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.

May 14th Meeting – Drones: A Toy and Tool for Modern Hams

Nope, no drones in this picture, but the bald guy at the mic is Tom, W4SDR, who has, along with his all-ham family, been playing with drones,tommc among other things for the purpose of hanging wire antennas way up in trees. And he’s going to explicate (that means tell all there is to know) about his experiences at the meeting. No, I don’t think he is going to give any drones away, and I doubt seriously that he’ll fly one in the meeting room. But he just might have some things there to show off. And he’ll certainly tell us a lot about drones and how to use them in ham radio. 

Oh, in the picture, Tom is operating from the ham shack on the USS New Jersey. He was taking a tour of the ship, and, well, you know, a ham who is as much of a ham as is Tom just kind of acts like a magnet attracted to another magnet called a ham shack. He got caught admiring the big discone antenna on the forecastle, and his docent, who caught him, turned out to be N3OWM (also pictured).


We’ll have the freebie bins there to rummage through, and a few things have been added since last time. Why don’t you bring a few things that you’re tired of, but things that are still of value to someone else? Toss them in the box. Just please, no junk.


The Meeting


The meeting is at 7:00 on Monday, May 14. 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.

The Eating


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. We’re hoping that Wey can join us, giving you some extra chances to chat with him.