Future Events and Activities

Saturday, Feb. 2: 8:30AM Coffee & Ham at the Greenwood Flea Market. Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/YXgrtz2U7tQ2

Saturday, Feb 9: 9AM-3PM; Technician Class Training Course at the SARA Clubhouse, preparing candidates for the VE test session one week later. Know anyone who's been considering studying for their first ham license? Have him/her contact Bob Davis N5ZVW (318-230-1242, bobn5zvw@gmail.com) to obtain and begin using an ARRL study guide in advance. Cost of the book is $32.00; successful new Technician licensees purchasing the book from SARA will receive a complimentary 2019 SARA membership.

Tuesday, Feb 12: 6PM; SARA Monthly General Meeting, Century 21 Elite Training Room. Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/jFrfxMrHVfy Chris McNutt K5KXW and Andy Allen KF5ORM will present a recap of the fascinating 2018 Hamfest presentation of aviator-historian Brian Lloyd WB5BL (formerly WB6RQN).

Saturday, Feb 16: 9AM; VE Test Session (all license grades) at the SARA Clubhouse.

Saturday, Mar 2: 8:30AM; Ham & Coffee at the Greenwood Flea Market Cafe.

Saturday, Mar 2: 11AM (time subject to change); SARA Communications Support of the Krewe Of Gemini Parade. This is one of SARA's spotlight events in the Shreveport-Bossier social community each year, and one to which we're enthusiastically invited back. It's a lot of fun; do plan to join us. Plan on spending from about 11AM to the end of the day with us. We will load our assigned sparkling-new Red River Chevy Silverado pickups, then proceed to lunch at Riverview Hall, where the parade will embark afterward. Our trucks will be given strategic placement within the parade in order for us to keep Krewe officers and Shreveport Police aware of anything we see along the way. Here are the requirements for participation: (1) a valid driver's license from any state. (2) a willingness to abstain from all products containing alcohol for 24 hours prior to the parade. This includes alcoholic beverages, of course, but also alcohol-based medications such as cough syrups, cold preparations and antiseptic mouthwash (Listerine and its generic brands). SPD officers will breathalyzer test all of us prior to the parade and also at some unannounced point on the parade route. If the first breathalyzer test detects any alcohol whatsoever, you may still participate, but only as a rider. If the mid-parade test detects any alcohol while you're behind the wheel, things get much more serious! That warning given, please contact our parade captain Rick Westerfield KH2DF (318-393-8244, r_lweSterfield@bellsouth.net) to volunteer. Rick will need your driver's license number and the state that issued it. See you there!

Friday-Saturday, Mar 8-9: Acadiana Hamfest at Rayne, LA. This is a popular event for Louisiana hams. It begins with a crawfish boil and Cajun dance on Friday evening, then to a well-run and busy hamfest on Saturday. Some SARA members are planning to spend one or two nights in the Rayne area, while others are going down for the day. If you're interested, say so during one of the Thursday evening nets and line yourself up with either a ride or riders.

Tuesday, Mar 12: 6PM; SARA Monthly General Meeting, Century 21 Elite Training Room.