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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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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.

Some of RARC’s core values

  1. ARRL membership is encouraged
  2. Basic antenna building and basic testing
  3. Basic soldering skills
  4. Club members collaborating knowledge of ham radio
  5. Emergency preparedness ready
  6. Encourage members to upgrade their license class
  7. Encourage people to become a new ham radio operator
  8. Experiment with new ideas and reevaluate as needed
  9. Field Day is a club event for all. All members will try to participate even if not at RARC’s FD site
  10. Have many Get-on-air events for all
  11. Help and support good radio practices
  12. Help and welcome anyone new to the hobby
  13. Learning by Hands on experience whenever possible
  14. Maintain a low key and informal environment to all members
  15. Micro-Shack (local low powered backup communications at given key locations)
  16. Monitor and use the Richfield repeaters whenever possible
  17. On location survival ready
  18. Open to all and inviting to all
  19. Support & backup city’s MOC & EOC
  20. Support AERO Training Classes
  21. Support ARES & RACES groups
  22. Support BARA
  23. Support BCG
  24. Support CERT activities
  25. Support event communications
  26. Support Richfield City events and needs
  27. We encourage members to be involved with Metro Skywarn
  28. We encourage members to join other radio clubs
  29. We support all local and statewide emergency management
  30. We support the Yaesu’s Fusion System
  31. We will have open to all weekly nets or roundtables

We should always support our hobby and remember this is a hobby that can save lives.

Don Pres of RARC…