OXB Special Install
Ice Station WØJH 2014
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award
Release to Listen Award 2013
SARA Field Day 2011
2023 Simonet Memorial Award
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
New Radio Gear For Some SARA Members!
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Kilo Parks Award


Stillwater Amateur Radio Association

1618 Pine Street West

Stillwater, Minnesota 55082


President:  Joe KCØOIO

The meeting was called to order at 9:09 AM.

Secretary’s ReportSteve KAØOBI

The general meeting minutes from the November 11, 2017 meeting are posted on the website.  Please report any corrections to: Secretary@radioham.org

Treasurer’s Report:  John N5JLZ

Beginning Balance:     11/1/2017       $2,783.72

Income:                                                  $574.50

Expenses:                                               $720.00

Ending Balance:          11/30/2017     $2,631.22 (Not including RBP income/expenses)

$16,624.15 (Including RBP income/expenses)

Education and Training:  Bob WØGAF

Looking forward to spring planning for the 2018 Tech classes which will begin March 1st and the SkyWarn class on Feb 24th.

Activities & Events:  Dave WØOXB

Thursday Night Eyeball Sessions – held every Thursday at 6 PM at the Stillwater Public Library.

Skills Night took place on 11/30 as Part 1 about FLDGI.  Part 2 will be held 12/28.  The Board Meeting is scheduled for 12/14 but may be rescheduled due to a possible time conflict.

Ice Station WØJH – will be held on President’s Day weekend 2018 (Feb 17, 18, 19) at Lake Elmo at KEØAIF’s QTH.

2018 Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald – the event has already been scheduled for Nov 2, 3, 4 and the Park reservations have been made.

M.A.P. (Membership Assistance Program):  Dave WØOXB

There are several members who need assistance – Diane needs a 2 meter antenna installed, Dan needs an HF antenna installed in his attic, Mike NØODK needs a big center fed Zepp antenna installed at Forest Lake, and we need to install a community antenna at Silver Lake in North St Paul.

Remote Base Project: Pat WAØTDA

Everything is up and running.

SARA Nets & Ragchews:

SARA Tuesday Round Robin Ragchew – on 12 meters at 24.955 MHz at 7PM.  We may experiment with some different band choices in the future depending on propagation conditions.

SARA Monday morning Round Robin Ragchew – will be meeting on 75 meters at 3.856 +/- MHz at 9 AM.

SARA Digi Net – will be on 7 PM Sunday at 3.582.15 MHz.  The net coordinator will email the details (mode, frequency, NCS)

SARA  160 meter Top Band Ragchew – is on 1.966 MHz every night at 8PM except Tuesday & Thursday.

DX News : Mike NØODK (not present)

Bouvet Island is coming up in Jan 2018.  This is the most expensive DXpedition to the most remote island on earth. The Norwegian island is 1600 mi SSW of South Africa and 1100 mi N of Antarctica.

The departure of 3YØZ will be approximately mid-January, 2018, possibly sailing to Bouvet from King George Island.  They expect a 9-11 day voyage to Bouvet.  They expect to be at Bouvet for 21 days, and allowing for weather, hope to be on the air for 14-16 days. It is the second most wanted DX entity.


Be sure to contact www.hamthreads.com for all your club clothing needs.  They do a great job of personalizing hats, shirts, and jackets.

Old Business:

The new reflective SARA Oval Sticker/Decals are on sale for $2 each from John N5JLZ.

The SARA Coffee Mugs are on sale for $3 each from Keith AGØH.

New Business:

Pay your 2018 club dues and you will get a new ID badge lanyard.

Discussion of a suggestion to establish an online forum for members:

It is better to get help in person at Eyeball Sessions.

Provide a hit list of contacts from which you can get assistance.

Possibly create a closed Google Group.

Reactivate the Facebook page for club.

Get recommendations from Radio City.

Nominations of Officers for 2018:

President – Joe KCØOIO

Vice President – Bob WØGAF

Secretary – Collin KEØIYN

Treasurer – Rich ADØSN

Director (2018-19) – Doug N9TOW

Good of Association:

SEMARC meeting will be held Jan 9th at 6PM at the Green Mill in Hastings.  A Saturday breakfast will be held at 7 AM every 3rd Saturday at the Perkins located at 80th and Hwy 61.

They have a regular VE Session scheduled on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Zion Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove.

50/50:  We took in $46 and Ken won the payout pot of $23.


Program: Ask/Stump the Elmer – Joe KCØOIO, Dave WØOXB, Joe KCØOIO

A number of questions were posed to the group.  As the club members gave answers to the questions, Bob recorded the consensus of what was generally agreed upon to be correct.  Those multiple answers will be posted on the club website.  Since we were not able to get to all the questions, we may choose to pose one or two questions at each Eyeball Session as well.

The program and meeting concluded at 11:20 AM.

Meeting attendance: 30