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.


145.3900-, DCS 047
444.4750+, Tone 118.8

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

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Some of RARC’s core values

  1. ARRL membership is encouraged
  2. Basic antenna building and basic testing
  3. Basic soldering skills
  4. Club members collaborating knowledge of ham radio
  5. Emergency preparedness ready
  6. Encourage members to upgrade their license class
  7. Encourage people to become a new ham radio operator
  8. Experiment with new ideas and reevaluate as needed
  9. Field Day is a club event for all. All members will try to participate even if not at RARC’s FD site
  10. Have many Get-on-air events for all
  11. Help and support good radio practices
  12. Help and welcome anyone new to the hobby
  13. Learning by Hands on experience whenever possible
  14. Maintain a low key and informal environment to all members
  15. Micro-Shack (local low powered backup communications at given key locations)
  16. Monitor and use the Richfield repeaters whenever possible
  17. On location survival ready
  18. Open to all and inviting to all
  19. Support & backup city’s MOC & EOC
  20. Support AERO Training Classes
  21. Support ARES & RACES groups
  22. Support BARA
  23. Support BCG
  24. Support CERT activities
  25. Support event communications
  26. Support Richfield City events and needs
  27. We encourage members to be involved with Metro Skywarn
  28. We encourage members to join other radio clubs
  29. We support all local and statewide emergency management
  30. We support the Yaesu’s Fusion System
  31. We will have open to all weekly nets or roundtables

We should always support our hobby and remember this is a hobby that can save lives.

Don Pres of RARC…

March Meeting Information

Dear Members of RARC,

So our meeting will start after the CERT meeting…
That means after 8:30pm on the 15th of March at the Bartholomew Room in Richfield’s City Hall 6700 Portland Ave S.

I have Received an email asking what does a proxy vote mean. So here is my interpretation and my plan is.

Any member that is unable to attend our meeting can use this means to be heard.

  • They may contact any current officer or other member going to the meeting with a written approval to share.
  • They may be called or call-in during our meeting via a speaker phone to any member present.
  • They may email any member present at the meeting and their email can be kept private, but a proof of that proxy member’s identity may be requested.
  • They may use our repeaters to call us long as it is not illegal to our ham radio regulations (note: pecuniary interest is not allowed on any ham radio station)

Formally KBØDGD

A Message from Charlie O’Brien

Richfield Amateur Radio Club Members:

I just wanted to reach out to you regarding club membership and the upcoming elections for RARC Officers. I am also a member and received the recent RARC message regarding this.

First, I want to thank all RARC members for their initiative in becoming club members and attending meetings and participating in nets.

I also want to thank those who have stepped forward to serve as RARC Officers and give that much more of their time and effort to fill those roles.

I can remember when the RARC was a larger and long standing organization that was mostly comprised of Richfield Police Reserve Members who served the city and the amateur radio discipline well, they built and maintained the city’s mobile operations centers and set up our first repeater networks. My thanks to them also, and a shout out to Paul Dietzler who kept the repeater paperwork up and was the club President and Trustee pretty much on his own for several years.

A couple of years ago I was asked to try to update the repeaters, our Mobile Operations Center and reinvigorate RARC as the city realized that all those wonderful volunteers who had served for so long had finally retired from service.

I and Chief Henthorne felt this was a great fit for CERT and we Formed the CERT Commo Team and began rebuilding the repeaters, MOC, and reaching out to the community to stimulate RARC.

We have completed installation of two new Yaesu digital repeaters, updated the MOC, and made a great start at having a vibrant RARC which is very important to the city as a resource in many situations.

I know that many of you really love amateur radio but we all have busy lives and stepping forward for leadership roles is intimidating. Tom York, Grand Gartland, Mark Rowe and Don Clay have done fine work as Officers since the beginning of this process, but the job is not done. I hope that several of you will consider stepping up for leadership roles and that as many of you as possible will attend the March 15th 2016 RARC meeting at city hall to participate, we need you! I will continue to serve as Repeater Trustee into 2017.

Respectfully/73: COB

Charlie O’Brien KDØILF

RARC Member/Repeater Trustee
CERT/CitizenCorp Coordinator
Richfield Public Safety