Next SARA meeting Thursday March 2, 2017
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It's that time of year again - time to renew your dues for the Stamford Amateur Radio Association
Stamford Amateur Radio Association (SARA)

2017 Annual Report and 2017 Dues Notice

We had another good year
Highlights for 2016:

SARA teamed with GNARC and other local hams to provide communications coverage for charity bicycle events including the Bloomin Metric, the Bike MS ride, the Bike 4 Bikes ride, and the Fairfield Half Marathon. 

 We did our part for Field Day but the propagation gods failed us again. Well, they pretty much failed everyone. Still, we were: o 19 out of 326 in 3A national o 5 out of 20 in 3A New England o 1 out of 6 in 3A Connecticut o 120 out of 2697 in all classes national o 14 out of 155 in all classes New England o 2 out of 37 in all classes Connecticut AND – we got our first two satellite contacts after years of trying. Special thanks to Terry W1TSM (our fearless Field Day leader), Ernest KA1NGG (logistics), Steve KB1YLQ (logistics), Terry WA1JBO (logistics and setup), Emily N1DID (satellite contact), and Andy N2CN (our lone CW operator whose ears almost fell off).

We hosted a moonbounce DXpedition – a moonbounce enthusiast who came to CT so that a bunch of European hams could finally get CT for their Worked All States. We put it together in two days from when we were contacted out-of-the-blue. A great location at Cummings Park beach, a 30 foot long 16 element 2 meter yagi, a bunch of radios, car batteries and a generator, and five successful contacts. We even got to see the liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Wallops Island VA carrying supplies up to the ISS.

The “Buddies on the Beach” Buddipole expedition was a great success, with three operators and about 12 club members participating – plus we drew the attention of a couple of other local hams.

Our CERT members have been providing communications support to Stamford CERT. Some of our members participated in the state’s EPPI (Emergency Preparedness and Planning Initiative) Exercise in November, and most of them participated in the CERT support to the Stamford Balloon Parade, one of the largest CERT activations in CT. Our radio at the EOC is now also being used by the Emergency Management Director for a statewide VHF communications initiative.

In early 2017, SARA is teaming up with GNARC to present a ham radio license class (technician) targeted at “second responders” such as CERT. We have filled up the class (20 attendees) with CERT members from around the area, a couple of police officers and firefighters (including one each from Stamford), and a couple of members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. We have a waiting list to get into the class and expect we will be holding another class in the spring.

We continue to have good attendance at the meetings and good programs thanks to Fred (K1FC), including building a ZS6BKW antenna. If anyone has any program suggestions, please let us know.

We continue to hold four VE sessions a year and have had good attendance at most of them.

The Board wishes to thank all of you who participated in 2016.

Membership is open to all licensed hams, aspiring hams, and interested non-hams. Dues are $25 for the year, which includes membership for you and members of your immediate family. Dues are $10 for matriculated students and hams who live outside a 50 mile radius of Stamford.

New hams are welcome and we have an active “Elmer” program to assist in getting on the radio, including assistance in putting up antennas (for members only). We welcome questions on equipment selection, equipment use and programming, and operating procedure. New hams are invited to become members at no charge for the year in which they first become licensed.

Dues to SARA help us to fund the following:
  •  Costs associated with our website (ctsara.org)
  •  Business registration and taxes
  •  Mailman reflector
  •  Insurance
  •  Operation of 4 repeater radios at 2 sites plus their care and maintenance
  •  Field day operation which includes equipment, supplies and four meals
 You can register for membership on-line using Paypal at: http://www.ctsara.org/SARAdues.htm
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                       SARA MEETING                                                                     JOHN THE BAKER                              

                                                                  John The Baker Pizza  @  6:30 pm                                                             
    
Plenty of parking across the street in bank parking lot! Plan on 6:30 pm.

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     Meeting of the Board of Directors  2/19/2017

    August 18, 2016   September 22, 2016   October 20,2016    January 5, 2017   January 19, 2017
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UPCOMMING EVENTS & UPDATES
 
 
   (ham radio)  License Exam schedule for 2017. Stamford Government Center. NEXT EXAM...  March 11, 2017    MORE INFO

LIVE NORWALK AND WILTON TALK GROUPS INCLUDING WILTON ARES & TAC 1 thru 5.  Including local talk groups.  
Tom's Scanner  K1TA  Listen Live DMR  Plus Local EMS & Fire.  
APP LINK  for  iTunes & phone. (SAME DMR L
ISTEN LIVE)

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SARA REPEATERS

W1EE  146.655  - 600   PL- 100Hz  NOW IN SERVICE

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STAMFORD DMR REPEATER OUT OF SERVICE

WEATHER EMERGENCY CT. STATE WIDE & TAC CHANNELS 

NORWALK TALKGROUPS & WILTON (ARES) INCUDING CT STATE WIDE & TAC 1 thru 5.  

NORWALK  IN SERVICE       LISTEN

DMR -MARC Norwalk, CT.

W1NLK 448.075   - 5MHz, Color Code 1

*NORWALK*  DMR  NOT AFFILIATED WITH (ARES)

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WORLD WIDE

WORLD WIDE ENGLISH

NORTH AMERICA

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND

NORTHEAST

NEW ENGLAND WIDE

CT SOUTHWEST

310   (PTT)

LOCAL

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CT ARES  Wilton CT.          LISTEN

Callsign W1SP

440.75000

Offset +5.000

Color Code: 1

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WW English

North America

Northeast

TAC 310 PTT on Demand

CT Statewide 2

Region 1 thru 5

LOCAL

NOTE: SOME TALK GROUPS ARE DUPLICATES WITH NORWALK

(PTT) ON DEMAND INACTIVITY TIMEOUT.  MUST TRANSMIT TO ACTIVATE REPEATER.

LOCAL AREA REPEATERSS

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What is Ham Radio ?  

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together.

People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones.

It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.   MORE INFO

 

       ARRL Handbook (2016 Hardcover Edition)           ARRL's Tech Q&A 6th Edition           ARRL General Class License Manual 8th Edition  

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Terry, W1TSM    Published on February 2, 2017

This month a discussion of 160 meter operations - how to operate, what to expect, issues specific to 160 meters which is a bit different from the other bands. The discussion will include thoughts on how to set up an antenna for 160 meters without having to buy a 5 acre farm.
STAMFORD GOVERNMENT CENTER

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A successful 20 Meter Amateur Radio contact was made at 1530 UTC, December 11, 2016 by Clark Burgard, N1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA with station GB2ZE, operated by Jason O'Neill, GM7VSB, in Ardrossan, Scotland. The radio contact was a reenactment of the first ham radio signals to span the Atlantic Ocean in December 1921 -- 95 years ago!  Video MORE

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