SARA This Week Oct 1 – Oct 7
General Class License Classes
Classes began Thursday, September 21 and will run through Nov 9. It’s not too late to join! The ARRL General Class License Manual Tenth Edition, updated for the new question pool now valid through June 30, 2027, will be the study guide for the class. This week’s session is in the Rosalie Wahl Room at the Lake Elmo Public Library. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Bob WØGAF at w0gaf at me dot com. A VE Session is scheduled for Thursday Nov 16 at Boutwells Landing.
SARA Monthly Meeting is October 7th!
The October meeting of the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association will be this coming Saturday the 7th. This is a departure from normal due to the ARRL MN State Convention the following Saturday. We will meet in Auditorium B at Boutwells Landing.
The meeting’s program will be on Station Grounding. We will begin our discussion with a 15 minute video by Dave Casler KEØOG of Ask Dave fame. The video provides a very informative, easy to understand discussion of just how to properly ground your station. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion of the whats and whys of grounding. Members are encouraged to take a look at their current grounding system and share with the group what you have and how you constructed the system. If you have any photographs to share, please send them to the planning committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the presentation. Questions for the group are welcome – we have plenty of members who have a solid understanding of grounding and are willing to share their knowledge with fellow members.
2023 ARRL MN State Convention Saturday October 14
The ARRL Minnesota State Convention will attract amateur radio operators from throughout the Upper Midwest for an all-day learning experience. It’s an important educational initiative that aims to develop a pool of radio operators ready to provide emergency communications in Minnesota communities. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the preeminent national organization supporting US Amateur Radio. It is through ARRL that ham radio partners with FEMA to support response recovery efforts in the wake of disasters.
The conference has been painstakingly designed to give you as much diversity of knowledge and subjects to enhance your ability to communicate effectively in whatever mode or operation you desire. Some of this you will already know, but maybe not completely. Even the most knowledgeable ham operator has some challenges of operations in their abilities.
Registration remains open. Registrants from October 1 until the event will pay $40, lunch is included for those registering through October 8th.
There is limited availability – register early!
For more info, go to http://mnconvention.org
SARA is one of the sponsoring organizations of the 2023 ARRL MN State Convention. We will have a table for sharing information on the club as well as a gathering point for members. Volunteers are needed to help staff the table throughout the day. If you are attending the Convention and are willing to staff the table for an hour, email Joe KCØOIO at email@example.com.
SARA POTA Challenge ‘23
If you are a SARA member AND have registered on the POTA website https://parksontheair.com/# (sign up is under the Help/Getting Started tab), you are included in the SARA Challenge 2023.
A thorough source of information for those that want to get started POTA hunting or activating is also 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.
Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event Nov 3-5
Plans are well underway for operating WØJH at this year’s big event.
We’ll be operating from the usual facility, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Trail Center, per the following:
- Friday, Nov. 3 (half day, includes set-up; operating ~3:00 – ~5:00 pm)
- Saturday, Nov. 4 (all day; operating ~10 am – ~5:00 pm)
- Sunday, Nov. 5 (all day, includes take-down; operating ~10 am – ~5:30 pm)
Most of us stay at the Mariner Motel in Silver Bay. Call 218-226-4488 to reserve a room. The Mariner Motel is SARA’s Official Networking/Critiquing Sessions HQ. (Manhattans, beer, wine/whines, and whatever you have will be tolerated/served as necessary!)
The Black Beach Inn Grandstay (formerly AmericInn) in Silver Bay is another popular choice. You can book a room online https://www.grandstayhospitality.com/find-a-hotel/locations/silver-bay/overview
Make your reservations now as it is also the MN Deer Firearms season opener on Nov 4th and rooms tend to book out for the weekend.
If you’re interested in attending, please contact Dave, WØOXB (W0OXB at arrl dot net) so we’ve got you on the official attendee list. Note: For insurance reasons, participants must be current SARA members.
If you’re unable to join us at the park, you can still participate. Operate as WØF for this year’s “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” from YOUR QTH! As WØF, those NOT able to attend, will be able to participate from YOUR OWN QTH this year. You can SCHEDULE your operating day, time, band & mode! And everyone will be able to schedule a slot on Nov 10th as we commemorate the Edmund Fitzgerald on the anniversary of the loss of the ship and crew. A SignupGenius page link will be provided in the coming weeks.
This week’s SARA activities
SARA’s on-air, in-person, and virtual activities are a great way to stay connected with others.
- “Sunday Fusion” Digital Voice Hangout Oct 1
19:00 Central (00:00 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 (01:00 UTC)
Frequency: 1.966 LSB +/- QRM or 3.813 LSB +/- QRM
Alternates: 21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB) 50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
- SARA Monday Morning 75-meter Ragchew Oct 2
08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
Frequency: 3.856 LSB +/- QRM
- SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Oct 3
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.
- General Class License Class Thursday Oct 5
6:00 PM to 7:50 PM
Rosalie Wahl Meeting Room, Lake Elmo Public Library 3537 Lake Elmo Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
- SARA’s Eyeball QSO Party Thursday Oct 5
6:00 PM to 7:50 PM
Small Conference Room, Oakdale Public Library 1010 Heron Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128
Room limit is 10, but heading for an early afterglow is an option.
- 2nd Saturday Breakfast (on the 1st Saturday) Oct 7
Perkins Restaurant, 2050 Frontage Road, Stillwater, MN 55082
- SARA Monthly Meeting Saturday Oct 7
The Gables at Boutwells Landing
13575 58th St N, Stillwater MN 55082
Boutwells Landing may have a mask requirement in place for common spaces within the facility. Bring a mask in case that policy is active.
Do not arrive before 9:00 AM. You may need to check-in at the desk when entering.