That’s a Wrap!

Now that Field Day 2020 is in the books, a few reminders:

  1. The deadline for submitting your Field Day entry is July 28, 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.
  2. A 50-point bonus may be claimed by a group submitting their Field Day entry via the https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php web app.
  3. For 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be published by the ARRL, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club. To have your individual score count towards the WB5SPA club score, choose “Spa ARA” in the club pulldown on the web app. If submitting your entry via mail or hard copy, be sure that your entry for club name exactly matches “Spa ARA” (no quotes).

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Field Day 2020 (The COVID-19 Edition)

Field Day 2020 (The COVID-19 Edition) Field Day is scheduled for June 27-28, 2020. Unfortunately, it is just not advisable to gather as a club for Field Day this year, but there are still ways that you can individually participate. If you would like to discuss how you can still experience Field Day this year, join us Tuesday night (6/23) at 8pm on Google Meet and let’s talk about it.

If you were unable to join the discussion, here is a PDF of what was discussed: http://wb5spa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/FD2020.pdf

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It’s like Deja Vu all over again

Much like May, and April before that, a face-to-face meeting is not advisable for June. Our meeting on June 9 will be an On-The-Air Net at 6:00PM on the 146.880 repeater. Attached below are the meeting minutes for May should you desire an all natural sleep aid.


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Radio in the Time of COVID-19

Much like April, a face-to-face meeting is not advisable for May. Our meeting on May 12 will be an On-The-Air Net at 6:00PM on the 146.880 repeater. Attached below are the meeting minutes for April for your reading pleasure.

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March Meeting Minutes

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March is Member’s Choice!

The SPA Amateur Radio Association will meet at 6pm Tuesday night (March 10) at the Garland County Emergency Management building. It’s Member’s Choice! You get to choose the topic. Jump over to Facebook and leave a comment with your choice from the list of topics and we’ll see you there!

UPDATE: The votes are in. We will be discussing Parks on the Air at this month’s meeting. Come join us for the discussion!

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February Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11 at 6pm. We will continue our discussion about DMR, and how we can expand our capabilities in Hot Springs. The meeting is open to all regardless of whether you are licensed or not. Make plans to attend and we will see you there!

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Winter Field Day 2020 Rewind

For 2020, SARA’s winter field day gathering was held at Entergy Park just above Carpenter Dam. Attendance was outstanding with a total of seventeen people checking in. For a “winter” field day, the weather cooperated nicely with a sunny day and temperatures in the mid 50’s. The club operated as One Oscar (one transmitter, working outside) for approximately 3 hours making a total of 30 voice contacts. Bonus points were garnered for working outside, away from home, using no commercial power for transmitting. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

Station details:

Drawing a crowd
Operating off of the grid
Operating position
QSO Map
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January Meeting – Digital Radio

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.

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Happy New Year!

Our first meeting of 2020 will be held on Tuesday, January 14 at 6pm. The meeting is open to all regardless of whether you are licensed or not. Make plans to attend and we will see you there!

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