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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-Apr-2021

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Why be a HAM?

Make friends all over the world !

Increase your technical expertise and learn problem solving, useful tools to use for the rest of your life.
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". Others can include: a sailor on the high seas, someone in their home relaxing, and many endless other possibilites, all through amateur radio.

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. Astronomy, electronics, communication methods, computers and networking, electro-mechanical projects (many facets including robotics), and the many local and world-wide social impacts are very huge opportunities for someone with a ham license.

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" (called 'Skywarn'), provide communications during local 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 tend to be in the first line of volunteers for emergency operation communications in the area effected.

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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'. While not required, the internet and cell phone add to the ham radio capabilities (think expanded control and increased possibilites on a world wide interfaced networks). Voice, text, video and many various digital communication methods are yours to dominate. Do SMS texting from your radio to any enabled cell phone (over comes the 'no cell service' issues in sparce areas). Control your ham station remotely from your cell phone. Meet new people anywhere in the world via radio links, direct communications or link through amateur radio satelites. If the internet is working, you can go radio-internet-radio linking to communication end points around the world at any time 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 for all the rasdio portions.

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Provide Community Service

Help you Community plan and prepare for disaster situations. Work with Emergency Operations Center for your local/state/country/world areas.

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 group's events such as: races, fairs, or whatever their needs may be. Audio, video and digital capabilities (like 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 (live video at a marathon from start to finish).

Work with scouting, youth groups and schools to expand the minds of youth! Great exposure to 'technical knowledge' areas of education. (Youth here meaning anyone younger in age and/or a knowledge basis comparison ~ not just age.)

Search and Rescue group communications are another area of community service that hams can provide.

The development of a large 'trained technical pool' of people for communinty usage is a huge benefit back to the community.

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Making Radio 'Work for You'

Robots, drones and various models can be controlled by you using your amateur radio license, at r.f. powers (distances) not available to other users. Combine this with a network and many things get very doable. Perhaps a "higher power" WiFi system at your location.

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 service and publicity for the special locations and events in your area.

Collect weather and flight information by launching and tracking high-altitude balloons. Provide data access to schools and the general public.

Setup your own 'private' networks for connecting computers. It can provide you an education on computer networking that is difficult to master from other sources. The proper method for logical problem solving will become a second nature to use in the future. This is a great skill to master and can lead to technical advancement in your life and vocation..

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Improve Your Personal Knowledge

You can design, build and utilize your own communication systems (hardware and software). Mechanical, electrical 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 accelerate 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. High Tech translates to highrer wages!

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 arena and the average person's life. Some recent examples include: Bluetooth, networked television, Internet of Things, small home robot technologies (vacuum cleaners, mowers, etc.). Interconnect the many communication networks into your personal system, expanding your capabilities. Add what will happen in these areas (constantly expanding) in the next few years and there will be a growing future.

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 increased 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 signals, 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 investigate.

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Where can I get local help?

You have found SARA for the local support here. 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, you will have a very large amount of FUN awaiting you!
Meeting and making new freinds along the way!

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