Sawnee Amateur Radio Association

Sawnee Amateur Radio Association

An amateur radio club for the Forsyth County Georgia Area

Welcome to the Sawnee Amateur Radio Association


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.

Amateur Radio Astronomy – Charles Osborne

Amateur Radio Astronomy

Our presenter at our monthly meeting, Monday October 10 at 7 pm. will be Charles Osborne speaking on the topic of amateur radio astronomy. Charles is pictured in front of his 3.7m dish he has at home for radio astronomy at 1420MHz or amateur Deep Space Network use at 8.4 GHz.

Charles is a system engineer with Rockwell Collins Government System. He is tasked with the specification, design, construction, application of low noise amplifiers, feeds, down converters, phase locked signal sources, time and frequency references, coaxial and fiber optic cabling, computer control system specification, antenna design, application, and innovation from 800MHz – 31 GHz. From 1999 – 2007 Charles served as Technical Director of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, a not for profit educational research facility utilized by universities as a radio and optical astronomy observatory and remote lab. Charles assisted in the planning and conversion of the 200 acre (107,000 sq ft in 14 buildings) closed Department of Defense base, into a functioning radio and optical observatory, with Internet accessible instruments, classroom space, and labs.

Charles is a Senior Member of the IEEE active in the Antennas and Propagation Society and Instrumentation and Measurement Societies. He has served as President, VP, and Board of Directors positions for the past twenty years in: the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers, the Southeastern VHF Society, and other groups.

Charles earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State. University with an emphasis on RF Systems and Antenna Engineering. While at NCS he was President of the NC State University Amateur Radio Club W4ATC

In 1998 he received the Southeastern VHF Society K4UHF Award, lifetime achievement award for experimental, engineering, and education contributions to VHF/UHF/Microwave aspects of the amateur radio hobby. In 1993 he was the Hughes Award Winner Teacher of the Year for Gwinnett County Schools volunteer science teaching.

Meeting Time and Place

The meeting is at 7:00 on Monday September 12.  We are at Northside Hospital’s Bennett Center, Northside Forsyth Hospital, 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming, GA 30041 . This is off GA-400 Exit 14. Enter from Ronald Reagan Blvd. (extension of Marketplace Blvd.)  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.


Marie's Italian Deli
If you can, join us at 5:30 or so at Marie’s Italian Deli,  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:  We’ll try to grab the right room again, at the very right side of the building.