Straits Area Amateur Radio Club

120 E. Lake Street

Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-487-0692

Fax: 231-487-0313

Club Meetings




                                        Dirk Esterline

                                         Herb McGuire

                                         Mark Postma

                                          Jerry Hollopeter

                                          Susan Hollopeter

JUNIIOR MEMBERS:     Benny Esterline


Meeting called to order at 1:24 p.m. by President Mark Postmas

Secretary Report: We have received our approval for our 501(c)3 status. We are categorized as a Private Foundation and will be required to file form 990-PF annual. This will  include our financials and assets. Dirk will gather a list of all club equipment before the filing deadline.

Treasures Report: Our current balance is $689.32 the only current expense we had was $275.00 to pay for the application for the 501(c )3

Old Business:

There was discussion on officer nominations for the 2023 membership year. Jerry Hollopeter made a motions that we retain all current officers as we are in the middle of getting the club going again. Motion was seconded by Dirk Esterline. Everyone was in favor.

The PO Box will expire in February. Discussion started about the status of the PO Box being in Boyne City and not readily accessible. Herb McGuire made a motion to move the PO Box to the South Boardman Post Office closer to where the Secretary has easy access to it. DuWayne Holmes seconded the motion. Everyone was in favor.

Dirk Esterline is being left as the trustee of the club call sign as registered with the FCC. The call sign is generally only used for ARRL Field Day. Dirk is also going to continue to organize our Field Day.

Repeater: The antenna has been put lower on the tower causing poor reception. DuWayne Holmes would like to drop the Monday Night Net for this reason, and just keep the  Saturday Net. Dirk Esterline mad a motion that we look into moving the antenna to another repeater. Jerry Hollopeter seconded the motion. Everyone was in favor. He’ll look into it and report back at the January meeting (if he can get a hold of anyone during the holiday season)

As part of growing the membership as discussed in the November meeting Dirk Esterline made a motion to ad a Junior Membership to the established SAARC Membership. Herb McGuire seconded the motion. Everyone was in favor. Benny Esterline is our first Junior Member and will report back on his ideas to get more kids involved in Ham Radio and SAARC.


New Business:

Now that we have our non-profit status, we need to get a bank account opened. Huntington Bank was suggested because there are offices locally and throughout the Northern Michigan Area. Mark Postma and Susan Hollopeter will get this done before the next meeting.



To resolve the confusion of when meetings are Susan Hollopeter made a motion that we set a permanent day and time for all meetings from this point forward. Meetings will be held the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at J.W. Filmores with the exception of the June meeting that will be held at the Field Day Site on Krause Road on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.


Important Dated

January 20th to the 22nd  - North American QSO Party SSB – Dirk is looking into reserving a cabin for this event.

February 11th – Cherryland Amateur Radio Club Swap-n-Shop at Traverse St. Francis High School 123 E 11th Street, Traverse City, MI Admission is still $5 and tables are available for $8. VE Exams start at 9 a.m. for anyone looking to upgrade their license. All information is available on their website.


Hamvention 2023 – May 19th – 21st

ARRL Field Day – June 24th & 25th