OXB Special Install
SARA Work Party 3
WØJH 2004
Release to Listen Award 2013
SARA Field Day 2011
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award
Ice Station WØJH 2014
2014 SARA Officers
May 14th Fox Hunt! What Fun!

SARA This Week November 8 – 14

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our in-person activities, including the Eyeball QSO Parties at the Library, monthly meetings at Boutwells Landing and 2nd Saturday breakfasts. In-person activities remain canceled until further notice!


The 16th Annual Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event wraps up today. Operating times are 7:00 AM CST (1300 UTC) to 5:59 PM CST(2359 UTC). Look for WØJH on SSB and WØF on CW and FT8. Catch WØJH/VE3 on 20 meters around 14.260 USB between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM CST and WØJH/8 on 40 meters around 7.260 LSB between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM CST. And catch WØF/8 on 20 meters FT8 between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM CST.

Rough contact counts from data collected during the “Manhattan Project” session Saturday evening are in excess of 850 contacts. A very big tip of the SARA cap for operating goes to Eliot KEØN for 12+ hours working as WØF running FT8 on Saturday. And he’s picked up the yoke again this morning, starting on 80M. The WØJH variants /VE3 (Brad Harris VE3MXJ in Thunder Bay) and /8 (Rich Barker W8VS in Brighton, MI) have been an added attraction when they have been on the air, drawing pile-ups very quickly.We’ll have a post-event wrap-up Thursday evening via the SARA Webex video conference room. Details listed further below.


The Thursday Technical Topic sessions will resume soon.  We will be doing them on a monthly basis. I am looking to have someone to coordinate these sessions. If you are willing to take on the task, please contact me.

Thursday Technical Topic Suggestions Moderator Date
Digital Modes & FLDIGI Primer KC0OIO TBD
Do’s & Don’ts when setting up your shack TBD TBD
MFJ-259/269 Analyzer Training TBD TBD
Setting up digital voice hotspots TBD TBD
Grounding & Bonding your station TBD TBD
Station Electrical Power considerations TBD TBD
Optional but useful shack accessories TBD TBD
Working DX TBD TBD
CW: Ways and trick to learning, setup paddles, keys, keyers TBD TBD

Many of the topics make excellent group discussion sessions. Some may require a little research. Dig into it a bit and share what you learn. There is no better way to learn a topic than preparing to lead a session. See something of interest or that you have some knowledge and experience, please volunteer to moderate the session. Email me at president at radioham dot org if you are interested in moderating a session. You can also email me with additional topic suggestions.



The SARA Dues year runs January 1 through December 31. Now is the time to renew your membership in the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association. Annual full membership dues are $20/yr. Associate (non-voting) memberships are available for non-licensed folks and those who chose at $10/yr. Family memberships start at $30/yr for 2 licensed amateurs in the family plus $10/yr for each additional family member. We ask that family members reside at the same address.

Dues payments may be sent via mail to: Stillwater Amateur Radio Association, 1618 Pine Street West, Stillwater, MN 55082.

The option for electronic membership application/renewal plus online dues payment via Paypal will be available on our radioham.org website shortly. An SSL security certificate was activated last Sunday. This ensures that our website protects your personal information when completing the application and renewal processes. Financial transaction security is provided directly via Paypal once you enter Paypal’s payment portal. Tests of the forms and payment process have been successful.  Pending some final adjustments, the Paypal payment option will be available by the November SARA monthly meeting.


SARA’s on-air and virtual activities remain a great way to stay connected with others, boosting the overall wellness of all involved. These activities provide healthy social contact while maintaining personal distancing.

Here’s this week’s activities!

1. SARA HF Digital Net Sunday Nov 8
Taking a break after the Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event

2. SARA Top Band Ragchew
Time: 20:00 Central (02:00 UTC)
Frequency:  1.966 LSB +/- QRM
21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)

3. SARA Monday Morning Ragchew Nov 9
Time: 09:00 Central (14:00 UTC)
Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM

4. 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.

5. SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Nov 10
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 on 160 meters at 1.966 MHz LSB +/- QRM

6. SARA Two Meter Wednesday Round Robin Ragchew Nov 11
Time: 9:00 PM
SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
The Wednesday evening SARA Ragchew on the SARA repeater

7. Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Virtual Post-event WEBEX Meeting Thursday Nov 12
Time: 7:00 PM
SARA WEBEX Meeting Room

8. SARA Virtual Monthly Meeting Saturday Nov 14
Time: 9:00 AM CST (15:00 UTC) (“Morning Coffee” begins at 8:15 AM, 14:15 UTC)
SARA WEBEX virtual meeting room