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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CLUB ORGANIZATION

Club President:
Don Clay (KCØTJ)
Club Vice-President:
Clay Bartholow (WØLED)
Club Secretary:
Mark Rowe (KEØBVZ)

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Thanksgiving 11-24-16


Thanksgiving Net Tonight!

I am sending everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

I will be doing a Rag chewing net for anyone that needs a break from the relatives. We will start taking check-ins on 444.475 at 7:30pm local and will be going till 8:15ish. If I am not on by 7:30 then start rag chewing with out me. I will go longer then if needed.

73 DE KCØTJ

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.

RARC’s Top Frequencies

I have added frequencies that should be used for Go Boxes or Micro-Shacks. Please note the right side is showing non Ham Radio services like Marine, Multi Use Radio Service, FRS, GMRS, & CB bands  and should be for rx only. I also have added Chirp CVS formatted File type that is Excel friendly. One version is everything, and the other version skips CB bands 27MHz & 49MHZ. I have grouped them by categories and added a 6 digit memory tag of everything. 

Read your radio manual for the Frequency Range most ChiCom Radios covers only 136-174 & 400-500… 

Click here to download  everything including CB Bands… gobox-chirp-with-cb

Click  here for VHF & UHF Bands only, and no CB Bands gobox-chirp

 

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RARC & Author is not responsible for any radio damages or activities over the air. This is suggestions based on location of RARC’s Repeaters. RARC & Author only supports this as a resource for a baseline knowledge for it’s members.

 

Winter Field Day (WFD)

WFD    January 28th – 29th… 1pm – 1pm 

What is WFD?

A 24hr emergency radio exercise to contact all of the USA and Canada.

 

Why?

To practice our skills, and play with the radios. To get out of the house, eat some food, and have a eyeball QSO with friends.

Who can operate? Anyone.

 

Do I need to get on-the-air to participate?

No. We need people to log contacts, make goodies ready to eat, visit with the public, keep us awake, & set-up the equipment.

 

Where?

7000 Nicollet Ave basement of the community center.

Can I bring my own equipment?

Yes, but it must be approved by Lucas KD∅KNU our event chairperson.

 

Please plan ahead for this event.

Meeting News & December’s meeting date changed!

November’s meeting is Nov 16th…

GoBoxes and MircoShacks. We will be building the City’s GoBox also (If want to bring your GoBox please do.)  Meeting will start at 7pm (Richfield Community 7000 Nicollet Ave)

December 6th  Pavek Museum 6pm-7:30pm

We will touring the Pavek Museum. Cost is $50 minimum or $7 per person whichever is greater. So if you are planning to come please call Chris KE∅CAL at (612) 281-3453  Leave Message.

we will meet at the…

(Richfield Historical Society 6901 Lyndale Ave)

Plan to leave at 5:15pm and to car pool. otherwise let Matt or Chris know.

DECEMBER MAIN MEET HAS MOVED TO 14TH

Our 2nd Xmas party will start at 7pm. Bring something to share for 10 people. last year we had about 7 people present. I hope we have more.

In Closing…

Elections are done for the USA, but our club elections will be in January. Please plan to nominate our club members for President, VP, & Sec in December and January.

A good upcoming Nat Geo film

Hi guys,

KEØGZT here with a tip for a good upcoming Nat Geo film… and a good Ham-related e-newsletter/blog.

The current issue of the e-newsletter Calling CQ is below.
–from Calling CQ:
‘…The National Geographic channel announced the release of the short film Before Mars the story of twin Korean American teenage girls who move to a new town with their military mom. Hana finds a ham radio and with the help of an Elmer, successfully makes contact with an astronaut on the International Space Station. In the story, that feat helps inspire the sisters to pursue careers in space exploration—one as an astronaut on the Mars mission, the other as an official at Mission Control.’

The Nat Geo film looks to be a great one. Check out the trailer in the above link.

The author of Calling CQ, is Jeff Davis and I’ve been following his blog (different from the e-newsletter) for about a month, plus lots of his previous posts. His blog can be found at Jeff Davis, KE9V.

See you at the RARC mtg. next week.

73, Mike, KEØGZT

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Thanks Mike for this information. I will be watching this short film.
before-mars
Don,
DE KC0TJ

We need Net or Roundtable controllers always!

A Basic Club Net (A scheduled over-the-air meeting.)

  1. Secure the frequency using your call and club call.
  2. Everyone checks in with the net controller only.
  3. Controller gets any & all announcements & share it.
  4. Controller calls & takes all check-ins.
  5. The controller repeats any relevant information as necessary.
  6. Controller give thanks to City of Richfield public safety & RARC near the end.
  7. Controller gives our club’s website for more information just before ending.
  8. The controller clears with both the club’s call & their call to return the frequency to normal use.

A Closed Net (This is very similar above, but access is restricted.)

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

A Roundtable (A group of 3 or more operators talking about any topics.)

  1. Secure frequency using your call.
  2. Have 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 any of the last three operators remaining clear.

Our nets and Roundtables are open to all. They start at 8pm 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.

If you want to volunteer email me at… kb0dgd@gmail.com