SARA Does Skywarn
2014 SARA Officers
Ice Station WØJH 2014
2018 WØTBC Memorial Award-NØDRX
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award
2019 SARA Executive Officers
Release to Listen Award 2013
Fitzgerald Crew 2011
Split Rock Lighthouse 2012

SARA This Week: Sept 5 – Sept 11

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.

As long as weather allows, outdoor Eyeball QSO Parties continue to allow SARA to gather  weekly. The weekly outdoor Eyeball QSO Party is at a local Stillwater-area park beginning around 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Monthly General Meeting Saturday September 11

The monthly 2nd Saturday meeting of the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association is this Saturday in Auditorium A at The Gables at Boutwells Landing, 13575 58th Avenue Oak Park Heights MN  55082.

Boutwells Landing has advised us of COVID-19 protocols, which are as follows:

1: masks not required, but may be used at visitor’s option
2: must enter at the Gables entrance and be screened at the reception desk
3: screening will involve having temperature checked, and registering with name, address & phone
4: no wandering about the facility, but go directly to Auditorium-A

All pretty much as we have done in the past, except for the temperature check and registration, which is similar to what we all do when checking in for many appointments these days. Could be a slight bottleneck if a large number of people come in at the same time, but a small price to get back some segment of normality.

Good planning would suggest that we still have a Plan-B in the wings, but we should be OK at Boutwells, unless there is a major change from now to then. Plan B will be holding the meeting outdoors at Autumn Hills Park.

We will test the ability to livestream the monthly meeting via the SARA Webex teleconference room at If we are successful, SARA will invest in sufficient audio & video equipment to provide the best possible experience for those who join us via the Webex option.

The program for this meeting will be a bit flexible. We will spend some time looking at the FCC requirement for documenting RF exposure at your operating location. We’ll also have an open forum to hear from members as to what they have been up to the past eighteen months!

Both the Webex livestream and the RF Exposure discussion will be dependent upon meeting at Boutwells for internet access.

Breakfast before the meeting is at Perkins Restaurant 2050 W Frontage Road in Stillwater, MN 55082

Eyeball QSO Party – Outdoor Sessions

The Thursday Eyeball QSO Party – Outdoor Sessions continue this week with a return to Pioneer Park on the north hill in Stillwater.

Radios in the Park 2021

The final SARA Radios in the Park is Thursday September 23. RITP is held at Valley View Park, 5421 Osgood Ave N in Oak Park Heights starting around 5:30 PM and going until around 8:00 PM.  Reservations for the pavilion have been secured with the City of Oak Park Heights. We are required to follow all State and CDC health and safety guidelines. Please help us comply with these guidelines. Attending the event is your choice.

“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.

There is the possibility that we will offer opportunities for off-site operating time slots for SARA members who may wish to operate from home, particularly in the CW and digital (FT8, PSK) modes. Planning for the event will spin up in September after wrap-up work on the White Rock expedition.

Amateur Extra Class License Upgrade Study Group

SARA and the South East Metro Amateur Radio Club (SEMARC) are jointly offering an Amateur Extra Class license study group. The study group is at the “schedule and location determination” point, so there is still time to join the group. If interested, please let SARA Training & Education coordinator Bob WØGAF know via email at WØGAF at radioham dot org.

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 5
    19:00 Central (00:00 UTC)  (Being a Holiday Weekend, this may not occur)
    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 6
    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 7
    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 Board of Directors Virtual Meeting Sept 8
    Time: 6:30 PM
    SARA’s Webex Teleconference room
    The meeting link will be sent to all members via email.
  • SARA Two Meter Wednesday Round Robin Ragchew Sept 8
    Time: 9:00 PM Central
    SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    The Wednesday evening SARA Ragchew on the SARA repeater
  • SARA Eyeball QSO Party: Thursday Sept 9
    Time: ~5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Central
    Pioneer Park, 515 2nd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
  • SARA Breakfast Saturday Sept 11
    Time: 7:30 AM
    Perkin Restaurant, 2050 Frontage Rd Stillwater MN 55082
  • SARA Monthly Meeting Saturday Sept 11
    Time 9:00 AM
    Auditorium A, The Gables at Boutwells Landing, 13575 58th Avenue Oak Park Heights
    MN 55082.
    Planned Webex livestream: