October 2020 Meeting

Our next meeting will be held at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the park across from the St Augustine Lighthouse. (Lighthouse Park).

Program:  Lightening In The Park.

Lightening and Grounding, Alan Alsobrook, KD4QOF

Please wear your mask and respect others by maintaining your proper distance as best as possible.

Bring a soda, a water, or whatever, maybe a snack, but mainly bring yourself. Don’t forget some bug spray and a folding chair.

Hope to see ya’ there.

September 2020 Meeting

Our next meeting will be held at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at the park across from the St Augustine Lighthouse. (Lighthouse Park).

The meeting will be an eyeball QSO party. Please wear your mask and respect others by maintaining your proper distance as best as possible. Bring a soda, a water, or whatever, maybe a snack, but mainly bring yourself. Don’t forget some bug spray and a folding chair. You might bring a show and tell if you want. Come out and visit with your fellow hams.

Hope to see ya’ there.

Lighthouse Event 2020

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Come Join us at the St. Augustine Lighthouse

On August 22th the St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society will be participating in the ILLW Event. You don’t need to bring any equipment. We will operate from approximately 9:00am until mid-late Saturday afternoon. Operation on Sunday is TBA. Come and enjoy amateur radio at the Lighthouse. Please be sure to wear your SAARS membership ID.

Set up will be on Saturday morning starting around 9:00 am. Tear down will be after we stop operating each day.

QSL information on QRZ.com –  callsign N4AUG

August 2020 meeting

Our next meeting will be held at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Online via Zoom. See Allen’s email for instructions.

We will be discussing the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend which at this point is a go. Alan Alsobrook is going to be sharing some information on grounding and how it should be done properly to best protect your equipment from those static discharges we have been seeing and hearing.

We will try to monitor the repeater during the meeting but it can be difficult to do this successfully. If you need help try to contact someone in the meeting for assistance.

Please Note: Feel free to consume any food or beverages that catches your fancy, on camera.  😉

July 2020 Meeting

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Online via Zoom. See Allen’s email for instructions.

Program: Setting up and using WINLINK by Russ Langel, K4HRL.

We will try to monitor the repeater during the meeting but it can be difficult to do this successfully. If you need help try to contact someone in the meeting for assistance.

Please Note: Feel free to consume any food or beverages that catches your fancy, on camera.  😉

Field Day 2020

ARRL-FD_2020_dia de campoAs of 6/22/20, SAARS official Field Day activities have been canceled due to increased concerns over COVID. Please operate and make Field Day contacts from your home QTH and submit a log to the ARRL showing your organization the be the “St Augustine Amateur Radio Society”.

The St Augustine Amateur Radio Society plans to work Field Day this year from the home QTH of N4RRR, DJ Finch. He resides at 2525 Deerwood Acres Dr., St Augustine, FL 32084. The ARRL has eased several of rules for 2020 only to allow a bit of an alternate Field Day. The map link is below. The club will provide Hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch and dinner. A number of people are planning to bring rigs and other equipment. The main thing you need to bring to participate is yourself and a willingness to participate. Though there should be plenty of equipment, if you definitely want to operate, you should bring your rig. K3GO will be the band master and NN2T along with N4RRR will be managing the antennas.

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There are three main rules for SAARS this year:

1. Be respectful of others and allow them their personal space for their safety and yours.
2. It is DJ’s home and he makes the rules.
3. Have Fun!

We hope to see you there? All are welcome.

VE Test June 2020

The SAARS VE Team held its first exam session in 6 months on Saturday morning, June 6, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Team conducted the exam in the outdoor pavilion behind the Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church on US 1 South. Test areas were disinfected prior to the arrival of candidates. Face masks were distributed and social distancing was practiced during the session.

We now have two new Technician Class license holders, Dennis Smith and Diane Wise. John Albertson, KN4UBT successfully upgraded to Extra Class. Congratulations to all participants.

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Volunteer Examiners  Russ Langel, K4HRL; Dennis Fernandez, N4KPI; and Rod Heikkinen, AB4EW during the SAARS/ARRL Test Session.

June 2020 Meeting

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Online via Zoom. See Allen’s email for instructions.

We will be discussing Field Day, possible repeater acquisition and the Christmas Party.

We will try to monitor the repeater during the meeting but it can be difficult to do this successfully. If you need help try to contact someone in the meeting for assistance.

Please Note: Feel free to consume any food or beverages that catches your fancy, on camera.  😉

May 2020 Meeting

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Online via Zoom. See Allen’s email for instructions.

The theme is going to be DMR and other VHF/UHF digital modes.

We will try to monitor the repeater during the meeting but it can be difficult to do this successfully. If you need help try to contact someone in the meeting for assistance.

Please Note: Feel free to consume any food or beverages that catches your fancy, on camera.  😉