The Appalachian Repeater Association was formed by Gary Holt (WV8B), and Dale Warrick (N8FRV) in 1980. In 1986, the ARA was divided into two divisions, the northern and the southern sectors. However due to growing technology and many other factors, the ARA is now one large organization.
To simplify operations, due to the vast geographical area served by the Appalachian Repeater Association, the ARA split into two divisions, the Northern and Southern Divisions. Each division had its own President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Today, due to technological advances, ease of communication, and other factors, the Appalachian Repeater Association is once again one large organization.
The Appalachian Repeater Association is chartered with the West Virginia Secretary of State as a non-stock, non-profit, perpetual, educational, charitable, and literary organization.
Which promotes the continuing education of its' membership and the public regarding amateur radio operation.
The ARA would sponsor monthly meetings for both divisions. The Northern Division meetings would be held on the second Tuesday of each month, at the Raleigh Country 911 Communications Center. While the Southern Division meetings were held at the Burger Boy's Restaurant in Princeton, WV, every second Monday of each month.
Below is a SERA Repeater Journal Magazine Article that was in the November 1987 issue.
Covering the WZ8E (Formerly KD8MZ) ARA 146.955 Repeater.