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.
DMR – Digital Mobil Radio
The September program is on DMR, Digital Mobile Radio, a newer mode supported by a number of manufacturers. Our speaker is Tom Power, W8RED, a leader in implementing this mode in Georgia. Tom grew up in CT and NJ and was first licensed in 1982 as KA2TLW. He got started in Ham Radio when he saw an ad at the time at the local high school in New Jersey for a ham radio class and a club that was forming: The West Morris Wireless Society, WMWS. Previous calls were KA2TLW, KB4JCI, KB8ZTG and he was in Army Mars with the call sign AAR4PH for a number of years in the late 80′s to mid-90′s. Tom travels a ton for work and does not have “much time” to be active in Clubs, but is a member of the ARRL, 10-10, 6 Club, AMSAT, QCWA, Skywarn (NOAA Certified Spotter), SE DX Association, GA SSB Association, and the SERA (Southeastern Repeater Association). He is the new Georgia SERA Journal editor, so send him your GA repeater news for the GA SERA column that is published 4 times a year.
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.
If you can, join us at 5:30 or so at Marie’s Italian Deli, http://www.mariesitaliandeli.