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The February 2021 AARA Ne wsletter
The Aroostook Amateur Radio Association  January 31, 2021


January 7, 2021,  Zoom Meeting



16 members

Roy Woods – KB1WGN
Steve Sandelier – N1NXU
Dave Berry -KV1S
Nelson Ketch – K1ANK
Steven Vance W1SPV
John Hotelling – KC1DRW
Jim Cerrato -KC5UEQ
Lee Reynolds – KD1SQ
Sonny Packard -K1VOR
Russ Woodman – K5TUX
James Jalbert -KC1ECV
Alan Mulherin – KROZAL
Sam Barrett – W5KF
Bill Johnson – KC1WLJ
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 – $3,959.03 – voted on and accepted

Minutes of December 3, 2020 zoom meeting were accepted as printed


Roy Woods reported no meeting in December for the team.  Our next meeting will be January 16, 2021 on Zoom.

We continue to do radio testing at the NWS and hospitals and County EMA.  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 when we can

 meet in person again.  We are always looking for more presentations for our meetings.

2.  James read a note from Dave Deschesne and read his response on behalf of  Club members.  The members agreed totally with the President’s answer.

3.  It was noted that we continue to have our Monday Night Net @8pm, A Weather Net and Swap & Sell Net on the third Tuesday each month.

Old Business:

1.  Roy & Steve answered comments about the repeater move.  It was noted that  with the recent power outage, our system continued to work and was used by many of the members and County EMA.  We had a discussion on adding  repeater links to our system.  A vote was taken and approved to look into methods and costs of adding repeater links in the near future and to expand our coverage area to all of Central Aroostook.

2.  Field Day –  Jim Cerrato reported that he would pick a committee to help him with Field Day and a location on June 26 & 27th, 2021. 

      Discussion on location and insurance issues were heard.  Jim will continue to work on this event and report back to the club at the February meeting.

New Business:

1.  Roy Woods recommended the club get a list of new ham members and work together to get them into the club and its activities.  Roy will work on this idea and would welcome any help.

2.  Seth Thomas suggested we develop a brochure for the club to be able to pass out and advertise our club to the public.

3.  Roy Woods suggested we come up with new ideas for our annual events. Things like Summer Picnic, Fall supper and etc..  The old events have lost interests and had very small turnout of members.  This idea was accepted and tabled until the February meeting for members to come up with new ideas.

All members come up with new ideas for the February meeting.

4.  Steve Sandelier had a new idea for the annual dues but signed off so we tabled the discussion until the February meeting

Meeting was adjourned at 2000.

Respectfully Submitted: 

Roy Woods KB1WGN

Coming Events:

Mondays 0830 coffee @ DD in Caribou
Mondays 2000 Aroostook Emergency Net 146.730

February 4th. AARA meeting on zoom.

AARA meeting:

The February meeting of AROOSTOOK AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION will be held remote through zoom, same link as last, looking for volunteers for nomination committee, and new secretary.

This link will stay the same through June 2021

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