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Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA]

Established: January, 1958 an ARRL Affiliated Club since 1961

"Whiskey 8 Quack Quack Quack"

Meets at: James P. Capitan Center, Lower Level; 149 E. Corunna Ave.; Corunna, MI 48817 Monthly: 2nd Tuesday @ 7:00 PM

Club station located in the James P. Capitan Center - Lower Level.
IARU: 2 Grid Square EN72wx   Latitude: 42.9819 N   Longitude: -84.1164 W   Alitude: 760 ft.

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Next SARA Meetings:

SARA MEETING - Tuesday, Dec 10 @ 6:00 PM @ ROMA's

VE Testing - Thursday, April 23, 2020

    No VE Testing Thursday, December 26, 2019

    No VE Testing  Thursday, February 27, 2020

Full details: VE Testing Details.

W8QQQ / SARA Calendar from the W8SHI site.

2020 SARA Officers

President  Kevin Middleton  
  Vice President  Don Warner
SecretaryPhillip Bates
TreasurerDennis Phillips
TrusteeTom Carpenter
TrusteeChuck Dafoe
TrusteeMike Middleton

Christmas Dinner Meeting

10 Dec 2019 @ Roma's (Owosso)

December meeting will meet at Roma's, meet at about 6:00 PM and order food with goal of eating at 6:30 PM.
Door prizes will be drawn at 6:15 PM (must be present to win). Great Prizes thanks to Digikey!
Reservations are required = RSVP by 12/3 to Don Warner, WB8GUS <Email> or call/text [810] 599-0729 due before 04 Dec.

Future Meeting Plan:

  • 10 Dec 2019 {Christmas Dinner ~ Roma's}
  • 14 Jan 2020 ARES @ 18:00 SARA @ 19:00 local
  • 11 Feb 2020 SARA @ 19:00 local

  See: SARA Meetings for Full Details

ZB6BKW Antenna

Tom Oliver brought up the topic of a 'ZB6BKW Antenna' in the October, SARA meeting. Post meeting I found the following site: ZB6BKW vs G5RV Antenna. Thought perhaps some may like reading the information.

See: W5DDL AARA (LA) web site.

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ARES - Shiawassee Co.

ARES Meets on second Tueday of odd numbered months. Start time: 18:00 local time.

Meetings are one hour before the SARA Club meetings and in same location.

See SARA's Skywarn for WX support.

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SARA's Excel Files for Download:


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2019 Field Day [FD] Info:

2019 FD Setup

2019 FD Setup at Fairgrounds

2019 FD Group

2019 FD Teardown Group

We had a great time! Operated 4A and had about 20 people. Steve Smith, WA8LMF from Okemos, setup a separate operation near us.

Weather was great, People were better and only gained 2 lbs. = SUCCESS

THANK YOU to all who participated!

See the SARA Events page for 'June' for additional photos.

Our next planned operation at this time is "November Sweepstakes" stay tuned in!

Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association


Welcome to the Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA] internet Web site. SARA is a non-profit amateur radio organization in lower central Michigan (Shiawassee County) dedicated to public service, emergency communications, and the advancement of amateur radio through education and technical excellence. Our club call sign is W8QQQ - listen for "Quack-Quack-Quack" on the air and give us a call !
Members are allowed to operate the station on a scheduled basis.

For detailed monthly meeting schedule information see: SARA Meeting Schedule.

Check out more club details on the 'top menu tab' labeled "SARA Club". That page links to various club details via additional links.

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 prorated at 1/2 year intervals {For any new licensee - we give a period of 'no club dues' - come on in and check us out for free!}. You can join our group at any of our monthly meetings or by contacting Dennis Phillips, KC8ETW, Treasurer at KC8ETW (email) or email us at W8QQQ <at> arrl.net.

SHIAWASSEE County Hams ~ Please review and report your status for the SARA's ARPSC [ARES/RACES] Local Inventory Form.  We are keeping a log of capabilities and contact information for Emergency Management in Shiawassee County. This is for ALL Shiawassee County Hams (not just club members). Email your data to:   W8QQQ <at> arrl.net. Shiawassee County Emergency Coordinator [EC] is Phil Bates, AC8FW, and he works with our Homeland Security contacts. Let Phil know if you would be willing to assist with county EMMCOMs. We have about 200 hams in the county, but only about 20 in the SARA club ~ and not all want to work EMMCOMS!

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SARA's Social Grouping

We have a Google Group that is open for all to join. SARA's Google Group is called "W8QQQ" and we invite anyone interested to join us. It is free to join. Click on the link to get started. If you join you will get notifications on some important 'local' ham information when it is published (meeting notifications, etc.).

... and a GREAT BIG 73! de W8QQQ  
Hope to see you at a club meeting soon!

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SARA's Club History

January, 1958 ~ Today

The Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA] was founded in January, 1958 (we are over 60 year old). The club received the call W8QQQ in honor of Richard Sternaman of Owosso. Richard was one of the club founders and passed away shortly after the club began. The callsign, W8QQQ, was Richard Sternaman's from the fall of 1952 through 1956 (probably until his death). Then in 1958 the club obtained W8QQQ and 'Wiskey-Eight-Quack-Quack-Quack' has been active on the air since that time. SARA is an ARRL affiliated club and our VE testing uses the ARRL VE program.

Emergency Communications and Public Service have important to the SARA club from inception. In 1961, the club was contacted by the State of Michigan to provide communications for the dedication and opening of the freeway M78/M69 (now called I-69). The SARA club was incorporated as a non-profit organization by the State of Michigan in 1961. Then it was on 20 Nov 1961 that SARA became an affiliated club with the ARRL, thus 2019 marks 58 years of ARRL support. In July, 1964, SARA members were on hand to help county health officials distribute the Sabine polio vaccine which was a large undertaking at the time. In a project called 'SOS', over 300 radio messages were handled for recipients of the drug by the club.

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In the early 1970's the club participated in the First Annual River Daze Event (later to become the 'Curwood Festival'). SARA held it's first Swap and Shop in 1975. In January, 1978, a very bad snow storm hit the mid-Michigan area and SARA emergency communcations assisted several county and local government agencies with communications. On the first night of the storm word was passed through SARA's the system that a "kidney dialysis patient" in Owosso required transportation to Flint for a treatment (a very critical need). While trying to arrange that transportation, a second patient was found to need similar transportation. In working through the system, it was decided that SARA members would take the lead in getting the action required. SARA setup ground transportation to get both patients into Durand, where a special 'snow train' had been setup for the transportation into Flint. The patients got to Flint for their treatments and were spared facing further threat to their lives. SARA members were very proud of this experience and proving that hams are a "great community resource" and provide valuable service when needed.

The 1980's brought SARA to the forefront in fighting for amateur radio rights. Members stood firm in the opposition to restrictive tower and antenna ordances and had them removed from the books. This was a year prior to when the FCC issued it's ruling on PRB-1. PRB-1 was a ruling limiting local authority from imposing restrictions on amateur radio antenna's. Also, SARA was involved when local cable TV companies started broadcasting on amateur frequencies. SARA was able to force the cable companies to 'clean up their act' and use proper frequencies. At one point the FCC was in the area monitoring and checking to insure the signals were legal, this action was based largely on SARA's inputs to the FCC.

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The 1990's and 2000's brought addtitional challenges to our group. The use of personal cell phones and home computers (utilizing the internet) have greatly changed the communication needs of the general public. The terror attack on the World Trade Center (2000) and a revised focus on emergency communication coordination resulted in Homeland Security being formed. 'Homeland' depends on radio amateurs to fill needs during emergency operations. SARA continues to train and work with the Depeartment of Emergency Management to retain coordination and support for emergency communications in our county's community. We have active RACES / ARES groups. Cell phones and 'wired' internet become nonoperational in most large scale emergemcies. Hams seem to always step forward and come through to meet community requirements.

SARA works with the 'NOAA' and 'National Weather Service [NWS]' in the 'Skywarn' program to provide weather/storm spotting and inputs to the severe weather evaluation program. So the club still retains a strong focus on community reporting and supports NWS/NOAA. We help support the local repeater networks that have continued to progress with digital processes and connection to world networks through use of the internet. We hold our annual Field Day operations and display our practice of setting up in emergency conditions and demonstrating our ability to communcate in the field. So, SARA is still doing 'the good things' for our local community. If you have a desire to assist (and have some fun along the way), come join us.

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SARA meets at the County EOC / Homeland Security Office in Corunna (James P. Capitan Center) on the second Tuesday of each month (except December). In the Fall of 1962 Club was at 219 W. Exchange St. (downtown) and then moved in the fall of 1969 to the Red Cross; 1302 W. Main St. The Red Cross moved (2000) to 708 Corunna Avenue, Corunna, and SARA went with them. The club had an operating station room at the Red Cross ~ W8QQQ. We had linkage into the stae emergency operations center (Lansing). The club was asked to exit the Red Cross building (2015) and moved first to a county facility (in Corunna) for a few meetings and then we went to Baker College Bldg. 16 (room 1632) in the fall of 2015. We had a location for the W8QQQ station at the college.

At the October, 2017 meeting the club voted to move the club meeting to the James P. Capitan builing in Corunna, this is the EOC building (lower level). Starting in November of 2017 we started using the James P. Capitan Center location for our meetings. Our current station trustee is: Tom Carpender, KI8AS. Moving our station, W8QQQ, to the Capitain Center allows operation from the Shiawassee county EOC for when/if it is required.

We are going through the older minutes files for more detailed information and we may post more when completed. We have recent club meeting minutes available 'online' (starting with Jan-2014).

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Web Surfing ~ General Web Item

This "Web Details" link leads to W8QQQ Web Design Page which links to our thoughts on Web design and contains hints and warnings for our site and general internet browsing. Please take the time and review it and you may find increased efficiency and security when searching on the web. Also, look at our Web Site Map {link} it shows how/where pages are setup and may assist you in finding specific information that interests you. Our 'search box' allows limiting searches to just our site OR searching the entire Web, select a button choice as you desire.

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