6-19-2019 Richfield Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting.
Called to order at 1910.
Don talked about logging software for Field Day 2019, N1MM+.
May meeting notes accepted at 1920.
Old business, 4th Wednesday informal gathering at Perkins on 494 and France Avenue. All are welcome, it is an informal gathering, we just ask you order a menu item.
If you are interested in running the Thursday night RARC net, please send an email to the club and we’ll connect you with the person in charge. It’s easy and fun. More information is on the website.
Prepper minute: Test your equipment monthly.
New business: Entering a vehicle in the 2019 City of Richfield Independence Day parade. The officers of the club will be unable to participate this year, but if anyone has the resources to enter a float in this years parade to publicize the club, let us know.
We are looking for interest in hands on soldering and kit assembly as club activity. If you would like more information, please send an email to the club.
Field Day Chairs. Jeff, activity director, Brian, refreshments.
Meeting adjourned at 2010.
The Monthly RARC meeting 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 19th at 7000 Nicollet Avenue South, 55423. Agenda will include preparation for the 2019 Field Day. Louis will be taking orders for his BBQ dinners, $15 per person. Field Day will take place from noon Saturday, June 22nd through midday Sunday, June 23rd. Set up will begin at 9:00 a.m. The public is invited to visit the lower level of the community center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. So invite your friends and family. Also, if time permits, we will discuss interest in hand soldering practice and projects, day and time that will work for everyone.
Meeting called to order at 1915.
The May GOTA event will not be held this month so we can focus on preperation for the June 2019 field day, which will be held on June 22nd into June 23rd at the Richfield Community Center at 7000 Nicolette avenue south, Richfield, MN 55423. More details to follow. Instead, the Richfield Historical Society will be performing property improvements on Saturday, May 25th 2019, 9:00 a.m., at 6901 Lyndale avenue south, Richfield, MN 55423. Carpentry skills and tools will be useful to build a boardwalk on the property. www.richfieldhistory.org
We have an informal gathering at Perkins restaurant on 494 and France avenue south in Bloomington, MN at about 7 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of each month. All are welcome to join us.
A weekly net is held on the W0RRC UHF repeater on every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. The repeater details are linked from the home page. All licensed radio operators are welcome to join in.
To all members: Please take time to take the radio club survey to help us serve the club better.
Motion to close, seconded and approved at 1957.
New business, Present and discuss proposed changes to RARC constitution and bylaws. Will be voted on at the April RARC meeting. GOTA on March 30, 2019 at the outbuilding at the Richfield Historical Society, 6901 Lyndale Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423. All are welcome, bring a chair and dress for the weather. 10 am to 2 pm.
Please join us for the weekly Thursday evening net on the W0RRC UHF repeater at 6:30 pm.
Presentation on basic hand soldering seemed to be well received and we plan to have a hands on session in the future.
Dur to inclement weather, the February 2019 meeting was held on the air on the W0RRC UHF repeater. President Don, KC0TJ and Secretary Paul, KE0QXV served as officers. Five other members joined in. Discussion of proposed by-law changes were postponed until the March 20th, 2019 RARC meeting. Also at the March meeting, Paul KE0QXV will make a presentation on hand soldering theory and techniques. If club members have interest in a hands on session, that can be arranged for a later date. At the April RARC club meeting, there will be an APRS presentation.
Respectfully submitted February 26, 2019
Paul KE0QXV, RARC secretary.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the June meeting.
Tom KE0KTD (President)
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.
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.