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Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA]

Established: January, 1958  an ARRL Affiliated Club since 1961

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Meets at: James P. Capitan Center, Lower Level; 149 E. Corunna Ave.; Corunna, MI 48817

Club station located in the James P. Capitan Center - Lower Level.

Grid Square EN72wx   Latitude: 42.9819 N   Longitude: -84.1164 W   Alitude: 760 ft



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Why be a HAM?

Make friends all over the world.

A hiker in the mountains of Northern California, a military pilot crossing over Greenland, a college student setting up a volcano experiment in Chile, and a sheep farmer in New Zealand are just a few examples of the interesting people you might encounter "on-the-air" through amateur radio. Others can include: a sailor on the high seas, someone in their home relaxing, and endless m,others.

Hands-on Radio Experimentation

For the technically minded, Amateur Radio provides unique opportunities to experiment with, design, build and implement radio electronics and antennas. Some of the leaders and innovators in electronics and computer technology have been ham radio operators. The 'technically inclined' knowledge possibilities are endless. Astromomy, electronics, communication methods, computers and networking, mechanical projects (many facets including rototics), and the social impacts are huge opportunities.

Provide Public Service

Ham radio operators have a distinguished history of community service, especially in times of natural disaster and other emergencies. As an amateur radio operator, you can participate in severe weather spotting "nets", provide communications during community events, and assist in emergency communications and other community activities through organizations like the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). Following a disaster, hams often provide the only communications links to the outside world, they end to be in the first line of volunteers for emergency opertaions.

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What Do I Do With a HAM LICENSE?

Communicate 'Around the WORLD'

No cell phone or internet is 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 communications or link through amateur radio sattelite(s). If the internet is working, you can go radio-internet-radio linking to communication end points around the world at any timme you choose! You can additionally 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 added costs once you have your equipment.

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Provide Community Service

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 {called 'Skywarn'}. You become the eyes and ears for the NWS with information being provided to local radio and television stations.

Provide free communication capabilities to community groups for races, fairs, or whatever their needs may be. Audio, video and digital capabilites (lilke email) are some 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.

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Making Radio 'Work for You'

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 special location and events.

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 within amateur radio. It will provide you an education on computer networkng that is difficult to master from other sources.

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Improve Your Personal Knowledge

You can design, build and utilize your own communication systems (hardware and software). Mechanical, eletrical and networking skills are used with various communication 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 in these areas makes you desirable in the current and 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 and the average person's life. Some recent examples include: Bluetooth, networked television, Internet of Things, small home robot technologies (vacuum cleaners, mowers, etc.). Add what will happen in these areas in the next few years.

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 amateurs have the ability to legally use much more power in their design research. This usually leads to incresed circles of influence with their systems.

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]) using digital protocols, Antenna Designs (RF transmission and reception), contesting activities, and many other areas offer further areas to invesigate.

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Where can I get local help?

You have found SARA. Contact us and start coming to club meetings as a guest. We can assist with an 'Elmer' to help you get started and obtain your license. We always welcome guests! Not in our area? - then check out our Michigan Amateur Radio Clubs page or go to and look for clubs near you.

... Ham Radio is what you make of it and has endless opportunities! Oh, lets mention, it is a very large amount of FUN.

 

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