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SARA This Week: June 25 – July 1

Good morning!

Here is your SARA update for this week!

ARRL Field Day 2023 June  25

The Stillwater Amateur Radio Association will be at Valley View Park in Oak Park Heights this morning to resume operating Sunday around 9:00 AM (1400 UTC) until 1:00 PM (1800 UTC), with teardown to follow. ARRL Dakota Division Director Bill Lippert ACØW will be visiting the site about 9:00 AM.

SARA has 2 stations operating as WØJH 2A MN. The CW Station will be located along the east side of the park. The Phone station will be at the park shelter. Saturday’s operations were cut short due to incoming storms.

We had a good turnout of members and visitors yesterday for set-up and operating. It’s a group effort to set up and operate Field Day. If I tried to list all who helped yesterday, I’m sure I’d missed a couple, so thanks to all who attended yesterday.

Coffee and donuts will be provided again this morning. We have secured an “adult beverage” license for the weekend so you are welcome to BYOB. Water is provided.

SARA’s Field Day is one of the leading events on our annual activity calendar. Come out and join the fun of ARRL’s oldest operating event as SARA joins the hundreds of clubs and thousands of hams getting on the air throughout the Americas that weekend.

SARA’s Radio in the Parks Thursday

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

The schedule of park locations and dates will be:

June 29:      Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights

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

August 3:    Washington Park, 915 Abbott St W, Stillwater, MN

August 10:  Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights
Antenna Test: Verticals & EFHWs: what happens when you add radials and counterpoises as viewed with a NanoVNA

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

Saturday August 12 is the first ever SARA-hosted POTA Meetup Day at Wild River State Park (K-2529) near Almelund, MN. POTA enthusiasts from east central MN and west central Wisconsin are welcome to join in and meet up with fellow POTA participants. We have reserved the Picnic Shelter at the Park. Hot dogs and brats will be available, please consider bringing something to share (chips, salads and desserts). Water will be provided, otherwise bring your own non-alcoholic (park rules) 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. Bring your HT! More details are coming.

The standings as of the end of May have been posted to the <Click here> to see the slides.

If you are a SARA member AND have registered on the POTA website (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 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.

  • ARRL Field Day Saturday Sunday June 25
    Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights
    9:00 AM to ~ 2:00 PM Sunday
  • “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
    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 June 26
    08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew June 27
    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 June 29
    ~5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights