May 3rd, 2023, Meeting Plans

Our Wednesday May 3rd meeting agenda via Zoom will be on Antenna Modeling, presented by Don Steinbach.

Don has built numerous HF, VHF, and UHF antennas over the years thus has used antenna modeling programs to determine proper frequency design and performance. His presentation will be available soon on our Resources page. Please join us live on Zoom.

We will further discuss preparation for upcoming drills, training, forms required, and getting proper county credit for such efforts. Obtaining Credentials will be also emphasized.

Discussion of interest in any other aspects of the club activities will be encouraged.

Comments on the past month’s events:

Meeting venue: At this time, there are a growing number of members that feel safe enough to resume in-person monthly club meetings, while others prefer our Zoom meetings due to lingering potential Covid19 threats. However, joint Zoom/in-person meetings are difficult to run due to the need for better equipment (camera and audio). We have been investigating equipment upgrades.

It is not clear whether we still have access to the Saratoga Fire Station meeting room any longer. Discussions have been held about finding a possible alternative in-person venue since the fire station has been using our usual meeting room for storage. Suggestions were made for the Saratoga Foothill Club or the Joan Pisani Center. This must be investigated. In the meantime, we will continue our meetings only via Zoom.

More interaction is needed between SARA and the Saratoga CERT members. The CERT monthly radio check-ins have been ongoing unless delayed due to inclement weather. An upcoming evert will the “Orchard Walk” (next to Saratoga Library) on Saturday April 29th from 10AM to 3PM in which CERT/SARA will have a booth. Come join in!

With Spring hopefully arriving soon, we should be able to have more in-person, outdoor drill practices. SARA has been woefully lacking in any such drills for the past couple of years.

We need more fully trained and certified Credentialed members. Classes are available through the county ARES/RACES website.

Note: Our 2-meter repeater S-meter signal strength report is now UP once again since March 24th, responding with a maximum of “S9 plus 30.” To utilize it, key up the 2- meter site, continue holding your PTT, and hit the “8” key for a second, then release the PTT. You should then receive a response. Voila!

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******** Next Monthly Meeting will be held on Wednesday April 5th, 2023 at 7:30PM*********

NOTE: The meetings will continue only via Zoom.

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*** Annual Club Dues: ***

With inflation compounded with equipment replacement costs, Zoom, GoDaddy, and governmental fees rising substantially, we have found it necessary to collect annual dues once again. This will be twenty ($20) dollars for an individual or thirty ($30) dollars for a family membership. NOTE: If you paid in November or December of the prior year, you will be credited for the next year. Please help keep our club strong. As of February 24th, 27 members have paid. Thanks!

Current Member Payment

For current members, there is no need to reregister. All one must do is make a dues payment. You have two payment options:

Option#1; pay by submitting a check written out to SARA and mail it to our Saratoga mailbox; SARA, P.O. Box 2034, Saratoga, CA 95070. Be sure to write your callsign(s) on the check!

Option#2; Make a direct payment using our PayPal account at https://PayPal.me/saratogaamateurradio. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the PayPal form where you can enter your name and callsign(s).

New Member Payment and Registration

For new members, please scroll down to the “Read All About Us” section below and use the link to the Membership form. Please print, fill it out, then mail it in. Sorry, but online registration is not available at this time. Payment can be done by either by mailing a check written out to SARA, P.O. Box 2034, Saratoga, CA 95070 or via our PayPal link: https://PayPal.me/saratogaamateurradio . Your new membership will keep you as active on our email distribution list. Help keep our club strong. Thanks.


NOTE: The documents page link shows a “404” link error at this time which is preventing access to any of our past documents. Troubleshooting with WordPress is under way and hopefully it will be resolved soon. Sorry about that!

The recent “Fun with TinySA” and “Fun with NanoVNA” presentations have been uploaded to this website for public viewing. See this page. There are also many of the past several years of presentations available. Got to the Reference tab and simply click on it. Do NOT use the Dropdown. Simply click on Resources tab which will change the entire page displayed. Then scroll down to the bottom of the new page to see the subject list and links to each document. Feel free to download and/or print them. Enjoy!


  • Sundays – 2M Net at 9:00 pm on K6SA repeaters
  • Tuesdays – SVECS 2M Net at 8:00 pm on AA6BT at 146.115 MHz + 100 Hz.
  • Thursdays – Rag Chew/Question and Answer session at 9:00 pm on both K6SA repeaters

Saratoga Frequencies

Everyone should have the following frequencies programmed into their VHF/UHF radios. A complete list of all county frequencies and local jurisdictions can be found at the ARES-RACES website at this link.

Channel NameResource NameR/SFrequencyOffsetPL
CommandK6SARepeater146.655– (minus)114.8
CommandK6SARepeater443.150+ (plus)100
Tactical AltSimplex146.505
Tactical Alt 2Simplex146.595

Read All About Us

  • Our brochure contains an overview of our club’s history, member interests, net, meetings, activities, and how you might become a member. If you would like to become a member, please complete our membership form and mail it to: Saratoga Amateur Radio Association, P.O. Box 2034, Saratoga, CA 95070.


  • Facilitate scientific education and knowledge of radio engineering and communication skills by providing training, reference materials for self-education and operating practice.
  • Provide voluntary noncommercial communication, particularly providing emergency communication as a public service and without any remuneration.
  • Promote amateur radio by facilitating the exchange of information, improve individual operating efficiency and strengthen the welfare of amateur radio in the community.
  • Our current officers are Jack Griswold; President, Steve Steps; Vice President, Michael Turner; Secretary, and Allison Cassidy; Treasurer and our board members Peter Melhus, Morris Jones, Don Steinbach, Jeff Walker, and Walter Spector.

Meeting Guidelines:

  • Meetings are normally on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM. As of June 8th, 2022, they may be In-Person (depending on member requests) as well as available via Zoom. However, with Covid19 still lingering amongst us we will default to Zoom only.
  • The In-Person location has often been at the Saratoga Fire Station, located on 14380 Saratoga Avenue at the corner of Saratoga-Sunnyvale and Los Gatos-Saratoga Roads, in SaratogaMap A new venue may be necessary. Stay tuned!
  • Prior to the meeting, we often have dinner at Jake’s; a Saratoga Restaurant located at 12175 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road (and Prospect Road). Map. We usually meet around 6:00 PM. Someone will be monitoring the K6SA repeaters while we are at dinner so check-in and say “Hi” if you are on your way.
  • We strongly suggest you bring your 2M HT in case you have difficulty finding the meeting. If you have difficulty finding the meeting, please contact someone on the club repeater.