145.670 Packet Node is active

FYI the Olmsted 145.670 packet node is operational on simplex 145.670, 1200 baud AFSK at 80 watts. The nodes ID is   “MNRST“. 

W0STV is working on an update on what other nodes it has heard and can connect to in the tri-state area. 
If you want to learn more about how to do keyboard to keyboard packet network communications  there are many youtube videos on the subject to get you up and running. When we had the system before you could contact Fargo, Duluth, and the Twin Cities,  

Red Cross Damage Assessment Training – SkyWarn Personnel – Sat Feb 15, 2020 @ 10:00am-3:00PM

Saturday, 15 February 2020, 10:00am to 3:00pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Rochester Firestation #2, City EOC

Organizer: Steve Wiebke

This is a damage assessment class for SkyWarn trained personnel to attend to learn how to report damage to local emergency organizations (Red Cross, County/City EOC, National Weather Service etc.).  This information will be effective accross county lines not just for Olmsted.

There will be lunch provided and anyone interested needs to contact Steve, WØSTV to RSVP so we can get an accurate headcount.  Non-club members can get prerequisite information from Steve upon request to make sure they are able to attend.

An RSVP is requested.

Winlink node – 145.010

The Winlink node operated by W0STV has changed frequency to 145.010 in order to make 145.670 available to the statewide packet network. This network is poised to return to Rochester, linking us keyboard-to-keyboard to stations in the Twin Cities area.

Please continue to test and pass e-mail traffic via this node! Jason, KM4ACK has some excellent tutorials on how to get up and running with very low cost portable hardware (including the computer!)

Join or Renew your Membership

Membership is open to all licensed amateurs, and to all other persons interested in supporting the purposes and activities of the club. Our club functions on a minimal budget which is used to support our activities, including Field Day, the club picnic, Christmas party, and other various events. Additionally the equipment and repeaters we all use are supported by our dues. Thank you in advance for your contribution and involvement!

Dues for Individual Members are $30 annually, and Family Memberships are $40 annually.

Step 1: Fill out the online membership form

A sweet membership information form is supposed to go here, currently work-in-progress and KC0NPF will update this post as soon as its ready!

Step 2: Pay your dues

Call sign(s)

Fill out the Membership Application form and submit to the secretary of the club at the next RARC meeting, by e-mail, or by snail mail (with a check please) to:
P.O. Box 1
Rochester, MN 55903

Net notes 11-24-2019

  • N0HZN: Public service page has been updated, please check it out and sign up early if you can!
  • W0STV: December 7th is Skywarn Appreciation 8-4pm. This is an active operating event putting the NWS stations on-air. Tours of the facility are available. Contact W0STV if you’d like to go visit, several local hams are interested in going. We’re trying to use any available means to Work All States during this event, D-Star,
  • W0STV: APRS and Winlink activity are up after our Simulated Emergency Test last Saturday. Please download and get signed up via ARESConnect App.
  • The RARC Groups.IO e-mail reflector group is a great place to get and stay connected with all current events and announcements.

RARC Monthly Meeting – October 8, 2019 @ 6:30PM

The Rochester Amateur Radio Club (RARC) monthly meeting is at 6:30  p.m on the second Tuesday of every month, at the Rochester City  Emergency Operations Center located in the lower level of  the 2185 Wheelock Drive Rochester Fire Station No. 2 building.

Meetings start with a  brief club-business discussion, then a  Rag-Chew time with treats, and finally a very semi interesting presentation  of amateur radio interest.

Feel free to join us for an optional social dinner before at 5pm at Whistle Binkies North, voted best bar in Minnesota!

Contact Bob, K0SIR@ARRL.NET with meeting ideas or suggestions for future meetings!

Fall Technician License Class – Starts October 19 @ 10:00AM

Our next Technician Class starts October 19th. The class runs three consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m.

The class is $25, and students need to obtain the ARRL License Manual, Fourth Edition, and start reading Chapters 1-4. We will cover most of the information in these chapters on the first day. We’ve been doing very well this year. I had a very full class in the spring, and three in my summer class. However, for each class, I have had many people discussed that never made it to the class. If your friends weren’t able to attend, here’s another try!