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Welcome to the New
Sawnee Amateur Radio Association Website!

The Sawnee Amateur Radio Association (SARA) is one of the premier amateur radio clubs in the North Georgia area. Presently, we have over 70 active members. SARA members operate CW, SSB, FM, digital, VHF/UHF SSB, or QRP.  Others enjoy chasing DX, working satellites, or building equipment and antenna systems.  Field day is a favorite!

SARA Assists Local Communities with Special Events

The club’s main emphasis is to assist local communities with special events and their communications needs. SARA also promotes public awareness of the ARRL Field Day event held every June. SARA has been honored with TWO (2) National “First Place” finishes in our class, during past Field Day events.

SARA Welcomes New Members

We also are always actively welcoming and reaching out to young hams to help continue this amazing hobby with upcoming generations!  Our monthly meetings are well-known for their varied and interesting topics.  We operate or maintain a number of repeaters on Sawnee Mountain, hosted by WWEV radio.

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.

Upcoming Meeting for November 2019

Volt-Ohm Meters

presented by SARA President Jim Farmer (K4BSE)

November 11, 2019

SARA Monthly Meeting
Monday November 11
at 6:30pm
Beaver Toyota
1875 Buford Hwy, Cumming, GA 30041
Our program features our Jim Farmer, K4BSE, talking about volt-ohm meters, the entry-level test instrument for most hams. This versatile and economical device has a plethora of applications in the ham shack, from verifying that batteries and wall-warts are working, to troubleshooting antennas. But there are some gotchas if you don’t use them right. This topic came from discussions with WB4S, our speaker last month. Joe suggested that a lot of hams could use an introduction to the most versatile and one of the simplest (and cheapest) pieces of test equipment you can find. And veteran hams, don’t feel left out. There is good review info presented too, and if push comes to shove, feel free to criticize Jim when he makes mistakes. Time permitting, we’ll spend a few minutes talking about electrical safety.
Jim was first licensed as a novice in 1957. He graduated to General Class less than a year later, partly because the novice license was good for limited time, but mostly because he was afraid to tell his Dad why he had NOT called the FCC to schedule his test. Since back then a General Class licensee had all privileges, there was no reason to advance further. So he didn’t get his Extra Class ticket until the 70s, with “incentive licensing” to get back lost privileges. In between he received BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of South Florida. Most of his 45 year professional career was spent developing equipment for the cable TV industry. He teaches our Extra Class licensing class.
SARA Monthly Meeting
Monday November 11`
at 6:30pm
Beaver Toyota
1875 Buford Hwy, Cumming, GA 30041

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