Monthly Newsletter Dedicated to the Advancement of Amateur Radio September, 2000

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

The MAARS September meeting is coming up. It's time for our annual picnic. The picnic will be taking the place of our normal meeting for September. Hopefully, the weather will be at least a little bit cooler by then. The picnic will be held at the park in Keats on September 10 at 4:00 P.M. The club will provide charcoal, water, iced tea and coffee. Please bring a dish to share with others and whatever meat (main dish) you and your guests would like to have. Your families and friends are all welcome.

Last month Chad Carter, NØZMG, brought in his ATV equipment as well as slow scan. It was pretty interesting to actually see the ATV setup and working. As for the slow scan I've not quite managed to get the program I have to work through the use of the microphone even though it is claimed that it will.

I'd also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Norm Dillman, NØJCC, for his recent selection as Kansas Amateur of the Year. I think we all can appreciate the amount of time he has spent helping others in the amateur radio hobby as well as else where.

Last for the month I'd like to apologize for an article I put in last month's newsletter. It discussed 2 meter meteor scatter. I found out later that the author had written the article about 6 years before and during that time has attempted to make contacts on 2 meters through meteor scatter with only 2 "possible" contacts. It was still fun for myself to play with the idea and I did still run my TNC some but not what I would have done. I've been bit by the reliability of information on the Internet, which is funny because I'm always warning people that "anyone" can put something on the net, but that doesn't mean the information is accurate. I had found this article on a discussion group and didn't check it out enough before passing it on. I hope nobody got out their dusty TNC to try this, and if you did, give APRS a try.

Hope to see you at the picnic and until then
Brian Carter

Francis Sable, WØEVJ

The MAARS meeting for August 11, 2000 began at 7:30 P.M. with a demonstration of amateur television (ATV) and also a demonstration of slow-scan picture transmission on an amateur HF frequency, 14.230 MHz. This demonstration was done by Chad, NØZMG, using his own equipment.

After the ATV demonstration, Brian, KCØDWX, opened the formal meeting. Present at the meeting was Barry "BJ" WØBJH, to announce an upcoming special event station operation. The station will be operating from the Hollenberg Pony Express Station about 15 miles WNW of Marysville, KS, on Sunday, August 27, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The callsign will be KØASA. Some frequencies will be 7.125 and 14.040 MHz (CW); also, 2m frequencies of 146.52 (simplex), 147.285 (Marysville), and 147.06 (Greenleaf). WBØCNK plans to have a 40m station set up at the Convention Center in Salina. Guest operators may use this station to work KØASA using their own callsign and get a nice certificate of the special event.

There is a discussion about an antenna that is reported to be available from the Soldans, a Cushcraft R-6000. Francis, WØEVJ, will look into picking up the antenna and repairing it for MAARS use.

Nadine reports that the Newsletters were out slightly late and will be passed out at this meeting, instead of mailing them.

Bob, KBØZWK, reports knowing a ham who is knowledgeable about repeater linking and might be willing to give a presentation about this subject to us. It is decided that Bob will contact him and find out if this can be done for October meeting.

Francis, WØEVJ, announces that the next VE examination session for September in Wamego is cancelled due to professional duties requiring the examination coordinator, AAØRI, to be out of town at that time.

The annual MAARS picnic will be next month on Sunday, September 10, starting at 4:00 P.M. at the Keats Park. Bring a dish to share. A charcoal grill and drinks will be provided. An auction of various radio and electronic equipment will be held at the picnic. Talk-in information will be available on the MAARS 2m repeater.

Norm, NØJCC, announces an upcoming ham radio speaker at KSU on August 16. John Spencer, K7KF, will tell about past big DX/Contest stations in the Kansas City area. See the August Newsletter for further details.

The Salina State Convention and Hamfest will be on Sunday, August 27. There will be VE examinations starting at 9:00 A.M. It is expected that there will be events of special interest to Manhattan area hams.

Mike, NØPVU, announces a Perseids meteor watch party for the night of August 12 - 13. Meeting was adjourned by Brian, KCØDWX, President. Welcome Barry "BJ", WØBJH, a new MAARS member. Attendance at the meeting was 17. We thank Nadine, KØUHF, for snacks provided at the meeting.

Nadine Stueve, KØUHF
August 2000

Total Cash Available, 8/01/00 $ 1,185.83
      ARRL dues32.35
Total Receipts    + 35.68
      ARRL dues30.35
      prepaid long-distance.07
Total Expenditures    - 52.80
Cash on Hand, 8/28/0020.00 
Checking Account Balance, 8/28/00112.97 
Savings Account Balance, 8/28/001,035.74 
Balance on Hand, 8/28/00 $ 1,168.71


If you would like to become a member of or renew your membership in the American Radio Relay League and receive the monthly issue of QST, your treasurer has a form you may use to apply. If renewing, just bring along your notice of renewal to the club meeting. The club is allowed to retain $5 of each new member's dues and $2 of each full member who is renewing. 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 for the amount minus the $5 or $2.


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