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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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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.

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Presentation at SRRRMN Meeting 25 FEB ~1200

For full details please go to:

http://www.srrrmn.org/current-events.html

 

Presentation: “What were they thinking?”
Analyzing what the pilot was attempting when something went wrong.
From a CAP/Search managers point of view.

Presented by Major Tom Fitzhenry
​                                                   Director of Emergency Services Minnesota Wing CAP

Interested parties from other organizations are welcome to attend.

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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Net Terms and how to check-in.

Nets are fun to check-in and here is some suggestions.

Check-ins

  • Use your Full Call and any other information requested by the Net Control. (Always use you full call no matter what.) If you only give your last 3 of your call you have not properly Identified your station in case the Net Controller never hears you. 
  • Please use proper Phonetics and not strange codes. If Net Controller is on the ball he only needs to know 26 Phonetics.
  • When using numbers Ø is a Zero & not a “Owe”, and 9 is Nine & not Niner. (If giving a big number like 1500 you can say “One thousand, Five hundred, or Fifteen hundred, or One Five Zero Zero.” never use” * * Owe, Owe.”
  • When using “.” people can use “Decimal, Period, Dot, or Point.”
  • Always wait for the Net Control to turn it to you before giving your detail information.

Terms & procedures

  • Ways to Check-in only with nothing to add to the Net.
    • Saying your call & “Clear.” Example “KCØTJ Clear”
    • Saying your call & “No traffic.” Example “KCØTJ No traffic”
    • Your call & saying “In & Out.” Example “This is KCØTJ  In & Out.” 
    • Your call & saying “One for the count.” Example “KCØTJ one for the count.” This method is better after you check-in.
  • Saying your call and adding “for a short.” or just saying “short” after your call. this is to say that you are a “Short Timer” this means you cannot stay the whole Net and you maybe ask to check-in at a different time.
  • Saying  “Recheck” This means you are a previous check-in and have an update.
  • Saying “Comment” is a way to tell the Net Controller you have info based on the last check-in.
  • Saying “Info” is a way to add any information related to the Net or topic.
  • Saying “Contact” This is to meet another station on a different frequency off the Net frequency.
  • Saying “Relay” Is asking another station to repeat information of another station.
  • Saying “Break” This is a priority call in and is not necessarily an emergency.
  • Saying “Break Break” is an emergency, but not necessarily life or death.
  • Saying “Beak Break Break” is the same as SOS, PAN PAN PAN, and MAYDAY and Is a life or death call.
  • Saying “a 2fur, or any #fur” is saying multi check-ins under one operator. Example ” This is KCØTJ with a 2fur please copy KAØEPZ she is in the kitchen cooking”
  • Saying “Anyone Anywhere” this means typically open to anyone.
  • Saying “Taking only 9s” this means only people with 9 in their call.
  • Saying “Taking calls A through D” This refers to the letter right after your number. Example if your call was AAØE.. you must wait.
  • Open Net is open to All
  • Closed Net is restricted access
  • Formal Net is restricted by certain rules. please verify them before checking-in

Best Practices

  • Monitor the Net for all rules & procedures before checking-in.
  • Find a good location with a strong signal before calling.
  • Organize your thoughts before TXing.
  • Press PTT button then talk.
  • Use your call in Phonetics whenever possible.
  • Speak clearly and confidently.
  • Speak Slowly, and you may have to repeat your info twice this is normal.
  • Always be patient with the Net Controller.  The Net Controller might be taking notes at the same time.
  • Don’t leave the Net until you are dismissed.
  • If you need to leave the Net Check-in saying “Recheck” once you are acknowledged then say “Please check me out.” and your call. (If you coming back to the Net you might say your “Call” or “Recheck.” then ask “Please be check me back in” & your call.
  • If you need to talk to another operator on the Net please use another frequency during the Net.
  • Don’t use minimum power to check-in the Net this can make it hard for everyone and may take additional time taking away from others.
  • Keep all transmissions quick unless otherwise stated.
  • Always be friendly.

RARC’s Top Frequencies

I have added frequencies that should be used for Go Boxes or Micro-Shacks. Please note the right side is showing non Ham Radio services like Marine, Multi Use Radio Service, FRS, GMRS, & CB bands  and should be for rx only. I also have added Chirp CVS formatted File type that is Excel friendly. One version is everything, and the other version skips CB bands 27MHz & 49MHZ. I have grouped them by categories and added a 6 digit memory tag of everything. 

Read your radio manual for the Frequency Range most ChiCom Radios covers only 136-174 & 400-500… 

Click here to download  everything including CB Bands… gobox-chirp-with-cb

Click  here for VHF & UHF Bands only, and no CB Bands gobox-chirp

 

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RARC & Author is not responsible for any radio damages or activities over the air. This is suggestions based on location of RARC’s Repeaters. RARC & Author only supports this as a resource for a baseline knowledge for it’s members.

 

A good upcoming Nat Geo film

Hi guys,

KEØGZT here with a tip for a good upcoming Nat Geo film… and a good Ham-related e-newsletter/blog.

The current issue of the e-newsletter Calling CQ is below.
–from Calling CQ:
‘…The National Geographic channel announced the release of the short film Before Mars the story of twin Korean American teenage girls who move to a new town with their military mom. Hana finds a ham radio and with the help of an Elmer, successfully makes contact with an astronaut on the International Space Station. In the story, that feat helps inspire the sisters to pursue careers in space exploration—one as an astronaut on the Mars mission, the other as an official at Mission Control.’

The Nat Geo film looks to be a great one. Check out the trailer in the above link.

The author of Calling CQ, is Jeff Davis and I’ve been following his blog (different from the e-newsletter) for about a month, plus lots of his previous posts. His blog can be found at Jeff Davis, KE9V.

See you at the RARC mtg. next week.

73, Mike, KEØGZT

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Thanks Mike for this information. I will be watching this short film.
before-mars
Don,
DE KC0TJ