Straits Area Amateur Radio Club

120 E. Lake Street

Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-487-0692

Fax: 231-487-0313

Straits Area Amateur Radio Club

Welcome to the Straits Area Amateur Radio Club Home Page. The SAARC serves the northern portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and the southeastern portion of the Upper Peninsula. We are dedicated to providing Northern Michigan with reliable emergency communications as well as supporting local community events.

The SAARC meets every third Tuesday of each month in room 106 of Petoskey High School at 7:00 P.M. We also host the Bill DeMay K8GUG Memorial Net every Monday evening at 8:00 on our repeater frequency 146.68 MHz (-) pl 110.9.

In addition, as a service to the Amateur Radio community, we provide testing for hams who wish to upgrade their licenses or for newcomers to the hobby who want to get their first ticket. Please go to the UP Coming Events page to schedule a testing session and for additional details.  The testing location is in room 106 of Petoskey High School. A fee of $15 is charged to cover the cost of testing materials.

Covid-19 information.

SAARC Meetings for 2020: Meetings are canceled until further notice.

Tuesday January 21 - 7:00 pm - Room 106 Petoskey High School. This month we will be talking about our winter camp out at the Andreae Cabin.

January 24 - 26 - Winter Field Day at the Andreae Cabin. We will be having a potluck lunch at 12:30 on Saturday. Come join us even if it is just for the day. Here is a link to the sign-up sheet with directions to the cabin.

Tuesday February 18 - 5:30 pm at Filmore's - This is our annual get together at Filmore's in Petoskey for dinner. We have the back room reserved for 5:30 pm. Bring the family.

Tuesday March 17 - 7:00 pm - Room 106 Petoskey High School. CANCELED due to school closing

Tuesday April 21 - 7:00 pm - Room 106 Petoskey High School 

Tuesday May 19 - 7:00 pm - East Park Petoskey -  Radio in the park. Bring your portable radio and make some contacts or just come and check out the different portable set ups. Feel free to come early and bring a picnic to share with your family and friends (this is a great way to introduce someone to Amateur Radio).

Tuesday June 16 - 7:00 pm - The Field Day site - Come join us for a campfire up at the Field Day site. Bring your marshmallows and roasting sticks, lawn chairs, etc.  and come check out our plans for Field Day. (If it is rainy we will meet at the high school.) Map to the Field Day Site.

June 26-28 - Field Day. Plenty of room to camp and play radio. We will be setting up on Friday and camping out for the weekend. Be sure to join us. Map to the Field Day Site.

Tuesday July 21 - 6:30 pm at the repeater site - This is our annual clean up at the repeater site. Bring your mower, rake, weed whacker, etc. and help us show our appreciation to the owners who graciously donate space for our repeater.

Tuesday August 18 - 6:00 pm - Club Picnic - Spring Lake Park M-119 Petoskey. Bring a dish to pass. Club will be bringing the BBQ.

Tuesday September 15 - 7:00 pm - Room 106 Petoskey High School. Mini Swap - Bring any items you have to sell or trade!

Tuesday October 20 - 7:00 pm - Room 106 Petoskey High School.

Tuesday November 17 - 7:00 pm - Room 106 Petoskey High School.

Tuesday December 8 - Christmas Party! 6:00 - Room 106 Petoskey High School. $5 per person and bring a finger food to share. Renew your dues for just $15, only at the Christmas party.



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