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November Harmonic Newsletter
available now!


Club News


Winter Field Day is Coming
Make your plans to join us for Winter Field Day
Saturday and Sunday January 27 and 28.
More information will be available at the
January Club Meeting.


Michigan's New Distracted Driver Law
Goes into effect Friday June 30
Use of Amateur radio is exempt from the new law. 

It will be prohibited in Michigan to use a cellphone while driving
 unless it's being used via a hands-free program or device,
 like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto,
 or a physical phone mount for those driving vehicles
 without connectivity features.

Find out more at
Michigan.gov Report

Copy of new law with
with Amateur Radio exemption highlighted

You may want to carry this on you or in your vehicle



ARRL RFI Exposure Calculator
The FCC has changed its RF-exposure rules.
Use this handy tool to calculate the 
RF exposure at your station.

Great Lakes Area Winlink Net
(GLAWN) is designed to promote the use of Winlink.
Messages should be sent to KB8RCR (or kb8rcr@winlink.org).
Check out the information sheet here.

EM-Comm Winlink Thursdays
Want to improve your Winlink skills?
Try the exercises offered every Thrusday
from the Em-Comm group.
Click here for more information.

RATPAC Training Videos
Over the last seveal months the RATPAC group
have been presenting different Ham
related Zoom training sessions on a wide
varity of topics.
Here is the list of Documents and Videos from those trainings
and the schedule of up coming events.



 SVARA Meetings

January Club Meeting
The next meeting will be Friday January 5, 2024
at Harry Browne Airport at 7 pm.
Join us and help support our club.


Monthly SVARA meetings take place at 7 pm
in the Lecture Theater at the
Covenant Anderson building on the corner of
N Bond St and Almira St behind the Harrison building.

Covenant Anderson Covenant Anderson Map
Building view             Map View


Board Meeting Schedule
Biggby Coffee, 3085 Bay Rd
Wednesday December 13, 2023 - Cancelled
Wednesday January 17, 2024 - 7 pm
Wednesday February 14, 2024 - TBD




Please use the Public Service Form
on the ARES website to report your
monthly public serice hours.

The PSHR hours will still be reported using the current form
found here.


Public Service Events

MS Walks for 2024
Midland - Saturday April 27
Frankenmuth - Saturday May 11
More information will follow as we
get closer to the dates

Contest Corner

Complete Contest Calendar

More contests can be found in the Complete Contest Callendar above.

 Monday Night Net

Net Control Operators
We are always looking for new Net Control Operators for the Monday Night Net.
If you are interested in being a Net Control operator, please contact
Ron, KC8YVF at kc8yvf@arrl.net.
Training can be provided and equipment if needed.

SVARA Monday Night Net Preamble

 2023 Net Control Operator Schedule (12/23/22)

2024 Net Control Operator Schedule (11/27/23)


Swap Meets

None at this time

Updated Announcements


Holiday in the Heart of the City 
5 pm - 8:30 pm
Photos added


Field Day 2023
Check out the results, photos and more from
this year's Field Day here
Preliminary Total Score: 3,766

Field Day Video added here


Previous Announcement Links




SVARA is an ARRL Affiliated Club

Great Lakes



SVARA on Facebook


Silent Keys



50th Anniversary Events


Radio Books
at the Library



Club Roster
Updated 10/7/2023
Use the following link to request any updates.

SVARA members only -- Send us an
e-mail to get your password!




Presenter's Links

January 2023 Winter Field Day
February 2023 Repeater basics / KC8YVF
March 2023 N/A
April 2023 Michigan QSO Party / W8DW
May 2023 State EOC / KC8YVF
June 2023 Field Day 2023, W8DW / KC8YVF
July 2023 No Meeting
August 2023 Ice Cream night
September 2023 RF Exposure Calculations  / KC8YVF
October 2023 HT Winlink / APRS Station / KC8YVF
November 2023 Board Nominations
December 2023 Elections, Pot luck
  Annual Auction - This event is scheduled for Saturday September 16 from noon to 2 pm in the conference room at Harry Browne Airport.
Donate your un-used radio gear or other household items to the SVARA auction, all money goes to the Saginaw Valley Amateur Radio Association.

Previous Presenters Links


General Membership meetings
monthly on the 1st Friday, 7:00 p.m. See New location above. at in the lecture theater of the Covenant Anderson building on the corner of N Bond St and Almira St behind the Harrison building.   All are welcome.

Board of Directors meeting - monthly on the second Wednesday following the general membership meeting, 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted above) at Biggby Coffee, 3085 Bay Rd.  All SVARA Members are welcome.

Club Breakfast -  Saturday morning following the General meeting at 8:30 AM at Sullivan's Food and Spirits, 5235 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw MI.  All are welcome.

2023 Officers       

      2023 Board (Term)

Pres. Mike Dougherty, KD8MMH Mary Paquette, WB8LZA (2023-2025)
VP. Brian Kleinfeld, K8HY Renee Paquette, KE8MYJ (2022-2024)
Sec. Ron Huss, KC8YVF Rick Schattilly, KC8VOA (2021-2023)
Treas. Tom Schmidt, N8EUI  

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