn out for people to sign up for these committees then we have in some past years. Some of the committees that we have had in the past are: Repeater, Field Day, RFI, and Christmas Party/Picnic. I would suggest that once people sign up for these committees they get together and decide on a 'captain' in order to keep order. This person can help keep things in line and make the final decision where there are differences of opinion. Don't be afraid of it due to that. This might be an excellent opportunity to get some of the newer hams in the area into participating and learning more about radio and working together as a team.

Anyone who has ideas for meeting topics they would like to see or think they would like to demonstrate please contact one of the officers and let them know. Sometimes one of the best ways to learn more about something is to try and teach people about the subject. I'm sure there are several people who would volunteer to help you in getting the information needed.

As usual before our normal club meeting we will meet at the Sirloin Stockade for all who are interested. We usually meet between 5:00 and 5:30 and have a good meal. All members and guests are welcome.

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

Bob Bartholic, KBØZWK

This is the first time I have put anything into the MAARS Newsletter. Brain, KCØDWX asked if I would start putting information in the newsletter about WARN and other related items. Of course, I am more than happy to. However, I would first like to thank everyone that voted me back for a third term as vice-president. It is surely a pleasure for me to serve for such a fine group of friendly amateur operators. I have heard other hams come on our repeater and express their pleasure of being able to talk to friendly people here. That makes me proud to be a member of the MAARS club and the repeater.

WARN had its last meeting of the year in November. The members came up with some new training standards. The standards are for the continued education and safety of our spotters. WARN members are being notified of the new standards and they will be implemented starting in 2002. We have also obtained a list of Stationary Spotters in Riley County from the Topeka National Weather Service. We have invited those folks to train with us. They shall serve as stationary observers in areas where we may not have spotters. Guidelines have been implemented for their operation and safety. Some of them have expressed interest in obtaining their ham license. One individual, Dominic Torres, KCØLKZ is one of our stationary folks that have passed his Technician class test. Congratulations Dominic!

I would like to extend an open invitation to everyone to stop in at a WARN meeting and see what we are up to. Of course, we are always looking for more spotters, but we are not the pushy kind. Our meetings will start again in January on the second Tuesday at the Riley County Emergency Management Office, 115 N. 4th St. Yawl come and see now, here?

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season

Bob Bartholic, KBØZWK

I hope that everyone is having a nice holiday season. As promised, here is a tentative training schedule for the 2002 season. We normally have a tour of posts. That will be scheduled on a weekend during the warmer months for those who would like to participate. Those that do attend a post tour will be counted for a session of training. As you can see, October and November are open for suggestions. If there is something you would like to do, just say the word.

I will not be available for all of the meetings due to my work schedule, but I will try. As we move forward I will advise which meetings pose conflict. If I cannot make them, I would like someone to give the training when needed. I will pass that information so there is time to prepare. January is a conflict, but I'm working on it. I feel confident that we will have a good year. Hope to see all of you soon.

Place of Training
January 8th Review of new and existing policies Emergency Mgmt. Office
February 12th EOC Procedures & Net Operations EOC/ Riley Co. PD
March 13th NWS Basic Spotter Class Manhattan FD 2000 Denison
April 9th Advanced Spotter Class Emergency Mgmt. Office
May 14th Table Top Exercise / Tour of Topeka NWS
(Time adjusted for travel TBA)
June 11th Map reading & Plotting Emergency Mgmt. Office
July 9th Spotter Safety Emergency Mgmt. Office
August 13th Night Operations Emergency Mgmt. Office
September 10th Table Top Exercise Emergency Mgmt. Office
October 8th TBA  
November 12th TBA  

Francis Sable, WØEVJ

Brian, KCØDWX,opened the meeting at 7:30 P.M. for our 11-9-2001 meeting. The list of nominees for MAARS officers is named. No additional nominees are received from the floor of the meeting. A show of hands vote is held and the list of nominees is voted in unanimously by those present. The one office that changes is that of treasurer. The new treasurer is Erin Crouch, KBØTXL, to replace Nadine,KØUHF, who has done the treasurer's duties for several years. A big thank you to Nadine for all the time and effort she has devoted to MAARS.

There follows discussion about the annual Christmas party-meeting which is scheduled to be held at Nadine and Fred Stueve's residence on 12-8-2001 starting at 6:30 P.M.

Fred, KØTCS, read a report from a local newspaper column of 50 years ago about WØEVJ, and others going into military service in 1951.

Attendance at the meeting numbered 12.

Nadine Stueve, KØUHF

Cash on Hand, 1/01/0120.00 
Checking Account Balance, 1/01/01174.44 
Savings Account Balance, 1/01/011,290.23 
Total on Hand, 1/01/01 $ 1,484.67
      Dues 681.00
      ARRL Dues78.00
      Savings Account Interest37.46
Total Receipts    + 816.46
      Newsletter - Postage102.00
      Newsletter - Copying65.63
      Tower Rent36.00
      Post Office Box Rent38.00
      Repeater Repairs- 110.10
      Insurance - Equipment69.00
      Insurance - Liability325.00
      Solar Car Donation50.00
      ARRL Dues61.00
Total Expenditures    - 923.13
Cash on Hand, 12/31/0120.00 
Checking Account Balance, 12/31/01215.31 
Savings Account Balance, 12/31/011,142.69 
Total Cash on Hand, 12/31/01 $ 1,378.00


NEW FROM ARRL - Beginning October 1, 2001, our club will receive $15 for each new member joining the ARRL through our club. This is for new members or those who have not been a member for two or more years. There will be no commission for renewals but we still may submit your renewals, if you wish. Since the club retains the dues, it is necessary for you to write your check to MAARS, and then the treasurer writes a check to ARRL.


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