Monthly Newsletter Supporting the Advancement of Amateur Radio January 2003

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

It's time to start a new year in amateur radio. Hopefully you all had a great holiday season and maybe with some luck you ended up with some new toys. I look forward to this next year and enjoying some activities with all of you.

As this is a new year in MAARS, we have the following officers in office, Erin Crouch - treasurer, Francis Sable - secretary, Donna Rose Hackerott - vice-President and myself, Brian Carter - President. Personally I am going to enjoy working with these members.

Next is to remind you all that at our next meeting we will pass around a sheet for persons wishing to sign up for committees. This is where we the officers get your help with the various events and activities or problems that we may have. Being on a committee is an excellent way to learn more about amateur radio and get to work with fellow club members. Our official January meeting will be on January the 10th at 7:30 PM. This is the second Friday of the month and for those who might be new, this is when our normal meetings are held. We will continue to hold our meeting at the Red Cross in Manhattan, at 2601 Anderson. Many members also get together for dinner on meeting nights at about 5:30 PM at the Sirloin Stockade in Manhattan. All members and non-members are welcome to attend both the dinner meeting and club meeting, and are encouraged to bring a guest, especially if they have an interest in amateur radio.

I hope to see you all at the meeting and continue to hear you on our weekly club net and youth net.

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

Dona-Rose Hackerott, NØZKX

At the last MAARS meeting I was very pleased to be voted in as your new Vice-President. I thank all of you for your vote of confidence.

This also gives me the opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself. I received my license in 1993 and became a member of MAARS shortly thereafter. A couple years later I was asked to serve as net control for the regularly-scheduled Tuesday night net. That is why you are able to hear my sweet sexy voice right in your own home (just joking of course) every Tuesday evening.

Before receiving my ham license, I found by monitoring the repeater with my scanner that it opened a whole new world for me. I enjoyed hearing about all of the different things that you were observing in and around Manhattan, and still do.

Studying for the no code technical license took me many hours of writing Braille, studying and struggling to memorize the diagrams. Fred read the manual to me and I Brailled it and then read it back to verify that it was correct. I attended the classes given by Norm and the others and these helped considerably. Braille is also the method that I use to record your callsigns when you check into the net. Even though it is a slow way of recording your calls, I must admit I enjoy every moment of it.

As you all are aware our membership has declined considerably over the years. We all need to pull together to build back up our membership and secure the funds necessary to maintain our repeater and be able to replace it when the time comes. I am sure you all feel as I do that we would be lost without it. As discussed at the past two or three meetings, MAARS will welcome any and all donations over and above your membership dues to build up our bank account. Was very nice to see all of you all at the MAARS Christmas party. Thanks again to Fred and Nadine for their hospitality.


Dona-Rose Hackerott, NØZKX

Francis Sable, WØEVJ

no December meeting

Erin Crouch, KBØTXL
January 2003

Cash on Hand, 11/04/0234.33 
Checking Account, 11/04/02171.05 
Savings Account, 11/04/02822.19 
Total on Hand, 10/01/02 $ 1027.57
      Repeater Fund10.00
Total Receipts    + 150.00
      Telephone 51.18
      Newsletter 60.68
Total Expenditures    -  111.86
Cash on Hand, 1/05/0334.33 
Checking, 1/05/03199.19 
Savings, 1/05/03832.19 
Total Cash on Hand, 1/05/03  $1,065.71


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.


Dues will be due by Oct. 31 and are: regular membership $20, full-time student $10, family $30. Please complete the following when renewing your membership, even if you did so last year. Return to the Treasurer, at a meeting or to MAARS, P. O. Box 613, Manhattan, KS 66505-0613. If you are currently receiving both the email and paper copy of the newsletter, please consider just receiving the email copy. It will save the club $5-6.00 per year per copy.

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