SARA Work Party 1
The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award
2017 SARA Officers
2018 WØTBC Memorial Award-NØDRX
Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
SARA Work Party 2
SARA Does Skywarn
2023 Simonet Memorial Award
Ice Station WØJH 2014
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award

SARA This Week April 9 – April 15

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

We have the first Legend Hunters for 2023. Shane WØNKA is well past the threshold with 1474 hunter contacts. Following him is Shel NØDRX with 1088 hunter contacts. Dave WØOXB is getting close with 929 hunter contacts. These numbers are through March 31.

The full leaderboards through March 31st will be available on the radioham.org website soon.

This coming weekend, April 15 and 16, is POTA’s Spring “Support Your Parks” weekend. Good time to get out and enjoy spring!

Mark your calendars now for SARA’s POTA Activity Days. Saturday June 10 is the first date on the calendar – this will be the multi-op, multi-park, roving day, same as last year. 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 being 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.


This week’s SARA activities

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

  • NO “Sunday Fusion” Digital Voice Hangout April 9
    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
    Nightly
    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 3
    08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew April 11
    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.
  • Technician Class License Class Thursday April 13
    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 13
    6:00 PM to 7:50 PM
    Meeting Room A&B
    Lake Elmo Public Library
    3537 Lake Elmo Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042