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Field Day 2017

To All,

June 24th to 25th at 7000 Nicollet Ave S.

Starts at 9am on Saturday for setup & cleanup ends about 2pm on Sunday.

Talk-in Frequencies 145.390- DCS047N (Anolog / Fusion),  444.475+ Tone 118.8,  147.090+, & 146.520 simplex

Field Day is the biggest ham radio event of the year. We need more than people talking on the radio. We need people to log contacts and anyone can do that without getting stage fright. We have loads of activities that never requires a microphone. Today we have already 22 people coming.

Sign up here to join us we need RSVP https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YH3Z6WY

Please remember no tobacco or alcohol on location.

If you only stop for 5 mins that would appreciated.

 

I wanted to answer some questions about Field Day.

Can I bring anything to help?

Yes, we will need refreshments and coolers (but no alcoholic drinks allowed at any time.) We prefer bottled drinks with lids, & not cans. Any snacks that you want to share or just for yourself. We don’t have any formal Saturday lunch or Sunday breakfast plans. If you want to bring your personal equipment RARC, BARA, and(OR) the City of Richfield is not responsible at any time. We may elect to use or not use your personal equipment if you plan to share it. Recovery or return of your equipment is not the responsibility of RARC, BARA, and(or) the City of Richfield.

Coffee and Tea?

We need someone to take charge on this. Please email me at kb0dgd@gmail.com.

What is a Gamer in the FD survey?

We had last year invited a couple (board game meetup groups) that had help us get additional people during the thin hours. This was suggested by a couple of our members. The gamer’s knew that FD was the 1st priority, and they invited anyone to play with them.  We will continue to invite them to run in the background this year. I think we had 6 gamers last year. We will keep it to a small group of players.

How many stations will be there?

We will have 3 HF stations and 1 GOTA station. (See Bill’s presentation for the GOTA station)

What HF bands are we doing?

Station 1 will be doing 75 meters.

Station 2 will be doing 20 and 10 meters.

Station 3 will be doing 40 and 15 meters.

Why these bands?

  • 20m is the busiest HF band and is the most open.
  • 15m uses the same antenna as 40m with no tuning, and is the closest to 20m for being open
  • 40m is the best when 20m goes dead and the best after sunset and during the night.
  • 75m is for the regional areas of MN, IA, SD, ND, & WI this band can be noisy if storms are around during the night.
  • 10m we can work the whole USA and Canada when it opens. (Side Note… This band was open the last 2 days and I worked 25 stations in a couple hours)

What things are we doing besides talking on the radio? (Again I am not guaranteeing everything listed below but we will try!)

Please look at Bill’s presentation http://71.195.48.160/~bill/20170606_bara_presentation.pdf.

  • A lot of digital mode communications that requires no microphone
  • Meteor Scatter (This is one I am look forward for to seeing)
  • CW operation (Yes, this it is digital but I classify it differently than a PC mode)
  • Hidden transmitter finding or a fox hunting. (Every ham should learn how to do this!)
  • Satellite communication (We don’t know when this will happen)
  • Basic antenna building and tuning (through 2m)
  • Go Boxes show and tell
  • DMR Radio
  • Fusion Radio
  • D-Star Radio
  • Improving my handheld radio’s range
  • Help programing or figuring out how to use my radio
  • Ham radio study group
  • Playing board games

Again, all Field Day activities are kid & family friendly….

Sign up here to join us we need RSVP https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YH3Z6WY

Thanks,

Don

DE KCØTj 73

       Formally KBØDGD

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To All members,

I would like to thank everyone that helped to build this club. I would like everyone to thank Mark for being the longest club officer as Secretary for 2 years or in simple terms since day one of Richfield Amateur  Radio Club. Please give thanks to Clay for his term as VP. I have many more to thank and I will do that when we talk in person.

Thanks,

EX-President Don KC0TJ

Next our newest Club Officers are

Tom KD0DFG is the new President

Matt N0TNL is the new VP

Avery K0HLA is the New Secretary

Thank you to all that participated to night. We did call on the 444.475 rptr with no answer.  We did proxy voting if anyone could not make it.  We had everyone That was able to vote at the meeting voting. With that being said no officer ran unopposed.

73 DE KC0TJ CL

Club Elections next meeting

Next meeting is January 18th Club Elections.

Current Nominations are

  • President

none

  • VP

Tom S. KDØDFG

(Only as a CO-VP or  a 2nd VP) Matt S. NØTNL

  • Sec

Tom S. KDØDFG

More updates will be posted. All posted nominations have been accepted.

 

Duties of the Officers

  • President

 

The President shall preside at all meetings, and conduct them according to the rules adopted. He/she shall enforce due observance of this Constitution and By-Laws; decide all questions of order; sign all official documents adopted by the club, and perform all other duties pertaining to the office of President.

 

  • Vice-President

 

The Vice-President shall assume all the duties of the President in his/her absence. In addition, he/she shall organize club activities, plan and recommend contests for operating benefits, and advance club interest and activity as approved by the club.

He/she shall maintain close liaison with the ARRL’s local ARES® Emergency Coordinator to further club participation in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service®.

He/she shall be the curator of all physical club assets. This responsibility may be delegated to another committee or special position.

 

  • Secretary

 

The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings, keep a roll of members, submit membership applications, carry on all correspondence and read communications at each meeting.

 

***In order to make sure every member has a voice we will be doing Proxy Voting. (Proxy Vote is: When a member uses another member to vote for them similar to a Absentee Ballot.) We will be opening the 444.475 repeater for voting during the meeting per our club has no Treasury or any financial gains.

ALL CALL…

RARC Members,

On Thursday 12-29-16 we did an “All Call Drill.” I We had 9 check-ins including me as net control. I will give thanks to AE0RF for helping me when it became alphabet soup. I kept saying Zulu instead of Zero, so Justin came to my aide. N0TNL was ready to relieve AE0RF. So I also want to give Matt a big thanks. This was our 2nd attempt of an “ALL CALL! or CLUB ROLE CALL! on a net night. Our 1st attempt yield a little more results, but we did use 145.390 and 444.475 repeaters simultaneously and gave everyone a longer warning of the drill. I again I thank all that participated. I will also would like to add that I did get some additional emails of members that was not in range of the repeater. This drill or club exercise will be coming again in the new year with little to no warning in prep for a real call out of ham radio operator’s to be use as an immediate support group. If you want to be the net controller or roundtable person please let me know, and I still need a person for next week (1-5-16). Procedures are on this website.

Remember our Nets/Roundtables are always on 8pm CT every Thursday on 444.475 (+) Tone 118.8Hz. All CLUB NEWS and UPDATES will be at this time. (If You need help please contact us!)

ALL CLUB MEMBERS SHOULD ALWAYS MONITOR OUR REPEATERS WHENEVER POSSIBLE!!!

Another fun thing is Mnwis having a World Wide 24 hour New Year’s Party this Starts 4am local today (12-31-16) on 145.390 (-) Fusion Mode. (Note: If you busy light goes on with no sound you are not in Fusion mode.)  

 *** If you don’t have Fusion Mode go to 145.230 (-) Tone 114.8 to join in the New Year’s Party***

REMINDER Our next meeting Jan 18 starting at 7pm.Richfield’s Community Center (7000 Nicollet Ave.) Elections and WFD Prep

In closing this is Your Club and Everyone has Equal Input and Rights. Ham Radio is bigger than anyone person to know it all, so don’t feel uncomfortable to ask for help. I have been around radio for 40+ years and I am still asking questions that was on my 1st test. (Example: I never done an All Call” with 60+ people and started to stumble but as I stated above other members jumped in to help.)

Thanks,

Don

RARCs President

DE KCØTj 73

       Formally KBØDGD

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Our Pavek tour

The PAVEK MUSEUM 

We had fun seeing and listening to many old time songs and fancy toys. If you missed it I would encourage to make time to visit the Pavek Museum on your own. I want to go back because there was too many things I still need to see. The Pavek’s staff was very nice and the club had a blast. When you go make sure to have them power up the “Spark Gap Transmitter.” Thanks Chris (KE∅CAL)for setting this up.

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Thanksgiving 11-24-16


Thanksgiving Net Tonight!

I am sending everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

I will be doing a Rag chewing net for anyone that needs a break from the relatives. We will start taking check-ins on 444.475 at 7:30pm local and will be going till 8:15ish. If I am not on by 7:30 then start rag chewing with out me. I will go longer then if needed.

73 DE KCØTJ

Meeting News & December’s meeting date changed!

November’s meeting is Nov 16th…

GoBoxes and MircoShacks. We will be building the City’s GoBox also (If want to bring your GoBox please do.)  Meeting will start at 7pm (Richfield Community 7000 Nicollet Ave)

December 6th  Pavek Museum 6pm-7:30pm

We will touring the Pavek Museum. Cost is $50 minimum or $7 per person whichever is greater. So if you are planning to come please call Chris KE∅CAL at (612) 281-3453  Leave Message.

we will meet at the…

(Richfield Historical Society 6901 Lyndale Ave)

Plan to leave at 5:15pm and to car pool. otherwise let Matt or Chris know.

DECEMBER MAIN MEET HAS MOVED TO 14TH

Our 2nd Xmas party will start at 7pm. Bring something to share for 10 people. last year we had about 7 people present. I hope we have more.

In Closing…

Elections are done for the USA, but our club elections will be in January. Please plan to nominate our club members for President, VP, & Sec in December and January.

We need Net or Roundtable controllers always!

A Basic Club Net (A scheduled over-the-air meeting.)

  1. Secure the frequency using your call and club call.
  2. Everyone checks in with the net controller only.
  3. Controller gets any & all announcements & share it.
  4. Controller calls & takes all check-ins.
  5. The controller repeats any relevant information as necessary.
  6. Controller give thanks to City of Richfield public safety & RARC near the end.
  7. Controller gives our club’s website for more information just before ending.
  8. The controller clears with both the club’s call & their call to return the frequency to normal use.

A Closed Net (This is very similar above, but access is restricted.)

  1. Secure frequency or Frequencies with your call, name, and the club call.
  2. Give net rules & procedures to the closed net.
  3. Start taking check-ins by one of these possible methods. (Always answer emergency check-ins)
    1. Off a list of a call signs only.
    2. Ask for check-ins with only reportable conditions. 
    3. Ask for check-ins only related to the net.
    4. Ask for check-ins related to the event only.
  4. Break periodically to get people to respond.
  5. Repeatedly state the net rules & procedures and identify that you are doing a closed net and remind all others to stand by until the net is complete please.
  6. Give updates and all relevant information as needed.
  7. Give your ID, name & the club’s ID often.
  8. Give thanks to RARC and the Richfield City Public Safety for the use of it’s repeaters.
  9. When done remind the people that the repeater is open now to regular amatuer use and clear using WØRRC call and your Call.

A Roundtable (A group of 3 or more operators talking about any topics.)

  1. Secure frequency using your call.
  2. Have a topic or topics to talk about.
  3. Invite others to join in.
  4. operators can come or go at anytime.
  5. operators should rotate with others giving everyone a chance to comment.
  6. We ask to share any club information.
  7. The roundtable ends when any of the last three operators remaining clear.

Our nets and Roundtables are open to all. They start at 8pm every Thursday on our UHF repeater 444.475 with a tone of 118.8

If special events are going on we will make additional changes as needed. 

Anyone can do roundtable at anytime because all it takes 3 or more people talking together. (aka a partyline over the radio.)

 

I double dog dare you! To make the biggest ham radio roundtable.

If you want to volunteer email me at… kb0dgd@gmail.com