Meeting Minutes, December 2022

Meeting called to order: 6:32PM

Meeting minutes for November posted, Accepted

Treasurer’s Report: Received and accepted:

Report  2022-Dec    

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 1,969.75
Credits
Dues: $ 60.00
PayPal Dues: $ 290.00
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon: $ 28.91
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 48.69
Meeting Food $ 26.98
Paypal charges $ 10.21
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Misc Gift $ 30.00
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 2,232.78

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,822.51
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.59

Total: $ 12,055.37

Technical Committee: 5 attendees

DSTAR: Still working on internet connection

255 Repeater: Nothing new. Wait for 2023

820 Repeater: Battery Serviced

625: Nothing mentioned

Laptops: Used for SET. May be short if laptops need to be sent to field.

Could use UPS power, may want more desktops.

125Live: Coax probably not run, some antennas mounted.

Drone sale: Price negotiation, looking for buyer!

Motorola Repeater vs Kenwood, not going to get KW repeater. Keep Motorola and Duplexers. W0STV would like to purchase for his trailer.

Second duplexer set; KA0MYG may have another repeater that could be used in ARES trailer.

Public Service: Unknown at this time (winter)

Contesting K4IU: Ten meter contest went well. Send logs in! Canadian QSO party on December 17th. Straight Key Night on New Year’s Eve.

Field Day: Taylor. 2023 is coming up! Would like to start getting a group together to coordinate. Looking at alternate sites, taking ideas.

ARES: SET in November, operated in conjunction with EOC, Red Cross activation. Lots to build on!

This Saturday is ARES meeting, 9AM at EOC room. “Ribbit” is the word.

Old Business: 125Live – Everything is there, just waiting to get everything set up.

Early spring completion is the hope.

Drone: Plan to sell by January 10th meeting. Contact KF0S.

Webmasters: Pat/Taylor discussing reworks. Note discrepancies / suggestions to them.

New Business:

Christmas Party: Need to make decision (See Newsletter)

$30/plate, $24/plate, $15 menu item. $24/plate decided on by group.

Motorola Repeater: Can’t trade for the Kenwood one. Club is selling to W0STV for $500.

Introductions, closing meeting 7PM

Election for Vice President: KA0RTM and WB0RSJ candidates. Taylor WB0RSJ won vote.

Announcement: N0SPN Dodge County: Spent most of the summer working with son to get Kasson brewery started, running great. Been enjoying POTA. Trying Beer On The Air! Installing 20m/40m and VHF/UHF antenna. Corner with plugins, USB, and sockets for VHF and HF! Should be ready February/March.

Program: NanoVNA use of , Mel KC0P

Meeting Minutes, November 2022

Notes: RARC Meeting, November 8th
VP Report: KE0VUH
101 on NanoVNA
John Marshall: Club interest growing
Building directional Yagi
Science classes doing a STEM fair, through February. Radio interest!
Motion to approve minutes as posted K0AKM moved, K0VH second.
Treasurer’s report: George N0UM
Remeber to pay dues!
Report 2022-Nov

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 4,616.59
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues:
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 49.68
Meeting Food $ 19.98
Paypal charges
Field Day:
Pic-nic $ 35.00
Equipment Zoom $ 162.08
Equipment D-Star Repeater $ 1,784.01
Equipment Signal Link $ 155.59
Equipment Coax 125-Live $ 440.50
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 1,969.75

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,822.44
Credits
Interest: $ 0.07
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.51

Total: $ 11,792.26

Committees:
No public service this month
Contesting: K4IU Fred
Field Day Results are out!
37066 points for 2A Rochester ARC club

December 2nd is 160m contest, CW

December 3rd is FT8 Roundup

December 10th, 10m contest

Nominating Committee: Need VP, others positions remain the same.

K4IU, K0SAC, AI0M, W0BM, K0GMK for Nominating Committee

Mike Nordstrom KA0RTM and Taylor Bauman WB0RSJ interested for VP

WB0RSJ to chair Field Day next year (2023)

Technical Committee

Met last evening
DSTAR repeater status: We have received it, programmed and tested it, going up tomorrow
Some contact with ICOM to complete install remotely.
Should have Digital and FM on 443

255 repeater might be able to get to fixing it next year when county has money. Still has some issues with sensitivity and power

820 repeater: W0STV sourcing battery. Needed time change.

SET setup of the EOC

Using some of the old computers in some places, and Mayo computer.

125Live: Items have been obtained. Commercial company running cables, coax to them to get it run (free for us!). Monitor has been obtained.

Potentially selling the club’s DJI Phantom3 Pro.

Potential swap for Motorola Fire Department repeater for a smaller Kenwood repeater; might work better in our ARES trailer.

ARES trailer is stored upstairs; Replace the two monitors in the ARES trailer (one or two inverters to drive them)

Requesting to replace the batteries in the ARES trailer.

ARES:

SET Training: Red Cross training at 9AM, opens at 8AM. Training Net at 9AM on the 147.255 repeater (Voice and Digital)

Winlink account: W0mxw@winlink.org, and w0stv@yahoo.com

APRS: Want people to run it for the SET. HTs, battery packs:

Primary 146.820r

Alt: 147.255r

Contingency: 146.625r

Emergency: Phone numbers, or Simplex 146.520r

Old Business:

Webmasters: Taylor and Pat are checking access, etc.

Christmas Party at Charlies: Menu being obtained. Airline Chicken w. Mushroom, Smoked Pork Chop, Beef Stroganoff, Fried Shrimp. Hors D’oeuvrses ide Salad with bread basket.

New Business:

Bill Osler K0RGR: Award for Bill recognizing his achievements to Amateur Radio. Full family membership to RARC, recognition plaque from ARRL! Also gift certificate to Pannenkoeken

Education (K0VH) to meet in the next few weeks

Skywarn Recognition Day: Virtual for this year. Could do it locally in Rochester with HF in EOC, make it a potluck!

VE Test, November 17th at ARC building, pre-registration is required.

Break for 15 minutes, business meeting adjourned!

Meeting Minutes, October 2022

Meeting Notes: 10/11/2022
AC0W – RARC recognition from ARRL

To order, 8:07PM
Show-and-tell and EOC operational next month (November 2022)
ARES go-kit stuff, interesting projects, whatever
Minutes approved as posted.
Treasurer’s report: Received
Report 2022-Oct

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 5,641.19
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues:
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Refund
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 51.88
Meeting Food $ 19.98
Paypal charges
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment 3 computers $ 952.74
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 4,616.59

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,822.36
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.44

Total: $ 14,439.03

No public service left in 2022, Bounce Day unlikely

Contesting: K4IU
End of month is CQWW SSB contest, premier DX contest (signal report and zone)
November Sweepstakes upcoming

K0GMK Parks-On-The-Air, wa

Olmsted ARES: Steve W0STV
ARES meeting Saturday 9AM
Discussion and preperation for SET in November.
Multi-county would be great
Setting up Rochester EOC in November
147.255 repeater for talk-in. Everyone welcome.

Technical comittee: KF0S
147.255 repeater is having sensitivity and output issue.
In-town seems to work, outlying areas are having issues.
County has been notified, end-of-year budgets tight, may not get to it until next year
No other repeaters (other than DSTAR) have known issues. Let KF0S know if something comes up!
DSTAR repeater
Computers/Laptops. 3 new laptops, getting installed.
SignalLink to EOC radio ordered, hook up this Saturday (ARES training)
Looking into disposal of old computers

125live
VHF and HF antennas ready to go, connectors have arrived.
Nded to talk with them to run coax. Can start hooking up antennas.
Delaying Drone discussion.
Zoom charge is coming due. Will be paid for next year.
Checking into club license/trustee expiration.
Ideas for repeaters and duplexers (extra); sell, store, or put into service?
Insurance is due, updating for new equptment.
DSTAR repeater is off-the-air. Wait for possible ICOM repeater rebate; Has not happened yet. One at HRO at $1650. $1784.01 from HRO, stock is possibly lacking.
Discussion replacing the DSTAR repeater for a new one; Plug and play, nothing else ought to need replaced. 440 Analog and digital DSTAR repeater (akin to YaesuSF split modes)
What to do with old one? Possibly use for parts.
Would get us back to XLS rooms.
K4IU motion to purchase this repeater.
K0VH second.
Passed. Steve W0STV to check on tax question and will purchase.

Old Business: RARC Educational Program
Can get manuals from ARRL

JM: Ham radio club is ongoing and looking to grow. Building handheld Yagi for foxhunting.

K4IU and others for nominating committee: If interested, please discuss!

Website needs updating, looking for official “Webmaster”. Talk with Pat.

Need to make arrangements for Winter Party; Looking at Charlie’s for social gathering, for January club meeting.

Send in pictures for the Hamster newsletter!

Meeting Minutes, September 2022

Meeting order Reversed, starting with new EOC manager for program

Kyle Mirehouse, Rochester EM director, started in June

City took EM department out of FD and moved into Administration

Focus on Preparedness and Recovery

Exercise on Halloween at RST Airport; Full virtual observation portal. City, County, Airport in one. Derived 180p aircraft Mass Casualty Incident

Currently capable of using DLAN and WebEOC systems

Lots of Q/A, thanks Kyle!

Business part of mtg: Started 8:00pm

Committees

Technical committee: Meeting 9/12 PM:

  • DSTAR repeater; Needs to be replaced with new repeater, looking for ICOM rebate sometime in the fall. Current cost is ~$1650+tax, rebates usually ~$500, wait until October
  • 255 repeater; County notified. Decorah came in fine, Austin was not
  • Black trailer: Cleaned out, sold one military mast
  • EOC computer; Ready for applications to be installed. New SSD and Video adapter (AA0CN). May need monitor and mouse
  • Laptops discussion to be had.
  • 125Live: New antenna to replace ARES trailer, VHF antenna currently in trailer will go to 125Live. Discussion with Director regarding room, and coax under discussion. Multiband vertical ready to go in.\

Contesting, K4IU:

  • This weekend, Ham Virtual Exo (QSO Today). Vendors, ARRL, etc.
  • CQWW RTTY contest coming up at end of month

Secretary’s Report:

  • No notes from August meeting, picnic

ARES W0STV

  • Training this Saturday on FLDIGI, video and Show-And–Tell
  • Delta Frequency (MN VHF Frequency Pool), hands-on training
  • State 800MHz trailer out/deploy, can set up if/when needed.

Treasurer’s report N0UM:

August:

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 5,312.35
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues:
Raffle: $ 17.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 51.66
Meeting Food $ 17.98
Paypal charges
Field Day: Food $ 216.37
Pic-nic
Equipment $ 28.06
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,015.28

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,822.20
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.28

Total: $ 14,837.56

September:

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 5,015.28
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues: $ 90.00
Raffle:
Equipment Sold $ 878.00
United Way:
Amazon: $ 46.31
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 50.12
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 3.27
Tower Climber
Field Day
Picnic $ 154.55
Equipment $ 180.46
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,641.19

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,822.28
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.36

Total: $ 15,436.55

Programs: Melissa KE0WNH

Radio Astronomy next month, professor coming to describe what can be done with Radio Astronomy

EOC Computer: Refurbished, ready to load apps.

Old Business:

AA0CN two years membership for SSD and work KF0S proposed, K0VH seconded.

Roger and Barb free membership : $35 check for use of campground + 1yr family membership, W0STV + K0VH seconded

If interested in Drone, Diji drone, contact Eric KF0S.

New Business:

RARC Educational Program: Next Thursday, K0VH New Hams education. “How to get Ham License”, target new/prospective Hams.

125Live: Need approval LMR240 UltraFlex. Ready to start pulling when we get it. HRO $1.14/ft, others similar. 12x PL259 connectors (crimp). + ~300ft of coax, total ~$400 at HRO. Motion to buy: K0VH made, seconded Dennis. We have some money set aside from the IBM amp (SB220).

John Marshall (KE0WNH): School started, first official club meeting Tuesday after next week. Students seem excited! Meeting after school, 3:30s on Tuesdays. Fox Hunt gear and other stuff, should be fun.

New Laptops:

Purchased on good sale, can get 12V DC Power supplies for them. Club seeking approval? Just under $1000 for three of these. Motion passed.

July 30th 1971 QST: RARC founded in 1931. 50th anniversary. AC0W Bill, to present our anniversary!

Meeting closed at 8:42pm

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Meeting Minutes, July 2022

W0STV Called the meeting to order. 6:30pm
VP: Melissa Erikson visiting NASA and ARRL
Secretary’s notes posted to the website, accepted
Treasurer’s Report, 2022-July:
Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 5,337.80
Credits
Dues: $ 30.00
PayPal Dues: $ 130.00
Raffle: $ 8.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
IBM:
Debits:
RPU: $ 48.89
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 4.56
Field Day: $ 140.00
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,312.35
Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,822.12
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.20
Total: $ 15,134.55

Committee Reports: Technical Committee
Eric KF0S, 7/11
DStar repeater is still off-the-air, checking with BJ KC0NPF
MN ARES Facebook page has new Digital guy in charge, 7-8 bullets of TODOs for state ARES
https://www.facebook.com/groups/mnares/
125Live, tentative plan going forward
300ft coax for 2 runs, a dozen connectors
Do we have a crimping tool? PL259
Use Comet3 antenna (in ARES trailer) for VHF, buy new antenna for ARES trailer?
Military Mast: Looking at condition of one for sale, guide wheel may need repair.
Selling Phantom3 drone? Lack of valid use going forward.
Saturday after club meeting; August 13th, cleaning out at Pat’s farm, 9AM. Inventory / cleanout for Field Day.
Buy some totes and shelving to help organize.
Filters to possibly purchase for Field Day use (one for Field Day, one for ARES trailer)
Looking into headset
Looking into Signallink for VHF radios (EOC)
K0GMK checked on DSTAR repeater, it appears to be TXing full strength carrier almost constantly.

Public Service:
Scheels Healthy Human Race. Aug 27th. New people for many events, unsure how to use our services
Mayo Bounce Day (unsure if this will be happening this year)

Contesting: K4IU Fred
IARU contest CW/SSB contest this last weekend
CQ Worldwide VHF contest this upcoming weekend July 16/17
North American RTTY Contest, phone is next month, CW month after that.
Frontenac MN DX Association: Good operating (KC0P). S9 noise, may be LORAN for radionavigation

Parks On The Air: Mark K0GMK. FT8 pretty good last weekend, good into the evening (10/11pm)
HF Net on Tuesday evenings, 6-12 participants on the 10m net.
SE MN Digital Net

ARES: State AB0BW, not much from state
Olmsted ARES: Will be at Olmsted County EOC (fairgrounds), 9AM 7/16. ARMER tower training

147.255: Still awaiting information on this repeater’s health.

Old Business: None
New Business: Coax donated, silent auction at meeting
Computer donated to EOC. Dell tower. To be set up for EOC Digital use.
Picnic (next month): W0STV can cook, burgers and hot dogs/bratwurst, beans, etc.

KOA over in Marion off of HWY52, (Thanks Rodger / Barb!)

N0MGY offering to buy an antenna (wire antenna), club to consider at August cleanout.

Military Mast, selling? Keep one, consider selling the other one. We paid $600-650 for those. Now selling for $1100.
Consider selling for $850 as-is. 310lbs shipped. Toronto site sells them and parts for them.

Motion passes to sell one of the towers, price set at $850. Invite folks out to look at it at August cleanout.

Drone: Sell also? Preset next business meeting (September)

Introductions…

Field Day Debrief

Thanks to everyone who came to Field Day 2022

Looking to possibly move to in-town / nearer to town, or any other feedback!

Looking possibly at the History Center; Mechanical round-table has a possibly-good location
Consider upgrading ARES computers
Antennas worked very well… expand for experience? GOTA options?

Program: W1AW Tour

Meeting Minutes, June 2022

Meeting Minutes 6/14/2022
Motion to buy Grounding and Bonding ARRL book, for members/checkout, K0VH, Mel KC0P seconded, passed. George Hopkins N0UM to order.
125 Live: Stand for antenna ready, they will build us the cabinet. Radios ready. Need conduit figured out, Tony checking. Need to order the Coax Cable, W0STV to order
Grant proposal fell through.
Byron Fire Dept. HDX antenna tower for whoever wants to come and take it down (need experience). Approx 35ft.
Motorola Repeater inherited from the Rochester FD, High 2M. 3 sets of duplexers. Considering putting it in the ARES repeater, no tone, plan to keep on 147.255 as a backup if the main W0MXW repeater goes offline. $150 to retune the cans.
ARES training won’t be at FireStation#2, trying to get it at Red Cross building. Listen to talkin (255).

Treasurer’s report:

Report  2022-Jun    

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 5,312.82
Credits
Dues: $ 30.00
PayPal Dues: $ 120.00
Raffle: $ 26.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon: $ 41.46
Donation: $ 7.00
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 48.25
Meeting Food $ 21.87
Paypal charges $ 4.36
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease $ 125.00
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,337.80

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,822.04
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.12

Total: $ 15,159.92

Field Day, Taylor
week and a half left to go!
Setup on 24th, website link on rarchams.org for FD signup. Four spreadsheets.
One is operating times, one is dinner, one is setup, one is teardown. Safety officer is needed!
We’ll be using W0MXW

Meeting Minutes, May 2022

Meeting started 6:30pm, with program from John Portune, W6NBC w6nbc.com

Introductions… 10 on zoom, 22 in EOC

Business Meeting started at 7:55PM

KE0WNH Melissa now VP and in charge of programs for 2022

From KE0WNH: ARRL has grants available: $500K to give away in 2022 for the purpose of energizing clubs and activities related to ham radio. First round of applications due end of June.
Some of our proposed/in-progress activities (125Live!, JM HS Club, etc.) may be good candidates for grant applications, RARC can write up grant application for these purposes.

125Live!: Cabinet maker possibilities, end of June? Base station is ready to go.

Secretary Report: Collin AA0CN Posted to Website, accepted K0VH motion, approved.

Treasurer’s Report:, George N0UM:

Report 2022-May

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 5,228.92
Credits
Dues: $ 60.00
PayPal Dues: $ 60.00
Raffle: $ 15.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 48.92
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 2.18
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,312.82

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,821.96
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.04

Total: $ 15,134.86

Committee Reports:

Technical Committee, KF0S Eric

Quick meeting: 255 Repeater is repaired. $159 “Tune-up”. Is the 820 getting deaf? 125Live discussion ongoing. Inheriting a repeater and duplexers (from Northern Heights watertower decommissioning). Motorola repeater (147+MHz), to be stored at 82 site for future.

Byron Fire Department has 50′ tower + antennas.

Public Service, W0STV/KF0S: https://www.rarchams.org/wp/public-service/
Med City Marathon is coming up: Need volunteers (13 water stops need coverage!). Sunday, May 29th. Monitor both 255 Primary, 820 Secondary.

Contesting, Fred K4IU: (On Vacation)

Parks-On-The-Air: Mark K0GMK and Dan N0SPN. Plans for POTA post-field-day, get together for parking-lot activities. For anyone interested, Wednesday May 25th, starting 5:30pm to at least 8pm, N0SPN will be at the Douglas rest area of the Douglas Trail doing POTA. 40M and 20M dipoles, inverted vees, others via N0SPN. Bring radio/power and coax to operate (or even an antenna!), or just come and watch, or contact over the air!

Olmsted County ARES, Steve W0STV: 10AM Saturday, Olmsted ARES, Go-Kits On The Air

K0SIR.com for testing

Field Day: Taylor Ballman WB0RSJ, Field Day Coordinator

Location: Pat Cahil’s farm

Participation: Sign-up, W0STV started signup log. Need to decide 2A/3A

Can do VHF/UHF/6M

Portapotty; Won’t do weekends anymore, it seems. Discussion options, 5gal bucket, trench/trees?

KOA might be a good option for 2023

Discussion ongoing

820 is talk-in to FD site

Drawing winners…

Meeting close

Meeting Minutes, April 2022

W0STV called meeting to order: 6:30pm

Vice President (K0SIR) has resigned, looking for a new VP for remainder of 2022. Contact Steve W0STV

Secretary report: On website

Treasurer’s report: N0UM

Report  2022-Apr    

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 4,973.76
Credits
Dues: $ 180.00
PayPal Dues: $ 120.00
Raffle: $ 11.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation: $ 15.00
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 47.11
Meeting Food $ 19.37
Paypal charges $ 4.36
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,228.92

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,821.88
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,821.96

Total: $ 15,050.88

Treasurer’s report accepted.

Committee Reports

Tech Committee: 147.255 repeater, sensitivity down, avoid using. Tech request is in the works.

146.820 repeater is primary until further notice!

Consider unlinking the 146.625 repeater (FM only perhaps, as a backup)

County has two duplexers that we could use; Storing these at 820 site for the moment. May use in ARES trailer repeater

Bulk supply order: if someone has an order they want to put in, could be put out as a club request. Combine orders. If bigger orders, can collaborate.

ARES trailer might need some shelving

Talked about remote station, 125Live (need experienced folks, keep station easy-to-use). Talk with W0STV

John Marshall HS: Some issues, attempt to keep going.

W0STV is looking at cabinetry for 125Live station

Public Service:

Med City Marathon (May) and Rochesterfest Parade (June); Go to website. Need participants! Contact W0STV and KF0S.

Contesting: K4IU

Sunspots are high, solar flux >140.

Middle of May, upcoming QSO parties.

Parks-On-The-Air; This summer! Consider 20m dipoles! Easy to get into!

POTA awards for contacts, etc.

State ARES: AB0BW

State monthly email next month.

Olmsted ARES: W0STV

NWS training, 6:30pm at the Convention Center next to Apache Mall (Empire Convention Center)

Wear Olmsted County Skywarn shirts if you have them!

Saturday Skywarn Training / ARES training: 9AM at Fire Station #2

Check GPS for ARES/SKYWARN use! Get on APRS this weekend and Steve will add.

Update your info with Olmsted ARES on website.

Fillmore ARES/Skywarn training: April 23rd

Field Day: Taylor Ballman WB0RSJ, Field Day Coordinator

Sunday Night ARES Net schedule updated through 2023

WinLink: Send a message to W0STV to check connectivity.

John Marshall HS: KE0WNH

2 students very interested in taking the test, going through practice questions. 8th hour / Rocket hour

Membership dues: Pay if you haven’t!

Introductions, etc.

Amazon Smile: Sign up if you are buying through Amazon!

Meeting closed 7:20pm

Meeting Minutes, March 2022

RARC Meeting Minutes, March 8th
To order: W0STV @6:32pm
Program: Antenna Modelling

Treasurer’s Report 2022-Mar Checking:
Opening Balance: $4,431.63
Credits
Dues: $120.00
PayPal Dues: $370.00
Raffle: $12.00
Refund guest book $35.95
United Way: $65.00
Amazon: $43.32
Donation: $5.00
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $47.50
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $13.28
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment name tags pens guest book $48.36
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $4,973.76
Savings:
Opening Balance: $9,821.81
Credits $0.07
Interest: $9,821.88
Closing Balance:
Total: $14,795.64

Minutes from February: W0STV moved, K0VH second, passed.

Tech Committee: KF0S
DSTAR : thanks to BJ KC0NPF for getting it into new room. Very active on 30C
Fusion Repeater: Spectrum is a little wide, KC0NPF will look into it
May both be temporarily down, due to potential Mayo upgrade. John Scott to look into it.
Inventory to be finished up.
625 repeater is now active

Public Service: Only 3 events so far this year.
Events want “Sponsors”; No more volunteers at waterstops. They found another revenue stream for sponsorships. Bounce Day, Med City, some others.

Contesting K4IU: This last weekend, sporadic conditions
Upcoming contests:RTTY contests
Phone WPX SSB contest, 26th March
Parks On The Air: Mark Kelm K0GMK
Weather has been cold; Will ramp up in spring!
Map on the POTA website, you can see locations.
Facebook page with publicized activations
Elmers Net: Will continue into summer. KE0SHQ to take over NCS. Portable station focus.
Education: K0VH: Bill is updating website, ARRL’s training is pretty good
JM High School station: Scheduling difficulties and space could move. Might just remote from JM to 125 Live site (if it works out!)
Remote Station: 125 Live is strong possibility, seeking approval
Can do classes, has power/internet, can be used as remote station as well.
2M antenna, vertical possibilities. We have a base that can be used (with weights). Vertical conduit. Possible all-in-one computer for ham station at 125live. Set of headphones so users can log in.

State ARES, AB0BW: Not much at the moment.
Olmsted ARES, W0STV: Continuing ARES trainings on Saturdays at 9AM after the meetings. Bring laptop/phone/tablet, register if you can but we can do it Saturday. We’ll start with the very basics, all welcome
Rochester Fire Department: March 15,16,17th, 22,23,24th, mock shooting drills. Looking for mock victims for scenario. Contact W0STV.
Old Business:Membership Dues: End of march is cutoff, please keep memberships updated!DMR Repeater: Currently down, might take a while to repair the Faribault repeater.Skywarn: April 13th training, Wildwood meetup first.
New Business:
Selling old equipment: Discussion.Items like a PowerAmp, etc.ARRL Grant Money: No objections to look into itTech Committee to look into buying a spool or two of coax, connectors, antenna wire, etc. Club members can buy from club’s bulk supplies at-cost. Can be used for ARES, for Builders group type things, etc. Tech committee to consider.

Field Day: Need Location. Need Leader for 2022.
K0MD has suggested MWA members coordinate with our FD. Contact Steve W0STV if interested

Introductions, meeting adjourned 7:25pm

Meeting Minutes, February 2022

Meeting minutes, Feb 8th 2022
To order 6:32pm
Reports
Treasurer’s report: REceived
Report 2022-Feb

Checking:
Opening Balance: $9,101.41
Credits
Dues: $130.00
PayPal Dues: $260.00
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:

Debits:
RPU: $50.66
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $9.12
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
To Saveings $5,000.00
Postage
Closing Balance: $4,431.63

Savings:
Opening Balance: $4,821.76
From Checking $5,000.00
Interest: $0.05
Closing Balance: $9,821.81

Total: $14,253.44

Secretary’s notes, Jan2022 received, accepted
Received

Eric KF0S
Tech Committe Report
DSTAR 448 Repeater, moving to 30C and possible upgrade to xref62a
82: Might need quarterly battery mainenance
Remote site: Possible at 125Live. Need to knwo how much usage it might have there. In discussions with them, taking feedback for how much it would be used. Possible class?
JM Club: 2:45-3:30 time slot, need help. National High School OTA event
Finalizing inventory: Get things on the books.

Public Service: Dan N0KZO
Eric Med City Marathon, last weekend in May. Route changed. Signup already on website.
Rochesterfest parade 25th June 2PM, signup available on website
Bounce Day, nothing heard yet, TBD.
Stay Out of the Sun run; Planned, not sure if we’re needed.
Healthy Human Race: TBD.
Chester Woods Run; Nothing heard, probably no involvement.
Staying out of the Down-By-The-Riverside concerts this year.
If there is a Skywarn event, have someone there, otherwise no association.

Contesting: K4IU
ARRL VHF Contest Scores posted (raw).
Feb 19th ARRL DX CW contest
March 5th ARRL DX SSB Contest
WPX Contest March 21st
K0GMK: Parks On The Air, year-round. See parksontheair.com
Might set up a club station at Douglass Trail for POTA

Education Bill K0RGR:
Comittee meeting by Zoom for people that can volunteer for education. Feb 24th 6:30pm Zoom meeting for anyone interested.
Currently referring people to ARRL course (self-study)
Uses ARRL License manual.
Question pool changes this year.
Bob K0SIR: Made deal with ARRL; $7 from each applicant, to buy ARRL books. Becoming instructure and get 20%-25% off. If you want to be a mentor, contact K0SIR

ARES: Monthly meetings, next one this Saturday
Testing state simplex frequencies
Training on how to communicate at events
Prowords and Shadowing
State ARES: 2022 MN Ares Conference via Zoom
ARRL HQ Keynote speaker. Lots of topics.
For more info, go to mnares.org
Feb 26th 1pm-5pm

Field Day: Need FD Organizer

Old Business:
Old RARC FB group, being cleaned up
Website edits: K0RGR Bill, AA0CN Collin, kc0npf BJ, n0kzo Dan. ke0wwg Pat

Hamfest St Cloud 12th of March
NWS Spotter Training in-person
Dues: Still due! Pay them. Online or in person. Include your callsign!

Hamster: Buy, Sell, Trade section, email K0GMK
Meeting closed.