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Good morning, everyone!


I hope you are coping well with this early summer heat! Hopefully we’ll get a little relief towards the end of the week.


I wanted to keep you all updated on what was talked about at the last meeting regarding POTA, Field Day and our summer outing. After speaking with Matt, N3NWV last evening, we came up with the following game plan:


On Saturday of Field Day weekend (June 26), Matt, NWV and Dennis, EJA are planning to do a POTA activation from Raccoon Creek State Park; they may hang out in the park and operate a little Field Day from there for a while. Matt is inviting anyone who would like to come out and join them; you can maybe catch a little operating time for both POTA and Field Day. This way, if someone wants to come out for one part of the day and go somewhere else for a Field Day function or whatever, people won’t have to choose what event to attend or try to squeeze a lot of event time into a single day.


Matt and I also are going to plan another event for later in summer, either later in July or August, with a combined POTA event, and a family picnic. I think that will be a nice day for everyone as well; we’ll keep the event to a reasonable time duration like last time.


ALSO—there may be a surprise event coming here shortly. Now, I can’t disclose what it is yet, but I CAN tell you that it’s a very cool thing, it’s going to be a lot of fun, and I think it may leave you wanting more after it’s done. Are you curious yet??? Want to know more??


Well, keep your ears on 85, your eyes on the web site and your emails, and in the next week or so, the cat will be let out of the cage!



And remember, this is severe storm season; although we’ve been fortunate so far and we haven’t had any really bad weather, keep your eyes open and listen to 146.85.



Have a great week, all, and 73,


Dom, N3EJL

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Triple ‘A’ Amateur Radio Association

May 2021 Meeting Update



May 23, 2021


Hello, all!


For those who were unable to make our May 2021 meeting this past Thursday, here is a brief rundown of the meeting:


April meeting minutes, May Treasurer’s report were read and approved.


ARES/ RACES report was given by N3TN.


Chief Engineer’s report was given by K3UKE.


President’s report was given by N3EJL; our VE team is in place, with a goal of offering exams quarterly. Our coordinator, Denny, KR3DX will have more as the team gets organized.


Previous business: An after-action report was given by Matt, N3NWV about our POTA activation and cookout; we had 145 contacts, as far away as Finland, and the event was attended by 26 members and guests. All in all, a remarkably successful outing, and a lively discussion was held concerning the next one! There is a lot of interest in having an outing in June; discussion centered around having a combined POTA/ Field Day event, or a separate POTA activation once again. Matt and I will be coordinating a date/ time and what kind of activation will take place, and details will be forthcoming shortly!


Lee, N3IAL, gave an update on the T-shirt order; the order has been placed and they should be in within 2-3 weeks. When they arrive, a date/ time/ location will be announced as to where you can pick up your shirts.


Under new business, Lee also advised that a new commander had been elected at the Rochester VFW and there might be issues about having meetings there. It was also noted that now that our membership has increased to nearly 50, a larger place would be better, and if the club is going to be doing VE sessions for members, then we need appropriate space. Frank, N3TN and I suggested approaching the 911 Center to have our meetings there. The members in attendance agreed and I will be contacting the 911 Center staff to ask about having meetings there. It was also suggested that, if possible, Zoom sessions could be included. That will be investigated as well.


With that, the meeting was adjourned to the post-meeting Zoom social event.


73, and keep your eyes on the website and your emails, and your ears on the repeaters for updates! Remember also, severe weather season is upon us!


Dom

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Good afternoon, everyone!


I just wanted to give everyone a summary of our POTA (Parks on the Air) activation/ club outing today at Raccoon Creek State Park.


First, I want to thank Matt, N3NWV, and Dennis, KC3EJA for taking the time and effort to set this event up for us, and Frank, N3TN, for assisting with getting our club call registered. And I also want to thank everyone who brought food, water, and other items to make this a very special day.


We had an awesome day! We had 26 members and guests in attendance today for our event and everyone had a great time! Even though the weather was somewhat uncooperative for a time, the group made what I would consider a phenomenal number of contacts and got a good taste of what POTA is. Not only that, but we all had a fantastic lunch (I know, the cook is patting his own back, ha, ha) and we all had a chance to visit with each other and catch up after a long time.


There was already talk of doing this again, sometime during the summer, including a covered dish picnic for members and families. More on that to come for sure!!


I’m sure we’ll talk more about this at our May club meeting, but I just wanted everyone to know that this event was a great success, and I think the next one will be even better!


Have a great weekend!


73,

Dom, N3EJL


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