Category Archives: Club Meetings

February Meeting Cancelled, Replaced by Net

With the bad weather and road conditions, there will be no in-person meeting for the Bloomington Amateur Radio Association tonight. At 7:30 PM, we will instead host a net on the 147.090 (+600 kHz, no tone) repeater.

If there is interest after the net on our primary repeater, we may move to the 443.175 (+5 MHz, DCS 047) repeater, although its coverage is not as large.

The next in-person meeting will be Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

January 8 Meeting: Contesting 101

Bill, AE0EE, in a portable UHF operation.

Bill, AE0EE, in a portable UHF operation.

With New Year’s Day falling on a Tuesday, the January BARA meeting has been postponed to Tuesday, January 8, 2018, but will still meet in the Haeg Conference Room in Bloomington Civic Plaza at 7:30 PM. Use the entrance at the southwest corner of the building. If you need help finding or getting into the building, please call on the 147.090+ (no tone) repeater, or simplex on 147.090 MHz.

The program for the evening will be Contesting 101, and will cover the essential information needed to get started in contesting—be that VHF and above for contests like the ARRL January VHF contest, or HF for events such as the North American QSO Party or the Minnesota QSO Party. Contests are a great way to have fun, gain operating experience, test station capability, and establish good logging habits.

Can’t wait to learn more? Check out our Resources page!

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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

April 3 Meeting: Bylaws Change

At the February meeting, a change in the Constitution and Bylaws was proposed to eliminate the requirement to hold a post office box. We did not reach a quorum at our March meeting. The change is now on the agenda for the April 3 meeting (7:30 PM, Haeg conference room, Bloomington Civic Plaza). The document showing the changes (eliminating the post office box requirement, updated dates, and a few minor corrections to names and locations) can be found here.

Meeting Date Change: Next Meeting Tuesday Feb. 13

Because of a conflict with precinct caucuses on Tuesday Feb. 6th, the BARA meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday Feb. 13th. We will still meet in the Haeg conference room at Bloomington Civic Plaza at 7:30 PM, and our program will be on Logbook of the World.

As a reminder, if you haven’t already downloaded the TQSL program and submitted your request for a certificate, you should do that soon. To get your certificate you will need to receive a postcard the ARRL sends through the postal system, which can take a while. Instructions on how to do all this can be found here.

Similarly, the November meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday November 13th, 2018, to avoid conflict with the general election. See the Secretary of State’s website for information on voter registration, early/absentee voting, sample ballots, polling places, and other elections-related information.