Upcoming Technician Class 2020
The Technician Licensing Class for 2020 will be offered starting on February 4, 2020 beginning at 6:30 PM and continue for nine weeks until March 31, 2020. Each class is about two hours long. The FCC Technician Licensing Exam will be offered on the last day of class, March 31, at a cost of $15. We will be using the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition as the text for the class. It is the student’s responsibility to purchase the text. It is no longer necessary to pass a code test to get a license and we will not be teaching code. The text can be purchased from the ARRL, HRO or Amazon.
The Technician Course is designed to teach those new to the hobby and will be taught by John Munday, K4JNM. If you are interested please contact us and reserve your spot with John Munday K4JNM, firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Classes will begin on February 4, 2020, beginning at 6:30. Ths held at the Forsyth County Public Library, 585 Dahlonega St (Hwy 9), Cumming, GA 30040.
A test will be offered on the last day. It is not necessary to take the test then, and if you didn’t take the course you may still take the test for any license class on that day. For those who have taken a cram course (one or two days), we invite you to come if you want to find out more about what is behind the hobby, regardless of whether or not you passed the test during the cram course.
There is no cost for the course itself. The only costs are the license manual and the test as described above.
We expect that a General Class course will be offered immediately upon completion of this course, and an Extra Class course will be offered in the fall.
SARA Member Audrey McElroy Leads Amateur Radio/HAB Session at Whitlow Elementary School
Audrey McElroy (KM4BUN) taught an Amateur Radio/HAB session at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming GA (Forsyth County) on December 19th. Audrey presented some balloon demonstrations focusing on wind and solar power and launched a Pico Balloon! The Whitlow students will follow the progress of the balloon on APRS.
Audrey has also been selected to lead the HAB Session at the Youth on the Air (YOTA) Region 2 Summer Camp for licensed amateur radio operators being held June 21 through June 26, 2020 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township (North Cincinnati), Ohio.
December celebrates Youth On The Air
Amateur radio operators age 25 and younger will be on the air in December as special event stations around the world celebrate youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month stations will be on all bands and modes at various times. QSL and award information is at
In the United States, the callsigns will be K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. Elsewhere in the Americas, Canada will be VE7YOTA, and other countries are expected to be added soon. Amateur radio operators should be encouraged to listen for and contact these stations as well as all callsigns ending in the letters “YOTA” across the globe.
D-STAR Repeater System on Sawnee Moving to Wauka Mountain
D-Star Repeater Owner/Trustee Terry W4TL is moving the D-Star repeaters from Sawnee Mountain to Wauka Mountain, where the Lanierland ARC will take over maintaining them.
The proposed date to move the equipment is December 28, 2019
Come Join Us at an Upcoming SARA Meeting
SARA actively welcomes new members and encourages licensed and non-licensed individuals to join SARA members at the monthly meeting to learn more about Amateur Radio. Let us introduce you to our hobby while you visit one of the best clubs in the area.
If you are just starting out in amateur radio, we invite you to any of our upcoming events. Let us introduce you to our hobby while you visit one of the best clubs in the area.