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October 2018 AARA Newsletter

The October 2018 AARA


The Aroostook Amateur Radio Association

                                                                  September 30, 2018

Minutes of Meeting September 06, 2018


Roy Woods                             KB1WGN

Ivan Shapiro                          WK1W

Joan Shapiro                          W9RLH

Steve Vance                            W1SPV

Sherman Packard                 K1VOR

Bill Johnson                          KC1WLJ

Tammy Deschesne              KB1IGV

Jason Chasse                       KC1HLA

Lane Moir                            KC1IVX

Sam Barrett                        W5KF

Colton Harding                  KC1ECX

Dina Harding                     KC1ECW

Paula Barrett                      N5IAA

David Berry                        KV1S


Call to order 18:00 EDT (22:00 UTC) by president Ivan Shapiro WK1W

Secretary Report: Minutes of previous meeting approved

Treasurer’s report $4114.17 -approved

Committees and General:

Discussion and suggestions regarding:

putting pictures on website

updating membership list on website

President’s Report:

Members having presented programs please give digital copy to Steve Sandelier N1NXU

for inclusion on EDUCATION PAGE of K1FS website.

New members can get ideas and help from EDUCATION page – previous programs.

ELMER PROGRAM: we have eight ELMERS listed with their topics of expertise covering many aspects of amateur radio. Contact them for assistance.

YOUTUBE is replete with instructional videos – many aspects of amateur radio.

Ivan WK1W announced that this year will be his last year as president after eight years,

and that after eight years as president it is time for someone to assume presidency.  Ivan thanked membership for their cooperation.

Sam Barrett W5KF and Ivan Shapiro,WK1W talked about officer recruitment and requirements, commitment etc. Sam will send a letter to members, asking interest.  Ivan invited anyone interested in presidency to contact him.

Future programs needed for meetings. Please email Ivan WK1W with title and audiovisual needs.

Old Business:

Ivan WK1W reported on questionnaire about meeting time change. Motion made and seconded to change start time to 6:30 PM. Amendment made and seconded to do this for one year and revisit this again at September 2019 meeting.  Motion carried.


New Business: Roy Woods KB1WGN presented a new script for Monday net on 146.730. He will use it next time.


Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 6:40 PM EDT (22:40 UTC).

Refreshments served.

Program: “Cruising the Panama Canal and Radio Fun”       Thank you, Sam W5KF


Respectfully submitted;

Roy Woods, KB1WGN, VP


Coming Events:

Mondays 0830 coffee @ Tim Horton’s in PI

Mondays 2000 Aroostook Emergency Net 146.730

Saturdays Breakfast Tim Horton’s P. I. @ 0830

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

October 4th. at 6:30 PM AARA meeting.

Harvest Supper; TBD


AARA meeting:

Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 PM EDT (22:30 UTC) the AARA will hold its next meeting at the Presque Isle Library, located at Second & State Streets, Presque Isle, Maine.

The program, promising to be very interesting and dynamic, will be presented by our member, Darius Haskell WM1F, entitled “The Spirit of HAM Radio”

 Darius will talk about the abundance of inexpensive radio kits and the learning experience of building your own radio circuits from scratch. Specifically he will discuss 40 meter CW transceiver kit that retails for about $2.50 and a FM transmitter kit that goes for about $1.50. He will talk about how to learn about radio theory through building and testing circuits. He will demonstrate some aspects.


The AARA Mission statement is as follows:


– provide emergency communications services to the community;
– support Aroostook ARES/RACES for emergency services
– assist other civic organizations;
– promote the technical craft of amateur radio through training and testing;
– assist and mentor new amateur operators and members;
– and enhance fellowship among radio amateurs.


I think that we all agree with these stated aims of our club. As individuals, we all work to achieve positive results in the above areas. However by operating as a club or association, we multiply our efforts many times, and at the same time lighten the load on any one individual.


Whether you discovered the AARA before or after you successfully achieved your license, you likely found support and fellowship that has enhanced your interest in amateur radio. By your membership, you have indicated that you value the existence of AARA and wish the association to be in place to welcome others who will discover amateur radio in the future.


To be successful, an association such as ours requires effort, commitment and leadership.


But here is the catch: In order for the club to be available to assist newly licensed or recently arrived amateur radio operators, a consistent leadership continuum is essential. That means that every member that values our association must step forward to help in whatever ways their abilities allow. EVERYONE possesses talents. I would like to urge you to volunteer your special ability to insure the success of the Aroostook Amateur Radio Association.


I am asking each person who receives this communication to contact me directly so that I can compile a list of your interests. Without doubt, no leader serves in a vacuum. The entire membership is an available resource to those willing to serve as an officer. My question is, in your opinion which club office would best suit your interests and talents?


You may contact me via email, mail, or phone.


Sam Barrett, W5KF

27 Longview Dr

Presque Isle, ME 04769




Section 1‐PRESIDENT: The president shall preside at all meetings of this club and conduct the same according to the rules adopted. He shall enforce due observance of this Constitution and By‐Laws, decide all questions of order, sign all official documents which are adopted by the club, and none other, and shall perform all other customary duties pertaining to the office of President. The president shall appoint a nominating ad‐hoc committee chairman in January of each year, whose job it shall be to choose a committee to recommend officer nominations. The president may appoint to the executive committee one member‐at‐large.

Section 2‐ _VICE‐PRESIDENT: The vice president shall assume all the duties of the President in the absence of the latter.

Section 3‐ _SECRETARY: It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the Constitution and By‐Laws of the club and have the same with him at every meeting. He shall

cause all amendments, changes and additions to be noted thereon and shall permit the same to be viewed by members upon request.

The secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of meetings, keep a roll of members, submit applications for membership, carry on all correspondence, read communications at each meeting. At the expiration of his term he shall turn over all items belonging to the club to his successor.

Section 4‐TREASURER: The treasurer shall receive all monies paid to the club. He shall pay no bills without proper authorization by the club or its officers. At the annual meeting he shall submit an itemized statement of disbursements and receipts. At the expiration of his term he shall turn over all items belonging to the club to his successor.

Section 5‐TECHNICAL ADVISOR: The technical advisor shall provide technical advice to club members as needed.

Section 6‐ASSISTANT TECHNICAL ADVISOR: The assistant technical advisor shall also provide technical advice to club members as needed.

Section 7‐SAFET OFFICER, The safety officer shall oversee physical activities to insure that no safety hazards exist. He shall make safety recommendations as needed.

Section 8‐PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (PIO). The PIO shall publicize all club activities to all media outlets. Prior to his press‐releases approval must be given by the executive committee for which the president or vice president may act. This is for clarity.

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