May 14th Fox Hunt! What Fun!
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award
SARA Does Skywarn
Ice Station WØJH 2014
OXB Special Install
2023 Simonet Memorial Award
2014 SARA Officers
WØJH 2004
Kilo Parks Award
2018 WØTBC Memorial Award-NØDRX

SARA This Week July 2 – July 8

Good morning!

Here is your SARA update for this week!

July 8 is the 2nd Saturday of the month, which means it’s the 2nd Saturday Breakfast at Perkins. Details in the week’s event listing below.


ARRL Field Day 2023 June 24 & 25

Field Day is wrapped up and the WØJH entry has been uploaded to the ARRL. Our total score is 728. The breakdown of the points earned shows 67 CW QSOs x2 = 134 points and 80 Phone QSOs for 80 points for a total of 214 x2 power multiplier for a score of 428. We earned 300 bonus points. Thanks to all who participated in Field Day.

I have received some feedback on the location. Bottom line is that Autumn Hills Park is preferred.


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 6:         Autumn Hills Park, 5697 Norwich Pkwy, Oak Park Heights

July 13:       Birkmose Park, 329 Front St (park entrance is on Coulee Road east of Second Street S., up the road from the Dairy Queen), Hudson, WI

July 20:       Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights
Mobile Installation Show-n-tell

July 27:       Brekke Park, 5500 Omar Ave N. Oak Park Heights
Antenna Test: Verticals & EFHWs, Radials & Counterpoises

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.


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 each other within the park using HTs on 2 meters and 70 cm. Do 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 being processed and preliminary results will be shared with participants in the coming days. We are sure to see an increase in Activators and Hunters following our POTA Activity Day June 10!

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.

  • NO “Sunday Fusion” Digital Voice Hangout June 25
    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
    Nightly
    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 3
    08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • NO SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew July 4
    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 6
    ~5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Autumn Hills Park, 5697 Norwich Pkwy, Oak Park Heights
  • 2nd Saturday Breakfast July 8
    7:30 AM
    Perkins Restaurant, 2050 Frontage Road, Stillwater