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.

September 10 Meeting - Combining the SARA and the ARES meetings

Due to scheduling difficulties, we are combining the SARA and the ARES meetings on the SARA night this month. It’s a good meeting that we all could use. Our own ARES County Emergency Coordinator, Cpl. Pete Sabella, KI4SHP, is going to present a program on proper net operating procedures. This is something we all need to know.

Cpl. Pete Sabella, KI4SHP

Cpl. Pete Sabella, KI4SHP


Pete is one of the busiest men in the county; in fact, when he comes home he has to call his wife first so that she can remind the kids just who is that man in their house. Besides being a school resource officer for the sheriff’s department, Pete is in charge of the excellent CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) that many of us are part of, and he teaches many of the basic and continuing CERT education classes himself. Then this year he took on ARES duties in the county and has already involved ARES in several CERT/ARES activities.

So Where Does All This Take Place?

The meeting is at 7:00 on Monday, September 10 . We are at Northside Forsyth Hospital’s Bennett Center, 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. The conference center is behind the reception desk to your left as you enter the 1400 building. Of course, you don’t have to be a member of SARA to come, but if you live in the area we’d really appreciate your membership.


A Ham’s Gotta Eat

If you can, join us at 5:30 or so at Marie’s, It’s 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. Here is a Google Street View of the restaurant front to show you what to look for: Look for us maybe at the big table in the front.