RARC Monthly Meeting – June 11, 2019 @ 6:30 PM – Contesting Software and Field Day

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.

This month’s program – KC0CJP presents Logging Software and Field Day

We’ll be focusing on the N1MM logging software with specific focus on the “nuts and bolts” of how to use the software to its full potential during Field Day. We want all operators making contacts, not fighting with the tools!

Contact BJ, KC0NPF@gmail with your club meeting ideas and suggestions for future meetings!
Feel free to join us for an optional social dinner before at 5pm at Whistle Binkies North, voted best bar in Minnesota!

ARES Net notes 5/19/2019

  • AA0CN is still looking for a 24ft trailer or vehicle to haul antenna elements. Contact AA0CN
  • Field day schedule and plans are available.
  • The 10 meter net from now until Field Day will contain discussion about the logistics and setup of Field Day.
  • N0HZN announced that positions are still open for the Med City marathon. If you’re new, please sign up and mention that you are new, we’ll pair you with an experienced operator so you can enjoy and learn together.

Field Day 2019 – June 21-23, 2019

The Rochester Amateur Radio Club hosted a Field Day event at Schaeffer Academy June 22-23rd, open to the public from Noon to 9PM on Saturday, and from 9AM to Noon Sunday.

This post will be updated with photos and scores as they become available!

Field Day is ham radio’s open house! Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Members of the public are welcome to come and learn about Ham Radio with voice, digital, morse/cw, and mobile stations being operated, and even try it out as guest radio operators under expert guidance at our “Get On The Air” station during this free event!

ARES Net Notes 5/12/2019

  • N0HZN mentioned we could use a couple more people for the Stay out of the Sun run this Friday.
  • W0STV announced May 20, Fillmore ARES is doing an ID training course in Spring Valley. This course is related to identifying volunteers during a disaster response. Please sign up for this event if you plan to attend.
  • W0STV announced Thursday through Sunday is the Dayton Hamvention. Many discounts will be available for ham gear both online and at Hamvention during this event period.
  • KC0NPF announced the club meeting for this month.
  • AA0CN announced our Field Day setup begins Friday the 21st.
  • Field Day sign ups are up! We need to confirm who’s equipment will be used.
  • We are looking for a scoring coordinator, to collect the various sources of points from all stations as well as bonus points. Contact AA0CN
  • AA0CN is still seeking a 24ft trailer for hauling our antenna elements. We have one possible lead but it will require a truck capable of towing a 5th wheel to use. Contact AA0CN

ARES Net Notes 4/28/2019

Med City Marathon – May 26, 2019 7:00AM-1:00PM


Since 1996, Med City Marathon has been providing a high quality, fun and energetic marathon in Rochester. The event starts at the Rochester International Event Center and runs around Rochester ending at the Civic Center. With this new course we will need more volunteers to cover the water stops. This also means that you will have a different location than last year. If you need an earlier or later position, please post that when signing up

Rochester Skywarn Training – March 18, 2019 6:30 PM

This year’s Skywarn Training event for Rochester was held at the International Event Center on March 18th 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm. The training is required every 2 years for Olmsted County weather spotters. The National Weather Service website has more information as well as additional times, dates, and locations available for training.

Useful links and notes:

Skywarn® and the Skywarn® logo are registered trademarks of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with permission.

KC0NPF’s Repeater Linking and D-star related link page

This is just a brain-dump of a lot of stuff I’ve been reasearching and poking around at recently. There’s a LOT of cool stuff in Ham Radio out there. I haven’t been on a ham radio binge this bad in a while 🙂

Reflectors, D-star, DMR, SIP bridges, all kinds of cool stuff in the following links:

  • [Streaming just about anything via Raspberry Pi](http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Raspberry_Pi_RTL-SDR_Broadcastify)
  • [XReflector system](http://www.xrefl.net/) Not currently used by the RARC but may be worth exploring in the future
  • [PAPA System of linked repeaters in California](http://www.papasys.com/)
  • [All-Star Linking system based on Asterisk PBX and capable of linking just about anything](https://web-tpa.allstarlink.org/)
  • [Peanut D-star application](http://www.pa7lim.nl/peanut/) D-star from your mobile or PC WITHOUT an AMBE dongle, transcoding is provided by the service. Registration required for obvious reasons.
  • [ARDOP open packet protocol](https://winlink.org/content/ardop_overview)
  • [Open P-25 project](http://osmocom.org/projects/op25/wiki) Decode P-25 systems like ARMER with software.
  • [Scanning P-25 with RTL-SDR](https://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdr-radio-scanner-tutorial-decoding-digital-voice-p25-with-dsd/)
  • [Winlink PAT on Raspberry Pi or other Linux PC](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdpKZ4SZli8)