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.
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
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
Minutes: last minutes switched 4821 minutes inverted. To be corrected.
Committees:KA0MYG tech committee: not on ARES W0STV: – See newsletter for ARES connect info – KA0MYG working with airport for September drill – Skywarn training schedule out, all virtual this year. See reflector note. – Skywan shirts still available.Bob AB0BW (State ARES) – Email from state, Skip Jackson awarded for exceptional service. – Dodge and Olmsted have their reports in.
Education K0RGR Class: March 13th. Zoom-based class for Technician. 3 Saturdays in a row.
Old business: none New business: Motion to adjourn: N0KZ0, seconded, approved.7:37pm
Presentation: Holly Cox, affiliated club lead and Bill AE0EE section manager Club introductions AE0EE: ARRL MN Section update Section is seeking VEs (especially Extras)Web specialists sought to help create/maintain section pages ARRL Learning Network looking for speakers NTS Veteran for Section Traffic Manager.52 Callsign Challenge: 52 new unique callsigns in 2021 (5 simplex, 5 digital, no more than 10 on any repeater/system, log contacts electronically)!
Send an ADI attached to a winlink email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Don’t forget the //WL2K in the subject line!)
Total: $ 11,364.87 IBM Donation still under investigation by K0VH
Fred K4IU: Contest activities are all in newsletter This weekend is VHF contest! North American SSB contest coming up as well160M contest coming up
KA0MYG Tech Committee: Meeting tomorrow, discussing what to address in 2021 New Yaesu update to be considered for Fusion repeater.
W0STV: For ARES, Met with Olmsted County Emergency Operations Director County station will be down until 1st of March for revamping. 3 computers, two for digital networking (HF and VHF). Might need some hands for setting everything up.
AB0BW State Level ARES: Dodge and Olmsted giving reports. No longer sending reports to Joe, new person for reports to be sent to for all 11 counties.
Education: Bill offering help to anyone who wants it, online classes can be offered! $35 fee not in place until July, and materials are changing.
Field Day: Looking for volunteers, will probably look similar to 2020’s field day Dayton cancelled this year. Online hamvention will likely take place again
Officer’s meeting was held, minutes are available if anyone wants them contact AA0CN Motion to accept KA0MYG as tech committee chairmanKF0S second, motion passed.
Meeting minutes to accept: ka0myg made motion, AB0BW second, passed
Committee reports: Tech committee KA0MYG: Nothing to report for Tech committee, repeaters have been working fine! 255 has a bit of weird noise, repeater open and closed.
Contesting K4IU: Ten meter contest on Friday on 0000z Sat – 6pm CST Sunday, CW and Phone, 2 pts for every phone, 4 pts for evert cw contact, conditions have been good. See ARRL site for details. RTTY Roundup January RTTY & FT8 contest, first weekend of January
Steve W0STV for ARES: Looking for new NCS operators for Sunday net. Go through your go-bags and kits, test equipment periodically! 145.67 packet network now linked to the metro! MNROC-2 can make link to the cities. Skywarn Recognition Day: Remember to send in information! Tally for SE MN/ LaCrosse! ARES Section AB0BW: New MN EC JM Club KE0WNH: Distance learning, no direct contact. School schedule changed, 1hr of radio stuff on Wednesdays/meeting w. students. New people in positions to give permissions for JM shack installation.
Programs and party, KF0Z Eric: Anything new for club? Drones (high power video)? Overlap? 2020: Many programs, digital, fm, hf, VHF, ARES, etc. January “Holiday Cheer” zoom meeting, no in-person meeting likely due to COVID-19. Show and tell possibly, etc.
KE0EE Bill, new MN Section Manager in February
Old Business: Google NonProfit: KF0S- we already have it, set up earlier. Have Admin ID already, once we get it, should be able to turn on other features such as meetings. New Business: Vote on officers: President K0VH VP: KF0S Treasurer: KA0MYG Secretary: AA0CN Member At Large: K0UH Motion to approve proposed officers, by W0STV (All current + Member At Large) Seconded K0GMK Passes: No opposed.
Google Docs used to store many docs, also email@example.com available. Dan N0KZO with GroupsIO, reviewing settings. Possibly putting the newsletter out on GroupsIO. We were incorporated under legacy without needing to pay for it. $100 was allocated, can be kept/returned to club assets.Seperate emails for subcommittees may be possible via GroupIO. Dues are due, pay them please. Roch625 Fusion was connected to MN Nice room, but it’s now gone. Replacement for MN Nice room is called “BluffCountry-MN” for SE Corner of MN KE0YJJ recommends we connect 625 to that room.
Winter Field Day: Jan 30th and 31st, probably remotely/individually Looking for new Field Day Coordinator for 2021. Motion to adjourn, passed.
Meeting started Powerpoint for program tonight KF0S looking for program topics for next year! Holiday party: Governor will govern “no” most likely Skip Jackson has retired from ARRL Section manager Board meeting in early January for 2021 Treasurer’s report: received!
Will need to figure out dues: Checks or online are best, a few month delay is normal. Amazon smile might be quarterly, folks should use it!KE0YJJ motion, passed to accept the minutes. Nominating committee: Nominations to be made for officers: President: Dave K0VH Treasurer: George KD0YOZ Secretary: Collin AA0CN Member at Large: Judy K0UH Trustee: Gil W0BM
K0GMK to be picking up the newsletter Motion for software for Mark K0GMK for newsletter. N0KZO to pick up many of the public service stuff Contesting from K4IU: RTTY Exchange coming up, 29th of Nov. is CW worldwide contest. Last two of the year 4th of dec 160m and 10m the weekend after that.
Tech committee (K0MYG) has not met, repeaters are working well since upgrade! ARES Steve W0STV: Todd Shea: Dec 5th Skywarn Appreciation Event (likely virtual) New Preamble for Sunday night net to come out soon. New for next Sunday (NZ0S) ARES pushing for effectiveness: Winlink email via RF, and digital messaging using ICS forms Ryc Lyden putting out notices of RC drill on the 14th, unsure of participation. Education K0RGR: Nobody has signed up yet for virtual class. Could be posted to RARC FB page for advertising. Field Day scores: Rochester (MN) ARC 9,030 points. 15 participants Old Business:None New Business K0GMK software: $36.43 for newsletter software to be applied to his membership next year. Proposed k0vh second k0rgr, carried. Zoom motion: We’ve been using AB0BW’s zoom, but this year to buy license for 2021 $150 for a 1/year license. Proposed: K0VH Seconded: Alternative: Google suite of productsKE0YJJ proposed, 12 months ZOOM license, seconded, passed! Meeting closed.
Tech committee: 820 working well. 625 repeater operating normally, in WiresX Digital Mode. ARES (W0STV): SET tests on the 19th of September. National on 3rd of October (HF was bad on 60m). Anyone interested in ARES to contact Steve W0STV. Contesting: CQ WorldWide and DXCC opportunities coming up. Worked All Germany and RTTY contests coming up this weekend. Program: Intro to contesting.Education: K0RGR, looking to set date for first virtual class, likely on Zoom Old Business: Looking for a new editor for newsletter still
Much of NR0N’s gear has been spoken for, lots of it for John Marshall HS. Some left, contact Steve W0STV. KE0EXE: Table for ARES trailer: a motion to buy a new one was made previously. A table has been donated, can cancel previous motion. New Business: Fred, BJ, and Steve W. are the new nominating committee. If you’d like to serve, please contact one of them! AB0BW has APRS Radios for sale: Complete dual band radios and APRS kits. Kenwood V7A + antenna, and Alinco 635 Dual Band + aprs + antenna. N0KZO: Yahoo groups shifted to Groups.io, came with price tag and year is up. Can renew for $200/yr, or downgrade to free/basic version (no files, pics, storage, calendar). Preliminary comments by February, ongoing discussion. BJ and Bill volunteer for a Web Comittee KF0S: Motion to reimburse N0KZO $200 for year license, and we will re-address next year. K0RGR Seconded. No opposed, motion passed. N0KZO makes motion to create Website Committee, K0RGR seconded, passed. N0KZO Taking over public service duties, has equipment. Motion to adjourn, N0KZO, W0MN second, passed.
Meeting to order at 6:31pm on Zoom 255 currently the “if anything should happen” repeater during meetings, consider in the future for 146.820 for this role if Zoom meetings continue. Meeting minutes posted to the website, June minutes still seem to be missing. Kelly KE0EMJ motioned to accept, BJ KC0NOF seconded. Treasurer’s report: Received. Big expense was tower climber.
Tech committee: Most of presentation will be on 625. 820 is back up, a few more items but nothing major. Consider lockdown on internet-linked repeaters KA0MYG/K0VH to start club asset inventory, if you have club equipment, please report it! ka0myg at charter.net ARES report: W0STV Elmer Net ran for over 40 minutes. Planned to be weekly every Monday, emails to w0stv ARES September 19th drill in town. Training in how to set up the county aluminum tower. Training probably on Saturday morning ~9AM at fairgrounds for setup/teardown. Winlink, FLDIGI, APRS, reports, etc. Contesting: Sept 12 @1800 6M and up contest. Other contests going on too! Some QSO parties, check the Hamster links Education: Not much update this month, computer issues for project. Possible live class over the internet. Twin Cities group is doing testing remotely!
Old Business: None? New Business: Thank Roger and Barb for use of KOA! K0VH proposed 2021 family membership for them and $25 honorarium, K4IU seconded, passed.
Looking for a new editor for newsletter Also looking for folks who would like to submit stuff to be hosted on our website. Significant donation from a member, club will keep some, others will be auctioned. KF0S, voiced preference that we keep meetings to Zoom, we’re probably stuck using Zoom for the foreseeable future anyway. Will need to figure out holiday event also. Looking for member input. Business meeting adjourned. Program on 625 repeater.