The club is off and running for 2018 with the first meetings of the year, the first Board of Director's meeting, and the first hamfest committee all completed. Things to look for in 2018:

1. Getting started in ham radio - technician class.
2. License upgrade classes.
3. Club projects, for example, the Raspberry Pi bandscope.
4. More to come - stay tuned.

The presentation at the March meeting was very interesting. Hugh Debo (W5DBO) talked about B-17 bomber history and the HF radio equipment carried by the aircraft. A Model G B-17 and its radio equipment is on display at the aircraft museum at Barksdale Air Force base.

The April general membership meeting will be on April 10.

Click on the Future Events Button (above) for a complete list of future events and club activities.

DXpedition Notice:

9M0W, Spartly Island, South China Sea, Compass Heading 320 Degrees.

3D2EU, Rotuma Island, Fiji Islands, Compass Heading 260-70 Degrees.

Check out Calling for more information.

What Do Hams Do?


What do ham's do? Amateur radio, or ham radio, is a hobby that began soon after the radio was invented. Ham's can talk to other ham's across the country or across the globe. Amateur radio can use 18 radio bands under license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Ham radio is not just for fun, but can be used for public service or in times of emergency.

After passing the Technician license exam, a new ham is given a call sign by the FCC (i.e. WA2ABC or KC5ZZZ) and given access to a limited number of bands or frequencies. By passing the General or Extra exams, ham's are given access to additional bands.

Check out "65 Great Things About Ham Radio" at the CQ Amateur Radio magazine.

For additional information about ham radio, go to the following link at the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) or talk to any of the members of SARA.

American Radio Relay League (ARRL)


SARA is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Association for Amateur Radio.

"ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim as The American Radio Relay League, ARRL is a noncommercial organization of radio amateurs. ARRL numbers within its ranks the vast majority of active radio amateurs in the nation and has a proud history of achievement as the standard-bearer in amateur affairs. ARRL’s underpinnings as Amateur Radio’s witness, partner and forum are defined by five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership." From the ARRL web page.

ARRL is a member-society of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) which represents radio amateurs throughout the world.