Fitzgerald Crew 2012
Kilo Parks Award
New Radio Gear For Some SARA Members!
OXB Special Install
2017 SARA Officers
Release to Listen Award 2013
May 14th Fox Hunt! What Fun!
2014 SARA Officers
Ice Station WØJH 2014
The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award

SARA This Week: May 19 – May 25

Radios in the Park takes the Eyeball QSO Party Outdoors

SARA’s season of outdoor weekly Eyeball QSO Parties known as “Radios in the Park” has begun and continues through Sept 12. We gather in local parks throughout the season. The following schedule subject to change:

  • 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 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 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 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.

 


The SARA POTA Challenge

The SARA POTA Challenge 2024 monthly numbers are posted on the radioham.org website. >> CLICK HERE << to view the current results.

Briann KB9TBB attended the POTA forum at Hamvention 2024 Saturday May 18 and he shared one very interesting piece of information from that session. POTA activators have submitted 26 million QSOs and 50% of those were in 2023! What an astonishing success and growth story for the POTA program!

 


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.

A MN POTA Facebook page has been established for information on MN POTA Day and the MN POTA Meetup on August 10 at Wild River State Park.

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 Boom Site 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 Overview 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 19
    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 May 20
    08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew May 21
    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 May 23
    5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Central
    Browns Creek Park State Trail 8312 Neal Ave N, Stillwater
    (POTA 2-fer potential US-9386 Browns Creek ST and US-10721 Browns Creek AMA)