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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Fox Hunt (organized by Hams of Insignificant Value)

Jim, K0QEI, has passed along this information on an upcoming transmitter hunt in the Twin Cities metro area:

The Hams of Insignificant Value will be holding a Fox Hunt on Saturday October 3, 2020. The hunt will begin at 1330 hours. 

The meeting point will be at the West Saint Paul City Hall, 1616 Humboldt Avenue (behind the big dome near Robert Street and Wentworth Ave).  Gathering will start at 1230, but if you need more time to get set up, you may arrive earlier. There should be ample room in the north lot

There will be 3 Foxes. The frequency of the first fox will be given prior to the start of the hunt and hunters will be given time, if they choose, to position themselves in the area or remain at the meet point.  The fox will be then be turned on at 1330 hours.  The frequency for Fox 2 will be given at Fox 1 and Fox 3 at Fox 2. Fox 3 will provide details for the finish/meeting point for the end of the hunt.

There will be driving and walking involved as each fox is roughly 1-2 miles apart.

Talk-in and assistance will be on 146.52 simplex.

RSVP to N0EIZ(at)ARRL.net

RSVP is not required, but requested to determine number of hunters.

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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.