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Chairman's Comments - Posted April 15th 2020

Greetings -

Under normal circumstances, today would be Income Tax Day. It would find people who wait until the last minute, all stressed out and rushing to meet the Midnight Tax Filing Deadline. Not so this year.

COVID19. It's a big part of everyone's life right now, and it likely will be for some time. It's also certain that life will not be the same going forward as it was before this epidemic started.

According to the latest data from the Minnesota Department of Health, Kanabec and Mille Lacs Counties remain free of reported cases of the COVID19 Virus. Meanwhile, our neighbors in Pine County have recorded 6 cases, while Isanti has reported 4. Thankfully, no deaths have been reported in these counties. We can only hope and pray that it gets no worse.

For MORA, this dangerous disease has completely shut down our Social Activities for the time being, including planned training sessions, Technician License Classes & Exams, Breakfast Meetings, and so on. As of this moment, the best we can hope for is a resumption of activities by June.

In the meantime since mid-March, MORA and the St Cloud Amateur Radio Clubs have gone on the offensive against the tide of Social Distancing by initiating daily Health & Welfare Nets - the details for each net are prominently posted on the Home Page of our website. These nets are likely to continue as long as this emergency lasts.

To date, the combined efforts of our two clubs since March 17th has resulted in almost 60 total net sessions with nearly 1000 check-ins!

So much for Amateur Radio not being responsive in emergency situations!!!

Needless to say, this kind of response by Amateurs deserves attention. We are responding to this epidemic by looking after each other, and placing our resources out there for those who need help. This is not new, after all Hams have been socializing and helping others through disasters over the air for 100 years.

The only thing that bothers me is, there continues to be a very limited level of activity on the repeater during the day. Everybody that has a license and a two meter radio can do something about that.

So, without much further elaboration on my part, let's continue to combat Social Distancing by getting on the repeater every day. Don't just wait for the daily Health & Welfare Nets, or the Tuesday Evening Net, or Skywarn Activation, but rather at some point during the day just set aside an hour to monitor and let others know your listening. If you hear anyone monitoring, answer and chat with them. That's what we Hams do best.

In conclusion, let's hang in there folks. Together, we will make it through this difficult period. 

 

73 de KJ9W

 

PS: By the way, so you have one less concern, and if you haven't done so already, the Income Tax Filing Deadline has been moved out to July 15th! 

Additional News

Camper & Repeater Link Top 2020 Budget Plans

During MORA's November Board Meeting, the Budget discussion was focused on the reality of a limited treasury, with the need to cut back on expenses wherever possible. However, two main items will be in the budget for the coming year. 

First will be the completion of the Hospital Link Project. Second will be converting the camper acquired in 2019 into a mobile emergency communications unit. 

"We must build up our reserves," Board Chairman KJ9W said. "If anything major happens, we could be in trouble." 

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KØYR's [Another] New Tower Building Project 

Are you thinking about putting up a tower? Check this out!

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Very Interesting Article on QRZ 

Are you one of those skeptics who believes radio communications is becoming obsolete? If so, you might change your mind after you read this article from the Reuters News Agency via QRZ.COM.

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Motion Picture Sound Track by KCØYLF Released

Just in time for your Halloween playlist - iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, and Google Play will be releasing the sound track from the new motion picture BELOVED BEAST.

Composed by Sara Broshofske, KCØYLF, this is her first motion picture sound track release. It was released on October 25th 2018

From the creator of THE STILL SERIES and TALL MEN, Jonathan Holbrook’s newest movie premiered to a capacity crowd at a theater in Everett Washington on October 13th.  and is scheduled to be released in early 2019 by Lionsgate, a major Top 10 movie distributor.

This Holbrookian Horror movie is the story of a young girl who loses her parents in a car accident and is forced to live with her crazy aunt. The girl soon makes friends with an escaped mental patient and hides him in her home.

Composer Sara Broshofske has been a licensed Technician Class Amateur since 2007, and a member of the Mora Open Repeater Association since its reorganization in 2008. A graduate of Ogilvie High School in 2008, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Science from the University of Wisconsin – Superior, and her Master’s Degree in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College in Chicago. She is currently based in Los Angeles. 

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