Split Rock Lighthouse 2012
Fitzgerald Crew 2012
2017 SARA Officers
Release to Listen Award 2013
Fitzgerald Crew 2011
2019 SARA Executive Officers
SARA Work Party 1
The Joe Simonet WØTBC Memorial Award
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award

SARA This Week Sept 26 – Oct 2

Greetings, all!

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

Outdoor Eyeball QSO Parties continue to allow SARA to gather  weekly. The weekly outdoor Eyeball QSO Party will continue through October 7th at Autumn Hills Park beginning around 6:00 PM until about 8:00 PM.

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 – Outdoor Sessions

The Thursday Eyeball QSO Party – Outdoor Sessions continue next week with a return to Autumn Hills Park 5697 Norwich Parkway, adjacent to Boutwells Landing. Outdoor sessions will continue through October 7. Beginning Oct 14th, we return to the Stillwater Public Library conference room for our Eyeball QSO Parties. The room has been secured for Oct 14, 21, 28; Nov 11, 18 and Dec 9. Reservations can only be made 90 days in advance per Library policy.

“Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Special Event Station 2021

The 17th annual “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Special Event is scheduled for Oct 29 – 31. The Trail Center at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park has been reserved for the weekend. The Mariner Motel in Silver Bay is the primary lodging, and there is also the AmericInn in Silver Bay and with more lodging choices up and down Highway 61. And tent camping is available at the State Park for the more hardy. More to come as we get closer to the dates.

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.)
:: A few members, unable to attend, have expressed interest in operating CW/Digital modes from their QTH station. If you’re interested in doing this; please let me know.

SARA Board Meeting Sept 29.

I am planning to hold a Board meeting on Wednesday Sept 29. The meeting will be via the SARA WEBEX teleconference room beginning at 6:30 PM. Board meetings are open to all SARA members. A Webex meeting notice will be sent to all members.

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 26
    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 
    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 Sept 27
    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 Sept 28
    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 Virtual Board Meeting Wednesday Sept 29
    Time: 6:30 PM
    SARA’s Webex teleconference room. Meeting link will be sent to all members.
  • SARA Eyeball QSO Party: Thursday Sept 30
    Time: ~6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Central
    Autumn Hills Park, 5697 Norwich Parkway, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082