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.

Our February 12th Meeting

On Monday February 12 we’ll welcome back an old friend, uh, let me rephrase that, a young friend whom we’ve had with us before. Cpl Pete Sabella of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s office will speak on CERT, the Community Emergency Resource Team. This is a great program for all residents of our county, or any other county for that matter. It teaches you to be prepared to be the first responder on the scene for most types of emergencies. This is useful to protect your family, and to protect your friends, and even friends you haven’t met yet.
A number of us have taken Pete’s course, and we all have come back raving about the quality of Pete and the other instructors, and the amount of useful information we’ve come away with.
We’ll update you on the auction of John De Hart’s gear too. Scheduling issues have made this harder than we thought, but we expect the first round of bidding to go out about a week after our meeting, and you will have a few hours the following Saturday to drop by and inspect the lots. We’ll explain the process at the meeting. Remember, in order to bid your 2018 dues MUST be paid. You can bring them to the meeting (checks preferred, cash accepted), or you can pay them on our web site.
I don’t want to take away Jerry’s thunder, but I think we’re going to have some very exciting announcements about ARES, youth recruitment, and an exciting project we can all get involved with this year.

The Meeting

The meeting is at 7:00 on Monday February 12. 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 Pete can join us, giving you some extra chances to chat with him.