Author Archives: Secretary RARC

Saturday, May 30th, 2020 HCES system test.

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.


Tom York- K0ZZX

Thursday, April 30th, 2020 444.475 net and System Fusion simplex round table.

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.

thx DC moto Z4

Online Webinar Saturday March 21, 2020

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 postponed.

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 agenda.

I plan to begin my presentation on Saturday March 21, 2020 at 9:30 AM
CDT.  Please sign-up to get specific connection instructions for
computers and telephones at

Let’s try to make the best of these unusual circumstances spend a little
virtual time together since we can’t meet in person.
Stay safe and I hope to see you can join the webinar.

ARRL Dakota Division
Director: Matt Holden, K0BBC

Change for the March 18th Meeting

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.



A message from our long distance member.

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.


RARC August meeting notes

A presentation by Erik NY9D regarding the digital communication systems used for the Twin Cities Marathon. Info at

Volunteers are needed for this event in October, 2019.

Discuss Burnsville fire muster, September 2019, volunteers needed.

Banner design was discussed, a design was approved.

Solder session update.

Discuss preparations for Pennfest 2019.

There will be an all call on the UHF repeater net on Thursday, September 19th. All club members and friends please make an effort to join us.

Respectfully submitted


RARC Secretary

RARC June Meeting notes

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.

Respectfully submitted


Secretary RARC