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.

Septmember 8th Club Meeting

September’s meeting will feature a Home-Town Technology Marvel: Dick Perin, ex WA8FTU, of TBS Special Projects Engineering.  Join us at 7pm for a look at how Turner got started, what Turner is like today, and what the future may hold for Turner, as well as broadcasting in general.  Dick will give us a video and audio tour of one of the most sophisticated TV plants in the world, located right here in Atlanta.  Dick has been designing and building the trucks used to pick up sports and other venue programming – those things are marvels of engineering!

Having corporate headquarters for a national or international organization in your home town is often a source of pride for a city. If asked what corporations are based out of Atlanta what comes to your mind? Probably Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, Home Depot, and maybe UPS or Georgia-Pacific. Atlanta is also home to Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Beginning this month the meeting location has been changed.  The NEW LOCATION is at the IHOP Restaurant, 920 Marketplace Boulevard in Cumming, GA.  This is just in front of our lunch meeting location at Lenny’s, off GA 00 Exit 14.  Come in and ask for the room where SARA is meeting.  Or you can say the amateur radio group.  Someone suggested we not ask for the hams meeting, as ham has a different meaning in the food services industry. If you like, come in at about 6:00 and eat with us.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Meeting Topics

Here is a short list of upcoming meeting topics:

  • October 13th RF Space’s Moe Wheatley, AE4JY will provide a tour of the recent advancements in world of Amateur Rasio SDR.
  • November 10th Using Topographic Maps to calculate Optimal Antenna Height, presented by our own Bryan Dunn, W3CP.
  • December 8th SARA’s Annual Christmas Dinner and Officer Elections.