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The May 2019 AARA Newsletter

The Aroostook Amateur Radio Association              April 28, 2019

AARA meeting April 4, 2019


James KC1ECV

Sonny K1VOR



Steve W1SPV

Steve N1NXU

Chris KB1QIB

Bill K1WLJ

Colton KC1ECX


Seth Thomas – Guest

Bryan K1BQY

James Michaud-Guest


Sam W5KF

Paula N5IAA

Michelle Sandelier XYL

Treasurer report:

Collected $210 dues, $95 keep for reimbursement for pizza, $120 deposit, $60 in PayPal for dues, $.34 interest deposited. End of march balance; $4,320.54 Sam motion, Bryan second, passed unanimously.

New business:

Discussed link to Island Falls repeater, talk of location, is it possible to reach from Wade, would it be easier once repeater move to NWS. Eric is going to work on topo maps to see if line of site is clear.

Possible links to Houlton and Fort Kent.

Discussed that if a presentation is by a non member, presentation would go first, then do club business Spring Social May 11th Testing April 16th all levels 5pm Caribou library.

Dina spoke about promoting the club, using papers with club logo and info, have tear off tabs for people to take, locate on bulletin boards in public places. Roy is going to work on the papers, Dina will distribute.

Split club and ARES, although most club members are ARES, the two need a bit of separation, club will maintain control of Monday Nets, Jim is going to take this on, and do schedules. ARES will control Weather nets

Old business

Roy is still working on move of repeater to the NWS. Paper work with NWS and government needs to go through, Roy is keeping up on this.

The club voted to do 50 – 50 tickets each meeting and not to adjourn until all presentations are done.

Bryan presented on his Echolink setup. Thanks Bryan.

Sonny moved to adjourn, Bryan seconded, passed.

Respectfully submitted,
James Jalbert
KC1ECV, AARA President

Coming Events:
Mondays 0845 coffee @ Tim Horton’s in Caribou
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 May 2nd at 6:30 PM AARA meeting.
May 11th. Spring Social

AARA meeting:
The May meeting of AROOSTOOK AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION will be held on Thursday,  May 2nd at 6:30 PM EST at the Presque Isle, Maine, Library, located at Second and State Streets , Presque Isle.

The May meeting program will be given by John Sakowich, KC2UZT from Silver Ridge in Sherman about Leon’s repeater system.  He tells me that that system is turned off now is willing to come up and talk about what happened.

The ARES Team met March 16, 2019 at the Houlton State Police Barracks with 10 members attending.  The team had training on ConOps Interoperability in Aroostook County and a tour of the 911 Call Center and Barracks.  Very nice facility.

The Aroostook Emergency Radio Team has been put on standby for helping should County Flooding begin.  We have been taking part in the Flood Watch.

On March 25th, the Aroostook County EMA had a drill on a Flooding Situation.

We had 6 members volunteer to help and everything went great.  They did two drills – morning and evening.  Should we need to help in the EOC, we have a better understanding of our roll.

We continue to do the monthly Ham Radio checks at the hospitals, EOC and weather office in Caribou.  The team re-started the weather net for the winter and welcome all amateur operators to take part.  This is very valuable information for the NWS in Caribou for the Aroostook County Area.

This team is open to any Amateur Radio Operator and we are always looking for new members.

Roy E Woods, KB1WGN,
ARRL Aroostook County Em Coordinator

Spring Social:
The AARA Spring Social will be held on Saturday May 11th this year.   Please put it on your calendar and plan on being there.  It will be held at the Dunntown Church in Wade.  If you need directions, email me. 

We will meet by 6:00PM and hopefully eat around 6:30.  It will be a pot luck dinner.   So bring a covered dish to pass.

Don’t forget your place settings and something to drink if you want something other than coffee. 

We will also have a Chinese auction so gather up your unused items, magazines, VHS & DVD’s,  electronics, or other items etc and donate them to the cause.

We hope to see you there.

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