Category Archives: Club Meetings


March 3rd Meeting Davanni’s

The March meeting of the Bloomington Amateur Radio Association will be March 3rd at Davanni’s 8605 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington MN 55420
We’ll get started at 7 P.M. social hour and dinner. No purchase is necessary. Please order food as you enter the restaurant and they will deliver your order to you in the party room.

We had considered moving the meeting date, but, most members in attendance at the January meeting said they were unavailable the next week. City hall is unavailable because of the primary election taking place today.


February 4th Meetings in the McLeod Conference Room on the 1st Floor

The February 4th Bloomington AUXCOMM and  Bloomington Amateur Radio Association (BARA) monthly meetings will be held in the McLeod Conference Room on the 1st Floor.
Bloomington AUXCOMM starts at 7 P.M.
BARA starts at 7:30 P.M. Matt Holden KØBBC will be the featured speaker. He is the ARRL Dakota Division Director and will give an update on the proceedings of the January meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors.

December Meeting: Note Location

The December 3 meeting of the Bloomington Amateur Radio Association will take place at 7:30 PM at Davanni’s Pizza at 86th and Lyndale in Bloomington. Note that this is a different location than the rest of our monthly meetings, but is the regular location for our December meetings.

Officer elections are coming up. If you would like to nominate yourself for any of the officer positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer), please be in touch with Dan (KE0OR). He can be reached at [his callsign]

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!


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