2019 SARA Executive Officers
2023 Simonet Memorial Award
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
SARA Work Party 1
2014 SARA Officers
Release to Listen Award 2013
The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award
SARA Work Party 2
Fitzgerald Crew 2011
New Radio Gear For Some SARA Members!

SARA This Week – July 11 – July 17


SARA holds daily on-air nets and ragchews. We hold a mix of in-person outdoor Eyeball QSO Parties and virtual meetings via WEBEX including the Tech Topic Thursday session, the monthly member meeting, monthly Board meeting, and event planning meetings.

The SARA 2nd Saturday Breakfast at Perkins is back! A lot of the same friendly faces continue to provide great service at Perkins. They are happy to have us back and will be expecting us every month on the 2nd Saturday. Next breakfast date is July 10th at 7:30 AM.

Over the summer season, outdoor Eyeball QSO Parties will allow SARA to gather outdoors weekly. The weekly Thursday Eyeball QSO Party – Outdoors Sessions continues this week with Radios in the Park! The weekly outdoor Eyeball QSO Party will be held at a local Stillwater-area park beginning around 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Field Day 2021

The SARA Field Day operation logged 153 QSOs, all SSB, this year. They break down as follows:

Band     Phone   Total     %
40          2       2      1
20        118     118     77
15         30      30     20
10          3       3      2
-----    -----   -----    ---
Total     153     153     100

Those who worked from home stations this year, please reference SARA-MN when submitting your logs and points totals to the ARRL. All scores referencing SARA-MN will be compiled by the ARRL to determine the club aggregate score.

Radios in the Park 2021

SARA’s Radios in the Park: The next session will be July 22. Let’s bring out the portable stations, spread out in the park, and have some fun making QSOs!

RITP is held at Valley View Park, 5421 Osgood Ave N in Oak Park Heights starting around 5:30 PM and going until around 8:00 PM.  Reservations for the pavilion have been secured with the City of Oak Park Heights. We are required to follow all State and CDC health and safety guidelines. Please help us comply with these guidelines. Attending the event is your choice.

Radios in the Park has scheduled dates of July 22, Aug 12, Sept 2, and Sept 23 booked at Valley View Park.

Thursday Eyeball QSO Party – Outdoor Sessions

The Eyeball QSO Party – Outdoor Sessions continue Thursday evening beginning around 6:00 PM until about 8:00 PM. This week we’ll gather at Autumn Hills Park 5697 Norwich Parkway in Oak Park Heights.

We had the excitement of a hot air balloon landing in the park this past Thursday!

Hope to see you there!

Ojibwe Forests Rally Needs Hams

The 2021 Ojibwe Forests Rally, August 27-28, is just 2 months away.  It is part of the national championship for stage rallies.  It consists of a driver and co-driver (navigator) driving at high speeds through forest roads in the Park Rapids area.

Ham radio provides the safety net that coordinates the logistical, operational and emergency activities of the event.  Ham radio operators are needed to volunteer at “controls” (checkpoints) and marshal points in the forest.  For a description of how ham radio is used, visit Ham Radio & Stage Rallies (semarc.org).

If you are interested, please contact Tom Nelson NØGQA, chief of communications for the rally, at tnelson at frii dot com

Public Service Opportunities

There are two (2) events this month in Minnesota that are in desperate need of ham radio operators.  Please consider volunteering for these worthwhile events.
The MS Society of Minnesota is looking for more amateur radio operators for the BikeMS “Ride Across MN”, which starts and ends in Austin MN. This is a two day ride, July 25th & 26th, with setup on the 24. Sign up at 2021 Bike MS Ride Across Minnesota: 2021 Bike MS: Ride Across Minnesota Route Support (signupgenius.com)
Also, a half-marathon benefiting the Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield is looking for ham radio operators on Saturday, July 31.  For information and the schedule, visit Urban Wildland Half Marathon.  To volunteer for the event, email thomas.york@hotmail.com.

SARA Special Event Stations 2021

SARA is planning two Special Event operations this year: the Tri-State Special Event from White Rock, SD and the 17th consecutive “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Special Event from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.

There is still time to join the team for The Tri-State Special Event out in the ghost town of White Rock, SD August 27 – 29. The White Rock Special Event is as close as many of us will get to a “roughing it” DXpedition experience. The location has no electricity, no running water (unless it rains), and no toilets. That said, there are options for overnight accommodations: camping on-site (tent and RV) or a hotel room at the nearby Dakota Magic Casino. We set up at least one station in town and another part-time station about a mile north at the marker for the borders of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

The 17th annual “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Special Event is scheduled for Oct 29 – 31. The Trail Center at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park has been reserved for the weekend. More to come as we get closer to the dates.

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 11
    Time: 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
    or the YSF reflector US SARA-QRX-FCMG 64144. (temporarily offline)
    System Fusion digital voice hangout to expand use and familiarity with the digital voice capabilities available on the WØJH repeater.
  •  SARA Top Band Ragchew
          Time: 20:00 Central (01:00 UTC)
          Frequency:  1.966 LSB +/- QRM
    21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
    50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  • SARA Monday Morning Ragchew July 12
    Time: 08:15 Central (14:00 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
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew July 13
    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 July 14
    Time: 9:00 PM 
          SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    The Wednesday evening SARA Ragchew on the SARA repeater

  • SARA Eyeball QSO Party – Outdoor Session Thursday July 15
     Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
           Autumn Hills Park,  5697 Norwich Parkway N, Oak Park Heights MN 55082