Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
Fitzgerald Crew 2011
WØJH 2004
2018 WØTBC Memorial Award-NØDRX
SARA Work Party 3
May 14th Fox Hunt! What Fun!
New Radio Gear For Some SARA Members!
Kilo Parks Award
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award
SARA Field Day 2011

SARA This Week May 12 – May 18

New Ham Night May 16

The annual SARA New Ham Night is coming to Valley View Park Thursday evening May 16. 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

New Ham Night guides newly licensed amateur radio operators to some of the choices and activities found in our unique hobby. There is a New Ham Net conducted on the SARA repeater to help the new folks make that all important first contact. Mark your calendars now!

The program is planned and should prove to be informative. The schedule is attached to this email. There will be a special New Ham Night Net on the SARA 147.060+ DCS 026 Normal repeater. The net will begin at 7:30 PM. The purpose of the net is to give the new hams the opportunity to get over that 1st contact “mic fright” fear within a controlled environment. All are welcome to participate as we welcome the new hams to the hobby.

>> Click Here << to view the  special video invite from the Lahr Hamily on our YouTube channel. Thanks Brad KFØLIH, Amy WWØAMY, Declan KFØLMY, and Corwin KFØOZR for preparing this video!

Radios in the Park returns May 16

SARA’s season of eyeball QSOs known as Radios in the Park kicks off for 2024 on May 16 with New Ham Night at Valley View Park and continues through Sept 12. We gather in local parks throughout the season. The following schedule is tentative and subject to change:

May 16        Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights
May 23        Browns Creek State Trail 8312 Neal Ave N, Stillwater (POTA US-9386 and US-10721 Browns Creek AMA)
May 30        Otto Berg Memorial Park 90th Street North & Norell Ave N Stillwater
June 6         Valley View Park    FD Site planning
June 13        Cover Park 15000 block of 58th Street, Oak Park Heights
June 20        St. Croix Scenic Overlook Hwy 95, Stillwater, (POTA US-0673)
June 27       Valley View Park
July 4           NO SESSION
July 11         Birkmose Park, 329 Front St, Hudson, WI 54016 (park entrance is on        Coulee Rd)
July 18         Valley View Park    Walkable Fox Hunt (Dan WDØGUP Fox Hunt coordinator)
July 25         TBA
Aug 1           Autumn Hills Park, 5697 Norwich Parkway, Oak Park Heights
Aug 8           Valley View Park    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     TBA
Aug 29         Valley View Park    Mobile/Portable Show-n-Tell
Sep 5           St. Croix Boom Site State Wayside, Hwy 95, Stillwater (POTA US-0673)
Sep 12         TBA

ARRL Field Day 2024

SARA will participate 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. Permits have been secured and the game is afoot for a fun and successful Field Day. 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. Station captains for the CW and Phone stations and a GOTA Station Lead and Coach are needed. We have an on-site Field Day Planning Session scheduled for Thursday June 6 when Radios in the Parks visit Valley View Park. Interested in lending a helping hand, contact Ray KFØEKD at speltzraymond at gmail dot com or Tim KFØJEL at timgrotheer at gmail dot com.

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.

Activators: we recommend taking some time at the top of the hour to work “local” stations on 40 meters and 80/75 meters. You can grab the MN POTA park-to-parks as well as give the MN/ND/SD/IA/WI/Manitoba/Ontario hunters a chance to work you. Suggested frequencies for PHONE are around 7.260 MHz and 3.860 MHz.


MN POTA Day builds upon SARA’s POTA Activity Day the previous 2 years. The SARA POTA Activity Day 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 Acapulco in Stillwater at 6:00 PM

This year, we will have what we are calling a 5-park Rover Poker Run. 5 experienced POTA activators have volunteered to host a POTA station, each at a different POTA park location. You will be able to achieve a 5-park POTA Rover “Warthog” award by activating (at least 10 contacts) from each of the parks. Each station will have a unique callsign to identify them. As a bonus for SARA members, you will be able to draw a playing card at each park after completing your activation. Complete the 5-card hand by activating at each site. Best poker hand will win a special prize (donated by Buck KA9CWM and Mickey WD9GYT) at the dinner gathering that evening.

Here are the 5 park station locations:

  • WØJH Afton State Park US-2466
    • station host WØOXB
  • 1×1 call TBA Croix Savanna Scenic & Natural Area US-10725
    • station host Collin KEØIYN
  • 1×1 call TBA Croix National & Scenic River US-0673 at the St Croix Boomsite on Highway 95 north of Stillwater
    • station host VE3MXJ/W0
  • 1×1 call TBA Browns Creek State Trail US-9386 at the Browns Creek Park 8312 Neal Ave N, Stillwater
    • Station host KCØOIO
  • 1×1 call TBA Gateway State State Trail US-9387 at Rotary Park Trailside North St Paul Dr & 2nd St N in North St Paul
    • Station host KØAIF

This will be a fun day for all!

This week’s SARA activities

  • “Sunday Fusion” Digital Voice Hangout May 12
    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
    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 May 13
    08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew May 14
    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 Board of Directors Virtual Meeting May 15
    6:30 PM CDT (23:30 UTC)
    SARA’s Zoom Teleconference Room


  • SARA Radios in the Park Thursday May 16
    5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Central
    Valley View Park, 5421 N Osgood Ave, Oak Park Heights
    SPECIAL New Ham Night Net at 7:30 PM on the SARA repeater