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.
Due to concerns for the health of the members of the Richfield Amateur Radio Club and the Bloomington Amateur Radio Association, field day 2020 will be different. We can operate as independant stations and count contacts as a club. Please follow this link for the rule from the ARRL: http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2020-05-28 We will use N1MMlogger software, as we have in the past.
Hennepin County Emergency Management (HCEM) will be conducting their Spring Simulated Emergency Test (SET) this Saturday May 30 from 9am till approximately 12 noon. The test involves amateur radio operators and public safety entities sharing specifically requested information via a number of different communications pathways.
The Richfield Radio Club members are invited and encouraged to participate.
Attached is a list of amateur radio frequencies (via an ICS205) which will be utilized for this exercise. This includes the Richfield 444.475 repeater.
Please pass this information along to the club members and let them know that they are welcome and frankly encouraged to check into as many of the nets as they are able.
Here is the exercise scenario:
A global pandemic (Coronavirus –SARS-CoV2) –COVID-19 has infected hundreds of thousands across the globe, killed thousands in the United States and has decimated global economies. As hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans maintain a Government-issued ‘Stay-at-Home” order, communications infrastructure is being taxed beyond capacity. Primary failures include an overloading of the 3-4-5G Cellular systems as well as an overloading of some local internet service providers. Local telecom operators are also experiencing random outages due to malicious cable vandalism. Power is stable for the time being. Due to the infectious nature of the COVID-19 virus, all communications personnel are now working remotely from their homes. No inter-personal contact is being advised as “Social Distancing” is the new normal. The Hennepin County Emergency Operations Center is active with stable conditions and is requesting information from ARES and non-ARES amateur Radio Operators as to the status of critical infrastructure within the County and State of Minnesota and specifically the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.
The HCEOC is requesting the following information from each operator who checks in:
Operators Current Location
Station Power Status
Internet Access and availability
Cellular / Telco Service Status
Current Weather conditions
HCEM looks forward to hearing from all those who can participate.
TO All, RARC Wednesday May 20th, 2020 meeting will be held on the air using the W0RRC 444.475 repeater. We will be discussing Field Day 2020 preparation in the event the Richfield Community Center is open. Also, we will be looking for topics to discuss at future meetings. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm. 444.475 MHz+, PL Tone 118.8 FM.
This Thursday following the RARC Thursday night net, there will be a test of C4FM using simplex mode. Please read the following from Don KC0TJ:
Heads up I will be doing a Fusion on the radio test on 147.525 simplex per MRC’s guidelines this Thursday after Richfield’s 6:30pm net. All are welcome. Make sure you are on (DN) mode only. This is not related to RARC, but I am going coordinate on 444.475 repeater in analog for support. My hope is to test Fusion’s capabilities in simplex. We do not want anyone using any WIRES-X linking. My goals are distance testing compared to FM and usability of fringe communications. If that works I might try DStar another day. Your objective comments during and afterwards would be nice. This is for fun and education. Please make sure you have pretested your settings before you check-in. I monitor 444.475 repeater & 146.520 normally if you want any tech support before this test. One last thing, Fusion transmissions are delay audio, so give a second before talking when keying and give gaps before TXing otherwise we may not RX anything. Again, thanks for your patience for this test.
Due to the current conditions, the Richfield Ameteur Radio Club will hold this month’s meeting on the air. UHF repeater 444.475+ PL 118.8 FM. 1900 CDT (7:00 p.m.). Topics to include Field Day 2020 preperations, and contingencies, if needed.
From: Matt Holden Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 7:59 PM Subject: Please share with all Richfield club members Saturday webinar Subject: Buffalo MN hamfest postponed. ARRL virtual meeting scheduled
Midwinter Madness, the hamfest
scheduled for Saturday March 21st, in Buffalo, MN, has been
Since most of us are going to hunkered down in our homes, I
thought I would host a Dakota Division virtual meeting on the Internet. I
will give an ARRL update and then share the highlights of my recent trip to
V4 St. Kitts and Nevis. If you have a topic you would like to present to the
amateur radio community, please contact me about adding you to the
Following the lead of other radio clubs, due to health concerns, the Richfield Amatuer Radio Club March 18th, 2020 meeting will be held over the air on the 444.475 repeater on FM. Time remains the same at 7:00 p.m. Topics will include preparations for Field Day 2020 and take suggestions for future club activities and projects.
Hello fellow RARC members, How is everything back in Minnesota? I am currently in South Korea. I have been here for just over a month and have another 8 more months to go. I am the dining facility manager at camp Hovey so it’s like being the manager of a restaurant. We feed around 1000 soldiers per meal so I am pretty busy here. I unfortunately did not have space to bring any of my ham radio gear with me and I feel like I’m going through radio withdrawal. I did bring my am/fm/shortwave radio with me and listen to the Armed Forces Radio station or there is a shortwave station that is in English that broadcasts from Beijing which I sometimes catch at night. I hope you are starting to prep for field day. Wish I could be there to help out. I have my eye on some radio gear I want to buy when I get back stateside….with the wife’s permission. Don, you are the godfather of the club. Keep the club strong. Herman, Mike, Lucas, and everyone else, have fun and I look forward to seeing some field day pictures.