SARA Events

SARA Events Schedule

The Events are listed by month.

Visitors are Welcome, so come on out!

Our local group (SARA) participates in a number of public service events & club operating activities. Please feel free to stop in to an event for a visit, participate and/or operate with us.

JANUARY, 2022

Winter Field Day

The last full weekend of January {January 29-30, 2022}.

Contest rules are available at online. Winter Field Day Association {external} ~ a printed copy of the current rules at the operating position is recommended. W8QQQ will be operating from Kevin Middleton's property, as an outside event. Other members may be operating as well.

FEBRUARY & MARCH, 2022

ARRL International DX Contest

[Covers Two Weekends]

The third full weekend of February is for CW {February 19-20, 2022} ~ the first full weekend of March is for SSB {March 5-6, 2022.

Contest rules are available at ARRL contests {external} ~ you will always need a current set to work from. A printed rules copy at the operating position is highly recommended.

APRIL, 2022

Michigan QSO Party Contest -- [April 16-17, 2022] ~ Sponsored by Mad River Radio Club

See Michigan QSO Party site for details.

Contest is to work as many Michigan counties as possible. We put forth a 'club effort' to operate at central location, but do accept member entries from their home stations (a group contest). Come to one of our club meetings for further details. Contact use if you would like to participate! We can use non-members assistance.

MAY, 2022

Dayton Hamvention Swap {Xenia, OH Fairgrounds} -- May 21-22, 2022 - 3rd full weekend in MAY

World's largest Hamfest is always an amazing event... make you plans early. See their homepage at Dayton Hamvention Home Site.

JUNE, 2022

Curwood Days : April 3-4-5, 2022

A local three day event will fun for all held in downtown Owosso. They sometimes have the Railroad Steam Engine #1225 - running on special trip excursions. Check them out: Michigan Steam Railroad Institute Home of the 'Polar Express' Engine #1225. Note: The excursions ALL sell out very early - plan accordingly.

See current event data at: Curwood Festival at Festival Net.

Field Day ~ June 25-26, 2022

SARA / W8QQQ Operations

IMPORTANT NOTE: ~ Insure you get the correct weekend {fourth full weekend} and note that the VE session (1) for June is being planned and may not be at the Field Day site!

Check the ARRL Field Day Contest Rules page for latest/current information. Rules were updated again fo 2022.

The 'radio objective' is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is simulated emergency conditions and is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. 'Abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions' means using emergency power and portable antenna installations, like what might be needed to support a real emergency operation.

SARA Plans will be updated soon (watch here ~ usually a March meeting topic). If you wish, we can put you on the air for FD! Usually we have free coffee, so come out and check our operation and enjoy our hospitality and set at a radio. We use a computer logging network which links all of our operating positions. We usually have three to five stations setup and use a common networked logging system. {A "logging system" stores information on the stations as we talk with them. Talking to the same station (repeat contact) has limitations on what can be included for scoring points, thus it is important to have all stations use 'current data' for all logging and score checking.}

Stop by the FD site for a visit!

Current plan is perhaps the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds

Latitude (N): 42.9525 & Longitude (W): 84.1111 degrees

Our Maidenhead Grid Square: EN72ww

that is 2900 Hibbard Rd, Corunna for common addressing usage.

If you can not get to us and still wish to find a Field Day location see: Field Day Locator at ARRL. Almost all club FD sites would love to have you visit/operate, but you should check due to Covid concerns!

SARA Planning Actions ~ 2022

2022 ~ FD W8QQQ ~ Planning starts in the March meeting

Always the 2nd Tuesday in March at 7:00 PM. -- 08 Mar 2022 Attend the meeting and help us plan our actions!

SARA Actions from Past Field Day Events

2021 ~ FD W8QQQ - We cancelled for local weather.

Well we ended up cancelling the 2021 FD activity at the Fairgrounds (25 June). Having several previous days with classic Michigan rainstorms and a forecast for heavy rain storms through the entire weekend we folded. Not really what you want to safely setup and teardown a large tent and deal with potential severe winds. We decided to be safe and cancel the fairground activity, we will look for a better time to show our emergency abilities. Saturday decided to bless us with the predicted severe thunderstorm watch from 4:00 pm to 10:00 followed with Tornado warnings at 6:00 to 7:00. Some of our spotters spotted tornado activity (Bancroft area - Grand River and I-69) and reported those conditions. Making several of us happy that the FD event was correctly cancelled. Club members were working from home stations (like 2020) and plan to submit logs for club FD credit.

Thus the club bypassed the Covid impact on FD. We are waiting for the 2022 event to be a 'normal' event {PLEASE}!

2020 ~ FD W8QQQ

Due to Covid 19, operations were from individual stations with logging collected as individuals reported club affiliations. So no SARA picture is available for 2020.

2019 ~ FD W8QQQ

The tent, EOC Communications Trailer (for SARA's use) & New EOC Communications van viewed from west of the setup. Antennas are in the view. The location is the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds on Hibbard Rd. south of Corunna. We operated 4A, adding a digital station from efforts of Dennis Phillips. We had a visitor, WA8LMF, setup a portable station (not FD) from the trunk of his car. His station was just North of the club's 'ops tent', WA8LMF is Steve Smith from Okemos. We are reviewing video from Steve's drone and will add some shots from that in the near future (we hope).

Also, special thanks to Dennis Phillips, KC8ETW for the BBQ Venison and Deserts and Kevin Middleton for the Sunday breakfast. Also, all others who contributed to food and snacks and generator gasoline. As usual, Kevin Middleton, K8MID, was blamed for most of the antenna efforts (area for better prep improvement). As always, he did a great job!

We had about twenty (20) people total at the site this year. There were several club members present who did not operate and many local visitors - just curious for a view of the operation. The following operators are listed: Kevin Middleton, K8MID; Dennis Phillips, KC8ETW; Phil Bates, AC8FW; Don Warner, WB8GUS; Tom Carpenter, AI8AS; Dennis Shubitowski, NS8H; and William Shubitowski (no call). (I may have missed some - working on it). The teardown crew picture next to the tent is left to right: Tom Carpenter,KI8AS; Dennis Phillips, KC8ETW; William Shubitowski (son of NS8H), Kevin Middleton, K8MID; Don Goetscky, KD8MGU; and Phil Bates, AC8FW. Not pictured Don Warner, WB8GUS - camera guy and Dennis Shubitowsli.

The weather was great all weekend long. Perhaps a little cold about 3:00 ~ 5:30 AM as we are getting older we are spoiled and expect 70 degrees for highs and lows. We had one new EXTRA Class from our 2019 VE session (from Bay City). Equipment (including network) and antennas all performed well. The food was great! The company was well received and great fun was the final result (20 people on site is a high number for recent efforts). Band conditions were not the best, praying for the sunspots. Event was ruled a success and club members really enjoyed the time. We are reviewing and will add some improvement for 2020.

2018 ~ FD W8QQQ

Operations tent setup: Dennis Phillips,KC8ETW, and Kevin Middleton, K8MID, working on the 'doorway'. This 'tent' is almost 50 feet long! (read as huge to setup and teardown). we operated 3A 2018 with three stations in the tent.

As always we had a great time at Field Day and we hold our June FD VE testing session at the fairground site!

2017 ~ FD W8QQQ

A photo from 2017 FD and shows some of the SARA Operators gathered in for a photo on the nice Saturday afternoon. Our VE testing passed one candidate. We had four visitors to the site. Results were not real good, about 200 contacts from the two station in operation, but the fun was really outstanding. Thanks to all SARA members who came out and visited, worked and operated. Looking forward to 2018 and another great time. Also, special thanks to Kevin, K8MID for the brats and sausages. We are hoping for sunspots soon.

{left to right} Dennis Phillips, KC8ETW; Phil Bates, AC8FW; Kevin Middelton, K8MID; William "Larry" Scott, KC8GTR; Tom Carpenter, KI8AS; Dennis Shubitowski, NS8H; & Don Warner, WB8GUS.

Other SARA members at the 2017 site ~ not in picture: Mike Rothe, AB8VS; Bob Wilcox, W8OMS; Doug Williams, W8NDW; Bill Blick, W8EB; & Don Goetschy, WD8MGU.

Some operated and some just visited ~ all had a good time! Check the photos: All Hams love to eat and our Field Day Operation is not an exception to the rule.

OCTOBER, 2022

Michigan Simulated Emergency Tests [SET] -- [about the second weekend of October]

ARES/RACES Member participate in the state/national wide exercise.

The 44SET 2020 was a test of simplex only (2 M) test of recieving and forwarding information accross the state. Counties outside of area to pass traffic directly to the state EOC used counties on the path towards Lansing to send and recieve messages. We had six members of SARA involved and had three Shiawassee county stations in operation. Results were good for our county. Thanks to all those that participated.

NOVEMBER, 2022

November Sweepstakes

[Two Weekends]

CW Weekend is November 5th ~ 7th, 2022

Phone Weekend is November 19th ~ 21st, 2022

Contest Period is 2100 UTC Saturday until 0259 UTC Monday

16:00 EST Saturday {4:00 PM} to 21:59 EST Sunday {09:59 PM} in eastern US.

Contest rules are available at ARRL contests {external} ~ you will need a current set to work from.

Now you need 84 sections for a "Clean Sweep"! Here is the ARRL Section Abbreviations List {external}. There are 71 US sections and 13 Canadian sections ~ working them all during the contest period is called a 'clean sweep'. It a highly desired status... Good Luck. In 2020 there were 10 CW and 78 SSB in the USA.

Make sure your logging program has all the sections for proper scoring! If using a paper log, you are indeed a brave person.

Check the 'ARRL Clean Sweep' web page. It contains a little history on the status.

DECEMBER, 2022

SARA Dinner with Spouses / Guests ~ 2nd Tuesday in December 2022 Dec. ~ 13}

Reservation is required, RSVP by 12/1 to Don, WB8GUS ~ call [810] 599-0729 (or text), or email: wb8gus (at) arrl.net. We welcome visitors that may wish to come along. Those not RSVPing may sit in a corner... you do not want to be on that side of Santa's list {get reservations in early}. The picture here was from the 2018 Dinner.

The dinner meeting is well attended by club members and guests. The last few years we have had 'door prizes', based on a random drawing of members present. Plan is to draw at 6:15 PM ('SHARP' and must be present to win - so get there early!).

We start about 6:00 PM with greetings (drinks) with the dinner following about 6:30 PM.

Dennis Phillips, KC8ETW, continues his efforts on the door prize committee (from January, 2019 SARA meeting - a committee of 1). His past performance indicates we will have some great prizes! He does a "great job"! ~ Probably a permanent position for our club! (we actually voted him in).

Those attending have a great time and the conversation is active around the table. 73's to all and hoping we see you at the next event. Oh, and a Merry Christmas to all!