Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for February 12 at 6pm. Pat (W5VY) will be presenting the topic of using meteor scatter for ham radio communications. Make plans to be there!

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Winter Field Day 2019

Field Day is not just for summertime anymore. Winter Field Day, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), will take place over the January 26-27 weekend. The annual event’s stated purpose is to encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter, but it’s also an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. According to the WFDA, getting ready for emergency communication in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that take place each June during ARRL Field Day.

Several members of SARA will be gathering on Saturday afternoon, January 26, to participate in Winter Field Day. We will plan to start gathering around noon at the Family Park off of Airport Road. Anyone is welcome to participate. We will plan on operating until around 4pm or until the weather forces an end to the activities. If you have an HF rig, field antenna, or equipment that you want to put through its paces, please bring that with you. Any questions or input may be forwarded to Chris (w5tcb at Dress for the weather, come on out and join in!


Winter Field Day website

Winter Field Day rules

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Russellville Hamfest

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Starting the New Year in Style

SARA started 2019 in grand fashion with its first meeting of the new year on January 8. The meeting was very well attended with many familiar and new faces in attendance. Thanks to all who attended!

Wayne (WA5LUY) presented the topic of radio direction finding with a demonstration of some of the equipment and techniques that may be used. A few highlights from the presentation:

  • A portable or handheld antenna and receiver are typically used to detect the signal.
  • With the use of a compass and as few as two receivers (or readings), the signal can be located by use of triangulation.
  • Attenuation will be beneficial as the you get nearer to the signal.
  • The same equipment and techniques can be used to locate line noise in the power company’s electrical distribution system.

Did you know that radio direction finding is done for sport in some regions? Find out more here.

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High Peak Tower Ice

It was a cold and stormy December in 2013. A winter weather event turned the repeater tower on High Peak into a RF flavored popsicle.

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