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FIELD DAY 2024 (6/29/2024)
June 22-23, 2024
ILog files have been added, click HERE


Donation to SVARA
On Saturday May 11 the family of Larry Eichhorn of Bay City
made a generous donation of radio equipment to the club.
More information can be found on the Donation page.


Rosien Repeater Site Upgrades (4/13/2024)
On Saturday several members from Saginaw, Flint
and Bay City upgraded the equipment rack
at Rosien Towers.

The new SVARA 220 Repeater is now online 
Check out the Repeater Link
for more information

New GMRS Repeater
The Central Michigan Emergency Network group
has install a new GMRS Repeater in Saginaw
Information can be found on the Repeaters and Nets link.
This is an Open repeater for general use.
FCC Regulations


Michigan's New Distracted Driver Law
Goes into effect Friday June 30, 2023
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


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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.


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 SVARA Meetings

June Club Meeting
The next meeting will be Friday June 7, 2024
at Harry Browne Airport at 7 pm.
Join us and help support our club.
Check the monthly presentation list below.


Board Meeting Schedule
Biggby Coffee, 3085 Bay Rd
Wednesday March 13, 2024 - 7 pm
Wednesday April 17, 2024 - Cancelled
Wednesday May 15, 2024 - Cancelled
Wednesday June 19, 2024


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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.


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No Public Service Events at this time

Contest Corner Return to top (Return to Top)

ARRL Contest Calendar

International Digital Contest
1800Z, Jun 1 to 2400Z, Jun 2

Field Day 2024
1800Z, Jun 22 to 2100Z, Jun 23

More contests can be found in the Complete Contest Calendar.

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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

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



Sunday - 7:00 PM
Mid-Michigan Net
Saginaw 147.240 (103.5 PL)
2024 Net Control Operator Schedule


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Midland Swap
Saturday May 15, 8 am - 12 pm
Salvation Army building
330 Waldo Rd, Midland

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Winter Field Day is in the books
Winter Field Day
Saturday and Sunday January 27 and 28, 2024.
Thank you to all that participated in this year's event.
Photos now available


Previous Announcement Links




SVARA is an ARRL Affiliated Club

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Silent Keys



50th Anniversary Events


Radio Books
at the Library



Club Roster
Updated 5/20/2024
Use the following link to request any updates.

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e-mail to get your password!




Presenter's Links Return to top (Return to Top)

January 2024 Winter Field Day, KC8YVF
February 2024 K8DAC Website, KC8YVF
March 2024 Ham Clock-Geochron, KC8YVF / N8EUI / KD8MMH
April 2024 Michigan QSO Party - W8DW, Solar Eclipse - KD8MMH
May 2024  Personal Radio Services, KC8YVF
June 2024 Field Day 2024, W8DW / KC8YVF, Meshtastic
July 2024 No Meeting
August 2024 Ice Cream night
September 2024 Vintage radio/gear Show and Tell, who has the oldest stuff?
October 2024 New and cool gadgets - Everyone
November 2024 Board Nominations
December 2024 Elections, Pot luck
  Annual Auction - This event is scheduled for Saturday September 21 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.

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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, location TBD. All are welcome.

2024 Officers       

      Board (3-year Term)

Pres. Mike Dougherty, KD8MMH Rick Schattilly, KC8VOA (2024-2026)
VP. Brian Kleinfeld, K8HY Mary Paquette, WB8LZA (2023-2025)
Sec. Ron Huss, KC8YVF Renee Paquette, KE8MYJ (2022-2024)
Treas. Tom Schmidt, N8EUI  

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