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January 17 meeting minutes

Thank you for everyone who was able to attend the January meeting.

Tom KE0KTD

Don (no call sign yet)

Jeff KG7ONF

Herman W0HJS

Erin WB9CFN

Lukas KD0KNV

Mike KE0GZT

Don KC0TJ

Mike KE0CZ

We elected our officers Tom KE0KTD as president, Mike KE0GZT as vice president, and Jeff KG7ONF as Secretary.

Old Business

Went over old minutes,

New Business,

Winter field day is cancelled, upcoming events include Bear Grease who could use help with radio operators, TC FM club has a meeting coming up if people want to go on 29 Jan at the West medicine lake community club starting at 7. Mid-winter madness is coming up at the Buffalo Civic Center on 24th of March. Don is going to the Orlando hamfest Feb. 7th.

Meeting was adjourned and Don did a presentation about connector and adaptors.

I hope to see everyone again next month.

Need members help…

We need all members help before the next meeting’s elections… 

(See list here!)
  1. I need any verify your call sign and personal information.

  2. If you became a ham or changed your call since you joined.

  3. If you gave us an old email.

  4. If you are an ARRL member or not please make sure we have it right.

  5. If you know anyone else’s info that might need corrections.

  6. If you any status changes to membership RARC.

  7. If you didn’t get an email from us on 1-2-18 or 1-3-18.

  8. If you are not on this list and want to be.

 (CLICK HERE)

 


Next meeting…

Club Elections and Common Connections Identification Presentation… by Don KC0TJ

(7000 Nicollet Ave.)

 


Current nominees & Remember

Tom KE0KTD Pres

Mike KE0GZT VP

Jeff KG7ONF Sec

Only a current member with a Call letter can run for any office and/or vote.

 


How to Nominate or Vote!

All remaining nets will need to ask for Nominations until the next meeting.  Net times are at 6:30pm on Thursdays…

24/7 is: 612-643-1777 must be done before the club meeting please give call and name.

Proxy votes will be accepted.

Voting on the radio during the beginning of our club meeting is accepted.

You can email us at (CLICK HERE)

As always you should try to come to the meeting on Jan 17th at 7pm (7000 Nicollet Ave.)


The Official All Call list 1-3-18

RARC’s Elections are coming fast

Elections coming in January.

We are seeking officers for President, Vice Pres, & Secretary 

All licensed members can run for any office, & should vote.

How to can I nominate someone or vote for someone when I can’t make it to the January 17th meeting?

  • Please get on any of the Thursday night nets starting at 6:30pm before the January’s meeting

  • Call over the radio at 7:15pm on the January  17th.

  • Contact any another club member that’s going to the meeting for a proxy vote. (PROOF MAYBE REQUIRED!)

  • Send emails to Tom KEØKTD anytime before the January 17th meeting.

  • Call or Text at ###-###-#### and leave message before the January 17th before 7pm to be shared at the club meeting. (Please… leave your Name & Call Sign)

We will start posting all accepted Nominees soon.

Club Advisor,

Don KCØTJ

RPG or Role Playing Games on the radio


Hi Everyone! 

 

Iam looking for some days & times we can get together to plan a ham radio RPG. I am looking at using the new Star Trek Adventures system for the game. A PDF copy of the game rules can be purchased at drivethrurpg.com or a hard copy can likely be found on Amazon.com. I would like to make up characters and discuss how this will work out. Thanks everyone for your attention!

Chris Haukoos
KEØCAL

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 

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

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

Thanks,

Don

 

Feb Meeting Minutes

Richfield ARC people Attending meeting Feb 15,2017

Avery Finn, K0HLA
Matt ? No call yet
Jason C. No call yet
Ray Obryan, KC0VSX
Tom Schneider, KE0KTD
Dan Lundwall, KD7DJL
Mike Hohmany, KE0GZT
Paul Dieteler, W0HWY
Tom Simuta, KD0 DFG
Don Clay, KC0TJ
Herm Saul, W0HJS
Chris Houkous, KC0CAL
Jeff Bekz, KG7ONF

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Richfield ARC minutes Feb 15, 2017

– my tape recorder stopped working when it was hit by the sliding clip board so I may have missed some things –

Old business was first:
Minutes from December meeting approved .Meeting adjourned 2019 CST.
Report from Herm on QCWA meeting with program on cyber security.
Report from Don on Tech & General Study groups.
Lucas had a baby girl.
Repeater up-date…..
A)  Needed net controls
B) Monday call-up net on UHF machine at 6:00 pm CST.

New business:
Richfield ARC showing CERT & ARC appeared in newsletter with 3 people related to the club in the news.

Field Day ( June 24-25 ) 2017 was mentioned.
A) Question on location – possibly library location.
B) Make it a family affair – video games , etc for kids
C) Make arrangements for a press release. ( 100 extra points for it )
D) Who can bring equipment ?
E) Invite Bloomington ARC, Boy Scouts, and possibility others.
F) Beginners station – Hands on

Talked about an on the air event possibly in September like last year.
Special event station maybe ?

CERT member class – see Don

“T” Shirts – 3 or 4 possible vendors but only one can do the slash mark on the zero….. Still waiting on more information.

Meeting closed at 7:53 pm CST ( 1953 CST ).

Respectively

Avery Finn, K0HLA
Richfield ARC Club Secretary

Monthly Meeting Tonight 7pm

Just a reminder the Richfield Amateur Radio Club will be holding it’s monthly meeting at the Richfield Community Center at 7pm.

All are welcome: Club Members, other Hams and Non Hams interested in the hobby or just emergency communications.

Tonight’s After meeting Activities:

Experienced Solderers Bring your Soldering Kits and any projects you want to demo

Experienced Radio Programmers bring your programing computers, cables, etc (we will be helping newer Hams program Radios)

Newer Hams please also bring the above or just your Radios (Prefer you bring at least a programing cable also just in case)

Tonight’s meeting will be short and to the point to allow for more time on the activities.

RARC Study Groups

Please invite anyone and join the rarcstudy@googlegroups.com if you want to be a new ham or get your General license or to help others to study. We don’t charge any fees.

We will have 2 gathering and both will be at 70th and Nicollet (Richfield Community Center) first day is March 1st Wed 7-9pm. 2nd is March 5th Sunday 2-5pm. Both days will be reviewing the same questions and anyone can go-to both. we will be covering T1, T2, G1, & G2 (This will be explained below.)

At all gatherings member’s are encouraged to take their own notes & bring a study guide to use as a reference. Anyone may ask questions to the group or any of the Elmer’s at anytime.

I am using www.hamstudy.org to sub group the questions. Questions are marked as T1A, T2B, or G1A, G12A (first letter equals Tech or Gen, the number relates to the test number in a group, & last letter defines the group of a type of questions.) All test guides use this same numbering.

If you need help to understanding of a question or an idea to share please email it to rarcstudy@googlegroups.com and we will get back to you. We have Elemers in this group ready to help you.

This study group is for anyone to learn how to get their new ham radio license (Technician license) &/or to help anyone to learn their General license regardless of affiliations. This is sponsored primarily by Richfield Amateur Radio Club and Richfield CERT team.

Sub organizations we support are: Bloomington​ Communications Group, Bloomington Amateur Radio Association, & Minnesota Emergency Preparedness Meetup.

We encourage everyone to support the Bloomington Amateur Radio VE Team for the official testing location per their location to our gathering locations. We don’t require people to take their test to anyone testing group, but we will track Bloomington’s VE’s testing times and fees.

Finally our study group is asking everyone to spend 20mins a day to study 14 or less questions by hamstudy.org‘s sub group sets under “Read Questions” the series of G1A, or T1A, and then use the “flash cards” of G1,  or T1 under its study sub set. Then work on G2A or T2A series and repeat.