Lighthouse Event – ILLW

lh14The St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society will be participating in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW). This is a 48-hour operational event with focus on contacting as many other lighthouses as possible as well as making contacts with other amateur stations. The official kickoff time is 8:01PM (0001 UTC) on Friday evening August 14th, 2015. We will operate for a full 48-hours and complete our objective at 8:00PM (0000 UTC) on Sunday evening August 16th, 2015.

Please plan to assist. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Contact us with your preferred time slot by clicking the contact button on this web page. Just tell us when you can help out.

ILLW2002It is also very important that all members and friends of SAARS attend the August 4th, 2015 meeting at the Main Branch of the St. Johns County Library located on Ponce de Leon Blvd. Our program will be a speaker from the St. Augustine Lighthouse with tips that will come in handy during our event. You can also sign up to operate at the meeting.

CQ – CQ – CQ This is Field Day 2015

It was a colossal event!

7961This year’s Field Day was an overwhelming success. A full 24 hours on most bands and modes of operation resulted in more than 400 contacts. There were around 50 operators and visitors that all came together resulting in a most successful weekend. Be it the fellowship, food, new faces, or entertainment the fellowship of all were enjoyed.

8007We made the news – Click here to see the feed.

Over 100 photos document the event – Click here to see photos.

7940Don’t miss out on next years Field Day 2016

Mark your calendar for June 24 – 26, 2016

FIELD DAY – Change in Location

The location for the 2015 Field Day Event has been changed.

Welaka State ParkDue to a road construction project at the Dunn’s Creek State Park we have had to change this years Field Day location to the Welaka State Forest Park. This location is about the same distance and it appears that it just might turn out to be a better site for the event.

The physical location address is: 794 CR-309 –  Welaka, FL

However Google Maps and MapQuest requires the mailing address rather than the physical address. So when searching using a navigation device use this information instead:

For MapQuest, Google, etc.:  Welaka State Park (700-786 County Road 309, Crescent City, FL 32112) Or 29.468622, -81.659133

Talk InTALK-IN frequencies:
Palatka 147.060 (Tone 123.0)
St. Augustine 146.625 (No Tone)

You may have to call a couple of times, but keep calling. Call out to: Welaka Field Day Operations; we will respond with a proper call sign.

CHECK-IN:  Check-In arrival times begin at noon on Friday June 26th; all set-ups and campsites must be vacated no later than noon on Monday June 28th.  Upon arrival please check-in at the Field Day Registration site with either Jeff Motl or Doug Stewart. We will have your Name Tag and need you to sign the roster sheet. Large equipment (such as the ARES Trailer, County Mobile Tower, etc.) may arrive as early as 8:00 AM on Friday 6/26/2015. Call Doug Stewart (KI4NAD) for assistance on one of the Talk-In frequencies or by phone (386) 546-6172.

Those with RV’s – You may want to stop as you approach the site. We will help you find a site of your choice and then escort you to make driving in a little easier. Or feel free to explore on your own.

campingCAMPING: If you are camping you DO NOT need to stop at the State Park Check-In. We will take care of that paperwork and fees down at the Field Day operations area. It is very simple. Camping is $15.00 per night.  For the most part camping is primitive. Depending on the site that you select there is some water hookups available. There is also a couple of 15 amp. electrical plugs but NO AIR CONDITIONERS on those outlets. They will not carry the load. Generators are of course permitted.

Food, Water, Restrooms:  There will be bottled water available. Food is on your own except for Saturday night and Sunday morning. Any special needs foods are on your own.

There are public restrooms on the site.

spaghettiCOOK OUT: We will have a group dinner (Spaghetti) on Saturday evening around 6pm. Also there will be a small breakfast (Biscuits & Gravy) on Sunday morning around 8am.


QUESTIONS and Additional Information can be directed to either:
Jeff Motl
Doug Stewart

Keep Checking the website for updates:


Don’t miss out on this exciting event. We are all going to have a great time! Bring your family and Friends. And please:  Email and/or Post this information to other that might be interested

FIELD DAY – Important Notice

 Change In Location

The location for the 2015 Field Day Event has been changed.

Due to a road construction project at the Dunn’s Creek State Park we have had to change this years Field Day location to the Welaka State Forest Park. This location is about the same distance and it appears that it just might turn out to be a better site for the event. The address for MapQuest, Google, etc. is 794 CR-309  Welaka, FL

Please check this website often as we will be posting additional information. This is sure to be an exciting event that you don’t want to miss.

Florida QSO Party – April 25th

The Florida QSO Party will be held on Saturday April 25, 2015 at the Al Wilkie Park in Hastings. The park is located two blocks south of the traffic light in Hastings.

The St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society (SAARS) will team up with the Palatka Amateur Radio Club (PARC) in Hastings this Saturday to participate in the Florida QSO party. Plan to join in the fun. Set-Up will begin at 10:00am and we will start calling CQ at noon. The SAARS Club call, N4AUG, will be used during the event. Plans are to make as many contacts as possible between noon and 10:00pm.

Don’t miss out – Meet those Hams that you only hear on the air, help make contacts, learn from the Elmer’s, and enjoy hot dogs and chips to be served between 5:30 – 6:30pm. Many of us will head to the park following the 7:30am breakfast social at Theo’s. So join us for breakfast as well.


Dunn’s Creek State Park Open House

Pictures are starting to come in.

Camping – April 17th – April 19th, 2015
Check-in – Gate opens @ noon on Friday April 17th, 2015
Check-out ** No later than Sunday 4 pm April 19th, 2015

Saturday – April 18th, 2015
Use the link below to sign up to operate HF during the event.

Use this lick below to register with the park for admission and/or camping:
Also use this link for a full schedule of events:

Talk-in Frequency 147.060 Tone 123.0

SAARS Silent Key W4CXM Lives On

2015-03-28_14-38-56_813.pngOn a sunny Saturday afternoon in March 2015 SAARS members came together to dismantle the antennas and tower of SAARS silent key Samuel Snook Jr., W4CXM. The new homeowner contacted a SAARS member inquiring if anyone would be willing to take down the tower and antennas. After only a couple of calls plans were in motion. (View the pictures)

Jim Morrell KF4MX, Doug Stewart KI4NAD, Rick Hatton KK4GGL, and Alan Alsobrook KD4QOF all came together to tackle the project. Four hours later the tower was down and all items were removed. SAARS President, Doug Stewart KI4NAD, advised that some of the useable items could be used at field day while other parts and pieces might be given to members.

There is little doubt that Mr. Snook is smiling down on us. He would surely be very happy to know that he has once again helped SAARS continue it’s momentum and contributed to the growth of amateur radio in St. Augustine, FL.