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A Message from Charlie O’Brien

Richfield Amateur Radio Club Members:

I just wanted to reach out to you regarding club membership and the upcoming elections for RARC Officers. I am also a member and received the recent RARC message regarding this.

First, I want to thank all RARC members for their initiative in becoming club members and attending meetings and participating in nets.

I also want to thank those who have stepped forward to serve as RARC Officers and give that much more of their time and effort to fill those roles.

I can remember when the RARC was a larger and long standing organization that was mostly comprised of Richfield Police Reserve Members who served the city and the amateur radio discipline well, they built and maintained the city’s mobile operations centers and set up our first repeater networks. My thanks to them also, and a shout out to Paul Dietzler who kept the repeater paperwork up and was the club President and Trustee pretty much on his own for several years.

A couple of years ago I was asked to try to update the repeaters, our Mobile Operations Center and reinvigorate RARC as the city realized that all those wonderful volunteers who had served for so long had finally retired from service.

I and Chief Henthorne felt this was a great fit for CERT and we Formed the CERT Commo Team and began rebuilding the repeaters, MOC, and reaching out to the community to stimulate RARC.

We have completed installation of two new Yaesu digital repeaters, updated the MOC, and made a great start at having a vibrant RARC which is very important to the city as a resource in many situations.

I know that many of you really love amateur radio but we all have busy lives and stepping forward for leadership roles is intimidating. Tom York, Grand Gartland, Mark Rowe and Don Clay have done fine work as Officers since the beginning of this process, but the job is not done. I hope that several of you will consider stepping up for leadership roles and that as many of you as possible will attend the March 15th 2016 RARC meeting at city hall to participate, we need you! I will continue to serve as Repeater Trustee into 2017.

Respectfully/73: COB

Charlie O’Brien KDØILF

RARC Member/Repeater Trustee
CERT/CitizenCorp Coordinator
Richfield Public Safety

January Meeting Postponed and Training Opportunity

The regular meeting of the Richfield Amateur Radio Club for January has been postponed due to time constraints.  Our next meeting will be on February 16, 2016 at the Richfield Community Center.

We are still in need to Net Control Stations for January and early February nets, please contact Don (KCØTJ) to sign-up.  Also, we have been invited to attend the Richfield CERT Training on January 19, 2016 at the Richfield Community Center for a presentation by Jonah Weinberg, Director of the Autism Society of Minnesota.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP with Charlie O’Brien on Doodle.

Lastly, if you would like to serve the RARC as an officer, please let us know as elections will be held at the February meeting.


Grant Gartland (NØBEC)
2015 Vice-President

Meeting Minutes and Notices

A club meeting was held on Friday, April 24.

The meeting minutes as submitted by Secrtary Mark Rowe are available here: 2015-04-24 RARC Meeting Minutes.

As a part of that meeting a Code of Conduct was put forth, reviewed, discussed and approved by the general membership present. That Code of Conduct is available for viewing on the Club Documents page.

Also, our Thursday evening Nets have been extended from Monthly to Weekly, so please check-in each week.

Lastly, I need to notify all members that effective May 1, 2015 Thomas York has resigned as the President of the Richfield Amateur Radio Club. He is stepping away to focus on his family and we wish them all the best of luck and our well wishes.

During this transitional time, per the Club Constitution, I will execute those duties reserved for the President. At the next meeting we will have nominations and if need be an election of a new Club President.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.

-Grant Gartland
2015 Vice-President
Richfield Amateur Radio Club