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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2020 CLUB OFFICERS

Club President: Herman Saul (WØHJS), Club Vice-President: Doug Nicholson (AEØBO), Club Secretary: Paul Curtiss (KEØQXV)

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Slides from the Ed Fong presentation

Ed Fong made a presentation to RARC at the April meeting, and the feedback has been all positive. Follow the link below. The last slide has a discounted price list. Mention RARC when ordering. Students of DR. Fong’s RF classes fabricate the antennas as lab projects, and the proceeds go to supporting the students.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1U2ZS-fwmW6Ay6W2_pBv7ju0kpS9rFBxA?usp=sharing

The web address is:

https://edsantennas.weebly.com/

We will invite Ed to make another presentation in the future.

73

Paul KE0QXV

RARC Secretary

Digital Simplex Test! Updates

I first want to thank all groups and fellow hams helping me to share this. I have been ask why? I feel that I needed to add more details based on what I have heard, so I will try to explain this event.

This idea was inspired by my friend Tom N0NWH. We wanted to try these modes not using any repeater, and see how it compares. We invite you to participate in this unique opportunity. I personally don’t know how this will turn out, but my hope is everyone has fun. I will be using the same antenna on all modes this will come with a little delay to patch to the next radio. I don’t want it to be a formal net, but a roundtable with everyone is equally important. I may ask you to help with Relays of others and give Signal reports. Remember that digital signals are all or nothing, and this means the S-meter is the only reference. When you are too weak of a signal you will sound like R2D2 and not scratchy like a FM signal. When keying up please give a 1/2 sec pause before speaking and give another 1/2 a second before unkeying or say “Over!” at the end. I also got the green light to use 147.090 repeater as a traditional FM support frequency. I will try to have someone there to help, plus I will try to listen as well. Again, this is not affiliated with any club, group, and is a friendly event with friends. I will be doing 50 watts on all modes and same antenna. Please setup your radio to it’s highest power and aim your antennas to the MOA if you are on the fringe. I am very lighthearted and want the same from you. If this works well, I will do something similar again. I will be happy to share this experience to any club that request it, but need your input as well. (Even if you just receiving this test.) Again, I am using Richfield’s and Bloomington’s Clubs as my conduit you do not have to join these great clubs to be involved. In short have fun!

Please use High power and your best antenna!

Fusion set to 147.525 in DN mode this seems to travel farther than VW.

DMR is already in Galen’s codeplug so it should be very easy. 145.790 Timeslot 2, Talkgroup 99, & ColorCode 1.

DSTAR 145.710 DR mode MYC: (is your licensed call) UR: (CQCQCQ) and don’t use! RPT1: RPT2:

DSTAR was the most challenging one to set up, and I spent hours to figure it out, and what frequency to use. The posted National Frequency is being used for other resources that I respect. According to Minnesota Repeater Council band information it stated the frequency I pick is the experimental part of the band.

Thanks, Don KC0TJ and Tom N0NWH

RARC Wednesday, March 17th 2021 meeting

This month’s meeting will include a presentation on the US National Grid system by Ken K0SAR. The USNG is a mapping system that uses latitude/longitude and GPS coordinates, rather than address based mapping, which becomes useless when an area is disturbed by tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding. Below is a link to the drop box with compressed files for the mapping exercises and the Zoom application info.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3k8x1lomjlq9xa3/AACvok_Wj6syXIo_Cc1hDCnVa?dl=0

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83799510808?pwd=YWd2TUNXa240RlBHekpqZDM4M1ZsQT09

73

Paul KE0QXV

RARC December meeting to be held on Zoom

To members and friends of the Richfield Amateur Radio Club; Please join us on Wednesday, December 16th on the Zoom application at 7 pm. Look for an email with the meeting particulars. We have had some members note that they are not receiving club emails, so check your spam/junk bucket.

Also, the January, 2021 meeting will have elections for President, Vice-president and Secretary. If you are interested in running for one of the offices, please email the club at: w0rrc.rarc@gmail.com

Paul KE0QXV

RARC Secretary

RARC Wednesday, November 18th meeting will be held on Zoom.

RARC members and friends, please check for an email with details on how to join the meeting on the Zoom application.

We will start taking nominations for club officers with the election taking place at the January 2021 meeting. It is a one year commitment.

There will be an update regarding the status of the 444.4745 repeater.

Paul KE0QXV will give a presentation about his experience installing antennas and masts at his QTH. Please see images below.

Regards

Paul KE0QXV

RARC Secretary

RARC Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 Meeting

The RARC August meeting will be held in person this Wednesday at 7:00 pm on the lower patio on the south side of the Richfield Community Center. Please apply all of the new precautions of distancing and masks.

In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on air, 444.475 +5 tone 118.8, and an Email will be sent to members by 3 pm, and this space will also have a notice.

Richfield Community Center, 7000 Nicollet Avenue South, 55423

Talk in on 444.475 +5 tone 118.8.

See you on Wednesday.

Paul KE0QXV

RARC Secretary.

Wednesday, July 15th 2020 RARC meeting will be in person!

RARC will meet on the lower level patio on the south side of the Richfield Community Center, 7000 Nicollet Ave, 55423. This will be outdoors at 7:00 p.m. Bring a chair and the personal protective equipment we are all accustomed to now. The weather looks promising at this point, but if it turns inclement, an email will be sent out and a notice on this website will be made regarding holding the meeting on the air at 444.475 UHF repeater.

Regards

Paul KE0QXV

RARC Secretary.