Monthly Newsletter Supporting the Advancement of Amateur Radio August 2003

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

The August meeting for the Manhattan Area Amateur Radio Society will be held on August 8. Last month we finished up a discussion of Field Day and made plans for our garage/bake sale. There was also some discussion as to holding a special event station in the future. On July 26, MAARS held a test session and had one person take a Technician test with passing results; hopefully she will be on the air soon.

For our August meeting we will need to finalize plans for the garage and bake sale which will be held on August the 16. All money raised from the sale will go to MAARS, so if you have old stuff you need to get rid of that is sellable, we encourage you to donate it to the cause. You can also donate baked goods as well. We prefer you have items priced if you have thoughts as to what they should sell for ahead of time. Persons who are at the sale will be making deals at their discretion.

MAARS will also be taking some of the items that did not sell at the auction we held recently to the Salina Hamfest/State convention. If you are interested in attending the Hamfest let us know and we can see what transportation is going to be available for the trip. The Hamfest is the 17th of August.

Henry (KAØSWM) and myself recently visited the repeater site during some interference which was causing some concern to members. After checking out the repeater and later talking with Pat Collins (NØQIK), who said the county was having problems with some of their repeaters, as well as some of the long distance contacts that were being made in the same time frame, we decided most problems were caused by propagation. This does not apply to the "galloping horse sound" that is some times heard. If you do hear interference please try going on reverse and if you have a directional antenna swing it around and make notes to pass on to Henry and myself.

While at the repeater site we also ran the repeater off battery power for 25 to 30 minutes with no problems. Battery voltages were logged in the book at the site.

Last but not least, please feel free to join us for dinner around 5:30 on Friday before the meeting. Some members will meet at the Sirloin Stockade in Manhattan near K-Mart. Our meeting will be at 7:30 at the Red Cross at 2601 Anderson, Manhattan, KS. We hope to see you there.

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

Dona-Rose Hackerott, NØZKX

no report

Dona-Rose Hackerott, NØZKX

Francis Sable, WØEVJ

MAARS members who are also volunteer examiners (VE) held a test session on Saturday, July 26, at the Red-Cross Building. There was one applicant for a new technician license who successfully completed the exam.

Amateur Radio and MAARS is to be featured in an up coming issue of the Manhattan Free Press, which is distributed locally in business places, etc. Be on the lookout for it.

Erin Crouch, KBØTXL
August 2003

Cash on Hand, 7/05/0334.33 
Checking Account, 7/05/03434.23 
Savings Account, 7/05/03478.09 
Total on Hand, 7/05/03 $ 946.65
Total Receipts    + 1.51
Total Expenditures    -  26.14
Cash on Hand, 8/03/0334.33 
Checking, 8/03/03408.09 
Savings, 8/03/03479.60 
Total Cash on Hand, 8/03/03  $922.02


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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