March Meeting

March 3, 2021, from 7:30-9:00 PM

Please join us by navigating to: meeting ( https://zoom.us/j/4086215853 ) You will be prompted to enter your name and the meeting password. In order to minimize the opportunity for zoom bombers or others to hijack our meeting, this page will be updated again with the password on the day of the meeting or we will provide it on our email distribution list.

You can also join by telephone using the following phone number:

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 408 621 5853
Password: TBD
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aPwFOCDKO

TOPIC: The History of Radio in Ireland

Alison Cassidy N6ALI is a relative newcomer to amateur radio, but not to radio technology. Growing up in Ireland, she developed an interest in Shortwave Listening at 12 years old. Graduating as an Electronics Engineer in 1989, she first began working as an RF engineer with Motorola’s Land Mobile Products division, developing systems for calibration and test of mobile and handheld radios. She emigrated to the United States in 2006 and is currently working as an engineering manager in Apple’s Hardware Test organization. She is an active ham, and can often be found working FT8 on 40m and 20m bands.

Allie will give a 1-hour talk on the history of radio in Ireland, touching on both amateur and broadcast radio. Amateur radio in Ireland can be traced back to 1898 when Colonel Meade Dennis (DNX / EI2B) set up a spark-gap transceiver and managed to transmit a distance of about 70 yards, thus making him one of the world’s first amateur radio experimenters.


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 this link.

Channel NameResource NameR/SFrequencyOffsetPL
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; and
  • Promote amateur radio by facilitating the exchange of information, improve individual operating efficiency and strengthen the welfare of amateur radio in the community.


  • Meetings are normally on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm.
  • Location is at the Saratoga Fire Station, located on 14380 Saratoga Avenue at the corner of Saratoga-Sunnyvale and Los Gatos-Saratoga Roads, in Saratoga. Map
  • Prior to the meeting we have dinner at Jake’s of Saratoga Restaurant located at 12175 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road (and Prospect Road). Map. We usually meet around 6:00 p.m. Someone will be monitoring the repeater 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.