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).


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: Fred Steinhaus ACØFS
Secretary: Brian Gaffney KNØWN
Treasurer: Bill Mitchell AEØEE

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ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest

This coming weekend is the ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest. Taking place on the VHF, UHF, and microwave bands, all licensed US amateurs have full privileges for frequencies in this contest. Most of the action will take place on weak-signal modes (single sideband, Morse code, and various digital modes), but there is still room to play on FM!

All it takes to get started is a dual-band FM handheld. Under the rules of the contest, you can coordinate contacts (i.e. plan frequency, mode, and time with another station) via internet, cell phone, or other amateur band. For FM on 70 cm, set your radio to 446.000 MHz and make sure that the radio is set to simplex (no repeater offset). You will also need to know your 6-digit gridsquare.

If you’re interested in getting into VHF/UHF contesting, there are two guides under the Membership | Resources tab. One is a two-page quick-start guide to VHF/UHF contests, and the other is a more comprehensive introduction to the subject.

With FM contesting, it helps to target a specific time to get on. I’d encourage everyone to try to be on from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM local (2100-2130z) on Saturday, and 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM local (1700-1730z) on Sunday. I hope to hear you on the air, and don’t forget to submit your log after the contest!

Civilian Conservation Corps On-The-Air weekend

The fourth annual Civilian Conservation Corps On-The-Air weekend will be held the second full weekend in August, 12 and 13, 2017. The event will start Saturday at 14:00z (10:00am EDT) and run until Sunday 21:00z (5:00 pm EDT). The Civilian Conservation Corps came into being in the spring of 1933. Its goal was twofold: to provide needed economic relief to families suffering from the effects of the Great Depression and to protect and develop the natural resources of the United States. As radio played a big part in how the camps communicated with each other, we want to honor the contribution that “The Boys” of the corps made to our country by putting the sites of the CCC camps back on the air. We would encourage you to activate the actual location of one of the camps however, if it is no longer accessible or you cannot get permission to set up on the site, you may operate from one of the project sites the camp worked on. Many state and local parks have buildings that were constructed by the “CCC Boys” and would make a suitable place to not only honor them but also promote amateur radio at the same time. For more information see our website or contact KG8JK via email: .

Excellent Field Day Article in Richfield Newspaper

Field Day 2017 was a great success.  Those who missed it should plan to be attend in 2018.  Those who were there are already making plans to make next year an even bigger event.  Andrew Wig, of the Sun Current, wrote a fine article on our activation at the Richfield Community Center.


December 5th Holiday Party at Davanni’s

The Bloomington Amateur Radio Association and Bloomington AUXCOMM, in association with Richfield Radio Club, invite you to a holiday party to close the year 2017.

Davanni’s 8605 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420

Tuesday December 5th
Come one come all to a dinner party to tell stories and share photos of the past year.
The party starts at 6:30 P.M.  Order your food, at the counter, and proceed to the party room.
You do not need to purchase food to attend.
Any licensed (or wants to be licensed) amateur radio operator is invited.

There is no meeting at Bloomington Civic Plaza tonight

Meeting October 3rd at 7:30 P.M.

This month we have a very interesting presentation lined up: Jack
Burris (K6JEB) will be talking with us, via the internet, about
kite-hoisted antennas for portable operation. For portable operators
who spend time in windy areas that don’t have many trees, kites offer
a great way to get wire antennas in the air—even a full-size
quarter-wave vertical for 160 m!

Enter Bloomington Civic Plaza via the police (South) entrance. Call on the 147.09+ repeater for admission.
We gather on the second floor in the Haeg conference room.

Next Meeting Tuesday September 5th at 7:30 P.M.

This month’s presentation is from Dave Fugleberg WØZF

VHF contest rover on the bands 50 MHz and up!
Stations around the country are getting ready to participate in the ARRL September VHF contest.  Dave will talk about his rover station and give you some tips about how you can get in on the fun.

We open the fall season with our first meeting on Tuesday September 5th at 7:30 P.M.
Enter Bloomington Civic Plaza via the police (South) entrance. Call on the 147.09+ repeater for admission.
We gather on the second floor in the Haeg conference room.

2017 Meeting Minutes

Thanks to Dan and Bill, here are the minutes from our first half 2017 meetings.
Bloomington Amateur Radio Association – January 3, 2017 Meeting minutes
Bloomington Amateur Radio Association – February 7, 2017 Meeting minutes
Bloomington Amateur Radio Association – March 7, 2017 Meeting minutes
Bloomington Amateur Radio Association – April 4, 2017 Meeting minutes
Bloomington Amateur Radio Association – May 2, 2017 Meeting Minutes
Bloomington Amateur Radio Association – June 6, 2017 Meeting Minutes