SARA Work Party 2
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
Split Rock 2013
Release to Listen Award 2013
The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award
2019 SARA Executive Officers
New Radio Gear For Some SARA Members!
SARA Field Day 2011
Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
SARA Work Party 3

SARA This Week: December 13 – December 19

SARA continues to gather daily via on-the air nets and ragchews. We also gather virtually weekly for an Eyeball QSO Party, a monthly Tech Topic Thursday session, monthly General member and Board meetings. Although we’d love to gather in-person, our current on-air and virtual gathering plan remains the best choice for the health and safety of all our members.


It’s time for your annual membership renewal.

SARA’s online membership application and renewal forms along with an online payment option through PayPal are now live and ready for use. Online membership renewal can be found at radioham.org/sara-membership-application-renewal-page/. You can also get there by going to radioham.org, click on the “About” menu and then click on “Membership Application” from the dropdown menu. The online forms and multiple payment options streamline the renewal process for members.

The SARA Dues year runs January 1 through December 31. Annual full membership dues are $20/yr. Associate (non-voting) memberships are available for non-licensed folks and those who chose at $10/yr. Family memberships start at $30/yr for 2 licensed amateurs in the family plus $10/yr for each additional family member. We ask that family members reside at the same address. Family membership renewals and applications are asked to mail your dues payment as payment via Paypal is not offered for that membership option.

Dues payments may also be sent via mail to:
Stillwater Amateur Radio Association
1618 Pine Street West
Stillwater, MN 55082
Please include your callsign in the Memo for proper tracking in our records.

A SSL certificate has been added to our website to protect your private data. No private data is stored on the website or it’s hosting servers. This ensures that our website protects your personal information when completing the application and renewal processes. Financial transaction security is provided directly via Paypal once you enter Paypal’s payment portal.


SARA Nominates Candidates for Offices for 2021

During the monthly meeting of the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association Saturday, the following candidates were nominated.

President:                  Joe Heitzinger KCØOIO
Vice President:         Bob Jensen WØGAF
Secretary:                  Dave Iverson N9JNQ
Treasurer:                 Rich Smith ADØSN
Director 2021-2022:   Zack Zaccagnini AAØU

Doug N9TOW continues as Director 2020-2021. The office of Trustee is appointed by the Board at the 1st Board meeting following elections. Election of Officers will be held at the January 9, 2021 meeting.


Technical Topic Thursday Session now available on SARA’s YouTube Channel

The December 10th virtual Technical Topic Thursday Shack Electrical Considerations session with Dick KAØPLT is now available for viewing on SARA’s YouTube Channel, along with other Tech Topic Thursday sessions.  The link to the unlisted channel is provided to SARA members.

The January 14 topic will be “Do’s and Don’ts of Shack Setup” and the presenter will be Tom Gillispie WØTFG. Tom set up his first shack at the age of 13, and has done several more over his 55+ years in the hobby.

The February 11th topic “Using the MFJ-259/269 Antenna Analyzers.” Who better to present the topic than Martin Jue K5FLU, founder and owner of MFJ Enterprises.

If you have a suggestion for a technical topic, contact Mike KFØCCL via email at kf0ccl at protonmail dot com


SARA Virtual Board Meeting Thursday 6:30 PM (0030 UTC) Dec 17

The Board of Directors of the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association will hold a virtual meeting Thursday evening. All SARA members are welcome to attend. Webex Meeting invites will be sent to all members.


This week’s SARA activities

SARA’s on-air and virtual activities are a great way to stay connected with others. These activities provide healthy social contact while maintaining personal distancing.

  1. SARA HF Digital Net Sunday Dec 13
    Time: 19:00 Central (01:00 UTC)
    Frequency: 3.584.15 Look for the net up 500-1000 Hz +/- on your waterfall.
    Mode:  THOR16
  2. SARA Top Band Ragchew
    Nightly      Time: 20:00 Central (02:00 UTC)
    Frequency:  1.966 LSB +/- QRM
    Alternates:            21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB)           50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  3. SARA Monday Morning Ragchew Dec 14
    Time: 09:00 Central (14:00 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  4. The Lunch Room
    Daily (Monday thru Friday)
    Time: 12:00 Central
    SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    – anyone can open the Lunch Room if the usual host is not there.
  5. SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Dec 15
    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
  6. SARA Two Meter Wednesday Round Robin Ragchew Dec 16
    Time: 9:00 PM
    SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    The Wednesday evening SARA Ragchew on the SARA repeater
  7. SARA Virtual Board Meeting Thursday Dec 17
    Time: 6:30 PM CST (00:30 UTC)
    SARA WEBEX virtual meeting room
  8. SARA Virtual Eyeball QSO Party “Holiday Party & Ugly Sweater Show) Friday Dec 18
    Time: 7:30 9M CST (01:30 UTC)
    SARA Webex virtual meeting room