Thanks for taking the time to take a look at the Bloomington Amateur Radio Association.

We are a group of amateur radio operators based out of Bloomington, MN. Monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August).

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West Bloomington 147.09+ Tone: 100.0 Hz
Central Bloomington Analog/Fusion 443.175+ DCS: 165

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Become an Operator

Looking for information on how to become an amateur radio operator? Find information on upcoming classes, exams as well as study information for all levels here.

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2020 Club Officers

President: Matt Holden KØBBC Vice President: Vacant Secretary: Brian Gaffney KNØWN Treasurer: Bill Mitchell AEØEE

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QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Join over 20,000 hams already registered for this online event

Participate in this ground breaking, virtual international amateur radio expo. Packed with world renowned speakers, exhibitors, and special conference rooms built on a virtual reality platform. Attend from the convenience of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.Coming to your laptop, tablet, and smartphone on: 
​ August 8 and 9, 2020

Registration and more information at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/

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September 26th License Exams

Our next amateur radio exam is scheduled for September 26, 2020.  We’ll hold the exam session in the Haeg Conference Room at the Bloomington Civic Plaza.  Candidates should arrive by 8:45am so exams can be passed out at 9:00am. 

For more information visit http://bloomington-ve.org/ or contact Dan Royer, KE0OR Email: dan@droyer.org

Bloomington VE exam session dates for 2020 are as follows:

January 25
February 29   (note this is the 5th Saturday)
March 28
April 25
May 23
June 20    (note: this is the 3rd Saturday)
July – no exams
August – no exams
September 26
October 24
November – no exams
December – no exams

All Exams will be held at Civic Plaza in Bloomington in the Haeg Conference Room.  All sessions will start at 8:45am. 

Contest University

Hamvention 2020
Hamvention 2020

Although Dayton Hamvention is canceled this year, the Contest University has been moved online and will be free via Zoom. It runs from 1245z to ~2300z Thursday May 14 (7:45 AM to 6:00 PM CDT), and will have a great deal of interesting information from some very experienced operators. This is an incredible opportunity, and at a price that can’t be beat. Check it out if you have the time.

After going through the courses, there will be a contest Saturday that should be a great time to apply your new knowledge: the Hamvention QSO Party. It runs from 1200-2359z Saturday 5/16 (7 AM to 6:59 PM CDT), and the exchange is a signal report (59 on single-sideband voice or 5NN on Morse code) plus the four-digit year you first attended Hamvention or 2020 if you’ve never been.