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Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA]

Established: January, 1958 an ARRL Affiliated Club since 1961

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Meets at: James P. Capitan Center, Lower Level; 149 E. Corunna Ave.; Corunna, MI 48817 Monthly: 2nd Tuesday @ 7:00 PM

Club station located in the James P. Capitan Center - Lower Level.
Grid Square EN72wx   Latitude: 42.9819 N   Longitude: -84.1164 W   Alitude: 760 ft.

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SARA Testing Schedule [ARRL Ham VE]

Paperwork @ 6:30 PM; Testing @ 7:00 PM {except Field Day - June}


Current Scheduling is below. Testing is generally on the "fourth Thursday of even months except February and June". If there is a holiday on that Thursday, then there is no testing for that month ~ mainly Christmas. We skip June's 'regular testing' and use our Field Day site (on Saturday). February is 'many VEs are snowbirds'. Please reserve your testing in advance to avoid confusion. The paperwork starts at 6:30 P.M. & Testing promptly at 7:00 P.M. Please arrive by 6:30 P.M. to allow paperwork completition prior to testing.
EXCEPT for Field Day which is a Saturday ~ see below.

If we have no 'pre-testing registrations' we may cancel any test session... travelers beware! Check in with Tom Carpenter (below).


IMPORTANT NOTE: Extra Class Element Testing changes June 30, 2020 to a new 'Question Pool'



SARA Testing Schedule 2019 [ARRL Ham VE] in Corunna

     October 24, 2019 - Last Date for 2019
     December 26, 2019 ~ No Testing due to Christmas alignment!          

 

Only October left for 2019 at our Corunna, MI site! Then we will be on to 2020 (The year of 'hind sight' ;>)

 

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SARA Testing Schedule 2020 [ARRL Ham VE] in Corunna

     February 22, 2020 - No Testing. We have too many snowbird VEs!
     April 23, 2020
     June 27, 2020 at the Field Day Site Time: PW "3:30 PM" & Test "4:00 PM", Saturday    
    Take few extra moments to check out SARA's Field Day operations and make some contacts!
IMPORTANT NOTE: ~ Insure you get the correct weekend and note that the VE session (1) for June is at the Field Day site! History says: "We had multiple people have the wrong weekend (they were a week late) and some who showed at the EOC location testing on the 'fourth Thursday' for testing having missed the June/FD only session."
     August 27, 2020
     October 22, 2020
     December 24, 2020 ~ No Testing due to Christmas alignment!

 

NOTE: We have 'special test date' for Field Day, watch the June date and time are NOT 4th Thursday of the month, as they are shifted to align with Field Day!

Please check in advance with Tom Carpender for testing details, especially for February, June and December dates.

      You can email: ki8as78 "at" gmail.com (replace "at" with @) or Phone: (c) [989] 277-2262.

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Reservation Contact:

Reservation is requested, but we do accept walk-ins. If no one reserves, we do not show for testing and sometimes there is a 'last minute' change on location. If you have any questions please contact:

      Tom Carpenter, KI8AS ~ Testing Coordinator

      You can email: ki8as78 "at" gmail.com (replace "at" with @) or Phone: (c) [989] 277-2262.

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Paperwork Required:

  Bring along a photo ID, copy of license (if any) and certificates of completion (if any).

The paperwork is started at 6:30 P.M. & Testing at 7:00 P.M. Please arrive by 6:30 P.M. to allow paperwork completition prior to testing.

If you have any special requests, let us know ahead of time.

SARA is certified under the ARRL VEC. SARA has an additional "special" testing sessions in June and August. At our Field Day site at the county fairgrounds (June). Testing time at thise event is different ... check for the details.

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SARA's Regular Amateur VE Test Location:

  James P. Capitan Center, 149 E Corunna Ave., Corunna, MI 48817 (lower level - entrance SE corner of building).

We use a 'Special Field Day Testing Site' for June ~ Shiawassee county Fairgrounds on Hibbard road south of Corunna.

One more time -- We do accept 'walk-ins' if you really are last minute, but PLEASE check in with Tom, BEFORE coming to the test session, in case something has changed ~ [517] 802-1259 (cell). If we have no 'pre-testing registrations' we may cancel any test session... travelers beware!

       Bring along a photo ID, copy of license (if any) and certificates of completion (if any).

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Some Licensing Information at ARRL

The ARRL has a list of the number of FCC licenses by license class and state web page (US only). ARRL License Counts.


This is a "SPECIAL INVITATION" to attend our regular SARA Club Meetings!

Let us take this moment to issue a special invitation to you to come to a SARA meeting! We welcome all visitors. Newly licensed hams get the first calendar year dues for free (sorry, not for 'upgrades'). Come and checkout the club!

We meet in the James P. Capitan Center, Lower Level; 149 E. Corunna Ave.; Corunna, MI on the "first Tuesday" of the month at 7:00 P.M. Enter via the East Entrance (may need to knock loudly, as building requires access clearances), just get us to gain entry. Come on in and visit with local hams and see what we are up to!

Perhaps we can provide an 'Elmer' to assist you in first getting started and for that next upgrade. If you do not need help, perhaps we can use you to 'Elmer' someone else on some topic. See our SARA Meetings link for full details!

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