Winter Field Day Update #2

Winter Field Day 2021 is less than two weeks away!

SAARS members, please check your email for an event message. It contains a survey link that we ask you to complete and submit if you are attending the event. This information will assist our planning.

The Park Manager has kindly agreed to waive the entrance fee to the park for those attending this event. When you enter at the Ranger Station you will need to show your SAARS membership badge and mention that you are attending the Winter Field Day event.

Map: Anastasia Water Sports

COVID-19 notice: Since we are still in the pandemic we ask that all attendees wear a mask in situations where appropriate distancing is not possible. We will have hand sanitizer, wipes and extra masks available on-site for use throughout the day.

Please stay tuned for further communication on our web site and on the Wednesday evening net.

December 2020 Meeting

Our next meeting will be held at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, December 5, 2021 Online via Zoom. See Allen’s email for instructions.

Program:
•Planning for Winter Field Day – Bob Sileo N2PE
•DMR – N4AUG is on the air 442.875/447.875. Club DMR people will mentor club members with a panel discussion and Q&A.

See Allen’s email for login info.

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. 

(something with egg nog might fit in)

😉

Winter Field Date Update 1

Winter Field Day 2021, Bulletin #1
 
Winter Field Day weekend is January 30 and 31, 2021. SAARS will be operating as N4AUG from Anastasia State Park on Saturday (1/30) at the Watersports Pavilion (same location as the 2019 Florida State Parks on the Air event).
 
Here’s the preliminary schedule:
 
Time (ET) Description
0716 Sunrise
0800 Park opens
0900 Begin setup
1200 Lunch begins
1330 Lunch ends
1345 End setup
1400 Winter Field Day begins (1900 UTC)
1801 Sunset (park closes)
1930 Begin tear-down* (no later than)
1955 End tear-down* (no later than)
2000 Leave park* (no later than)
   
  * pending after-hours permit

The pavilion has AC power and a good number of picnic tables. We’ll need rigs, antennas, tri-pods, poles, etc. (as we need to keep the antennas out of the trees).

 
The park  admission fee of $8 per vehicle MAY apply. We are looking into that.
 
We’ll take a survey of available operators and equipment in the weeks to come, please stay tuned for further communication on our web site, at the January club meeting, and on the Wednesday evening net.
 
You can learn more about Winter Field Day at winterfieldday.com
 
 

SAARS (N4AUG) DMR Repeater Is Operational

As a number of you are already aware, the clubs DMR repeater is now live on the air and has a great foot print.  Several members have already made DMR contacts on it using both direct to the repeater as well as hotspot modes to hit it.  We will be looking for some activities to make use of its capabilities.  Our January meeting will feature DMR as well as Winter Field Day for our program.

Repeater info is at saars.club –> Repeaters/Nets –> Repeaters, or https://saars.club/?page_id=199

A big thanks  to Alan Alsobrook(KD4QOF) and Russ Langel (K4HRL) for getting this repeater on the air.  Their efforts have made this possible.  They have both spent time and money to make it a reality and expand the clubs dimensions.

SAARS Christmas Party – Dec. 1st, 2020 @ Brisky’s

Christmas Party Time

It’s been anothor GREAT Year for SAARS

         Let’s finish it off with a bang! Come join us one and all for our annual Christmas Partyfireplace

Tuesday – December 1st – Brisky’s BBQ Resturant

6:30pm

State Road 16 @ Hwy. US-1

3009 North Ponce de Leon Blvd.
St Augustine, FL 32084
(map)

Due to COVID-19, we will not be doing a buffet, you will order and pay for your own food at the counter outside(food truck style). We will be in the Brisky’s dining room and should be reasonably private. They will not be offering any kind of table service, we will be totally on our own.

November 2020 Meeting

Our next meeting will be held at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Online via Zoom. See Allen’s email for instructions.

We will be discussing VHF Digital Communications

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.  😉

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

intl-lighthouse-logo

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