On Hold: Spring Technician License Class – April 18, 25, May 2

Our next Technician Class was scheduled to start April 18. The class runs three consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. Bill and the RARC are exploring options to do the class online rather than in person. More information will be posted here as it becomes available!

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.

Net Notes 1-26-2020

  • WA0RLY: Winter field day video
  • KA0MYG: 146.820 repair is approved, moving forward with scheduling a climber.
  • W0STV: Winter field day, 10 people were present and it was a good time, score TBD
  • Skywarn training is upcoming at the Olmsted Convention Center. Skywarn shirts are coming for purchase.
  • VE test coming on February 6th. Location will be at the Red Cross

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.

Note: The MNRST node is unable to connect to the current nearest node WIWASH, with a vertical antenna. It is 79 miles north of Rochester.
When WIBAYC node comes on line that will be a 40 mile distance to link to. Will keep you updated on this progression. 


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

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

Where:
Rochester Firestation #2, City EOC

Organizer: Steve Wiebke

Details:
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!)