Author Archives: Matt Holden (KØBBC)

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September 4th Meeting

The Next meeting of the Bloomington Amateur Radio Association (BARA) and Bloomington AUXCOMM will be Tuesday September 4th.

7:00 PM Bloomington AUXCOMM
7:30 PM Bloomington Amateur Radio Association

Join us in Haeg Room, on the 2nd floor, of Bloomington Civic Plaza 1800 West Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington

If the door is locked call on the 147.09+ (tone 100.0) FM repeater or 443.100+ Bloomngton DMR repeater channel 1 (local 9) to gain building access

stillwater amateur radio association

Radios in the Park / Antenna Shootout in Oak Park Heights

We have Radios in the Park scheduled for August 16 at Valley View Park in Oak Park Heights.

The evening will feature Round 2 of the Antenna Shootout: Buddipole Showdown! Some issues came up that prevented a successful run using the Buddipole as a horizontal dipole on 40-meters during the Antenna Shootout on July 26th. Mike NØODK has spent the time to review the Buddipole instructions and practice setting it one up. Mike’s requested another go at the Antenna Shootout with the Buddipole. We going to do just that, with a twist. The Buddipole will be configured in vertical and horizontal configurations and run on both 40 meters and 30 meters using WSPR and WSPRnet to track the performance. In additional, Matt K0BBC heard about this round, and being proficient with the Buddipole (having participated in the Buddipole DXpedition to St Lucia Island in 2016 with the likes of W3FF himself) and will be bringing his Buddipole for a showdown. Matt will also share tips and tricks of using the Buddipole. This one will be fun! One thing we learned from the first round is that we need to provide realtime views of the reception reports for all to see. Plans are afoot to enable that this round, possibly with a projector onto the inside wall of the pavilion.

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest

Rush City Radio Rendezvous Hamfest

09/08/2018

Start Date: 09/08/2018
End Date: 09/08/2018
Location: Rush City High School
51001 Fairfield Avenue
Rush City, MN 55069
Website: http://www.magicrepeater.net/ecmarc.htm
Sponsor: East Central Minnesota Amateur Radio Club (ECMARC)
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 145.330 -600 (PL 146.2)
Public Contact: Larry Jilek , KAØMEN
51835 Belle Isle Drive Rush City, MN 55069
Phone: 320-358-4205
Email: lj@ecenet.com

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/rush-city-radio-rendezvous-2

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ARRL Dakota Division Update

The ARRL July 2018 Board of Directors meeting minutes have been published on the league’s website.  I wanted to share with you some of the highlights of the meeting.

The Volunteer Monitoring (VM) program was announced to replace the official observer program.  The VM program was developed in response to the now smaller FCC enforcement department in an effort to identify situations that need addressing, gather suitable evidence and present the findings in a way that will potentially result in swifter responses from the FCC.  More information can be found at http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-board-adopts-volunteer-monitoring-program-official-observer-program-to-be-retired

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) is getting an overhaul.  New membership levels, training materials, and ARES Connect, an online membership database are a few of the changes.  Our three Section Emergency Coordinators have been given a copy of ARES Strategic Plan and asked to submit comments to ARRL HQ.  More information can be found at http://www.arrl.org/news/ares-continues-move-toward-enhanced-training-paperless-reporting

The ARRL Articles of Incorporation were updated to include volunteer indemnification, add “the national association for Amateur Radio” to the front page and update the Board of Directors election schedule.  The details are contained in the meeting minutes and the arrl.org website will happen soon.

The meeting agenda and minutes are on-line at http://www.arrl.org/board-meetings
The various committee reports are on-line at http://www.arrl.org/committee-reports

The Dakota Division is looking for a new Contest Advisory Committee member.  The Contest Advisory Committee was tasked with studying aspects of digital mode contests and the November ARRL Sweepstakes.  If you have an interest, please contact me directly.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.  I look forward to visiting South Dakota members in Sioux Falls and Rapid City later this month.  The fall hamfest season is near and the Dakota Division calendar has been updated at www.arrldakota.org. Vice Director Nelson is planning to attend the RRRA hamfest and ARRL North Dakota State Convention, September 29th, in West Fargo.

73 Matt Holden, KØBBC, ARRL Dakota Division Director
k0bbc@arrl.org

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest

Brainerd Tailgate Hamfest

HAMFEST/CONVENTION

08/25/2018

Start Date: 08/25/2018
End Date: 08/25/2018
Location: Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
2000 13th Street SE
Brainerd, MN 56401
Website: http://brainerdham.org
Sponsor: Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.225
Public Contact: Lyle Amundson , KØLFV
12972 Morningside Drive Merrifield, MN 56465
Phone: 218-765-3100
Email: lmamundson@gmail.com

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/brainerd-tailgate-hamfest-3

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest

Northern Plains Regional Radio Council Hamfest Brewster, MN

08/18/2018

Start Date: 08/18/2018
End Date: 08/18/2018
Location: American Legion Post 464
825 3rd Avenue
Brewster, MN 56119
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NPRRC/
Sponsor: Northern Plains Regional Radio Council
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.67- (PL 141.3)
Public Contact: Randy Donahue , WBØZSO
PO Box 336 Fulda, MN 56131
Phone: 507-360-2660
Email: wb0zso@arrl.net

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/northern-plains-regional-radio-council-hamfest-2

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Radios in the Park: ANTENNA SHOOTOUT July 26!

SARA’s “Radios in the Park: The Antenna Shootout” is Thursday July 26 at Valley View Park in Oak Park Heights. Setup begins about 5:30 and we’ll get the first antenna up and on the air shortly after.

The Antenna Shootout will compare 4 to 6 different antennas for propagation over the 2 to 2-1/2 hour time span of our Radios in the Park gathering. The WSPR beacon mode of the WSJT-X program will be means of testing, with the results gathered in realtime via WSPRnet.org. The same radio, tuner, and computer will be used for each antenna. All test will be on 40 meters. The planned antenna line-up is as follows:
Home-brew Buddistick vertical (KC0OIO)
Buddipole, commercial version (club’s)
End-fed multiband HFedz (KC0OIO)
Center-fed Multiband Dipole (aka OXB special) (club’s)
Additional candidates include a loop antenna from N0BM, and a horse fence 40-meter dipole (just for the fun of it).
Come on out and enjoy the pleasant evening in the park!
73
Joe Heitzinger, KCØOIO
President
Stillwater Amateur Radio Association
Twin City FM Club

Twin City FM Club Picnic

Wednesday July 25th 2018

The TCFMC picnic will be at the Louisiana Oaks Park Pavilion (the Field Day location) 3520 Louisiana Avenue South, St. Louis Park from 6 to 9 pm.

Come see your fellow Twin City FM Club members and friends. The Club will be providing hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and other fixings. Dishes are welcome to be brought. All are welcome to attend. Bring a friend that may be thinking about becoming a licensed HAM or is looking for a radio club. Talk in will be on the 146.760 repeater starting at 5:30 PM. We would like to have an idea of how much food to bring, so please RSVP for this event by e-mail, phone, text message or the club Facebook event page:

AJ Hirman – N0PVC
n0pvc@arrl.net
763-412-9014
Club Membership Chairperson

Field Day 2019

The premiere operating activity of the year takes place Saturday June 23 until midday Sunday June 24.

The Bloomington Amateur Radio Association joins the Richfield Radio Club at the Richfield Community Center on Nicollet Avenue for this event.

Please show up around 10 A.M. to help setup.  Radio operations begin at 1 P.M. Saturday and conclude at 1 P.M. on Sunday.  Help tearing down is most appreciated.