CQ CQ CQ MARA Members!
We are about to start a new year and collect Dues for the new year.
First, thanks to all of you who have supported us particularly over the past couple years while we’ve not been able to hold our Hamfest. While we’ve been running a deficit budget during the pandemic with your support we’ve been able to still keep our head above water.
We are about to enter a new year. The dues are the same as they have been for a while. For the Primary member in a household dues are $24 a year. If you have more than one Ham in your household every additional ham is half price or $12 each for the year. You have a couple ways to pay them.
1) Pay them online using a credit card at our Square Space shopping cart. Because of the cost of the transaction is about a dollar when you use a credit card we add $1 to the transaction and charge $25 for a primary membership. Frankly since a first class stamp costs 60 cents now it looks like a pretty good deal to me! To pay using a credit card please go to https://mara-membership.square.site/
2) If you’d rather write a check, it is still $24 for the primary member and $12 each for additional members in a household. Make the Check out to MARA, Inc. and be sure to put your call(s) on the memo line This year, to help speed our processing please mail it directly to the Treasurer. Jeff Fillian, MARA Treasurer, 1034 N Pleasant View Rd, Middleton, WI 53562-3577
I will record your giving on our website. If you have an opportunity to verify the information I have on you please navigate to https://w9hsy.org/admin . Your User Name is your call sign in capital letters, If you do not know your password please click on the “Forgot Password” link and the system will send you an email with an opportunity to reset your password. If you don’t get a link, first check your spam and if it is not there, I may have your email wrong. Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with your call sign and email address and I’ll correct it.
Your dues help keep us on the air. One of our major expenses is tower rent at the WMTV tower. With it we are able to provide probably the widest coverage in southern Wisconsin. We’ve had hams checking in to Nets from as far as Rockford, IL. This is a tremendous service for casual conversation, support for Public Service events as well as emergency services in Dane and surrounding counties. This coming year we expect to (finally) update the “76” repeater and antenna, that we have at UW hospital and provide an internet connection to that Yaesu System Fusion repeater.
Thanks to all,