SARA Work Party 2
Release to Listen Award 2013
2017 SARA Officers
Fitzgerald Crew 2011
The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award
SARA Work Party 1
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award
Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
2014 SARA Officers
Ice Station WØJH 2014

SARA This Week June 2 – June 8

Radios in the Park

SARA’s season of outdoor weekly Eyeball QSO Parties continues through Sept 12. We gather in local parks throughout the season. The following schedule is subject to change:

  • June 6         Valley View Park    FD Site planning
  • June 13        Cover Park 15000 block of 58th Street, Oak Park Heights
  • June 20        St. Croix Boom Site Scenic Overlook on Hwy 95, Stillwater, (POTA US-0673)
  • June 27       Valley View Park
  • July 4           NO SESSION
  • July 11         Birkmose Park, 329 Front St, Hudson, WI 54016 (park entrance is on Coulee Rd)
  • July 18         Valley View Park    Walkable Fox Hunt (Dan WDØGUP Fox Hunt coordinator)
  • July 25         TBA

ARRL Field Day 2024

SARA will participate in the annual ARRL Field Day Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23. Our Field Day site will be at Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082. Permits have been secured and the game is afoot for a fun and successful Field Day. Co-chairs Ray KFØEKD and Tim KFØJEL have been leading the team with site pre-planning, food and beverage plan, on-site networking of computers, antenna testing, and other tasks.

We have an on-site Field Day Planning Session scheduled for Thursday June 6 when Radios in the Parks visit Valley View Park.

Interested in lending a helping hand, contact Ray KFØEKD at speltzraymond at gmail dot com or Tim KFØJEL at timgrotheer at gmail dot com.

We need volunteers in several areas: Antenna setup, Voice, CW and GOTA station setup, safety officer, station captains and pavilion prep. Take a look at the schedule below and reach out to Ray and Tim to let us know what you can help with.

  • Saturday, June 22
    • 9:00AM – Setup crews on site. On air at 1:00PM. Coffee and donuts provided.
    • 7:00PM – Tear down and pack up. Wire antennas will remain in place for Sunday.
  • Sunday, June 23
    • 8:00AM – Setup crews on site. On air at 9:00AM.
    • 1:00PM – Tear down and full pack up. Possible afterglow once done!

Dinner will be served at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 22. The following will be provided by the club:

  • Baked ham
  • Potato salad
  • Bacon/bean dish
  • Fruit
  • Bottled water provided – bring your own beverage of choice. Adult beverages are permitted.
  • Ice

MN POTA Day 2024

Minnesota Parks on the Air Day is Saturday June 8, 2024, from 10:00 AM (15:00 UTC) to 6:00 PM CDT (22:00 UTC). Details can be found at mnpota.com. This is a free admission day to MN State Parks.

Activators can register their planned activation(s) and indicate if they are willing to mentor others interested in POTA activating, co-operate, demonstrate, or welcome visitors to their activation.

Activators: we recommend taking some time at the top of the hour to work “local” stations on 40 meters and 80/75 meters. You can grab the MN POTA park-to-parks as well as give the MN/ND/SD/IA/WI/Manitoba/Ontario hunters a chance to work you at your park. Be sure to spot your activation on pota.app spots page.

A MN POTA Facebook page has been established for information on MN POTA Day and the MN POTA Meetup on August 10 at Wild River State Park.

MN POTA Day builds upon SARA’s POTA Activity Day the previous 2 years. The SARA POTA Activity Day will continue on the same day with a similar schedule as in previous years: 2nd Saturday Breakfast, a day of operating in the parks, and dinner to follow at Acapulco in Stillwater at 6:00 PM (Reservations have been made under Stillwater Amateur Radio Association)

This year, we are having a 5-park Rover Sprint and Poker Run. 5 experienced POTA activators have volunteered to host a POTA station, each at a different POTA park location. You will be able to achieve a 5-park POTA Rover “Warthog” award by activating (at least 10 contacts) from each of the parks. Each station will have a unique callsign to identify them. As a bonus for SARA members, you will be able to draw a playing card at each park after completing your activation. Complete the 5-card hand by activating at each site. Best poker hand will win a special prize (donated by Buck KA9CWM and Mickey WD9GYT) at the dinner gathering that evening.

Here are the 5 park station locations:

  1. WØJH at Afton State Park US-2466, 6959 Peller Ave S, Hastings, MN 55033 (station hosts Dave WØOXB and Bob KFØHZG)
  2. WØA at St. Croix Savanna Scenic & Natural Area US-10725 400 block of Prairie Way S Bayport (station host Collin KEØIYN)
  3. WØB at St. Croix National & Scenic River US-0673 at the St Croix Boom Site on Highway 95 north of Stillwater (station host Tim KFØJEL)
  4. WØC at Browns Creek State Trail US-9386 at the Browns Creek Park 8312 Neal Ave N, Stillwater (station hosts Joe KCØOIO and Brian KØPU)
  5. WØD at Gateway Overview State Trail US-9385 at Rotary Park Trailside, North St Paul Dr & 2nd St N in North St Paul (station host Dave KØAIF)

Additional co-hosts are welcome! Colin, Tim, and AIF Dave would welcome a co-host.

A ZOOM meeting for station hosts and those interested SARA’s plans for the MN POTA Day is scheduled for Wednesday evening June 5th at 7:00 PM.

This will be a fun day for all!


Amateur Radio Operators Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

On June 6th, 2024, the South East Metro Amateur Radio Club (SEMARC) will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The FCC has approved a special callsign for this radio event, W2W. During the event, club members will attempt to contact as many amateur radio operators across the U.S. and other countries to recognize and remember the contributions of U. S .and other allied troops involved in the operation.

On June 6, 1944 troops from the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and other allies landed 156,000 soldiers on the beaches of Normandy. It was the largest invasion of that time and within a few days, 360,000 troops, 50,000 vehicles and 100,000 tons of equipment had landed. By August, 1944, all of northern France had been liberated and, in the spring of 1945, the Allies had defeated the Germans. During this event, we remember the bravery and service of those soldiers, sailors and airmen. The event will take place at Cottage Grove Station #3, which is located at 7500 Langley Ave S. in Cottage Grove, MN. Veterans and members of the public are welcome to visit. Hours of operation will be from 10:00AM until 5:00 PM.

SEMARC thanks the City of Cottage Grove and its Fire Department for allowing us access to and use of the station for this event.


This week’s SARA activities

  • “Sunday Fusion” Digital Voice Hangout June 2  
    19:00 Central (01:00 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 (02:00 UTC)
    160M on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays: 1.966 LSB +/- QRM
    80M on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays: 3.813LSB +/- QRM
    Alternates: 21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB) 50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  • SARA Monday Morning 75-meter Ragchew June 3
    08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew June 4
    7:00 – ~8:00 pm Central (or until we finish!)
    SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    1stTuesday 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 POTA Activity Day Planning Zoom Meeting June 5
    7:00 PM
    SARA Zoom Teleconference Room
  • SARA Radios in the Park Thursday June 6
    5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Central
    Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082
    Field Day On-site Planning Session
  • SARA 2nd Saturday Breakfast
    7:30 AM
    Perkins Restaurant
    2050 W Frontage Road, Stillwater
  • MN POTA Day and SARA POTA Activity Day Saturday June 8th
    10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    At a POTA park near you! See https://mnpota.radioham.org/?page_id=50 for locations.
    SARA-hosted 5-park Rover Sprint (and Poker Run for SARA members) as listed above. Prize to SARA member with best 5-card stud poker hand