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Annual Report 2021

Notice from the President, Steve Urso, N1CM: As the 2020 came to an end, finally! We look forward to what awaits us in 2021. In this age of electronic and social media, hard copy has become a thing of the past. And boy did we learn that this year. Most of our interactions were done via Zoom (who bought stock). I will notify members and friends for the next scheduled SARA Zoom meeting. You do not need to join or be a member of Zoom. If you do not get the meeting invite, contact me and I will send you a meeting ID and password. As president, I am working to find ways to include the scope and feel of our meetings, along with general club information, into the new electronic formats. Stamford Amateur Radio Association has migrated to Goggle Groups. You do not need a Google account to accept the invite you will receive.

If you have not received an invite and would like to join, email me. My email address is N1CM@arrl.net

With that in mind, I would like to actively solicit ideas from you, the membership, as to how to improve our external club communications. The Year in Review: The 2021 SARA club officers elected by the membership in January were Steve Urso, President; Jonathan Shapiro. Vice President; Terry Papazidis, Secretary; Terry Martin, Treasurer; Fred Cunningham, Program Director; and John Sabini, Web-site Maintainer. In addition, Chester Piorkowski was voted in as Director-at-Large by the new board at its January meeting. I would like to personally thank them all for their efforts on behalf of the club this year. We should all be proud of the SARA membership for their participation and support. Highlights of the year include: Continued updates to our SARA website; Facebook page; created a presence on Twitter to modernize our look; and Program Videos on YouTube. Please take some time to check them out.

W1DYN, will host the rebirth of SARA-Stamford CT. Sunday night net on 2 meters. 146.655 MHz PL- 100.7:30 PM. I will take check ins at 7:30: Jon Shapiro, VP. W1DYN.

Field Day was not our Field Day as in the past, mostly done from home, with mostly casual actives. SARA’s 2020 Field Day, which was a scaled-down operation this year due to the Pandemic, was nonetheless a successful effort.

Membership Renewal for 2021. We look forward to your membership renewal and participation in the coming year, and hope to have programs involving various topics of interest at our regular monthly meetings. Please post your renewal by the end of March so we will have a current total of members. We stand ready to "Elmer" members, following social distancing Sops, in putting up antennas, equipment selection and operating procedures for getting on the air and making contacts near and far. Membership is open to all licensed hams. Dues are $25.00 for the year, which include membership for you and your immediate family. We have not increased our dues in over 10 or more years. Dues are $10.00 for matriculated students and hams that live outside a 50 mile radius of Stamford. Your dues money pays the costs associated with our website, business registration and taxes, mailing list, insurance, operation of 3 repeaters at two sites plus their care and maintenance, and Field Day operation, including equipment, supplies, and meals. Over the years, many members have included a tax-deductible donation in addition to their required dues, and that is always appreciated. You can register for membership online using pay via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to do so. The new website's membership page is not quite as streamlined as last year's, but it gets you 90% of the way there. Fill out the form, and once this is done and submitted, click the PayPal link to pay using PayPal Friends & Family. Use stamfordamateurradio@gmail.com as the payment destination, and make a note in the payment of your name and call so that we can credit you properly. Mail induces. Mailing doc File or PDF File.

Thanks for your continuing support and 73's.

W1EE Steve Urso, N1CM, President


J/S WB1GRB   1/15/2021