You can leave your mask on

The Spa club will hold its September club meeting on September 14 at 6pm. Per Joe Cocker Judge Darryl Mahoney, you can leave your mask on to enter the building. We will have masks, hand sanitizer and ‘social distancing’ available for those that want to attend. We may have to go back to a ZOOM type meeting in the future, but we will get folk’s opinion before NEXT month on what the majority want to do.

September 14, 2021
Garland County Department of Emergency Management
401 Mid America Blvd.
18:00 hrs

All are welcome regardless of license or club status.

To join via ZOOM:

Topic: SPA Amateur Radio Meeting
Time: Sep 14, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us05web.zoom.us/j/89806246766?pwd=a3F5U0pNSFFReDI4aUM3TWRWdDBhZz09

Meeting ID: 898 0624 6766
Passcode: New0vD

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How does your garden grow?

Well, maybe not your garden, but how do we grow the amateur radio hobby? Is there a way that our club can assist in starting a school club in a local high school? Come join us in discussing this and much more at our August meeting.

August 10, 2021
Garland County Department of Emergency Management
401 Mid America Blvd.
18:00 hrs

All are welcome regardless of license or club status.

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Building Off of Success

Following a successful Field Day 2021, we will hold our July club meeting on July 13 at 6pm. Discussion will likely include a recap of Field Day operations, what worked, what didn’t, and how we can build off of this year’s successes.

July 13, 2021
Garland County Department of Emergency Management
401 Mid America Blvd.
18:00 hrs

  • Mask NOT required to enter building, but encouraged for those that still feel uncomfortable without one.
  • Seating will be ‘social distanced’, if needed.

All are welcome regardless of license status.

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Field Day 2021

Past SARA Field Day Setup

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada.

On the fourth FULL weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public.

SARA will be participating in Field Day 2021 from the Hot Springs Airport (Memorial Field) located at 525 Airport Road. If you will be in the Hot Springs area, join us! We’re planning a multi-transmitter setup on HF with opportunities for visitors to get on the air. Operating hours will be Saturday, June 26 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (approximately). Setup will begin around 10am. Our talk-in frequency is 146.880- (PL 114.8).

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WB5SPA DMR Repeater Usage

DMR Repeater Information

To access the WB5SPA DMR repeater, you must set your radio to Color Code 2, positive offset +5 MHz (Your radio should be set to receive on 442.350 and transmit on 447.350.)

Time Slot 1

Time slot 1 is currently set to have two static talk groups – 31051 and 31052.  These are alternately used for Arkansas Severe Weather.

Time slot 1 may also be used for connection to any talk group on the Brandmeister network.

This time slot is for general use.  When you key up on an unlinked talk group, that talk group will be added as a dynamic talk group which will automatically unlink after 10 minutes of inactivity.  To force an unlink, key up on group 4000 on time slot 1 which will unlink all current dynamic talk groups. 

Time Slot 2

Time slot 2 is currently set to have one static talk group:  311575 – Hot Springs Local

From time to time, time slot 2 may also be linked to talk group 310150 – Royal Local.

This time slot is exclusively for local talk group traffic.  Please do not change the connection to any other talk groups.

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To DMR, or not to DMR, that is the question

In light of the recent turn up of the SPA Club multi-mode digital repeater, KG5QYM will be presenting information on configuration and usage of this repeater at the June club meeting to be held June 8 at 6pm.

Discussion will also likely include 2021 Field Day to be held June 26-27.

June 8, 2021
Garland County Department of Emergency Management
401 Mid America Blvd.
18:00 hrs

  • Mask NOT required to enter building, but encouraged for those that still feel uncomfortable without one.
  • Seating will be ‘social distanced’, if needed.

All are welcome regardless of license status.

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Yes, Virginia, we are having a meeting tonight!

Yes, Virginia, there is a Christmas we are meeting IN PERSON for the third straight month!

May 11, 2021
Garland County Department of Emergency Management
401 Mid America Blvd.
18:00 hrs

  • Mask NOT required to enter building, but encouraged for those that still feel uncomfortable without one.
  • Seating will be ‘social distanced’, if needed.

All are welcome regardless of license status.

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Too Good to be True?!?!?

CONTINUED GREAT NEWS!!!

The April club meeting will be IN PERSON on April 13, 2021.

Garland County Department of Emergency Management
401 Mid America Blvd.
18:00 hrs

  • Mask NOT required to enter building, but encouraged for those that still feel uncomfortable without one.
  • Seating will be ‘social distanced’, if needed.
  • Let’s have a good ‘ol rag-chew on the history of SARA, HSARC and Amateur Radio in general. Maybe discuss FIELD DAY 2021(?) and what we would like Amateur Radio to look like in our community going forward…..
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ATTENTION, ATTENTION!! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!

The March meeting of the Spa Amateur Radio Association will be IN PERSON, repeat, IN PERSON at 6pm on Tuesday, March 9 at the Garland County Department of Emergency Management (401 Mid-America Blvd.).

Masks will be required to enter the building and seating will follow social distancing protocols.

All radio amateurs are invited regardless of membership status.

Reminder that this would be an excellent opportunity to get current on dues ($20 per person).

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue (February Zoom Meeting)

Cold weather go away, and take COVID with you. In the meantime:

We will have our regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, February 9th at 18:00 hrs (local time) via ZOOM. The link is below.

Members and guests are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: S.A.R.A February Meeting 2021
Time: Feb 9, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us05web.zoom.us/j/85648120619?pwd=Z1lVWnB0VzhJb3RBOEVscGt5OXFyQT09

Meeting ID: 856 4812 0619
Passcode: Ev3m0G

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