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President’s Message to the Membership, January 2018

Dave Vest, K8DVHello fellow MARC members and welcome to 2018, can you believe it has been almost 20 years since all the hype with Y-2- K? Seems like ancient history at this point.

Now that we have gotten here the club needs to start planning its 2018 season. Our two main events will be here before you know it. As you know these are the MARC hamfest and ARRL Field Day. There is a lot of planning and effort that go into both of these events and as of this update we are in need of chairmen for both. If you have ever been interested how planning works for hamfest and/or Field Day, here is your chance to find out. I know that there are a lot of able-bodied folks in the club that could lead either of these efforts.

I hope that you are finding time to heat up the rigs and make some contacts even with sub-par band conditions. Lately, I myself have been working a lot of FT-8 digital mode. With all the hype I had to try it and so far have worked some 40 countries and 35 states with little effort. If you have not tried it you should, as I have found when there are no SSB or CW signals there seems to be FT-8 activity. It still amazes me to make a contact with someone that I cannot hear.

Also for all you DX’ers in the crowd keep in mind that Bouvet 3Y0Z is schedule to come on the air later this month. This may be the last time to have a chance to get them in the log for many, many years to come. For myself this is one of the last 11 that I need to have them all worked, so you bet I will be in the pile up.

Hope all of you had a happy holiday season and wish all you a happy new year and hope all your ham radio goals come true.

73,
Dave, K8DV

President’s Message to the Membership, December 2017

Dave Vest, K8DV
Welcome to fall and the onset of winter as the temperatures are starting to fall and DX is starting to appear on our wireless apparatuses. Hope and trust that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had time to spend with family and friends giving thanks to all that we truly have to be thankful for.

As we approach the end of cooler nights and warmer days, I hope that all of you have your antenna projects completed and ready for the winter season as we will soon be in the cold nights, cold days of winter.

November meeting was one of the best that we have seen in some time with lots of lively discussion about FT8, magnetic loops and other topics. If you were not there you missed a good meeting.

The December meeting will be a good one as well as we will have the ARRL Great Lakes Director, Dale, WA8EFK and Vice Director Tom, W8WTD there to present the November QST cover plaque to Jack, W8TEE for his article in November QST on the antenna analyzer. Dale will also be presenting a program on the latest ARRL happenings and state of ham radio in general.

Hopefully you will be able to make it to the December meeting. For December’s Jack’s shack will be open for “Show and Tell” so if you have something you would like to share with the members, such as a new DX QSL card, latest project or anything you think they would be interested in bring it out to show and tell about it.

As the holiday season approaches us I want to wish all you Happy Holidays and look forward to serving as your president again in 2018.

73,
Dave, K8DV

President’s Message to the Membership, October 2017

Dave Vest, K8DV
Hello fellow MARC members and welcome to fall, well that is what the calendar says but 90 degrees at the end of September says otherwise.

As a reminder MARC has elections coming up in November and as president I have not decided if I will be running for another term as of this writing. I know that Mark, WN8U will not be running as secretary so at the very least will need a nominee for that position.

Things are starting to improve around my neck of the woods and have had a chance to get on the radio a few times and managed to fill in a new mode and 2 new bands slots with the recent HD8M that was on the air. With that said it reminds me that in just a few months we will be into the thick of winter and the last thing you want is a antenna failure right as you are trying to make that new contact. I have started checking all my feedlines and rope conditions holding the dipoles up and replacing as needed. So if you don’t want to get out there in 20 degree weather making antenna repairs do them NOW.

Looking for topics for “Jack’s Shack” you ask? It can be anything radio related or of club interest taking no more than 5 to 10 minutes. Submit your ideas to either Jack or myself at one of the below email addresses. You are welcome to present it as well.

Officers of MARC and contact info:

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

The October meeting promises to be very interesting as world famous DX’er Jay, K4ZLE will be coming to our meeting to give us a presentation on his trip to VP8 South Sandwich and South Georgia Islands. As you remember a few months ago Joe, W8GEX presented his trip to KH9 Wake Island which was a visit to the tropics, this promises to be very different as Jay will discuss the total lack of infrastructure on these islands and EVERYTHING has to be carried in. Also in October will need to appoint a nominating committee for upcoming elections in November.

At the November meeting Al will be giving us a presentation on how to use the oscilloscope that he donated to the club, so if you ever wanted to start learning how to use a scope here is your chance. We will also be holding elections.

That’s it for now and hope to see you at the October meeting.

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

73,
Dave K8DV

President’s Message to the Membership, September 2017

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President’s Message to the Membership, July 2017

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MARC Member Has Articles Published

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President’s Message to the Membership, June 2017

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