Welcome to the web home of the Richfield Amateur Radio Club.

We proudly serve the City of Richfield, Minnesota along with the Richfield, Minnesota Community Emergency Response Team. Check out the links below for some additional information about us and what we do.

WØRRC REPEATERS

2-meters
Analog/C4FM
145.3900-, DCS 047
70-centimeters
Analog/C4FM
444.4750+, Tone 118.8

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OUR MISSION

The promotion and encouragement of amateur radio in the City of Richfield and surrounding communities. Especially the advancement of education of amateur radio and its use in public service via the development of a viable communications network.

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2017 CLUB OFFICERS

Club President:
Tom Simota (KDØDFG)
Club Vice-President:
Matt Stepaniak (NØTNL)
Club Secretary:
Avery Finn (KØHLA)

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4-8-19 Updates

To All,

Richfield Historical Society is having their spring clean-up on April 27th

They need help cleaning the grounds and redo their boardwalk. Please call 612.798.6140 or email richfieldhistory@gmail.com. If you can help. We use their facilities for all “Get On The Air Events!” Please remember this goes a long way to helping future club events.
Event starts at 9am- 4pm **Free Pizza** afterwards for workers.
Location:
6901 Lyndale Ave S.
Richfield, MN

Next meeting is….
       APRS & Final voting on ByLaws.
          Meeting will be on April 17th
             AT: 7pm- 9pm 
                7000 Nicollet Ave. 


Calendar..
        Club events are located here in realtime & are downloadable….  http://richfieldradio.com/events/

If you have other Ham related events to add to the calendar please email us regardless of affiliation. please give us… Dates, Times, Location, Attachments, & Descriptions. 

Remember…
 Our club is always kid friendly and inviting to the newest ham.
    All members should attempt monitor or use our repeaters weekly.

Lastly…   
    We need club members to help with…. 
  • Nets controllers (May’s meeting will cover this more)
  • Transportation (Drivers & passengers)
  • Recruiting committee (getting new membership)
  • Freebies committee (find free incentives for events)
  • Tech committee (help streaming meetings to members that can’t make-it)
  • Rules & Regs (keep us informed of the latest news)
  • Antenna Committee (help members with antennas)
  • Press Core (taking photos during all events for the web)
  • Fortune tellers (help with future of our clubs needs)
  • Study Group (helping get people licensed or upgraded) 
  • Youth committee (Help make kid friendly ham events)
  • GOTA Committee (We will be doing more events)
  • Weekend Committee (Plan fun days)
  • Radio operations (teach proper radio etiquette)
  • Project Team (building ham projects may include soldering & GoBoxes) 
  • Food & beverage Committee (Help have needed snacks for club events)
  • Field Day Committee (coordinate needs and wants for FD)
  • Club Wearables (patches, & shirts) 
  • ECCOMM (finding events that need hams)
  • Radio Programmers (Help members with radio programming)
  • Emergency Preparedness Group (Prepping for **** event)
  • Digital committee (all non voice communication modes)
  • Contest Group
  • 4th of July committee (We will be having an operating float in Richfield’s Parade)
  • HF Committee (Help members with all HF needs & questions)
  • Social Media Group (FB, Twitter, & ETC.)
If you know of something I am missing please email us. We need members to put their best foot in the pot. As the President I can’t do it all. You can join multi-sub-groups. I will not leave you in the cold or overwhelm anyone. This is to help all members and we our a team. Again, this is needed by all to help.  

March 20, 20019 RARC meeting notes

New business, Present and discuss proposed changes to RARC constitution and bylaws. Will be voted on at the April RARC meeting. GOTA on March 30, 2019 at the outbuilding at the Richfield Historical Society, 6901 Lyndale Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423. All are welcome, bring a chair and dress for the weather. 10 am to 2 pm.
Please join us for the weekly Thursday evening net on the W0RRC UHF repeater at 6:30 pm.
Presentation on basic hand soldering seemed to be well received and we plan to have a hands on session in the future.

Respectfully submitted
Paul KE0QXV

March 30th

We are doing our spring Get-On-The-Air event this Saturday March 30, from 10am till 2pm.

No alcohol or tobacco allowed during the event.

We will be at the Richfield’s Historical Society’s back shed. This is open to the public at no charge or no formal club meeting.

Please bring your own snacks and chair.

See you there.

Shed

Club meeting 3-20-19

To the RARC club members and friends of the RARC:  Please join us for the Wednesday, March 20th club meeting at the Richfield Community Center at 7:00 pm, 7000 Nicollet Avenue south, Richfield, MN 55423.  We will be presenting and discussing proposed changes to the RARC By-Laws to be voted on at the April 2019 meeting.  Also to be presented is an introduction to basic hand soldering.

RARC secretary
Paul KE0QXV

All Call Net March 14th

ALL Call Net Drill on the 14th

All members should try to check-in if possible. This is a test drill during our normal net time of 6:30pm this Thursday. The Net will be closed to our current members for the first part and then will be open to all, and finally open discussion. This can also be called a “Role Call!” Please follow the net controllers instructions carefully because it is a different then other nets and will be used in a major call out event in some form. Another note you must check yourself out on this type off nets if you have to leave.

Quick samples for this type of net responses are….

Simple check in “A0BC”, you have nothing to add to net but checking in “A0BC Clear”, You have something for the net “A0BC Traffic”, when assigned location and ready “A0BC inservice”, You have have to leave “Recheck A0BC” then wait to response “A0BC is going out of service, or A0BC is Checking out” finally wait for confirmation and any instructions, If you need to add new comment to the net “Comment A0BC”, Status of who in the net? “Status check A0BC”.

Please be more formal on this type of net and patient because of the volume people needed. We hope everyone has fun, but learn from this type of net.

We need Net or Roundtable controllers always!

A Open Nets (Is an over-the-air meeting.)

  1. Secure the frequency using your call and club call.
  2. Net Controller starts with rules of the net and how to check-in.
  3. Net Controller shares all club announcements and asks for any additional announcements.
  4. Net Controller starts taking checks-in with any short timers or limited access locations.
  5. Net Controller’s will repeat any announcements and/or relevant information.
  6. Net Controller will ID repeatly the club’s call and their call.
  7. Controller give thanks to City of Richfield public safety & RARC near the end.
  8. Controller gives out the club’s website for more information just before ending.
  9. Give 3 chances for final check-ins.
  10. The controller will announce the next net information and a summary of this net
  11. The end the Net Controller will clear with both the club’s call & their call then return the frequency to normal use.

A Closed Nets (This is very similar, but is restricted to a selected few and asked for required attendance.)

  1. Secure frequency or Frequencies with your call, name, and the club call.
  2. Give net rules & procedures to the closed net.
  3. Give any important announcements.
  4. Start taking check-ins by one of these possible methods. (Always answer any emergency check-ins)
    • Off a list of stations only.
    • Ask for check-ins with a reportable conditions. 
    • Ask for check-ins only related to the net.
    • Ask for check-ins related to the given event only.
    • Ask for check-ins at given location only.
  5. Break periodically to get people to respond.
  6. Repeatedly state the net rules & procedures and identify that you are doing a closed net and remind all others to standby until the net is complete please.
  7. Give updates and all relevant information as needed.
  8. Give your ID, name & the club’s ID often.
  9. Give thanks to RARC and the Richfield City Public Safety for the use of it’s repeaters.
  10. When done remind the people that the repeater is now open to regular amatuer use and clear using WØRRC call and your Call.

 

Subnotes: (Whenever anyone checks-in to a net they should always check-out with the net controller if they have to leave early.)

 

A Roundtables or Round Tables (A group of 3 or more operators talking about any topics.)

  1. Secure frequency using your call.
  2. Share a topic or topics to talk about.
  3. Invite others to join in.
  4. operators can come or go at anytime.
  5. operators should rotate with others giving everyone a chance to comment.
  6. We ask to share any club information.
  7. The roundtable ends when less then three operators remain.

Our nets and Roundtables are open to all. They start at 6:30pm every Thursday on our UHF repeater 444.475 with a tone of 118.8

If special events are going on we will make additional changes as needed. 

Anyone can do roundtable at anytime because all it takes 3 or more people talking together. (aka a partyline over the radio.)

 

I double dog dare you! To make the biggest ham radio roundtable.

 Email us if you can help at: WØRRC.RARC@gmail.com

Net Terms and how to check-in.

Nets are fun to check-in and here is some suggestions.

Check-ins

  • Use your Full Call and any other information requested by the Net Control. (Always use you full call no matter what.) If you only give your last 3 of your call you have not properly Identified your station in case the Net Controller never hears you. 
  • Please use proper Phonetics and not strange codes. If Net Controller is on the ball he only needs to know 26 Phonetics.
  • When using numbers Ø is a Zero & not a “Owe”, and 9 is Nine & not Niner. (If giving a big number like 1500 you can say “One thousand, Five hundred, or Fifteen hundred, or One Five Zero Zero.” never use” * * Owe, Owe.”
  • When using “.” people can use “Decimal, Period, Dot, or Point.”
  • Always wait for the Net Control to turn it to you before giving your detail information.

Terms & procedures

  • Ways to Check-in only with nothing to add to the Net.
    • Saying your call & “Clear.” Example “KCØTJ Clear”
    • Saying your call & “No traffic.” Example “KCØTJ No traffic”
    • Your call & saying “In & Out.” Example “This is KCØTJ  In & Out.” 
    • Your call & saying “One for the count.” Example “KCØTJ one for the count.” This method is better after you check-in.
  • Saying your call and adding “for a short.” or just saying “short” after your call. this is to say that you are a “Short Timer” this means you cannot stay the whole Net and you maybe ask to check-in at a different time.
  • Saying  “Recheck” This means you are a previous check-in and have an update.
  • Saying “Comment” is a way to tell the Net Controller you have info based on the last check-in.
  • Saying “Info” is a way to add any information related to the Net or topic.
  • Saying “Contact” This is to meet another station on a different frequency off the Net frequency.
  • Saying “Relay” Is asking another station to repeat information of another station.
  • Saying “Break” This is a priority call in and is not necessarily an emergency.
  • Saying “Break Break” is an emergency, but not necessarily life or death.
  • Saying “Beak Break Break” is the same as SOS, PAN PAN PAN, and MAYDAY and Is a life or death call.
  • Saying “a 2fur, or any #fur” is saying multi check-ins under one operator. Example ” This is KCØTJ with a 2fur please copy KAØEPZ she is in the kitchen cooking”
  • Saying “Anyone Anywhere” this means typically open to anyone.
  • Saying “Taking only 9s” this means only people with 9 in their call.
  • Saying “Taking calls A through D” This refers to the letter right after your number. Example if your call was AAØE.. you must wait.
  • Open Net is open to All
  • Closed Net is restricted access
  • Formal Net is restricted by certain rules. please verify them before checking-in

Best Practices

  • Monitor the Net for all rules & procedures before checking-in.
  • Find a good location with a strong signal before calling.
  • Organize your thoughts before TXing.
  • Press PTT button then talk.
  • Use your call in Phonetics whenever possible.
  • Speak clearly and confidently.
  • Speak Slowly, and you may have to repeat your info twice this is normal.
  • Always be patient with the Net Controller.  The Net Controller might be taking notes at the same time.
  • Don’t leave the Net until you are dismissed.
  • If you need to leave the Net Check-in saying “Recheck” once you are acknowledged then say “Please check me out.” and your call. (If you coming back to the Net you might say your “Call” or “Recheck.” then ask “Please be check me back in” & your call.
  • If you need to talk to another operator on the Net please use another frequency during the Net.
  • Don’t use minimum power to check-in the Net this can make it hard for everyone and may take additional time taking away from others.
  • Keep all transmissions quick unless otherwise stated.
  • Always be friendly.