SARA started 2020 in style with an overview of digital radio modes by Greg (KG5QYM). Discussion covered digital modes including DMR, Fusion, DStar, and P.25. Greg gave a demonstration of his Pi-Star hotspot and how he can use it to connect to users literally around the world.
UPDATE: SARA will be participating in Winter Field Day 2020 from Entergy Park located near Carpenter Dam in Hot Springs. If you will be in the Hot Springs area, join us! How many stations we operate will be driven by how many turn out to participate. Setup will begin at noon on Saturday, January 25. Operating hours will be from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (approximately). Our talk-in frequency is 146.880- (PL 114.8).
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 25-26 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 likely be gathering on Saturday afternoon, January 25, to participate in Winter Field Day. Stay tuned for updates to this post for details concerning time and location. Any questions or input may be forwarded to Chris (w5tcb at outlook.com).
The annual club Christmas party will be held at 6pm on December 10. The party will be held at Smokin’ in Style located at 2278 Albert Pike Road in Hot Springs. All are welcome, regardless of license status. It will also be a good opportunity to either join the club or get ahead by paying 2020 dues. Rumor has it that there might even be prizes… Come join us!
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 6pm. Discussion will include a recap of Field Day and other topics of interest in amateur radio. Meeting is open to all regardless of whether you are licensed or not. Make plans to attend and we will see you there!
A handful of local hams came together at Entergy Park from 1pm until 6pm on Field Day to operate under the WB5SPA call sign. The weather was miserably hot and the radio conditions were tolerable, but good fun and fellowship was enjoyed by all in attendance. Participating hams included Frank (N5WEM), Drew (KG5UFU), Daniel (W1HDL), Kevin (K5MOH), Pat (WV5Y), and Chris (W5TCB).
The club operated as 3A (three transmitters, club or group operation). Bonus points were claimed for:
100% emergency power
Operating in a public location
Completing a minimum of five (5) QSOs using alternate or natural power
Youth participation (participant under 18 completing at least one QSO)
Entry submitted via web
All total, the completed six (6) voice QSOs, five (5) CW QSOs, and seventy-one (71) voice QSOs, for a grand total of 756 points claimed. Thanks to all who participated for their efforts. By the way, Field Day is scheduled for June 27 & 28, 2020…
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 2019 from Entergy Park located near Carpenter Dam in Hot Springs. 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. How many stations we operate will be driven by how many turn out to participate. Operating hours will be Saturday, June 22 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. (approximately). Our talk-in frequency is 146.880- (PL 114.8).
The club will have water bottles on hand, but no food will be provided.