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The February 2019 AARA


The Aroostook Amateur Radio Association

                                             February 4, 2019



AARA  January 3, 2019


David Deschesne, KB1EBG

Ivan Shapiro, WK1W

Roy Woods, KB1WGN

Sonny Packard, K1VOR

Steve Sandelier, N1NXU

Sam Barrett, W5KF

Joan Shapiro, W9RLH

Steven Vance, W1SPV

Dina Harding, KC1ECW

Colton Harding, KC1ECX

Tammy Deschesne, KB1IGV


Call to Order:  18:30

Introduction of members.  No guests.

Treasurer’s Report:  Paid insurance bill $425.00 Rec. 35 cents interest.  K1HEL paid dues already.  Bal. $3,771.57.

Secretary’s Report: Tammy moved to accept minutes. Roy second.  All approved.

EMCOM:  Took December off, as normal.  Next meeting Jan . 19.  at EOC.  Open to any Ham that has an interest in joining team.  Roy, Steve, Dave Berry, met with director at AR Gould re moving radio system.  He was in favor.  Took old antenna, Steve working on it.  Trying to upgrade Mars Hill.  Checking all radios from Fort Kent to Houlton.  Got new CEO in Houlton, very supportive of Ham radio.

Field Day:  no report

Public Information Officer:  no report


Officer Recruitment:  Sam reports no progress on officer recruitment.  Pretty discouraged.  Total of four people have responded to request, two offered good reasons why couldn’t serve; other two are willing to serve in any capacity asked.  Nomination committee should be appointed at next month’s meeting with elections in March.  Solicitations have gone out via e-mail and word of mouth.  So far, only two people interest in taking a position.  Ivan not going to be President, he hopes someone is going to be able to do that.


YouTube Channel:  – Jason Chasse setting up YouTube channel for AARA.  Ivan hoping this is good tool for recruiting new members.




– Have topics for Jan. and Feb meetings.

– Encourage use of club’s Elmer program.  Use YouTube as resource for learning more about Ham radio.


Old Business:  none

New Business:

Steve has Tammy KB1IGV listed as club’s new Public Safety Officer on club website.  Website was down for a few days but it is back up and running.

Meeting Adjourned:  18:44


Yummy refreshments and coffee thanks to Joan, W9RLH.


Presentation by Steve N1NXU splicing options.

Respectfully submitted,

David Deschesne, KB1EBG, AARA Secretary


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

February 7th. at 6:30 PM AARA meeting.

March 7th. meeting Pizza and elections.


AARA meeting:

The AARA monthly meeting will be this coming Thursday, February 7th.

Where: Presque Isle Library: 2nd & State Streets, Presque Isle, Maine.

Time 6:30 PM EST

The program will be recognizing Ham Radio Digital Modes by Sound.

Presented by David Deschesne KB1EBG.


NOTE: Your ARES team at work:
Contact Roy if you’re interested in joining the ARES Team.


For your information on January 19th. Roy Woods, KB1WGN, announced that a Weather Net would be activated with the following email:

Subject: Weather Net

The ARES Team has been activated for tomorrow at the request of the National Weather Service in Caribou.  We will do a weather net at 10 am – 2pm and 6 pm.  We plan to only stay at the NWS during those times unless some want to stay longer.

We will use 146.640 – 146.730 and HF 3.940 and 7.262 to gather reports.

If you feel you can help at the NWS – Let me know soon.  If you can help from home, give us a report at the above times tomorrow.


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