SARA This Week May 29 – June 4
Please take time this weekend to remember and honor the men and women of our armed services who have given all for our freedom!
Here’s SARA’s happenings this week.
SARA’s Summer in the Parks
This Thursday we will be at Valley View Park 5421 Osgood Ave N in Oak Park Heights, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. It’s picnic night! Brats and hot dogs and condiments will be provided (a small donation to defray the cost is appreciated.) Bring your own beverage (non-alcoholic). You are welcome to bring something to share – chips, cookies, bars. Please drop me an email at president at radioham dot org if you plan to attend so that I have enough brats, hot dogs and buns.
We’ll also have a POTA portable station kit show-n-tell. Bring your portable kit that you use for POTA activations and share you experiences with the rest of us.
The weekly Eyeball QSO Party is outdoors for the summer months. We will continue to visit different Stillwater-area parks throughout the summer. There will be POTA activations, hands-on radio, POTA portable operating tips and tricks, Mobile Station Show-n-tell, and more possibilities plus a picnic or two. Valley View Park in Oak Park Heights will be a regular location, with the shelter reserved for June 2, June 23, July 14, Aug 4, Aug 25 and Sept 15. Other weeks will see us at Lowell Park in downtown Stillwater along the St Croix National Wild & Scenic River, along Brown’s Creek State Trail or the Gateway State Trail, or nearby MN & WI State Parks for “Late Shift” POTA activations. Watch the SARA This Week bulletin for details each week.
Advance notice: we will cross the river next Thursday evening as we head to Birkmose Park in Hudson. Great location for some portable operations! Full details next week.
ARRL Field Day 2022 – June 25-26
SARA will participate in the ARRL Field Day operating event (remember – it’s not a contest) from Autumn Hills Park Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26. Set-up will begin Saturday morning, and we can get on the air beginning at 1:00 PM (1800 UTC). We’ll operate until around sundown Saturday and get back on the air as early as possible on Sunday morning until 1:00 PM. Teardown will follow.
The planning session is Wednesday June 1 at 7:00 PM. This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom.
SARA POTA Challenge ’22
The Challenge is underway! Summer is almost here and even warmer weather is ahead. Look for POTA activations by SARA members tocontinue to increase. Activators: be sure to post planned activations on the POTA Scheduled Activations. Activators can also drop a note to the SARA groups.io page to give members advance notice. If you are not on the groups.io, sign up now at https://groups.io/g/StillwaterMNAmateurRadioAssoc
The goal of this club activity is to encourage SARA members to get on the air; as a park activator, as a park hunter, or both. Hunters and activators are getting active.
POTA Awards are planned for both activators (most parks, activations, QSOs & park to park) and hunters (most parks, most QSOs). Contacts with all POTA stations count. And it doesn’t get any easier for hunter credits as only the activator needs to submit their activation log. Be sure to sign up for an account at parksontheair.com.
A SARA POTA activity day is being planned for Saturday June 11. Thunder Bay Brad will be joining us for the fun. The day will begin with the 2nd Saturday Breakfast at Perkins in Stillwater, followed by POTA activations from some of the POTA entities in our area.
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.
- “Sunday Fusion” Digital Voice Hangout HOLIDAY BREAK – no Hangout this week
- SARA Top Band Ragchew
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 75-meter Ragchew May 30
08:15 Central (14:00 UTC)
Frequency: 3.856 LSB +/- QRM
- SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew May 31
Time: 7:00 – ~8:00 pm Central (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 Field Day Planning Session Wednesday June 1
Time: 7:00 PM Central (00:00 UTC)
SARA’s Zoom Teleconference Room
- SARA Summer in the Parks Outdoor Eyeball QSO Party Thursday June 2
Time 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Valley View Park, 5421 Osgood Ave N, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082
Picnic Night & POTA Portable kit show-n-tell