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The February 2018 AARA Newsletter

The Aroostook Amateur Radio Association

                                                 January 28, 2018

AARA meeting January 9, 2018


David Deschesne, KB1EBG

Tammy Deschesne, KB1IGV

Sony Packard, K1VOR

Bill Johnson, KC1WLJ

Steve Sandelier, N1NXU

Steve Vance, W1SPV

Joan Shapiro, W9RLH

Michelle Sandelier, XYL

Ivan Shapiro, WK1W

Roy Woods, KB1WGN

Sabrina Adams, Guest


Call to Order:  18:00


Treasurer’s Report: End Nov 17 cents interest.  Paid liability ins 425.00 end of Dec. 16 cents interest.  $3650.14


Secretary’s Report:  Approval of minutes moved Sonny second Tammy motion carried unanimously.


Field Day:  Nothing to report


Public Info Officer: not present.


EMCOM – Roy:  ARES team been busy.  Spent a couple nights at Caribou weather center.  Currently have nine people taking CERT training.  Relay points have been set up as alternates to repeater.  Continue to check radios at hospital, EOC and weather bureau.  Roy turned in log, only one in the state doing it. Next meeting Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at PI Library, anybody welcome to attend whether a member or not.


EXECCOMM – New application Tim Lyford KC1IHH.  Excom approved application



-Annual Christmas Party Dec 7 at Caribou Inn & Conv. Terrific party thanks to Michelle and Joan for excellent work, decorations, etc.  Food excellent.

– Education:  We all need to learn more.  Some previous programs presented at meetings are on club website under educational tab.  Some are pdf.

– Eight Elmers covering many aspects of Ham radio.  All listed on club website.

-YouTube also has many informational videos on Ham radio

– February meeting will be nominations for officers, March will be the vote.


Special Guest:  Sabrina Adams, friend of Roy Woods in attendance


Old Business: – Talked about changing club application to have section for affiliate members who will be non-voting members for members from EMA, EOC, Weather center.  Ham call would be required, but no dues assessed.  President Shapiro will look at bylaws for club to see what’s required to change membership application.


New Business:  – none –


Meeting Adjourned: Tammy moved to adjourn, second by Roy.  Approved unanimous

Yummy refreshments and coffee

Special Presentation by David Deschesne on Digital Mobile Radio (DMR).

Respectfully submitted,

David Deschesne, KB1EBG


Coming Events:

Mondays 0900 coffee @ Tim Horton’s in Caribou

Mondays 2000 Aroostook Emergency Net 146.730

Saturdays Breakfast Tim Horton’s P. I. @ 0730

Thursdays coffee/breakfast at Teresa’s in PI, 8:45

February 1st. at 6:00 PM AARA meeting.



AARA meeting:


Meeting Thursday, February 1 at 6 o’clock (18:00 EST/23:00 UTC).

Presque Isle Library.  Second & State Streets in Presque Isle, Maine.

Can’t attend?  Visit and sign in.

You can participate via internet. Thanks to KC1ERZ Darren Woods and KB1WGN Roy Woods and Aroostook EMA.


I am still seeking programs from membership.

It is not too late to present at this meeting, but not to worry.


Sam Barrett W5KF, chair of nominating committee, will present their slate for March election of officers.

Any voting member, wishing to hold office can  be nominated and run for office at the March meeting.


Ivan hopes to have something regarding FIELD DAY.  It’s never too early to plan ahead.

As usual refreshments will be served. And the public is, of course, invited.



Congratulations to Bill Johnson KC1WLJ.

Bill passed his general license exam.


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