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Pennfest review

Pennfest did not go quite as we originally planned. Some of it was was preventable and some was a learning experience. First we owe a big thank you to Bob (W0BAD) who was able to be there for the club. Jeff (KG7ONF) and Bob were there for set up however, it didn’t take long for us to realize that we didn’t have anything to advertise the club so we spent our time under the Richfield CERT canopy tent. What we weren’t expecting was the CERT team brought out a generator which made it extremely difficult to engage with the public and have them hear people talk on the radios.

I do appreciate Matt (N0TNL), Tom (KE0KTD), and Don(KC0TJ) for being able to monitor the repeater for whatever conversations we were able to have. If anybody else hopped on the repeater and I didn’t mention because I didn’t hear them, I apologize.

In the end, for next year we have a lot of room for improvement. The biggest improvement that I ask for is trying to get more participation. Without the members of our club getting involved, we can’t get more community involvement. I hope to see people at the meeting on Wednesday and the Get On The Air event next Saturday, September 22nd.

 

Pennfest

Just a reminder to everyone that this Sunday is Pennfest in Richfield. It runs from 12 to 5 p.m. Once it starts, Penn Ave. will be closed off so if you are able to help with setup than be there early to park, help set up, and than find a close parking spot off of the street. We are going to be partnering with the Richfield CERT group. Our club will be located near the Richfield water tower. Once again anyone who is able to make it to show to the public a little bit of what our club can do and what amateur radio is about would be appreciated. If you cannot make it than please monitor the 444.475 repeater so we can demonstrate to the public how ham radio works.

August meeting minutes

Thank you to the members who showed up for the August meeting.

The main focus of our meeting was to prepare for Pennfest and our GOTA event in September. For Pennfest we are teaming up with Richfield CERT and will demonstrate what ham radio is. Pennfest is September 16th from 12-5.

Our GOTA event will be the following Saturday, September 22nd from 11-3 at the Richfield community center.

Finally the Twin cities FM club is having their last chance swap meet a at the West Medicine Lake Community Center.

please be sure to check in on our Thursday night next and the next meeting will be September 19 at the Richfield community center at 7 p.m. It is after Pennfest but the Wednesday before the GOTA event. I hope to see as many people come and participate as possible.

July meeting minutes

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the June meeting.

Tom KE0KTD (President)

Paul KE0QXV

Brian KE0MCV

Mike KE0GZT (vice president)

Don KC0TJ (club advisor)

Jeff KG7ONF (secretary)

Sam (future ham radio operator)

Meeting minutes -Field Day was a great success. Thanks to Bill the Fox hunt was a great time. 63 people showed up and we made 187 contacts, 60 of which were from Herman. Lewis had many compliments for his cooking. People were talking about the food after field day and are looking forward to next year. Our club model for field day is a great example that other clubs are interested in following to get the hobby to grow in the community.

we are planning on having a setup for Penn fest in Richfield on September 16th and we are planning a Get On The Air (GOTA) event the Saturday after on September 22nd. It will be from 12-4 p.m. and we are looking to have it at the community center.

Don gave us a demonstration on the HT’s of the second and third harmonics of a Radio signal which was pretty interesting to learn about.

we are still having a problem with interference on our repeater. Keep monitoring the repeater and report it if there is any interference.

Finally the club is trying to get the study group going again. more details to come but let us know if you want to join us.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting and hearing you on Thursday during the club net. Our next meeting is on August 15th at the Richfield community center at 7pm.

Field day and upcoming meeting

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to the June meeting. We went over the final details for Field Day. Field Day was once again a big success. Ben from Radio city came by and took photos of our site and you can them at www.radioinc.com as well as other Field Day sites that he visited that day. Our next meeting is July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Richfield community center. I hope to see everyone there.

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.