2020 Simulated Emergency Test – September 19, 2020 @ 9:00AM

The Olmsted S.E.T. for September 19th is less than a week away. Here are some points of information to plan for.

The county aluminum tower setup is rescheduled for October 3rd at 10:00 AM for ARES training, not this Saturday as previously planned. The national S.E.T. is happening on October 3rd and 4th too.

The drill will start at 9:00 AM and end when the drill is completed or by noon if time allows.
There will be no EOC”s, maned, or ARES trailer used due to covid-19 regulations. All stations will be home base (sub nets, and monitor stations), mobile or portable (field units) for this drill. You will be asked questions for staging information when first checking in. Have your equipment and deployment list available to report in
All three repeaters will be used as follows:

  • 147.255 pl 100 repeater is for checking in, for staging for resource requests , and for checking out of the drill. It will also be used for FLdigi information during the net.
  • 146.820 pl 100 repeater is for the Olmsted net and sub NCS to send and receive voice information.
  • 146.625 pl 100 repeater for emergency information, and over flow traffic from the 146.820 repeater.


VHF simplex frequencies will be used as situations dictate during the drill.
NOTICE: There will be no D-star, DMR, or Fusion modes used during this drill, only digital programs on VHF analog frequencies.
The programs that will be used are, FLdigi for multi county information resource and documentation , APRS for field units tracking and messaging (by phone app or by GPS radio), GRlevel monitoring for weather
monitoring, and monitoring the local ARMOR system for training purposes.
“IF” time and activities allow emails will be sent to hams stations by radio when requested.
NIMM’s protocol and ICS procedures and forms should be used, but not mandatory for those new to ARES listen to your NCS and have your go kit will be sufficient to use.

Field units will be requested for situation damage reports (TBD) by voice for Olmsted county. These will be explained to you by your net control operator on what to look for, evaluate, and report on.
We will discuss this further on tonight’s ARES net on the 147.255 repeater and again on the FLdigi net this Thursday evening at 6:30 PM also on the 147.255 repeater.

Tuesday Evening SE Minnesota 10 Meter Net 28.325Mhz USB – Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM


Organised by: Mark Kelm, K0GMK

WHEN:  Tuesday evenings EXCEPT club meeting nights
TIME:  7:00 PM DST (0000 ZULU)
WHERE:. 28.325 MHz USB

The net is open to all classes of amateur radio operators

If the net has started when you join just wait for the pause when we ask for additional check-ins and join in with your call sign.

Possible topics for discussion are:

  • New rigs, antennas, equipment and etc.
  • Technical Q&A

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of a SkyWarn activation or lightning in the area the net is cancelled without notice.

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

Field Day 2020

Thanks to everyone who participated in Field Day this year, either at the club site or individually!
We will be holding a Scoring net on the Rochester 147.255 repeater at 8PM on Monday June 29th. This would be a great place to ask questions or get clarifications on scoring or the log submission process!
Please remember to use our club “contest club” identifier for club/group name: “Rochester (MN) ARC

RARC’s Field Day 2020 Page

ARRL Log Submission Page

RARC Social at Wildwood in Byron – Last Thursday of each month

This event is resuming with special conditions

The RARC holds a social event the last Thursday of each month at Wildwood In Byron (This location is new!). Plenty of parking and the food is great. Due to COVID restrictions, we’re restricted to 6 people per table. 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.

PLEASE RSVP by 12:00 NOON on Thursday

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.