Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association ~ W8QQQ
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James P. Capitan Center, Lower Level; 149 E. Corunna Ave.; Corunna, MI 48817
Our ham station is located in Grid Square EN72wx at the EOC Center for James P. Capitan Center, Lower Level.
Latitude: 42.9819 N Longitude: -84.1164 W Alitude: 760 ft
Current Site Path: SARA Home Beginner's Information
VE Testing Sessions - Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA] ~ W8QQQ
The testing is generally the fourth Thursday of 'even' months, however June is held on a Saturday in alignment with Field Day operations at the Field Day Site. Februrary is not scheduled, as many of our 'snowbirds' are in the south for warmth (a sign our club average age is rising). Also, December can be difficult due to Christmas - so watch our schedule for details. The please see details on SARA's VE testing page.
Follow the links below for details:
SARA's Guides to get started in Ham Radio / License Assistance
Beginning Ham Basics ~ Basic Information to get going.
Directions to get a Technician License ~ Technician License Information
Licensed - Begin Here ~ Information to get you started.
Thoughts to assist organizing some needs when starting out in the hobby.
Library ~ What do you add and in what form? (electronic or paper or both).
Workbench ~ Suggested equipment and thoughts about what/when to add equipment.
Ham Operating Aids
Knowing which frequency to operate on is important on our ham bands. Also, keeping communications coordinated with a proper phonetic alphabet and abbreviations is something we need to support.
Considerate-Op Frequency Guide ~ How the bands are organized.
Phonetics & Q-Signals ~ Correct Phonetics and Common "Q" Signals.
DX Cluster Basic Information ~ Basic begining with DX Cluster setup considerations.
What Do I Do With a HAM LICENSE?
Communicate 'Around the WORLD'
Provide Community Service
Making Radio 'Work for You'
Improve Your Personal Knowledge
No cell phone or internet required! You control your own ability to 'talk around the world'. Voice, text, video and various digital communications are yours to dominate. Meet people anywhere in the world via radio links, direct or through amateur radio sattelite. If the internet is working, you can go radio to internet to radio to link to communicatio end points! You can plan on meeting your new friends at ham radio events or through private travel plans ('Hams' are very friendly people). Oh, did I mention that there is no costs once you have your equipment.
Help you Community plan and prepare for disaster situations. Work with Emergency Operations Center for your local area.
Become a weather spotter and report to National Weather Service [NWS] during severe weather. You become the eyes and ears for the NWS.
Provide free communication capabilities to community groups for races, fairs, or whatever their needs might be. Audio, video and digital (email) capabilites are services you can provide. Mesh networking on 'ham radio' using MESH techniques can provide services that are truly amazing to see in action.
Work with scouting, youth groups and schools to expand the minds of youth! (Youth here meaning anyone younger in age and/or a knowledge basis comparison.)
Search and Rescue group communications are another area of community service that hams can provide.
Robot, drone and various models can be controled by you using your amateur radio license, at powers (distances) not available to other users. Combine this with a network and many things get very doable.
Take ham radio along on hikes, camping or visits to special places. Hams are and have been active in the National and State Parks, special local events, and many other places. Become an operator to provide publicity for the place.
Collect weather and flight information by launching and tracking high-alitude balloons. Provide data access to schools and the general public on these events.
Setup your own 'private' networks for connecting computers. Higher power for longer distances and very secure are just two reasons to consider doing this with amateur radio. It will provide you an education on computer networkng that is difficult from other sources.
You can design, build and utilize your own communication systems (hardware and software). Mechanical and eletrical skills are used with various communication techniques and networking techniques. As you learn and work to gain 'hands on' knowledge in these areas, your knowledge becomes 'first rate' and can be used to accellerate you in many work areas. These skills are very commercial and can provide excellent work experience in your resume. Personal detailed knowledge will make you desirable in the future job markets.
As electronics becomes more and more integrated in to daily lives, control software application knowledge is growing more job worthy. Learn to integrate microcontrollers, microcomputers, and large programmable systems into the communications systems and networks. These are huge in today's ham radio.
Radio science that powers cell phones, Bluetooth, Internet of Things, and all wireless technologies are just the starting point you can use to your advantage.
Radio astronomy, satellite communications (satellite repeaters and communication to the International Space Station), hunting for hidden radio signals (Fox Hunting), GPS applications, combining radio and network technologies, video transmissions, Moon bouncing siganls, and many other areas have strong ham radio followings.
Basic low power communication (morse code - CW and low power [QRP]) with digital protocols, Antenna Designs (RF transmission and reception), contesting activities, and many other areas offer further areas to invesigate.
... Ham Radio is what you want to make of it! Oh, it is a very large amount of FUN.