Monthly Newsletter  Supporting the Advancement of Amateur Radio  May 2008

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

I'll keep this fairly short and sweet this month. As you know, the repeater has been much quieter but our range is greatly decreased. We are still working on this problem, and hope to make more progress in the near future. A meeting with all entities that are involved at the KSDB tower occurred on May 7th, and a couple of more ideas were brought to attention.

May 10th will be the CASA bike ride. We will be sharing final plans at the meeting Friday night, and encourage anyone who is interested in helping to do so. I do recommend you have at least a mobile radio capable of 50 watts and an external 5/8-wave antenna as we have decreased coverage with the repeater.

I believe Francis will also be giving us a brief program on memorizing formulas for your ham exam.

I also want to thank John for last month's grab and go bag program.

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 5:30 ish.


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

Scott Chainey, ACØCY

no report

Francis Sable, WØEVJ

The monthly MAARS meeting was on April 11, 2008 at the Manhattan Red Cross building at 2601 Anderson Ave. MAARS President, Brian, KCØDWX presided.

We had a presentation by John, NØPVT, on the make-up of a grab and go survival pack. He started with a multiple-pocket backpack carrier. Some of the items recommended by John to be included were: 1) knife (medium size); 2) chemical flare (to gain attention of others); 3) food: hard candy, crackers, jerky, or other kinds of foods that would not easily spoil or deteriorate; 4) toilet kit; 5) flashlight; 6) AM-FM radio (small); 7) gill net; 8) matches; 9) parachute cord; 10) tube tent; 11) poncho (plastic garbage bag will substitute); and other items of the user's choice.

It was announced there will be a Sunflower Casa bike ride with 6 SAGS on May 10 in the Keats-Riley area.

There was discussion concerning the continuing interference problems with the MAARS repeater. It is expected that a next step is to temporarily erect another antenna on a pole away from the tower to see if the problem could be the tower itself, caused by a corroded joint or connection and causing intermodulation interference. Mike, WØMAF, has offered a 440 MHz repeater to MAARS possibly be used as a controller link for the repeater.

There are plans for a possible garage sale in Wamego at the city wide sale scheduled for May 31.

There were 14 people in attendance at the meeting.

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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