The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award
Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
SARA Work Party 2
AGØH 2013
Ice Station WØJH 2014
OXB Special Install
Release to Listen Award 2013
Ice Station WØJH 2014
SARA Does Skywarn
2017 SARA Officers

SARA This Week – October 18 – October 24



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.


Congratulations to the Technician License class students who passed their license exams Saturday Oct 17. 4 of them passed their Technician exams, and one of those went on to pass the General exam. We welcome them to the hobby! Hopefully, I can share names and callsigns next week.


SARA’s 2020 Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event will be a comprehensive “distributed operating stations” plan. 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.

Indeed, it will not be like past years but let’s make the most of it while having fun. We’ve already heard from some of the “regulars” we annually make contact with from Split Rock … stations will be looking for us!

We’ve invited Rich Barker (W8VS) to join us this year from his QTH in Brighton, MI. Had it not been for Rich and his club operating over 20 years ago from the Whitefish Point (MI) Lighthouse, we’d never have known of this event!

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.

If you’re interested and available to operate from your QTH, please register via the online tool.

If you’d like to operate but have questions, please let me or any of the organizers know. (It’s a lot of fun … and not as difficult as you may think!)


SARA received a letter of thanks from Camp Ranger Chris Lacher at Fred C Andersen Scout Camp for our recent two-way radio donation. A PDF copy of this letter is attached.


The Thursday Technical Topic sessions will 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 deeper 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: 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 Board will be meeting Thursday October 22, via Webex. Board meetings are open to all SARA members. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM CDT. Webex meeting invites will also be sent.


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 18
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?

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 19
      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 20
      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 21
      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 Board Meeting Thursday Oct 22
      Time: 6:30 PM CST (7:30 PM EST)
SARA WEBEX virtual meeting room