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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 club's 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. We also are always actively welcoming and reaching out to youth to help continue this amazing hobby with the upcoming generations!
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.
April 7th Meeting – Skype Call with Tim Duffy
Tim Duffy, K3LR and DX Engineering, will be giving a Skype presentation on what the World Radiosport Team Championships (WRTC) is, and how it got started. He will also talk about the construction of his WRTC 2018 station, its operation, and the event itself in Wittenburg Germany. Tim previously competed in WRTC's held in San Francisco (1996), Finland (2002), Brazil (2006), and Moscow, Russia (2010) and was a technical advisor in Boston (2014).
The World Radiosport Team Championship is an amateur radio competition. Participation is by invitation only. Entry to each quadrennial WRTC requires qualification through high positions in major world radio contests. The main principle of the WRTC is to provide a level playing field for the qualified contestants from around the world to compete against one another using amateur radio stations located in areas with the same propagation terrain and equipped with identical antennas, operating under the keen eyes of qualified referees. Each WRTC event is organized by a volunteer group of Radio Amateurs in the locality where the competition will be held, with the help of a standing committee of internationally recognized contesters. The WRTC is the closest thing to a world championship in the sport of radio contesting. In 2018 over 1000 people were involved, with a cost of over half a million Euros.