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).


West Bloomington 147.090+ Tone: None 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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2024 Club Officers

President: Rolf Krogstad NRØT Vice President: Martha Krogstad KEØTL Secretary: Dan Royer KEØOR Treasurer: Brian Gaffney KNØWN

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January to April 2024 – Programs

January 2 – Bouvet, the most remote island on earth (NR0T)
February 6 – VHF Roving 101 (W0ZQ)
March 5 – Antenna Modeling, is it worth it? (K0MPH)

April 2 – My experiences on the Heard Island 2016 DXpedition (AE0EE)

Meetings are at 7pm in the Haeg Conference Room at Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington or on Zoom.

Recent Programs at BARA

Fall 2023 we had the following programs at our meetings:

Sept ’23 – NR0T built a 70cm/2M portable J-Pole from ladder line
Oct ’23 – AE0EE discussed Fox Hunting including an indoor hunt
Nov ’23 – K0AD did a presentation on CW Academy
Dec ’23 – Our annual pizza gathering at Davanni’s

Field Day: June 25, 2022 2022 Field Day logo, featuring the ARRL logo and a headset with a microphone.

The Bloomington Amateur Radio Association and the Richfield Amateur Radio Club and will be hosting an
annual ARRL Field Day event on June 25th, 2022 at the Richfield Community Center, 7000 Nicollet
Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423 on the lower level. Visits from the public are welcome from 1 p.m.
to sunset. Several radio stations will be in operation and you can take the opportunity to talk to people
around the world. For more information about amateur radio, please visit , , and


April 6th Meeting

Join us April 6th for the Bloomington AUXCOMM and BARA monthly meeting via ZOOM.

7:00 P.M. CDT Bloomington AUXCOMM
7:30 P.M. CDT Bloomington Amateur Radio Association

ZOOM meeting details have been sent via email to all members.
Guests are welcome to contact for login information.

One topic of discussion: Is there interest in an outdoor club meeting this summer?


March 2nd meeting via Zoom

Please check the e-mail reflector for Zoom login instructions.

Bloomington AUXCOMM will meet at 7 P.M. CST
BARA will meet at 7:30 P.M.

Stephen Post is the BARA gust speaker this month at 7:35 P.M.
He will introduce us to amateur satellites. Some of the topics covered include:
– Compare/contrast satellite and terrestrial repeaters and basic theory
– Minimum gear needed to work a satellite
– Hooking it all up – Software tools

E-mail if you need the Zoom login instructions.