From The President’s Desk (2019-Jan)

Happy New Year! Now I have to learn to use 2019 for the date. I shall start by congratulating our Christmas meeting winners, Alvin, KD6UZM, won the dual band radio, Michael, AF6FB, won the dual needle watt meter/SWR bridge and Alvin also won the 30 amp power supply. The meeting was not without some problems. We were to meet at the Katella Grill in Anaheim. When we arrived, we were faced with no place to gather. Another radio club had booked the meeting room for the same date and they were already there having breakfast. It was suggested that we try the Marie Callender’s restaurant just down the street to the east. I asked Michael, AF6FB, if he would give them a call and ask if we were welcome on short notice. To my relief, the manager said that we would be welcome and could use their meeting area. We, MARC, were welcomed with open arms. The meeting went well and our Christmas party was a success. I have taken the liberty of reserving the meeting room at this Marie Callender’s restaurant for both our January and February meetings. The address is 307 E. Katella, Orange CA. 92867.

With the true start of winter just a few days ago, it seems that most of the USA has been quite cold, if not covered with ice and snow. Both not very conducive to a motorcycle ride. Even Tim, AB0TS, in the Great White North, has found a warm spot to park his BMW for a few weeks. Thankfully, here in Southern California we still get a warm day (read not too cold) now and then and I am able to get the Blew By U out for a short ride thus preventing a dose of cabin fever. If you are able to get out for a ride or drive, please, be careful riding or driving. This time of year can be extra hazardous.

Mijo and I send our best wishes to Ray, KD6FHN, and Bonnie, KD6OFQ. Ray had to have another spot of cancer removed from his scalp in December and has been recovering with Bonnie’s help. We can all pray for a swift and complete recovery.

Our next MARC net will be on 9 January 2019 at 7:30 PM on 2 meters, 145.440 – 136.5. This is Burt’s Sunset Ridge repeater. The January MARC meeting will be at Marie Callender’s on 12 January 2019, breakfast at 8AM and the meeting at 9. Mijo and I hope to see you there.

John F. Reynolds
President MARC

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