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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)

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

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QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Join over 20,000 hams already registered for this online event

Participate in this ground breaking, virtual international amateur radio expo. Packed with world renowned speakers, exhibitors, and special conference rooms built on a virtual reality platform. Attend from the convenience of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.Coming to your laptop, tablet, and smartphone on: 
​ August 8 and 9, 2020

Registration and more information at

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2020 Summer Fete and River Rendezvous Cancelled

The 2020 River Rendezvous (held in the fall) has been cancelled.
2020 Summer Fete, at Normandale Lake Park,
July event canceled; event may rescheduled to September

April 21, 2020 The City of Bloomington has initiated changes to Parks and Recreation operations and programming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City continues to base decisions on data, guidelines and orders from Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health.


APRS Overview – Virtual Presentation

Aaron, AG7GK, will be hosting a presentation on April 21st. This will be a casual overview of APRS on 2 Meters, equipment, tips and tricks, fun stuff, etc. This will be a video conference but you can just call and/or video conference via phone, tablet, or PC. Here are the details:

Topic: APRS Overview
Time: Apr 21, 2020 08:00 PM Arizona
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 287 539 5168
International numbers available:
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +13462487799,,2875395168# or +16699006833,,2875395168#

Hamvention 2020

Hamvention QSO Party May 16 has all details
Let’s celebrate the many years we have all had at the Great Gathering we call Hamvention. We also want to remember Ron Moorefield W8ILC who never missed a Hamvention and contributed to our club until his recent death.Let’s light up the airwaves with our remembrances of Hamventions of the past! See you on the air! K3LR, Tim Duffy and W8CI, Michael Kalter.

Here is the deal: 12 hour event, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT on Saturday of Hamvention May 16, 2020. Operate CW or SSB on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. The exchange is a signal report and first year you attended Hamvention. If you have never attended Hamvention you send 2020.

Send your score (number of QSOs) to within 5 days of the event. You can print a certificate on line via More details will appear on the Hamvention QSO Party web site being set up now.

Special bonus: W8BI, the club call of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA is the host of Hamvention) will be activated by designated DARA members from their home stations. You can add 10 points for each band/mode QSO with W8BI (12 available). So you can earn 120 bonus points (like having 120 additional QSOs).

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Stillwater club meeting on the air. All welcome to join.

Stillwater’s Saturday club meeting has been moved from in person to on the air and all are invited to attend.

 the SARA meeting for March has been cancelled. Shortly after the decision to cancel was made, Boutwells Landing informed us that they were restricting access to the facility. The staff thanked us for being proactive.
We will gather on the air Saturday morning with a Get On The Air Meeting or “GOTAM” in lieu of our regular meeting, We will begin at about 9:15 AM. 
Here’s how we’ll do it. There will be 2 bands used, 75 meters and 2 meters. Those with capabilities to get on 75 meters, we’ll meet at 3.856 +/- QRM. If you can’t get on HF in general, or 75-meters due to antenna issues, we will be in the SARA repeater at 147.060 +Offset 026 Normal DCS/DCTS. 
Your hosts/facilitators will be Jim WØELC on 75 meters and Joe KCØOIO on the SARA repeater. Between the two of us, we’ll cross band simulcast as much as we can so that all can hear the full gathering. We’ll have a couple of topics for discussion during the course of the gathering to keep things interesting.  

For those of you out of town members, SARA members have access to the WØEQO and WØZSW remote bases using the RCForb client software from Download the RCForb client for Windows from or RCFOrb Android app from Google Play. Contact Pat WAØTDA ( ) for approval to access the remote bases. You can also listen in via a webSDR or if you can listen but not transmit from your location; send me an email that you’re listening and will check you in.
I can’t think of a better way of proving the social contact aspect of Amateur Radio at cautious times like this than getting on the air to gather when we can’t gather in person.
Fire up your radio and join SARA for the Get On The Air Meeting!.

Joe Heitzinger, KCØOIO
President – Stillwater Amateur Radio Association
Assistant Director – ARRL Dakota Division