SARA Field Day 2011
2019 SARA Executive Officers
OXB Special Install
Release to Listen Award 2013
SARA Work Party 1
2021 W0TBC Memorial Award
Fitzgerald Crew 2011
SARA Work Party 3
AGØH 2013
Kilo Parks Award

SARA This Week

SARA gathers daily via on-the air nets and ragchews. We also gather virtually for the weekly SARA Eyeball QSO Party or Tech Topic Thursday session, the monthly General member, and Board meetings. Although we’d love to gather in-person, our current on-air and virtual gathering plan remains the best choice for the health and safety of all our members. We look forward to  gathering again in person in the coming months, starting with our tri-weekly outdoor “Radios in the Park” Eyeball QSO parties which begin April 29th.

Technical Topic Thursday

The April 8th session will feature John Kruk K9UPC, National Sales Manager for Yaesu, for a discussion on System Fusion and more. The session starts at 7:00 PM in the SARA WEBEX teleconference room. Meeting link invites will be sent direct to all SARA members.

The May 13th session features Joe Eiesenberg KØNEB, CQ Magazine’s kit building editor for an evening of “Kit Building Techniques for Success.” The June 10th session is planned to be a live in-person session at the Radios in the Park gathering that evening, which we also intend to stream on Webex.

SARA members have exclusive access to the Technical Topic Thursday playlist on SARA’s YouTube Channel. View the playlist here:
Sessions available include:
  • Good Amateur Radio Practices (KCØOIO & VE3MXJ)
  • Antenna Basics Part 1 VHF UHF (WØOXB)
  • Antenna Basics Part 2 HF (WØOXB)
  • Hamspeak – the language of amateur radio (KØGW)
  • Shack Electrical Considerations (KAØPLT)
  • Setting up your ham shack (WØTLG)
  • New Ham Introduction to Operating SARA Special Events (WØGAF. WØOXB & others)
  • Using the MFJ-259/269 Antenna Analyzers with Martin Jue K5FLU
  • An Evening with Icom – IC-705 and more with Will Jourdain AA4WJ

April Monthly Virtual Meeting Saturday April 10th

The April monthly meeting is this Saturday April 10th, via the SARA WEBEX teleconference room. Our Saturday meeting format is changing starting with this meeting. The meeting program will now be presented at the start of the meeting at 9:00 AM. A brief business meeting will now follow the program. The monthly meeting is open to members and visitors alike. The meeting room is available at this link:

The WEBEX room is open by 8:15 AM CDT (13:15 UTC) for “Morning Coffee” eyeball QSOs and the meeting begins at 9:00 AM CDT (14:00 UTC).

Our guest speaker for April is Don Wilbanks, AE5DW. Don will be sharing a presentation about the history and production of Amateur Radio Newsline. Don is a principal member of the AR Newsline team as well as a regular on Ham Nation.

The guest speaker for May is Frank Howell K4FMH, a presenter on the ICQPodcast, with a presentation “Does price buy performance or satisfaction in an HF Rig?” Looking at performance reports from the Sherwood list and then compiling user ratings and reviews from and other sources, Frank has prepared an interesting look at price vs performance vs satisfaction.

Radios in the Park 2021!

SARA’s Radios in the Park gatherings begin April 29th. We gather on select Thursday evenings this spring & summer at Valley View Park, 5421 Osgood Ave N in Oak Park Heights starting around 5:30 PM and going until around 8:00 PM. The dates are April 29, May 20, June 10, July 1, July 22, Aug 12, Sept 2, and Sept 23. 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 including masks and social distancing. Attending the event will be your choice. We are also planning to utilize our Webex platform to stream live from the site for those who can not make it out to the park. More details to come.

Word is that the brand-new IC-705 QRP transceiver will make an appearance with it’s proud owner at that first session. The May 20th session will feature a “Tailgate Swap Fest” so bring your “surplus” amateur radio gear and help it find a new home.

SARA’s email reflector growing

The newest benefit for SARA members, the StillwaterMNAmateurRadioAssoc group on groups.io is gaining members. You can join the group!

This group is an email reflector for all things SARA and amateur radio. You can post questions, projects, activities and amateur radio experiences that you can share with SARA members are encouraged. This is an SARA members-only group and requests to join will be approved based upon your current membership status.

Topics are only limited in that they are to be amateur radio-related. Questions about antennas, steps to “tuning up” an antenna, how to use a piece of test gear, tracking RFI issues, programming a radio, figuring out a new radio, showing a new piece of gear, SARA events and activities, licensing questions, … the list is endless!

Sign up now and start sharing your questions and sharing your knowledge.

Sunday Fusion??

Look for “Sunday Fusion,” a C4FM digital voice ragchew, coming soon to the SARA System Fusion repeater. Using the System Fusion C4FM digital voice capabilities of the repeater along with WIRES-X and YSF connectivity, this Sunday evening ragchew is being planned and will be introduced at our April meeting. Watch here for more details.

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. A reminder that SARA activities refrain from discussions of political, religious, racial, or other inappropriate topics. We are a multi-cultural, multi-generational association with a shared interest in amateur radio – let’s be sure to keep it that way.
  • 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)
  • SARA Monday Morning Ragchew Apr 5
    Time: 09:00 Central (14:00 UTC)
          Frequency:  3.856 LSB +/- QRM
  • 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.
  • SARA Two Meter Tuesday (TMT) Round Robin Ragchew Apr 6
    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 with the Top Band Ragchew on 160 meters
  • SARA Two Meter Wednesday Round Robin Ragchew Apr7
    Time: 9:00 PM 
          SARA Repeater 147.060+ MHz (DCS/DTCS 026 Normal)
    The Wednesday evening SARA Ragchew on the SARA repeater
  • SARA Virtual Eyeball QSO Party – “Tech Topic Thursday” Thursday Apr 8
    Time: 7:00 PM (00:00 UTC)
    SARA Webex Meeting Room
    Webex meeting link will be sent direct to SARA members
  • SARA Virtual Monthly Meeting – Saturday April 10
    Time: “Morning Coffee” starts about 8:15 AM CDT (13:15 UTC)
    Meeting time 9:00 AM CDT (14:00 UTC)
    “Amateur Radio Newsline History and Production” with Don Wilbanks AE5DW”
    — business meeting to follow
    SARA Webex Meeting Room