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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.
IARU: 2 Grid Square EN72wx   Latitude: 42.9819 N   Longitude: -84.1164 W   Alitude: 760 ft.

Contact us at:   SARA / W8QQQ <Email>

You're invited to a club meeting!  7:00 PM the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Corunna, MI.




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FCC Registration - Pretest Requirement

ULS & FRN System ~ You MUST register with the FCC to obtain or change an amateur radio license. The Universal Licensing System (ULS) and FCC registration and filing systems were deployed in the Amateur Service on August 16, 1999. To conduct business with the FCC, you must register through the FCC COmission REgistration System [CORES]. You will be assigned a Federal Registration Number (FRN). This number will be used to uniquely identify you in all transactions with the FCC. To conduct business with the FCC you must register in CORES (COmission REgistration System) and receive your FRN (Federal Registration Number) before sitting for an exam. This is to ensure your license is processed quickly and accurately through the FCC's ULS (Universal Licensing System). To do this you must register through FCC CORES and be assigned an FRN. If you are already licensed, you have already registered ~ Check your license on the database to obtain your FRN.

View the FCC web page New Users guide to ULS for step by step instructions on the registration process. The FCC has taken great strides to make the ULS and the CORES easy to use and has devoted a section of their website to the Amateur Radio Service.

Bring you FRN with you to the test.

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SARA Testing Schedule [ARRL Ham VE]

Paperwork @ 6:30 PM; Testing @ 7:00 PM

{except Field Day - June}


We ask for you to Preregister for testing - See Tom Carpenter informaion below. If there are no 'Preregistered Requests' we DO NOT HAVE A TESTING NIGHT!! {Traveller Beware}

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 there are no "Pre" registrations for testing we cancel the test session... again travelers beware! Check in with Tom Carpenter (below). Some of our VE's travel 30 miles to and then from the test site, so they need to know if someone is coming.

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

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


SARA 2020 Schedule [ARRL Ham VE] in Corunna, MI

     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.

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Reservation Contact: ~ PLEASE  PREREGISTER !!!

Reservation is very strongly requested, but we will accept walk-ins if we are there. If no one reserves, we do not show for testing and sometimes there is a 'last minute' change on location that Tom can assist you with. 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 FRN that you have!

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 a "special" testing sessions in June (not at regular time/location). It is at our Field Day site at the county fairgrounds (June). Testing time at this 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 ~ [517] 802-1259 (cell). If we have no 'pre-testing registrations' we cancel the test session... travelers beware! As some of our VEs travel some distance, they are called when we have a need, no one preregistered - then they stay home.

       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.


A "SPECIAL INVITATION" to attend our SARA Club Meetings!

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

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 notice 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 a topic. See our SARA Meetings link for full details!

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