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


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.

Field Day 2020

As Field Day approaches, the Rochester Amateur Radio Club is adapting to the situation!

Field Day this year will focus heavily on individual operators, but we will have a club station at our regular meeting place, the EOC in the basement of the Rochester Fire Station #2 off of Viola Road. The ARES trailer will be available on Saturday (while observing safe social distancing of course), and we may activate the EOC Radio Room as well. Operators are encouraged to bring their own equipment and set up field-deplorable stations and exercise their go-kits under the club callsign (K0T) as well!

Below is a Sign-Up and Coordination sheet. If you would like to operate under K0T as a 1F operator, please sign up under the 1F column. 1F operators may use the ARES trailer setup, or may bring their own equipment! We can also use the ARES trailer as a GOTA station, so if you are interested in operating as a GOTA station (or know someone who is), please sign up under the GOTA column to reserve a slot. Non-Hams, Technicians, and those who are not active on HF are encouraged to sign up for GOTA!


Goals for this year:

  • Get as many home stations on the air as possible (HF as well as VHF/UHF, under your own callsign and submitted individually using club name “Rochester (MN) ARC” for scoring)
  • Provide opportunity for technicians, non-Hams, and interested members to operate at K0T club station
  • Provide opportunities for members to exercise their portable and field-deployable setups at the EOC
  • Practice safe social-distancing by distributing operators throughout the day, and avoid having too many people at K0T at one time
  • Have fun!

The Club Stations will be cleaned between each operator shift by the outgoing operator (instructions/supplies will be provided)

Masks are required at all times while not operating (still highly recommended for operating), gloves are optional but not required
Attempt to maintain 6′ separation
Only one person per station at a time (must operate and log), GOTA will be coached with acceptable social distance

Operators MUST bring their own:

  • Pens or pencils and note pads (Log sheets will be provided for individuals)
  • Keyboard (USB) for computer logging/Digital (if you prefer)
  • Headphones, if desired (2.5mm or 1/4″ jack)

Operators are REQUESTED to bring their own:

  • ICOM-compatible Microphones or headsets
  • Keys, bugs, or paddles
  • Chairs, Water, Snacks

We will also be advocating the use of VHF and UHF for local contacts! This will give all license classes a way to participate, and we are considering intra-club competitions on VHF/UHF as well.

We will be holding the following informal contests within our club. Please e-mail your logs to AA0CN or participate in the Scoring Net to participate:
– Most VHF/UHF contacts made (all modes count, all radios)
– Most simplex contacts made on an HT, VHF/UHF Voice (stock or handheld-portable antennas, no mounted/fixed antennas!)
– Highest individual score for each class and license level
– NTS Traffic Scavenger Hunt: Whoever copies the most NTS traffic sent between club members (Using ARRL RadioGram Format)

Good VHF frequencies to use would be 146.520, 146.550, and 146.580. Good times would be on the hour (top, or bottom of the hour), specifically hours divisible by 3 (12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, 12am, etc.).

We will have a persistent Field Day Coordination Net on the Rochester 147.255 repeater (P.L. Tone 100 Hz) throughout the event, yielding to any severe weather/SKYWARN events or ARES activations.

People may participate as individuals under their own callsign, at the club station under the club callsign K0T, or both! Just make sure to keep the logs separate, and that transmitter restrictions are in place (see rule snippet below). We will have a scoring help net/session afterwards to make sure all individual scores are submitted correctly for those who have never done it before.

Other items of note:
For Field Day 2020, operators from their home stations (Class D) will be able to work other home stations for points!
For scoring, individual operators can operate under their own callsigns, but list a club affiliation for an additional collective club score. We will be encouraging all RARC members who operate individually to enlist with our club score!

6. Miscellaneous Rules:
6.1. A person may not contact for QSO credit any station from which they also participate.

6.2. A transmitter/receiver/transceiver used to contact one or more Field Day stations may not subsequently be used under any other callsign to participate in Field Day. Family stations are exempt provided the subsequent callsign used is issued to and used by a different family member.

See here for details on rule changes for 2020: http://www.arrl.org/news/temporary-rule-waivers-announced-for-2020-arrl-field-day

2020 Public Service Updates

Just a quick announcement to keep an eye on the RARC Public Service page for updates, postponements, and cancellations of events. As you can imagine these schedules will be very fluid throughout the year. IF you had signed up for any of the postponed events, please contact the RARC event coordinator listed on said page with updates to your availability as things start moving again.

The 2020 Med-City Marathon is being moved to September 5th and 6th.