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The January 2021 AARA Newsletter

The Aroostook Amateur Radio Association   January 5, 2021

AROOSTOOK AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION
December 3, 2020,
 Zoom Meeting
MINUTES

Attending:    11 members

Roy Woods – KB1WGN                               
Steve Sandelier – N1NXU
Dave Berry – KV1S                                  
Nelson Ketch – K1ANK
 Steven Vance W1SPV                                
Jim Cerrato KC5UEQ                                
 Lee Reynolds – KD1SQ
Sonny Packard K1VOR                              
James Jalbert KC1ECV
Sam Barrett – W5KF
Mike Lawler – K0LDO
Seth Thomas – KC1MTT

Meeting called to order by Pres James Jalbert at 1830.

Welcome and Intro’s were done. 

Financial Report:  Steve Sandelier gave report of – $4,485.66 – vote on and accepted.

Minutes of November 5, 2020 meeting were accepted as printed.

EMCOMM   Roy gave written report.  ARES Team had a Zoom meeting Nov 21 with 15 members attending.  Great turnout of 17 members.  We had a review of the SET Exercise and did our hot wash review.  Many of the team members are taking part in the annual NWS National Skywarn Day event on Dec 5th.  This year, all members will take part from home.

The training this month was on ICS and how the team members fit in.

We continue to do radio testing at the NWS and hospitals.

 We are always looking for new ARES Team members.  Just call Roy @ 492-7532.

Public Relations:  Seth reported he was working with Roy to list future Ham Radio Testing dates and  he will be working on publishing club events in the new year. All members need to help by giving Seth information and ideas such as ham radio events, member special event, meeting reminders for interested public looking to get into ham radio and hamfests and news articles like new equipment someone just got.  Call Seth at 435-6528.

President’s Report

1.  James stated that meeting presentations would start up again at the January          2021 meeting.  We are always looking for more presentations for our      meetings.

2.  The Weather Net will be restarting on November 17th,.  This year, we will do the Weather Net and the Swap and Sell Net together on the 3rd Tuesday each month.  The Weather Net is to practice giving a weather reports so when we are activated by the Weather Service, we will be ready.  John Hotelling KC1DRW agreed to be in charge of that net.  The Swap and Sell Net is a chance for you to get used equipment or anything connected to Ham Radio i.e. QST Books, Antenna Books, Study Materials or radio parts.  Sunny Packard K1VOR has agreed to run that net so call him with anything     you are looking for or want to move @764-1015.

3.  Field Day – James requested that Jim Cerrato send him a list of the Field Day    Committee members.  Jim reported that he would be meeting with the Mall Manager tomorrow.  Field Days is June 26 & 27th, 2021.

Old Business:

1.  Work continues on moving the club repeater.  New Antenna and Cable are up

and we should move the rest shortly.  We can expect to have the repeater  moved within a few days.  Having a repeater costs money yearly, which we get from club  dues, please pay your share of the cost!

New Business:

1.  Members votes to not have our annual Christmas get together this year.

2.  Wished all members to have a great Christmas and a great New Year.

Meeting was adjourned at 1900.

Respectfully Submitted:  Roy Woods KB1WGN

Coming Events:

Mondays 2000 Aroostook Emergency Net 146.730
January 7th. AARA Zoom meeting

AARA meeting:

Next meeting will be Thursday January 7th, 2021 at 1830 hours(6:30pm), I will email the link soon.


Message from the AARA President:

I hope you all had a good Christmas, and hopefully Santa was good to us all! Well I am going to say, 2020 was not the year to be president of an organization……. Many tough calls to be made and way too many unknowns. However I do need to say thank you to the other officers who help with some of these tough decisions, and also to all our members for all the input throughout  the year. With that all said, I have made the tough decision to remain doing virtual club meetings until we start to see things level off. Thank you all for your support, and here is to a better 2021.

See you all on Zoom for the January 7th. meeting.

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