Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
2019 SARA Executive Officers
SARA Field Day 2011
AGØH 2013
2023 Simonet Memorial Award
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award
2017 SARA Officers
SARA Work Party 2
SARA Work Party 1

SARA This Week April 16 – April 22

Here is your SARA update for this week!

Thursday’s Eyeball QSO Party

This Thursday’s Eyeball QSO Party is at the Lake Elmo Public Library, 3537 Lake Elmo Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042. There is off-street parking available in the public lot behind the library. We will gather in Meeting Room A&B. 6:00 PM – 7:50 PM.

Metro Skywarn Spotter Training May 6th

SARA is hosting a Metro Skywarn Storm Spotter training session on Saturday May 6th. The session will be at the Stillwater Public Library (224 E 3rd Street 55082) in the Margaret Rivers Room from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Pre-registration is preferred. Registration can be completed by clicking on this link: In-Person SARA Metro Skywarn Training Session. Walk-ins only if the max pre-registered has not been reached.

The session is for all interested in Skywarn storm spotting, new and renewing. Spotters need to renew their training every two years to keep current with Metro Skywarn. Metro Skywarn is offering a total of 6 in-person and 5 online training sessions. The full class schedule can be found at metroskywarn.org/calendar/.

SARA POTA Challenge ‘23

The full leaderboards through March 31st are available on the radioham.org website.

SARA’s 2023 POTA Activity Days are scheduled for 2 Saturdays this summer, plus the annual Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald weekend at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Saturday June 10 will be the multi-op, multi-park, roving day. Similar to last year’s June Activity Day, we will gather for the SARA 2nd Saturday breakfast at Perkins, then spend the day activating area parks. Activators groups can rove from park to park, or a few “veteran” activators are thinking of setting up at a park for the day and new activators can visit and work from the park with that activator. A list of parks with a primary activator will be published before the Activity Day.

Saturday August 12 will be the first ever SARA POTA Meetup Day. We will gather at Wild River State Park in Almelund, for a day of multi-op activations. A picnic lunch is planned. Watch for more details to come.

If you are a SARA member AND have registered on the POTA website https://parksontheair.com/# (sign up is under the Help/Getting Started tab), you are included in the SARA Challenge 2023.

A thorough source of information for those that want to get started POTA hunting or activating is also found on the POTA website. The https://docs.pota.app/ page is a great resource of all info for POTA. Start with the Getting Started with POTA page and go from there.

The MS Society Needs Hams

The first event of the year for the MS Society is just 4 weeks away. They still have openings for rest stop communications, SAG Drivers and SAG navigators. The openings are listed below for the event. If you can help, please use the links below to sign up.

MS Twin Cities Ride, Saturday, May 13

Walk on Waconia 2023, Saturday, May 20. Seventeen (17) radio operators are needed. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4daea623a20-walk1#/  Any questions Contact Don Burgess KCØQNA at kc0qna@yahoo.com

MS-150, Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11

Tour of Saints, Sunday, July 9.  If you are interested, please contact Chris Schultz, KCØYFX at 320-217-2692 for more details.

MS Ride Across Minnesota, July 24-28.  Sign up link is coming soon!  Contact Chris Schultz, KCØYFX at 320-217-for more details.

This week’s SARA activities

SARA’s on-air, in-person, and virtual activities are a great way to stay connected with others.

  • “Sunday Fusion” Digital Voice Hangout April 16
    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
    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 or 3.820 to 3.826 MHz (depending on QRM).
    Alternates: 21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB) 50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  • SARA Monday Morning 75-meter Ragchew April 17
    08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew April 18
    7:00 – ~8:00 pm Central (or until we finish!)
    SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    1st Tuesday is Emergency Power Night – participants are encouraged to operate the stations on emergency power.
    The Tuesday evening on-air round robin ragchew
    Featuring the “Ask the Elmer” segment
    The group leaders focus on encouraging any and everyone, especially those new to the airwaves, to join the session via the repeater.
  • Virtual Board of Directors Meeting Wednesday April 19
    6:30 PM (23:30 UTC)
    SARA Zoom Teleconference Room
  • Technician Class License Class Thursday April 20
    6:00 PM to 7:50 PM
    Conference Room
    Stillwater Public Library
    224 E 3rd Street, Stillwater, MN 55082
  • SARA Eyeball QSO Party Thursday April 20
    6:00 PM to 7:50 PM
    Meeting Room A&B
    Lake Elmo Public Library
    3537 Lake Elmo Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042