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SARA This Week

Greetings, all!

SARA holds on-air ragchews every day of the week. Details can be found in the “This Week’s SARA Activities” section below.

The weekly Eyeball QSO Party is at the Stillwater Public Library except the 1st Thursday of the month.

2022 SARA Member Dues

Membership in the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association runs from Jan 1 – Dec 31. You may renew or extend your membership at any time.

Annual Dues are $20/year for a regular membership, and $10/year for associate membership. Family memberships begin at $30 for two family members and $10 for each additional family member.

There are 3 ways to pay your dues, in person at a SARA meeting, via postal mail to the club address, or online via PayPal (there is a small surcharge to cover transaction costs). You can begin the membership renewal process here: Please select your renewal option to be directed to the proper form. If you are a current member and have a new callsign, have moved, change an email address or phone number, please “update” option. Once you have completed and submitted the form, you will go to a page with the payment options. If you choose to mail your dues, the club’s mailing address is provided.

Eyeball QSO Party at the Stillwater Public Library

The Thursday Eyeball QSO Party is held at the Stillwater Public Library conference room. Sessions are booked for Oct 14, 21, 28; Nov 11, 18, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 23, Dec 30, Jan 13. Reservations can only be made 90 days in advance per Library policy.

“Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Special Event Station 2021 

The 17th annual “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Special Event is scheduled for Oct 29 – 31. The Trail Center at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park has been reserved for the weekend. The Mariner Motel in Silver Bay is the primary lodging, and there is also the AmericInn in Silver Bay and with more lodging choices up and down Highway 61. And tent camping is available at the State Park for the more hardy. More to come as we get closer to the dates.

We’ll be operating from the usual facility, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Trail Center, per the following:

  • Friday, Oct. 29 (half day, includes set-up ~noon; operating ~2:00 – 4:30pm)
  • Saturday, Oct. 30 (all day; operating ~10:00am – 5:00pm)
  • Sunday, Oct. 31 (all day, includes operating ~10:00am; take-down ~6:00pm)
    (Saturday and Sunday are listed in the Oct. issue of QST and posted on the ARRL website.)
  • Unable to attend and would like to participate using CW and digital modes from your own station – at home or portable? You can join the fun too! A SignUpGenius page for SARA members has been created. Sign up for a slot or two or three … and operate as Special Event Station WØJH.
    We are not offering SSB slots as those are reserved for the team at Split Rock.

Technical Topic Thursday

Technical Topic Thursday returns on November 4th. The sessions will be the 1st Thursday of the month via Webex Teleconference as meeting space at the Library is not available on the 1st Thursdays. The topic for November has not been determined as of this writing.

The December 2nd session will feature Dr. Bob Heil K9EID live with a presentation on audio in ham radio.

If you have a suggestion for a technical topic, contact Mike KFØCCL via email at We’re always looking for ideas for technical topics.

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.

  • “Sunday Fusion” Digital Voice Hangout Oct 17
    19:00 Central (00:00 UTC)
    SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    or connect via WIRES-X to the W0JH-Room 63969
    (the YSF reflector US SARA-QRX-FCMG 64144 remains offline due to technical issues)
    System Fusion digital voice hangout to expand use and familiarity with the digital voice capabilities available on the WØJH repeater.
  • SARA Top Band Ragchew 
    20:00 Central (01:00 UTC)
    Frequency:  1.966 LSB +/- QRM
    Alternates: 21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB) 50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  • SARA Monday Morning Ragchew Oct 18
    08:15 Central (14:00 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • The Lunch Room – Informal Ragchew
    Daily (Monday thru Friday)
    12:00 Central
    SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    – anyone can open the Lunch Room
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Oct 19
    Time: 7:00 – ~8:00 pm Central (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 with the Top Band Ragchew on 160 meters
  • SARA Eyeball QSO Party: Thursday Oct 21
    Time: ~6:00 PM to 7:50 PM Central
    Conference Room, Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082