The Rochester Amateur Radio Club, Inc. (RARC) is an ARRL affiliated and located in Rochester, Minnesota. The Club's mission is to: advance general interest and knowledge of amateur radio, promote cooperation and exchange information between members, conduct club programs, and provide public service support for community activities. The Club is a Minnesota non-profit corporation and has 501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service.


RARC Monthly Meeting - January 8th, 2018 @ 6:30PM


The Rochester Amateur Radio Club (RARC) monthly meeting is at 6:30 p.m on the second Tuesday of every month, at the Rochester Emergency Operations Center (EOC, south side basement entrance beneath Fire Station #2), southwest of the intersection of Viola Road NE and East Circle Drive [Cty 22] NE, in Rochester MN.

Meetings generally start with a half-hour of club business, and the rest of the meeting is dedicated to a program of amateur radio interest.

Feel free to join us for an optional social dinner before at 5pm at Whistle Binkies North, voted best bar in Minnesota!


RARC E-Mail Reflector Information

Subscribe to the RARC E-Mail reflector for the most up-to-date event information, discussion, and buy/sell/swap info!

The RARC E-Mail reflector uses Yahoo Groups: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/rochester_hams/info

To subscribe to the e-mail reflector, send an e-mail to rochester_hams-subscribe@yahoogroups.com, and confirm your subscription by replying to the confirmation e-mail. Alternatively, you can create an account in the Yahoo group to subscribe.


Field Day

Field Day is ham radio's open house! Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Members of the public are welcome to come and learn about Ham Radio with voice, digital, morse/cw, and mobile stations being operated, and even try it out as guest radio operators under expert guidance at our "Get On The Air" station during this free event!

Winter Field Day, January 26-27th 2019: A Field Day in January comes with unique climate-specific challenges. The RARC has participated in WFD as an EmComm exercise. Pay attention to the Sunday Night ARES net for updates as it approaches!

The ARRL Field Day for 2019 will be held on June 22-23rd. Check back for updates!

The Rochester Amateur Radio Club 2018 Field Day was held at at Schaeffer Academy June 23-24th.
See http://www.rarchams.org/fieldday for more details!


RARC Builder's Day - December 15th, 2018

RARC hosts a Builder's Day from 9am to 11am on the Saturday following the normal club meeting each month. The purpose of the Builder's Day is for any club members to bring in and work on projects such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, or any other projects that members are interested in working on. The Builder's Day will be located in the same location as the monthly meeting - at the new Rochester Fire Station No. 2, southwest of the intersection of Viola Road NE and East Circle Drive [Cty 22] NE, in Rochester. 


2018 Sunday Night ARES Net Rotation

The Sunday Night ARES net will start a weekly repeater rotation in 2018 starting in February, as follows for each Sunday in a month:

First Sunday @ 9pm  147.255+ P.L. 100Hz
Second Sunday @ 9pm  146.625- P.L. 100Hz
Third Sunday @ 9pm  147.255+ P.L. 100Hz
Fourth Sunday @ 9pm  146.820- P.L. 100Hz
Fifth Sunday @ 9pm  147.255+ P.L. 100Hz

The purpose is to monthly test each repeaters operation during a net from around the county for quality control, and to test our radio(s) on each VHF repeater.


RARC Social Evening - Last Thursday of each month

The RARC holds a social event the last Thursday of each month at Wildwood. Plenty of parking and the food is great. We average around 7 to 10 people, and we have had as many as 13. We meet around 5:30 pm. We have been leaving around 7:30. We discuss anything and everything. It is very informal. Hams that you have not seen at meetings or public service events have shown up. Come and join us bring the family have some drink some eats and have a good time.