Ice Station WØJH 2014
2014 SARA Officers
May 14th Fox Hunt! What Fun!
SARA Work Party 2
SARA Does Skywarn
Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
SARA Work Party 1
New Radio Gear For Some SARA Members!
Release to Listen Award 2013
2023 Simonet Memorial Award

SARA This Week Mar 10 – Mar 16

Technician License Class continues through April 18

SARA’s Technician License Prep Class began Thursday February 29 with 21 students attending the first session! This is the largest class of interested students that many of us can recall! Classes convene weekly at 6:00 PM, at the Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd Street, Stillwater.

The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 5th Edition as the study guide for the class. The book is available for order online from the ARRL, Ham Radio Outlet, DXEngineering, Gigaparts, and Amazon (print & Kindle eBook versions).

A license exam session by SARA’s Volunteer Examiner team will be held on April 25th.

To register for the class, email Bob WØGAF at bobajensen at me dot com


Amateur Extra Class License Study Group

SARA is facilitating an Amateur Extra Class License study group which also started Fed 29. The study group will continue meeting Thursday evenings at the Stillwater Public Library through April 18.  The current Amateur Extra Class license exam question pool expires at 11:59 PM June 30, 2024, so now is the perfect time to pursue that goal. SARA’s Extra Class license study group is a peer-led study program. Using the ARRL Extra Class License Manual, participants work through the manual together, with a member of the group taking the lead each chapter/week. Mentors from SARA join the sessions to add some real-life experience and technical knowledge to the session.

If you are interested in joining fellow hams pursuing the top-level license, please email Bob WØGAF at bobajensen at me dot com.


Midwinter Madness 2024 March 23

The Maple Grove Radio Club presents Midwinter Madness 2024, Minnesota’s largest Hamfest, at the Buffalo Civic Center on Saturday March 23. Doors open at 8:00 AM through 12:00 PM. The Buffalo Civic Center is located at 1306 County Rd 134 NE, Buffalo, MN 55313. Admission is $10 per person.

For the 1st time in many years, SARA will have a club table at Midwinter Madness 2024. We’ll be there to promote the club and MN POTA Day 2024. Staffing assistance is welcome.


Washington County ARES Spring Meeting March 19

The Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) will hold its Spring meeting on Tuesday March 19. The meeting begins at 6:30 PM in Meeting Room A+B at the Lake Elmo Library, 3537 Lake Elmo Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042. All interested in the emergency communications aspect of amateur radio are welcome to attend.


Remote Station WØJH

The WØJH Remote Station, located in Hayward, WI, is online with TX limits as refining operation of the station continues. The station is limited to 75 watts transmit power and 80M to 6M for HF.

This remote station is accessible to current SARA and Courage Kenny Handihams members. You need to have a General, Advanced or Extra class license to use the remote station. Contact Pat WAØTDA at his email wa0tda at gmail dot com for access permission.

To access the remote station, you will need to establish an account with remotehams.com and then download and install RCForb client from remotehams.com. It is available for Windows (download from remotehams.com) and Android (Google Play). Sorry, it is not available for IOS devices.


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.

MN POTA Day build’s upon SARA’s POTA Activity Day the previous 2 years. The SARA POTA Activity will continue on the same day with a similar schedule as in previous years: 2nd Saturday Breakfast, day of operating in the parks, and dinner to follow at a local establishment in the evening.


This week’s SARA activities

  • “Sunday Fusion” Digital Voice Hangout Mar 10
    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 Mar 11
    08:15 Central (14:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Mar 12
    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 Board of Directors Meeting Wednesday Mar 13
    6:30 PM CDT (23:30 UTC)
    SARA’s Zoom Meeting Room
  • SARA Eyeball QSO Party Thursday Mar 14
    6:00 PM – 7:50 PM Central
    Conference Room
    Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd Street, Stillwater
  • SARA Technician License Class Thursday Mar 14
    6:00 PM – 7:50 PM Central
    Margaret Rivers Room A+B
    Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd Street, Stillwater
  • SARA Extra Class Study Group Thursday Mar 14
    6:00 PM – 7:50 PM Central
    3rd floor Lounge Commons
    Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd Street, Stillwater