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.

January 2022 – Meeting Minutes

Called to order
Dec 2021 Minutes accepted (W0MN, KC0P Seconded)

Treasurer’s report received (N0UM)
W0STV motion to approve, KE0YJJ seconded

Report 2022-Jan

Checking:
Opening Balance: $8,868.92
Credits
Dues: $250.00
PayPal Dues: $510.00
Raffle: $11.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $51.27
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $18.04
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance $323.20
Web Domain
Postage $146.00
Closing Balance: $9,101.41

Savings:
Opening Balance: $4,821.72
Credits
Interest: $0.04
Closing Balance: $4,821.76

Total: $13,923.17

Tech Committee: KF0S
– Remote site, work in progress
– Inventory still ongoing- Repeaters (some work?)
– Anyone looking to volunteer, contact KF0S
– Loaner radios in the EOC, Drone insurance?

Public Service: Nothing yet in 2022. Wil be posted as they come.
Med City is currently in planning.

Contesting: K4IU
Last weekend was RTTY Roundup
UHF contest this weekend
Feb 5th: MN QSO party
NAQPCW this weekend also.
See HAMSTER newsletter for more.

FM Simplex for 146.550MHz 446.00MHz 50.170MHz USB for Jan VHF contest, starting 1PM Saturday to 10PM Sunday.
Exchange: Calls, 4char maidenhead grid square (EN34 / EN33)
Coordinate on 147.255 for availability or text.

Parks On The Air: K0GMK, No actively lately. POTA site in Rochester, Douglas Trail near IBM.

Dues: They’re due!
ARES: No in-person meeting this month. Play around with simplex at 9AM on Rochester 255 repeater
Working with Red Cross and Salvation Army. Interests in WinLink in RC. SA has 800MHz supposedly.
Members for ARES need to fill out new form to make sure we know who is active.

Old Business: Site selection for Remote Station; 125Live possibility.
New Business: Decals for RARC, 5×5 and 4×4 Decals, could make order. Consider: $10 credit to dues for bringing someone else in.

Meeting Minutes, December 2021

Meeting started 18:33pm
Secretary: Meeting minutes posted, K0MGK to approve, AI0M seconded, passed.
Treasurer: Report Received:
Report 2021-Dec
Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,292.16
Credits
Dues: $ 90.00
PayPal Dues: $ 90.00
Raffle: $ 25.00
IBM: $ 500.00
United Way:
Amazon: $ 40.97
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 50.92
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 3.27
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment Zoom $ 115.02
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,868.92
Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.69
Credits
Interest: $ 0.03
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.72
Total: $ 13,690.64

Committees:
Tech Committee: No report.
ARES: W0STV: This saturday, ARES meeting 9AM in place of BuG Event. 2022 planning and re-registering members. Active teams of specialists, winlink, HF in field, EOC staff, etc.
MN ARES AB0BW: Reports going in, nothing else to report.
Contesting: Fred K4IU: 10M contest last weekend. January VHF contest is coming up. New Years’ day “Straight Key Night”. Jan 8th RTTY Roundup. Jan1 15 NAQSO Party CQ, Jan22 is NAQSO Sideband contest.
Education: Options for online courses and education resources. Workgroup ongoing with JM group.
Field Day: Looking for FD Leader by Feb/March.
Holiday Party in place of January Meeting, at Charlies eatery. Start 5:30, dinner 6:30. Bring show and tell items if you’d like. Private room.
Old Business: None
New Business: N0UM proposal, club subsidizes $5/ea for attendees of the 2022 January holiday party; second Dennis Noulty. No buffet.
Deliberation, rescinded.
Motion to indefinitely postpose holiday party due to COVID via KF0S, K0GMK seconded. Passed.

Nominating Committee:
Steve Weibke W0STV President
Bob Dubke K0SIR VP
Collin Howe AA0CN Secretary
George Hopkins N0UM Treasurer
Rich Seigall W0AMB Member-At-Large.
KF0S Tech Committee
Vote taken, slate of officers passed and accepted.
Thank you to outgoing officers!

Program: VHF Contest

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
• MN Statewide Packet Node MNROC2: 145.670MHz
• Winlink RF/Internet VARA-FM node WØSTV-1 145.710 MHz
• Winlink RF/Internet PACKET node WØSTV-10 145.010 MHz

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.