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.

March 14, 2016 Club Meeting

Ron Rogers on The Fourlanders

Man, talk about some folks who do DX right in the upper bands! The Fourlanders do it right. And key to their success is our own Ron Rogers, who is going to talk to us at our next meeting, on March 14, 7:00 at the Bennett Conference Center, Northside Hospital Forsyth. These guys make just about any field day set-up look tame and crude. Ron is going to tell us about their exploits and will have pictures of their set-ups.

Ron himself has quite a long list of accomplishments, both in ham radio and RonRogersprofessionally. He has been licensed since 1968. He’s a member of ARRL, SEDXC, SVHFS, AMSAT, QCWA, ARES, & IEEE.
His main interests are VHF-UHF-Micro contesting, Home Brew, DX chasing, EME & WSJT experimentation, Satellite work, FM repeater system architectures, CW work, RTTY, PSK-31, ATV.

His primary homebrew focus is high power VHF-UHF-Microwave power amps & weak signal pre-amp design.

Currently he’s a member of W4NH VHF-UHF-SHF-Microwave contest team. He’s a former member and equipment builder of W8VP and W9ICE contest clubs.

Now he is Assistant EC for Forsyth Co. ARES, and ARRL Technical Specialist, GA Section

Ron recently retired as Engineering Program Manager and Technical Intellectual Property consultant for a Fortune 100 company that provides retail store automation equipment and software, electronic payment products, network communications systems, and data warehousing.

Other interests include early wireless communications technology, early Broadcast radio history, antique radio and restoration, Golf, occasional Bass fishing, and licensed Private Pilot. Whew!

His entire family is licensed. XYL is N8ILW along with sons WE8W and W8BPR.

Eatin’

Marie's Italian DeliWe 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.