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SARA This Week June 9 – June 15

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Here is your SARA update for this week!


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 13 Cover Park 15000 block of 58th Street, Oak Park Heights
  • June 20 Croix Scenic Overlook Hwy 95, Stillwater, (POTA US-0673)
  • June 27 Valley View Park 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights
  • July 4 NO SESSION Independence Day
  • July 11 Birkmose Park, 329 Front St, Hudson, WI 54016 (park entrance is on Coulee Rd)
  • July 18 Valley View Park 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights    Walkable Fox Hunt (Dan WDØGUP Fox Hunt coordinator)
  • July 25 Baytown Township Town Hall Park, 4020 McDonald Dr N, Stillwater
  • Aug 1 Autumn Hills Park, 5697 Norwich Parkway, Oak Park Heights
  • Aug 8 Valley View Park 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights    Antenna Shootout 2024
  • Aug 15 Rotary Park, N St Paul Dr & 2nd St N, North St Paul (POTA US-9387 Gateway Overview State Trail)
  • Aug 22 Baytown Township Town Hall Park, 4020 McDonald Dr N, Stillwater
  • Aug 29 Valley View Park    Mobile/Portable Show-n-Tell
  • Sep 5 Croix Boom Site State Wayside, Hwy 95, Stillwater (POTA US-0673)
  • Sep 12 Pioneer Park, 512 2nd Street N, Stillwater

ARRL Field Day 2024

SARA is participating 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. 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.

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 still need volunteers in several areas: Antenna setup, Voice, CW and GOTA station setup, 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

MN POTA Day 2024

Minnesota Parks on the Air Day was Saturday June 8, 2024. By all accounts, it was an unqualified success. SARA’s 5-park Rover Sprint (and Poker Run) was a lot of fun and participation was great! Congratulations to all the Rovers! It was a most rewarding moment for those of us who were at the WØC site at Browns Creek State Trail when the Lahr family completed their 5-park rove and Corwin KFØOZR excitedly proclaiming “I’m a rover!”

Many thanks go to the activator/mentors that made the Rove possible.

  • WØJH Dave WØOXB, Bob KFØHZG, Zack AAØU
  • WØA Collin KEØIYN
  • WØB Tim KFØJEL and Allan KFØMNS
  • WØC Joe KCØOIO and Brian KØPU
  • WØD Dave KØAIF and Brian KB9TBB

We all had a great time and experienced many rewarding moments throughout the day. And what about the weather!!! BEAUTIFUL!

The MN POTA Day 2025 will be Saturday June 14, 2025.


This week’s SARA activities

  • “Sunday Fusion” Digital Voice Hangout June 9
    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: 3.813 LSB +/- QRM
    Alternates: 21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB) 50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  • SARA Monday Morning 75-meter Ragchew June 10
    08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew June 11
    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 Radios in the Park Thursday June 13
    5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Central
    Cover Park 15000 block of 58th Street, Oak Park Heights