RARC Monthly Meeting – September 10, 2019 @ 6:30PM

This month’s program will be about contesting from VP5 by Fred Regennitter K4IU.

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!

Scheels Healthy Human Race – August 24, 2019 @ 7:00 AM

The 35th annual Healthy Human race is a half-marathon event held on on August 24, 2019 starting at Soldiers Field in downtown Rochester, MN.

There are 7 aid stations on the course serving up water and Gatorade.  These are located at miles 1.7, 3.5, 5.2, 6.3, 7.6, 9.5, and 11.3 .  Port-a-johns are located at the Start and Finish and adjacent to every aid station. Medical support is available along the course and at the finish line.

John mentioned we have only a few people signed up and we need more help!

RARC Monthly Meeting – August 13, 2019 @ 6:30PM

RARC Monthly Meeting – August 13, 2019 @ 6:30 PM – Yaesu Rep

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!

Mayo Clinic Bounce Day – October 6 2019

Bounce Day is an emergency simulation event designed to test “can YOU be the help until help arrives.” This year’s event will be held at Gamehaven Scout Reservation.

Our club is involved as part of the NIMS protocol as logistics communicators. Please Sign up on both our list and the Bounce Day website linked below. The Bounce Day registration IS REQUIRED in order to participate and has a special “ticket type” for Ham Radio, lets fill up their request as best we can! They list up to 19 hams still needed as I post this!

ARES Net Notes 6/30/2019

  • 10 meter net is canceled this week
  • There’s a Tech Committee meeting on Tuesday
  • W0STV
    • We’ll try frequency counting our radios at the picnic
    • Need weather spotters on standby for the 4th of July to give heads up if the celebrations are evacuated
    • APRS monitoring next Sunday, send a ping and get recorded!
    • Down by the Riverside concerts – July 14 is the first one, please contact N0KZO to sign up!
    • KC0NPF – The club meeting this month is the Picnic at KOA camp ground
  • AA0CN – There will be swap meet activity at the picnic, bring your buy/sell gear or some $$

ARES Net notes 6/23/2019

  • AA0CN: A black backpack was found at the SSB station, if it belongs to you contact K0VH
  • W0TMP: asked if the Winlink gateway is defined on the Winlink system (does it appear on the Winlink site map?) Has anyone connected? W0STV replied software-wise the node is having issues and may not be responding correctly at this time.
  • W0STV: Saturday is the Rochesterfest Parade at/near Soldiers Field. We have 9 operators signed up. Operators please be on-site by 1:30PM using 147.255 repeater (as .625 is in need of repair).
  • W0STV: Thursday is the RARC Social at Wildwood, please RSVP to W0STV so we can be sure we have enough seats.
  • KC0P: Field day was pretty good time from the VHF/UHF perspective. Equipment was working and we successfully completed a Satellite contact (possibly the first in the last 15 years). Worked 40 contacts on 6m using FT8.
  • AA0CN: Field Day was better than expected from weather and atmospheric conditions. Thanks to all who helped, especially with cleanup!

ARES Net Notes 6/16/2019

  • N0HZN said thank you to all who participated in the.
  • W0STV announced Tuesday at 7:15PM there will be a net on 146.625 to finalize field day plans. Please drop by and do what you can to help.
  • W0STV announced we could use additional assistance with the Rochesterfest Parade, if you’re considering going, bring a radio and help out?
  • The 146.67 winlink node is being updated/upgraded and should become operation on or after Tuesday this week.

RARC monthly Meeting – July 9, 2019 @ 5:00 PM – Summer Picnic

This month’s meeting will be held at KOA Campground beginning at 5PM
Hosts: Roger and Barbara Philip – W0KOA & KB0KOA
5232 65th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Please consider bringing a dish to pass and bring your own beverages for this event! The RARC will be supplying pulled pork sandwiches from HyVee for dinner

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

ARES Net Notes 6/9/2019

  • W0STV: Winlink node is down for maintainence
  • N0HZN: Believe in Me Bike Ride is next Saturday, need 2-3 more people to sign up!
  • KC0NPF: Club meeting is Tuesday, KC0CJP will be presenting
  • AA0CN: Announced that Field Day preparations are nearly complete. Please sign up to operate. Station leads please check the Field Day equipment inventory.
  • AA0CN: Still need a 24ft or longer trailer to transport antennas, contact AA0CN.
  • AA0CN: Planning meetings for Field Day are 7:15PM on Tuesdays on 146.625 (except this week because of the club meeting).
  • Skywarn review notes:
    • Great job overall.
    • Think twice before you make a non-severe report during intense portions of the Skywarn net. The frequency needs to be available for severe reports!
    • During an active net only check in when you’re actually available to deploy OR actively observe from your location.
    • Net control will be working with the county EOC to determine when pre-staging or standby checkins are appropriate.

RARC Social at Wildwood – Last Thursday of each month

The RARC holds a social event the last Thursday of each month at Wildwood. Plenty of parking and the food is great. We average around 7 to 10 people, and we have had as many as 13. We meet around 5:30 pm. We have been leaving around 7:30. We discuss anything and everything. It is very informal. Hams that you have not seen at meetings or public service events have shown up. Come and join us bring the family have some drink some eats and have a good time.

PLEASE RSVP by 12:00 NOON on Thursday