AGØH 2013
Ice Station WØJH 2014
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award
2019 SARA Executive Officers
SARA Work Party 2
Release to Listen Award 2013
May 14th Fox Hunt! What Fun!
Ice Station WØJH 2014
SARA Work Party 1

SARA This Week Jan 21 – Jan 27

Annual Membership Dues are payable now

As of this bulletin, 129 members are paid for 2024 (and beyond in some instances).

Annual dues for 2024 and beyond are being accepted now. Individual memberships are $20/year, Family memberships are $30/year for the 1st two members and $10/year for each additional family member. Associate memberships are $10/year. Dues can be paid in person, via mail, or online via Paypal. Visit the membership application/renewal page on radioham.org >> CLICK HERE <<

Those not current by Jan 31, 2024 will be dropped from the club’s roster and removed from the email list, the StillwaterMNAmateurRadioAssoc groups.io reflector, remote station WØJH access, and the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association Discord server.


Technician License Class starting Feb 29

SARA’s Technician License Prep Class begins Thursday February 29 and continues for 8 weeks through April 18. Classes convene at 6:00 PM. They will be held mostly at the Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd Street, Stillwater.

The class utilizes the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 5th Edition as the basis for the class. The book is available for order online from the ARRL, Ham Radio Outlet, DXEngineering, Gigaparts, and Amazon (print & Kindle versions).

An exam session by SARA’s Volunteer Examiner team will be held on April 25th.

To register for the class, email Bob WØGAF at bobajensen at me dot com.


Interested in an Amateur Extra Class License Study Group

SARA facilitates an Amateur Extra Class License study group when there is sufficient interest. The current Amateur Extra Class license exam question pool expires at 11:59 PM June 30, 2024, so now is the perfect time to pursue that goal. SARA’s Extra Class license study group is a peer-led study program. Using the ARRL Extra Class License Manual, participants work through the license manual together, with a member of the group taking the lead each chapter/week. This has been a successful practice in the past. Mentors from SARA may join the sessions to add some real-life experience and technical knowledge to the session.

Are you interested in joining an Extra Class Study Group? SARA is considering facilitating a Study Group this spring starting Feb 29. If you are interested in joining fellow hams pursuing the top-level license, please email Bob WØGAF at bobajensen at me dot com. If we have enough interest, the study group will proceed!


Ice Station WØJH Feb 17 – 18 – 19, 2024

The Ice Station WØJH will be on the air once again on Presidents Weekend in February, regardless of the condition of the ice on Lake Elmo (still very much open as of this bulletin, but cold ice-making temps are in the forecast!)

The 2024 planning crew is already coordinating logistics for the event on Lake Elmo, MN. TNX to our gracious hosts Dave (KØAIF) and Anne (KØVOB), their lake-front property and QTH on Lake Elmo Avenue is the location for the event. This is the ninth year for the event and occurs over President’s Day weekend.

We’ll be setting up and operating from a portable ice fishing, tent-type shelter and also from SARA’s self-contained communications trailer. The portable shelter will be on the east side of Lake Elmo; the trailer will be on land, across the road near the parking area. Both stations are kept cozy with portable heaters. The shelter and all gear will be taken down and stowed each evening.

The stations will be on the air each day from around 10:00 AM (16:00 UTC) to 4:00 PM (22:00 UTC).

We’re looking forward to having this year’s newly licensed hams and recently upgraded Generals and Extras participate. At least stop by to see our portable set-ups. We can almost guarantee you’ll come away learning a bit about portable HF operation!


The SARA POTA Challenge

The SARA POTA Challenge ‘24 has begun! The leader board reset to zero at 0:00 UTC Jan 1. It’s a fresh slate for everyone. Set some goals for yourself to achieve this year.

Results of the SARA POTA Challenge ’23 will be announced at the annual SARA POTA Challenge Awards Ceremony during the February 10, 2024 SARA meeting.

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 Challenges.

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.

SARA is sponsoring the MN Parks on the Air Day Saturday June 8, 2024, from 10:00 AM (15:00 UTC) to 6:00 PM CDT (22:00 UTC). The objective is to activate as many MN POTA entities as possible during that day. There will be no scoring. The brand new mnpota.com website is live!


St Paul Radio Club Auction Saturday Jan 27

The 2024 St. Paul Radio Club Annual Auction is Saturday, January 27th, 2024 – 8:30 a.m. to (??). The Auction is held in the John R. Albers Center at Cretin-Derham Hall High School, 555 Hamline Ave. S, St. Paul MN 55116.

For more info, see stpaulradioclub.org/auction/.


St Cloud Radio Club Cabin Fever Reliever Saturday Feb 17

The 2024 WØSV Cabin Fever Reliever Hamfest is Saturday February 17 at the St. Cloud Armory, 1710 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud, MN 56303.

For more info, see www.w0sv.club/hamfest.


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 Jan 21
    19:00 Central (01:00 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 (02:00 UTC)
    160M on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays:    1.966 LSB +/- QRM
    80M on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays:      3.813LSB +/- QRM
    Alternates: 21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB) 50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  • SARA Monday Morning 75-meter Ragchew Jan 22
    08:15 Central (14:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Jan 23
    7:00 – ~8:00 pm Central (or until we finish!)
    SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    1stTuesday 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.
  • SARA Eyeball QSO Party Thursday Jan 25
    6:00 PM – 7:50 PM Central
    Conference Room
    Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd Street, Stillwater