VE Testing Information ~ Owosso

Please see SARA's "VE Testing" page for details [an ARRL Team]. We test during 'even numbered' months at Baker College and at Shiawassee County Fairgrounds (Field Day in June).

NEXT: TESTING is April 27, 2017.


New Amateur Radio Bands

New allocations announced by the FCC. See FCC ET Docket 15-99 135.7, 137.8 and 472 ~ 479 kHz Band allocations (shared and low power).


2017 Field Day

We are going to be at the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds for the 2017 Field Day. Come to the May & June SARA meeting for planning details. Please put June 24~25 on your calendars and plan to come help (or visit).

We put details on the SARA Local Events page.



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SARA Club Information

Welcome to the Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA] site. We are a non-profit amateur radio organization in lower central Michigan dedicated to public service, emergency communications, and the advancement of amateur radio through education and technical excellence. We have a club station and operate with the club call sign, W8QQQ. Members are allowed to operate the station on a scheduled basis.

We meet at Baker College ~ Center for Technical Studies, Building 16 ~ Room 1632 (or there abouts), Owosso, MI 48867.

Check out the club detailed information on menu tab labeled "SARA Club" at the top of the page for more club information.

SARA invites anyone with an interest in amateur radio or public service to come to a meeting and/or join our club. Meetings are generally the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM (check meeting schedule link as we do not always meet on all months). Dues are $15.00 a year. You can join our group at any of our monthly meetings or by contacting Dennis Phillips, KC8ETW, Treasurer at KC8ETW or email us, W8QQQ.

See our SARA MEETING SCHEDULE ~ Click here.

You can email us at: W8QQQ at {replace the "at" with the @ symbol}

Find SARA's ARPSC [ARES/RACES] Local Inventory Form {Keeping a log of capabilities and contact information.}

SARA Club History

We are currently (early 2017) trying to find information on our club history. We know the club callsign, W8QQQ, was the call of Richard Sterman in the fall of 1952 through 1956. In the Fall of 1962 Club is at 219 W. Exchange St. (downtown) and by Fall of 1969 at the Red Cross; 1302 W. Main St. The Red Cross moved to Corunna Ave. in 198x. The club was asked to exit the Red Cross building and moved to Baker College Bldg 16 in ____, (trustee: Tom Carpender, KI8AS).

We need to go thruogh the minutes files for more data and we will post when complete.


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SARA's Social Grouping:

We have a Facebook page that is open for all to join. Just search for us!

SARA has a Yahoo Group called "W8QQQ" and invites anyone interested to join us (it is free to join). We have photos of various SARA events posted, automatic emailing of club meeting reminders and information, club file postings & notices, etc. You must register to join the group which you can do on the 'enter group' link for our group. We do not spam but your protection is based on Yahoo's protection level.

Go to our group page here. W8QQQ Yahoo Groups Page.  You can join our group from that page.

... and a GREAT BIG 73! de W8QQQ  


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New Interest in Ham Radio or want to 'upgrade'?

Please see the SARA's "Ham License Help" for detailed information on getting a "Technician License". For additional online license study, check out this site:

Ham Test Online-- A GREAT site for Beginner's study and any License Upgrade study. Drop in on one of our club meetings and ask for assistance, we have members who can guide your learning and assist you in the licensing process {We call these people 'Elmer'}. We support an ARRL VE team for administrating amateur radio exams. See our 'Testing Link' for precise details, "VE Testing". We test on 'even numbered' months at Baker College, reserving June for Field Day and Testing at the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds.


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To get an 'Official Copy' of your Ham Radio License, follow these steps:

  1. Go to FCC ULS system.
  2. In the box on their form just type in your hamcall and hit 'enter'.
  3. When it finds your call in their database it will be a form with your call displayed as a 'hyperllink', then click your call.
  4. At the top of the next form {near the top in small print}, click on the "Reference Copy" link.
  5. The ULS will then send your browser a PDF file that contains a copy of your license as originally mailed to you {a 'download'}. Write down the downloaded file name.
  6. Find the file that was downloaded and print, email, etc. as you please.
       Hint: Rename the file so you can later locate and use it on your computer easily.


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Links "Quick Find" Area:

Some of the links that appear to be frequently viewed by visitors and club members:

  Hamfests & SWAPS SARA's list of ham swaps for club members - about 100 miles from Owosso, plus Dayton/Findely SWAPS - due to local interests.

  Michigan Ham ClubsSARA's list of Michigan Ham Clubs (not every Michigan Club is on our list, but a good sample for lower peninsula).

  QRZ Home Page (Callsign Server) - Ham Call Sign Lookups

  HamCall - World-Wide Hamcall Callsign Server



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