RARC August Meeting – Tuesday August 11, 2020 @ 6:30 PM

This year’s RARC Picnic will be held outdoors at the KOA Campgrounds (click for map). Thanks so much to Roger and Barb for inviting us out, it will be good to see everyone in person again!

This year due to COIVD restrictions please bring your own food, drink, and chair, there will be no formal potluck this year due to COVID.
We may have a short business meeting, there will be no presentation. Bring show and tell, tailgate swap items and your fox hunting equipment!

Weather looks to be good, this event will be held weather permitting. Announcements will be posted if something changes, also keep an ear on the 147.255 repeater!

KOA Camground website

Approximate picnic location

June RARC Meeting – Field Day – 6/9/2020 @ 6:30PM

This month’s meeting will take place via Zoom at the usual time. Club members will be sent a link to the meeting.

The Rochester Amateur Radio Club (RARC) monthly meeting is normally held 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, and finally a presentation  of amateur radio interest.

When the world restarts again we will also meet for an optional social dinner before at 5pm at Whistle Binkies North. Unfortunately that’s not likely to occur this month.

Repeater Upgrade – 146.625

It has come to the attention of the Tech Committee recently that we have a unique opportunity to replace and update the 625 machine. In the last several years Yaesu has been offering their “Fusion” repeaters at a fairly decent discount. Their play is to get Fusion digital repeaters out to as many clubs as possible in hopes that Fusion radio sales will follow, and it seems to be working..

We’re looking specifically at the DR-2X The benefits of this upgrade include:

  • Modernize the repeater and increase stability, its last upgrade was 2004.
  • Maintain Analog FM operation on 146.625
  • Add the capability to pass C4FM Digital “Fusion” mode
  • Add the capability to join Wires-X, via the HRI-200 linking with several other counties around us.
  • Repeater will be frequency-agile and COULD be used on VHF or UHF if we ever desire to do so.
  • Can be used with an external controller if we want to add bells and whistles.

Not all of the equipment will be replaced at this time. We’ll be using the existing:

  • Duplexers
  • Feedline
  • Antenna

Resources to learn about the repeater, the Fusion system & Wires-X:

https://yaesudr2.blogspot.com/ – This website was most helpful

The existing KRP5000 repeater + CAT1000 controller was purchased in 2003. It has been a very solid machine and was recently re-aligned. The controller, while flexible, is also a bit dated.

Costs:

  • DR-2X Repeater: $700
  • HRI-200 Wires-X device: $125
  • FVS-2 Voice Synthesizer: $35
  • PC for Wires-X Linking: ??
  • Shipping: ??

We expect all total to be under $1200 for this upgrade.

Please fill out the survey

Skywarn APRS Spotter Info Form

Skywarn APRS Spotter info

Spotters that have the capability to use APRS need to provide their information so we can track them during activations. We and the Sherriff’s dept use this info to accurately track locations of storm reports.

Click on the link below and you will be taken to a form to provide your info. Any questions, contact John N0HZN @ jesott09@gmail.com

Skywarn Information form