Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
SARA Work Party 1
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
2023 Simonet Memorial Award
Split Rock 2013
2019 SARA Executive Officers
2018 WØTBC Memorial Award-NØDRX
2014 SARA Officers
Release to Listen Award 2013

SARA This Week July 16 – July 22

SARA’s Radio in the Parks Thursday

The Eyeball QSO Party is outdoors for SARA’s Summer of Radios in the Park season. We gather at various area parks on Thursday evenings through early September.

The schedule of park locations and dates will be:

  • July 20:       Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights
    Mobile Installation Show-n-tell AND Pneumatic Antenna Launcher Demo
    This evening will be a chance for you to show your mobile installation and share tips, tricks, trials, and tribulations. Also, Rich ADØSN will demonstrate his pneumatic antenna launcher at 7:00 PM. Rich’s launcher is the genesis for a discussion via the groups.io reflector that may lead to a group build. See it action this Thursday.
  • July 27:       Brekke Park, 5500 Omar Ave N. Oak Park Heights
    Antenna Test: Verticals & EFHWs, Radials & Counterpoises
    Brian KB9TBB will lead an antenna test of vertical and EFHW antennas and how adding radials or a counterpoise affects the performance of the antenna. A NanoVNA will be utilized and the results shown via computer.
  • August 3:    Washington Park, 915 Abbott St W, Stillwater, MN
  • August 10:  Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights
  • August 17:  St. Croix Boom Site Scenic Overlook on Hwy 95 north of Stillwater
    (St Croix National Scenic River K-0673 activation)
  • August 24:  Otto Berg Park, 90th and Norell, Stillwater Township
  • August 31:  Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights
    SARA Swap Shop – Tabletop & Tailgate Micro Hamfest
  • Sept 8:        Browns Creek State Trail (K-9386) at Browns Creek Park 8312 Neal Ave N, Stillwater

In case of inclement weather, Collin KEØIYN has offered the “shed” and “The Diner” at his QTH on Osgood Ave south of Valley View Park as a covered location for those evenings.

The Eyeball QSO Party moves back indoors at the Stillwater Public Library beginning September 14.

General Class License Classes begin September 14

Fall is approaching and that means that SARA education team is preparing for the General Class License class sessions. Classes will begin Thursday September 14 and will run 8 weeks, followed by a VE Session the 9th week. The ARRL General Class License Manual Tenth Edition, updated for new question pool now valid through June 30, 2027, will be the study guide for the class. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Bob WØGAF w0gaf at me dot com.

SARA POTA Challenge ‘23

It’s a Minnesota Meetup! All POTA activators and hunters in MN, WI, and beyond are invited to The MN POTA Meetup Saturday August 12 at Wild River State Park (K-2529) near Almelund, MN. The Stillwater Amateur Radio Association has reserved the Picnic Shelter at the park from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM CDT for this Meetup, and all are welcome to join us!

Hot dogs and brats will be available, please consider bringing something to share (chips, veggies, fruit, salads or desserts). Water will be provided, otherwise bring your own non-alcoholic beverage. A collection will be taken to defray the costs of food, supplies, and site.

There is plenty of space and numerous “antenna supports” in the immediate area, plus a very nice pavilion. The park is large with plenty of additional spots to set up and operate, including 2-fer possibilities along the St. Croix River. There will be an opportunity for everyone to work on another within the park using HTs on 2 meters and 70 cm. Don’t forget to bring your HT!

Share your POTA stories, show-n-tell your POTA activating gear, exchange tips and tricks, and enjoy eyeball QSOs with fellow POTA enthusiasts.

The June POTA Challenge update is on the radioham.org website now.

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.

  • “Sunday Fusion” Digital Voice Hangout July 16
    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)
    Frequency:  1.966 LSB +/- QRM or 3.813 LSB +/- QRM
    Alternates: 21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB) 50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  • SARA Monday Morning 75-meter Ragchew July 17
    08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew July 18
    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.
  • SARA’s Summer in the Parks Thursday July 20
    ~5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights
    Mobile Installation Show-n-tell AND
    Pneumatic Antenna Launcher Demo at 7:00 PM