Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award
SARA Work Party 3
2014 SARA Officers
OXB Special Install
New Radio Gear For Some SARA Members!
2019 SARA Executive Officers
Split Rock 2013
Fitzgerald Crew 2011
2017 SARA Officers

SARA This Week: June 7 – Jun 13


SARA’s on-air activities continue to be a great way with others and check on their wellness as well as a boost of your own overall wellness. Those on-air activities provide healthy social contact while maintaining personal distancing.

The W0JH repeater WIRES-X link is active, operating in digital voice (System Fusion C4FM) mode only. The SARA Room is 63969 room, notable for those who wish to access the WØJH repeater via the PDN capability of some Yaesu System Fusion radios. System Fusion users can access the WIRES-X link on the WØJH repeater and bring up other rooms such as the MN/WIS, the DARC Room, AmericaLink, and many others. Refer to your radio’s manual on how to utilize the WIRES-X features of your radio, BE SURE TO DISCONNECT FROM THE ROOM WHEN YOU ARE DONE USING IT!  Doug N9TOW notes that there is a failsafe in that if there is no activity into the repeater link after 5 minutes it will revert back to the SARA room. Check out https://wp.hamoperator.com/?page_id=105 for a list of active nodes and rooms.


Field Day Notes from our FD Coordinator Bob WØGAF:

Planning for SARA intra-club challenges is nearing completion. There is a mix of “sprint” challenges, point totals, and ham radio bingo cards planned. Details are forthcoming.

Two temporary rule waivers have been issued for Field Day 2020 only.

  • Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.
  • An aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions).

For those SARA members who are “in it for the points” (we know you’re out there) these rule waivers will enable us to have some friendly competition within and across clubs. Details on the rules waivers can be found here.


Also, please check with your logging program provider to see what changes they are planning to support these rule waivers.

Don’t forget to help us in our planning and communications, we’d like to know how many of you plan to participate in Field Day 2020. If you haven’t done so already, please go to this link and complete the short survey there. Your information will help us develop activities and communications that we hope will enhance your Field Day experience.


SARA’s Field Day plan will be featured for the Technical Topic Thursday via Webex video conference on June 18th at 7:30 PM.

Watch this space for details on schedule and planned activities for SARA Field Day 2020.


Looking ahead for our bi-weekly Thursday Technical Topic sessions, Here’s the line-up through August 27 along with additional suggested topics to be scheduled:

Thursday Technical Topic Suggestions Moderator Date
Field Day – On your own + SARA member challenges and club team competition FD Team 18-Jun
Antennas: VHF/UHF Dave W0OXB 16-Jul
Antennas: HF Dave W0OXB 30-Jul
Operating Procedures/Protocols HF vs VHF Joe KC0OIO
Hamspeak – the language of ham radio Grge K0GW 27-Aug
Choosing your first radio TBD TBD
Do’s & Don’t’s when setting up your shack TBD TBD
MFJ-259/269 Analyzer Training TBD TBD
Setting up digital voice hotspots Bob W0GAF? TBD
Grounding & Bonding your station TBD TBD
Station Electrical Power considerations TBD TBD
QRP/Portable Operations (SOTA/POTA) TBD TBD
Optional but useful shack accessories TBD TBD
Working DX TBD TBD
CW: Ways and trick to learning, setup paddles, keys, keyers TBD TBD

Moderators are needed for many of the topics. See something of interest or that you have some knowledge and experience, please volunteer to moderate the session. Email me at president at radioham dot org if you are interested in moderating a session. You can also email me with additional topic suggestions. I must note that although we have a great list of suggested topics, many of these topics will not be presented if no one offers to moderate the session. Many of the topics can be group discussion sessions. Others may require a little research. See something interesting, dig into it a bit and share what you learn. There is no better way to learn a topic than preparing to lead a session.


Now onto this week’s activities!

1. SARA Top Band Ragchew
      Time: 20:00 Central (01:00 UTC)
Frequency:  1.966 LSB +/- QRM

2. SARA Monday Morning Ragchew June 8
Time: 08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
      Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM

3. The Lunch Room
Daily (Monday thru Friday)
Time: 12:00 Central
SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)

4. SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew June 9
Time: 7:00 – ~8:00 pm (or until we finish!)
      SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
The Tuesday evening on-air round robin ragchew
An HF Afterglow follows on 160 meters at 1.966 MHz LSB +/- QRM

5. SARA Two Meter Wednesday Round Robin Ragchew June 10
Time: 9:00 PM
      SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
The Wednesday evening SARA Ragchew on the SARA repeater with primary host Rick KØBR

6. SARA Two Meter Thursday (TMT2) 2-meter Thursday June 11
 Time: 7:00 PM
      SARA Repeater 147.060+ Mhz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
The Thursday evening on-air round robin ragchew
An HF Afterglow follows on 160 meters at 1.966 MHz LSB +/- QRM

7.  SARA SARA “Manhattan Project” virtual happy hour –  Friday June 12
      Time 7:30 PM
      SARA socializing via Webex video conference. Bring your favorite beverage – adult beverages allowed! (Snacks optional)