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                                                              MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

DECEMBER 7, 2018

The GCARA Board wishes to extend  greetings and best wishes for the upcoming holidays. Please make it a safe and enjoyable time.

The general elections went off without a hitch and winners will be posted on the website. Two new offices were added to the Board and I look forward to working with Jeff Stahl, K4BH and Jeff Ronner, W4AEQ in the new Director at Large positions. These two positions were created to offer more support to the Board and to give more people experience on the Board so that the positions can be passed on in the future.

Ricky Eaton continues to do a fabulous job maintaining the repeaters with the help of Eric Rodriquez, KF4LZA. These two have put in many hours on their time off from their normal work hours to keep us up and running. Please tell them thanks when you see them. The Board is truly appreciative and supportive of all the innovations Ricky and Eric have made thus far. Thank you for being there for this group of hams.

The club is looking for a webhosting site that won’t break the bank. Joe has his program and just needs a place to host it without requiring that we use the company templates. If anyone knows of such a site or does web hosting and is willing to give us a break, please contact Melanie Fernandez, KJ4VCT at earthymel1950@gmail.com. Thank you for your consideration.

We are planning to practice radio and logging skills at the January Winter Field Day on Jan. 26 at Quiet Waters Park. Robin Terrell, N4HHP has been working diligently behind the scenes with Carol Sjursen, KJ4AWB  to get the paperwork filled out and delivered to the Park where we are penciled in for the date. Since both days were not available at the park we will not officially enter the contest but will instead work on those skills that would benefit all of us in the June Summer Field Day. Joe McGee N4XT has once again accepted responsibility for assembling the cast of characters and all are invited to participate. We hope to have a lot of operators this January. Thank you Joe!

We have accomplished quite a bit in the past year with regard to the repeaters. We have updated equipment, power supplies and made DMR available to the members. We are all working hard to broaden the interest in radio and we hope to accomplish even greater things like linking the repeaters somehow so we can enlarge the footprint of our broadcast area. The Treasury has been dipped into and we are in need of members to pay up their dues, new members recruited and any donations appreciated. We will need more funds to accomplish our new goals.

Here is wishing you the very merriest of the holiday season and a healthy, happy new year to all. God bless us richly as we participate in our amateur radio hobby and help us to be of greater service to our community during times of need. Thank you.

Melanie Fernandez, KJ4VCT, President of GCARA