The club is off and running for 2018 with club meetings, interesting programs, and the Shreveport Hamfest coming up. Things to look for in 2018:

1. Getting started in ham radio - technician class. (Saturday, December 8, 9:00AM: Technician Training Class at the SARA Clubhouse, conducted by Bruce KE5CPL and David WØKD. Further details, including availability of study guides and scheduling of the day's training, will be posted later. Contact David W0KD at for further information.)

2. License upgrade classes.

3. Club projects, for example, the Raspberry Pi bandscope.

4. More to come - stay tuned.

The November general membership meeting will be on November 13.

The program for the November meeting will involve Election of Officers and Directors for 2019.

Numerous equipment items from the club house will be put up for bid. Click here to see the list. The bids can be submitted at the November 13 club meeting.

East Texas Amateur Radio Tailgate Sale, November 10, 2018.

Click here for the Tailgate informational flyer.

Saturday, November 17, 10:00AM on, with lunch at Noon: Fall Tailgate at the SARA Clubhouse at the Greenwood Flea Market. Burgers and trimmings available at $5.00 per head, plus operating in the ARRL 2018 SSB Sweepstakes. Hopefully the weather will be a classic sunny fall day.

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

DXpedition Notice:

Check out the DXing Page 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.

FYI: History of Telecommunications and Short History of Radio