Sawnee Amateur Radio Association

An amateur radio club for the Forsyth County Georgia Area

Welcome to the Sawnee Amateur Radio Association

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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.

February 8, 2016 Club Meeting

Zyg Skrobanski on VOACAP

VOACAP is a FREE program that gives you very accurate predictions for high frequency propagation to any spot on the globe.  It was originally developed by the Voice of America. Seehttp://www.voacap.com/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VOACAP.

Let Zyg tell you about himself

I was first licensed in England in January 1968 and still hold the call G3XDZ.  Moved to Canada shortly afterwards to attend college and obtained the call VE3GZS.Zyg Skrobanski

I have an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Ottawa in Canada.  My professional work started at Bell-Northern Research in Canada where I worked on the system design for high capacity digital microwave transmission systems.  This changed to work on the then new fiber optic systems.

Northern Telecom (which became Nortel Networks) in 1983 made me an offer, that I could not refuse, to move to Atlanta.  I eventually transferred to Sales and became a Sales Engineer.

In 1998 I received my US call AF4MP after passing the 20 wpm test and writing all the necessary exams from Novice to Extra in one sitting!  Prior to that time I was using my Canadian call under reciprocal rules.

I have been operating HF mobile and have worked 158 countries.  However, with the tower now finished, my home station is almost ready – just need to install the antennas.

Eatin’Marie's Italian Deli

We always like to eat before a meeting.  If you can join us at 5:30 or even a bit later, we can have vittles together.  Our gastronomic consultant, Bryan, has found another good place to eat, by the name of Marie’s Italian Deli, http://www.mariesitaliandeli.com/.  It is 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:https://goo.gl/maps/ksJXJXkozMT2.

We’ll meet at Marie’s about 5:30, later if you need to, and adjourn to start the meeting at 7pm at  the Bennett Conference Center at Northside Hospital Forsyth, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming, GA 30041 . This is off of GA-400 Exit 14, off Ronald Regan Parkway. The Bennett Center is on the first floor of the 1400 building, directly across the drive from the (free) parking garage.  Enter at the building entrance and the conference center is directly behind the reception desk to your left.