SARA Work Party 3
SARA Work Party 2
Ice Station WØJH 2014
OXB Special Install
SARA Field Day 2011
2020 S.A.R.A. EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
2018 WØTBC Memorial Award-NØDRX
Kilo Parks Award
New Radio Gear For Some SARA Members!

SARA This Week Oct 24 – Oct 30

Greetings, all!

It’s the “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Special Event week. Team WØJH will be on the air Oct 29 – 31 for the 17th consecutive year with a return to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park ENE of Two Harbors, MN.

SARA holds on-air ragchews every day of the week. Details can be found in the “This Week’s SARA Activities” section below.

The weekly Eyeball QSO Party is at the Stillwater Public Library except the 1st Thursday of the month.


17th Annual “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Special Event Station October 29 – October 31

We will have 2 stations on the air from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, operating SSB primarily ~3.860MHz, 7.260MHz, 14.255MHz, & 21.360MHz + or – depending upon band conditions. Once established, one of the stations will likely remain on 20m due to the expected activity, and the second station will likely primarily spend most of the time on either 40m, or 75m, but may show up on 15m, 17m, or even 10m, depending upon conditions and activity. We may also have a station in the park dedicated to digital operation.

While there will be no CW operation from within the park, some of our club members may not be able to participate from the state park site, so we anticipate some off-site “distributive” digital and CW operation. For CW, look ~3.560, 7.050, 14.050, 18.080, & 21.060MHz.

We’ll be operating from the usual facility, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Trail Center, per the following:

  • Friday, Oct. 29 (half day, includes set-up ~noon; operating ~2:00 – 4:30pm)
  • Saturday, Oct. 30 (all day; operating ~10:00am – 5:00pm)
  • Sunday, Oct. 31 (all day, includes operating ~10:00am; take-down ~6:00pm)
    (Saturday and Sunday are listed in the Oct. issue of QST and posted on the ARRL website.)

Full details can be found at the WØJH page on QRZ.com or here on this website at radioham.org/events/special-events-qsls/


2022 SARA Member Dues

Membership in the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association runs from Jan 1 – Dec 31. You may renew or extend your membership at any time.

Annual Dues are $20/year for a regular membership, and $10/year for associate membership. Family memberships begin at $30 for two family members and $10 for each additional family member.

There are 3 ways to pay your dues, in person at a SARA meeting, via postal mail to the club address, or online via PayPal (there is a small surcharge to cover transaction costs). You can begin the membership renewal process here: radioham.org/sara-membership-application-renewal-page/. Please select your renewal option to be directed to the proper form. If you are a current member and have a new callsign, have moved, change an email address or phone number, please “update” option. Once you have completed and submitted the form, you will go to a page with the payment options. If you choose to mail your dues, the club’s mailing address is provided.


Eyeball QSO Party at the Stillwater Public Library

The Thursday Eyeball QSO Party is held at the Stillwater Public Library conference room. Sessions are booked for Oct 28; Nov 11, 18, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 23, Dec 30, Jan 13. Reservations can only be made 90 days in advance per Library policy.


Technical Topic Thursday

Technical Topic Thursday returns on November 4th via the SARA Webex room. This will be an “Open Forum – Ask The Elmers” session. This is your chance to share your recent project, ask that question, and share your knowledge.

The December 2nd session will feature Dr. Bob Heil K9EID live with a presentation on audio in ham radio.

If you have a suggestion for a technical topic, contact Mike KFØCCL via email at kf0ccl at protonmail dot com. We’re always looking for ideas for technical topics.


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 Oct 24
    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
    (the YSF reflector US SARA-QRX-FCMG 64144 remains offline due to technical issues)
    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:  1.966 LSB +/- QRM
    Alternates: 21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB) 50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
  • SARA Monday Morning Ragchew Oct 25
    08:15 Central (14:00 UTC)
    Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • The Lunch Room – Informal Ragchew
    Daily (Monday thru Friday)
    12:00 Central
    SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    – anyone can open the Lunch Room
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Oct 26
    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 Eyeball QSO Party: Thursday Oct 28
    Time: ~6:00 PM to 7:50 PM Central
    Conference Room, Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
  • Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event Station FridayOct 29 – Sunday Oct 31
    from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
    Times:
    Friday: ~2:00 PM – 4:30 PM (1900 – 2130 UTC) starting on 40 meters 7.260 MHz
    Saturday: ~10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (1500 – 2200 UTC) Bands as listed
    Sunday: ~10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (1500 – 2300 UTC) Bands as listed