2018 WØTBC Memorial Award-NØDRX
Release to Listen Award 2013
OXB Special Install
Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
SARA Work Party 2
Kilo Parks Award
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
AGØH 2013
2017 SARA Officers
Fitzgerald Crew 2011

SARA This Week Oct 15 – Oct 21

General Class License Classes

Classes continue 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. To confirm this week’s location contact Bob WØGAF at w0gaf at me dot com. A VE Session is scheduled for Thursday Nov 16 at Boutwells Landing.


Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event Nov 3-5

This is our 19th annual Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special 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. Most have found it best to call around 5:00 PM. 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 schedule has been created for the WØF callsign. The schedule has time slots available for Friday Nov 3, Saturday Nov 4, Sunday Nov 5, and Friday Nov 10. The link is included in the weekly SARA This Week bulletin emailed to members. Book your time slot now or check the schedule for openings during the event if you find you have some time available to get on the air and Remember the Edmund Fitzgerald.


SARA POTA Challenge ‘23

The September recap along with some interesting charts are available on radioham.org website. << CLICK HERE >> to view the update page.

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.

SARA announced sponsorship of the MN POTA Activity Day at the ARRL MN Section State Convention Oct 14. The date will be Saturday June 8, 2024 from 10:00 AM (15:00 UTC) to 6:00 PM CDT (22:00 UTC). The objective is to activate as many MN POTA entities as possible during that day. There will be no scoring. The web domain mnpota.com has been secured and the website will be built in the near future. Mark your calendars now.


Annual Membership Dues

Annual dues for 2024 and beyond are being accepted now. Individual memberships are $20/year, Family memberships are $30/year for the 1st two members and $10/year for each additional family member. Associate memberships are $10/year. Dues can be paid in person, via mail, or online via Paypal. Visit the membership application/renewal page on radioham.org >> click here <<


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 15
    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
    Nightly
    20:00 Central (01:00 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.813 LSB +/- QRM or 1.966 LSB +/- QRM
    Alternates: 21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB) 50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  • SARA Monday Morning 75-meter Ragchew Oct 16
    08:15 Central (13:15 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Oct 17
    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.
  • Board of Directors Meeting Wednesday Oct 18
    6:30 PM
    SARA Zoom Teleconference Room
  • General Class License Class Thursday Oct 19
    6:00 PM to 7:50 PM
    Conference Room, Stillwater Public Library 224 Third St E, Stillwater
  • SARA’s Eyeball QSO Party Thursday Oct 19
    6:00 PM to 7:50 PM 
    Margaret Rivers Room B, Stillwater Public Library 224 Third St E, Stillwater