Sawnee Amateur Radio Association

An amateur radio club for the Forsyth County Georgia Area

Welcome to the Sawnee Amateur Radio Association


SARA is one of the premier clubs in the North Georgia area. Presently, we have over fifty active members. The club and its members are actively involved in many different amateur radio activities. Some members enjoy just rag-chewing, or operating CW, SSB, VHF SSB, or QRP. Others enjoy chasing DX, or working satellites, or building equipment and antenna systems.

The clubs main emphasis is to assist local communities with special events and their communications needs. We also like to promote the public awareness of the ARRL Field Day event held every June. SARA has been honored with two national “First Place” finishes in our class, during past Field Day events.

If you are just starting out in amateur radio, we invite you to one of our upcoming events or meetings. Let us introduce you to our hobby while you visit one of the best clubs in the area.

September Meeting (Date Changed!)

Our September 18 Meeting features Tim Duffy, K3LR, and his superstation, and I mean SUPERstation. Check it out on Tim will join us via Skype and will give us a tour of his station. Ask questions to your heart’s content. And drool. I don’t think any of our stations come close.

Tim Duffy, K3LR

Tim Duffy, K3LR

Tim is Chief Operating Officer for DX Engineering. He is very active on the HF bands. K3LR enjoys hosting multi multi DX radio contest events. Tim likes to help bring new people into the hobby by mentoring them in the fun of amateur radio. Tim is President of his local ham club, the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club. He is active in RACES, ACS and ARES. Tim is a member of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame and was on Team USA for the World Radio Team Championship (WRTC) four times. Tim is the founder and chairman of Contest University (CTU). He is President of the Radio Club of America – the oldest wireless club in the world. K3LR serves as ARRL Section Manager for Western Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. Tim is the recipient of the 2015 Amateur of the Year Award presented by the Dayton Hamvention® Awards Committee, and the 2016 YASME Excellence Award.

The Venue

The meeting is at 7:00 on Monday September 11. We are at Northside Forsyth Hospital’s Bennett Center, 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. This is off GA400 Exit 14. Enter from Ronald Reagan Blvd. (extension of Marketplace Blvd.) The Bennett Center is on the first floor of the 1400 building, directly across the drive from the (free) parking garage. The conference center is directly behind the reception desk to your left as you enter the 1400 building. Of course you don’t have to be a member of SARA to come, but if you live in the area we’d really appreciate your membership.


The Eating

If you can, join us at 5:30 or so at Marie’s, It’s in the Publix shopping center on the north side of GA 20 (GA400 Exit 14), 580 Atlanta Rd , Cumming, Ga. 30040. Marie’s is in the 2nd building to the left of Publix, just past the Humane Society Thrift Store and the monopole cell tower (all hams notice towers, right?). Here is a Google Street View of the restaurant front to show you what to look for: Look for us maybe at the big table in the front.