2017 SARA Officers
Ice Station WØJH 2014
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
Ice Station WØJH 2014
Split Rock 2013
Kilo Parks Award
OXB Special Install
SARA Work Party 2
2019 SARA Executive Officers
AGØH 2013

SARA This Week: March 14 – March 20

SARA gathers daily via on-the air nets and ragchews. We also gather virtually for the weekly SARA Eyeball QSO Party or Tech Topic Thursday session, the monthly General member, and Board meetings. Although we’d love to gather in-person, our current on-air and virtual gathering plan remains the best choice for the health and safety of all our members.


March Meeting recording on SARA’s YouTube Page

The March 13th SARA virtual meeting is now available on our YouTube page. The link to the meeting is here:  https://youtu.be/z-H5AsMNh60

The 2021 and beyond… Forum was informative and some good suggestions came from the members during the Forum. Thanks to all who participated.


Technical Topic Thursday

April 8th brings us John Kruk K9UPC, National Sales Manager for Yaesu, for a discussion on System Fusion and more. On May 13th, Joe Eiesenberg KØNEB, CQ Magazine’s kit building editor will join us for an evening of “Kit Building Techniques for Success.”

SARA members have exclusive access to the Technical Topic Thursday playlist on SARA’s YouTube Channel.

Sessions available include:

  • Good Amateur Radio Practices (KCØOIO & VE3MXJ)
  • Antenna Basics Part 1 VHF UHF (WØOXB)
  • Antenna Basics Part 2 HF (WØOXB)
  • Hamspeak – the language of amateur radio (KØGW)
  • Shack Electrical Considerations (KAØPLT)
  • Setting up your ham shack (WØTLG)
  • New Ham Introduction to Operating SARA Special Events (WØGAF. WØOXB & others)
  • Using the MFJ-259/269 Antenna Analyzers with Martin Jue K5FLU
  • An Evening with Icom – IC-705 and more with Will Jourdain AA4WJ

If you have a suggestion for a technical topic, contact Mike KFØCCL via email at kf0ccf at protonmail dot com


Radios in the Park in 2021!

SARA’s Radios in the Park will return April 29th. With the health guidance on outdoor group gatherings easing some along with the increasing number of vaccinated people, the Board is comfortable in scheduling our Radios in the Park gatherings. We will meet at Valley View Park at 5421 Osgood Ave N in Oak Park Heights on select Thursday evenings starting around 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM. The dates are April 29, May 20, June 10, July 1, July 22, Aug 12, Sept 2, and Sept 23. Reservations for the pavilion have been secured with the City of Oak Park Heights. We will follow all health and safety guidelines including masks and social distancing. Attending the event will be your choice. We are also planning to utilize our Webex platform to stream live from the site for those who can not make it out to the park. More details to come.


This week’s SARA activities

SARA’s on-air and virtual activities are a great way to stay connected with others. These activities provide healthy social contact while maintaining personal distancing. A reminder that SARA activities refrain from discussions of political, religious, racial, or other inappropriate topics. We are a multi-cultural, multi-generational association with a shared interest in amateur radio – let’s be sure to keep it that way.

  • SARA Top Band Ragchew
    Nightly
          Time: 20:00 Central (01:00 UTC)
          Frequency:  1.966 LSB +/- QRM
    Alternates:
    21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
    50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  • SARA Monday Morning Ragchew Mar 15
    Time: 09:00 Central (14:00 UTC)
          Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • The Lunch Room
    Daily (Monday thru Friday)
    Time: 12:00 Central
          SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    – anyone can open the Lunch Room if the usual host is not there.
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Mar 16
    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 with the Top Band Ragchew on 160 meters
  • SARA Two Meter Wednesday Round Robin Ragchew Mar 17
    Time: 9:00 PM 
          SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    The Wednesday evening SARA Ragchew on the SARA repeater
  • SARA Virtual Board Meeting – Thursday Mar 18
    Time: 6:30 PM (23:30 UTC)
    SARA Webex Meeting Room
    Webex meeting link will be sent direct to SARA members