Monthly Newsletter  Supporting the Advancement of Amateur Radio  April 2008

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

Welcome spring. Hopefully you will all soon be able to get outside and do all the things you have been wanting/needing to get done. I know that I tuned up an antenna this week and plan on putting it up a little bit higher in the air in the near future.

I'd like to thank everyone who helped out in the 'Cabin Fever Challenge' bike ride this past month. I believe we showed a few people a bit about radio as well as showed them that there are things we can do that can't be done as well with cell phones. I want to thank Sylvia (KCØYJO) and Co-Chairperson Scott (ACØCY) for their work in organizing our part in the event.

I believe we brought back around a dozen or so bicycles with either multiple flat tires, or people who just weren't up for the ride. Mike (NØPVU) even loaned a pair of gloves to one young lady as it was a bit cold during the event. She was quite thankful, and made sure to return the gloves upon her return.

We have the opportunity to prove ourselves to another group holding a bike ride on May 10th, and I hope you will all help out with this as well.

Dave (KDØAZG) mentioned that it might be a good idea for MAARS to purchase a tent/screen room for events such as this. It might be set up in locations where campers and such aren't as easily acceptable.

I would like to ask if there are any other hams in the area who would like to go in on the purchase of an APRS digipeater that could be set up at the tower site. We have a pretty good sized hole in APRS coverage for this area, and this would help to fill in coverage for this area. It would digipeat packets received from people in this area and traveling down the interstate, and hopefully they would be received locally (my house) and pumped to the internet as well. As I have a very biased interest in this and I also think the club's funds should be used elsewhere, I'd like to get a few people to go in together and make the purchase. Basically we need a Kantronics KPC3+ TNC, a 2- meter FM radio and a power supply.

Last, but certainly not least, John Skare (NØPVT) will be presenting this month's meeting topic, The Grab and Go Bag. This is an area where John has spent a decent amount of time working on, and I promise his grab and go bag as well as vehicle are prepared for far more disaster-oriented events than most of us could pull together in 2 or 3 days. I hope you will join us for what John has to share, as well as I believe some ideas from Dave (KDØAZG). Please join us at the monthly MAARS meeting Friday, April 11th at 7:30 PM at the Red Cross, 2601 Anderson Ave, in Manhattan. I also invite you to join us for dinner at the Sirloin Stockade before the meeting around 5:30ish.


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

Scott Chainey, ACØCY

no report

Francis Sable, WØEVJ

Scott Chainey, ACØCY

March 2008

Cash on Hand, 3/01/0856.00 
Checking Account, 3/01/08486.74 
Savings Account, 3/01/08670.42 
Total on Hand, 3/01/08 $ 1,213.16
Total Income    + 46.83
Total Expenditures    - 25.91
Cash on Hand,4/01/0897.00 
Checking, 4/01/08492.57 
Savings, 4/01/08670.42 
Total Cash on Hand, 4/01/08  $ 1,259.99


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