Meeting Minutes, September 2022

Meeting order Reversed, starting with new EOC manager for program

Kyle Mirehouse, Rochester EM director, started in June

City took EM department out of FD and moved into Administration

Focus on Preparedness and Recovery

Exercise on Halloween at RST Airport; Full virtual observation portal. City, County, Airport in one. Derived 180p aircraft Mass Casualty Incident

Currently capable of using DLAN and WebEOC systems

Lots of Q/A, thanks Kyle!

Business part of mtg: Started 8:00pm

Committees

Technical committee: Meeting 9/12 PM:

  • DSTAR repeater; Needs to be replaced with new repeater, looking for ICOM rebate sometime in the fall. Current cost is ~$1650+tax, rebates usually ~$500, wait until October
  • 255 repeater; County notified. Decorah came in fine, Austin was not
  • Black trailer: Cleaned out, sold one military mast
  • EOC computer; Ready for applications to be installed. New SSD and Video adapter (AA0CN). May need monitor and mouse
  • Laptops discussion to be had.
  • 125Live: New antenna to replace ARES trailer, VHF antenna currently in trailer will go to 125Live. Discussion with Director regarding room, and coax under discussion. Multiband vertical ready to go in.\

Contesting, K4IU:

  • This weekend, Ham Virtual Exo (QSO Today). Vendors, ARRL, etc.
  • CQWW RTTY contest coming up at end of month

Secretary’s Report:

  • No notes from August meeting, picnic

ARES W0STV

  • Training this Saturday on FLDIGI, video and Show-And–Tell
  • Delta Frequency (MN VHF Frequency Pool), hands-on training
  • State 800MHz trailer out/deploy, can set up if/when needed.

Treasurer’s report N0UM:

August:

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 5,312.35
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues:
Raffle: $ 17.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 51.66
Meeting Food $ 17.98
Paypal charges
Field Day: Food $ 216.37
Pic-nic
Equipment $ 28.06
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,015.28

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,822.20
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.28

Total: $ 14,837.56

September:

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 5,015.28
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues: $ 90.00
Raffle:
Equipment Sold $ 878.00
United Way:
Amazon: $ 46.31
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 50.12
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 3.27
Tower Climber
Field Day
Picnic $ 154.55
Equipment $ 180.46
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,641.19

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,822.28
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.36

Total: $ 15,436.55

Programs: Melissa KE0WNH

Radio Astronomy next month, professor coming to describe what can be done with Radio Astronomy

EOC Computer: Refurbished, ready to load apps.

Old Business:

AA0CN two years membership for SSD and work KF0S proposed, K0VH seconded.

Roger and Barb free membership : $35 check for use of campground + 1yr family membership, W0STV + K0VH seconded

If interested in Drone, Diji drone, contact Eric KF0S.

New Business:

RARC Educational Program: Next Thursday, K0VH New Hams education. “How to get Ham License”, target new/prospective Hams.

125Live: Need approval LMR240 UltraFlex. Ready to start pulling when we get it. HRO $1.14/ft, others similar. 12x PL259 connectors (crimp). + ~300ft of coax, total ~$400 at HRO. Motion to buy: K0VH made, seconded Dennis. We have some money set aside from the IBM amp (SB220).

John Marshall (KE0WNH): School started, first official club meeting Tuesday after next week. Students seem excited! Meeting after school, 3:30s on Tuesdays. Fox Hunt gear and other stuff, should be fun.

New Laptops:

Purchased on good sale, can get 12V DC Power supplies for them. Club seeking approval? Just under $1000 for three of these. Motion passed.

July 30th 1971 QST: RARC founded in 1931. 50th anniversary. AC0W Bill, to present our anniversary!

Meeting closed at 8:42pm

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Meeting Minutes, July 2022

W0STV Called the meeting to order. 6:30pm
VP: Melissa Erikson visiting NASA and ARRL
Secretary’s notes posted to the website, accepted
Treasurer’s Report, 2022-July:
Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 5,337.80
Credits
Dues: $ 30.00
PayPal Dues: $ 130.00
Raffle: $ 8.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
IBM:
Debits:
RPU: $ 48.89
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 4.56
Field Day: $ 140.00
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,312.35
Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,822.12
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.20
Total: $ 15,134.55

Committee Reports: Technical Committee
Eric KF0S, 7/11
DStar repeater is still off-the-air, checking with BJ KC0NPF
MN ARES Facebook page has new Digital guy in charge, 7-8 bullets of TODOs for state ARES
https://www.facebook.com/groups/mnares/
125Live, tentative plan going forward
300ft coax for 2 runs, a dozen connectors
Do we have a crimping tool? PL259
Use Comet3 antenna (in ARES trailer) for VHF, buy new antenna for ARES trailer?
Military Mast: Looking at condition of one for sale, guide wheel may need repair.
Selling Phantom3 drone? Lack of valid use going forward.
Saturday after club meeting; August 13th, cleaning out at Pat’s farm, 9AM. Inventory / cleanout for Field Day.
Buy some totes and shelving to help organize.
Filters to possibly purchase for Field Day use (one for Field Day, one for ARES trailer)
Looking into headset
Looking into Signallink for VHF radios (EOC)
K0GMK checked on DSTAR repeater, it appears to be TXing full strength carrier almost constantly.

Public Service:
Scheels Healthy Human Race. Aug 27th. New people for many events, unsure how to use our services
Mayo Bounce Day (unsure if this will be happening this year)

Contesting: K4IU Fred
IARU contest CW/SSB contest this last weekend
CQ Worldwide VHF contest this upcoming weekend July 16/17
North American RTTY Contest, phone is next month, CW month after that.
Frontenac MN DX Association: Good operating (KC0P). S9 noise, may be LORAN for radionavigation

Parks On The Air: Mark K0GMK. FT8 pretty good last weekend, good into the evening (10/11pm)
HF Net on Tuesday evenings, 6-12 participants on the 10m net.
SE MN Digital Net

ARES: State AB0BW, not much from state
Olmsted ARES: Will be at Olmsted County EOC (fairgrounds), 9AM 7/16. ARMER tower training

147.255: Still awaiting information on this repeater’s health.

Old Business: None
New Business: Coax donated, silent auction at meeting
Computer donated to EOC. Dell tower. To be set up for EOC Digital use.
Picnic (next month): W0STV can cook, burgers and hot dogs/bratwurst, beans, etc.

KOA over in Marion off of HWY52, (Thanks Rodger / Barb!)

N0MGY offering to buy an antenna (wire antenna), club to consider at August cleanout.

Military Mast, selling? Keep one, consider selling the other one. We paid $600-650 for those. Now selling for $1100.
Consider selling for $850 as-is. 310lbs shipped. Toronto site sells them and parts for them.

Motion passes to sell one of the towers, price set at $850. Invite folks out to look at it at August cleanout.

Drone: Sell also? Preset next business meeting (September)

Introductions…

Field Day Debrief

Thanks to everyone who came to Field Day 2022

Looking to possibly move to in-town / nearer to town, or any other feedback!

Looking possibly at the History Center; Mechanical round-table has a possibly-good location
Consider upgrading ARES computers
Antennas worked very well… expand for experience? GOTA options?

Program: W1AW Tour

Meeting Minutes, June 2022

Meeting Minutes 6/14/2022
Motion to buy Grounding and Bonding ARRL book, for members/checkout, K0VH, Mel KC0P seconded, passed. George Hopkins N0UM to order.
125 Live: Stand for antenna ready, they will build us the cabinet. Radios ready. Need conduit figured out, Tony checking. Need to order the Coax Cable, W0STV to order
Grant proposal fell through.
Byron Fire Dept. HDX antenna tower for whoever wants to come and take it down (need experience). Approx 35ft.
Motorola Repeater inherited from the Rochester FD, High 2M. 3 sets of duplexers. Considering putting it in the ARES repeater, no tone, plan to keep on 147.255 as a backup if the main W0MXW repeater goes offline. $150 to retune the cans.
ARES training won’t be at FireStation#2, trying to get it at Red Cross building. Listen to talkin (255).

Treasurer’s report:

Report  2022-Jun    

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 5,312.82
Credits
Dues: $ 30.00
PayPal Dues: $ 120.00
Raffle: $ 26.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon: $ 41.46
Donation: $ 7.00
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 48.25
Meeting Food $ 21.87
Paypal charges $ 4.36
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease $ 125.00
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,337.80

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,822.04
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.12

Total: $ 15,159.92

Field Day, Taylor
week and a half left to go!
Setup on 24th, website link on rarchams.org for FD signup. Four spreadsheets.
One is operating times, one is dinner, one is setup, one is teardown. Safety officer is needed!
We’ll be using W0MXW

Meeting Minutes, April 2022

W0STV called meeting to order: 6:30pm

Vice President (K0SIR) has resigned, looking for a new VP for remainder of 2022. Contact Steve W0STV

Secretary report: On website

Treasurer’s report: N0UM

Report  2022-Apr    

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 4,973.76
Credits
Dues: $ 180.00
PayPal Dues: $ 120.00
Raffle: $ 11.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation: $ 15.00
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 47.11
Meeting Food $ 19.37
Paypal charges $ 4.36
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,228.92

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,821.88
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,821.96

Total: $ 15,050.88

Treasurer’s report accepted.

Committee Reports

Tech Committee: 147.255 repeater, sensitivity down, avoid using. Tech request is in the works.

146.820 repeater is primary until further notice!

Consider unlinking the 146.625 repeater (FM only perhaps, as a backup)

County has two duplexers that we could use; Storing these at 820 site for the moment. May use in ARES trailer repeater

Bulk supply order: if someone has an order they want to put in, could be put out as a club request. Combine orders. If bigger orders, can collaborate.

ARES trailer might need some shelving

Talked about remote station, 125Live (need experienced folks, keep station easy-to-use). Talk with W0STV

John Marshall HS: Some issues, attempt to keep going.

W0STV is looking at cabinetry for 125Live station

Public Service:

Med City Marathon (May) and Rochesterfest Parade (June); Go to website. Need participants! Contact W0STV and KF0S.

Contesting: K4IU

Sunspots are high, solar flux >140.

Middle of May, upcoming QSO parties.

Parks-On-The-Air; This summer! Consider 20m dipoles! Easy to get into!

POTA awards for contacts, etc.

State ARES: AB0BW

State monthly email next month.

Olmsted ARES: W0STV

NWS training, 6:30pm at the Convention Center next to Apache Mall (Empire Convention Center)

Wear Olmsted County Skywarn shirts if you have them!

Saturday Skywarn Training / ARES training: 9AM at Fire Station #2

Check GPS for ARES/SKYWARN use! Get on APRS this weekend and Steve will add.

Update your info with Olmsted ARES on website.

Fillmore ARES/Skywarn training: April 23rd

Field Day: Taylor Ballman WB0RSJ, Field Day Coordinator

Sunday Night ARES Net schedule updated through 2023

WinLink: Send a message to W0STV to check connectivity.

John Marshall HS: KE0WNH

2 students very interested in taking the test, going through practice questions. 8th hour / Rocket hour

Membership dues: Pay if you haven’t!

Introductions, etc.

Amazon Smile: Sign up if you are buying through Amazon!

Meeting closed 7:20pm

Meeting Minutes, March 2022

RARC Meeting Minutes, March 8th
To order: W0STV @6:32pm
Program: Antenna Modelling

Treasurer’s Report 2022-Mar Checking:
Opening Balance: $4,431.63
Credits
Dues: $120.00
PayPal Dues: $370.00
Raffle: $12.00
Refund guest book $35.95
United Way: $65.00
Amazon: $43.32
Donation: $5.00
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $47.50
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $13.28
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment name tags pens guest book $48.36
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $4,973.76
Savings:
Opening Balance: $9,821.81
Credits $0.07
Interest: $9,821.88
Closing Balance:
Total: $14,795.64

Minutes from February: W0STV moved, K0VH second, passed.

Tech Committee: KF0S
DSTAR : thanks to BJ KC0NPF for getting it into new room. Very active on 30C
Fusion Repeater: Spectrum is a little wide, KC0NPF will look into it
May both be temporarily down, due to potential Mayo upgrade. John Scott to look into it.
Inventory to be finished up.
625 repeater is now active

Public Service: Only 3 events so far this year.
Events want “Sponsors”; No more volunteers at waterstops. They found another revenue stream for sponsorships. Bounce Day, Med City, some others.

Contesting K4IU: This last weekend, sporadic conditions
Upcoming contests:RTTY contests
Phone WPX SSB contest, 26th March
Parks On The Air: Mark Kelm K0GMK
Weather has been cold; Will ramp up in spring!
Map on the POTA website, you can see locations.
Facebook page with publicized activations
Elmers Net: Will continue into summer. KE0SHQ to take over NCS. Portable station focus.
Education: K0VH: Bill is updating website, ARRL’s training is pretty good
JM High School station: Scheduling difficulties and space could move. Might just remote from JM to 125 Live site (if it works out!)
Remote Station: 125 Live is strong possibility, seeking approval
Can do classes, has power/internet, can be used as remote station as well.
2M antenna, vertical possibilities. We have a base that can be used (with weights). Vertical conduit. Possible all-in-one computer for ham station at 125live. Set of headphones so users can log in.

State ARES, AB0BW: Not much at the moment.
Olmsted ARES, W0STV: Continuing ARES trainings on Saturdays at 9AM after the meetings. Bring laptop/phone/tablet, register if you can but we can do it Saturday. We’ll start with the very basics, all welcome
Rochester Fire Department: March 15,16,17th, 22,23,24th, mock shooting drills. Looking for mock victims for scenario. Contact W0STV.
Old Business:Membership Dues: End of march is cutoff, please keep memberships updated!DMR Repeater: Currently down, might take a while to repair the Faribault repeater.Skywarn: April 13th training, Wildwood meetup first.
New Business:
Selling old equipment: Discussion.Items like a PowerAmp, etc.ARRL Grant Money: No objections to look into itTech Committee to look into buying a spool or two of coax, connectors, antenna wire, etc. Club members can buy from club’s bulk supplies at-cost. Can be used for ARES, for Builders group type things, etc. Tech committee to consider.

Field Day: Need Location. Need Leader for 2022.
K0MD has suggested MWA members coordinate with our FD. Contact Steve W0STV if interested

Introductions, meeting adjourned 7:25pm

Meeting Minutes, February 2022

Meeting minutes, Feb 8th 2022
To order 6:32pm
Reports
Treasurer’s report: REceived
Report 2022-Feb

Checking:
Opening Balance: $9,101.41
Credits
Dues: $130.00
PayPal Dues: $260.00
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:

Debits:
RPU: $50.66
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $9.12
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
To Saveings $5,000.00
Postage
Closing Balance: $4,431.63

Savings:
Opening Balance: $4,821.76
From Checking $5,000.00
Interest: $0.05
Closing Balance: $9,821.81

Total: $14,253.44

Secretary’s notes, Jan2022 received, accepted
Received

Eric KF0S
Tech Committe Report
DSTAR 448 Repeater, moving to 30C and possible upgrade to xref62a
82: Might need quarterly battery mainenance
Remote site: Possible at 125Live. Need to knwo how much usage it might have there. In discussions with them, taking feedback for how much it would be used. Possible class?
JM Club: 2:45-3:30 time slot, need help. National High School OTA event
Finalizing inventory: Get things on the books.

Public Service: Dan N0KZO
Eric Med City Marathon, last weekend in May. Route changed. Signup already on website.
Rochesterfest parade 25th June 2PM, signup available on website
Bounce Day, nothing heard yet, TBD.
Stay Out of the Sun run; Planned, not sure if we’re needed.
Healthy Human Race: TBD.
Chester Woods Run; Nothing heard, probably no involvement.
Staying out of the Down-By-The-Riverside concerts this year.
If there is a Skywarn event, have someone there, otherwise no association.

Contesting: K4IU
ARRL VHF Contest Scores posted (raw).
Feb 19th ARRL DX CW contest
March 5th ARRL DX SSB Contest
WPX Contest March 21st
K0GMK: Parks On The Air, year-round. See parksontheair.com
Might set up a club station at Douglass Trail for POTA

Education Bill K0RGR:
Comittee meeting by Zoom for people that can volunteer for education. Feb 24th 6:30pm Zoom meeting for anyone interested.
Currently referring people to ARRL course (self-study)
Uses ARRL License manual.
Question pool changes this year.
Bob K0SIR: Made deal with ARRL; $7 from each applicant, to buy ARRL books. Becoming instructure and get 20%-25% off. If you want to be a mentor, contact K0SIR

ARES: Monthly meetings, next one this Saturday
Testing state simplex frequencies
Training on how to communicate at events
Prowords and Shadowing
State ARES: 2022 MN Ares Conference via Zoom
ARRL HQ Keynote speaker. Lots of topics.
For more info, go to mnares.org
Feb 26th 1pm-5pm

Field Day: Need FD Organizer

Old Business:
Old RARC FB group, being cleaned up
Website edits: K0RGR Bill, AA0CN Collin, kc0npf BJ, n0kzo Dan. ke0wwg Pat

Hamfest St Cloud 12th of March
NWS Spotter Training in-person
Dues: Still due! Pay them. Online or in person. Include your callsign!

Hamster: Buy, Sell, Trade section, email K0GMK
Meeting closed.

January 2022 – Meeting Minutes

Called to order
Dec 2021 Minutes accepted (W0MN, KC0P Seconded)

Treasurer’s report received (N0UM)
W0STV motion to approve, KE0YJJ seconded

Report 2022-Jan

Checking:
Opening Balance: $8,868.92
Credits
Dues: $250.00
PayPal Dues: $510.00
Raffle: $11.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $51.27
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $18.04
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance $323.20
Web Domain
Postage $146.00
Closing Balance: $9,101.41

Savings:
Opening Balance: $4,821.72
Credits
Interest: $0.04
Closing Balance: $4,821.76

Total: $13,923.17

Tech Committee: KF0S
– Remote site, work in progress
– Inventory still ongoing- Repeaters (some work?)
– Anyone looking to volunteer, contact KF0S
– Loaner radios in the EOC, Drone insurance?

Public Service: Nothing yet in 2022. Wil be posted as they come.
Med City is currently in planning.

Contesting: K4IU
Last weekend was RTTY Roundup
UHF contest this weekend
Feb 5th: MN QSO party
NAQPCW this weekend also.
See HAMSTER newsletter for more.

FM Simplex for 146.550MHz 446.00MHz 50.170MHz USB for Jan VHF contest, starting 1PM Saturday to 10PM Sunday.
Exchange: Calls, 4char maidenhead grid square (EN34 / EN33)
Coordinate on 147.255 for availability or text.

Parks On The Air: K0GMK, No actively lately. POTA site in Rochester, Douglas Trail near IBM.

Dues: They’re due!
ARES: No in-person meeting this month. Play around with simplex at 9AM on Rochester 255 repeater
Working with Red Cross and Salvation Army. Interests in WinLink in RC. SA has 800MHz supposedly.
Members for ARES need to fill out new form to make sure we know who is active.

Old Business: Site selection for Remote Station; 125Live possibility.
New Business: Decals for RARC, 5×5 and 4×4 Decals, could make order. Consider: $10 credit to dues for bringing someone else in.