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.

February 11th Meeting - Kids and Ham Radio…AND Contesting

As we’ve discussed a lot, it is vital that we get more young people into the hobby in order to keep it strong. We have some of the money that we raised from auctioning K1VBM(SK)’s generous donation of all of his ham gear, which is earmarked for this purpose. We have a Board-level committee which has a plan to use this gift wisely.
But we’re not the only ones thinking this way. Our guest speaker has been putting action to words for some time. Furthermore, I have top secret communications from my buddies at the Gateway Club (White Co.) that he is one heck of a great speaker.
Craig Bailey (KN4DLS) has been the Band Director at Gainesville Middle School for the past 19 years.  During his tenure, the program has grown to over 400 members.   He is the trustee and sponsor of the schools amateur radio club, N4GCS.
Growing up as a kid of the 70′s, Craig was always interested in technology, but “life” never really pointed him in the right direction to get on the air.
Fast forward to 2016 when his then 13 year-old son, Carter, watched an Alabama radio club setting up a temporary repeater in support of a bicycle race he was participating in and he became very interested in the technical side of the hobby.  One thing led to another and father and son licensed together on the same day.
Craig’s wife of 27 years, Rhonda, is unbelievably supportive of the crazy amount of time that he and Carter (KN4DLY) spend playing in the ham world

Presentation Overview——

“Git-Along Little Dogies”: Recounting the ARRL School Club RoundUp
This presentation gives a glimpse into the N4GCS club’s first foray in contesting.  What went well, what needs to be better next time and why the kids can’t wait to do it again!
The Venue
Remember, our new meeting place is Beaver Toyota, 1875 Buford Hwy, Cumming, Georgia 30041. That’s Highway 20, exit 14 from GA 400, down the road (to the east) a couple of miles or so from the hospital. It’s on the north side of the road. If you approach it from the west, turn left on the street right after the dealership, then turn left into the dealership and drive around back to the assigned parking area.
IMPORTANT: Park behind the collision center. If you park elsewhere, someone may trade in your car while you are in the meeting. The collision center is the western-most building at the dealership.
The meeting will be in Beaver’s community room, on the second floor. They ask you to check in at reception when you arrive. Stairs and an elevator are to the left of, and behind, the reception desk. The community room is upstairs and to your right, then down a long hallway and through the next door. We’ll try to have signs out directing you.
Because of a hard stop time, we’ll dispense with the usual preliminaries and get into the program almost immediately at 6:30. If we have time, we’ll make some announcements at the end. Otherwise, we’ll send out an email after the meeting. We will pass around an attendance sheet if I remember it.

The Time and Date

We’re back to our regular date, Monday, February 11. We have a new permanent start time, 6:30. The reason is that we have a hard exit time of 7:45 – if you want to talk longer, please go out to the parking area behind the collision center. We encourage you to come about 6:00 if you can, for an eyeball QSO. No dinner before due to the early time. I’m going to be hungry after the meeting, so I’ll stop at Steak and Shake on Highway 20 to the west. Join me if you can.

The Re-up

Yeah, you knew I’d get to this. It’s time to re-up with SARA if you haven’t already done so. Dues are $24.00 a year unless you passed your licensing test at one of our classes in the past year and didn’t take advantage of this last year: in that case your dues are $0.00 the first year only. You may pay at the meeting – checks are preferred; if you need to use cash please ask for an envelope that I should have, and write your name and call on the outside. You may also pay using paypal, starting from our website athttp://sawneeradio.com/?page_id=1726. Or you can send your payment to SARA at POB 1773, Cumming, GA 30028.
for us maybe at the big table in the front, or on the right side of the restaurant, depending on what’s available when we get there.
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