Split Rock 2013
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award
OXB Special Install
SARA Work Party 3
Kilo Parks Award
2018 WØTBC Memorial Award-NØDRX
SARA Field Day 2011
2019 SARA Executive Officers
SARA Work Party 1

SARA This Week March 24 – March 30

Here is your SARA update for this week!


Technician License Class continues through April 18

SARA’s Technician License Prep Class convenes 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.

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.


The SARA POTA Challenge

The SARA POTA Challenge 2024 is off to a great start. February results have been shared at the monthly meeting and will be posted to the radioham.org website.

The recent Tech Topic Thursday “POTA Q&A” session was recorded and has been posted to the SARA YouTube channel. >> CLICK HERE << to view the video.

SARA members who have registered on the POTA website https://parksontheair.com/# (sign up is under the Help/Getting Started tab) are automatically included in the SARA Challenges.

A thorough source of information for those that want to get started POTA hunting or activating is found on the POTA website. The https://docs.pota.app/ page is a great resource of all info for POTA. Start with the Getting Started with POTA page and go from there.

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 builds 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 24
    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.
    (Corned beef and cabbage, green beer, and Irish whiskey optional!)
  • 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 25
    08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Mar 26
    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 Eyeball QSO Party Thursday Mar 28
    6:00 PM – 7:50 PM Central
    Conference Room
    Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd Street, Stillwater
  • SARA Technician License Class Thursday Mar 28
    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 28
    6:00 PM – 7:50 PM Central
    3rd floor Lounge Commons
    Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd Street, Stillwater