Monthly Newsletter  Supporting the Advancement of Amateur Radio  March 2006

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

Thank you to Scott Chainey, ACØCY for sharing his 'tape measure' antenna at our February meeting. As Scott suggested, this would make a good project for a pre-fox hunt meeting. On Saturday the 4th, I met with Richard Bailey with the American Red Cross. Richard is part of a new committee on communications. He volunteered for relief in Katrina, and will likely come to a future meeting to share some of his experiences with us. Some information I'd like from everyone is what kind of service you would be able to do in an emergency, and is everyone interested in practicing during disaster drills? What kind of equipment would you use in helping out? This information is wanted by the communications committee so they can get a feel for how they would deal with a disaster.

I attempted to find someone to share information on Bluetooth technology with us at our March meeting, but seem to have struck out. I've done some reading myself and will share what I have learned if I don't find someone between now and then.

On February 27th, Ka-Comm installed our new antenna, only to have the same problem we had with our old original antenna resurface. The antenna was installed on a short stand-off, and when we questioned them as to the proximity to the old antenna, they claimed that postion really didn't make much difference. Shortly thereafter, they showed a .5 watt difference in refliected signal by moving the position of the antenna. Since the problem was still there, I had them connect the radio to our original antenna, and we are transmitting on Myron's (WØPBV) antenna. Ka-Comm is supposed to be back with us to continue work on the problem.

Our next club meeting is March 10th at 7:30 P.M. at the Red Cross in Manhattan. We will be eating at Grizzly's in Manhattan before the meeting at about 5:30 P.M. Grizzly's is located at 3003 Anderson, near Alco. We hope to see you at the meeting.

Our program at the meeting this Friday will be Fox Hunting, presented by Pete Sias, NØOY from Salina.

Brian Carter, KCØDWX
Amateur Radio Callsign: KCØDWX
WARN (Weather Amateur Radio Network) member

Scott Chainey, ACØCY

no report

Francis Sable, WØEVJ

The MAARS meeting for Feb. 10, 2006 was held in the Red Cross building at 2601 Anderson Ave. at 7:30 P.M. Brian, KCØDWX, presided.

It was announced that insurance and approval to install a new repeater antenna on the tower had been obtained. We are now waiting for the K-com tower climber to get to it.

Scott, ACØCY, demonstrated a home-made 3-el 2m antenna made from pvc pipe and tapemeasure metal tape for the ant. elements.

There was discussion about what ant. tower zoning restrictions might be in place for erecting a tower in Wamego, which is Scott's home QTH . He is thinking about putting up an ant. tower . It is known that ant. towers have been previously used in Wamego, but it is not known what the City policy is at this time.

On Sat., Feb. 10, Brian, Scott, and Daryl met with a group of young Boy Scouts and gave them a demonstration of on-the-air radio operation on the 2m repeater and on HF.

The meeting ended at about 9:00 P.M. There were 9 persons present at the meeting.

Scott Chainey, ACØCY

February 2006

Cash on Hand, 2/01/0640.00 
Checking Account, 2/01/06503.79 
Savings Account, 2/01/06607.70 
Total on Hand, 2/01/06 $ 1,151.49
Total Income    + 20.00
Total Expenditures    - 0.00
Cash on Hand, 3/01/0640.00 
Checking, 3/01/06523.79 
Savings, 3/01/06607.70 
Total Cash on Hand, 3/01/06  $ 1,171.49


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