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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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.

Meeting notes from on-air meeting 2-20-2019

Dur to inclement weather, the February 2019 meeting was held on the air on the W0RRC UHF repeater. President Don, KC0TJ and Secretary Paul, KE0QXV served as officers. Five other members joined in. Discussion of proposed by-law changes were postponed until the March 20th, 2019 RARC meeting. Also at the March meeting, Paul KE0QXV will make a presentation on hand soldering theory and techniques. If club members have interest in a hands on session, that can be arranged for a later date. At the April RARC club meeting, there will be an APRS presentation.

Respectfully submitted February 26, 2019

Paul KE0QXV, RARC secretary.

** Tonight’s meeting cancelled due to weather! **

To all,

  Tonight’s meeting is cancelled per the weatherWe will have a net instead on 444.475 at 7pm. All are invited to join in.

   The link below has the proposed Bylaws and constitution changes. This location may be used for future shared docs for RARC so please save this link. I would like to vote on this on next meeting.

Click here for club shared docs  RARC’s Member Files

73,
Don President
KCØTJ
2-20-19


***RARC’s Movie Nights Cancelled***

To Members, Friends, Family, & Guests,

Our Omni Theater events are cancelled
. I have had one person signed up other than me. So I am forced to cancel both days. I will be using Signup Genius https://www.signupgenius.com/  in future club sign-ups. All members must be ready for future opportunities using this tool including Field Day.  This is a free service and is used by many organizations and will be used by us.

We will still be having our next club meeting on the 20th as normal. Our Monthly meeting is reviewing the bylaws for changes & programming your Chi-com radios.

In the future we will have other weekend fun activities with no club business (However we may ask for future Ideas). We will be making time at every monthly meeting to help do a quick radio programing of all brands, an emergency preparedness minute, and we will be touching on the basics and reviews of what everyone should know added to every monthly agenda. 

Our leadership is committed to getting everyone on the air and doing hands on activities. we will be looking in to digital modes, soldering, antennas, goboxes, APRS, radio related videos with comments afterwards and many other ham friendly events this year. 


73,
Don 
KC0TJ President



Remember this is your club and we need your help to keep it fun and relevant. 

FEB 20th Monthly meeting

Program Your Chi-Com Radio Night…

Bring your Chi-com radio and learn to program it.
BTech, Pofung, Anytone, Baofeng, & etc.

We will be presenting some changes of the Club’s Bylaws & the Club’s Constitution

All members will be able to review & comment on any & all changes…

NEXT MEETING… in March we will vote on final version…
The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday,  March 20th at 7:00 p.m.

All meetings are on third Wednesdays starting 7pm at 7001 Nicollet Ave S. (Richfield Community Center) …

Election Results

To all members,

The 2019 elections were held at the January 16th membership meeting and our new leadership is as follows:

President – Don Clay KC0TJ
Vice President – Herman Saul W0HJS
Secretary – Paul Curtiss KE0QXV

Thanks to the 2018 officers for their service and thanks to these guys for stepping up and taking the reins in 2019!

Upcoming Events
We are planning a weekend event to the Science Museum of MN Omnitheater to see either 
Tornado Alley and/or Journey to Space, depending on the schedule on the day we choose to go.  This will be open to everyone, families, and friends.  If we can get 15+ people, tickets are discounted by $1.00.  More info to come on this!

Unfortunately, the club won’t be able to participate in Winter Field Day in an official capacity due to scheduling conflicts with our usual QTH.  Let us know if you end up participating yourself or in an informal group, we would love to hear about it!

Thanks,

Nets every Thurs @ 6:30pm 444.475+ PL Tone 118.8

Meetings every 3rd Wed of the month from 7-9pm (7000 Nicollet Ave S)

RARC’s Reflector All members should join

RARC’s & BARA’s Free Study Group License Exam Study Group

RichfieldRadio.com Our website

facebook.com/w0rrc/ Like us on FB

w0rrc.rarc@gmail.com Our club email

November 21st meeting

Our November meeting is coming quick. We will be talking about antennas and the basics. Please feel free to bring your antenna wows & questions. Herman & Don our club advisor will show different types of antennas with an explanation of what, where, & why.

Again, this will be interactive meeting from a rubber duck to a many element beam discussion forum.

Don’t be a dummy load and miss the gain of knowledge.