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.

September 14th Club Meeting

The September meeting will feature Steve Lockhart, N3PU, of Broadcom fame, talking about the Teensy 3.1 Micro system. It features a 72MHz 32bit ARM processor with Digital I/O, a 16 bit ADC, a 12 bit DAC, 256K of flash and 64K RAM; a $20 package the size of your thumb. Take a look at here.

Steve is DOCSIS RF PHY validation Team Lead for Broadcom. (That means he knows a heck of a lot about cable modems.)

Trivia: What does ARM stand for? Well, it originally stood for Acorn RISC Machine, after the British company which first developed the architecture. An acronym in an acronym, RISC in turn stands for Reduced Instruction Set Computing. If that doesn’t make sense to you, come to the meeting and ask Steve.

The meeting begins at 7pm, please feel free to join us at IHOP for a meal at 6pm. Directions can be found here.