FARS Founder Joe Moreno W9RU SK
The founder and first President of the Frontier Amateur Radio Society of Las Vegas has passed away. Joe Moreno W9RU became a Silent Key on Tuesday November 18th.
Moreno, a retired electrician from IBEW Local 23, held membership number 1 in the FARS organization.
A native of the Rock Falls/Sterling, Illinois area. Moreno was born December 23, 1940. He attended Rock Falls High School and Suax Valley Community College.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corp, he was married to Carolyn S. Moreno.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling, Illinois. A visitation is scheduled from 5:00-8:00 PM, Friday November 28th. Services will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday November 29th with the Reverend Jeff Coester, officiating. Interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery, also in Sterling, Illinois.
The Frontier Amateur Radio Society was founded in the Moreno Family's kitchen on February 1st, 1986. The group organized because their schedules did not allow them to participate in the meetings of the Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club.
Moreno signed the membership certificates of the Chartered Members. Member Number 2 went to Robert Herrell WB5PTO (now AJ5C), who assumed the duties of Club Secretary. Member Number 3 went to Bob Buck W7IZU who served as Treasure for more than two decades.
The Frontier Amateur Radio Society flourished, becoming an ARRL Special Service Club during it's first year. FARS continues to hold SSC status to this very day. In 1990 the group was named Pacific Division Small Club of the Year.
Nevada Tops Seven Thousand!
The number of individuals with amateur radio licenses in Nevada has officially climbed past the seven thousand mark. As of November 19th the FCC is reporting that 7,004 Nevada residents are licensed hams.
Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club settles into their new home
The clanking of silverware and china was noticeably absent at last nights meeting of the Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club. Club members had become accustomed to those sounds during their monthly meetings the past couple of years when the group held it's meetings at a local Denny's restaurant.
Thru the generosity of the Red Rock Search and Rescue organization, LVRAC once more has a meeting place which lends itself more to the needs of the group. Red Rock has donated the use of it's training building to LVRAC.
Annual elections, plus an interesting presentation on amateur radio antennas were the main topics of the evening.
The incumbent officers of the club were re-elected by acclamation of the membership. Ken McCracken stepped forward and volunteered to fill a vacant position on the Board of Directors.
Sal Giandinota presented an informative talk on "Everything You Wanted To Know About Amateur Antennas."
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