Ed Fong made a presentation to RARC at the April meeting, and the feedback has been all positive. Follow the link below. The last slide has a discounted price list. Mention RARC when ordering. Students of DR. Fong’s RF classes fabricate the antennas as lab projects, and the proceeds go to supporting the students.
I first want to thank all groups and fellow hams helping me to share this. I have been ask why? I feel that I needed to add more details based on what I have heard, so I will try to explain this event.
This idea was inspired by my friend Tom N0NWH. We wanted to try these modes not using any repeater, and see how it compares. We invite you to participate in this unique opportunity. I personally don’t know how this will turn out, but my hope is everyone has fun. I will be using the same antenna on all modes this will come with a little delay to patch to the next radio. I don’t want it to be a formal net, but a roundtable with everyone is equally important. I may ask you to help with Relays of others and give Signal reports. Remember that digital signals are all or nothing, and this means the S-meter is the only reference. When you are too weak of a signal you will sound like R2D2 and not scratchy like a FM signal. When keying up please give a 1/2 sec pause before speaking and give another 1/2 a second before unkeying or say “Over!” at the end. I also got the green light to use 147.090 repeater as a traditional FM support frequency. I will try to have someone there to help, plus I will try to listen as well. Again, this is not affiliated with any club, group, and is a friendly event with friends. I will be doing 50 watts on all modes and same antenna. Please setup your radio to it’s highest power and aim your antennas to the MOA if you are on the fringe. I am very lighthearted and want the same from you. If this works well, I will do something similar again. I will be happy to share this experience to any club that request it, but need your input as well. (Even if you just receiving this test.) Again, I am using Richfield’s and Bloomington’s Clubs as my conduit you do not have to join these great clubs to be involved. In short have fun!
Please use High power and your best antenna!
Fusion set to 147.525 in DN mode this seems to travel farther than VW.
DMR is already in Galen’s codeplug so it should be very easy. 145.790 Timeslot 2, Talkgroup 99, & ColorCode 1.
DSTAR 145.710 DR mode MYC: (is your licensed call) UR: (CQCQCQ) and don’t use! RPT1: RPT2:
DSTAR was the most challenging one to set up, and I spent hours to figure it out, and what frequency to use. The posted National Frequency is being used for other resources that I respect. According to Minnesota Repeater Council band information it stated the frequency I pick is the experimental part of the band.
This month’s meeting will include a presentation on the US National Grid system by Ken K0SAR. The USNG is a mapping system that uses latitude/longitude and GPS coordinates, rather than address based mapping, which becomes useless when an area is disturbed by tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding. Below is a link to the drop box with compressed files for the mapping exercises and the Zoom application info.
Please join us on Wednesday at 7:00 pm for the monthly meeting either on Zoom or the W0RRC UHF repeater 444.475 PL tone 233.6 for casting votes for officer election. Look for an email for meeting details, check the calendar on this site.
To members and friends of the Richfield Amateur Radio Club; Please join us on Wednesday, December 16th on the Zoom application at 7 pm. Look for an email with the meeting particulars. We have had some members note that they are not receiving club emails, so check your spam/junk bucket.
Also, the January, 2021 meeting will have elections for President, Vice-president and Secretary. If you are interested in running for one of the offices, please email the club at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting this Thursday, October 1st, the RARC weekly net will be held on the W0RRC VHF repeater at 6:30, FM. WiresX connection to the MN/WIS room for System Fusion is disconnected at this time. Please join us for a round table discussion.
The RARC August meeting will be held in person this Wednesday at 7:00 pm on the lower patio on the south side of the Richfield Community Center. Please apply all of the new precautions of distancing and masks.
In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on air, 444.475 +5 tone 118.8, and an Email will be sent to members by 3 pm, and this space will also have a notice.
Richfield Community Center, 7000 Nicollet Avenue South, 55423
RARC will meet on the lower level patio on the south side of the Richfield Community Center, 7000 Nicollet Ave, 55423. This will be outdoors at 7:00 p.m. Bring a chair and the personal protective equipment we are all accustomed to now. The weather looks promising at this point, but if it turns inclement, an email will be sent out and a notice on this website will be made regarding holding the meeting on the air at 444.475 UHF repeater.