First Responders, Amateur Radio Operators, and members of the public interested in becoming SKYWARN® weather spotters; and current spotters who wish to refresh their skills; are encouraged to save the date for one of the two training opportunities offered in the Fargo/Moorhead area in March 2017.
Volunteers are still needed to provide communication support for the 2016 Jungle Bell Run on Saturday, December 3rd.
Volunteers will be stationed outside along the course and should meet at the Courts Plus fireplace at 8:15 AM to obtain their assignments. The race starts at 9:00 AM.
Please contact if you would like to volunteer for, or have any questions about, this event.
Net Control Station (NCS) Operators are needed for the 2017 Sunday Night VHF/UHF nets.
NCS operators call the net to order at its designated start time, periodically call for participants to join, listen for check-ins, keep track of the roster of stations for that particular net session, and generally orchestrate the operation of the net. A Net Preamble (or script) is provided to aid NCSes in operating their nets.
The ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), conducted on October 1st and 2nd, 2016, was a national emergency exercise “aimed at testing the skills and preparedness of Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and other organizations that are called into action in actual emergency situations.”
During the 2016 SET the Red River Radio Amateurs (RRRA) conducted tests of HF and VHF coverage in the Red River Valley. The Net Control Stations periodically polled the W0ILO repeaters, the VHF National Calling Frequency, and 3.860MHz, logging the call-signs and locations of check-ins. No logs are available for the HF portion of the SET. However, according to a statement by KC0DCF at the October 2016 RRRA business meeting, HF operations were not conducted at NDSU as planned due to equipment issues. Mark KK0V operated HF from home and logged 5 contacts.