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.
Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN! Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2016 is June 25-26.
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.
The next Rochester Amateur Radio Club (RARC) monthly meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on the above date, 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. Feel free to join us for an optional social dinner before at 5 pm at Whistle Binkies North, voted best bar in Minnesota!
RARC is starting a Builder's Day 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.