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Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA]

"Whiskey 8 Quack Quack Quack"    ~    Established: January, 1958 an ARRL Affiliated Club since 1961
IARU: 2 Grid Square EN72wx   Latitude: 42.9819 N   Longitude: -84.1164 W   Alitude: 760 ft.

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

You're invited to a SARA club meeting!  7:00 PM the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Corunna, MI.

Contact us at:   SARA / W8QQQ <Email>

    Page Last Updated: 01-Jan-2022

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Quick Information:

SARA Meetings Details

SARA Calendar from the W8SHI site.

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Details: VE Testing.

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SARA Club Items

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Download SARA's Excel Files:


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SARA Reference Materials

Follow the links below for better basic understanding of things and to assist in your design efforts:

Electronic and Physical References / Files

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Zumspot Nextion Pi-Star [Hotspot]

A couple of SARA members bought 'Zumspot / Nextion Pi-Star Kits' and we are sharing information and links for the setup here. Hamvention 2019 was a good time! Have more fun! Here are some papers and links to get moving with a ZUM spot / Nextion Display / Raspberry Pi 3B.

First, get this document: Ham Radio Outlet's ZUMSPOT 2.4 Nextion Startup Guide and follow their excellent directions, is is simple to get going. The following links are 'cleaned' and re-shown below for further reference.

Pi-Star is great software for digital voice hotspots and repeaters. It can handle DMR, D-STAR, and YSF, as well as P25, NXDN, POCSAG, and some cross modes when used with a multi-mode digital voice modem that supports those modes. Read about it in Playing with Pi-Star by KE0FHS, an additional paper on configuring and using Pi-Star.

In general, members found the ZUM spot easy to use.

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Shiawassee County HSMM/BBHN

Highspeed Multimedia [HSMM] ~ Broadband Ham Network [BBHN] efforts are have been declining in recent years. The activity was not a 'club' sponsored activiity and the group shifted to using a cabled high speed switch for Field Day efforts. The goup members provide the operating site networking support for SARA's activities. Usually recently we have been using stations, each using a computer logging program on the 'linked system' for smooth operation. Networking details may be captured here to assist members in keeping things coordinated.

SARA had previously utilized the HSMM/BBHN hardware for Field Day logging and linking of the various station positions. It was a great way of keeping things synced up in the field. We did not continue to expand into a 'county-wide' BBHN emergency network. We decided we did not have enough resources to make it functional. We have thus closed this topic (for the foreseeable future). We have no current-future plans regarding the HSMM network.

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Raspberry Pi [RPi] ~ References

A large amount of Raspberry Pi information links:

That is a couple of years worth of reading on RPi...GREAT 'FREE Information"! Enjoy.

MAG-PI Hint: The link to the past issues has changed several times. The current 'best' link is (mid 2021): Mag-Pi Back Issues Listing Site.

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Arduino / AD9850 / AD9851 / Si5351 Projects & References

If you want to start working with Arduinos then the following may interest you.

Amateur Packet Reporting System [APRS] Shiawassee County, MI and GPS

SARA's Computer Hints

Not a "large list of hints", but a few items that are handy when needed. After 40 years of personal computer usage for a large varity of uses, there are a couple of things that have become personal favorites and needing to place items in an easy retrive location, I [WB8GUS] decided to store these here for now. You may enjoy these as well!

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