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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FIELD DAY SCRIPT

RARC’s  Field Day Script

 

Responding to a Caller.

“Alpha nine Delta Foxtrot standing by!”

  1. We only say “Whisky Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie!”  until they acknowledge us.

IF they have a partial of our call then you say “Negative Negative” and repeat our call once or many times until they have it.

  1. When they confirmed our call they will give us their “Class and Section.” We will log that with their call.

Make sure that we have it correct or ask to “Repeat Repeat!”  or “Again Again!” until you have it right!

  1. Then give our class and section. “Please Copy… 3 Alpha… Mike November!” again confirm that they got it.

IF wrong repeat our Class and/or Section only as needed!

  1. If all is right then say “QSL” or “Good luck!”

 

Then move on to the next Caller.

 

Class…
  1. A number given for how many transmitters is running at one time

  2. A letter is given to indicate type of station and can only be… A, B, C, D, E, F.

 

Section…
  • Is location using 2 or 3 letters in the USA & Canada Examples…

LAX(Los Angeles), STX(South Texas), SNJ(South New Jersey), NFL(Northern Florida), MN(Minnesota), MI(Michigan), SD(South Dakota), BC(British Columbia), & NT(Northern Territories).

AGAIN… OUR INFORMATION IS… (CALL) WØRRC (CLASS) 3A (SECTION) MN

 

We Call for others…

 Always verify the frequency is clear before calling!

CQ CQ CQ, This is Whisky Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie, CQ CQ CQ This is Whisky Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie and standing by!

 

  1. Keep calling with with 1 to 2 second pauses

  2. If you hear someone Repeat their Call to confirm it

  3. If confirmed then give our Class & Section “Please Copy 3 Alpha Mike November QSL

  4. Confirm their Class & Section by “We Copy” & repeat their Class & Section

  5. If wrong.. Have them repeat it until right!

  6. If Signal fades out… Say their Call and “Please try us later!

  7. End by saying “QSL” or “Good luck!

 

Restarting…

  • QRZ this is Whiskey Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie and standing by!

OR

  • CQ CQ CQ, This is Whisky Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie, CQ CQ CQ This is Whisky Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie Calling and standing by!

 

Always let others know when you have cleared the frequency!

 

Finally always use proper phonetics with our information!

 

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Field Day 2018 Sign-up

2018 RARC’s & BARA’s Field Day

June 23 thru 24th

7000 Nicollet Ave S

Richfield Community Center (Lower level)

NO Tobacco or Alcohol onsite at anytime!

All members should participate on Field Day even if not with RARC or BARA

Field Day Sign-up!

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What is Field Day?

It is…

An event which showcases the amateur radio hobby to the general public and local government

An opportunity to build ones radio skills and confidence on the air

An opportunity to try out different radios and modes of operation

A way to give all amateurs a chance to get on frequency bands they might not otherwise be able to

A time to meet club members’ families

An opportunity to talk to people from all over the United States and Canada

A way to share ideas, operating techniques and technical advice

A way of testing emergency preparedness skills

A way to honor our fellow hams that have gone silent key

A contest to see how many contacts can be made in a 24 hour period ***

 

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We will be doing a program your VHF & UHF Mobiles & HTs radio “Ham Clinic” during Field Day 

  • (1:30pm – 2:15pm…) Kenwood
  • (2:45pm-3:45pm…) Yaesu & TYT’s TH9800
  • (4:30pm-5:15pm…) Icom
  • (7:00pm-7:45pm…) Baofeng, BTech, Pofung, (chi-coms)
  • (8:30pm-9:15pm…) PC programming (chirp)
  • (Sunday morning TBA…) Alinco or any makeups

Each session will cover 15 mins Radio Basics, 15 mins PowerPoint Demo, & 15+ mins hands on your radio.

Your Required to bring your own radio. We will even power for the mobiles.

 

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Food options

If you want to Reserve a Rib dinner or Pulled Pork sandwich dinner please pay Louis at PayPal or go to our June 20th meeting. Each dinner is $15/person and must be paid to Louis by the end of RARC’s June 20th meeting.

We will be having…

A food truck onsite the whole time Finer Meats & Eats

Free…

Ice cold city water

Five Watt Coffee  Donated

You may bring your own food & refreshments. (NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED)

(RARC & BARA are not responsible for any paid food services.)

 

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Sign-up

Please Sign-up below to help us get our numbers of people coming. All family & friends are welcome. Hams non-members of RARC or BARA are invited and can sign-up.

 

Field Day 2018 Sign Up

 

Personal Packing list

Please Email us at W0RRC.RARC@gmail.com for any questions.

May meeting minutes

I thank everyone who was able to come to this past month’s meeting.

Tom (president) KT0KTD

David KE0INK

Matt (advisor) N0TNL

Craig WB0WXN

Paul KE0QXB

Jeff (KG7ONF)

Hermon W0HJS

Mike (Vice President) KE0GZT

Don (adviser) KC0TJ

Brian KE0MCV

Justin AE0RF

Old Minutes/Old business-went over the minutes of the last meeting. Finer Meats Moblie canteen will be setting up in our parking lot for field day for food for guests. Mike (KD8JIR) will bring his ham radio in his RV for field day for a demonstration for how to use Ham Radio for people who like to travel. Bill from BARA is looking to set up a 3A setup for Field Day. Bill might have side gigs for field day such as moon bounce and CW (Morse code), and Jeff will bring his homemade tape measure yagi antenna to for field day. Coffee will be provided by 5 watt.

New business-Luis will be taking money for ribs up until the meeting before field in Field Day in June. Anybody willing to help with anything for Field Day will be a big help, especially with making sure we have enough supplies for cleanup, setup and take down for field day. Don will be doing demonstrations for programming different radios throughout Field Day. VHF/UHF sprint contest on June 9/10. The model of our club is expanding. A club member who has moved to another state is asking for advice on how to get a club in his area started and model it after our club. Don has met with the President of the ARRL and the President was curious on how we have a growing membership in a hobby that isn’t as popular as it used to be. “Crazy ideas” such as games like Battle Ship on radio make it fun for people to get on the air and play. Check out This Week in Tech. (TWIT) they have a show called Ham Nation, an excellent show about Ham Radio. Celebrities such as Tim Allen have got their license and has made the hobby more popular. Project Intercept is taking youth and trying to give them skills to make them more employable. They want to help kids get their license and Tom has been approached to try and help make this possible. Matt (N0TNL) received the Robert Dunbar Award from the Civil Air Patrol for his work with the CAP in communications.

Our last meeting before Field Day is June 20th. I hope to see as many people as possible to go over any final details of field day. This is our chance to show everybody what our club is capable of doing and get more people involved in this exciting hobby.

Meeting minutes and upcoming meeting

Thank you for everyone who attended last month’s meeting.

Jeff KG7ONF

Paul KE0QXV

Tom KE0KTD

Herman W0HJS

Mike KE0GZT

Don KC0TJ

Luis no call sign yet.

We went over old minutes

Went over any old business

New business:

We need to get a count of how many radio’s we have for field day

Lewis is coming again for field day and here is the menu

Ribs (3 bones and 3 sides)

Pulled pork sandwiches

Beans, Mac and cheese, corn bread,

$15 per plate.

We need to monitor our repeater. Tom checked in on a impromptu net on Easter and whoever was running it cut it off as soon as he checked in.There is nothing wrong with other people wanting to do nets on our repeater but our leadership would like to know and it’s a bit odd when people stop the net when someone from our club checks in.

We finally went over the logging software for field day.

Our next meeting is May 16, at 7 pm. at the Richfield community center. We plan on having sign ups for field day for different things that we need for field day. I hope to see a lot of people there to help us plan for field day.

Meeting minutes

Thank you for everyone who attended our March meeting.

Tom KE0KTD

Vice President Mike KE0GZT

Secretary Jeff KG7ONF

Adviser Don KC0TJ

Adviser Matt N0TNL

Mike KD8JIR

Ruthann KA0EPZ

Mary (no call sign) Richfield Historical Society

Patrick

Herm W0HJS

Alan KE0TWZ

Paul W0HWY

Aaron WB9CFN

John KE0PMV

Unoffically by phone Brian KE0MCT

Minutes-

Planning for Field Day, Getting in touch with Bloomington Club, Equipment for Field Day,

Talking about upcoming events 4th of July, Penn Fest, marathons, etc.

Midwinter madness at the Buffalo civic center

Brainerd Hamfest on 7 April

Superior Hamfest

Old Business-None

New Business-

Richfield Historical Society was happy to receive a card from our club for the GOTA event and said we are allowed to use the building again for any upcoming events.

Lewis is planning on doing ribs again this year for Field Day, we are trying to get in contact with him to get the details sorted out.

Ruthann is going to try and get in touch with the local new media to cover the story

We are going coordinate with BARA about the radios and antennas that we want to bring to Field Day

Don went over the different Google Drive folders that he has been creating for the club and for Field Day

We talked about how Field Day works, how the points work, how we like to run Field Day to make it more enjoyable for everyone

After the meeting we had people go down and see the layout of the basement of the community center

It has been exciting to see that participation at our club meetings has been growing every month and we hope to continue to see that trend. We appreciate everyone that is able to come to the meetings and be a part of the planning of the upcoming activities . We are looking at an exciting year of activities that our club can participate in and we have a great opportunity to help make our club grow and be more involved in our city. We hope to see everyone who is able to attend our next meeting on April 18th.

 

 

Meeting this Wednesday

Just a reminder that we have our club meeting this Wednesday at the Richfield community center starting at 7 pm. We will be continuing to go over the details for field day and than have a game of  ham radio jeopardy. So come join us and have some fun.

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

January 17 meeting minutes

Thank you for everyone who was able to attend the January meeting.

Tom KE0KTD

Don (no call sign yet)

Jeff KG7ONF

Herman W0HJS

Erin WB9CFN

Lukas KD0KNV

Mike KE0GZT

Don KC0TJ

Mike KE0CZ

We elected our officers Tom KE0KTD as president, Mike KE0GZT as vice president, and Jeff KG7ONF as Secretary.

Old Business

Went over old minutes,

New Business,

Winter field day is cancelled, upcoming events include Bear Grease who could use help with radio operators, TC FM club has a meeting coming up if people want to go on 29 Jan at the West medicine lake community club starting at 7. Mid-winter madness is coming up at the Buffalo Civic Center on 24th of March. Don is going to the Orlando hamfest Feb. 7th.

Meeting was adjourned and Don did a presentation about connector and adaptors.

I hope to see everyone again next month.

Election results

Election results…

 

President

Tom S. KE0KTD

Vice President

Mike H. KE0GZT

Secretary

Jeff B. KG7ONF

 

Please give them a big thanks, and lets have all members join them by helping them out.

 

Thanks to all the officers that served last year and let them guide the new officers.

 

Don KC0TJ club’s Advisor