SVARA old 2008 Outings

  See 2007, 2006, 2005 Outings

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Upcoming Outings

ARRL DX Contest (Friday night Feb 28, Saturday Mar 1, 2008) at the Red Cross
Once again we operated from the Club radio station at the Red Cross for the ARRL DX Contest.  Previous years 2007, 2006, 2005

SVARA Radio Day at the Red Cross (April 19, 2008)
This year SVARA hosted the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps for radio technology hands on demonstrations.  The kids are ages 7-16 and got to try morse code, see their voice, talk through a laser, amateur tv and radio communications.

Frankenmuth, MS Walk (May 3, 2008) 
SVARA regularly participates in the Frankenmuth Multiple Sclerosis Walk.  Amateur radio operators provide the communications between the race officials, aid stations, and vehicles.   The meeting place is now Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park 601 Weiss Street (not the school).  The MS-Walk page will be updated shortly -- for more information, or contact Rick Schattilly (KC8VOA).

Saginaw County Simulated Emergency (May 21, 2008)
This years simulated emergency for ARES, RACES and Citizens Corps
Copters & Wings fest at Harry Brown Airport (Tenative)
We will be setting up the SVARA Trailer at Harry Brown Airport to demonstrate Ham Radio communications.  There will be plenty of airplanes, helicopters, food and other events going on that day.  Please contact Dave Schneider (N8ERL) or Jeff Weirauch (KC8BDQ) for more information.
AMSAT Satellite Demonstration - Midland Hamfest
A demonstration of satellite communications using Oscar-51 (Echo) was given at the Midland Hamfest last year.  Participants had the opportunity to connect several satellite antennas to their own radios and listen to the satellites.  Contacts were made throughout the United States on the 145/435 MHz satellite.  About 25 people total, attended the two demonstrations.  Keith DeLong (N8XD) lead the presentation; and Dave Schneider (N8ERL), Duane Vasold (K8CCE), and Chris Rose (KB8UIH) lent valuable assistance.  We will be showing fellow hams how to use satellites to communicate again this year!
Field Day (June 28-29 2008)
On Field Day, amateur radio operators from all over the country take their portable radio equipment out to parks, fields, and served agencies like the Red Cross.  We try to make contact with as many stations as we can.  2007 Field Day Photos,  2006 Field Day Photos,  2005 Field Day Photos, 2004 Field Day Photos 
Metro Youth Day (Tenative)
We will be taking the club trailer down to Belle Isle early Wednesday morning.  This will be a great chance to interact with children between 8 and 15 years old; introducing them to amateur radio.  You can view the results and photos from 2007, 2006 2005
Michigan Section Family Outing (July 11-13, 2008)
This is a well attended amateur radio camping adventure near Lupton, Michigan at the Woodlands Conference Center and Campgrounds.  You are sure to see some familiar faces.  Debbie KA8YKK is accepting registrations now, you can email her at
International Lighthouse on the air Expeditions, August 16-17, 2008 weekend
We have been invited to participate at several lighthouses this year for the International Lighthouse on the air!
Care Breaks (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends)
These breaks are our biggest chance to help out travelers, make friends, and give out coffee.  The donation's we receive are the biggest part of our annual revenue.  We are usually stationed at the rest stop on South Bound I-75 just south the M-84 interchange.   Please contact our care break co-coordinators Jeff (KC8BDQ) and Judy (KC8BYI) if you would like to help out this year.  All most all of the club members participate in these events.  Don't miss them, we definitely have a lot of fun!
CQ WW Contest (October 2008), 6PM at the Red Cross
We will be opening up the Red Cross Club station for the CQ WW Contest this year.  This is your chance to practice your DX and contesting skills along side Elmers.  Last year, several Hams made their very first HF contacts!   Use your own call sign to add contacts to your log -- or work with a control operator and the K8DAC call sign if you are a Technician.  We also usually run the ARRL DX Contest in the spring.  See the Contest Webpage for more information.

Saginaw PRIDE Christmas - Children's Zoo and Parade, November 2008
At Christmas time we support the Saginaw County Parade and Children's zoo by offering  to send SantaGrams to Santa for young kids.  These messages are sent to the North Pole via the Amateur Radio National Traffic System.  If you would like to participate please contact Joe Turner (K8CQF), Jeff (KC8BDQ) or Judy (KC8BYI).

  If you see an outing that is missing, let us know.