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President’s Message to the Membership, April 2017

Dave Vest, K8DV

Hello fellow MARC members and it would appear that spring is in the air, well at least that is what is sounds like when I listen to 75 meters with all the static crashes and noise that is starting to appear as the seasons start to change. In March the club was able to name new Field Day (FD) Chairmen, Erik AC8VK and Mike W8BEI are going to be working with Bill WS6K to transition FD from Bill to give him a much needed rest after years of planning and coordinating FD. I am also sitting on this committee, to ensure the best interest of the membership is held. I have complete confidence in Erik and Mike. Latest news from the group is things are coming along nicely and appear to be right on schedule.

The April meeting we will surely enjoying learning about Ham Radio Recruiting from Mike W8BEI who will be giving the presentation on this subject. In May yours truly will be speaking about Field Day and what MARC’s plans are. In June MARC will be privileged to have well known DXpeditioner Joe Pater, W8GEX present to MARC the K9W DXpedition to Wake Island. If you have ever wondered what it takes to do a DXpedition you won’t want to miss Joe’s presentation. Joe has been on over 50 DXpeditions and has been the leader of several.

As we look into 2017 we will have several interesting presentations coming up:

  • April – Ham Radio Recruiting by Mike, W8BEI
  • May – MARC Field Day by Dave, K8DV
  • June – K9W DXpedition to Wake Island “The Forgotten 98” by Joe, W8GEX
  • July – Antenna Testing by Erik, AC8VK

As you know we introduced a new segment to the monthly meetings called “Jack’s Shack”. Feedback so far has been positive, so we will keep it going. I know that for April Jack will have another interesting installment of Jack’s Shack.

If you have an idea for Jack’s Shack you can submit your ideas to either Jack or me at one of the below email addresses:

  • president@w8mrc.com – Dave Vest, K8DV
  • vicepresident@w8mrc.com – Jack Purdum, W8TEE

If you have not been to a meeting in a while, I ask that you try and attend in 2017 and get involved as the club is only what you make of it.

73,

Dave K8DV

President’s Message to the Membership, March 2017

Dave Vest, K8DV

Hello fellow MARC members and my apologies for not publishing a February update. As most of you know I attended Hamcation in Orlando and thus did not make it to the February meeting, I guess between that and the missed update I now have 2 strikes.

Moving to March the goal is to name the new Field Day Chairman(s), committee, location and high level goals and plans. Also at the March meeting to celebrate the birthday of the club there will be cupcakes on hand.
As we look into 2017 we will continue to have several interesting presentations that are coming up:

  • March – TBD, “Casual Contesting” by Dave, K8DV
  • April – Ham Radio Recruiting by Mike, W8BEI
  • May – Open
  • June – Open

As you know we introduced a new segment to the monthly meetings called “Jack’s Shack”. Feedback so far has been positive, so we will keep it going. Jack will not be at the March meeting and has asked that I fill in, I have a idea but you need to be at the meeting to find out what it is. Hint: It will be related to Erik’s presentation last month. If you have an idea for Jack’s Shack you can submit your ideas to either Jack or myself at one of the below email addresses:

  • president@w8mrc.com – Dave Vest, K8DV
  • vicepresident@w8mrc.com – Jack Purdum, W8TEE

If you have not been to a meeting in a while, I ask that you try and attend in 2017 and get involved as the club is only what you make of it.
73,
Dave K8DV

President’s Message to the Membership, January 2017

Dave Vest, K8DV

Hello fellow MARC members and welcome to 2017. I am happy to be serving as president for the next year and hope that together we can have MARC continue down the road of success.

My appreciation goes to Mike Kieffer (KD8OUT) for serving the last 3.5 years as president and I look forward to working with him as a sitting board member.

As we look into the beginning of 2017 we have several interesting presentations that are coming up the first three months of 2017:

  • January – “Mobile Insulation” by Mark, WN8U
  • February – “K3NG Keyer” by Erik, AC8VK
  • March – TBD, tentatively “Casual Contesting” by Dave, K8DV

We will also be introducing a new segment to the monthly meetings called “Jack’s Shack”. What is “Jack’s Shack”, you ask? It is going to be 5 to 10 minute segment on quick ham radio topics presented by our newly minted vice-president Jack Purdum (W8TEE) or by someone he has appointed. The subject may be a new accessory that Jack has come up with, operating hints, a ham radio experience, member spot light, or maybe my something along the lines of “my radio has X on it, what’s that for?” You can submit your ideas to either Jack or myself at one of the below email addresses:

  • president@w8mrc.com – Dave Vest, K8DV
  • vicepresident@w8mrc.com – Jack Purdum, W8TEE
  • secretary@w8mrc.com – Mark Tannert, WN8U
  • Treasurer@w8mrc.com – Chris Spiess, AE8TT

There are a few items that the club needs to get working on right away and decide on a game plan, mostly importantly the annual club hamfest and then the ARRL Field Day. I will be looking to appoint a chairman for each of these events.

If you have not been to a meeting in a while, I ask that you try and attend in 2017 and get involved as the club is only what you make of it.

73,
Dave K8DV

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