Meeting Minutes, May 2022

Meeting started 6:30pm, with program from John Portune, W6NBC w6nbc.com

Introductions… 10 on zoom, 22 in EOC

Business Meeting started at 7:55PM

KE0WNH Melissa now VP and in charge of programs for 2022

From KE0WNH: ARRL has grants available: $500K to give away in 2022 for the purpose of energizing clubs and activities related to ham radio. First round of applications due end of June.
Some of our proposed/in-progress activities (125Live!, JM HS Club, etc.) may be good candidates for grant applications, RARC can write up grant application for these purposes.

125Live!: Cabinet maker possibilities, end of June? Base station is ready to go.

Secretary Report: Collin AA0CN Posted to Website, accepted K0VH motion, approved.

Treasurer’s Report:, George N0UM:

Report 2022-May

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 5,228.92
Credits
Dues: $ 60.00
PayPal Dues: $ 60.00
Raffle: $ 15.00
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 48.92
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 2.18
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 5,312.82

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 9,821.96
Credits
Interest: $ 0.08
Closing Balance: $ 9,822.04

Total: $ 15,134.86

Committee Reports:

Technical Committee, KF0S Eric

Quick meeting: 255 Repeater is repaired. $159 “Tune-up”. Is the 820 getting deaf? 125Live discussion ongoing. Inheriting a repeater and duplexers (from Northern Heights watertower decommissioning). Motorola repeater (147+MHz), to be stored at 82 site for future.

Byron Fire Department has 50′ tower + antennas.

Public Service, W0STV/KF0S: https://www.rarchams.org/wp/public-service/
Med City Marathon is coming up: Need volunteers (13 water stops need coverage!). Sunday, May 29th. Monitor both 255 Primary, 820 Secondary.

Contesting, Fred K4IU: (On Vacation)

Parks-On-The-Air: Mark K0GMK and Dan N0SPN. Plans for POTA post-field-day, get together for parking-lot activities. For anyone interested, Wednesday May 25th, starting 5:30pm to at least 8pm, N0SPN will be at the Douglas rest area of the Douglas Trail doing POTA. 40M and 20M dipoles, inverted vees, others via N0SPN. Bring radio/power and coax to operate (or even an antenna!), or just come and watch, or contact over the air!

Olmsted County ARES, Steve W0STV: 10AM Saturday, Olmsted ARES, Go-Kits On The Air

K0SIR.com for testing

Field Day: Taylor Ballman WB0RSJ, Field Day Coordinator

Location: Pat Cahil’s farm

Participation: Sign-up, W0STV started signup log. Need to decide 2A/3A

Can do VHF/UHF/6M

Portapotty; Won’t do weekends anymore, it seems. Discussion options, 5gal bucket, trench/trees?

KOA might be a good option for 2023

Discussion ongoing

820 is talk-in to FD site

Drawing winners…

Meeting close

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.

Meeting Minutes, December 2021

Meeting started 18:33pm
Secretary: Meeting minutes posted, K0MGK to approve, AI0M seconded, passed.
Treasurer: Report Received:
Report 2021-Dec
Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,292.16
Credits
Dues: $ 90.00
PayPal Dues: $ 90.00
Raffle: $ 25.00
IBM: $ 500.00
United Way:
Amazon: $ 40.97
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 50.92
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 3.27
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment Zoom $ 115.02
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,868.92
Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.69
Credits
Interest: $ 0.03
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.72
Total: $ 13,690.64

Committees:
Tech Committee: No report.
ARES: W0STV: This saturday, ARES meeting 9AM in place of BuG Event. 2022 planning and re-registering members. Active teams of specialists, winlink, HF in field, EOC staff, etc.
MN ARES AB0BW: Reports going in, nothing else to report.
Contesting: Fred K4IU: 10M contest last weekend. January VHF contest is coming up. New Years’ day “Straight Key Night”. Jan 8th RTTY Roundup. Jan1 15 NAQSO Party CQ, Jan22 is NAQSO Sideband contest.
Education: Options for online courses and education resources. Workgroup ongoing with JM group.
Field Day: Looking for FD Leader by Feb/March.
Holiday Party in place of January Meeting, at Charlies eatery. Start 5:30, dinner 6:30. Bring show and tell items if you’d like. Private room.
Old Business: None
New Business: N0UM proposal, club subsidizes $5/ea for attendees of the 2022 January holiday party; second Dennis Noulty. No buffet.
Deliberation, rescinded.
Motion to indefinitely postpose holiday party due to COVID via KF0S, K0GMK seconded. Passed.

Nominating Committee:
Steve Weibke W0STV President
Bob Dubke K0SIR VP
Collin Howe AA0CN Secretary
George Hopkins N0UM Treasurer
Rich Seigall W0AMB Member-At-Large.
KF0S Tech Committee
Vote taken, slate of officers passed and accepted.
Thank you to outgoing officers!

Program: VHF Contest

Meeting Minutes, September 2021

Meeting called to order by K0VH

Treasurer’s report received:

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,461.26
Credits
Dues:
PayPal Dues: $ 70.00
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way: $ 65.00
Amazon: $ 49.03
Donation: $ 250.00
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 52.51
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 2.38
Tower Climber
Field Day $ 75.00
Picnic
Table
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,765.40

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.59
Credits
Interest: $ 0.03
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.62

Total: $ 13,587.02

Former W0IBM amp discussed, tubes weak.
Tech committee, John Dalin KA0MYG: Meeting mid October to discuss remote HF Base station
Asking for comments/concerns.

Public Service KF0S: Bounce Day cancelled. Med City Marathon went well.

ARES: W0STV. EM50 equipment upgrade discussions ongoing. Laptop upgrades. Airport drill with microwave video this weekend.If interested, contact Steve W0STV. Nothing new at state level.

Contesting: Fred K4IU October number of QSO parties: CA, SD, etc.MN Wireless Association looking for a good turnout. CQ Worldwide phone contest at the end of the month.

Education: Sept 18th class cancelled

August Picnic/Meeting minutes on website.

Old Business: None

New Business: Officer’s meting – Zoom or Google? Passed.
WiresX Questions: Fusion account. DStar Repeater on old DSL line seems to have experienced an Internet failure. Pipe Echolink connection over microwave link? Options available.


If anyone has heard anything from JMHS, let W0STV know.

Business meeting closed.

Meeting Minutes, June 8th 2021

by Eric Van Norman, KF0S
Meeting called to order at 6:32 pm.
May Meeting Minutes: available on the RARC website Motion to approve, KF0S Second, W0BM Motion Passed
Treasurer’s reportGeorge, N0UM
Checking: Opening Balance: $ 8,979.09
Credits
PayPal Dues: $ 200.00
Amazon: $53.82
Debits:
RPU: $51.51
PayPal charges: $6.20
Closing Balance: $9175.20
Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.49
Credits
Interest: $ 0.03
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.52
Total: $ 13,996.72

There is hope of an option for meeting in Fire Station #2 in July. Remodeling is on-going, not sure of the finish date.
Tech committee: Nothing
Contesting: Fred, K4IU June: 6/12 – VHF Contest 6/26-27 – Field Day 5/19-21/2022 is next Dayton.  Contest and DX related activities are moving to the Hope Hotel.
Olmsted ARES:Steve, W0STV Mobile Fox Hunt Held last Saturday. 7 operators were present. Possibly another in July
Public Service: Steve, W0STV Rochesterfest Parade – June 26th KAAL is streaming the broadcast this year Still looking for help Med-City Marathon – September 10-11th Don has sign-up sheets on the RARC website
State ARES: Bob, AB0BW Sue Corbin, KE0QBC is new Goodhue County EC EC Zoom start in April on 4th Wednesday of the month Steve, W0STV, mentioned Ham Shack Hotline and setting up in several counties.
Old Business: Steve, W0STV – Club inventory on-going Putting Public service in ARES room To obtain, get a hold of John, KA0MYG, or Steve
New Business: Steve, W0STV – Public service APRS units 6 units: 2 with cigarette lighter and 4 battery operated Units have bad antennas. Need 4 10W Diamond SMA dual-band antennas, MR73SMA ($30 each) Motion to allocate $150 to buy 4 antennas, Eric, KF0S Seconded by Dave, K0VH Motion passed. Steve, W0STV – John Marshall Melissa is no longer promoting club, Steve to check on status/replacement. Dave, K0VH and Steve, W0STV – Remote station discussion
Program Discussion – Eric, KF0S Ham Nation, Bob Gordon is willing to do presentations
Introductions
Motion to Adjourn, Pat, W0BM Second, Dan, N0KZO
Meeting closed at 7:26 pm

Meeting Minutes, May 11th

Meeting minutes, approve
W0BM second

Treasurer’s report: Received.

Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,913.23
Credits
Dues: $ 30.00
PayPal Dues: $ 90.00
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way:
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 51.26
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 2.88
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,979.09

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.45
Credits
Interest: $ 0.04
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.49

Total: $ 13,800.58

Tech committee:
KA0MYG: Nothing new with Tech committee

ARES:
W0STV: Some Zoom meetings with district, little interest. 4th Wednesday at 7PM
ARES Connect will be discontinued.
MedAres getting up and running, need inside person.
Elmer’s Net and Digital net, join us!
AB0BW: Goodhue EC wants to step down, many looking to step in to that role.

Contesting: Quiet time in May, see contest pages.

Public Service:
Sept 11th, Med City Marathon
Scheels’ Healthy Human Race
RochesterFest Parade
Mayo Bounce Day

Field Day (W0STV)
At Pat Cahill’s, 2A, using crank-up towers.
Portable toilets ordered. Food TBD
Week before: Inventory
Sticking with Icom radios lets us swap/sanitize mics.

Education: Possible class in May (K0RGR)

Old Business: None.

New Business:
Officer’s meeting: Promote free memberships to newly-licensed people? Olmsted-county

W0BM: If you are a newly licensed HAM in Olmsted or immediately surrounding counties, and if you had an interest in RARC, we’ll provide a free membership for the first year. W0STV Seconded. Motion passed.

Introductions and meeting close ~7PM

Meeting Minutes, April 2021

Meeting started 6:30pm
Motion to accept the minutes: K0AKM motion, KE0SHQ seconded
Treasure’s report received:
Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 8,833.68
Credits
Dues: $ 30.00
PayPal Dues:
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way: $ 105.00
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 50.45
Meeting Food
Paypal charges
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease $ 5.00
Insurance
Web Domain
Postage
Closing Balance: $ 8,913.23
Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.41
Credits
Interest: $ 0.04
Closing Balance: $ 4,821.45
Total: $ 13,734.68

Committees:
Fred K4IU Contesting: State QSO parties ongoing

Public Service: None known. Possible Med City Marathon in the fall
Nothing new for Public Service
From K0RGR: MS Society bicycle rides across MN, circle through Austin Might need HAMs to help out!

Education Bill K0RGR Classes on ZOOM, one student, went well. Starting another one starting May 15th for 3 Saturdays in a row. Online testing via Maple Grove club.

ARES Steve W0STV: Jun 1st, ARES connect to be discontinued. Will be getting more active with ARES as the summer comes.
Olmstead EOC is making progress, now SKYWARN capable.
AB0BW: State / SE Section: Zoom meeting every 4th Wednesday, Talking about public service and Field Day.

Tech Committee: John Dalin WA0MYG
Has not met, planning meeting later this month.
RARC Equipment inventory; If you have any club items, email John Dalin! (even if you are still using it, we just want to know where things are!)

Field Day: RARC Groups.io survey sent out. Pat Cahil’s is an option, Will need to stay flexible!

New Business:
– Austin MN has VE Test on the 21st of April at their Chamber of Commerce
– Active/Retired IBM folks for Volunteer hours via RARC activities

Motion to adjourn W0STV NF0S second!

Meeting Minutes, January 2021

Meeting Started 6:32PM
Minutes reviewed
Discussion of dues and membership. Remember to pay them! If you have problems, email George KD0YOZ
Motion Carried to accept minutes

Treasurer’s Report:
Checking:
Opening Balance: $ 7,278.56
Credits
Dues: $ 120.00
PayPal Dues: $ 310.00
Raffle:
IBM:
United Way: $ 75.00
Amazon:
Donation:
Education:
ARRL:
Debits:
RPU: $ 51.02
Meeting Food
Paypal charges $ 9.82
Field Day:
Pic-nic
Equipment
Tower Lease
Insurance $ 323.20
Web Domain
Postage $ 118.00
Closing Balance: $ 7,182.52

Savings:
Opening Balance: $ 4,821.31
Credits
Interest: $ 0.04
Closing Balance: $ 4,182.35

Total: $ 11,364.87
IBM Donation still under investigation by K0VH

Fred K4IU: Contest activities are all in newsletter
This weekend is VHF contest!
North American SSB contest coming up as well160M contest coming up

KA0MYG Tech Committee: Meeting tomorrow, discussing what to address in 2021
New Yaesu update to be considered for Fusion repeater.

W0STV: For ARES, Met with Olmsted County Emergency Operations Director
County station will be down until 1st of March for revamping.
3 computers, two for digital networking (HF and VHF). Might need some hands for setting everything up.

AB0BW State Level ARES: Dodge and Olmsted giving reports.
No longer sending reports to Joe, new person for reports to be sent to for all 11 counties.

Education: Bill offering help to anyone who wants it, online classes can be offered!
$35 fee not in place until July, and materials are changing.

Field Day: Looking for volunteers, will probably look similar to 2020’s field day
Dayton cancelled this year. Online hamvention will likely take place again

Officer’s meeting was held, minutes are available if anyone wants them contact AA0CN
Motion to accept KA0MYG as tech committee chairmanKF0S second, motion passed.

No further old/new business.

Impromptu shack Zoom tours.