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The November 2019 AARA Newsletter

The Aroostook Amateur Radio Association                                                                   November 4, 2019

                 AARA  October 3, 2019


David Deschesne, KB1EBG

Tammy Deschesne, KB1IGV

Sonny Packard, K1VOR

Bill Johnson, K1WLJ

Sam Barrett, W5KF

Paula Barrett, N5IAA

Dina Harding, KC1ECW

Bryan Lennon, K1BQY

Roy Woods, KB1WGN

James Jalbert, KB1ECV

Steven Vance, W1SPV

Steve Sandelier, N1NXU

Jim Cerrato, KC5UEQ

David Berry, KV1S

Ivan Shapiro, WK1W

Joan Shapiro, W9RLH

Seth Thomas, visitor

Michael Lagasse, visitor

Call to Order:  18:30

Treasurer’s Report:  Month of Sept.  Dep. 68.00 from dues and 50/50.  Paid for flowers $59.00;  interest 35 cents;  $4,206.35. Roy Moved to approve, Tammy Second, passed unanimous

Secretary’s Report: Motion to accept by Sonny. Second Jim Cerrato, passed unanimous

EMCOM:  Last ARES meeting Sept 21 at Madawaska lake.  Meeting and training on putting up 100′ portable tower.  Showed the need to do that on an annual basis, at least.  14 attending.  Got new Ham operator, George Hurteau, KC1KUP in Houlton as member of ARES team.  Will be testing radio at Houlton hospital on monthly basis.  Met with hospital administration they will be putting up new radio and antenna.  All five hospitals will be testing on a monthly basis.  Try to connect all five.  Next meeting Oct 19 at County EOC. 

Field Day: Been discussion on location of Field Day. Park area in Houlton or PI Fairgrounds or back at Cerrato Family Ranch.  A lot of satisfaction for those at CFR this past year.  Jim will pursue next year having half day with activities and lots of good food, like this year.  Would like to do Family shooting activity in May.  Not going to shoot each other, just target shooting.  Prizes and BBQ at CFR.

Public Information Officer:  Nothing to report

Safety Officer:  No issues, nothing to report

Repeater interference:  Dave Berry reports not hearing much interference lately.


            – Always need topics for future meetings

            – Monday night nets, Jim and James to come up with schedule let them know if you want to be net control

            – I did get email from Darius Haskell, Laurel group looking to do amateur radio testing for those interested.  Couple weeks away. Date: Wed Oct 16, 2019 – 5-7pm Caribou Public Library.

Old Business: 

Club’s repeater. Roy got permission from Feds to move repeater to National Weather Service site.  They’ll help run cable to tower.  Permission came through that the ARES team repeater could be installed there.  Technically, this is not ARES.  They would not do it for club.  The only reason they’re letting us do it is it’s ARES.  AARA owns repeater.  Roy’s question: would club be willing to share ownership with ARES on the repeater. ARES is separate from club. Steve asked:  Will weather service be okay with club members other than ARES using repeater.  Roy said he brought this up with NWS and they don’t have an issue.

Ivan moved to lease repeater to ARES for $1.00 per 99 year. Second by Roy.  15 for, 3 against, (then 2 non-voting members present, but not participating in vote).

-Connection to Fort Kent Repeater.  Can figure this out after repeater moves to NWS site.  James and Derrick from FT Kent with officers from both clubs, talk about joint club operations, linking repeaters.  Will work on details of joint venture between both clubs.  Then present proposal to respective club members.  Not a merger of the two clubs, more like a co-op.

– Signs to promote club.  Jim: Have one large sign.  Caribou Year book offered free placement for first time.

New Business:  

New members: 

George Hurteau  KC1KUP .  Have application, received money. Moved Jim, Second Roy.  Passed unanimous

Michael Lagasse – Have application, received money, waiting for call, will be associate member.  Moved Roy, second Tammy Passed unanimous.

Brandon Hess, WB1BR.  Have application.  He’s in Alaska, moving back to Maine.  He’s Pay Palling the dues.    Jim moved, Tammy second, passed unanimous.

– Jamboree on the Air October 19 at Grant Memorial United Methodist Church

– Harvest Supper Oct 19 at Dunntown Church

Christmas party 3rd Saturday of December at CFR.  Jim will email info as it’s available.

Break for refreshments

             Seth Thomas won 50/50

            Roy KB1WGN gave presentation on carbon monoxide poisoning.

Meeting Adjourned: Ivan moved to adjourn, Tammy second. 

Respectfully submitted,

David Deschesne, KB1EBG,

AARA Secretary

Coming Events:

Mondays 0830 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

November 7th. AARA meeting.

December 14th. AARA Christmas Gathering

AARA meeting:

The November meeting of AROOSTOOK AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION will be held on Thursday,  November 7th. at 6:30 PM at the Presque Isle, Maine, Library, located at Second and State Streets , Presque Isle.

The meeting program will be provided by Dave and Tammy Deschesne discussing their trip to Allen Weiner’s AM station in Monticello.

AARA Christmas Gathering:

December 14th, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Cerrato Family Ranch
303 Van Buren Road, Caribou
Be ready for games, music and good company!
Pot luck shared dinner
Cookie Exchange and our traditional Yankee Swap

More info to come soon …..

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