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May 19, 2024

Ballots in the Box
Check boxes with one checked. A pen is laying on the paper.

      MARS annual election of officers is underway and voting members will soon have their ballots in their mailboxes. There is only one contested office but please mark your choice and return it to arrive not later than 12 noon, Thursday June 13

     The Nominating Committee will tally the votes and announce the results at the meeting that starts at 7:00. If you aren’t able to mail your ballot, please bring it to the meeting. Go now to the EVENTS page for more information.

QRP Addiction
Xiegu G90 transceiver
Elad FDM DUO transceiver

      Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, captivated hams attending the May 9, 2024, MARS meeting with his adventures in QRP. [QRP in ham-speak means “Reduce power.” or “Should I reduce power?”] Kevin brought a sampling of his favorite QRP rigs, talked about their pros and cons and had high praise of operating using only 5 watts or less. Check out the video of his presentation.

Next Regular Meeting

Thursday, June 13, 2024 • 7:00 PM

     The Nominating Committee will count the ballots for the election of Officers.  

     Go to the EVENTS page for more details.

Metrocrest ARS Play Day Logo
Play Day

Due to ARRL Field Day June 22-23, there will be no Play Day in June. The next Play Day will be the third Saturday, July 20, 2024.

Visit the EVENTS page for more details.

License Testing

Allan Batteiger, WB5QNG, will have an in-person test session on the third Saturday July 20 at the Library. Check the EVENTS page for details. Allan continues to offer remote testing sessions as well. Please visit to learn how to sign up.

Marion Adaire Garmhausen, 3BCK

3BCK became known as a “YL”

Sell Your Stuff

    MARS is hosting 3 tables at to sell some club-owned items at this year’s DFW Ham Expo starting June 14. If you have surplus equipment you want to sell, you are welcome to bring it for the Club to sell on consignment.

     We will be at the event from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM Saturday until closing around 3:00 PM. 

     There is paperwork involved. Go over the EVENTS page to learn all about it.

Field Day Plans Coming Together

      ARRL ARRL Field Day 2024 just a few weeks away. There’s plenty of time to get your gear in gear for Field Day. Marshal Ron Reeves, NN5R, has outlined a weekend of adventure and high fun for June 22–23. This year we’ll be at the Farmers Branch Fire Station № 2, 13333 Alpha Link in Farmers Branch.

We have plenty of room for antennas and we can work through the night as class 3A. If the weather holds, we even can set up a station outside. This is not a one-day deal! And there will be food.

      Of course, Field Day takes many volunteer heads and hands to set up and wrap, act as department leads, and work the bands. There are many opportunities to help make this event a success. Please go to HERE to download Ron’s complete report.

      If you have questions or want to volunteer, please shoot an email to Meanwhile, go to the signup page register and monitor the EVENTS page for updates.

Farmers Branch
Next scheduled nets

ARES® Training

June 9, 2024, 8:00 PM CDT

​145.210 Tone 110.9

​​RACES Training

June 16, 2024, 7:45 PM CDT
145.210 Tone 110.9

Please go to the ARES/RACES PAGE for more information.

Support MARS When You Shop

A percentage of your purchases can be donated when you visit Tom Thumb, or Kroger at no extra cost to you. Please go to the SUPPORT page to learn how.

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