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Last update: 21-Mar-2020

The Work to repair the website just became more difficult

Webmaster report: I moved my computer to a different location yesterday. A saw a big spark when I plugged the power supply into a receptacle. It took awhile to discover the reason. The power supply no longer works! I just ordered a replacement but it will take at least a week before i will get it. I’ve often wondered if I could use an iPad to maintain the website. This is the first test. Sorry for the delay. Thanks for your patience.

Warning: Website Problems

At this time, you will probably not be able to sign in.
The webmaster is aware of this problem and is trying to fix the problem.
You should be able to view most of the site.
This may take some time to solve - the code in this operation is complex.
Most of the code has been working for years.
We will not be able to send any emails using the usual features until this is solved.

A second problem has been observed by several members.
Some members try to get a link to the site by typing "comara" into a browser search box.
They may get links to a soccer player or real estate in Australia.
This problem is caused by several different factors.

  • The COMARA site does not encrypt data transmission.
  • You may have seen links with either "http://" or "https://" at the beginning of the link.
  • The only links that currently work with the site begin with "http://"
  • The best way to reach our site is "" in a browser address box.
  • Bookmarked links should still work.
  • You may need to enter "" in the browser search box to reach the site.

For now, direct questions to
I am working to make changes to the website to eliminate the problems.
I'll explain everything once we get the site updated and working once again.

Here are a few updates for 2020.

Thanks for your response to our request for your dues payments.
We achieved the goal of 100 paid members in 2019.

The COMARA Board of Directors really appreciates your membership support and your feedback as we continue to keep our Comsat memories alive and keep our Comsat community linked together.

If you tried to view the COMARA site for a few hours on February 1, you may have seen either a blank page, or a very ugly one with some strange links. We hope you didn't click any of the links. We don't know where they would have taken you. This happened because the domain server was disabled for a few hours until a credit card information was updated.

If you try to view our home page and it appears to be blank or very different than you expect, please refresh the page. Either click the refresh symbol (broken circle with an arrowhead on one end near top left of the page, or type the F5 key.)

Next Board Meeting

Mar 3, 2020, 11:30

Location: Mechanick Mansion

2019 Year End Dues Request

See the Dec 5 newsletter
Dues: Mail check or use Our PayPal Account to pay with credit card

Annual Dues Campaign

Goal: 100 Dues Paying Members

Upcoming COMARA Events

Annual End of Year Dues Payments Campaign

Note from COMARA Treasurer:
Since the beginning of September, we have received a total of 4 membership payments. We are currently looking at a $2,000 deficit that we need to correct by year end with about 66 new paying members. COMARA needs to get at least 100 paying members for 2019.

The dues campaign kickoff was Dec 5, 2019. We had a good response from that request, and received 33 dues payment. This is a little over half of the amount needed. The second request was sent Dec 14. We hope this will bring in enough payments so the campaign can be terminated.

COMARA First Wednesday in December Photos, Wednesday, Dec 4, Woodside Deli

2019 First Wednesday in December Photos
December 4, 2019
Woodside Deli

Here are a few photos from the 2019 First Wednesday in December
Thanks to Paul Schrantz and Ron Garlow for sharing these pictures.

See View 2019 First Wednesday in December Photos. - Wait for photos to load.

I received some pictures from Dan Shawen along with picture from the 2019 COMARA Social from Paul Schrantz and Gezy Serenyi. Dan's pictures are not from the social, but individual photos he collected of our colleagues at COMSAT. These will be added later when other work on the web site is complete. So - thanks, Daniel. Dan may be able to provide additional pictures.

If you have already paid your 2019 membership dues, thank you for your support. If you have not yet paid your 2019 membership dues of $15 per year, please send a check to COMARA using our PO Box or use PayPal. Better yet, please send in $30 for both your 2019 and 2020 membership dues.
PO Box 34594
Bethesda, MD 20827
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Board of Directors
  • Denis Curtin - 2017
  • Dan DiFonzo - 2017
  • Bob Kinzie - 2017
  • Maury Mechanick - 2018
  • David Lee - 2018
  • Richard Rankin - 2018
  • Fred Kelly - 2019
  • Geza Serenyi - 2019
  • Ron Johnson - 2019
  • Maury Mechanick - President
  • Fred Kelly - Secretary
  • Geza Serenyi - Treasurer
  • Denis Curtin - Social
  • TBD - Membership
  • Ron Johnson - 1st Wednesday
  • Paul Schrantz - Legacy
  • Rich Lustig - Benefits
  • Jack Hannon - Benefits
  • Ron Garlow - Webmaster


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