Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
SARA Work Party 3
Fitzgerald Crew 2011
The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award
2018 WØTBC Memorial Award-NØDRX
2020 S.A.R.A. EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
2017 SARA Officers
2019 SARA Executive Officers
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award

SARA This Week Sept 25 – Oct 1

Good morning!

Here’s SARA’s happenings this week.


SPECIAL NOTE:
Volunteers still needed for TC Marathon!

Give back to your community as a skilled ham radio operator! Training to be of service such as Twin Cities Marathon, Skywarn, Public Safety, or MNVOAD. Get prepared for the next disaster or emergency.

The Twin Cities Marathon runs on October 2nd from 7am to 2pm. Net One operates on the Minneapolis side of the river. Sign up here: http://www.aresmn.org and fill out the form on the page. Consider signing up for ARES and helping with other events.


General License Study Class

SARA’s Education & Training team is conducting a General License study class this fall. Classes continue Thursday Sept 29. The VE Exam Session is planned for Thursday Nov 17. Classes will run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Classroom space is being arranged at the Stillwater Public Library. If interested, contact Bob Jensen WØGAF at w0gaf@me.com. The class is open to all so spread the word to friends and family.


SARA POTA Challenge ’22

The Challenge has proven to be a great activity for SARA. Hunters and activators alike are enjoying getting on the air and working POTA parks. The Fall season is a great time to visit parks across the region!

Activators: be sure to post planned activations on the POTA Scheduled Activations. Activators can also drop a note to the SARA groups.io page to give members advance notice. If you are not on the groups.io, sign up now at https://groups.io/g/StillwaterMNAmateurRadioAssoc.

Be sure to check POTA spots regularly for activations.

The goal of this club activity is to encourage SARA members to get on the air; as a park activator, as a park hunter, or both. SARA POTA Awards are planned for both activators (most parks, activations, QSOs) and hunters (most QSOs). The prizes and distribution plan are being finalized by the Challenge team and will be reviewed as we get closer to the end of the year.

We have created Legends and Leaders divisions for hunters. The super performing Legends are out in front of the pack and are challenging each other. Those with 500 Hunter QSOs move into the Legends division. That means the Leaders still have a chance to claim top spots in their division. Creating the Legends and Leaders division split worked as intended with a marked uptick in hunter activity since it was announced. Contacts with all POTA stations count. It doesn’t get any easier for hunter credits as only the activator needs to submit their activation log. Be sure to sign up for an account at parksontheair.com.


Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event

For the 18th consecutive year, SARA will be Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald with a Special Event Station from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Nov 4 thru 6, 2022. Make plans to participate in this special commemorative event, SARA’s biggest.

We will offer the opportunity for you to participate as part of the group onsite or from your own home. Dave WØOXB reports a good response from members planning to make the trip to Split Rock. There’s still time to respond and the info flyer is attached to this email. The Mariner Motel in Silver Bay is open and taking reservations!

The club’s callsign WØJH will be used exclusively from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. WØF has been secured for exclusive use by those working from home stations, for any mode, any band, any time. The SignUpGenius page for managing mode/band/time slots for WØF will be available by Oct 8th.

We have a use of the WØF special event callsign through Nov 12. This presents an opportunity to be “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” on the actual November 10 anniversary for a special day as WØF from member locations. The SignUpGenius page will include that date for band/mode timeslots.

Watch for more details to come.


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 Sept 25
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)
Due to poor local propagation, the SARA Top Band Crew will QSY (move) to 75m. Look for us AROUND 3.820 to 3.826 MHz (depending on QRM). This change is temporary until the 160m and 75m band conditions change.
Frequency: 1.966 LSB +/- QRM AROUND 3.820 to 3.826 MHz (depending on QRM).
Alternates: 21.316 MHz +/- QRM (USB) 50.166 MHz +/- QRM (USB)

• SARA Monday Morning 75-meter Ragchew Sept 26
08:15 Central (14:00 UTC)
Frequency: 3.856 LSB +/- QRM

• SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Sept 27
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 General License Study Class Thursday Sept 29
6:00 PM to 7:50 PM
Margaret Rivers Room B, Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third St N, MN 55082

• SARA Eyeball QSO Party Thursday Sep 29
6:00 PM to 7:50 PM
Conference Room, Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third St N, MN 55082