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

BRAND NEW COURSE!!!

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:

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RARC Monthly Meeting – April 9th, 2019 @ 6:30 PM – Timewave

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 15 minute club-business discussion, then a Rag-Chew time with treats, and finally a very interesting presentation of amateur radio interest.

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!

RARC Monthly Meeting – May 14,2019 @ 6:30 PM – Contesting and DX

This month’s presentation will be DXing and Contesting by Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, the 2019 ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager. Bart’s career in Amateur Radio dates back to 1985 when he joined the ARRL as editor of the Repeater Directory. He’s held positions including Awards manager and manager of the VEC program. Bart has also worked in the private sector in Emergency Medical Services and IT.

Bart will be presenting via Teleconference, don’t miss the May 14th meeting as we build our contesting knowledge with an eye towards Field Day!

RARC Builder’s Day – September 14, 2019

RARC hosts a Builder’s Day from 9am to 11am on the Saturday following the normal club meeting each month. The purpose of the Builder’s Day is for any club members to bring in and work on projects such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, or any other projects that members are interested in working on. The Builder’s Day will be located in the same location as the monthly meeting – at the Rochester EOC, located in the lower level of the 2185 Wheelock Drive Building (Also Rochester Fire Station No. 2)


Iron Challenge – February 23rd, 2019

The Iron Challenge is a Fat Tire Bike Race, 4k Trail Run and Duathlon raising money for Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge and Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch. For 2019 the Iron Challenge will feature 3 levels of Fat Tire bike racing, 3 levels of a 4k Trail Run race and 3 levels of a Duathlon. This event could use 1-2 more people, sign up here! Contact Braeden – KE0NHW for more information.

Recommended Training for ARES Members

The following self-directed courses are available for free through FEMA.
ARES members are encouraged to take them in order to get familiarized with the Incident Command System in use nationally.

MN ARES also recommends the following courses:

Olmsted County Emergency Services Nets

An ARES net is activated when threatening situations warrant as determined by the National Weather Service in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, or by the Olmsted County or Rochester Emergency Operations Centers. Skywan nets are directed nets and all communications is controlled by the net control station (NCS) using net procedures. Contact Steve Wiebke (W0STV), for more information on becoming a ARES net control station operator.

The Olmsted county ARES net uses the Olmsted EOC 147.255 repeater, PL100.0 Hz, for skywarn and emergency event activation/information.  The 146.820, PL100.0 Hz, repeater is the backup for the 147.255 repeater and is available to provide additional ARES communications. A third back up repeater is the 146.625 PL 100.0 for redundancy and over flow traffic that can not be handled by the previous two repeaters..

An ARES information and training net is held every Sunday evening at 9:00 PM local time. Please see the Nets and Meetings page for net and repeater information. All registered ARES members are required to check into this net. Any licensed amateur radio operator may check into the net. Please listen first and follow the NCS check in procedures.

ARES net information links:

The Olmsted skywarn activity debriefing is held during the Sunday evening ARES nets, following any previous weeks activation. All amateur radio operators that were activated are requested to check into the net. Comments and constructive suggestions are welcomed.