The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

Notice anything unusual about this antenna? The 147.180 repeater will be out of service until further notice due to apparent lightening damage to the antenna, repeater, and controller. Updated information will be provided when available.

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‘Twas the Month Before Field Day

The Spa club will hold its May club meeting on May 10 at 6pm. It is time to get stirring on our preps for Field Day. With the solar index increasing, some may even be having visions of rare DX. Regardless, it is time to spring into action and get prepared!

May 10, 2022
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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April Showers Bring May Flowers (and Skywarn Nets)

The Spa club will hold its April club meeting on April 12 at 6pm. Likely topics include:

  • The weather
  • Status of High Peak (Mt. Ida) repeaters
  • Field Day
  • Changes to testing fees
  • Why FT8 is ruining ham radio
  • Various medical ailments

April 12, 2022
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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New Amateur Radio Testing Fee Effective Date is April 19, 2022

From KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog:

The $35 licensing fee that’s been talked about for more than a year now will finally be going into effect on April 19, 2022, according to Public Notice A-22-307A1, dated March 23, 2022. It says:

This Public Notice announces that the new application fee rates for the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, codified at 47 CFR § 1.1102, will become effective on April 19, 2022. Wireless application fees can be paid through the Commission’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) at https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/universal-licensing-system.

For further guidance regarding Wireless Telecommunications Bureau application fees, please refer to the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Fee Filing Guide located at https://www.fcc.gov/licensing-databases/fees/application-processing-fees. For further information regarding this Public Notice, please contact Roland Helvajian, Program Analyst, Financial Operations, Office of the Managing Director, Roland.Helvajian@fcc.gov.

If you are looking for an opportunity to test prior to April 19, check out:

Saline County ARES testing on April 13

Online Testing: Can you take the ham radio license test online?

Also, check for other local test sessions on the ARRL website.

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War and Peace (and Ham Radio)

In spite of current events, the Spa club will hold its March club meeting on March 8 at 6pm.

March 8, 2022
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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February Club Meeting

The Spa Amateur Radio Association is pleased to announce that Josh KE5MHV, the new ARRL Emergency Management Director, will address the Spa Amateur Radio Association meeting February 8th, 2022 at 6pm. Please consider this an invitation to attend and pass this along to other hams.

Please RSVP to N5XFW so we can keep track of numbers.

February 8, 2022
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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Winter Field Day 2022

Field Day is not just for summertime anymore. Winter Field Day, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), takes place the last full weekend of January each year. 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.

SARA will be participating in Winter Field Day 2022 from Lake Ouachita State Park, near Mountain Pine, Arkansas. If you will be in the greater Hot Springs area, join us! We do not have a specific location in the park nailed down, so give us a shout on the radio when you arrive. Operating hours will be from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (approximately). Our talk-in frequency is 146.880- (PL 114.8).

In addition to Field Day, we will be doing a Parks on the Air activation from around 10 or 11am until Field Day begins at 1pm.

Links:

Winter Field Day website

Winter Field Day rules

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What’s New is Old Again

The Spa club will hold its January club meeting on January 11 at 6pm. As has become our custom, we will have masks, hand sanitizer and ‘social distancing’ available for those that want to attend.

January 11, 2022
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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Time to Party like its 2019

The SPA Amateur Radio Association will be holding our Annual Holiday Dinner at Smokin’ In Style BBQ on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 6pm.

Note: This is NOT our Regular Meeting Night.

Dinner is SELF PAY, through the line.

All Members are encouraged to attend and family members are welcome.

Smokin In Style BBQ
smokinnstyle.com
2278 Albert Pike Rd Ste F
Hot Springs, AR 71913

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Club Meeting This Month

The Spa club will hold its November club meeting on November 9 at 6pm. Masks required to enter the building. We will have masks, hand sanitizer and ‘social distancing’ available for those that want to attend.

November 9, 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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