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Next Meeting

The Gathering
of the
Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club
will be on 
January 12, 2024
at 7:00 pm
At the
American Red Cross
2912 S. 80th Ave

This month's program 

Receiver Performance by
Rob Sherwood, NC0B


Featured Shacks


Looking to get your license?  Looking to upgrade your license?   You don't have to wait long!   

The Bellevue ARC is hosting a session on Saturday February 10 at Midlands Hospital.  Testing will begin at 1:00pm. Walk-ins are welcome.

Midlands Hospital is 11111 S 84th Street, Papillion NE 68046.    If you have questions you can reach out to Mike W0WH This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Be sure to attend the January 12th meeting .   Our speaker this month is Rob Sherwood, NCØB, the founder of Sherwood Engineering which offered Rob NC0B rooing filters and upgrade kits for the Drake R-4C. 

First licensed at the age of 14 in 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio and he quickly upgraded from Novice to General.   In 1969, he graduated collage with a degree in physics and moved to Denver where he worked as an engineer for KOA until 1987.   

In 1974, he founded Sherwood Engineering.  Two years later, in 1976, he started measuring receiver preformance on dozens of radios.  In 1977 a "ham radio magazine" published the first of many articles he authored on receiver problems and cures, vertical antenna ground systems and mobile antenna efficiancy.  Many of those articles are available at his web site . The site also contains "the list" of receiver test data on more than 150 receivers and transceivers. You can find that information at .

In the 1980s, Rob was invited several times to be a forum speaker at Dayton Hamvention, discussing both receiver and antenna performance issues.  He was invited back to speak at Hamvention in 2004, 2007 and 2009.   Rob has spoken numerous DX and other ham radio conventions and gatherings.  

Rob will share with us his undeniable expertise on Receiver Performance.   Be sure to bring a friend and spread the word!  All Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in amateur radio.   Meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Red Cross at 81st and Spring Streets in Omaha.


Election Results graphic
The Results of the Annual Election  for our club leadership are 

President                           Adam KDØMMG  

Vice President                   Paige KBØZ

Board                                Terry KEØOPB

Board                                Brian WEØBEP    


Lets give them all the support to move our club forward.  Be constructive in your suggestions and take time to get involved.  

Richard B. Atwood

June 9, 1957 — December 1, 2023

Bellevue, Nebraska

Richard "Rick" Bradley Atwood was born in Holdrege, Nebraska to Robert Wray and Arlene Kathryn Atwood on June 9, 1957 and passed away on December 1, 2023 at the age of 66.

Rick was a retired elementary teacher with the Omaha Public Schools. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1975. He had a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Nebraska Omaha. He received a Master of Science in Education Degree from Peru State College.

Rick married his wife Laura Camille Ostby of Omaha, Nebraska on November 10, 1984. He loved his cats and had humorous voices for all of them. He enjoyed his bird hobby, wildlife, and old clock interest.

Rick - KOHE had an Amateur Radio Extra Class license. He was very active in the US Army MARS program.

Survived by wife Laura Camille Atwood; nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by parents Robert and Arlene; sister Robin Plummer.

Funeral Service Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 10:00AM with Visitation half hour prior at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries Bellevue Chapel. Interment: Bellevue Cemetery.

Friday June 2, 2023, is National Donut Day

This holiday was established by the Salvation Army in 1938 to commemorate and celebrate the “donut lassies”, those brave young women who served donuts to soldiers on the battlefields during World War I.  In September of 1917, four young women from the Salvation Army traveled to the camp of the 1st Ammunition Train, 1st Division, mere miles from the trenches of Eastern France.     They used what they wine bottles as rolling pins and filled a soldier's helmet with lard to fry their confections.  The donuts were simple but were dusted with powdered sugar after being fried and were an immediate hit.   These treats cemented the Armed Forces relationship with donuts and the girls  who served them with a smile, giving the soldiers a touch of home.    The women would cook more than 2500 donuts, eight dozen cupcaeks, fifty pies, and 255 gallons of cocoa daily.   

Donut Day was created to serve as a symbol of the comfort that the Salvation Army provides to those in need.

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network, (SATERN) will be helping to celebrate the event. The Lincoln SATERN Amateur Radio Club, KØSAL, is sponsoring a special event celebrate The Salvation Army’s annual “Donut Day” Friday, June 2 from 10:00 —17:00 CDT with a special event station on 20 meter, 14.265 and 40 meter, 7.240. It is listed in QST and CQ magazines.

The Omaha SATERN group will be taking a turn at the mic as KØSAL from their station at Omaha Emergency Disaster Services building at 10629 Burt Circle - from 10:00 to 17:00 on Friday. SATERN would like to invite area hams to stop by the station and get on the air, check out the station and get a donut!

QSL card and certificate available with SASE. c/o KDØPTK, Chuck Bennett, PO Box 67181, Lincoln, NE 68506

You can learn more about the history of the donut lassies in this YouTube Video.

The actions of the Salvation Army lifted the spirits of the our troups.  After the war, the love of donuts exploded to the point where Donuts are now a staple of American culinary culture.   

Winter Field Day (WFD) is a communication exercise that is held on the last full weekend in January. This year that is January 28-29th.  WFD is open to particpants worldwide using HF, VHF and UHF frequencies.  Similar to the ARRL's Field Day, bonus points are earned in several ways including non-commercial power, operating in remote locations, satellite contacts and more.  

The local SATERN group, will be participating in Winter Field Day from their garage station at the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Building at 10629 Burt Circle and the group is hosting an open house for area hams to come learn more about SATERN and how this group supports the Salvation Army as the organization supports responders and survivors of disasters.    SATERN invites you to "get out and play some radio!" 

The Winter Field Day Association believes that maintaining operating skills should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios.  And SATERN also understands that disasters happen all year round.

The Open House will be held on Saturday, January 28 between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00 pm.   There will be a two HF stations operating as well as a VHF/ UHF station giving everyone a chance to "Get On The Air" for a while.   And of course their will be hot drinks and snacks and door prizes too! 

By the way - there is construction that has closed 108th street south of Blondo and no way to "cut through the neighborhood" in the area.  SATERN has created a map showing the routes from Blondo via Papillion Parkway and from east or west bound Dodge.   Just click here for the map


It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Brian Zdan, KMØY has become a silent key.
Brian was a member of the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club for over 40 years and served both the club and
the amateur radio community in and around the Omaha Metro Area in many different capacities over the years.
His presence and assistance will be missed by everyone.

You can read Brian's Obituatry at

There will be a Celebration of Life on
Sunday January 29th, 2023
from 2pm to 4pm at the
German American Society
3717 S 120th St in Omaha.

John is the father of AARC member Sandy KB0FBI.

John Wesley Lord IV of Omaha, NE, was born in Kansas City, KS, on May 6, 1942, to Helen and John Lord III. He died on December 27, 2022, in Omaha, NE, at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marian (Koerner) Lord, whom he married in Boulder, CO, on July 12, 1966, and their three children--Rebecca Conroy (Randall), John Lord V (Jacqueline), and Sandra Zidon (Andrew); four grandchildren--Helena Lord, John Lord VI, Jackson Conroy, and Sierra Conroy; and five siblings--Susan Kraus (Gary), Robert Lord (Geraldine), Dorothy Sullivan, James Lord, and Lori Johnson (Ronald). He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jettie Lord.

John received a B.S. degree in business from the University of Kansas in 1966. He started work as a business manager for General Electric Supply Company in Kansas City, MO, in 1966 and was transferred to Omaha, NE, in 1985. He was with G.E. Supply in Omaha for several years and then took a position as a business manager at Clarkson College in Omaha, where he continued to work until his retirement in 2009.

In 1986, John became a founding member of Faithful Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Omaha, NE, and he continued to be active in the church for the rest of his life. He served as an elder and a member of the Session, and he was the editor of the church newsletter for about 35 years. He chaired a number of church committees and often operated the sound system at worship services.

John was a Ham Radio operator for 65 years and held an advanced license with the call sign KØPFV. He talked to over 100 countries throughout the world and was particularly interested in making radio contact with ham operators in all the counties in the United States. Over the years he received four Worked All Counties awards, contacting all 3,077 counties each time before beginning on the next award. He often planned his travels to include remote counties in the U.S. so that he could use his car radio to talk to fellow ham operators who wanted contacts in those counties. John’s other life-long interests included gardening, anthropology, and family genealogy.