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Stillwater Amateur Radio Association

1618 Pine Street West

Stillwater, Minnesota 55082


President:  Joe KCØOIO

The meeting was called to order at 9:01 AM.

Secretary’s ReportSteve KAØOBI

The general meeting minutes from the December 10, 2016 meeting are posted on the website.  Please report any corrections to:

Treasurer’s Report:  John N5JLZ (not present)

Beginning Balance:     12/1/2016       $3271.91

Income:                                                  $166.00

Expenses:                                               $288.27

Ending Balance:          12/31/2016     $3,149.64 (Not including HELP income/expenses)

$14,401.62 (Including HELP income/expenses)

Education and Training:  Bob WØGAF

February 25, 2017 will be the Skywarn training.

The Technician Class training will be from March 2nd to April 20th, 2017.

The VE exam session will be held on April 27th.

An Extra Class Study Group will run at the same time as the 2017 Technician classes.

New Ham Night will be May 18th – the location is TBD.

Activities & Events:  Dave WØOXB

January 19th – SARA Board Meeting

February 2nd – 360 workbench Antenna Analyzer Build Group

February 9th – N3FJP ACLog Primer

February 16th  – SARA Board Meeting

February 23rd – Using FlDigi & Associated FL… Programs

Ice Station WØJH – the 4th annual event will be held February 18, 19, 20, 2017 (Presidents Day weekend).  KØAIF has agreed to host the event for the 2nd year on the east side of Lake Elmo.


A list of projects and volunteers has been compiled onto a spreadsheet to help establish a plan for future project scheduling.   These projects are not just limited to antennas but also include: setting up new software, setting up new equipment, and helping to troubleshoot other shack issues.

Handiham Equipment Liaison Program (HELP)

WØZSW remote station went down Saturday and is currently not available for use.

WØEQO is fully operational.

We are still looking for a new permanent home for the WØZSW station.  If you can help you just need to provide electricity and internet access, everything else will be provided and set up for you.

Four pieces of gear will be dropped off at Radio City today after the meeting to be put on consignment sale.

Washington County ARES:  John KAØHYR

The ARES net will be January 15 and February 5th on 146.985 at 7 PM CT on the SEMARC repeater at 7PM local time.

The date for the 2017 Prairie Island Relocation Drill is yet to be determined.

SET (Simulated Emergency Test) for 2017 will be held the week ahead of the ARRL SET weekend.

Check the web site regularly for current events, net schedule, and other items of significance.

Digital Net:  Joe KCØOIO

SARA DIGI Net will be held this Sunday (15th) at 7 PM CT on 3.581.15 centered on 800-1000.

Two meter ragchew is held every Wednesday night at 9 PM CT.  You can find us at 147.060 MHz 114.8 Hz Tone.

160 meters SARA Top Band Ragchew is at 1.966 MHz.   They operate every night except Tuesday & Thursday at 8 PM CT.

SARA Tuesday evening Round Robin RagChew – Will now be operating on 12 Meters 24.955MHz starting at 7PM CT on Tuesday evenings.  Around 7:30 PM the group will shift to 6 Meters 50.316 MHz.

SARA Monday morning Round Robin RagChew – It is operating at 3.856 MHz at 9 AM CT.

Newsletter & Website:  Pat WAØTDA (not present) & Dave WØOXB

Thanks to Pat and Dave for putting together the newsletter!  Additional contributors are needed.  If you have any historical blurbs about the club’s past from the last 25 years, they would be happy to add those to future issues.  Deadline for the next issue is the last Saturday of January.

 DX News:  Mike NØODK (not present)

Check out for DX & Contest Calendar information.


You may order direct form at any time.  When you order from them make sure you select the SARA Logo Package in order to receive the 20% club discount.

Program Schedule

Jan:      SWEEP

Feb:     Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) – MNDMR enthusiast Trygee Svärd KDØPNQ

Mar:    Working on Classic Radios – Randy Olson KDØVKB

Apr:     ARRL Update and This is LOTW – Greg KØGW

May:    SDR: Icom IC-7300 and Flex 1500

Old Business:

SARA coffee mugs are on sale for $3 each – See Keith AGØH.

The SARA Oval Sticker/Decals are on sale for $1 each or you can get a free one when you renew your annual membership ($20) for 2017.

Nomination of club officers was as follows:

President – Joe KCØOIO

Vice President – Keith AGØH

Secretary – Steve KAØOBI

Treasurer – John N5JLZ

Director (2017-2018 2-yr term) – Bill KDØOTB

The nominated slate of club officers was closed and the nominees were elected by unanimous acclamation.

New Business:


Monkey Business:

Steve KAØOBI was awarded the “Release to Listen” Award by Bill KDØOTB.

Good of Association:

SEMARC Meeting – their next meeting will be February 28th.

SARA Kit Build Group:

            360 Workbench Antenna Analyzer


50/50 Drawing  – Bill KDØOTB won the drawing and donated it back to SARA.

Program – SWEEP (SARA White Elephant Exchange Party)

Some of the rules for the exchange were modified to make the party more interesting.  The Flying Pig appeared as one of the gifts in the exchange.


The program and meeting concluded at 10:59 AM.

Meeting attendance: 25