SARA Work Party 1
2019 SARA Executive Officers
The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award
Split Rock 2013
SARA Work Party 2
WØJH 2004
OXB Special Install
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award
New Radio Gear For Some SARA Members!
2014 SARA Officers

SARA This Week: July 5 – July 11


SARA’s on-air activities continue to be a great way to connect with others and check on their wellness as well as a boost of your own overall wellness. Those on-air activities provide healthy social contact while maintaining personal distancing.


Field Day Wrap-up Information:
As your President, I ask that you submit your Field Day contacts totals to the ARRL to contribute to our aggregate club score. The club name everyone will need to use is “SARA MN”. We’ve published a detailed cheat sheet on how to submit your score. The SARA web site has a page dedicated to Field Day. All FD resources are now available in one easy to access location at You can find the link to the ARRL submission page and the detailed cheat sheet there.
Be sure to also submit your Field Day report for the SARA club competition. You can also let Bob know what your total score was on your ARRL Field Day submission. PRIZES will be awarded!


Saddened by the cancallation of the local, regional, national, and international hamfests and other ham radio conventions and conferences due to the pandemic? Interested in a new, virtual hamfest? Be sure to check out the first of it’s kind QSO Today Virtual Ham Radio Expo 2020 coming August 8 and 9. This ARRL-sanctioned Hamfest is an international online Expo featuring over 60 speakers from around the world, an exposition hall featuring many amateur radio manufacturers and vendors, breakout rooms for further discussion, and more. And it’s all free! To register and for more information go to


The W0JH repeater WIRES-X link is active, operating in digital voice (System Fusion C4FM) mode only. The SARA Room is 63969, notable for those who wish to access the WØJH repeater via the PDN capability of some Yaesu System Fusion radios. System Fusion users can access the WIRES-X link on the WØJH repeater and bring up other rooms such as the MN/WIS, the DARC Room, AmericaLink, and many others. Refer to your radio’s manual on how to utilize the WIRES-X features of your radio, BE SURE TO DISCONNECT FROM THE ROOM WHEN YOU ARE DONE USING IT! There is a failsafe in that if there is no activity into the repeater link after 5 minutes it will revert back to the SARA room.


Early planning has begun for the “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” WØJH Special Event station scheduled for November 6-7-8, 2020. I am pleased to say that we will continue We are planning along two tracks this year, due to the current pandemic and the unknowns related to that. Traditionally, we hold the event in the Trail Center at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park near Silver Bay. We may still be able to do this, albeit with a smaller group, with social distancing plus cleaning & disinfecting protocols in place. There are many concerns with this option, the least of which is the size of the room plus how do we disinfect equipment when we switch operators.

The 2nd track being discussed and planned is a “distributed effort” that would involve members operating from their home station or possibly a couple of small portable operations from Split Rock for the hardy ones. There would need to be a schedule of operators developed and strictly adhered to to make this work. It also opens the opportunity to add CW, plus more digital mode options as well as simultaneous multiple band/mode stations to the operation. Stations would operate as Special Event Station WØJH during their scheduled time slot. This is similar to what is being done with the annual 13 Colonies special event amongst others.

The good news is that the SARA’a Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event will be held for the 16th consecutive year, however the wheres and hows need to be planned out further. Watch for more on this in the coming weeks.


Now onto this week’s activities!

1. SARA Top Band Ragchew
Time: 20:00 Central (01:00 UTC)
Frequency: 1.966 LSB +/- QRM

2. SARA Monday Morning Ragchew July 6
Time: 08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
Frequency: 3.856 LSB +/- QRM

3. The Lunch Room
Daily (Monday thru Friday)
Time: 12:00 Central
SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)

4. SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew July 7
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 on 160 meters at 1.966 MHz LSB +/- QRM

5. SARA Two Meter Wednesday Round Robin Ragchew July 8
Time: 9:00 PM
SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
The Wednesday evening SARA Ragchew on the SARA repeater

6. SARA Two Meter Thursday (TMT2) Thursday July 9
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 on 160 meters at 1.966 MHz LSB +/- QRM
Due to Tech Topic Thursdays, we have shifted to an every other Thursday schedule for the Two Meter Thursday sessions!

7. SARA Virtual Eyeball QSO Party “Manhattan Project” – Friday July 10
Time 7:30 PM
The bi-weekly Webex Eyeball QSO Party live video conference with good friends, good discussion, good questions and answers, a few good jibes and pokes, and good beverages. Join us this Friday evening!