Kilo Parks Award
May 14th Fox Hunt! What Fun!
SARA Work Party 3
Split Rock 2013
2014 SARA Officers
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
2017 SARA Officers
The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award
OXB Special Install
2019 SARA Executive Officers

SARA This Week: January 3 – January 9

SARA gathers daily via on-the air nets and ragchews. We also gather virtually for the weekly SARA Eyeball QSO Party or Tech Topic Thursday session, the 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.


SARA Monthly Meeting January 9th

The monthly meeting and annual election of officers of the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association is this coming Saturday January 9th at 9:00 AM (1500 UTC). This will be a virtual meeting via the SARA Webex meeting room. The Webex room will open around 8:15 AM for “Morning Coffee” gathering.

Frank Karnauskas N1UW, AMSAT’s VP – Development, is joining us for a presentation on Amateur Radio satellites, AMSAT’s 55 years in space, and 20 years of ARISS.


Still time to renew your SARA membership for 2021!

The following members are current through 2021 (and beyond in some cases): Rudy R, Craig M, Dave L, Dick H, AA0U, AC9F, AD6QT, AD0SN, AE0JT, AE0SL, AG0H, KA0HYR, KA0NKU, KA0OBI, KA0PLT, KB9WTB, KC0PCF, KB0UXV, KC9GEJ, KC0OIO, KD9QPO, KD9RFJ, KD0DEO, KD0EAP, KD0HRM, KD0HRN, KD0JTG, KD0LPY, KD0SVO, KD0VKB, KD0WGH, KD0ZWM, KE0GOM, KE0IYF, KE0IYN, KE0MUW, KE0N, KE0OGI, KE0QAQ, KE0QBE, KE0QQM, KE0QQN, KE0ROH, KE0ROJ, KE0ROK, KE0SCA, KF0AQF, KF0BSA, KF0CCK, KF0CCL, KF0CCM, KF0CRI, KI0B, K0AIF, K0CFL, K0GCP, K0GW, K0HAS, K0SON, K0VOB, K0ZZT, KT9C, N5JLZ, N5LB, N9EZC, N9ILW, N9JNQ, N9TOW, N0ANP, N0BJE, N0BM, N0CIC, N0CQ, N0DRX, N0DXH, N0DZQ, N0NKL, N0ODK, N0TXW, N0UC, N0UHR, VE3MXJ, W3QLC, W9LHG, WA0KKE, WA0TDA, WB9OKQ, WD0AKZ, WQ0N, W0DIK, W0ELC, W0GAF, W0OXB, W0SU, W0WTP.

Don’t see your name or callsign above? Then proceed right to SARA’s online membership application and renewal forms 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.

The radioham.org website is a secure site backed with a SSL certificate 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.


Technical Topic Thursday Sessions archived on SARA’s YouTube Channel

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


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 Jan 3
    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 Jan
    Time: 09:00 Central (15:00 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.

    FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH = EMERGENCY POWER! Join The Lunch Room, Two Meter Tuesday or the Top Band Ragchew using emergency power for special credit! 

  5. SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Jan 5
    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 Jan 6
    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 Eyeball QSO Party “Ask the Elmers Session” Thursday Jan 7
    Time: 7:00 PM (01:00 UTC Jan 8)
    SARA Webex virtual meeting room
    WEBEX meeting info will be provided separately
    Ask the Elmer returns by popular demand. You have questions? We may have the answers! Radios, antennas, accessories, installation, programming, operating … ask away this Thursday evening.
  8. SARA Monthly Meeting Saturday Jan 9
    Time: 9:00 AM (15:00 UTC)
    SARA Webex virtual meeting room: stillwateramateurradioassociation.my.webex.com/meet/w0jh
    Morning Coffee pre-meeting gathering starts about 8:15 AM (14:15 UTC)