2014 SARA Officers
2018 WØTBC Memorial Award-NØDRX
AGØH 2013
Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
SARA Work Party 3
Fitzgerald Crew 2011
WØJH 2004
SARA Work Party 2
Kilo Parks Award

SARA This Week Feb 14 – Feb 20

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.

Technical Topic Thursday: Using the MFJ-259/269 Analyzer 

The February 11th topic “Using the MFJ-259/269 Antenna Analyzers” featured the authority on the MFJ analyzers Martin Jue K5FLU, founder and owner of MFJ Enterprises. This informative session has been recorded for viewing and reviewing at your leisure. The session has been posted to the SARA YouTube Channel. SARA members have exclusive access to the Technical Topic Thursday playlist on SARA’s YouTube Channel. Sessions available include:

  • Good Amateur Radio Practices (KCØOIO & VE3MXJ)
  • Antenna Basics Part 1 VHF UHF (WØOXB)
  • Antenna Basics Part 2 HF (WØOXB)
  • Hamspeak – the language of amateur radio (KØGW)
  • Shack Electrical Considerations (KAØPLT)
  • Setting up your ham shack (WØTLG)
  • New Ham Introduction to Operating SARA Special Events (WØGAF. WØOXB & others)
  • Using the MFJ-259/269 Antenna Analyzers with Martin Jue K5FLU

The embedded videos are a little choppy in the recording of the Analyzer session, so here are the links to those videos:

There are several more videos from Martin’s session with the Atlanta Radio Club recorded in 2010. Be sure to check them out for more tips on using the MFJ analyzers.

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

Ice-olation Station WØJH Special Event Continues through Feb 15, 2021

Ice-olation Station WØJH operations continue Sunday Feb 14 and Monday Feb 15. This year, in keeping with COVID-19 social distancing requirements, we will operate from our individual QTHs … not from frozen Lake Elmo. This marks the 8th consecutive year, the club is sponsoring and conducting this Special Event. Brad, VE3MXJ – SARA’s Thunder Bay member, is activating WØJH/VE3 many times on 40 meters and 20 meters, so be sure to get him in your log!

We are using the “Distributed Operating System” (DOS) format. Each operator will be scheduled to participate from their own QTH. Each Op has selected time(s) when and where they can operate. Each Op is operating in accordance with their license class using the club’s call sign, WØJH. We have multiple stations simultaneously using the same callsign, operating on different bands.


An Operator sign-up page has been published via the online SignUpGenius service. The sign-up page is now open for all. SARA members check the SARA This Week email for the SignUpGenius link. There are band/mode time slots starting at 8:00 AM CST (14:00 UTC) to 6:00 PM CST (0:00 UTC) each day. Operating bands include 80M, 40M, 20M & 15M  (depending on time of day & typical propagation characteristics) and modes are Phone, CW, and Digital.

General Class License online classes are in progress.

Online classes (via WEBEX) for the General Class license, began Wednesday January 27. If you are interested in upgrading your license, or you know of someone that would be interested: this is the class for you. The class will use the ARRL General Class License Manual 9th Edition as the study guide. The study guide may be purchased online at the arrl.org or from Amazon.

The sessions will be recorded and will be available for viewing on the SARA YouTube channel in the near future.

For more information, email Bob WØGAF at w0gaf@radioham.org.

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. A reminder that SARA activities refrain from discussions of political, religious, racial, or other inappropriate topics. We are a multi-cultural, multi-generational association with a shared interest in amateur radio – let’s be sure to keep it that way.

    SARA Special Event Station on the air
    80 meters – 40 meters – 20 meters – 15 meters
    — depending on time of day and propagation.
    Time 8:00 AM (14:00 UTC) – 6:00 PM (00:00 UTC) each day
  • SARA HF Digital Net Sunday Feb 14
          (Valentines Day and Ice-olation Station Weekend)

  • SARA Top Band Ragchew
          Time: 20:00 Central (02:00 UTC)
          Frequency:  1.966 LSB +/- QRM
    21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
    50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  • SARA Monday Morning Ragchew Feb 15
    Time: 09:00 Central (15:00 UTC)
          Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • 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.
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Feb 9
    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 with the Top Band Ragchew on 160 meters
  • SARA Two Meter Wednesday Round Robin Ragchew Feb 10
    Time: 9:00 PM 
          SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    The Wednesday evening SARA Ragchew on the SARA repeater

  • SARA Virtual Board Meeting – Thursday Feb 18
    Time: 6:30 PM (00:30 UTC)
    SARA Webex Meeting Room
    Webex meeting link will be sent direct to SARA members