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Friday, 13 February 2009 22:16

W5QGG History Web Page

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Notes MARC 1955 To ------

I began this project with a lot of questions about the history of the Midland Amateur Radio Club. In reading the 40 years worth of notes by the past 40 Secretaries of MARC I was in amazement and total awe. I hope to be able to share with you some of the many facts regarding the colorful and interesting MARC history.

I hope you will enjoy reading this as much as I did in researching it, and find it a learning experience as I have............
Beverly Harwood KC5BNT 1994

1955

President------Ray Epps W5QGR
Secretary-----F.R.O'Kelley W5VOH
Treasuer-----F.R.O'Kelley W5VOH
The trustees were appointed by the President they were;
J.R. Searles W5SMJ
Jim Velvin W5KID
Jim Giles W5GBQ
Ray Knowles W5GET
Rudy Rubin W5GGC

There were 24 members in 1955. Meetings were held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Officers elected for the year were elected in March. The original club house was built in 1955. It was a cement block building. The land was purchased from the city for $1.00. With the stipulation that it would revert back to the city if it was not used by the club.

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1956

President------------R.M.Rubin W5GGC
Secretary-Treasurer---------F.R.O'Kelley W5VOH

This year the club had a T.V. raffle to raise funds for the club. Bill Fry WN5EQY became the first program chairman. The very "FIRST Swapfest" is mentioned in the notes referring to the previous year of 1955. With its success they decided to do it again. Majority rule was passed.

 

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1957

President-------------- F.R. O'Kelley W5OVH
Vice President ---- Glen Howard W5BWV
Secretary ---------- Jack Kendrick K5DIZ
Treasurer ---------- Eldon Robb KN5IFV

Meetings were held in the club house at Hogan Park. Club sign letters were purchased for the front door at the clubhouse. A electric stove was purchased. Dues were $6.00 a year. There was a $2.00 key deposit. Officer elections were changed from April 1 to March 1 due to ARRL affiliation. Rev Jack Kendrick K5DIZ was given honorary membership in the club.

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1958

President ------ Glen Howard W5BWV
Vice President - George Martin K5ODH
Secretary - Leon Ishamel K5GVS
Treasurer - Leon Ishamel K5GVS
Board of Directors -- Ray Epps W5QGR
Jim Giles W5GBQ
F.R. O'Kelley W5OVH.

Members are elected to the club by a vote. 80% of club members constitutes acceptance. The property taxes were $10.19 in 1958 and the dues were $6.00 and could be paid semi-annually. A key deposit was $2.00. The Sgt. of Arms was Ray Epps W5QGR. The club discussed and participated in the "Powder Puff Derby".

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1959

President -----Jim Giles W5GBQ
Vice President ---- John Ponder K5PQK
Secretary -----------George Martin K5ODH
Treasurer ----------George Martin K5ODH

The Swapfest was held at the American Legion. The club abolished the Board of Directors and elected Officers to serve in their place. This year was the first "Open House" for the club with the public invited.

 

 

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1960

President -----------W.C. Putnam W5DB
Vice President ---- John Ponder K5PQK
Secretary -----------Andy Anderson K5ZIW
Treasurer ----------Andy Anderson K5ZIW
Trustee------------G.W. Martin K5ODH

The Swapfest was held at the V.F.W. The electric bill had an average of $5.00 per month. The meetings were held on the 1st Thursday and the 3rd Monday of the month.

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1961

President -----------W.C. Putnam W5DB
Vice President ---- John Ponder K5PQK
Secretary -----------R. M. Anderson K5ZIW
Treasurer ----------R. M. Anderson K5ZIW
Trustee------------G.W. Martin K5ODH

The meetings in 1961 were held at the a room at the First National Bank. The swapfest was held at the V.F.W. Net profits for the Swapfest this year were $105.40. The meetings were now held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays. Women were now allowed to make an application to join the club. Anyone making an application to join the club must attend one meeting before a vote could be taken on membership.Theory and code classes were being offered this year. Sam Salt became the RACES representative. The club had $404.67 in the bank account at the end of the year.

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1962

President -----------W. C. Snyder W2DVC/5
Vice President ---- Sam Salt W5IJR
Secretary -----------H.F. Middleton W5LQD
Treasurer ----------H.F. Middleton W5LQD
Trustees------------W.C. Putnam W5DB, G.W. Martin K5ODH

The Swapfest was held March 18th at the V.F.W. The meetings were held in the Community Room of the First National Bank. The club purchased a grid dip meter and an antenna bridge at the cost of $130.00. There was a mention of the first Odessa Swapfest for this year. Field Day was held at the clubhouse and refreshments for this event were $10.00. At one meeting the club had an auction and auctioned off 4 cans of coffee for $2.70. There was a mention of a meal to be served at the Swapfest costing $1.25. A vote was taken to move the meetings to the Reddy Room at Texas Electric Service Building beginning at the first meeting in January of 1963.

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1963

President -----------John Reese WA5AKH
Vice President ---- Ray Laverick W5BSM
Secretary -----------H.F. Middleton W5LQD
Treasurer ----------H.F. Middleton W5LQD
Trustee------------W.C. Putnam W5DB

Meetings were held in the Reddy Room of Texas Electric. The swapfest was held at the VFW on March 17th. Pre-registration was $2.00.
A Power Plant was donated to the club by Shell Oil and the club purchased a trailer for it, for $10.00. During this time the club also recieved the donation of a travel trailer, and begins purchasing a set of Greenlee Dies (chasie punches). Code practice was held after the club meetings.

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1964

President -----------John Reese WA5AKH
Vice President ---- Ray Laverick W5BSM
Secretary -----------H.F. Middleton W5LQD
Treasurer ----------H.F. Middleton W5LQD
Trustee------------W.C. Putnam W5DB

The Swapfest is held at Meads Bakery on West Front street on March 17th. The grand prize was a Hallicrafters SR-150 transceiver. F.C.C. inspectors gave examinations for the first time at the swapfest. The name "St. Patrick's Day Swapfest" Is first heard.
Officials of the American Red Cross requested that MARC assist in the establishment of a American Red Cross Communications unit. It was voted on by the club and passed.
The new station lisense is recieved by the club W5QGG is on the Air!
Field day, that year was held at the club house, and Leon Ishamel is awarded a life time membership with pre paid dues and pre-registration to all MARC Swapfests. With the death of President John Reese, a lifetime membership is granted to Mrs.Reese.

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1964-1965

President -----------Jerry Bartley WA5ETE
Vice President ---- Ken Edmonson WA5FSQ
Secretary -----------J. Neil Schrodt W5KEJ
Treasurer ----------Gil Broxon WA5FDL
Trustee----------G.W. Martin K5ODH
Directors-------Ray Laverick W5BSM, W.C. Putnam W5DB, Bill Anthony WA5DZW

Meetings were still being held at Texas Electric's Reddy Room, and the Swapfest was held in the motor garage under First National Bank. The Elks Club catered the food. E. C. Pool W5NFO was give a honorary life time membership, as was F. R. O'Kelly W5HOV just before he moves to Houston.

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1965-1966

President -----------Ken Edmonson WA5FSQ
Vice President ---- J. Neil Schrodt W5KEJ
Secretary -----------Bill Barton W5KRR
Treasurer ----------Bob Edgerton W5MVC
Trustee----------G.W. Martin K5ODH

The meetings were held once a month. The Swapfest was held in the parking garage under under the First National Bank. On October 4th 1966 Wes Pittman WA5BMX becomes secretary.

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April 1966

President -----------J. Neil Schrodt W5KEJ
Vice President ---- Wes Pittman WA5MBX
Secretary -----------Bill Barton W5KRR
Treasurer ----------Bob Edgerton W5MVC
Trustee----------G.W. Martin K5ODH

The meetings were held only once a month. A motion was put fourth before the club to elect new officers in November, it was so passed.

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1967

The club officers at that time were;
President----------Roger Hoestenbach W5EGS
Vice President-----Malcolm Brenneman WA5JUI
Secretary----------William McBee K5HGM
Treasurer----------John Ponder K5PQK
Trustee------------G. W. Martin K5ODH

The meeting were held at the National Guard Armory, and the Swapfest was held on March 17th at the Midland County Exhibit Building on East Hwy. 80. The evening prior to the swapfest a dance was held at the Sands Motor Hotel on West Hwy. 80. The cost to attend was $1.00, with room rates of $6.00 for a single and $8.50 for a double. Some of the contest held that year at the swapfest included, Homebrew, code, Gallon jar number guessing, and guess the frequency.
The dues were raised to $3.00 this year.

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1968

Club officers for the year were;
President----------J.E. Rehler W5KNZ
Vice President-----Gary Sargent WA5REV
Secritary----------Bob Naglee K5WKQ
Treasure-----------Roy Pate K5PVS
Trustee------------Howard Bentley K5SXU

Again The meeting were held at the National Guard Armory. The Swapfest took place on March 17th at the Midland County Exhibit Building. A dance was held on the 16th at the Sands Motor Hotel.
The meetings were now being held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month while the dues continued to be $3.00 a year.
The Grand Prize for the Swapfest winner was a choice of one of five door prizes, A Drake R4B reciever, A Swan 500-C, A Galaxy V Mk2, an SB-34, or a W-51 Free Standing Tower.
The First official club net was held that year with Howard Bentley as net-control. The membership voted to have only one meeting per month during the summer months of June, July, and August.
It was during this year that the Midland Amateur Radio Club became incorperated. It was about this time that meetings were held at the Red Cross Building, and Bob Naglee and Howard Bentley spear-headed a move to refurbish the club house and hold the meetings there.

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1969

Club Officers for the Year were as follows;
President----------To be determined
Vice-President-----Malcolm Brenneman WA5JUI
Secretary----------Brian McCleery WA5HOI
Treasurer----------Charles Vertrees WA5UHH
Trustee------------Howard Bentley K5SXU

In April of that year, Malcolm Brenneman Was elected President, and Don Ross WA5LXZ was installed a Vice-President.
The total club membership was 43 and the dues were still just $3.00 per year. A large water leak occurred and new plumbing had to be installed. This was PVC per the new city code. At that time the City inspectors required a specific cement to be used, however it dissolved the pipe wherever a joint was made.
During this time the club acquired a complete set of chassis punches, the Swapfest was held March 23rd at the County Exhibit Building. Johnny's Barbecue catered the meal.
The club had a junk table at the swapfest where excess items were sold. Novice class operators were granted full membership privileges in the club, and meeting were now being held in the club house.

 

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1970

President----------F. R. O'Kelly W5VOH
Vice President-----Joe Saunders WA5VRB
Secretary----------Jeanette Blubaugh WA5VGT
Treasurer----------Charles Vertrees WA5UHN
Trustee------------Howard Bentley K5SXU

In January if this year, Joe Saunders took over as President and Bob Naglee Became Vice President. By September Darrel Byrd was to become Secretary.
Bob Neglee and Howard Bentley met privately and decided to point the club toward a VHF orientation.
Meetings were held at the club house, and Bob Naglee taught a theory class with Darell Byrd teaching the code. The club purchased a 110 volt 30 amp generator of $75, and 600 feet of #12 copper weld antenna wire for $12.00. They were also able to buy a 40 foot telescoping pole for $19.00.
A motion was made and passed to install a legal open-end repeater at the clubs expense to be operated under the clubs call. The first repeater was built by Bob Naglee and Howard Bentley from a GE Progline Receiver and a LD Transmitter. It was installed at the club House on the old Rombic poles with two antennas.
The club purchased about 24 used commercial RCA LD's to be sold to the members for use on 2 meters. That first repeater was on 146.94, along with several others about the area. The net continued to operate with Howard Bentley as net control on Mondays at 7:30 PM.
Someone donated a small squirrel cage hopper for tickets. The Swapfest was held on March 14th and 15th, with a Saturday night dance at the Elks Club. Motel Rates in 1970 were, Holiday Inn: $9.50 single, $12.50 double and the Ramada Inn; $9.50 single, $10.50 double.
The Boy Scout Jamboree on The Air was help Oct 18th and 19th.

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1971

President----------Paul Storm WA5RAG
Vice President-----Neil Gould WA5ZGC
Secretary----------Steven Philpy WN5ZZP
Treasurer----------Bob Naglee K5WKQ
By June of 1971 Jim DeLong K5LOZ has become Vice President and Neil Gould is Secretary. Club meetings were being held at the club house. That year F.C.C. testing is being conducted in Lubbock.
The St. Patrick's Day Swapfest was on March 19th and 20th and the club made a profit of $571.84. Potts Music of Odessa donated the P.A. system used at the swapfest site.
Two 450 Mhz radios were donated for use as control rigs for the repeater, and crystals were ordered. Gil Broxson WA5FDL gave a program on the Gilltenna.
On september 6th the repeater is made fully legal with the addition of a radio control link.

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1972

President----------Joe Saunders WA5VRB
Vice President-----Howard Bentley K5SXU
Secretary----------Jim DeLong K5LOZ
Treasurer----------Bob Naglee K5WKQ

In December Joe Saunders Resigns as President and Tom Seawright WA5WQC takes over. By April Tom resigns, and Howard Bentley becomes President. Dan Boyer WA5WAI is Vice President.
Meeting are once again being held at Mobil oil. During the year the club purchased two antennas from Permian Electronics for use with the repeater. (these antennas cost the club $216.00) The repeater was moved to CECO #1 tower and the two antennas were put up.
The Swapfest was held on March 25th and 26th. The fliers cost $7.50 for 2500 copies. The dinner was catered by Johnny's at a cost of $1.75 a Plate.
The Permian Basin Repeater Association was formed with groups from Midland, Odessa Monahans, Kermit, and Big Springs. The Association erects a new repeater on the caprock near Penwell. This repeater became the beginning of the West Texas Connection!
Field Day was held at Hogan Park, and during the year Honorary Life Membership is given to Vernon Qualls. The Swapfest was also dedicated in his honor.

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1973

President----------Roger Rose W5LXS
Vic President------Paul Storm WA5RAG
Secretary----------Howard Bentley K5SXU
Treasurer----------Jim Reid K5KUX
Trustee------------Bob Naglee K5WKQ
Control Operators--Jim Reid K5KUX Jerry Bartley WA5ETE

In March Howard Bentley resigned and was replaced as Secretary by George Leonburger.
An Ice-cream Social was held on Sunday May 27th. The Swapfest was held on March 17th and 18th. The Swapfest dance was held at the Regal 8.
Howard Bentley proposed a contest for MARC members and Midland amateurs. The trophy was to be awarded to the winner at the Swapfest. The contest was to be a QSO Contest.

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1974

President----------Roger Rose W5LXS
Vice President-----Howard Bentley K5SXU
Secretary----------David Lloyd WA5SMQ
Treasurer----------Jim Reid K5KUX
Trustee------------Vernon Qualls W5BAJ

Very few notes were found regarding club activities for this year.
The Swapfest was canceled this year because of the Energy Crisis. The club house was broken into and the HW-101, along with other equipment was stolen.

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1975

President----------Howard Bentley K5SXU
Vice President-----Roger Rose W5LXS
Secretary----------Michael Furrey WA5POK
Treasurer----------Jim Reid K5KUX
Trustee------------Vernon Qualls W5BAJ

No board minutes were found for this year...

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1976

President----------Bryan McCleery WA5HOI
Vice President-----Mike Furrey WA5POK
Secretary----------George Parker WB5JLG
Treasurer----------Jim Reid K5KUX
Trustee------------Vernon Qualls W5BAJ

The Swapfest was held on March 20th and 21st. Pre-registration for the Swapfest was $2.50 or $3.00 at the door.
The club trailer was set up on the Court House Square for the Bi Centennial Celebration to exhibit Amateur Radio.
Meeting were held at the First National Bank that year, and a new college course started October 5th on Amateur Radio licenses. Also that year a Kenwood TS-520 was obtained for the club.

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1977

President----------George Parker WB5JLG
Vice President-----Dewey Baucum WB5CDD
Secretary----------Norm Gould WB5MSP
Treasurer----------Jim Reid K5KUX
Trustee------------Vernon Qualls W5BAJ

The club meetings were held at the First National Bank. The Swapfest was on March 26th and 27th. A fire fanned by high winds took the roof off of the repeater shack at the corner of Andrews Highway and Holiday Hill Road where the club repeater was located. The repairs cost $140. The club trailer was finished and ready for use. The club handles communications for the Christmas Parade for the section year.
The club was able to acquisition a new solid state repeater, and ordered duplexers at a cost of $465.00. This repeater was installed in the penthouse of First National Bank Tower. The tower at Andrews Highway and Holiday Hill Road was then taken down.

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1978

President----------Dewey Baucum WB5CDD
Vice President-----Banks Campbell N5BKT
Secretary----------Orr Swinford WB5IZC
Treasurer----------Norm Gould WB5MSP
Trustee------------Vernon Qualls W5BAJ

This year there was 74 members in the club, and the Swapfest was held on March 18th and 19th. Swapfest Pre-registration was $4.50, $5.00 at the door.
The club handled communications again for the Christmas Parade.

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1979

President----------Troy Lesley KN5M
Vice President-----Rom Schwisow W5STC
Secretary----------Orr Swinford WB5IZC
Treasurer----------Banks Campbell N5BKT
Trustee------------Vernon Qualls W5BAJ

There were 71 Paid members this year and the club dues were $5.00 per year. The Swapfest was held March 17th and 18th at the Midland Couty Exhibit Building. The Tornado Watchers Club meeting was held at Midland College. This is the very first Skywarn session. Jim Reid is appointed as the American Red Cross Communications Officer.
Field day was held at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, and Dewey Bacum cooked steaks for the event. A maintenance free battery and set of high rejection duplexers were purchased for the 146.76 repeater, and the old duplexers were sold at the swapfest.
Jerry Bartley WA5ETE recieves a honorary club membership. Also that year the club house was renovated and a combined airconditioner and heater was installed.

 

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1980

President----------Troy Lesley KN5M
Vice President-----Wayne Robinson WD5IBR
Secretary----------Orr Swinford WB5IZC
Treasurer----------Pete Campbell AE5J
Trustee------------Vernon Qualls W5BAJ

The swapfest began Saturday March 15th running from noon till 7 PM, and continuing through Sunday the 16th from 8 AM till mid after-noon. The headquarter motel was the Roadway Inn, and a single room was $17.00 with a double being $22.00.
The meetings again went to just one per month, and it cost $143.00 to purchase the steaks for Field Day. Fifty were expected.

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1981

President----------Wayne Robinson WD5IBR
Vice President-----Rusty Hensley KB5RP
Secretary----------Orr Swinford WB5IZC
Treasurer----------Al Sisk KC5DL
Directors----------Troy Lesley KN5M, Sterling Talley N5CLI, Norm Gould WB5MSP
Trustee------------Vernon Qualls W5BAJ

On February the 9th, Rusty Hensley moved to Dallas Texas, and Russ Strail WB5GKE becomes Vice President. On July 29th Al Sisk Leaves and Sterling Talley replaces him as Treasurer. On September 14th Russ Strait leaves and Sterling Talley moves up to Vice President. Les Bannon replaces Sterling as Treasurer.
The club held a sidewalk sale at the Midland Air Terminal, and the swapfest is held March 14th and 15th. Field day that year was held at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. The were 87 paid members in 1981. Santa Clause hit the air waves ready for checkins.

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1982

President----------Jim Yeley N5AYM
Vice President-----Sterling Talley N5CLI
Secretary----------Karen Lesley WD5HYL
Treasurer----------J. Neal Gould WA5ZQC
Directors----------Wayne Robinson WD5IBR, Bryant Saxson KD5C, Troy Lesley KN5M

In March of that year Karen Lesley leaves and Orr Swinford becomes Secretery, but in August Orr leaves due to an employment change. Les Bannon takes over as Secretary. That year the meeting were held in the American Red Cross building and there is mention of the club being a non-profit corporation.
The swapfest is held March 13th and 14th. Pre-registration was $5.00 and $6.00 at the door.
The club designated Banks Campbell and Bob Edgerton as repeater control operators.

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1983

President----------Rus Strait WB5GKE
Vice President-----Jole Blankenship N5NUB
Secretary----------Les Bannon W9ZTD
Treasurer----------Dewey Baucum WB5CDD
Directors----------Banks Campbell N5BKT, Jim Yeley N5AYM, Troy Lesley KN5M

March 4th Russ Strait Leaves and Sterling Talley becomes President. The swapfest was held on March 19th and 20th and Pre-registration was $5.00 with $6.00 being charged at the door. Tables rented for $4.00.
New Locks and keys are purchased and installed at the club house. Jim Reid is appointed as a trustee after the death of Vernon Qualls.

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1984

President----------Sterling Talley N5CLI
Vice President-----Joel Blankenship N5NUB
Secretary----------Homer Fort WB5IKX
Directors----------Joe Milam NI5F, Roger Rose W5LXS, Wayne Robinson WB5IBR
Trustee------------Jim Reid K5KUX

That year, Wayne Robinson instructs the Novice class and a "Weather Briefing Session" is held at the swapfest. The club starts off this year with 105 members.
The swapfest was held on March 17th and 18th and a net profit of $3003.00 was made.
The club purchased a HF transceiver with power supply.
Walt Putnam is given an honorary life membership. Ken K5JOG donated a alarm system and it was installed by Ken and Jim Reid.
The club purchases a Mosely TA-33 tri-band beam, and a rotor was donated to the club station. That year the club began a volunteer examiners program. Four member recieved accreditation as examiners. Bryant Saxon was appointed as coordinator.
Field day had 30 or more members participate and the club placed 12th among 424 in it's category.
THE CLUB HAS 126 MEMBERS, THE LARGEST NUMBER IN THE HISTORY OF THE CLUB!!!

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1985

President----------Don McCarty K5CFA
Vice President-----Jim Reid K5KUX
Secretary----------Steve Hopkins N5CBO (Now K5RS)
Treasurer----------Ron Schwisow W5STC
Directors----------Joe Milan NI5F, Ed Meyer WB5AHT, Sterling Talley KE5KQ
Trustee------------Jim Reid K5KUX

On January the 5th The first Volunteer Exam session was held at Midland College.
January the 18th a demonstration of Amateur Radio was set up at Midland Park Mall to show the world of radio. This demo was arranged by last years officers, and they even set up a tri-band beam on the roof. Stations included HF Amtor and Two meters.

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1986

President----------Don McCarty K5CAF
Vice President-----Ed Meyer WB5AHT
Secretary----------Tom Lussen WA4ILH
Treasurer----------C. R. Schwisow W5STC
Directors----------Les Bannon WF5E, Curt Fletcher KE5PM,
Trustee------------Jim Reid K5KUX

The club dues have raised to $10.00 per year payable on or before January 1st, and the swapfest was held on March 15th and 16th.
No other noted were found of this year.

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1987

President----------Ed Meyer WG5F
Vice President-----Brad Calhoun WI5Q
Secretary----------Carla McCarty NV5R
Directors----------Les Bannon WF5E, Ron Schwisow W5STC
Trustee------------Jim Reid K5KUX

No record were found for this year.
According to the Swapfest flyer, The swapfest was held on March14th and 15th. The Grand prize; a Yaesu FT-757 GX, Second Prize and a Yaesu FT-23R, Pre-Registration Prize was a Yaesu FT-757 GX.

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1988

President----------Tom Lussen WA4ILH
Vice President-----Brad Calhoun WI5Q
Secretary----------Orr Swinford WB5IZC
Treasurer----------Norm Gould WB5MSP
Directors----------Sterling Talley WB5G, Ed Meyer WG5F, Bryan McCleary K5YR
Trustee------------Jim Reid K5KUX

A keyer was purchased for the club station and Novice classes begin with Steve Hopkins as instructor.
The Swapfest was held on March 19th and 20th. Its' hours were, Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday 8:00 AM till 2:30 PM. V.E. testing was done Saturday and Sunday at the Holiday Inn County Villa.
Sterling Talley and Tom Lussen negotiate with the city on the club property and the proposed lease of the old activity building at Hogan Park.
Field Day was not held that year. The club executes the lease on the new building and the deed for the old property is delt with. September of that year an open house was held at the new club house. The Ten-Tec and Kenwood TS-180 were sold. A janitorial service is hired to clean and maintain the new club house.

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1989

President----------Wayne Robinson KE5FE
Vice President-----Les Bannon WF5E
Secretary----------Orr Swinford WB5IZC
Treasurer----------Ed Meyer WG5F
Directors----------Bob Edgerton W5MVC, Don McCarty K5CFA
Trustee------------Jim Reid K5KUX

A constitution revision is discussed. The Swapfest was held March 18th and 19th. The hours were Saturday 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM, and Sunday 8:00 AM till 2:30 PM., VE tests were given both days in the Extention Service Building.
The constitutional revision is adopted by the club membership. A club work day was held, and the tri-bander and dipoles were installed. Shelves were also built. A 440 repeater was obtained by the club. A second work day was held, and the second tri-band beam was installed, and other antenna work was done.
The club participated in Field Day and placed 1st nationally in it's class. Draperies for the club house were completed, then a loan was secured for remodeling the club house. The planned renovation included air-contitioning and heat, lowering the ceiling to 8 feet, and using a suspended ceiling to change the acoustics. (The place had a terrable echo!)
Another work day is held and two operating positions were set up and an overhead speaker was installed.
The club decides to provide the communications for the first annual "MS Cactus and Crude 150" bike tour. A new 2 meter net is started and Mike Watson KB5KNF serves as the first net control.

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1990

President----------Alan Sewell N5NA
Vice President-----Robert Jordan KB5HPG (Now N5RKN)
Secretary----------Orr Swinford WB5IZC
Treasurer----------Ray Sculze N5SR
Directors----------Don McCarty K5CFA, Ed Meyer WG5F, Jim Reid K5KUX
Trustee------------Jin Reid K5KUX

The club limits the amout of money the President can use to $100.00. QSL card are in the making.
The Swapfest is held on March 17th and 18th. This year pre-registration was still $5.00, and at the door it cost $6.00. Tables rentals were now $8.00. The club provides communications for the annual "MS Cactus and Crude 150" bike tour.

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Special Event QSL Card 1991 CAF Grand Opening!

1991

President----------Banks Campbell N5BKT
Vice President-----Bill Bentley N5POB
Secretary----------Orr Swinford WB5IZC
Treasurer----------Ray Schulze N5SR
Directors----------Sterling Talley WB5G, Alan Sewell N5NA, Jim Reid K5KUX
Trustee------------Jim Reid K5KUX

In September Orr Swinford leaves, and Larry Mitchell N5OKO takes over as secretary. Banks Campbell and Sterling Talley are negotiating the transfer of land from MARC to the city. The Swapfest was held on March 17th and 18th, and field day was held at the club house.
Carl Nyman acted as chairman. Bob Edgerton and Wayne Robinson co-chair the handeling of communications during the Confederate Air Show held December 6th and 7th. A power supply was purchased for the 147.300 repeater, and the 147.380 Machine is installed on the top of the airport water tower. Lee Ligon was instrumental in setting up equipment for the C.A.F. grand opening. World wide contacts were made and a distinctive QSL card commemorating the grand opening of the CAF Headquarters in Midland and featured Fifi the B-29 was given to those who participated.
The club swaped frequencies with B.John McDaniel, trading 146.62 because of problems with it for 147.300. The 147.300 repeater was set up at the club house. This machine was a third generation repeater constructed by Aubrey Price and Sterling Talley. (eds'note The repeater was listed as a Progline-Master Pro-Master II. (I wonder which one it really was?))
The club also provides communications again for the annual "MS Cactus and Crude 150" bike tour.

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1992

President----------Larry Mitchell N5OKO
Vice President-----Larry Nix N5TQU
Secretary----------Ed Meyer WG5F
Treasurer----------Norm Gould WB5MSP
Directors----------Jim Reid K5KUX, Bill Bentley N5POB, Banks Campbell N5BKT
Trustee------------Jim Reid K5KUX

In March Ed Meyer Moved to Tulsa and C. A. Ross N5UQM becomes Secretary. Randy Karch is Editor of the newsletter Bill Bentley acts as net control for the Tuesday evening net.
The Swapfest was held on March 14th and 15th, and the club recognized Gil Broxson and Jerry Bartley at the Swapfest for their contributions to the club and Amateur Radio in general. Plaques were presented to both of them.
The Midland Amateur Radio Club had 144 paid members! There was interest in expanding 146.76 to parallel the West Texas Connection for use in Skywarn, and the club provided communications for the annual "MS Cactus and Crude 150" bike tour.
The gin pole rope was in bad shape and was replaced.

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1993

President----------Larry Nix N5TQU
Vice President-----David Eggleston KI5AS
Secretary----------C. A. Ross N5UQM (Now KM5OK)
Treasurer----------Alan Sewell N5NA
Directors----------Bill Bentley N5POB, Bryan McCleery K5YR,
Trustee------------Jim Reid K5KUX

Exxon Petroleum gave the club a lot of equipment which is offered for sale to the members. Aubrey Price received some of the radio equipment, and Jim and Larry went through the rest and put it in order for the Swapfest.
The Swapfest was held on March 19th and 20th. The club bought a TV and VCR for the club house.
Field day this year was held at the club house. The club purchases a new Keyer.
The National Weather Service presents the club with a plaque commending the club for it's work with the Weather Bureau and Skywarn.
The club helps out with "The Boy Scout Jamboree On TheAir", and the club provides communications for the annual "MS Cactus and Crude 150" bike tour. A packet users club is formed and will meet at Schlemeyer Field in Odessa.
Club dues were raised to $15.00 a year. The club house was broken into and the new TV and VCR were stolen. To secure the building, motion detector light are to be installed at all the doors and what ever additional devices are deemed necessary for added security.
Milt Hathaway does the newsletter and crystals were purchased for the American Red Cross radios.

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1994

President----------Tom Seawright WA5WQC
Vice President-----Beverley Harwood KC5BNT
Secretary----------Sara Gail Pate N5ZMP
Treasurer----------Mark Cranford N5XXD
Directors----------Larry Nix N5TQU, Wayne Reddin WT5M, Jim Reid K5KUX
Trustee------------Jim Reid K5KUX

In April Jim Reid announces his resignation as club Trustee and asked that a new one be found. In September, Steve Hopkins assumes the position. Also in September, Tom Seawright resigns and Beverley Harwood becomes President, with Larry Nix as Vice President. Sterling Talley is Director. During the year we re-established communication with the EOCC, and have a radio at the command center.
A complete inventory of the club house was done and much was found missing. Forty years worth of board notes were found.
Steve Hopkins was appointed Swapfest chairman and the event was held on March 19th and 20th.
During the remainder of the year the club participated in two walk-a-thons and the annual "MS Cactus and Crude 150" bike tour.
Field day brought the honor of placing #1 in the state and 35th in the nation in class 2A. Many varied meeting were held. Information was provided about the Southwest Lynx system, and The West Texas Connection. Demension Cable and The Confederate Air Force Hanger and Museum were toured. The Galloping Ghost appeared.
5 life time memberships were added to the club, Howard Bentley, Jim Reid, Carol Reid, Sterling Talley, and Mary Lou Talley. Les Bannon, Banks Campbell, Ed Meyer, Norm Gould, Jim and Carol Reid, and Sterling and Mary Lou Talley, Wayne Robinson, C. R. Schwisow and Orr Swinford were also honored for outstanding service. A plaque was purchased and engraved with all the honorees' names on it to be hung in the club house.
The Red Cross radios were worked on and made ready for use if necessary. A great "Jomboree On The Air" was held on October the 15th.

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1995

President -----------Beverly Harwood KC5BNT
Vice President ----Fred Coonce KC5BNS (Now K5WTC)
Secretary -----------Trichelle Barber KB5YYR
Treasurer ----------Harvery Carson KB5TUM
Directors: Steve Hopkins AA5RS (Now K5RS), Larry Mitchell N5OKO, Nena Nix KB5TUP

Beverly Harwood KC5BNT was the swapfest chairperson this year. The MARC swapfest was held on March 18th, and 19th, 1995.
In July the club provides communications for the annual "MS Cactus and Crude 150" bike tour.

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1996

President -----------Ted Harwood KB5VWC
Vice President ----Ray Schulze N5SR
Secretary -----------Trichelle Barber KB5YYR
Treasurer ----------Harvery Carson KB5TUM
Directors: Joe Coldewey KK5ZG, Rusty Hill N5TLI, Steve Hopkins AA5RS (Now K5RS)
Trustee: Steve Hopkins K5RS

In 1996 Dewey Baucum kept up with the "Shamrock" club newsletter and Beverly Harwood KC5BNT was the swapfest chairperson which was on March 16th and 17th. The club roster was done by Ted Harwood KB5VWC and Bryant Saxon KD5C. The club continued to have a 2 meter net on the 146.760 repeater and net control was Frank Dedon.
In July the club provides communications for the annual "MS Cactus and Crude 150" bike tour.

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1997

President -----------Ted Harwood KB5VWC
Vice President ---- Frank Dedon N5WT
Secretary -----------Beverly Harwood KC5BNT
Treasurer ----------Ray Schulze N5SR
Directors: Harvey Carson KB5TUM, Steve Hopkins K5RS, Joe Coldewey KK5ZG
Trustee: Steve Hopkins K5RS

Dewey Baucum continued to do the club newsletter. This years roster was done by Ted Harwood and Bryant Saxon KD5C. The Club net control for the 2 meter net was Ted Harwood KB5VWC. Beverley Harwood KC5BNT continued to be swapfest chairperson for 1997. The swapfest was held on March 15th and 16th of 1997.
The club provides communications for the annual "MS Cactus and Crude 150" bike tour.

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1998

President -----------Ted Harwood KB5VWC
Vice President ---- Mike Smith KC5PCE
Secretary -----------Beverly Harwood KC5BNT
Treasurer ----------Bill Mewhorter N5QB
Directors: Joe Coldewey KK5ZG, Jim Reid K5KUX, Mark Cranford N5XXD
Trustee: Steve Hopkins K5RS
Newsletterwas done by Dewey Baucum--WB5CDD. During 1998 the club roster was compiled by Ted Harwood KB5VWC and Bryant Saxon KD5C, while Mike Smith KC5PCE maintained net control for the club 2 meter net. The swapfest chairperson was Beverley Harwood KC5BNT. The swapfest was held on March 14th and 15th and admission was $ XX.XX
The club provides communications for the annual "MS Cactus and Crude 150" bike tour.
The ICOM mobile van visited the club this year.

 

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1999

President ----------- Ray Shulze N5SR
Vice President ---- Steve Hopkins K5RS
Secretary ----------- Dwayne Fox W5ZOX
Treasurer ----------- C. A. Ross KM5OK
Directors: Joe Coldewey KK5ZG,
In April a tornado hit South Midland County and members of MARC helped provide communications and emergency power for several days. They also did Red Cross damage assessment.
Field Day was held at Haley Park near the Blakemore Planetarium.
It was decided to change the primary 2 meter repeater to 147.300 for nets and ordinary traffic while the 146.760 repeater would be used for back up and phone patch traffic. The club helped provide communications for the MS 150 Cactus and Crude Bike Tour.
In July the club decided to get its own domain name for the internet and W5QGG.ORG became the official club web site.
In August Ray Shulze N5SR leaves office and Steve Hopkins K5RS is the new President and Bill Bentley N5POB becomes Vice President by appointment of the board of directors.

 

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2000

President ----------- Pete Stull WB7AMP
Vice President ------ Dwayne Fox W5ZOX
Secretary ----------- Beverly Harwood KC5BNT
Treasurer ----------- C. A. Ross KM5OK
Trustee ------------- Steve Hopkins K5RS
Directors: Joe Coldewey KK5ZG, Ken Williams K5JOG, Jim Reid K5KUX

The MARC went to Mentone Texas for a DX'Pedition October 14th and 15th 2000.

 

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2001

President ----------- Joe Coldewey KK5ZG
Vice President ------ Dwayne Fox W5ZOX
Secretary ----------- Doug Salyers KB5TUN
Treasurer ----------- Robert Boyd KC5ZJO
Trustee ------------- Steve Hopkins K5RS
Directors: Pete Stull WB7AMP, Ken Williams K5JOG, Ted Harwood W5WTX

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2002

President ----------- Joe Coldewey KK5ZG
Vice President ------ John Wilder WA5PFJ
Secretary ----------- Mitchell Martin WA5ZAP
Treasurer ----------- Doug Salyers KB5TUN
Trustee ------------- Jim Reid K5KUX
Directors: Ken Williams K5JOG, Alan Sewell N5NA, Jim Reid K5KUX

MARC participated in the MS Cactus & Crude bike-a-thon July 19th & 20, CAF AirSho, and put on a special event for George Bush's Birthday with the special call W5G. Field day was held an Beal Park in the SW part of Midland. Members of the MARC assisted the City of Midland with testing of the weather alert sirens around town. The TA-33 antenna was taken down for refurbishment. For the first time the club elected not to have a Christmas Party. There were not enough RSVP's to meet the minimum number required by the Holiday Inn

 

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2003

President ----------- Alan Sewell N5NA
Vice President ------ Mark Cranford N5XXD
Secretary ----------- Mitchell Martin WA5ZAP
Treasurer ----------- Doug Salyers KB5TUN
Trustee ------------- Jim Reid K5KUX
Directors: Pete Stull WB7AMP, Barbara Graff KD5HGC, Steve Hopkins K5RS

The club sponsored a night out at the Rockhounds BaseBall park picnic area. Field day was held at the Windlands Park. The Sheriff's department graciously loaned their communication van for our operations. Our score was a whopping 5524 points. The refurbished TA-33 performed flawlessly. The Generator set suffered an oil deficiency in the last few minutes remaining in field day & had to be shut down. The TS-440 radio was sent in (again!) for repairs. It was received back in the day before field day. The decision is still pending as of Mid-August, whether to get rid of it or not.

 

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2004

President ----------- Alan Sewell N5NA
Vice President ------ John Wilder WA5PFJ
Secretary ----------- Mitchell Martin WA5ZAP
Treasurer ----------- Doug Salyers KB5TUN
Trustee ------------- Jim Reid D5KUX
Directors: Ed Ingram, KD5VOW - Paul Laverty, KD5TEB - Steve Hopkins, K5RS

 

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2005

President ----------- J.T. Caldwell, WA5ZFH
Vice President ------ Robert Wood, W5AJ
Secretary ----------- Dwayne Frantz, KD5VOU
Treasurer ----------- Alan Sewell, N5NA
Trustee ------------- Jim Reid K5KUX
Directors: Joe Coldewey, KK5ZG - Bill Bentley, N5POB - Steve Hopkins, K5RS

 

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2006

President ----------- J.T. Caldwell, WA5ZFH
Vice President ------ Michael 'Tex' Watson, KB5KNF
Secretary ----------- Mitchell Martin, WA5ZAP
Treasurer ----------- Alan Sewell, N5NA
Trustee ------------- Jim Reid K5KUX
Directors: Joe Coldewey, KK5ZG - Steve Hopkins, K5RS - Bob Stevens, K9ING

 

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2007

President ----------- John Wilder, Jr., WA5PFJ
Vice President ------ Bob Stevens, K9ING
Secretary ----------- Mitchell Martin, WA5ZAP
Treasurer ----------- Alan Sewell, N5NA
Trustee ------------- Jim Reid K5KUX
Directors: Joe Coldewey, KK5ZG - Steve Hopkins, K5RS - Robert Wood, W5AJ

 

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2008

President ----------- John Wilder, Jr., WA5PFJ
Vice President ------ Charlie Stigen, KE5MBN
Secretary ----------- Mitchell Martin, WA5ZAP
Treasurer ----------- Alan Sewell, N5NA
Trustee ------------- Jim Reid K5KUX
Directors: Joe Coldewey, KK5ZG - Dwayne Frantz, KD5VOU - Robert Wood, W5AJ

 

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2009

President -------------- Dwayne Frantz, KD5VOU
Vice President -------- Mike Partusch, KC5MAI
Secretary -------------- Michell Martin, WA5ZAP
Treasurer -------------- Alan Sewell, N5NA
Directors: Bill Bentley, N5POB - Joe Coldewey, KK5ZG - Steve Hopkins,K5RS

 

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2012

President -------------- Randy Karch, N5OVH
Vice President -------- John Wilder Jr., WA5PFJ
Secretary -------------- Michell Martin, WA5ZAP
Treasurer --------------Robert Wood, W5AJ
Directors: Bill Bentley, N5POB - August Schoot, K5HCT - Steve Hopkins,K5RS

 

Special thanks to John Peterson KG5ZA (now NX5E) for typing Beverley's original notes!

 

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