Monthly Newsletter  Supporting the Advancement of Amateur Radio  December 2007

Brian Carter, KCØDWX

I only have a couple of quick things to say this month. First I hope everyone is having a good holiday season and staying dry and warm with the bit of winter weather we have had to date.

Next, Blue Hills Adventures, the group that has organized the Flint Hills Triathlon the last several years, is going out of business. It seems there is little chance that there will be a race this next summer. It is my feeling we should take it upon ourselves to be available for the numerous other bike rides and such in the area for communications. Though less is likely to happen, I'm sure they would gladly accept our help if offered.

Our November meeting was the annual election of officers.

All the currnet officers retained their positions, and we gained Dave Mills (KDØAZG) as Vice-President. I would personally like to thank all of the officers I will be serving with in the coming year with MAARS. I feel like we have a really good group here, and I would have to say we are relatively active, as compared to other areas, from what I've been told. I hope we will try to improve and spend more time on the radio, as opposed to less time.

We have also changed up on net control operators lately. Dona Rose (NØZKX) has stepped down as our long held club net control operator. Dave Mills (KDØAZG) has taken her place on the net. Also, Thom Lindsey (KDØBLS) has stepped in to assist, and is sharing duties on the weekly Youth Net with KCØYJO. Thank you to those folks for stepping up, and to Dona Rose for her many years of service.

Our December meeting will be the Christmas Party at the Stueve's house in Wamego. They are located at 4280 Salzer Rd., Wamego, KS. The Stueves are about 1 mile west of Wamego, and on the South side of Highway 24, just south of Stewart Funeral Home on the right side of the road as you are heading south. There will no doubt be people listening on the repeater to help you get there.

We will start meeting at the Stueve's house around 6:00 P.M., with dinner at 6:30 PM. MAARS will provide meat for dinner, and you are requested to bring a season appropriate dish to share. (Hopefully we don't end up with all green bean casserole, hint, hint.) I think we can mention on the Tuesday night net what we plan to bring, so we don't all say "no traffic" and we know if we need to change our plans.

After dinner we will have a "white elephant" gift exchange. Gifts should be in the $5 to $10 range as a general rule, but whatever you feel appropriate is fine.

For those with children, also please join in a discussion at the end of the Tuesday night net to discuss the way we want to deal with that. I feel like a $5 or so gift is great, but there has been some discussion as to what might be appropriate, such as bring a gift for your own child (they would never know), so I will encourage you all to discuss this on the net (gee isn't that what we have these nets for?) on Tuesday night and make a choice there. This will be before the swap net, but after the regular portion of the net. If you can't make it then, too bad, we tried to discuss this at the last meeting.

I just want to point out that all the comments I got from my preliminary e-mail were from people who were at the last meeting, where we had this discussion. We need to as a group better use our nets and meetings to get these items discussed and settled ahead of time.

I will also request that you RSVP on the net Tuesday, so we will have an idea how many will attend.

I hope many of you will join us and have a good time with the group.

LAST on my list for this month is Kids Day. Dave is working on plans for Kids Day to possibly be held again at the Manhattan Town Center Mall. We need as many people as we can get to participate in this event. While we didn't have a lot of kids show up last year, I think it was a success just in our ability to set up stations and demonstrate amateur radio for those that might have an interest. I hope you will all play a role. Kids Day will be held on January 6, 2008.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Christmas Party, and to serving as President for 2008.

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

Scott Chainey, ACØCY

no report

Francis Sable, WØEVJ

Scott Chainey, ACØCY

November 2007

Cash on Hand, 11/01/0756.00 
Checking Account, 11/01/07671.14 
Savings Account, 11/01/07567.27 
Total on Hand, 11/01/07 $ 1294.41
Total Income    + 100.00
Total Expenditures    - 25.98
Cash on Hand, 12/01/0756.00 
Checking, 12/01/07645.16 
Savings, 12/01/07667.27 
Total Cash on Hand, 12/01/07  $ 1368.43


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