145.3900-, DCS 047
444.4750+, Tone 118.8
145.3900-, DCS 047
444.4750+, Tone 118.8
The promotion and encouragement of amateur radio in the City of Richfield and surrounding communities. Especially the advancement of education of amateur radio and its use in public service via the development of a viable communications network.
Tom Simota (KDØDFG)
Matt Stepaniak (NØTNL)
Avery Finn (KØHLA)
We love to use the back their back shed for our Get-On-Air Events, so lets all support our friends…
Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to the June meeting. We went over the final details for Field Day. Field Day was once again a big success. Ben from Radio city came by and took photos of our site and you can them at www.radioinc.com as well as other Field Day sites that he visited that day. Our next meeting is July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Richfield community center. I hope to see everyone there.
I was scanning on a big VHF band opening early Sunday and I jumped out of my half a sleep slumber when some strange tones came from my radio. I realized this was SSTV signal (Wow!) I haven’t heard that on radio for a long time. I went to check the freq and it was 145.800? I had thought it might be from out of space? I also went to turn on my other radio to see if I could decode this message. When I was more alert I quickly turned on my MMSSTV program and the sound was set to the wrong radio. (Crap!) I changed that when I was getting nothing on my PC and half the picture was already done. (Crap!) I saw mode was pd140 and then picture stopped. I had no cw ID or other encrypted info. (Crap!) I then try screen copied the partial image in hopes to figure out what I had. Then it started again and I was ready for it all. I had to keep adjusting my squelch to RX. I went to my cell phone app to find the ISS and it was already starting over Lake Superior. I also tried to Googled what frequencies they used and mode and everything was checked to what I had everything set to. I realized afterwards that I left my antenna aimed North East and it was an extra bonus to get the whole picture see below. This was also one of the ones used by them per the website link below, and I did log it on that website.
73 Don KC0TJ
I, KCoTJ had fun working many contests that was around the forth and all was easy to do. The one I really liked was 13 Colonies and can’t believe it has been going for 10 Years. I did the contest right after my dad passed away. It was my way to learn how to do HF without my Dad’s help and I was better than I thought back then. I worked every station easily I aimed the antenna and tuned up the stations. I was learning that even with a pile-up I was the strong one. I found my dad had a great tuned antennas and made me a quick study. http://www.13colonies.net However this year I mixed it up a little. I decided that all my cantacts would be 5watts I was very good at that, but the bonus was Great Britain and he was doing a lot of non-phone or voice calls. So I struggled and tried to hear him there no success. He finally near the end went back on voice and I could hear him. I had a phone app that WEBSDR I scanned one that I could hear him and it work fine, but I was noticing that there was no delays from the stations I could hear on both. So my great idea was to see if I could hear myself nope, but he was able to hear me with a 59 report. I RXed him on my cell 57 to 59 and conform my info. Yep-pi a clean sweep, I no longer was qrp but I made all my Qs. So in my haste I found that he was on D-Star earlier, I sent a DXcluster that I was on D-Star REF063B which he was on 10 mins prior. Next thing there he was. I set my radio to 5watts and QRP status was back. Below is a clip of the next station working him. remember this contest is always during the week of 4th of July for 1 weeks time.
I wanted to give a shout out all that make this a fun contest….
K2A, K2B, K2C, K2D, K2E, K2F, K2G, K2H, K2I, K2J, K2K, K2L, K2M, & BONUSES WM3PEN, GB13COL.
Some of the other things was…
Calgary Stampede, Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary special event, & THE WORLD BANK GROUP STAFF AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, WHISKEY REBELLION FESTIVAL.
I also tried a different modes that I haven’t done while trying to get GB13COL to my log.
FT-8, D-Star, *PSK31, & *CW
* Never done it before, but watched my Dad do it.
“Alpha nine Delta Foxtrot standing by!”
We only say “Whisky Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie!” until they acknowledge us.
IF they have a partial of our call then you say “Negative Negative” and repeat our call once or many times until they have it.
When they confirmed our call they will give us their “Class and Section.” We will log that with their call.
Make sure that we have it correct or ask to “Repeat Repeat!” or “Again Again!” until you have it right!
Then give our class and section. “Please Copy… 3 Alpha… Mike November!” again confirm that they got it.
IF wrong repeat our Class and/or Section only as needed!
If all is right then say “QSL” or “Good luck!”
Then move on to the next Caller.
A number given for how many transmitters is running at one time
A letter is given to indicate type of station and can only be… A, B, C, D, E, F.
Is location using 2 or 3 letters in the USA & Canada Examples…
LAX(Los Angeles), STX(South Texas), SNJ(South New Jersey), NFL(Northern Florida), MN(Minnesota), MI(Michigan), SD(South Dakota), BC(British Columbia), & NT(Northern Territories).
Always verify the frequency is clear before calling!
“CQ CQ CQ, This is Whisky Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie, CQ CQ CQ This is Whisky Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie and standing by!”
Keep calling with with 1 to 2 second pauses
If you hear someone Repeat their Call to confirm it
If confirmed then give our Class & Section “Please Copy 3 Alpha Mike November QSL”
Confirm their Class & Section by “We Copy” & repeat their Class & Section
If wrong.. Have them repeat it until right!
If Signal fades out… Say their Call and “Please try us later!”
End by saying “QSL” or “Good luck!”
“QRZ this is Whiskey Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie and standing by!”
“CQ CQ CQ, This is Whisky Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie, CQ CQ CQ This is Whisky Zero Romeo Romeo Charlie Calling and standing by!”
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2018 RARC’s & BARA’s Field Day
June 23 thru 24th
7000 Nicollet Ave S
Richfield Community Center (Lower level)
NO Tobacco or Alcohol onsite at anytime!
All members should participate on Field Day even if not with RARC or BARA
What is Field Day?
An event which showcases the amateur radio hobby to the general public and local government
An opportunity to build ones radio skills and confidence on the air
An opportunity to try out different radios and modes of operation
A way to give all amateurs a chance to get on frequency bands they might not otherwise be able to
A time to meet club members’ families
An opportunity to talk to people from all over the United States and Canada
A way to share ideas, operating techniques and technical advice
A way of testing emergency preparedness skills
A way to honor our fellow hams that have gone silent key
A contest to see how many contacts can be made in a 24 hour period ***
We will be doing a program your VHF & UHF Mobiles & HTs radio “Ham Clinic” during Field Day
Each session will cover 15 mins Radio Basics, 15 mins PowerPoint Demo, & 15+ mins hands on your radio.
Your Required to bring your own radio. We will even power for the mobiles.
If you want to Reserve a Rib dinner or Pulled Pork sandwich dinner please pay Louis at PayPal or go to our June 20th meeting. Each dinner is $15/person and must be paid to Louis by the end of RARC’s June 20th meeting.
We will be having…
A food truck onsite the whole time Finer Meats & Eats
Ice cold city water
Five Watt Coffee Donated
You may bring your own food & refreshments. (NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED)
(RARC & BARA are not responsible for any paid food services.)
Please Sign-up below to help us get our numbers of people coming. All family & friends are welcome. Hams non-members of RARC or BARA are invited and can sign-up.
Please Email us at W0RRC.RARC@gmail.com for any questions.
I thank everyone who was able to come to this past month’s meeting.
Tom (president) KT0KTD
Matt (advisor) N0TNL
Mike (Vice President) KE0GZT
Don (adviser) KC0TJ
Old Minutes/Old business-went over the minutes of the last meeting. Finer Meats Moblie canteen will be setting up in our parking lot for field day for food for guests. Mike (KD8JIR) will bring his ham radio in his RV for field day for a demonstration for how to use Ham Radio for people who like to travel. Bill from BARA is looking to set up a 3A setup for Field Day. Bill might have side gigs for field day such as moon bounce and CW (Morse code), and Jeff will bring his homemade tape measure yagi antenna to for field day. Coffee will be provided by 5 watt.
New business-Luis will be taking money for ribs up until the meeting before field in Field Day in June. Anybody willing to help with anything for Field Day will be a big help, especially with making sure we have enough supplies for cleanup, setup and take down for field day. Don will be doing demonstrations for programming different radios throughout Field Day. VHF/UHF sprint contest on June 9/10. The model of our club is expanding. A club member who has moved to another state is asking for advice on how to get a club in his area started and model it after our club. Don has met with the President of the ARRL and the President was curious on how we have a growing membership in a hobby that isn’t as popular as it used to be. “Crazy ideas” such as games like Battle Ship on radio make it fun for people to get on the air and play. Check out This Week in Tech. (TWIT) they have a show called Ham Nation, an excellent show about Ham Radio. Celebrities such as Tim Allen have got their license and has made the hobby more popular. Project Intercept is taking youth and trying to give them skills to make them more employable. They want to help kids get their license and Tom has been approached to try and help make this possible. Matt (N0TNL) received the Robert Dunbar Award from the Civil Air Patrol for his work with the CAP in communications.
Our last meeting before Field Day is June 20th. I hope to see as many people as possible to go over any final details of field day. This is our chance to show everybody what our club is capable of doing and get more people involved in this exciting hobby.
Thank you for everyone who attended last month’s meeting.
Luis no call sign yet.
We went over old minutes
Went over any old business
We need to get a count of how many radio’s we have for field day
Lewis is coming again for field day and here is the menu
Ribs (3 bones and 3 sides)
Pulled pork sandwiches
Beans, Mac and cheese, corn bread,
$15 per plate.
We need to monitor our repeater. Tom checked in on a impromptu net on Easter and whoever was running it cut it off as soon as he checked in.There is nothing wrong with other people wanting to do nets on our repeater but our leadership would like to know and it’s a bit odd when people stop the net when someone from our club checks in.
We finally went over the logging software for field day.
Our next meeting is May 16, at 7 pm. at the Richfield community center. We plan on having sign ups for field day for different things that we need for field day. I hope to see a lot of people there to help us plan for field day.
Thank you for everyone who attended our March meeting.
Vice President Mike KE0GZT
Secretary Jeff KG7ONF
Adviser Don KC0TJ
Adviser Matt N0TNL
Mary (no call sign) Richfield Historical Society
Unoffically by phone Brian KE0MCT
Planning for Field Day, Getting in touch with Bloomington Club, Equipment for Field Day,
Talking about upcoming events 4th of July, Penn Fest, marathons, etc.
Midwinter madness at the Buffalo civic center
Brainerd Hamfest on 7 April
Richfield Historical Society was happy to receive a card from our club for the GOTA event and said we are allowed to use the building again for any upcoming events.
Lewis is planning on doing ribs again this year for Field Day, we are trying to get in contact with him to get the details sorted out.
Ruthann is going to try and get in touch with the local new media to cover the story
We are going coordinate with BARA about the radios and antennas that we want to bring to Field Day
Don went over the different Google Drive folders that he has been creating for the club and for Field Day
We talked about how Field Day works, how the points work, how we like to run Field Day to make it more enjoyable for everyone
After the meeting we had people go down and see the layout of the basement of the community center
It has been exciting to see that participation at our club meetings has been growing every month and we hope to continue to see that trend. We appreciate everyone that is able to come to the meetings and be a part of the planning of the upcoming activities . We are looking at an exciting year of activities that our club can participate in and we have a great opportunity to help make our club grow and be more involved in our city. We hope to see everyone who is able to attend our next meeting on April 18th.