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.

Upcoming SAARC Meetings:

Tuesday May 15 - 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 19 - 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.)

FIELD DAY!! June 22 - 24 - come join us. Here is a map to our Field Day site. 

Tuesday July 17 - 6:30 pm W8GQN repeater site. This is our annual repeater clean up. Bring your weed whackers, old lawn mowers and clippers.

August 10-12 - CCC-On-The-Air at the old CCC site on CCC road. Come camp out and join in the fun.

Tuesday August 21 - 6:00 pm - Annual Club Picnic - Spring Lake Park on M119. Bring a dish to pass.

Tuesday September 18 - 7:00 pm Room 106 Petoskey High School - Mini Swap - Bring any items you have to sell or trade!

Tuesday October 16 - 7:00 pm Room 106 Petoskey High School Jack Staats will present on the 2015 Navassa Island DXpedition.

Tuesday November 20 - Hint and Kink night and dessert potluck. Bring your best radio tip/hack and a dessert to share.

Tuesday December 11 - 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.


Have a friend who wants to get his license? Check out Dan KB6NU's free study guide here.