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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 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.

Contact us at:   SARA / W8QQQ <Email>

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




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SARA Video Call Setup

Visitors are Welcome to our club meetings!

Starting in March, 2020 due to Corona virus [COVID-19], social isolation became very important. In order to accomplish our club meeting actions, we decided to do a "video conference" style of meeting via Google. Thinking all members may not have experience using this technology, we will try to deleiver a method for you to setup a computer system for checking into a video conference. You will need access to a computer system with sound card and web camera capabilities.

PLEASE I/we need your help in verifying the following process, so email what you find as you apply this method: Email us : W8QQQ. I have no method of verifying this method, as all my systems have already been through this process.

Restating: You will need a computer with sound input/output and a web camera. Most newer laptops have these 'built in'. Many desktop systems can have these added in. We assume you will be able to work this step out on your own. We are working to figure out how we can perhaps have a method for 'conference call' {phone only} type link for those that cannot get a computer video system for their use {details later, watch here}.

Overview of Chrome for Video Conference Setup:

  1. Get/use a Gmail email address. Gmail Site.
  2. Download/Install Google 'Chrome' Web Browser. Google Chrome Page.
  3. Get/install Chrome Add-on 'Hangouts'. Chrome Web Store (Look for 'HANGOUTS"). Install it.
    If you run Chrome Browser and enable 'Hangouts', it should ask to use Web Camera and microphone ~ say yes.
  4. We will provide a video conference invitation link ... probably emailed to all SARA members on the Google groups email list and will post it here and on SARA home page when it is avaiable. When you click that link the sytem should automatically link you in [fingers crossed].

Several of the SARA members have been using this in the ARES group and it has worked ok. As I/we get feedback on this process, this page may change quite frequently - so watch for changes.

Meeting Date Information

2020 ARES Dates  
January 14 July 14
March 10 September 08
May 12 November 10

 

Regular SARA club dates are as follows starting 'normally' at 7:00 PM local:

2020 SARA Dates Remember this is a leap year!
January 14      July 14
February 11 August 11
March 10 September 08
April 14 [Video Conference]  October 13
May 12 November 10
June 09 December 08 ~ Christmas Dinner Special (Roma's Backdoor ??)  

 

The club radio station, W8QQQ, has been making progress. Phil Bates and Denis Phillips are to install the HF antenna on Wednesday 25 March. The EOC is under 'lockdown' and only essential personnel are allowed in at this time and check will be checked before entry. They are very busy on the Corona virus activities. Note the Shiawassee county Health Department is on the first floor and the EOC is in the basement.

We activate the club station, W8QQQ, for many contests and by appointment under 'normal' operation conditions. Contact us for arrangements if you would like to reserve and use our station, W8QQQ.

James P. Capitan Building; 149 E. Corunna Ave, Corunna

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James Capitan Building - View from East         View from West (main street)

 

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Read SARA's Past Meeting Minutes: SARA Meeting Minutes

Read SARA's operating rules: SARA's Constitution and Bylaws

Here is the SARA Membership Application

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