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

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

MAARS held its annual picnic on September 10. It was great to see everyone that made it and we missed those who were unable to attend. We even had a couple of guests. The group even sang happy birthday to a few members who had birthdays that weekend. Thanks goes to Chad, NØZMG, and Norm, NØJCC for the items brought to the auction. Also thank you to Cindy for being the "volunteer" auctioneer. I'm sure those of you who knew her when we first joined the club would not have imagined it. However, I imagine most of us have never paid quite so much for a 'thingy'.

I'd like to take a couple of lines to say thank you to Tracy Tipping, NØOEY, for his time spent as the WARN (Weather Amateur Radio Network) Coordinator. I've had a great time working with him in the WARN group and would like to wish him luck in the future as he moves out of state. He's spent a lot of his time making the group what it is today.

Our October meeting will feature Erik Buehler. Erik is a student at KSU and is also working for Rockwell Collins. He has been working on software to predict HF propagation and has offered to show us a consumer version of the software he has been working on.

October is also the next to the last formal meeting of the year, which means we need a nominating committee to volunteer to find officer candidates for the coming year. Our election of officers will be at the November meeting. Please step forward for the committee or you may be picked by random dart tossing. If you're lucky we will put names on a dart board. Also if you feel you are interested in an office please get with the committee to express your interests. It is also time to start thinking about the Christmas party. I will have a sign up sheet for persons wanting to be involved in planning for this as will.

As usual everyone is welcome to join the club for dinner at the Sirloin Stockade in Manhattan between 5:00 and 5:30 for dinner. The actual club meeting will start at 7:30P.M. October 13 at the Red Cross building at 2601 Anderson, Manhattan, KS. Hope to see you both places .

Brian Carter

Francis Sable, WØEVJ

Instead of the monthly MAARS meeting , we had our annual picnic on Sunday, September 10, starting at 4:00 P.M. It was held at the shelter in the Keats city park. The main event was the auction of various radio and electronic items that had been donated. The bidding was not vigorous, but what was received from the sales was turned over to our treasurer to be added to the MAARS bank account. Cindy Carter served as the able auctioneer. The number in attendance was approximately 24.


At the Kansas Ham Convention in Salina, August 27, Norman Dillman, NØJCC, was presented with the "Kansas Amateur of the year" title. The selection for this award by the Kansas-Nebraska Radio Club Inc. is made by a committee of past "Kansas Amateur of the year" recipients. The presentation was made by Wendell Willson, WØTQ, Concordia, at the convention.

Fred Stueve, KØTCS, has written a foreword for a new nationally published book titled Walking Away from the Third Reich by Claus W. Sellier. Sellier was a former German Army Recuit in WW2 and was later taken prisoner of war by the U.S. Army. After the war he emigrated to the U.S. and California. Fred and Sellier became acquainted and shared wartime experiences. As a result Sellier requested Fred to do the foreword for the book he was writing about these WW2 events. Fred participated in the action in Germany as a member of the U.S. Army 20th Armored Division during WW2. This should be a very interesting book, especially for WW2 scholars.


Yukon, the gentle, friendly guide-dog for Dona-Rose, NØZKX, died August 31, of medical conditions. He had served as a seeing-eye guide for about 10 years to Dona-Rose, and a faithful companion to her and Fred, WBØSUD. He was also known to some as "K9DOG".

He is sadly missed.

Norm Dillman, NØJCC

I want to thank everyone who nominated me as Kansas Amateur of the Year. I was impressed that so many people knew I had won and kept it a secret until the State Convention in Salina on August 27. The hams that I know who won the award earlier were rewarded for individual efforts as longtime net managers, traffic handlers, etc. Looking back at the last ten years that I've been a Kansas Ham it's clear that my award was for the hard work of many area hams. I was often the first contacted for help with communications for charity races, endurance horse races, boy scout merit badge jamborees, field days, classes, open houses, special event stations, weather spotting, solar car races, and so on. But it was all of you who joined the project when needed. There were always hard workers who stepped forward to offer their time, equipment and expertise....again and again; hams from the campus, the Manhattan area, especially from "Pot" county. Several times hams helped from the Topeka area and even further away for the Endurance Horse Races. This award really belongs to all of you who were there to help when needed and are still the first to step forward. You've given Ham Radio in this area a good reputation and the respect of people who know what we can do. Keep up the good work and THANKS for everything you've done.

Nadine Stueve, KØUHF
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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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