SARA This Week July 10 – July 16
Here’s SARA’s happenings this week.
SARA’s Summer in the Parks
This Thursday we will be at Valley View Park, 5421 Osgood Ave N in Oak Park Heights, MN 55082 from ~6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
The weekly Eyeball QSO Party is outdoors for the summer months. We will continue to visit different Stillwater-area parks throughout the summer. There will be POTA activations, hands-on radio, POTA portable operating tips and tricks, Mobile Station Show-n-tell, and more possibilities plus a picnic or two. Valley View Park in Oak Park Heights will be a regular location, with the shelter reserved for July 14, Aug 4, Aug 25 and Sept 15. Other weeks could see us at Lowell Park in downtown Stillwater, along the St Croix National Wild & Scenic River, along Brown’s Creek State Trail or the Gateway State Trail for “Late Shift” POTA activations. Watch the SARA This Week bulletin for details each week.
ARRL Field Day 2022
SARA’s 2A MN ARRL Field Day June 25 & 26 is officially in the books.
Our entry has been submitted to the ARRL. Here’s the scoring results:
Call Used: W0JH ARRL/RAC Section: MN Class: 2A
Participants: 23 Club/Group Name: Stillwater Amateur Radio Association – MN
Power Source(s): Battery Power Multiplier: 2X
Preliminary Total Score: 1,196
Media Publicity 100 (TV news report on KSTP-TV. If you haven’t watched the report yet, here’s the https://kstp.com/kstp-news/top-news/amateur-radio-operators-test-skills-during-annual-24-hour-test/)
Public location 100
Public information table 100
Safety officer 100 – Documented by W0JH_ARRL Field Day Safety Officer Checklist.pdf
Social media 100
Entry submitted via web 50
Total bonus points 550
CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 100 0 123
Total Points 200 0 123 323
Claimed Score = (QSO points x power mult) = 646
Club Aggregate Scoring for ARRL Field Day is now a permanent feature. If you worked Field Day on your own – from home or out in the field – be sure to list “Stillwater Amateur Radio Association – MN” as the club for aggregate scoring credit to SARA. Entries must be postmarked or submitted via web app at field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php by Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
SARA POTA Challenge ’22
The Challenge is at the halfway point! The number of participants continues to grow! Watch for June stats are on the radioham.org website later Sunday July 10.
Activators: be sure to post planned activations on the POTA Scheduled Activations. Activators can also drop a note to the SARA groups.io page to give members advance notice. If you are not on the groups.io, sign up now at https://groups.io/g/StillwaterMNAmateurRadioAssoc.
Be sure to check POTA spots regularly for activations.
The goal of this club activity is to encourage SARA members to get on the air; as a park activator, as a park hunter, or both.
SARA POTA Awards are planned for both activators (most parks, activations, QSOs & park to park) and hunters (most parks, most QSOs). Contacts with all POTA stations count. And it doesn’t get any easier for hunter credits as only the activator needs to submit their activation log. Be sure to sign up for an account at parksontheair.com.
Self-uploading of your POTA logs is here! And it is super simple and very quick. Log in to the pota.app webpage, select the “My Logs Upload” in the pop-up when hovering over your callsign, drag & drop your adif file – properly named (eg: KC0OIO@K-9386-20220701.adi) and click on the required boxes and up it goes. Doesn’t get any simpler than that.
The Summer “Support Your Parks” weekend is the 3rd weekend of July, this year July 16 and 17. Activators and hunters alike will qualify for additional recognition (“wallpaper”) through POTA this weekend. I plan to do some activating and hunting that weekend, how about you?
Watch for the next SARA POTA Activity Day coming August 13th. Starts with 2nd Saturday Breakfast, activators will rally immediately after breakfast and then spread out across the region to spend the day activating and then meet again for dinner and brag session. The last activity day was a lot of fun.
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 July 10
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)
Due to poor, local propagation, the SARA Top Band Crew will QSY (move) to 75m. Look for us AROUND 3.820 to 3.826 MHz (depending on QRM). This change is temporary until the 160m and 75m band conditions change.
Frequency: 966 LSB +/- QRM AROUND 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 July 11
08:15 Central (14:00 UTC)
Frequency: 3.856 LSB +/- QRM
- SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew July 12
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 Summer in the Parks Outdoor Eyeball QSO Party Thursday July 14
Time 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Valley View Park, 5421 Osgood Ave N, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082