Release to Listen Award 2013
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award
Kilo Parks Award
Ice Station WØJH 2014
Fitzgerald Crew 2011
SARA Field Day 2011
Split Rock 2013
2023 Simonet Memorial Award
2017 SARA Officers

SARA This Week: October 11 – October 17


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.


The Technician License Class virtual class has wrapped up. The SEMARC VE Team has allocated examinee seats for our students for the Saturday Oct 17 VE Session in Cottage Grove. Thursday evening is being reserved for a potential virtual review session prior to the VE session. Good luck to the students who will be testing on Saturday.


When Our Thursday Technical Topic sessions resume in November, we will do them on a monthly basis. The tech topic model may be altered slightly to leverage our Saturday meeting presentation and follow that up with a deep dive session the following Thursday evening.

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: Methods 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.


SARA’s 2020 Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event will be a comprehensive “distributed operating stations” plan for this year’s Special Event. The Special Event will run Friday Nov 6 through Sunday Nov 8. Operating times are planned for 8:00 AM CST (1400 UTC) to 5:59 PM CST(2359 UTC) on Friday and 7:00 AM CST (1300 UTC) to 5:59 PM CST(2359 UTC) on Friday Saturday and Sunday. This year’s unique operating plan expands our band/mode presence. The SARA callsign WØJH is sought after every November and we will have that callsign in use by Phone stations. The special event callsign WØF will be the CW and Digital modes callsign.

We’re using SignUpGenius, an online service, to manage band/mode time slots. Sign-up opens October 12th. The link to SignUpGenius will be provided at that time. Although we recommend some experience in handling “pile-ups”, we welcome everyone to operate as the special event station. You can choose an operating band and mode slot that is likely to have a slower pace on Phone or work in digital modes such as PSK31 or FT8. All we ask is that you have a logging program capable of exporting to an ADIF so that all the logs can be combined into a central log for QSL confirmations.


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 Oct 11
Time: 19:00 Central (00:00 UTC)
Frequency: 3.584.15 USB Look for the net up 500-1000 Hz +/- on your waterfall.
Mode: PSK63
Topic: What modes would you like to try this season?
Be weather aware this evening – thunderstorms are forecast – the Net may be cancelled if storms are near enough to be disruptive on the band.

2. SARA Top Band Ragchew
Time: 20:00 Central (01:00 UTC)
Frequency: 1.966 LSB +/- QRM
21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB)
50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)

3. SARA Monday Morning Ragchew Oct 5
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 Oct 13
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 Oct 14
Time: 9:00 PM
SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
The Wednesday evening SARA Ragchew on the SARA repeater

7. SARA Virtual Eyeball QSO Party “Manhattan Project” Friday Oct 16.
Time: 7:30 PM CST (8:30 PM EST)
SARA WEBEX virtual meeting room