Meeting Minutes, November 2021

Meeting started: 6:32pm
Treasurer’s report:

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,634.28
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues:
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 53.26
Meeting Food
Paypal charges
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance $ 288.86
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,292.16

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.65
Credits
Interest: $ 0.04
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.69

Total: $ 13,113.85

Minutes: K0RPD motion to accept K0AKM, passed.
Committee reports:
Tech Committee: KA0MYG
Meeting last week, guest from Winona club
Good description of their Watoka HF site
Their club has multiple antennas and autoswitch
Limited to club members only
RemoteHam with Icom7300
Recommended run with UPS, Camera pointed at radio and ATU (LDG AT-200)
Simpson site; No internet at Simpson site, back to other ideas for sites.
Possible multi-user site (one RX, others listen). Not full SDR (one RX freq). Gentleman’s agreement for scheduling/use.
John looking to transition the role to someone else.

W0STV Olmsted ARES:
BuG Group to be paused, ARES training monthly session. (No BuG Saturday)
ARES: Covid and Public Service meant less activity
9AM-11AM for Saturday After the club meeting, ARES Training sessions.
AB0BW: State ARES; DECs to get together ober ZOOM (November 20th). Expect January report from State ARES.

Contesting K4IU:
This weekend; Work All Europe RTTY Contest
End of Nov: CQWW
December: Sweepstakes phone, 160m contest, 10m contest

JM Highshool; Thursday Afternoon class. Kit building? Other potentials.
W0STV is looking for people to help out.

Field Day: Start thinking about it!

Holiday Party: KF0S, switching to vote in December and holiday party in January
Charlie’s Pub and Eatery, possibility. 5:30-6, start eating 6:30pm. Ideas?

Old Business: None
New Business: None

Nominating Committee:
Secretary, Treasurer, Member-At-Large covered.
VP and President, need people for these. k4iu@me.com, w0stv@yahoo.com, dcnaatz@gmail.com

VE Test session No 18th 6:30pm ARC, need FRN.

K0GMK: Short month for Hamster; be thinking about columns!
K0AKM W0STV passed motion to adjourn, 7:11pm

Repeaters for the Rochester area

– 147.255(+600)MHz PL100 FM Repeater WØEAS (ARES Primary, Echolink node 420993)

– 146.820(-600)MHz PL100 MHz FM Repeater WØMXW (ARES Secondary)

– 146.625(-600)MHz PL100 MHz FM Analog/Yaesu Fusion Repeater WØMXW

– 443.850 MHz D-Star Repeater WØMXW

– APRS and iGate: 144.390Mhz WØMXW

– MN Statewide Packet Node MNROC2: 145.670

– Local EMCOMM Outpost packet node (WØMXW) 145.710

– Winlink RF/Internet node WØSTV-10 145.010

Meeting Minutes, October 2021

ARES
Olmsted OEC still has work to be done, digi needs to be redone, done by 1st of year
See Newsletter for more information

Treasurer’s report:

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,765.40
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues: $ 70.00
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Refund
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 53.41
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 2.38
Field Day:
Pic-nic $ 145.33
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,634.28

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.62
Credits
Interest: $ 0.03
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.65

Total: $ 13,455.93


Rick Lyden has MN ARES Facebook page running, check it out.
Elmers Net is on Mondays, please attend!

District ARES: Zoom meeting quarterly meeting getting established..

Tech Committee:
Meeting with Winona club, coming up with list of items to address for remote base station!

Education: Classes cancelled at the moment

Old Business: None

New Business: Short-Term new hams workgroup. Looking to put together workgroup.
JMHS Thusrday 2:45-3:30, radio club @ JMHS. Seeing how they work, how they can be used.

Action: Get repeaters primary on the front page of website. Above the Weather in the right-hand pane?

Putting together nominating committee

BuG Group on Saturday; Digital Communications / Mesh Networking. RPI as web/tftp server? VOIP phones.
Motion to adjourn, seconded, 19:19pm.

Meeting Minutes, September 2021

Meeting called to order by K0VH

Treasurer’s report received:

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,461.26
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues: $ 70.00
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way: $ 65.00
Amazon: $ 49.03
Donation: $ 250.00
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 52.51
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 2.38
Tower Climber
Field Day $ 75.00
Picnic
Table
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,765.40

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.59
Credits
Interest: $ 0.03
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.62

Total: $ 13,587.02

Former W0IBM amp discussed, tubes weak.
Tech committee, John Dalin KA0MYG: Meeting mid October to discuss remote HF Base station
Asking for comments/concerns.

Public Service KF0S: Bounce Day cancelled. Med City Marathon went well.

ARES: W0STV. EM50 equipment upgrade discussions ongoing. Laptop upgrades. Airport drill with microwave video this weekend.If interested, contact Steve W0STV. Nothing new at state level.

Contesting: Fred K4IU October number of QSO parties: CA, SD, etc.MN Wireless Association looking for a good turnout. CQ Worldwide phone contest at the end of the month.

Education: Sept 18th class cancelled

August Picnic/Meeting minutes on website.

Old Business: None

New Business: Officer’s meting – Zoom or Google? Passed.
WiresX Questions: Fusion account. DStar Repeater on old DSL line seems to have experienced an Internet failure. Pipe Echolink connection over microwave link? Options available.


If anyone has heard anything from JMHS, let W0STV know.

Business meeting closed.

Meeting Minutes, August 2021 Picnic

K0VH made a motion, seconded we give Pat W0BM three $25 gift certificates for Wildwood Byron as a FD thank you. He & spouse frequent the rarc Thursday socials there, perhaps the Rochester Wildwood can process if it’s easier for George?

After the meeting we decided to give Roger and Barb a $30 thank you (campsite fee?) And free 2022 rarc membership as a thanks for hosting the picnic again.
Steve also raffled off the non working generator, for free! 73

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,451.22
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues: $ 30.00
Raffle: $ 35.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 54.00
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 0.96
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,461.26

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.55
Credits
Interest: $ 0.04
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.59

Total: $ 13,282.85

Meeting Minutes, July 13 2021

Called to order; K0VH 6:32pm
Motion to accept minutes from last month: w0bm motion n0kzo seconded
Treasurer’s report: Received
Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 9,175.20
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues: $ 130.00
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 51.52
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 4.06
Field Day: $ 593.26
Pic-nic
Equipment 625 parts $ 80.14
Tower Lease $ 125.00
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,451.22

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.52
Credits
Interest: $ 0.03
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.55

Total: $ 13,272.77 

Tech Committee: Discussion about 625 repeater 1/2 power into the 100W amp (~50w out). Consensus was hundreds of dollars to bump it up probably not worth the expense, will stay at 50w for now.
Still looking for club equipment, email ka0myg@charter.net
Will be coming up with maintenance process.
1 loaner baofeng still out on loan.
Steve W0STV talked to K0RDA about club drone and baofeng emergency radio cache.
Equipment from Mayo and other agencies; two antennas and two feedlines. We will bring our own equipment to interface. Will get data on antennas. Compiling a list of Mayo operators.
ARES Trailer; W0STV checking it out. Needs new bearings.
625 repeater; old repeater to stay as a backup, new racking. Mayo expansion upwards is on hold.

BuG Group; to start on Saturday! Getting ready for airport exercise in September. Link video back to radio room. 5GHz dishes and links from KA0MYG for testing video via wifi. How to do WiFi equipment from water tower? Work-in-progress for BuG group.
Fusion repeater moved rooms (old room no longer exists). KE0YJJ’s repeater moves around to different rooms.

Public Service 
Bike MS Cycling (Austin MN); July 23-24th. Starting and ending in Austin. One way one day, the other way the next day. Any ham that can help out is requested to help. Need VHF and APRS.
Aug 28th; Healthy Human race. Still TBD
Med City Marathon; Sept 11/12th (12th to be actual marathon.)
Mayo Bounce Day, 1st weekend in October generally. Nothing heard yet this year.contact N0KZO@arrl.net

ARES:
Coordinate equipment; Collecting at the EOC.
GHz with Airport drill may be a new capability.; Sept 16th.
ARES applications; Taking corrections for ARES Roster.
VE Test Session in September. In Person, registered with ARRL.
Skywarn maps; See Steve.Skywarn Shirts; Also see Steve.

Contesting: 6-meter contesting upcoming this weekend (CQ VHF)Field Day; went well! 5555 points! 1350 were bonus. CW went amazingly. 445 10m contacts! Some antenna work to do.

Education: K0RGR – Contact person for FD, may recruit a class.

Picnic @ KOA. Bring your own food/beverages, there will be club food available (hot dogs, buns, cookies). Folks can bring other food/cookies. Will be in contact to confirm.

Remote HF Club station Possibility, will investigate with the Tech Committee.

Motion to upgrade RARC machines to Windows 10: W0BM made motion, Stan seconded. Motion passed. AA0CN to implement.
Motion to adjourn: Passed.

Meeting Minutes, June 8th 2021

by Eric Van Norman, KF0S
Meeting called to order at 6:32 pm.
May Meeting Minutes: available on the RARC website Motion to approve, KF0S Second, W0BM Motion Passed
Treasurer’s reportGeorge, N0UM
Checking: Opening Balance: $ 8,979.09
Credits
PayPal Dues: $ 200.00
Amazon: $53.82
Debits:
RPU: $51.51
PayPal charges: $6.20
Closing Balance: $9175.20
Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.49
Credits
Interest: $ 0.03
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.52
Total: $ 13,996.72

There is hope of an option for meeting in Fire Station #2 in July. Remodeling is on-going, not sure of the finish date.
Tech committee: Nothing
Contesting: Fred, K4IU June: 6/12 – VHF Contest 6/26-27 – Field Day 5/19-21/2022 is next Dayton.  Contest and DX related activities are moving to the Hope Hotel.
Olmsted ARES:Steve, W0STV Mobile Fox Hunt Held last Saturday. 7 operators were present. Possibly another in July
Public Service: Steve, W0STV Rochesterfest Parade – June 26th KAAL is streaming the broadcast this year Still looking for help Med-City Marathon – September 10-11th Don has sign-up sheets on the RARC website
State ARES: Bob, AB0BW Sue Corbin, KE0QBC is new Goodhue County EC EC Zoom start in April on 4th Wednesday of the month Steve, W0STV, mentioned Ham Shack Hotline and setting up in several counties.
Old Business: Steve, W0STV – Club inventory on-going Putting Public service in ARES room To obtain, get a hold of John, KA0MYG, or Steve
New Business: Steve, W0STV – Public service APRS units 6 units: 2 with cigarette lighter and 4 battery operated Units have bad antennas. Need 4 10W Diamond SMA dual-band antennas, MR73SMA ($30 each) Motion to allocate $150 to buy 4 antennas, Eric, KF0S Seconded by Dave, K0VH Motion passed. Steve, W0STV – John Marshall Melissa is no longer promoting club, Steve to check on status/replacement. Dave, K0VH and Steve, W0STV – Remote station discussion
Program Discussion – Eric, KF0S Ham Nation, Bob Gordon is willing to do presentations
Introductions
Motion to Adjourn, Pat, W0BM Second, Dan, N0KZO
Meeting closed at 7:26 pm

Meeting Minutes, May 11th

Meeting minutes, approve
W0BM second

Treasurer’s report: Received.

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,913.23
Credits
Dues: $ 30.00
PayPal Dues: $ 90.00
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 51.26
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 2.88
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,979.09

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.45
Credits
Interest: $ 0.04
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.49

Total: $ 13,800.58

Tech committee:
KA0MYG: Nothing new with Tech committee

ARES:
W0STV: Some Zoom meetings with district, little interest. 4th Wednesday at 7PM
ARES Connect will be discontinued.
MedAres getting up and running, need inside person.
Elmer’s Net and Digital net, join us!
AB0BW: Goodhue EC wants to step down, many looking to step in to that role.

Contesting: Quiet time in May, see contest pages.

Public Service:
Sept 11th, Med City Marathon
Scheels’ Healthy Human Race
RochesterFest Parade
Mayo Bounce Day

Field Day (W0STV)
At Pat Cahill’s, 2A, using crank-up towers.
Portable toilets ordered. Food TBD
Week before: Inventory
Sticking with Icom radios lets us swap/sanitize mics.

Education: Possible class in May (K0RGR)

Old Business: None.

New Business:
Officer’s meeting: Promote free memberships to newly-licensed people? Olmsted-county

W0BM: If you are a newly licensed HAM in Olmsted or immediately surrounding counties, and if you had an interest in RARC, we’ll provide a free membership for the first year. W0STV Seconded. Motion passed.

Introductions and meeting close ~7PM

Meeting Minutes, April 2021

Meeting started 6:30pm
Motion to accept the minutes: K0AKM motion, KE0SHQ seconded
Treasure’s report received:
Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,833.68
Credits
Dues: $ 30.00
PayPal Dues:
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way: $ 105.00
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 50.45
Meeting Food
Paypal charges
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease $ 5.00
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,913.23
Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.41
Credits
Interest: $ 0.04
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.45
Total: $ 13,734.68

Committees:
Fred K4IU Contesting: State QSO parties ongoing

Public Service: None known. Possible Med City Marathon in the fall
Nothing new for Public Service
From K0RGR: MS Society bicycle rides across MN, circle through Austin Might need HAMs to help out!

Education Bill K0RGR Classes on ZOOM, one student, went well. Starting another one starting May 15th for 3 Saturdays in a row. Online testing via Maple Grove club.

ARES Steve W0STV: Jun 1st, ARES connect to be discontinued. Will be getting more active with ARES as the summer comes.
Olmstead EOC is making progress, now SKYWARN capable.
AB0BW: State / SE Section: Zoom meeting every 4th Wednesday, Talking about public service and Field Day.

Tech Committee: John Dalin WA0MYG
Has not met, planning meeting later this month.
RARC Equipment inventory; If you have any club items, email John Dalin! (even if you are still using it, we just want to know where things are!)

Field Day: RARC Groups.io survey sent out. Pat Cahil’s is an option, Will need to stay flexible!

New Business:
– Austin MN has VE Test on the 21st of April at their Chamber of Commerce
– Active/Retired IBM folks for Volunteer hours via RARC activities

Motion to adjourn W0STV NF0S second!

Meeting Minutes, March 2021

Meeting started: 6:35pm

Treasurer’s report :
Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,026.93
Credits
Dues: $ 70.00
PayPal Dues: $ 240.00
Raffle:
IBM: $ 500.00
United Way:
Amazon: $ 54.75
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 50.32
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 7.68

Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,833.68

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.38
Credits
Interest: $ 0.03
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.41

Total: $ 13,655.09 

Minutes: To be approved next month.

Skywarn/ARES:
Steve W0STV
New desk and equipment for Olmsted EOC
Skywarn training up and running. Running until the end of April.
ARRL dropping ARES Connect.
Steve is taking Field Day:
3 clubs registered in MN for Field Day so far with ARRL
Our FD: Schaeffer, Pat Cahill’s, stay- at-home are options.
Looking for co-chair for FD this year!

AB0BW State ARES:
SE Minnesota District: Zoom meeting sometime soon for status with 11 county ECs

Public Service: Dan N0KZO
Med City Marathon is a possibility this year, possibly for October 2021, possibly September (11th tentative), no relays, two loops. Half of the normal numbers of water stations. (KF0S/K0RDA).
Won’t be doing Concerts in the Park (underutilized), may be backup for WX events.
Stay-Out-Of-The-Sun Run may be delayed until June.
Others are quiet. 

Contests: K4IU Fred
ARRL SSB contest; good to hear so many on!
End of March: 27th of March, CQ Contest
Ham Expo March 13th, online. $10 tickets for seminars.
Foxhunt potential.

John Marshall club station:
April 5th, back fully in-person. No 1st Hour group.
Looking at options for next school year, after-school.

Education:
March 13th class, ask K0RGR

Technical Committee: 820 backup power system maintenance, looks good.
No issues with the other repeaters.
Possible revamp of ARES trailer. Possible scrounge of EOC equipment being replaced.
Possible Inventory; If you have club stuff, report it! Let KA0MYG know!

Program: Lee WA0UIG
Iowa Derecho:
Key Items for preparedness:
– Family Communications Plan
– Food, water, for 3 days
– Gas tanks full, spare cans
– 1 week cash
– Generator