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Volunteers needed for the 18th Breakfast On The Farm

Volunteers are needed to staff an RRRA information table at the 18th annual Breakfast On The Farm at Herbranson Farms, Hawley, Minnesota, on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

RRRA members interested on helping to raise awareness about our club, and Amateur Radio in the Red River Valley, are encouraged to contact .

Breakfast On The Farm is one of the Hawley Rodeo Fest events. The 2018 Hawley Rodeo Fest is June 2–9.

Volunteers Needed for the 2018 FM Rotary Ride

Radio Operators are needed to support the FM Rotary Ride 2018 on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Please contact if you would like to volunteer for this Public Service event.

About The Ride

The Flatlander! FM Rotary Ride is the sixth annual cycling celebration for all ages and all abilities and part of Greater Moorhead Days.

This year’s proceeds benefit the Rotary Ride Safe Program which includes bike repair stations, bike racks, and bicycle safety programs throughout the Fargo/Moorhead parks.

All ride routes start and end at Lindenwood Park Rotary Shelter near the playground.

More information about this event is available at fmrotaryride.com

2018 Marathon Photo Album

On May 19, 2018, 22 Amateur Radio Operators—led by KD0IOE and KC0SHM—provided public service communication support for the Fargo Marathon under the auspices of the Red River Radio Amateurs club.

These operators were stationed at 19 locations across the Fargo / Moorhead area. They tracked progress of the races and passed other tactical traffic. Some of the operators are depicted in the RRRA Fargo Marathon 2018 photo album:

Fargo Marathon 2018

Please contact the Webmaster Team if you have photos to contribute to the Fargo Marathon 2018 album.

2018 MS Walk Radio Operators Group Photo

On April 28 a group of RRRA members—led by N0IPC—provided communication support in the vicinity of West Fargo Veterans Memorial Arena for the 2018 MS Walk.

Five stations and a SAG vehicle were staffed by these operators. The SAG vehicle was donated by Gateway Chevrolet.

2018 MS WALK Radio Operators

The operators for this event were (l to r):

  • N0IPC (NCS operator)
  • KC0GQE
  • KC0HIG
  • N0TSZ
  • N0WQZ
  • W0HNV
  • W0CZ

This photo was taken by KC0GQE and is a part of the RRRA Flickr Photo Stream

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 56

Learn how RF Loss can affect your station and pick up some tips from the Doctor in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. 1


  1. “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved April 26 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-62. [return]

Be a part of Field Day 2018

Field Day is Amateur Radio’s open house. It is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, fun!

Field Day is held on the 4th weekend in June; in 2018 that is 1:00PM CDT Saturday, June 23rd, to 3:59PM CDT Sunday, June 24th.

Fargo / Moorhead Area Field Day Sites

Please use the ARRL Field Day Station Locator to find other Field Day sites.

ARRL

About Field Day

This event, dating back to 1933, gives members of the public, and government officials, an opportunity to see Amateur Radio (AKA Ham Radio) in action and to learn about the hobby and how it can support their communities. It also gives Amateur Radio operators an opportunity to learn about communicating in abnormal situations under less than optimal conditions by setting up temporary stations utilizing field expedient antennas and off-the-grid power such as solar or generators.

Social media users may follow Field Day on Facebook and on Twitter using the #ARRLFD or #IGC hash tags.

Amateur Radio operators who will not be at a Field Day site are encouraged to get on the air and contact those sites.

More information about Field Day is available in the What is ARRL Field Day? PDF flyer and on the ARRL Field Day page.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 55

Pick up some tips about a fun activity enjoyed by many Amateur Radio Operators in the Kits and Kit Building episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. 1


  1. “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved April 26 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-62. [return]

Introduction to WSJT-X FT8

FT8 is a new mode included in WSJT-X versions 1.8 and later.

This weak signal mode is intended—and optimised—for making efficient barebones contacts; a definite plus during this time of poor propagation. Although FT8 does not support rag-chewing or contesting exchanges it is, none the less, well worth trying out in the Amateur Radio spirit of learning and experimentation.

These slides are from my presentation after the adjournment of the April 17, 2018, RRRA Business Meeting. They are also available for download from the Training and Education | Presentations folder on the RRRA File Sharing server.

About FT8

The new mode is named after its developers, Steven Franke, K9AN, and Joe Taylor, K1JT. The numeral designates the mode’s 8-frequency shift keying format. Tones are spaced at 6.25 Hz, and an FT8 signal occupies just 50 Hz. Unlike JT65 or JT9, transmit and receive cycles in FT8 each last about 15 seconds. Like JT65, FT8 requires accurate time synchronization. An auto-sequencing feature offers the option to respond automatically to the first decoded reply to your CQ.

“FT8 is an excellent mode for HF DXing and for situations like multi-hop Es on 6 meters, where deep QSB may make fast and reliable completion of QSOs desirable,” Taylor’s release notes assert. 1


  1. “FT8 Mode is Latest Bright Shiny Object in Amateur Radio Digital World”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved April 18 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/ft8-mode-is-latest-bright-shiny-object-in-amateur-radio-digital-world. [return]

A Thought for World Amateur Radio Day

Amateur radio is the means of communication with others on equal terms, of finding friendship, adventure and prestige while seated at one’s own fireside. In picking his human contacts out of the air the amateur is not seen by them. He is not known by the clothes he wears but by the signals he emits. He enters a new world whose qualifications for success are within his reach. There are no century-old class prejudices to impede his progress. He enters a thoroughly democratic world where he rises or falls by his own efforts. When he is W9XYZ, a beginner, the radio elders help him willingly, and when he becomes W9XYZ the record-breaker and efficient traffic-handler, he willingly helps the younger generation. Without a pedigree, a chauffeur, or an old master decorating his living room he can become a prince—of the air. At the close of the day, filed with the monotonous routine of the machine age, he can find adventure, vicarious travel, prestige and friendship by throwing in the switch and pounding his signals into the air.

Dr. Raymond V. Bowers, Yale University 1


  1. “Happy Amateur Radio Day!”, reddit /r/HamRadio, retrieved April 18 2018, https://www.reddit.com/r/HamRadio/comments/8d5hgu/happy_amateur_radio_day/. [return]

ND Section Manager's Website

The North Dakota Section Manager, , has a ND Section News website featuring the following information:

  • Section News
  • ND Nets
  • ND QSO Party
  • ND Operators List
  • ND Ham Clubs
  • Contact information

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 54

Phone operators have many choices of Microphones … PTT vs VOX, headset vs hand held vs boom stand, cardioid vs omni directional, crystal vs dynamic vs electret …

Pick up some helpful and interesting facts and tips in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. 1


  1. “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved March 30 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-59. [return]

FT8 Presentation at April Club Meeting

All Hams interested in FT8 are encouraged to attend KA0LDG’s presentation about this mode at the April RRRA Club Meeting

KA0LDG is planning to present a Power Point briefing about FT8 followed by a live demonstration of the mode using his portable station.

Please direct all questions about this upcoming presentation to .

Sabin 10m Beacon Callsign Change

The 10M Propagation Beacon; located in Sabin, MN, and operating at 28.2865 Mhz with the call-sign of W0ILO; was deactivated on April 7, 2018.

A new 10M Propagation Beacon using the call-sign WB0BIN, operating on the same frequency and from the same location in Sabin, was activated on April 9, 2018, at 14:00 UTC.

Please send beacon reception reports to .

CERT Training In Fargo April 2018

The Fargo Cass Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Division will conduct Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training beginning April 3. CERT is an All-Hazard approach to train and educate citizens in case of a large or small-scale disaster. Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. CERT training provides life-saving skills and techniques for people who will rely on each other for help in the time of need.

This training is free and open to the public. CERT Classes will take place at West Acres Shopping Center from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on these dates:

Visit the Red River CERT page to learn more and to register or call 701-476-5991 with questions.

LoTW WAZ Support Goes Live

ARRL and CQ magazine have announced the launch, effective immediately, of Logbook of The World (LoTW) support for CQ’s Worked All Zones (WAZ) Award program. The goal of the project, under way since last year, has been to create the proper technical support system to enable radio amateurs to submit LoTW confirmations for WAZ credit, and that has been accomplished, CQ and ARRL said in a joint statement. LoTW already supports CQ’s WPX Award program.

“We are very pleased that participants in CQ’s WAZ award program will now be able to use their LoTW confirmations for award credit,” CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, said.“CQ WPX Award participants have found it very helpful, and we are sure it will be equally helpful for those pursuing WAZ and its many variations.” 1


  1. “LoTW Support for CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ) Award Goes Live”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, Retrieved April 2 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/lotw-support-for-cq-worked-all-zones-waz-award-goes-live. [return]

You and the IARU

Have you ever considered the infrastructure that exists to make it possible to tune to 7.090 MHz, call CQ and make contact with anyone on the planet?

In a world where we as radio amateurs share spectrum with radio and television broadcasters, mobile phones, wireless networks, satellites, GPS, drones, wireless headphones, radar, boating, aviation, citizen band, garage door openers, fitness trackers and any other wireless gadget imaginable, not to mention radio astronomy, microwave ovens, meteorological aids, inter and intra car communication, autonomous cars, trains and more.

The world clamours for spectrum and in among those allocations we find the amateur bands.1


  1. “You and the IARU”, Reddit: Amateur/Ham Radio, Retrieved March 31 2018, https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/886jgj/you_and_the_iaru/. [return]

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 53

Listen to the Doctor discuss an important part of receiver architecture and discover some interesting historical facts in the Filters episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. 1


  1. “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved March 30 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-59. [return]

March 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:10
  • Introductions of members
  • Approve order of agenda


These minutes have been converted to a mobile friendly format; some light editing for clarity and consistency was performed. The Secretary’s original minutes document may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA File Sharing Server.

Items marked with 🆕 have been added, or corrected, pending acceptance by the Secretary


Secretary’s report

  • Motion to accept by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by N0TSZ
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept as written by KC0DCF
  • Seconded by KC0HIG
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • Nothing new

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • CERT Training is starting again on April 3, 8-10 weekly. Check the website for information. Or check Cass Clay Cert on line for more information
  • There will be a surge training program in April for the hospitals in the area.The date was not available as of yet
  • Airport emergency training
  • FM ambulance has issued our ID cards. The security of our cards were not called into question, but we should look into vetting our team members
  • Sanford Skywarn evening of April 3, 6-9 at the Fargo public safety building

Clay RRRAES

  • Seth
  • Seth is now the member with the info

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Status Quo holding for weather

Education

  • Bob K
  • 🆕 Starting on March 28. 7pm at the West Fargo public access. Need to pre-register. Information on the class is [at https://rrra.org/]
  • We have information out in public access sites across the area. The Forum will not be providing free space for our public service announcements. Talk to W9NT about your opinion of this issue
  • Interference 3840 and 3860 kh on AM 75 meter
    • There is a broadcast happening somewhere in the area that is rebroadcasting three of the AM channels
    • Bob would like to get more information on this interference. He wants information so he can triangulate the source

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • 🆕 No report

VEs

  • Pete
  • Testing tonight after the meeting

Media

  • Steve K.
  • 🆕 No report

Old Business

AREDN (Amateur Radio Digital Emergency Digital Network)

  • Information Update
  • We have 2 sets of equipment ready to be put on the Fargo Dome and on the tower in West Fargo. We will then have 4 nodes in the area
  • Don is in the process of filling out more grants from area sources

MS Walk

  • MS Walk is on April 28, 2018. Based out of the Veteran’s Arena
  • We need a person to take charge of this event
    • Please consider taking on this role
    • You would be the liaison between the hams and the walk co-ordinator.

New Business

New Repeater Trustee

  • Joe, the current trustee for W0ILO and KC0KAE, is possibly moving out of the area
  • We need a new trustee
  • Consider taking on this role

Fargo Police Picnic

  • June 26, 2018 at Island Park
  • We will have a presence from 5-8 at the picnic
  • 1-430 setup

Field Day

  • The plan is to return to the Cass county highway department on June 23-24, 2018
  • Barnesville and Sabin plan to have a presence also

Beacon Callsign Change

  • 10 meter beacon 28.2865 mh
  • The group that handles the maintenance on the beacon will be changing the call sign to WB0BIN

NDSU Radio Club

  • Present at meeting
  • 🆕 The club has about 5 [members]
  • They do Foxhunts once a semester
  • Satellite hunting
  • They meet on Tuesdays
  • They run a D-Star and Fusion
  • 7pm every other Tuesday they have a net. Check in next week. 147.09

Grand Forms Hamfest

Adjournment

  • Motion by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed
  • Adjourned at 20:00

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 52

The Doctor answers listener questions in the Mailbag episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. 1


  1. “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved February 16 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-53. [return]

Signup for the Spring 2018 Technician Classes

Registration for RRRA Spring 2018 Technician Classes is now open. Please register on-line (we use Eventbrite to manage our registrations). This series of classes begins 28-Mar-2018.


The required textbook has changed, beginning with the Spring 2018 Technician Classes, to the HamRadioSchool.com Technician License Course book. Students are strongly encouraged to visit our Education and Testing Schedule before purchasing their textbook.


Our Amateur Radio license classes are held Wednesday evenings, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, on the 3rd floor of the West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St E, West Fargo, ND 58078 , http://www.westfargolibrary.com

There is no charge for instruction; however a textbook is required (approximate cost $30).

Detailed class information, including links to purchase the required text books, is available on our Education and Testing Schedule.

Please contact if you have any questions.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 51

A legal limit (i.e. 1,500 watts for US Amateur Radio Operators) amplifier can increase your transmitted signal strength by 2 S units but may require some station upgrades.

Learn about some of the considerations involved, and a major limitation, in the Adding an Amplifier to your Station episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

Improving your station antenna is arguably a better solution. Read the HF Amplifiers versus Antennas—One Ham’s Opinion QST article to find out why.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. 1


  1. “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved February 16 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-53. [return]

February 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:00
  • Introductions of members; 36 present
  • Approve order of agenda


These minutes have been converted to a mobile friendly format; some light editing for clarity and consistency was performed. The Secretary’s original minutes document may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA File Sharing Server.

Items marked with 🆕 have been added, or corrected, pending acceptance by the Secretary


Secretary’s report

  • Motion to accept as written by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by W0CZ
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept as written by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • Nothing new

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • Met with FM Ambulance on Febrary 20th. Grant money for ARDEN is “in the works”
  • Fargo SKYWARN [class] will be held at the Fargo Public Works building from 1830 to 2100 on Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Airport excercises will happen at some point; the date is to be announced

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G
  • Check the website for information about the March 12 SKYWARN class [in Sabin]
  • ARES contact list is available for review and information update. Check with KA0Q if you want to be included on, or removed from, the list
  • KA0Q is stepping down as Clay County Emergency Coordinator; KC0ODE will take his place
  • Highlights of KA0Q’s tenure as Clay County EC:
    • Presented to NDSU and Emergency groups
    • Booth at the Hawley Breakfast On The Farm
    • Built relationships with other clubs
    • Presentations to other clubs
    • Radios and antennas on the Clay County (???)
    • Assisted at the LDS Preparedness Fair

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Grandin repeater is not working properly yet
  • Everything else is fine

Education

  • Bob K
  • Extra class will finish a week early.
  • March 28 Technician class at the West Fargo Library. 6 week class every Wednesday
  • New format of the classes will come soon

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • Will start soon to meet about the 2018 hamfest
  • 2017 amounts
    • $3000 gross
    • $1700 net

VEs

Media

  • Steve K.
  • 🆕 Most of the mailing lists are for subscribers to use for discussion, not just for certain people to send out messages
  • 🆕 Replies to messages received from a mailing list will go back to the entire list, not just the sender
  • 🆕 Please remember to contact webmaster@rrra.org when you are planning your event
  • 🆕 If you have questions about the website or other online media please contact K0STK at a meeting or email webmaster@rrra.org

Old Business

AREDN (Amateur Radio Digital Emergency Digital Network)

  • Working on a grant from Clay County Electric

The Tube

  • Presented to KE0LDS by W0JPJ; congratulations Brad!

New Business

New Training Model for Class

  • Presentation by W0HNV
  • Training on the new model was very informative and it is a much easier way to learn the material
  • Contact W0HNV if you have any questions

MS Walk

  • KA0ZLG
  • MS Walk is on April 28, 2018. Based out of the Veteran’s Arena
  • We need a person to take charge of this event
    • Please consider taking on this role *You would be the liaison between the hams and the walk co-ordinator.

Bismarck Hamfest

  • KA0LDG
  • Saturday February 24, 2018. Please attend
  • 🆕 Information about this hamfest is on our website

Meeting room conflict in July

  • Motion to adjust the July meeting to accommodate our host’s schedule by KC0SHM
  • Seconded by KC0HIG
  • Motion passed

Elections

  • Facilitated by KC0SHM
  • Motion to close nominations by KA0LDG
  • Seconded by KC0HIG
  • Motion passed
  • Results
    • President: KC0ODE
    • Vice President: W0JPJ
    • Treasurer: KC0GQE
    • Secretary: KE0BXS
    • Member at Large: KD0TGA

Adjournment

Local SKYWARN® Training Update

There are now two SKYWARN® training opportunities scheduled in the Fargo/Moorhead area during 2018:

These free classes are presented by the National Weather Service and last about 2 12 hours. Participants will learn about:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

No registration is required and seating may be limited. These classes are open to the public.

Please visit the NWS WFO Grand Forks, ND page to find other regional training opportunities.

About SKYWARN®

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives. 1

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions About SKYWARN® section of the NWS WFO Grand Forks, ND page for more information about SKYWARN®.

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service. Rules for the usage of the SKYWARN® name and logo are available on-line.


  1. “What is SKYWARN®?“, National Weather Service , retrieved February 7 2017, http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/. [return]

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 50

Listen to a discussion about some classic technology in the Vacuum Tubes episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. 1


  1. “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved February 16 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-53. [return]

Save the Date for SKYWARN® Training

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 a training opportunity on Monday, March 12, in Sabin, MN

These free classes are presented by the National Weather Service and last about 2 12 hours. Participants will learn about:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

No registration is required and seating may be limited. These classes are open to the public.

Please visit the NWS WFO Grand Forks, ND page to find other regional training opportunities.

About SKYWARN®

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives. 1

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions About SKYWARN® section of the NWS WFO Grand Forks, ND page for more information about SKYWARN®.

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service. Rules for the usage of the SKYWARN® name and logo are available on-line.


  1. “What is SKYWARN®?“, National Weather Service , retrieved February 7 2017, http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/. [return]

Consider Running for Office

Officers and a Board of Directors are essential to the operation of the Red River Radio Amateurs and our club owes a debt of gratitude to those who have stepped forward to fill these leadership positions.

But, for the health of our organization, we can not continue to depend upon the same few individuals in perpetuity. It is, therefore, well past time for new Officers to step forward from within our membership.

As specified in Article III of the RRRA Bylaws, a leadership election will be conducted during the February Meeting.

What positions must be filled?

Four Officers and one At-Large Member of the Board of Directors are to be elected; with responsibilities are documented in Article VI—Board of Directors and Article VII—Officers of the RRRA Bylaws.

At-Large Member of the Board of Directors

One At-Large Member of the Board of Directors will be elected for a two year term.

Officers

A President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer will be elected for a one year term. In addition to serving as members of the Board of Directors, these Officers have the following responsibilities:

President

Charged with being the executive officer of the organization, the President shall:

  • Chair all meetings of membership
  • Oversee the governing of the organization’s business affairs
  • Enforce due observation of the Articles and Bylaws
  • Decide questions of order
  • Sign all official documents that are adopted
  • Perform all customary duties pertaining to the office of president
  • And other duties as put forth by the Executive Committee or the general membership
Vice-President

The Vice-President shall

  • Perform all the duties of the president in the absence of the President
  • As well as other duties as requested by the President, the Executive Committee and the general membership
Secretary

The Secretary shall

  • Attend all membership meetings, and committee meetings as requested
  • Keep minutes of such meetings
  • Keep the Articles and Bylaws current and available for review at every meeting
  • Keep all official records of the organization, and generate reports from such records as required
Treasurer

The Treasurer is charged with

  • Tending to all monies of the organization
  • Making disbursements of said monies to retire liabilities
  • Making full account of all monies and assets to the Executive Committee and the general membership

Where do you fit in?

Whether you’re comfortable in your skills or looking for an opportunity to expand your abilities, consider following in the footsteps of those who have generously given of their time and talents to the Red River Radio Amateurs by running for elected office.

Whether you’re an extrovert, a frustrated accountant, a budding writer, or none of the above, there is a position that you can fill.

Your insights and fresh perspective may be just what the club needs as it moves in to the future.

And your service will give those currently holding office an opportunity re-engage in our hobby.

How do you run for office?

Please contact to nominate yourself for this election.

Candidates must be members in good standing. Please bring your membership / renewal form (PDF) and dues payment to the February Meeting. if you have not already renewed for 2018.

Questions about your membership status should be directed to the Club Treasurer, .

First D-Star Satellite Successfully Launched

On February 1, 2018, the D-Star ONE cube sat was part of the payload successfully launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz-2.1a rocket.

German Orbital Systems

Developed by German Orbital Systems in Berlin in cooperation with the Czech company iSky Technology, D-Star ONE Phoenix carries an Amateur Radio relay payload (call sign DP1GOS). It replaces the D-Star ONE nanosatellite that failed to attain orbit following a November Soyuz launch from Vostochny. 1

Please visit the D-STAR ONE website for satellite status information and technical details.

Launch Video

Roskosmos and CENSCI

Soyuz-2.1a

President of Russia

Soyuz (… meaning “union”, GRAU index 11A511) is a family of expendable launch systems developed by OKB-1 and manufactured by Progress Rocket Space Centre in Samara, Russia.. The Soyuz launch vehicle is the most frequently used launch vehicle in the world.2


  1. “D-Star ONE Phoenix, First D-Star Communication Spacecraft, Launched”, ARRL The national association of Amateur Radio, Retrieved February 4 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/view/d-star-one-phoenix-first-d-star-communication-spacecraft-launched. [return]
  2. “Soyuz (rocket family)”, Wikipedia, Retrieved February 4 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_(rocket_family). [return]

3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Aborted

From the bouvetdx.org News, Updates & Information page:

February 3, 2018, 2000 UTC: During the last 72 hours, we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet. No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next four days. Then, last night, an issue developed in one of the ship’s engines.

This morning, the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted the DXpedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas. As you might imagine, the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition 1


  1. “News, Updates & Information”, bouvetdx.org | The Bouvet DXpedition Website, Retrieved February 3 2018, http://www.bouvetdx.org/news-and-updates/. [return]

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 49

Learn how to improve your radio listening experience in the Automatic Gain Control episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. 1


  1. “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved February 2 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-52. [return]

January 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:00
  • Introductions of members; 28 present
  • Approve order of agenda


These minutes have been converted to a mobile friendly format; some light editing for clarity and consistency was performed. The Secretary’s original minutes document may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA File Sharing Server.

Items marked with 🆕 have been added, or corrected, pending acceptance by the Secretary


Secretary’s report

  • 🆕 Corrections submitted
  • 🆕 Motion to approve with corrections by KC0DCF
  • Seconded by KD0TGA
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to approve by W0HNV
  • Seconded by KA0LDG
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • 🆕 No report this month

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G
  • 🆕 Time to update ARES spreadsheet. Will bring it to the next meeting

Technical

  • Bob K

Education

  • Bob K
  • New format for the class material

Hamfest

  • Bob K.

VEs

  • Pete
  • Going great
  • Testing tonight
  • There are some …

Media

  • Steve K.
  • 🆕 Need to reconfirm Google Voice forwarding tonight
  • 🆕 If you have questions please contact K0STK at a meeting or email webmaster@rrra.org

Old Business

Jingle Bell Run

AREDN (Amateur Radio Digital Emergency Digital Network)

  • Information Update
  • 🆕 Grant cancelled due to funding issues. Looking for more grant opportunities

Christmas Party

  • Follow-up
  • 🆕 Congratulations to KC0SHM; winner of Ham Of The Year.

New Business

Elections

  • KC0SHM will be approaching people to run for office

Weather Tap subscription renewal

  • Cost is $179.49
  • Motion to renew and request re-imbursement from Cass County by KC0DCF
  • Seconded by KC0SHM
  • Motion passed

Good of the Order

  • Letter from Pat Ekroth’s father who passed away and has an antenna, tower and rotor. Contact for more information

  • ND Weather HF net frequency 3.859 at 0830 and 3.860 at 1830. All are welcome. Looking for Fargo voices to join the group

  • PICONET 3.925 at 0900-1100 Wednesdays. Looking for more Fargo voices to join in the fun

Adjournment

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 48

Learn about the type of wire to use when building your antenna in the Antenna Wire episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast and learn some interesting facts.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. 1


  1. “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved January 18 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-50. [return]

2018 Membership Renewal

It is time for annual RRRA membership renewal. Club dues are unchanged from last year.

  • Individual membership: $25
  • Additional family members: $5 each

Please print out the membership application and bring it, along with your dues payment (cash, check or money order) to the next club meeting.

You may mail your membership application and dues payment if you are not able to attend a club meeting. Our mailing address is:

Red River Radio Amateurs
P.O. Box 3215
Fargo, ND 58108-3215

Please contact the RRRA Treasurer if your have any questions about renewing your membership.

Introduction to Digital Signal Processing

Digital Signal Processing is central to the software-defined radios (SDR) and digital modes which are an increasingly important part of Amateur Radio.

Radio operators interested in beginning to learn about the mathematical underpinnings of the digital side of their hobby are encouraged to take advantage of the Introduction to Digital Signal Processing maintained by Tom O’Haver, Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry University of Maryland at College Park, as a retirement project and an international community service.

In his Introduction, Professor O’Haver writes:

This essay covers only basic topics related to one-dimensional time-series signals, not two-dimensional data such as images. It uses a pragmatic approach and is limited to mathematics only up to the most elementary aspects of calculus, statistics, and matrix math. For the math phobic, know that this essay does not dwell on the math and that it contains more than twice as many figures as equations. Data processing without math? Not really! Math is essential, just as it is for the technology of cell phones, GPS, digital photography, the Web, and computer games. But you can get started using these tools without understanding all the underlying math and software details. Seeing it work makes it more likely that you’ll want to understand how it works. But in the long run, it’s not enough just to know how to operate the software, any more than knowing how to use a word processor or a MIDI sequencer makes you a good author or musician. 1

Start this free exploration of Digital Signal Processing at https://terpconnect.umd.edu/~toh/spectrum/.

Professor O’Haver’s essay is also available as in indexed printable document (in Open Docucument, Word, and PDF formats) and as a complete HTML archive. Please contact toh@umd.edu, or join their Facebook group if you have a question or suggestions.


  1. “Introduction”, A Pragmatic Introduction to Signal Processing, Retrieved December 30 2018, https://terpconnect.umd.edu/~toh/spectrum/Introduction.html. [return]

Auxcomm ... Explained

RRRA Members who were not able to attend the Jan TRG-AUXCOMM workshop hosted by the club in January 2016, might like to view the Auxcomm … Explained HamRadioNow episode (HRN 330, EmComm Extra #13, June 21 2017) for an introduction to AUXCOMM and read the AUXCOMM—Intense Training for Serious Disasters QST article for a review of an OEC TRG-AUXCOMM course conducted in Orlando, Florida, during February 2016.

About AUXCOMM

AUXCOMM is an umbrella term and acronym for auxiliary communications. It was developed by OEC in 2009 with the assistance of amateur radio subject matter experts. The concept behind the acronym was to educate as many amateur radio entities to work and train with public safety personnel, understand the value of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) concept and the role of the communications unit leader (COML). AUXCOMM, although not an official national ICS position as of yet, is most often identified as a Technical Specialist (THSP) in the Communications Unit of the NIMS ICS structure. A few states have endorsed AUXCOMM as an official position within their state NIMS/ICS structure. The process on how this can be accomplished is described in the FEMA NIMS: Guidelines for the Credentialing of Personnel, August 2011 and FEMAs Type 3 All-Hazard Incident Management System Qualification Guide, dated September 2010.

OEC subsequently developed the AUXCOMM technical assistance workshop and produced the Auxiliary Field Operators Guide. This guide and other OEC products are available at http://www.publicsafetytools.info/. The TRG-AUXCOMM (again, another Federal acronym for the course designator) is designed to educate amateurs and state officials involved with volunteer groups they could expect in an emergency operations center environment. The AUXFOG is a reference guide for the amateur radio emergency communications community. [As of July 2016] the OEC AUXCOMM course [had] been taught 105 times with over 1,300 amateur radio operators trained. 1

Why use the term “AUXCOMM” when radio amateurs are historically familiar with the traditional groups/programs such as ARES®, RACES, SATERN, REACT, etc? … While participating amateurs are trained by their home groups, such as ARES, when activated under the ICS, they check their titles and any internal group rivalries at the door. Under ICS, they all become technical specialists/auxiliary communicators, Thus avoiding confusion on who they report to, and the protocols to follow. AUXCOMM is not an organization or program and does not compete with any Amateur Radio program or organization that provides public service, disaster, or emergency communications. 2


  1. “Auxiliary Emergency Communications: Recognition of It’s Support to Public Safety”, Homeland Security SAFECOM Blog, Retrieved January 15 2018, https://www.dhs.gov/safecom/blog/2016/07/11/auxiliary-emergency-communications. [return]
  2. “AUXCOMM—Intense Training for Serious Disasters”, QST Magazine May 2016, Retrieved January 15 2018, http://www.enccert.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/AUXCOMM_QST_1605.pdf. [return]

Dakota Division Director Requests Feedback About Board Meeting Motions

In Board Meeting Motions To Consider ARRL Dakota Division Director Matt Holden (K0BBC) writes:

On January first, I began serving as your Dakota Division Director. I want to thank Kent Olson KA0LDG for the serving as our Division Director, Vice Director and North Dakota Section Manager. He has been a great role model for me as I learned the ropes as your 2016-2017 Vice Director. The past eleven days have gone by quickly as 2018 Vice Director Lynn Nelson and me prepare for next week’s ARRL Board of Directors meeting in Connecticut. I have completed my review of the motions being proposed to date, which have been posted to the Division web site so you can form your own opinions. 1

Director Holden goes on to discuss his positions concerning the various motions and requests member feedback.

ARRL Dakota Divison members are encouraged review the following documents and contact Director Holden (K0BBC) before the January 19th board meeting about the various motions which will be presented.


  1. “Board Meeting Motions To Consider”, The ARRL Dakota Division, Retrieved January 14 2018, https://www.arrldakota.org/dakota-division-news/board-meeting-motions-to-consider. [return]

Is it time for action?

ARRL leadership policy and governance actions taken over the last two years—along the actions planned to be formalized at the Board meeting in January 19, 2018, in Newington—have become a source of concern, among some members, about the future of the League. Enough concern was raised that, “in December 2017, a small group of passionate, long-time supporters of ARRL [including Life Members, Maxim Society Members, Legacy Circle Members, Past Vice-Directors, and Volunteer Counsel] … banded together as myARRLvoice to better understand the issues, to educate the community and to advocate for positive change.” 1

Subsequent to the formation of myARRLvoice a Facebook Group and Twitter Feed were established to provide venues for discussion about, and to raise awareness of, these issues.

The Issues

myARRLvoice consider these actions to be issues of concern:

  • The Amateur Radio Parity Act was renegotiated to favor HOA positions
  • The new ARRL [Board of Directors] Code of Conduct limits what you get to know
  • Your Director’s voting power could be diminished
  • Your ARRL membership could be terminated for any reason
  • Vice Directors could have been eliminated from the ARRL
  • The ARRL Board’s governance proposals have generated significant undisclosed legal fees
  • Your elected Director could be censured for describing the new ARRL Code of Conduct
  • Your candidate for Board of Directors could be disqualified without explanation 2

Other Voices

The myARRLvoice “Other Voices” page links to examples of what others have been saying about the recent Board actions:

  • Letters to the ARRL from individuals and radio clubs
  • CQ Magazine articles
  • KB6NU Blog articles
  • HamRadioNow vidcasts and podcasts
  • QRZ.com Forums

Should you take action?

Find out if you agree with the position held by myARRLvoice, and many other concerned Amateur Radio Operators, by:

  1. Learning about the issues
  2. Finding out what “other voices” are saying (including the ARRL rebuttal)

If you feel that the Board of Directors actions are not in the best interests of the League send a letter to your director before the January 19 Board Meeting.

About myARRLvoice

myARRLvoice is an independent grassroots group of amateur radio operators working on behalf of [their] fellow Members of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), monitoring the activity of its leadership and advocating change to optimize the organization’s effectiveness in matters of policy and governance, and to foster ethical and competent stewardship.

myARRLvoice acts as a vehicle for ARRL Members to make their voices heard on matters of governance and policy, and to participate in the policy-setting process, holding [their] elected and appointed leaders accountable. [They] strive to make the activities of ARRL leadership more transparent by insisting on the creation and dissemination of records of the deliberations and actions of all ARRL Boards, Committees and the operational Executive Team.

myARRLvoice believes that good ARRL stewardship can only be achieved through a check and balance system that includes the watchful eye of the Membership. 3


  1. “About Us”, myARRLvoice, retrieved January 10 2018, https://www.myarrlvoice.org/about-us/. [return]
  2. “The Issues”, myARRLvoice, Retrieved January 10 2018, https://www.myarrlvoice.org/the-issues/. [return]
  3. “myARRLvoice”, The Action Network, Retrieved January 10 2018, https://actionnetwork.org/groups/myarrlvoice. [return]

Portable Mesh Node With VOIP and Wifi

Purchasing an AREDN compatible radio and antenna is only the first step in assembling a useful, deployable, personal node.

Additional parts and equipment to support planned network capabilities—including provisions for portable power—must be purchased and then packaged in a manner which allows for safe and reliable operation.

Trevor Paskett (K7FPV), a member of the AREDN project, has designed a a portable mesh node to support his local mesh network’s mission while meeting served agency policy restrictions which prohibit permanent installation of equipment in their buildings.

K7FPV’s portable node, documented in an article in the Trevor’s Bench Blog, features:

  • WiFi access to the mesh network
  • Telephone service through a VOIP Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA) connected to the mesh network Asterisk server
  • Power for 5 days from a 122 amp hour deep cycle battery
  • Battery charger/PSU for operation when commercial power is available

K7FPV

A complete bill of materials and step-by-step assembly instructions, along with helpful photographs, may be found in the Portable Mesh Node With VOIP And WiFi article.

AEN-MAR Tactical Communications Exercise

Incident and event net traffic falls into two categories: formal message traffic and tactical traffic.

Tactical traffic consists of ad hoc messages about what is happening during an incident or event. And the purpose of a tactical traffic net is to enable all participating stations to pass traffic while it is still relevant.

Efficient tactical traffic nets engage in succinct and unambiguous communication through the disciplined use of a well practiced protocol which eliminates over identification and avoids the introduction of extraneous words.

One such tactical traffic net protocol is illustrated in a Tactical Communications Exercise conducted during an AEN-MAR net. In this recording you will hear net participants practicing their tactical communication protocol as they check-in, submit their reports, and engage in discussion.

Channel bandwidth is a precious commodity on a tactical net. Remember, a tactical net intends to move “right-now” messages while they’re still relevant. Extraneous words—especially when everybody starts adding them out of habit—add up quickly to limit how much message traffic can move across the net. They especially add up during check-ins or when Net Control polls stations for reports. [The AEN-MAR Tactical Communications Exercise net activity focuses] on and exercise[s] how to hit your message and move on. Say more, clearly, with fewer words so others can get their traffic passed, too 1

About AEN-MAR

Arizona Emergency Net-Maricopa (AEN-MAR) is a training and exercise net for the public service communication arts with a “focus on preparation and readiness for public service—be it scheduled events like bike races or drills, or emergencies such as storm damage or terrorist attacks. Someone has to be ready.” 2

AEN-MAR services Maricopa County, Arizona, including Metropolitan Phoenix and surrounding communities.

“The Arizona Emergency Net—Maricopa is a place where real people do real activities to support real objectives whenever their real-world lives permit.” 2

More information about AEN-MAR is available on the Arizona Emergency Net-Maricopa homepage.


  1. “2-27-2012 - Tactical Communications Exercise - KE7VIN”, Arizona Emergency Net - Maricopa, Retrieved January 4 2018, http://www.rickscholz.net/aen-mar/Recordings2/?name=2012-03-18_20120227__aenmar.mp3. [return]
  2. “What is AEN-MAR”, Arizona Emergency Net, Retrieved January 4 2018, http://aen-mar.org/. [return]

Smith Chart Basics - Impedence and Admittance curves and conversions

An introductory video by W2AEW describing how complex impedance and admittance are represented on the Smith Chart, and how to convert between them. Includes a demonstration using a VNA

The notes used in the video are available.

About W2AEW

[W2AEW] was originally licensed as a novice in the late seventies (KA2IZZ), but then dropped out of the hobby after entering college and then the workforce. Re-entered the hobby as a Tech (and then a Tech Plus) in 1997 (KC2BOG). Vanity call (W2AEW) issued October 1998. Upgraded to Advanced in November 1998, and to Extra in 2000.

[W2AEW is] a Life Member of the ARRL, a Volunteer Examiner, and the Technical Coordinator for the Northern New Jersey section of the Hudson Division of the ARRL. 1

W2AEW produces a series of (primarily tutorial) videos about basic electronics, circuit design & analysis, test & measurement, and ham radio.


  1. “W2AEW”, QRZ Ham Radio, Retrieved January 3 2018, https://www.qrz.com/db/w2aew. [return]

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 47

Listen to a discussion about maintaining proper equipment temperature in the Keeping Cool episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast and learn some interesting facts.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. 1


  1. “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved January 5 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-47. [return]

Changes Proposed to ARRL Governing Documents

CQ Amateur Radio magazine reports in the CQ Newsroom blog about proposed changes to the ARRL’s governing documents.

The ARRL board of directors will be considering a proposal at its January meeting to make significant changes to the League’s Articles of Association and By-Laws. …

Among the proposed changes, the board of directors will be able to revoke League membership “for cause” and to remove board members by revoking their League membership; 1

A summary of a draft of the proposals is presents in the Changes Proposed to ARRL Governing Documents article. The full text of this proposal and complete text of the current Articles of Association and By-Laws, with proposed deletions and additions may be viewed on-line.

KB6NU discusses these upcoming propsals in his New proposals would make ARRL board even less democratic and What the heck is the ARRL board thinking? But, wait there’s more blog posts.

ARRL Members who have an opinion, one way or another, about these proposed changes are encouraged to contact their Division Director before the January 14, 2018, board meeting.


  1. “Changes Proposed to ARRL Governing Documents”, CQ Newsroom, Retrieved December 30 2017, https://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2017/12/changes-proposed-to-arrl-governing.html. [return]

Start the New Year with a new antenna

Building a new antenna is a great way to start the new year. The folding J-pole antenna project by RRRA member , and featured in the March 2005 issue of QST magazine, is a new twist on an old design. It is an excellent cold weather project for improving your Go-Kit or enhancing portable operations.

KA0ZLG's Folding J-Pole

The QST article (A Backpacker’s Delight—The Folding J-Pole) includes detailed instructions for building this project along with numerous photographs.

Copies of KA0ZLG’s article may be found on-line with a search for folding+j-pole+ka0lzg

New ARRL ND Section Manager Appointed

Nancy Yoshida, KG0YL, has been appointed as the ARRL North Dakota Section Manager, starting on January 1, 2018. Yoshida, an ARRL Life Member who resides in Thompson, will take the North Dakota Field Organization leadership reins from Lynn Nelson, W0ND, who was elected last month as ARRL Dakota Division Vice Director. Nelson, of Minot, has served as the North Dakota Section Manager since 2008. 1


  1. “New ARRL Section Manager Appointed in North Dakota”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, Retrieved December 28 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/new-arrl-section-manager-appointed-in-north-dakota. [return]

Signup for the Winter 2018 Extra Classes

Registration for RRRA Winter 2018 Extra Classes is now open. This series of classes begins January 10, 2018, and are held Wednesday evenings, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, on the 3rd floor of the West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St E, West Fargo, ND 58078 , http://www.westfargolibrary.com

Please register on-line (we use Eventbrite to manage our registrations).

There is no charge for instruction; however a textbook is required (approximate cost $30). Links to purchase the required text books are available on our 2018-2019 Education and Testing Schedule.

An electronic syllabus is integrated into the calendar listings for each session of the Winter 2018 Extra Classes.

Please contact if you have any questions.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 46

Ever wonder about the “rubber duck” antenna on your hand held transceiver? Listen to the Handheld Transceiver Antennas episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast and learn some interesting facts.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

References

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved December 7 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-47.

Get ready for the International Grid Chase 2018

2018 brings a new year-long operating event for all Amateur Radio Operators regardless of location or license class: The ARRL International Grid Chase.

About the Chase

The objective of the ARRL International Grid Chase is simple: Work stations in as many grid squares as possible and upload your log data to ARRL’s Logbook of The World. If you are not currently registered with Logbook of The World, this is a good reason to get started. Go to https://lotw.arrl.org/lotw-help/getting-started/. Registration and uploading are free.

Every new grid square contact confirmed through Logbook of The World counts toward your monthly total, so you have an incentive to start the chase as soon as you ring in the New Year. [ 1 ]

Please visit the ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 page to learn about

  • How the scoring will work
  • Determining your grid square
  • Tips for the chase
  • 2018 International Grid Chase Rules

630 and 2200 Meter bands may be used

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, has clarified that the new 630- and 2200-meter bands will be fair territory in the ARRL International Grid Chase.

US radio amateurs are advised, however, that the use of 630 and 2200 meters requires advance notification to the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecom Council, of their intention to operate on one or both bands. If UTC does not respond within 30 days or specifically denies access, these stations may commence operation there. [ 2 ]

Please see the November 16, 2017, ARRL Letter for a review of important technical notes concerning operation in the 630 and 2200 Meter bands.

References

[ 1 ] “http://www.arrl.org/international-grid-chase-2018", ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved December 19 2017, http://www.arrl.org/aigc2018.

[ 2 ] “The ARRL Letter”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved December 19 2017, http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2017-11-16#toc02.

LOTW to Add Support for CQ WAZ Award

Participants in CQ magazine’s Worked All Zone (WAZ) award program will soon be able to use the Logbook of the World (LoTW) system of ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, to apply for the WAZ award and its endorsements, both ARRL and CQ announced on December 14.

Amateur Radio operators will be able to use LoTW logs to generate lists of confirmed contacts to be submitted for WAZ credit. Standard LoTW credit fees and separate CQ award fees will apply. [ 1 ]

About CQ WAZ

“Worked All Zones is the second-oldest active Amateur Radio award program, behind the International Amateur Radio Union’s Worked All Continents (WAC) award.” [ 2 ]

CQ Zone Map (c)EI8IC

CQ WW (c) EI8IC

The CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ) Award and its variations are issued to any licensed amateur station presenting proof of contact with the appropriate number of CQ zones of the world. It is sponsored by CQ magazine. [ 3 ]

References

[ 1, 2 ] “Logbook of the World to Add Support for CQ WAZ Award”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified December 14 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/logbook-of-the-world-to-add-support-for-cq-waz-award.

[ 3 ] “CQ WAZ Awards – Official Rules”, CQ Amateur Radio, Retrieved December 18 2017, http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/cq_awards/cq_waz_awards/index_cq_waz_award.html.

Micro BITX QRP Transceiver Kit Preorder

Preorder the µBITX QRP HF Transceiver kit (“micro BITX”) for $109 with free India Post shipping; $119 with DHL (1 week) shipping.

Shipping will start after December 25, 2017.

HF Signals

The µBITX is a QRP HF transceiver that you can build. This kit includes:

  1. Fully test and tuned µBITX HF transceiver board (6” by 5-12”)
  2. Raduino board with display with µBITX firmware installed
  3. Detent-free tuning encoder with push button for menu access
  4. 3 audio sockets (mic, earphones, and keyer)
  5. High quality BNC Antenna connector
  6. Power supply connector and jack
  7. 8 brass standoffs with nuts and bolts for mounting the board(s)
  8. Reverse protection diode, some resistors for CW keyer
  9. Electret mic and a miniature push button for Push-toTalk
  10. Volume control with on/off switch

You must provide an enclosure, power supply, microphone case, and speaker to complete this kit.

About µBITX

The µBITX is a general coverage HF SSB/CW transceiver kit with features you NEED for operating ease, convenience and versatility. It works from 3 MHz to 30 MHz, with up to 10 watts on SSB and CW with a very sensitive receiver. It features digital tuning, dual VFOs, RIT, CW Keyer and more. The µBITX is a general coverage HF SSB/CW transceiver kit with features you demand for operating ease, convenience and versatility. It features digital tuning, dual VFOs, RIT, CW Keyer and more. [ 1 ]

This transceiver, a descendent of the BITX bidirectional 20M SSB QRP transceiver for homebrewers, was announced on March 2, 2017, by Ashhar Farhan (VU2ESE) in the µBITX—A reboot of the old BITX thread in the Groups.io BITX20 group.

Technical specifications are available on the HF Signals µBITX page along with links to:

  • Buy Now
  • Circuit description
  • Wiring
  • Tune up
  • Help and support
  • BITX hacks

Manufacture

The uBITX boards are hand-assembled by a collective of women [based in Hyderabad, India]. Each of the toroids is hand wound. This provides these women with livelihood. The assembled boards are then DC checked and a final RF check is performed to check the receiver’s sensitivity as well as transmitter’s output before being shipped. Each board is individually numbered. [ 2 ]

References

  1. “UBITX”, HF Signals - The Home of BITX transceivers, retrieved December 12 2017, http://www.hfsignals.com/index.php/ubitx/.
  2. “uBITX: Lets you Explore the World (Preorder $109 USD/$129 USD)“, HF Signals - The Home of BITX transceivers, retrieved December 12 2017, http://www.hfsignals.com/.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 45

The Doctor opens the Listener Mailbag in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

References

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved December 7 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-45.

CERT Training In Fargo

CERT Triage

CERT Triage City of Fargo, ND

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.” [ 1 ] “CERT training provides life saving skills and techniques for people who will rely on each other for help in the time of need” [ 2 ] and can be a useful addition to the skill sets of Amateur Radio operators engaged in providing Public Service Communication support.

2017 Red River CERT Training

The required classroom training for CERT volunteers is provided in the Fargo/Moorhead area by Red River CERT.

Classes are from 6PM–9PM at Cass County Emergency Management (aka Fargo Public Safety Building), 4630 15th Ave. N Fargo, ND 58102

A downloadable PDF flyer for the 2017 classes is available.

Please email or call 701-476-5991 for more information.

Class Schedule

  • November 8
    • Class Introduction
    • General Preparedness (Unit 1)
    • CERT Organization (Unit 6)
  • November 15
    • Fire Safety/Fire Extinguishers (Unit 2)
    • Search and Rescue (Unit 5)
  • November 29
    • Medical Operations Part 1 (Unit 3)
    • Medical Operations Part 2 (Unit 4)
  • December 6
    • Disaster Psychology (Unit 7)
  • December 13
    • Terrorism/Active Shooter (Unit 8)
  • December 20
    • Wrap up/Exercise

Registration

Please register on-line

A CERT volunteer practices using a fire extinguisher

A CERT volunteer practices using a fire extinguisher Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA News Photo

On-line Introduction To CERT

Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams,” IS-317, is an independent study course that serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members. It takes between six and eight hours to complete the course. Those who successfully finish it will receive a certificate of completion. It has six modules with topics that include:

  • Introduction to CERT
  • Fire Safety
  • Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Search
  • Rescue

IS-317 can be taken by anyone interested in CERT. However, to become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the classroom training offered by a local government agency such as the emergency management agency, fire or police department. Contact your local emergency manager to learn about the local education and training opportunities available to you. Let this person know about your interest in taking CERT training. [ 1 ]

About CERT

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

At the same time, the CERT program was designed as a grassroots initiative and specifically structured so that the local and state program managers have the flexibility to form their programs in the way that best suits their communities. CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.

FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members:

References

[ 1 ] “Community Emergency Response Team”, ready.gov—Official website of the Department of Homeland Security, Retrieved December 3 2017, https://www.ready.gov/community-emergency-response-team.

[ 2 ] “Red River CERT”, The City Of Fargo, Retrieved December 4 2017, http://www.fargond.gov/city-government/departments/emergency-management/community-emergency-response-team-cert.

“Community emergency response team”, Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia, Retrieved December 4 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_emergency_response_team.

Red River CERT Training—Fall 2017 flyer

Determine Antenna Orientation With An Azimuth Map

One easy way to determine the best orientation for your antenna is to use an azimuth map; a world map which has been set so that all the directions on that map are real antenna directions from one central point.

These maps allow you to see the compass bearing from your QTH to other DXCC entities.

Free azimuth maps may be generated using these on-line services:

More information about azimuth maps and ham radio is presented in the Antenna Direction and Azimuth Map article by the Finnish International DX Group.

Technical information about the azimuthal equidistant projection is available on Wikipedia.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 44

Learn about the advantages of various types of feed lines in the Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

November 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:02
  • Introductions of members; 30 present
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s report

  • Motion to approve by N0TSZ
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to approve by KA0LDG
  • Seconded by W0HNV
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • No report this month

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • Magic has happened and the missing jump kits are located
  • AREDN is moving along. Waiting for the MOU with the dome. Parts are up but should all be in place by summer 2018
  • Matt Nelson gave a presentation on CERT. Many are interested in taking the course

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G
  • Tried the system in Barnesville and was able to get an IP address. Some others have been using it some

Technical

  • Bob K
  • No changes, still needs work at Grandin

Education

  • Bob K
  • 3 regulars for the general test
  • Extra class starts 10 January, 2018

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • Had an amateur photographer take videos of the programs but the videos have not worked out this time

VEs

  • Pete
  • Testing tonight. Next testing session is at the January meeting

Media

Old Business

AREDN (Amateur Radio Digital Emergency Digital Network)

  • Information Update
  • ARRL has current article on AREDN that describes recent use

Christmas Party

  • December 6 2017 1730–2000
  • Bring food or cash for Dorothy Day House
  • Location Fargo Pizza Ranch

New Business

Jingle Bell Walk

  • December 2 start at 0900
  • Location Courts Plus

Communication Trailer

  • KK0V has covered the expenses up to now
  • Will continue to cover insurance, tags, and housing
  • Will turn over the cost of repairs to the club
  • President will look into taking over insurance and tag

Cass Clay Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD) club

  • Dues are $25.00
  • We are heavily involved in VOAD
  • Motion to pay dues by N0TSZ
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed

Stop The Bleeding

  • KK0V is suggesting that those interested in the Stop The Bleeding should sign up for the CERT class instead
  • KK0V will supplement the medical components

Net Control Operators

  • Net Control Operators are needed
  • Contact KD0TGA

Good of the Order

Adjournment

  • Motion by NOTSZ
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed
  • Adjourned at 19:41

AO-91 Officially Commissioned

AO-91 was built as a partnership with Vanderbilt University ISDE and hosts four payloads for the study of radiation effects on commercial off the shelf components. The satellite was launched on November 18, 2017 as part of the ELaNa XIV mission, secondary payloads aboard the Delta II rocket that carried the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite to orbit. AO-91 also features the Fox-1 style FM U/v repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite and experiment telemetry are downlinked via the “DUV” subaudible telemetry stream and can be decoded with the FoxTelem software. [ 1 ]

An AO-91 radio programming chart has been published in the AO-91 Commissioned, Declared Open for Amateur Use article on the AMSAT website.

Helpful links and comments from hams working this satellite have been posted in a “AO-91 is officially open“ discussion on the Amateur Radio Subreddit.

References

[ 1 ] “AO-91 Commissioned, Declared Open for Amateur Use”, Radio Amateur Satellite Corp. (AMSAT), Retrieved November 23 2017, https://www.amsat.org/ao-91-commissioned-declared-open-for-amateur-use/.

Getting Started with Amateur Satellites

Salt Water Dummy Load

A dummy load is a piece of equipment which allows transmitter testing and adjustment with minimal radiation of RF energy.

Most dummy loads are constructed using non-inductive resistors and utilize various heat sinking methods, ranging from passive air cooling (e.g. Elecraft DL-1, MFJ-261) to submersion in non-conductive oil baths (e.g. Heathkit Cantenna, MFJ-250), to dissipate the transmitter power.

An inexpensive, and easy to assemble, home brew alternative to conventional dummy loads is the K5LXP Saltwater Dummy Load

The article provides construction and alignment instructions along with an network analyzer SWR plot and a graph of thermal performance for 100w input over 30 minutes.

Individuals building this project assume all risk of injury, loss, or property damage.

RadFxSat Heard Over Europe

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) was sucessfully launched on a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:47AM PST on November 18, 2017, and has been heard over Europe.

This satellite had been designated as AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91).

More information about the launch is available on the AMSAT website.

2018 NASA On The Air Event

Amateur radio clubs at various NASA centers and facilities will celebrate 60 years of NASA achievements with special event operations from December 2017 through December 2018.

The planned major events, which will involve most of the NASA clubs, are:

  • Apollo 17 45th anniversary: 11–14 December 2017, beginning of event
  • NASA founded 60th anniversary (Space Act signed by President Eisenhower): 29 July 1958
  • ISS First Element Launch 20th anniversary: 20 November (1998)
  • ISS Node 1 Launch 20th anniversary: 4 December (1998)
  • Apollo 8 50th anniversary: launch 21 December (1968), splashdown 27 December, end of event

And there will be other special event operations by the various centers commemorating and celebrating specific events.

Amateur Radio Operators interested in participating in this event are encouraged to visit the NASA On The Air website and the NN4SA 2018 NASA On The Air Event blog post for more information.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 43

Learn about one propagation mode for short-range HF communication in the NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

October 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:05 by KK0V
  • Introductions of members: 34 people in attendance
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s report

  • Motion to approve by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by KA0Q
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to approve by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • If you borrow an AREDN setup from the club please give KC0GQE your name in order to check it out

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • AREDN is getting close to use. We have invested over $10,000 in this system across all donations and investors
  • We are still waiting for the Fargo Dome to give approval to locate the supernode there
  • Mark KK0V is has a great pep talk on how to use this network
  • The supernodes at the Moorhead site 2.4 and the 5 ghz and the Essentia 5ghz site are working now
  • However, there is more to work up. The servers and the rest of the

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G
  • A quiet week in Lake Wobegon

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Grandin repeater needs work yet. The

Education

  • Bob K
  • 5 people are working on the general class

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • Ticket sales were down but the table sales were up
  • Because we must purchase soda from the fair, we have some left overs
  • We have videos of the seminars that can be copied an shared
  • W0HNV requested $1600 for next year’s hamfest
    • Motion to approve by W9NT
    • Seconded by N0TSZ
    • Motion passed without objection

VEs

  • Pete
  • 8 people took the test at the hamfest

Media

  • Steve K.
  • Thank you to Steve K0STK for his work with the network used at the hamfest and posting door prize winners

Old Business

AREDN (Amateur Radio Digital Emergency Digital Network)

  • Information Update

Hamfest

  • Follow up

Christmas Party

  • At Pizza Ranch on 45th St Fargo
  • Bring non-perishable food items and cash for the Dorothy Day House

New Business

Visit from NDSU Radio Club

  • Taavo from the NDSU Club here to get ideas for the college club. They have 5 members and hold their meetings every other Tuesday

2018 Fargo Marathon

  • May 19th

Jingle Bell Run

  • December 2nd
  • Sign up to help

Field Day 2018

  • Will be held on the Cass County highway department area, near Sandy’s Donuts
  • Fourth full weekend of June (23-24)

Good of the Order

  • KA0Q asked for help with the Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air the third full weekend in October
  • A former member of our club, , is involved with a club in Croatia that is looking for contacts. The club callsign is 9A1A. Doug is also a Code Machine, so make some contact
  • CQ world-wide and other contests are coming up in November
  • New members and old members should create an Elmer group
  • There is interest in resurrecting the discovery ideas

Adjournment

  • Motion by N0TSZ
  • Seconded by KA0ZLG
  • Motion passed
  • Adjourned at 20:10

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 42

Sometimes less is more. Learn why in the QRP episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 41

There’s more than one way to clean up Dirty Transmitters … Find out how in the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 40

Learn about Soldering and Unsoldering in the current episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

September 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:02 by KK0V
  • Introductions of members; 31 present
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s report

  • Motion to approve by KC0SHM
  • Seconded by N0WQZ
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to approve by KA0LDG
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • No report this month

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • SET drill will occur on Oct 4 in the afternoon
  • AREDN is still in the works, slowly, but still moving forward

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G
  • Breakfest KD0IOE at MSU was a great success
  • Preparedness fair at the LDS church was a success with 7 emails and follow-ups have been taken care of

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Repeater in Grandin is not in working order. It is not sending the audio back to Fargo

Education

  • Bob K
  • Tech class done—4–5 people will come to test at hamfest
  • We have more that will want to take the test also
  • Sept 27 will start the general class 7-9 pm at the West Fargo Library
  • Meetings will occur every Monday after that
  • Extra class will start in January

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • Donations are welcome for concession supplies. Please consider cash
  • Muscle is needed to put up and take down tables and chairs
  • Setup after lunch on September 29th at Deaners Diner. We will start at 12, dutch treat. After we will go to the fairgrounds to work on the set up
  • Tear down will start immediately after
  • If you know of any silent keys since September 2016 please contact
  • Lynn Nelson will work on remote setup. 9–10
  • Ed Hare from AARL will be at the 10–12
  • Ken will be there 12–end
  • If you have any door prizes you wish to donate, please contact W0HNV

VEs

  • Pete
  • Bring your ID and your current license to test
  • And $15 cash or check

Media

  • Steve K.
  • The RRRA emblem on the website is now a scalable file for better printing

Old Business

AREDN (Amateur Radio Digital Emergency Digital Network)

  • Information Update
  • We received $500 from Crystal Sugar for the AREDN project

Zombie Preparedness Event

  • Information update
  • Last Sunday the Zombie Run worked well for a first time event
  • Not a real big turnout, about 150 total people
  • No major problem

Rotary Ride

  • K0CRF
  • Very well done
  • Detours gave some a bit of trouble

Hamfest

  • Final preparation

New Business

Christmas Party

  • December 6 at 1730
  • Bring food or a few bucks for the

Crop Walk

  • N0WQZ
  • October 1st, First Congregational Church, Moorhead
  • Show up at 1300
  • Volunteers needed. Contact N0WQZ

Trailer Repairs

  • The trailer had $1000 of repairs done supported by KK0V and XYL. Thank you

Field Day Thank-You

  • A thank you letter will be sent to West Fargo engineer for the use of the field

ARRL News

  • WA0LDG
  • Members will receive a ballot for the new director and vice director
  • Amateur radio parity act sign up will be present at the hamfest

Good of the Order

  • December 2, Jinglebell run for arthritis foundation, We sit in our vehicles and watch runners. We are out for safety and communication. Starts at Courts plus. More information to follow

Adjournment

  • Motion by KA0LDG
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed
  • Adjourned at 19:55

Signup for the Fall 2017 General Classes

Registration for RRRA Fall 2017 General Classes is now open. Please register on-line (we use Eventbrite to manage our registrations). This series of classes begins 5-Apr-2017.

Our Amateur Radio license classes are held Wednesday evenings, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, on the 3rd floor of the West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St E, West Fargo, ND 58078 , http://www.westfargolibrary.com

There is no charge for instruction; however a textbook is required (approximate cost $30).

Detailed class information, including links to purchase the required text books, is available on our 2017-2018 Education and Testing Schedule.

Please contact if you have any questions.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 39

How High is High Enough?

Many hams ask this question when erecting their antenna systems. Listen to a lively discussion about this question in the current episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

Red River Radio Amateurs 2017 Hamfest and ARRL ND State Convention

Featuring

  • ARRL Card Checking by W9NT
  • Over $450 in cash and merchandise door prizes
  • Special YL only prizes
  • Free Yaesu promotional items to first 100 attendees (or while supply lasts)
  • Talk-In on 145.350-, 147.255+, and 444.875+; PL 123 Hz
  • Seminars
  • License Testing (aka VE Testing)
  • Flea Market
  • Food

Ticket and Flea Market Table Pricing

  • Admission Tickets
    • Adults: $9.00 each
    • 12 years and under admitted free with parent
  • 8’ Flea Market Tables - limited electricity available
    • Cost: $15.00 each
    • Minimum 1 admission ticket purchase required per vendor
  • Special for 2017: $3.00 off total vendor table(s) cost with each additional admission ticket purchase

Schedule

Schedule subject to change without notice

Friday, September 29th

Time
4PMFlea Market setup in Main Hall
7PMBuilding closes for the night

Saturday, September 30th

Time
7AMFlea Market setup in Main Hall
Light Breakfast served in the lobby of the Hartl Building
8AMFlea Market opens
9AMSeminars begin
10AMLicense Testing begins
10:30AMLunch served in Main Hall
NoonLicense Testing cut off
2PMHamfest ends

Seminars

Seminars subject to change without notice

TimeSubjectPresented by
9AM to 10AMRemote Rig Interfacing & Introduction to AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network)Lynn Nelson W0ND
10AM to NoonRFI Problems and FixesEd Hare W1RFI ARRL Lab Manager
Noon to 1PMARRL ForumLynn Nelson W0ND

License Testing

aka VE Testing

  • Registration starts at 10AM
  • No tests may be started after 12 Noon
  • Test takers must bring:
    1. Copy of current license for upgrades
    2. $15 cash or check (made out to ARRL VEC)
    3. FRN or SSN, and Photo ID

Directions

  • From I-94: Exit 343 toward W Fargo, Turn right onto 15th St NW, Turn right onto Ave of Flags (Fair Ground entrance)
  • From I-29 (heading south): Exit 65 for US-10W/Main Ave, Turn right onto US-10W/Main Ave, Turn left onto 15th St NW, Turn right onto Ave of Flags (Fair Ground entrance),
  • From I-29 (heading north): Exit 63B for I-94W toward Bismarck, Follow I-94 instructions above
  • From 13th Ave S (e. g. West Acres): Take I-29 south to exit 63B for I-94W toward Bismarck, Follow I-94 instructions above
  • On-line directions: Search for “Red River Valley Fair Hartl Ag Building West Fargo” in Google Maps or visit http://rrra.org/places/rrv-fairgrounds-hartl-building

Accomodations

Some of the accomodations available in the Fargo area include:

Still have questions?

Please contact hamfest@rrra.org if you have any questions about this event.

Hamfest Flyer

2017-rrra-hamfest-flyer-page-1

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 38

Learn how an Antenna Analyzer can help you during your next antenna construction project in the current episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

Zombie Run Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for outreach and public service activities during the 2017 Zombie Run on September 10th:

  • Set up the RRRA Communication Trailer
  • Provide communication support for the run (between 2 and 4pm)

Please contact if you wish to assist with this event.

LDS Preparedness Fair Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to staff an Amateur Radio information table and, if possible the RRRA Communication Trailer, at the 2017 LDS Preparedness Fair.

Please contact if you wish to assist with this event.

About the LDS Preparedness Fair

Learn how to prepare yourself and your family to survive natural and man-made disasters, or personal crises such as loss of employment, at the LDS Preparedness Fair.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 37

Learn about what your signal strength meter is really telling you in the S Units episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

August 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:00
  • Introductions of members
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s report

  • Motion to approve by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by KA0LDG
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to approve by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • No report this month

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • $5000 for AREDN has been added to the county budget
  • Zombie Run
    • 1200–1400 Preparedness Booths
    • 1400–1600 3 Mile Run
    • Need volunteers to run the booth and fun run
  • Motion for $350 to purchase 2 dual band (5.8GHz/2.4GHz) radios and 2 antennas for the ARDEN system
    • By KC0DCF
    • Seconded by KC0HIG
    • Discussion centered around the need for this equipment
    • Motion passed

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G
  • Thank-you to KK0V for the use of the trailier for the Ride in Ottertail county
  • August 25–26 Ojibwe Rally. http://ojibweforestrally.com/ to sign up

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Thermal problem with the link in Grandin. Chasing it down

Education

  • Bob K
  • 7

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • Motion was made for $300 starter (change) funds
    • By W0HNV
    • Seconded by K0CRF
    • Motion passed
  • Need 8 pans of bars
  • Julia Christianson will be running the concessions
  • Cash to pay for the concessions so we can buy food and condiments
  • Need gifts for the YL drawing. Small stuff needed for bags
  • Ed Hare W1RFI going to talk about RFI
  • Sept 30. At the Red River Fair Grounds

VEs

  • Pete
  • Nest test at the hamfest

Media

  • Steve K.
  • Talk to Steve if you have questions

Old Business

AREDN (Amateur Radio Digital Emergency Digital Network)

  • Information Update

West Fargo Night to Unite

  • Information update
  • Great time had by all
  • A few people expressed interest

New Business

Zombie Preparedness event

Christmas Party

  • Pizza Ranch for Christmas party
  • Food donation or money equivalent
  • December 6th, 1730

LDS Preparedness Fair

  • LDS Church will hold the preparedness fair Sep 16 from 1000-1400

Rotary Ride

  • Rotary Ride needs help
  • September 9, 730-2 at Lindenwood
  • Contact K0CRF

Good of the Order

  • Bruce Watasic is selling equipment for silent key Big Ron KB0XMHL. Talk to Lori Kruft for information

Adjournment

  • Motion by KE0JHD
  • Seconded by W0HNV
  • Motion passed
  • Adjourned at 20:00

FM Rotary Ride 2017

Radio Operators are needed to support the FM Rotary Ride 2017 on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Please contact if you would like to volunteer for this Public Service event.

About The Ride

The Flatlander! FM Rotary Ride is the fifth annual cycling celebration for all ages and all abilities and part of Greater Moorhead Days.

This year’s proceeds benefit Gigi’s Playhouse, CHARISM and the Rotary Ride Safe Program.

More information about this event is available at fmrotaryride.com

Save The Date for the 2017 RRRA Hamfest

Save the date for the 2017 RRRA Hamfest and ARRL ND State Convention. This is the largest Hamfest in North Dakota drawing attendees from 3 states and 1 Canadian province.

What

  • Food
  • Raffle
  • Seminars
  • Flea Market
  • Eyeball QSOs
  • Talk-in
  • License Testing (AKA VE Session)

When

Where

Flea Market Vendors

Please contact for more information.

An Inexpensive Introduction To 10GHz Microwave

Amateur Radio Operators in the United States have access to a large amount of microwave spectrum:

  • 1.24–1.3 GHz
  • 2.3–2.31 GHz
  • 3.3–3.5 GHz
  • 5.65–5.925 GHz
  • 10.0–10.5 GHz
  • 24.0–24.25 GHz
  • 47.0–47.2 GHz
  • 76.0–81.0 GHz
  • 122.25–123.0 GHz
  • 134–141 GHz
  • 241–250 GHz
  • All above 275.0 GHz [ 1 ]

This spectrum is available to all Hams, Technician class and up, and is a great place to contribute to the advancement of the radio art through experimentation and homebrewing. It also needs to be used or it will be given away.

Hams who would like to get started homebrewing microwave transceivers may be interested in Walter Clark’s article about constructing an Inexpensive, Easy to Build Microwave Transceiver—The DROplexer (PDF). This article presents a detailed discussion of the theory behind the DROplexer, and sourcing the components for and building a short range 10GHz transceiver.

References

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “Frequency Bands Chart (PDF 8.5 X 11; color)”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved August 3 2017, http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regulatory/Band%20Chart/Hambands4-web-color_4-25-17.pdf.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 36

Listen to a discussion about Morse Code Keys and Keyers in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

Managing Winlink via APRS

Amateur radio operators can use the APRSlink gateway to manage their Winlink accounts using an APRS equipped radio.

The APRSlink gateway allows APRS users to:

  • Read short email messages sent to their callsign@winlink.org account
  • Send short email messages to any valid email address or Winlink 2000 user
  • Perform email related maintenance
  • Be notified of pending Winlink email via APRS message
  • Query APRSLink for information of the closest Winlink RMS packet station

Complete gateway documentation, including a command reference, is available on the APRSlink page.

This collection of videos demonstrates some APRSlink features using a Yeasu FTM-400DR transceiver.

Winlink, also known as the Winlink 2000 Network, is a worldwide radio messaging system that uses amateur-band radio frequencies to provide radio interconnection services that include email with attachments, position reporting, weather bulletins, emergency relief communications, and message relay. The system is built and administered by volunteers and administered by the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation Inc., an American charitable entity and 501c(3) non-profit organization. [ 1 ]

Winlink website: http://www.winlink.org/

About APRS

Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is an amateur radio-based system for real time digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area. Data can include object Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, weather station telemetry, text messages, announcements, queries, and other telemetry. APRS data can be displayed on a map, which can show stations, objects, tracks of moving objects, weather stations, search and rescue data, and direction finding data. [ 2 ]

APRS website: http://www.aprs.org/

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “Winlink”, Wikipedia, retrieved July 18 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winlink.

[ 2 ] “Automatic Packet Reporting System”, Wikipedia, retrieved July 18 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_Packet_Reporting_System.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 35

Listen to a discussion about Poer Supplies in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

New FT8 Mode included in WSJT-X Beta Release

WSJT-X version 1.8.0 includes a new mode named FT8

This mode features:

  • QSOs 4 times faster than JT65 or JT9
  • Sensitivity down to -20 dB on the AWGN channel
  • Auto-sequencing includes an option to respond automatically to first decoded reply to your CQ

WSJT-X source code; along with installation packages for Windows, Linux, OS X, and Raspbian; is available for download at http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx.html

About the FT8 protocol

WSJT-X Version 1.8.0 includes a new mode called FT8, developed by K9AN and K1JT. The mode name “FT8” stands for “Franke and Taylor, 8-FSK modulation”. FT8 uses 15-second T/R sequences, provides 50% or better decoding probability down to -20 dB on an AWGN channel, and maintains good performance on Doppler-spread fading channels. An auto-sequencing facility includes an option to respond automatically to the first decoded reply to your CQ. FT8 QSOs are 4 times faster than those made with JT65 or JT9. FT8 is an excellent mode for HF DXing and for situations like multi-hop E_s on 6 meters, where deep QSB may make fast and reliable completion of QSOs desirable. [ 1 ]

Some important characteristics of FT8:

  • T/R sequence length: 15 s
  • Message length: 75 bits + 12-bit CRC
  • FEC code: LDPC(174,87)
  • Modulation: 8-FSK, tone spacing 6.25 Hz
  • Constant-envelope waveform
  • Occupied bandwidth: 50 Hz
  • Synchronization: 7x7 Costas arrays at start, middle, and end
  • Transmission duration: 12.64 s
  • Decoding threshold: -20 dB; several dB lower with AP decoding
  • Multi-decoder finds and decodes all FT8 signals in passband
  • Optional auto-sequencing and auto-reply to a CQ response
  • Operational behavior similar to JT9, JT65

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “WSJT-X Release Notes”, Joe Taylor K1JT, retrieved July 18 2017, https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Release_Notes_1.8.0.txt.

Playing Chess on CW

Are you looking for something different to do using morse code beyond rag chewing or logging DXCC contacts?

Try combining two hobbies by playing chess over CW.

Radio and chess share a colorful history. When the USA and Russia were butting heads immediately after World War II, the two countries viewed chess as a field of struggle between communism and capitalism. With the tension between the countries, there was no way for players from the countries to get together and play. Instead, a radio match between the two was arranged in [ 1 ]

A guest post on KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog, by Gary WA0ZSU, discusses the history of CW Chess, presents some tips on how to play chess and the air and finding games.

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “How to play chess on CW”, KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog, retrieved July 12 2017, http://www.kb6nu.com/play-chess-cw/.

July Meeting Cancellation Reminder

The July Club (business) was cancelled by a motion passed at the June Club Meeting.
According to the July ARES meeting was cancelled as well.

RRRA Members are encouraged to get on the air on Tuesday, July 18th, in lieu of those meetings.

Upcoming meetings:

Signup for the Fall 2017 Technician Classes

Registration for RRRA Fall 2017 Technician Classes is now open. Please register on-line (we use Eventbrite to manage our registrations).

This series of classes begins August 2, 2017 and will prepare you to pass the FCC Technician Class Amateur Radio License exam. A License Testing session will be conducted by Volunteer Examiners at the RRRA Hamfest on September 30, 2017.

Our Amateur Radio license classes are held Wednesday evenings, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, on the 3rd floor of the West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St E, West Fargo, ND 58078 , http://www.westfargolibrary.com

There is no charge for instruction; however a textbook is required (approximate cost $30).

Detailed class information, including links to purchase the required text books, is available on our 2017-2018 Education and Testing Schedule.

Please contact if you have any questions.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 34

The Automatic Packet Reporting System can be used for much more than vehicle tracking. Listen to a discussion of these capabilities, and revisit the history of Packet Radio, in the APRS episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

Contact K2BSA at the National Scout Jamboree

Help Scouts at the National Jamboree earn their Radio Merit Badge by making QSOs with K2BSA between July 18th and 28th, 2017.

Please visit the K2BSA “Amateur Radio—Live From The Jamboree!” and the ARRL “K2BSA will be On the Air during National Scout Jamboree” pages for frequency, mode, and QSL information. Operation will be conducted using SSB, PSK-31, EchoLink, and D-Star; limited CW operation may occur at time permits.

Field Day 2017 Post Event Tips

The final week of daily tips for Field Day 2017, including post-event reminders, has been posted on the ARRL Twitter page.

For previous tips see Field Day 2017 Tips, Field Day 2017 Tips Week 2, and Field Day 2017 Tips Week 2.

Twitter users can follow @arrl for a new field day tip every day and use #ARRLFD to join in the conversation.

Facebook users may follow the ARRL Field Day event.

June 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:07 by KC0ODE
  • Introductions of members
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s rport

  • Motion to approve by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by N0TSZ
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Will be uploaded to the RRRA File Sharing Server tonight
  • Described verbally
  • Motion to approve by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • No report this month

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • AREDN: two nodes are active forming the initial part of the backbone. They are located on Nelson Hall @ MSUM and Essentia Hospital. Dome node placement permission is in progress and is looking positive. West Fargo node placement is in the planning stages
  • ICS 300 and 400 training classes are being offered by Leon Schlaffman @ the Fargo Public Safety Building, September 18-20
  • Hector Airport Annual Table Top Exercise occurred earlier this month. It was attended by RRRA personnel. We are grouped with second responders. For such a mishap, we stage in the west side dome parking lot

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G
  • Breakfast on the Farm event was well attended. Weather was great. Many folks stopped at the ham radio tent. Several were inactive hams and were encouraged to re-activate on the air and with the club
  • Brett Mayo gave a Chemical Warfare briefing at the June First Responders Breakfast. It was an excellent overview of chemical terrorism/warfare
  • MS Bike event is coming in July in Minnesota. 800 riders are expected. Check the RRRA website for details to participate
  • Ojibway rally car race is coming August 25-27. Hams are especially needed for the Detroit Lakes leg of the race for safety communications. Eli will be one of the net control operators. Contact KA0Q

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Grandin repeater is on the bench and appears to be completely functional. It will be put back up next week

Education

  • Bob K
  • Technician class starts August 2 @ West Fargo Library @ 7pm. It is free and anyone can show up. The class will be done to enable testing at the RRRA hamfest in September

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • First meeting went well. 12 people came and all are invited to the meetings
  • Meetings are @ Mom’s Kitchen, 3pm, Sundays: July 16, August 13, and September 17
  • Motion was made to approve HamFest door prizes of 1st: 150, 2nd: 100, 3rd: 50 dollars
    • By W0HNV
    • Seconded by KA0ZLG
    • Motion passed
  • W1RFI from ARRL is coming to be keynote speaker at the HamFest. He will be speaking on RFI issues. Tnx to KA0LDG to facilitate this speaker
  • HamFest is coming on September 30th

VEs

  • Pete
  • No report this month

Media

  • Steve K.
  • There is now an ARRL Division link on the RRRA website. Check it out for the latest news in the Dakota Division
  • For RRRA activities and events, take pics and let K0STK know so he can post them
  • Facebook is current and up to date—KD0TGA

Old Business

AREDN (Amateur Radio Digital Emergency Digital Network)

  • See RRRAES above

Fargo Community Police Picnic

  • Next Tuesday, June 27. Trailer and table set up @ 3pm and the event is 5–8pm
  • All are welcome to come help for whatever time you can provide

10M beacon

  • 4 recent reports of the RRRA beacon heard

Field Day

  • See RRRA website for all details including map to location at Cass County Highway Department in West Fargo
  • Set up @ 9:30am Saturday

Field Day—Sabin

  • Begins with lunch at the Sabin restaurant (great burgers) and will be located in the park as in the past
  • Come and participate under the callsign NK0A

New Business

Cancel the July Business meeting

  • Motion to cancel the July Business meeting and encourage everyone to instead get on the air by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by AI0Q
  • Motion passed

Christmas Party

  • Location discussed
  • General agreement to continue as in the past at the Pizza Ranch in south Fargo
  • KC0GQE will make the reservation

West Fargo Police Picnic

  • Will be again in August
  • More info later

Candy for West Fargo Police Picnic

  • Motion for 25 dollars for candy by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by N0WQZ
  • Motion passed

Candy for Fargo Police Picnic

  • Motion for 25 dollars for candy by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by N0TSZ
  • Motion passed

Good of the Order

  • No further issues raised

Adjournment

  • Motion by unknown
  • Seconded by unknown
  • Motion passed

Save the date for JOTA

Save the date for the 60th Jamboree on the Air which will be held on October 20–22, 2017.

“Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and [across communities].” [ 1 ]

Participating as an Amateur Radio Operator

Contact your local Scout council and see what may already be planned in your area and how you can help. You can find your council using the Council locator.

If nothing is currently planned, or if current plans aren’t reaching your area, you can work with the council or a local unit (pack, troop, crew) to set up a JOTA station or arrange for visits to your ham shack. You can also participate just by making QSOs with the many JOTA stations that will be on the air. A good resource to find a local Scout unit is the Be-A-Scout website [ 2 ]

References

Footnotes

[ 1, 2 ] “Jamboree-on-the-Air”, Boy Scouts of America, retrieved June 30 2017, http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspx/.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 33

Planning on using portable power at your Field Day site? You may be interested in the Generators episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

Field Day 2017 Tips Week 3

The third week of daily tips has been posted on the ARRL Twitter page in preparation for Field Day 2017.

For previous tips see Field Day 2017 Tips and Field Day 2017 Tips Week 2.

Twitter users can follow @arrl for a new field day tip every day and use #ARRLFD to join in the conversation.

Facebook users may follow the ARRL Field Day event.

Save the date for the LDS Preparedness Fair

RRRA members interested in promoting Amateur Radio, or just learning about personal and family preparedness, are encouraged to save the date for the LDS Preparedness Fair on September 16, 2017.

Please contact if you wish to assist with this event.

Visit the ARRL Dakota Division Website

The ARRL Dakota Division

The ARRL Dakota Division website, maintained by Dakota Division Director Kent Olson, , is a great source of information for all Amateur Radio operators in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

This website includes:

The Division News blog features articles about, and pictures from, regional Hamfests. An RSS Feed of Division News is available.

RRRA Members are encouraged to take advantage of this resource. For convenience a web badge linked to the ARRL Dakota Division website has been added to our site-wide sidebar. The web badge is located just below the ARRL logo.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 32

Learn about propagation on the Magic Band in The Mystery of Sporadic E episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified June 8 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-24.

Field Day 2017 Tips

On June 1, 2017, a series of “Tip of the Day” posts started on the ARRL Twitter page in preparation for Field Day 2017.

As of June 7, 2017, the following tips had been posted:

Twitter users can follow @arrl for a new field day tip every day and use #ARRLFD to join in the conversation.

Facebook users may follow the ARRL Field Day event.

W0ILO 10M Beacon Back On The Air

RRRA’s W0ILO 10M beacon is operational again thanks to the efforts of W0HNV, WB0BIN, and AI0Q at the Sabin beacon site on May 27th, 2017.

The rig and beacon controller were tested into a dummy load, and the feedline and antenna were checked with an analyzer. All of the equipment was found to be in good working order and the beacon was placed in service. It has been operating since the 27th.

On June 2nd AI0Q received several reports of reception: one from North Carolina and one from Alabama. Both stations received the W0ILO 10M Beacon via sporadic E propagation.

About the W0ILO 10M Beacon

  • Operating frequency: 28286.5 KHz
  • Beacon location: Sabin, Minnesota, approximately 8 miles SE of Fargo, North Dakota
  • Transmitter: Kenwood TS-50
  • Controller: Arduino
  • Antenna: Antron 99, vertically polarized at 140’

The beacon sends a 3 block morse code message:

W0ILO SABIN MN   W0ILO 5 W VERT   W0ILO EN16

(location) (output power/antenna) (grid square)

The message is repeated at alternating speeds: first at 15 words per minute and then at 20 words per minute. Some automated monitoring stations report message speeds of 13 and 17 words per minute. This discrepancy may be due to Arduino processing overhead.

The beacon message was designed to be resistant to changing band conditions and to be easy to receive by using:

  • Short message length
  • Call-sign repetition

Transmitting the beacon message at two speeds is intended to help listeners. The faster speed may allow complete message reception when propagation conditions do not allow for sufficiently long lived transmission paths. And the slower speed may help listeners who need slower morse code speeds to decode the beacon message when propagation is good and steady.

Committee Members Needed for 2017 Hamfest

It’s time to start planning for the 2017 ARRL Dakota Division Convention and RRRA Hamfest. This is the largest Hamfest in North Dakota drawing attendees from 3 states and 1 Canadian province. Committee members are needed to plan and run this major fund raising activity for our club. Lots of volunteers will make the work easy for everyone. Planning meetings will begin June 11th.

The Hamfest Committee will use a mailing list for coordination and to assist the planning process. A shared folder is available to committee members at the RRRA ownCloud for document sharing and archiving.

Hamfest Committee volunteers are asked to subscribe to the hamfest mailing list so that they can stay informed and be a part of the conversation. Volunteers may subscribe multiple addresses (e.g. work and home e-mail) if desired.

Please contact if you have any questions about this event.

Subscribing to the mailing list

  1. Go to the Hamfest Info Page
  2. Look for the section marked “Subscribing to Hamfest” and fill in the boxes. You can fill in the following:
    • You must enter your email address
    • Please enter your first name and call-sign (no slashed zeros)
    • You may choose a password. If you do not choose one, Mailman will generate one for you. Warning: Do NOT use a valuable password, since this password may be mailed to you in plain text
  3. Press the subscribe button. A new page should appear telling you that your request has been sent
  4. You will receive an email message asking for confirmation that you really want to be subscribed to the list. This is to prevent anyone from subscribing you to lists without your permission. Follow the instructions given in the message to confirm your wish to be subscribed
  5. Wait for a moderator to approve your subscription request
  6. After your subscription is approved you will receive a message welcoming you to the list. This message contains some useful information including your list password and some quick links for changing your options, so you may want to save it for later reference.

Please contact the Webmaster Team if you need help with the mailing list.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 31

Pick up some Flea Market Tips for smart Hamfest shopping in the 31st episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified May 25 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-23.

Be a part of Field Day 2017

Field Day is Amateur Radio’s open house. It is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, fun!

About Field Day

Field Day is held on the 4th weekend in June; in 2017 that is 7:00PM CDT Friday, June 23rd, to 6:59PM CDT Sunday, June 25th.

This event, dating back to 1933, gives members of the public, and government officials, an opportunity to see Amateur Radio (AKA Ham Radio) in action and to learn about the hobby and how it can support their communities. It also gives Amateur Radio operators an opportunity to learn about communicating in abnormal situations under less than optimal conditions by setting up temporary stations utilizing field expedient antennas and off-the-grid power such as solar or generators.

Social media users may follow Field Day on Facebook and on Twitter using the #ARRLFD hash tag.

Amateur Radio operators who will not be at a Field Day site are encouraged to get on the air and contact those sites.

More information about Field Day is available in the What is ARRL Field Day? PDF flyer and on the ARRL Field Day page.

Fargo / Moorhead Area Field Day Sites

Please use the ARRL Field Day Station Locator to find other Field Day sites.

Morsum Magnificat

All 89 issues of the English-language version of Morsum Magnificat, the Morse Magazine, are now available for free download courtesy of Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO; Mike Feher, N4FS; and Randy Cole, KN6W.

MORSUM MAGNIFICAT was first published as a quarterly magazine in Holland. in 1983. by the late Rinus Hellemons PAOBFN. It has been produced four, then six times a year in Britain since 1986, and up to January 1999 was published and edited by Tony Smith, G4FAI and Geoff Arnold, G3GSR. It aims to provide intemational coverage of all aspects of Morse telegraphy, past present and future. MORSUM MAGNIFICAT is for all Morse enthusiasts, amateur or professional, active or retired. It brings together material which would otherwise be lost to posterity, providing an invaluable source of interest, reference and record relating to the traditions and practice of Morse [ 1 ]

“All copies of Morsum Magnificat or associated publications downloaded from the N7CFO website are for personal use only and may not be downloaded or distributed for any commercial purpose.” [ 2 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] Zyg Nilski G3OKD, “Morsum Magnificat, Number 89—March 2004”, N7CFO.COM, retrieved May 19 2017, http://www.n7cfo.com/tgph/Dwnlds/mm/MMs/MM89.pdf.

[ 2 ] “Missing Issues of Morsum Magnificat Now Available for Free Download”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified May 18 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/missing-issues-of-morsum-magnificat-now-available-for-free-download.

May 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

  • 19:07 Meeting called to order by KK0V
  • Introductions of members: 33 members present
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s rport

  • Motion to accept by N0TSZ
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept by KC0DCF
  • Seconded by W0CZ
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • The nodes are going up for the ARDEN Digital Mesh system. Once the system is up, we will get our donors and partners together to demonstrate the uses. We will need a person in charge of the scenario. We also need to incorporate it into a weekly use so that it is ready to go at a moment’s notice. W0JPJ (last month) and K0STK (this month) expressed concerned with these items. We have asked them to step forward to help make these items possible

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G
  • June 3 is Breakfast On The Farm
  • June 13 is breakfast with the emergency personal. This quarter, the topic is chemical warfare. Local NDSU police officer, Bret Mayo will be speaking. This event will be held at Moorhead state student union at 0730

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Still waiting to get the exciter in Grandin

Education

  • Bob K
  • A few dedicated students have finished the Spring Tech class and will be testing tonight. Next class will start in August 23
  • QST has a great article on ARDEN Page 39 june 2017 issue

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • Starting to get organized

VEs

  • Pete
  • Test tonight
  • Next test will not be until Hamfest

Media

  • Steve K.
  • Look at upcoming events at the top of the page
  • Visit often. The media changes every day, so come back
  • If you are not part club email or text messages, please talk to Steve.
  • Concerned about to alert list sign-up? There is a way to stop getting the alerts

Old Business

AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Digital Network)

  • Information Update
  • The system is up and running at MSUM
  • Essentia is in the works
  • The Dome has all but one signature complete
  • The ARDEN site permanent call sign is KE0LPA
  • We have a grant application into Crystal Sugar for $10,000 awarded in September
  • If you work in a tall building that could be used as a site, please contact Jim N0TSZ

Fargo Marathon

  • Information/Action - Mark J & Andy
  • This weekend. If you are signed up, you should be getting the emails about the event

New Business

Field Day

  • West Fargo site is new this year for Field Day
  • There will be one more meeting before field day in June

Stop The Bleeding

  • Will be offered in the fall
  • This trauma training can be the difference between life or death
  • We are usually the very first responders before the ambulance arrives, so taking this class teach you can save a life

Good of the Order

Adjournment

  • Motion by KA0ZLG
  • Seconded by KE0BXQ
  • Motion passed

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 30

Listen to a discussion about Optimizing Receiver Performance in the 30th episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

A contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor and a complete podcast archive are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified February 21 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-13.

Field Day 2017 Digital QST

Get ready for Field Day 2017 with these articles in the June edition of QST:

  • The Science of Field Day; a new way to wow Field Day visitors
  • The Nerd Wagon (a roll on / roll off portable station)
  • The Rhombic Loop Twofer (construction project)
  • An Easy-to-Make Three-Band [coupled-resonator] Dipole (construction project)

More Radio Operators needed for the 2017 Fargo Marathon

More amateur radio operators (hams) are needed to provide communications support for the 2017 Fargo Marathon on May 20th.

RRRA communications support for the Fargo Marathon will be coordinated through the Marathon Mailing List. So all operators who wish to volunteer for this event must subscribe to the that mailing list.

Please visit the Fargo Marathon 2017 page for the event schedule, equipment list, etc.

Subscribing to the mailing list

  1. Visit the Marathon List Information page with your browser
  2. Use the “Subscribing to Marathon” form (located about halfway down the page) to enter your email address, and first-name and call-sign (for subscriber verification). Please real zeros in your call sign
  3. Click the “Subscribe” button below the form
  4. Look for the confirmation message which will be automatically sent to the email address you provided in step 2. You should receive the confirmation message within a few minutes of submitting your subscription request
  5. Follow the instructions in the confirmation email to confirm your address. You will receive a welcome message when your subscription request has been approved.

Please contact the Webmaster Team if you need help with the mailing list.

Please contact if you have any questions about this event.

April 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

  • 19:01 Meeting called to order
  • Introductions of members; 21 members present
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s report

  • Motion to accept by N0TSZ
  • Seconded by KC0DCF
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept by N0TSZ
  • Seconded by AD0LO
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • No report necessary

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • No emergencies
  • Working on the preparedness

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G
  • SKYWARN® Monday April 24, Moorhead Law Enforcement Center, 950 9th Ave N
  • Breakfast On The Farm
    • June 3
    • 3 Miles south of Hawley
    • 7–11 am
    • Good Results
  • MS TRAM coming up also. Information on the web page

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Waiting for a decent day to switch out the Grandin exciter. Noise problem has not been an issue

Education

  • Bob K
  • 2 weeks into the tech class
  • Done in May
  • Test date in May

Hamfest

  • Bob K

VEs

  • Pete
  • Schedule for testing
  • Everyone that tested last week past or upgraded

Media

  • Steve K
  • Alert list
  • Used to send SMS (text) messages for radio operator activations
  • Sign up process: text your call sign to alert@lists.rrra.org

Old Business

AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Digital Network)

  • Information update
  • Coming along—working against the bureaucracies for building support for putting up antennae
  • Looking for groups that offer grants. Applications for grants have been placed with some local companies like Crystal Sugar

Fargo Marathon

  • Mark J.
  • Marathon needs are about the same
  • Did change the location of the command center to the sheriff facility (old guard building)
  • FM Ambulance will have handhelds in their rigs

New Business

Fargo Police Picnic

  • Seth
  • Tuesday June 27th at Island Park
  • Hams welcome to come and set up

Night to Unite

  • West Fargo
  • August 1

Zombie Run

  • September 10
  • Will need workers
  • EMS of Cass and Clay
  • Sunday afternoon
  • More info to come

Brainard Hamfest

  • Saturday

LDS Preparedness Fest

  • Coming up in September

RRRA Training Survey

  • Handed out at meeting
  • Will be available on-line

Field Day

  • Coming up
  • County site west Main Ave.in city garage just to the east of the fair grounds
  • The lot is big
  • Can camp and set up

MS Walk

  • April 29
  • Help still needed
  • New people

Good of the Order

  • Buffalo state park?

Adjournment

  • Motion by K0CRF
  • Seconded by N0TSZ
  • Motion passed
  • Adjourned at 7:45

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 29

Listen to the Doctor separate antenna myth from reality in the End-Fed Antenna episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

A contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor and a complete podcast archive are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified February 21 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-13.

North Dakota Severe Weather Awareness Week

North Dakota Severe Weather Awareness Week 2017 is April 24th–28th.

Each day during Severe Weather Awareness Week a statement providing more information about severe weather safety will be issued by the NWS Offices in Bismarck and Grand Forks.

Tornado watch/warning drills and siren activation drills will be held on Wednesday, April 26th.

Please visit the NWS Forecast Office Grand Forks, North Dakota Severe Weather Awareness Week 2017 page for more information including links to Severe Weather Awareness Week statements.

Volunteers needed for the 17th Breakfast On The Farm

Volunteers are needed to staff an RRRA information table at the 17th annual Breakfast On The Farm at Kasin Farms, Hawley, Minnesota, on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

RRRA members interested on helping to raise awareness about our club, and Amateur Radio in the Red River Valley, are encouraged to contact .

About Breakfast On The Farm

Breakfast On The Farm gives visitors an opportunity learn about farming, participate in fun and educational activities, and enjoy a (free will donation) farm country breakfast served by the Hawley Lions.

Planned activities include:

  • Free Barrel-Train rides
  • Free horse draw wagon rides
  • New & old farm equipment display
  • Milk drinking contest
  • Farm safety 4 just kids
  • Commodity groups serving samples
  • Farm animal zoo
  • Ticket giveaway and door prizes
  • Kids pedal tractor pull
    • Registration: 8:15am
    • Start: 9am
  • Butler Machinery combine bouncy house

Breakfast On The Farm is one of the Hawley Rodeo Fest events. The 2017 Hawley Rodeo Fest is June 3–10.

Breakfast On The Farm is made possible through generous donations by local and regional businesses including Farm Bureau Financial Services, RDO Equipment Co., AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Peterson Farms Seed, Community Coop, Titan Machinery, and Hawley Coop Elevator.

More information about this event is available on the Detroit Lakes website.

Radio Operators needed for the 2017 Fargo Marathon

The time of year is upon us again for the 2017 Fargo Marathon!

In partnership with local emergency responders, RRRA will once again be providing the communications backbone for the Marathon aid stations. For those that have volunteered in the past, the course is very similar to last year’s. One main difference is starting inside the Fargodome instead of out on University.

Please see the Fargo Marathon 2017 page for the event schedule, equipment list, etc.

RRRA communications support for the Fargo Marathon will be coordinated through the Marathon Mailing List. So all operators who wish to volunteer for this event must subscribe to the Marathon Mailing List; even those who who signed up on paper at the May club meeting.

Subscribing to the mailing list

  1. Visit the Marathon List Information page with your browser
  2. Use the “Subscribing to Marathon” form (located about halfway down the page) to enter your email address, and first-name and call-sign (for subscriber verification). Please real zeros in your call sign
  3. Click the “Subscribe” button below the form
  4. Look for the confirmation message which will be automatically sent to the email address you provided in step 2. You should receive the confirmation message within a few minutes of submitting your subscription request
  5. Follow the instructions in the confirmation email to confirm your address. You will receive a welcome message when your subscription request has been approved.

Please contact the Webmaster Team if you need help with the mailing list.

Please contact if you have any questions about this event.

More Radio Operators Needed for Walk MS Fargo 2017

Three amateur radio operators (hams) are still needed to provide communications support for Walk MS: Fargo 2017 on April 29th, 2017. And a cross-band repeater is needed for the Start/Finish Line position.

New hams are encouraged to participate in this event to gain experience in Amateur Radio Public Service Communication operations.

Radio operators interested in volunteering for this event should contact .

Radio Operator Schedule

The event support net will operate simplex.

Information about Walk MS: Fargo 2017 is available on the National MS Society website.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 28

Listen to a discussion about grounds for electrical safety, RF problems, and lightning protection in the Grounding episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

A contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor and a complete podcast archive are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified February 21 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-13.

Club Log is the first LoTW® Trusted Partner™

Club Log is the first logging service to achieve Trusted Partner™ status for Logbook of the World® (LoTW). This means that LoTW users (i.e. Hams who have acquired an LoTW certificate) are now able to upload directly from Club Log to LoTW (with integrated QSL signing) rather than having to seperately upload their logs to both services.

A how to use Club Log’s LoTW tools guide is available on the Club Log Support site.

About the LoTW Trusted Partner Program

The Trusted Partner program defines the requirements for an online service to store user credentials with acceptable security. All LoTW users, whether or not they work through Club Log as a Trusted Partner, are responsible for ensuring the security of their credentials. Individuals who rely on a Trusted Partner site for security have met the requirement to keep LoTW their credentials secure. [ 1 ]

The “Requirements for ARRL Logbook of the World Trusted Partners” document is available on the ARRL website.

About Club Log

Club Log is “a free web-based tool for producing DXCC league tables, expedition tools, log search services and most-wanted lists for ham radio.” [ 2 ]

Please see the Introduction to Club Log for more information about this service.

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “Club Log is Now a Logbook of The World Trusted Partner”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified April 3 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/club-log-is-now-a-logbook-of-the-world-trusted-partner.

[ 2 ] “Login To Club Log”, Club Log, retrieved April 4 2017, https://secure.clublog.org/loginform.php.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 27

Learn about how you can sound better on the air, and help your signal get through a pileup, in the Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

A contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor and a complete podcast archive are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified February 21 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-13.

Radio Operators needed for Walk MS Fargo 2017

Seven amateur radio operators (hams) are needed to provide communications support for Walk MS: Fargo 2017 on April 29th, 2017.

New hams are encouraged to participate in this event to gain experience in Public Service Communication operations. The ARRL Do’s and Don’ts of Public Service Communications (PDF - hosted at training.reactintl.org) provides useful tips for all operators.

Radio operators will stationed in the following locations:

  • Start / Finish line - 2
  • SAG van - 1
  • Rest stop (long route) - 2
  • Between rest stop and finish line (long route) - 1
  • Midway on short route - 1

These operator stations are vehicle accessible.

Radio Operator check-in time / meeting location will be set prior to the event date.

The event support net will operate simplex; operators are encouraged to bring range extending accessories such as a 14 wave whip antenna or tiger tail.

Radio operators interested in volunteering for this event should contact .

Introducing AREDN

Our served agencies are accustomed to utilizing direct (i.e. person-to-person) and virtually instantaneous communications to conduct their operations. These means of communication (e.g. the telephone, email with attachments, and instant messaging through a wide variety of platforms) depend upon extensive, and often fragile, infrastructure which can be disrupted during incidents ranging in scale from a localized fiber-optic cable cut to regional severe weather events.

As past FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, said in Ham Radio Now Emcomm Extra #8, when an incident occurs “they just want their email to work.”

Traditional public service (aka Emcomm) messaging often does not meet the expectations of today’s served agencies (our customers). Amateur Radio operator typically utilize indirect communication paths with paper forms for origination / delivery and transcription style transfer methods (e.g. voice or CW); this does not provide the style of communication preferred by our customers.

Some improvements in public service messaging have been realized through the development of the Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software (NBEMS) Open Source software suite which allows Amateur Radio Operators to transfer data such as small files, text-only emails, and ICS Forms over RF without requiring networking infrastructure. Although NBEMS can eliminate the requirement for manual transcription during message transfer, because data and messages may be delivered to radio operators on common interchangable digital media such as USB drives it suffers from the limitation of being an indirect form of communication and may still fall short of our customers’ expectations.

AREDN (the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network), which has been on the agenda at recent club meetings, provides a way for way for Amateur Radio to meet our customers’ needs for direct communications through a high-speed IP data network. AREDN uses a redundant, and resilient, radio mesh to provide a TCP/IP medium when other network infrastructure has failed.

Anyone interested in wireless networking may find Wireless Networking In The Developing World, a free book about designing, implementing, and maintaining low-cost wireless networks, to be a useful reference. This book was written by subject matter experts with vast experience in deploying wireless networks in the field and connecting communities to the global Internet. It may be downloaded as a free PDF, or purchased from Amazon to help support the WNDW project.

Online SKYWARN® Training Resources

Those who were unable to attend the Fargo and Sabin SKYWARN® classes may wish to visit the NWS WFO Grand Forks, ND page to learn about other 2017 Spotter Training Sessions in the Red River Valley.

SKYWARN® spotters who were unable to attend any classes, and anyone who would like to review the training material, may wish to take these free online courses:

The Weather Spotter’s Field Guide (PDF) is available from the NWS WFO Grand Forks, ND page and the RRRA Files and Links page.

Signup for the Spring 2017 Technician Classes

Registration for RRRA Spring 2017 Techician Classes is now open. Please register on-line (we use Eventbrite to manage our registrations). This series of classes begins 5-Apr-2017.

Our Amateur Radio license classes are held Wednesday evenings, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, on the 3rd floor of the West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St E, West Fargo, ND 58078 , http://www.westfargolibrary.com

There is no charge for instruction; however a textbook is required (approximate cost $30).

Detailed class information, including links to purchase the required text books, is available on our 2017-2018 Education and Testing Schedule.

Please contact if you have any questions.

March 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

  • 19:00 Meeting called to order
  • Introductions of members
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s report

  • Motion to accept by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by W0HNV
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by KA0LDG
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • Thank you to N0TSZ, W0HNV, WA0LIA, W0CZ, WC0G, AI0Q for helping to move the library to the new home

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

Clay RRRAES

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Grandin repeater will be up and working again on a nice day so the workers can get up to the repeater safely

Education

  • Bob K
  • Extra
  • April 5 Tech class offered for 6 weeks. Check the rrra.org for more information

Hamfest

  • Bob K
  • Starting with committee in May or June

VEs

  • Pete
  • Testing tonight at new site

Media

  • Steve K
  • No report

Old Business

AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Digital Network)

  • Mesh project, minimum of 3 nodes, $2000 each node
    • Motion by KCODCF to spend $2500.00
    • Seconded by KA0LDG
    • Motion passed
  • Motion by W0JPJ to spend $400 to purchase 4 Ubiquiti networks NB-5G25-US 5ghz nanoBridge M5 25dBi 2x2US
    • Seconded by KC0SHM
      • Discussion about 5ghz being not robust enough to work through foliage etc
      • KC0SHM offered his expertise with 5.8ghz
      • This is an experiment so we need to be aware that we are running a ham radio experiment. First, these will be used by RRRA members to test the usefulness of this net then two of these will end up with the counties, one will be put on the trailer, and one will be a back-up for now
    • Motion passed

Zombie Run

  • In September for charity
  • Ham radio asked to participate

New Business

Fargo Marathon

  • Mark J.
  • Marathon will be organized by and
  • Will get volunteers after planning meeting
  • Participation in the Marathon sign up. Need 25 about people

Good of the Order

Adjournment

  • Motion by N0TSZ
  • Seconded by KA0LDG
  • Motion passed

2017 SKYWARN® Training

There are two SKYWARN® training opportunities in the Fargo/Moorhead area in March 2017:

These free classes, presented by the National Weather Service, will train First Responders, Amateur Radio Operators, and members of the public as SKYWARN® weather spotters. They are also an opportunity for current spotters to refresh their skills.

Participants will learn about:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

No registration is required and seating may be limited. These classes are open to the public.

Please visit the NWS WFO Grand Forks, ND page to find other regional training opportunities.

About SKYWARN®

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives. [ 1 ]

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions About SKYWARN® section of the NWS WFO Grand Forks, ND page for more information about SKYWARN®.

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service. Rules for the usage of the SKYWARN® name and logo are available on-line.

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “What is SKYWARN®?“, National Weather Service , retrieved February 7 2017, http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/.

AM Rally 2017

Have you ever switched your tranceiver to AM mode? Has it been a while since you’ve done so?

All interested amateur radio operators are encouraged to try out full-carrier amplitude modulation (AM) mode during the AM Rally–0000 UTC Saturday, April 1, 2017, to 0000 UTC Monday, April 3, 2017–on the HF+6M bands (excepting 30, 17, and 12 meters).

Please visit the AM Rally page for complete details about the event including tips on using your station in AM mode.

The AM Rally is sponsored by Radio Engineering Associates in cooperation with ARRL.

“All it takes is a turn, push, or click to participate!” [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “AM Rally Set for April 1-3 – No Fooling!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified February 1 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/am-rally-set-for-april-1-3-no-fooling.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 26

An antenna tuner in the shack can be useful for matching non-resonant antennas. But these tuners may not always be the best solution. Find out why in the Remote Antenna Tuners episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

A contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor and a complete podcast archive are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified February 21 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-13.

Ham Radio Now Interviews Past FEMA Administrator

Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, was the FEMA Administrator over the course of the Obama presidency and was a vocal proponent of the public service communications provided by Amateur Radio Operators. The February 21, 2017, episode of Ham Radio Now was dedicated to an interview of KK4INZ; during this interview he discusses what Amateur Radio Operators need to do in the future to remain a valuable public service asset during emergencies.

New Meeting Location

After meeting for more than 19 years at the Cass County Annex building (in a space which was previously the Cass County Emergency Operations Center) the Red River Radio Amateurs are moving to the West Fargo City Hall.

The March ARES Meeting, Club Meeting, and Testing Session will be held at club’s new meeting location. Attendees should enter through the north doors adjacent to the 4th Ave E parking lot.

The Red River Radio Amateurs would like to thank the City of West Fargo for providing them with a new meeting location and the Cass County Government for hosting them in the past.

Please read the about our club page to learn more about the Red River Radio Amateurs.

Teardown Tuesday: Baofeng Amateur Radio

Inexpensive Chinese radios, such as those produced by Baofeng Technologies are popular as starter radios due to their low cost. They are also used as disposable or spare/back-up radios.

Learn about the internal architecture of the Baofeng UV-5RB in the Teardown Tuesday: Baofeng Amateur Radio Transceiver article on the All About Circuits website.

This article describes the disassembly process and includes a video of the tear down. It also includes circuit board photographs, a schematic diagram, block diagrams of the major components used in the radio, and links to data sheets for those major components.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 25

“In radio or wireless telephony, Private Line is a term trademarked by Motorola to describe their implementation of Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System (CTCSS), a method of using low-frequency subaudible tones to share a single radio channel among multiple users.” [ 1 ]

Learn about the technical background of this squelch tone system in the CTCSS, DTMF and More episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

A contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor and a complete podcast archive are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 2 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “Private line”, Wikipedia, retrieved March 2, 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_line.

[ 2 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified February 21 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-13.

February 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

  • 19:01 Meeting called to order
  • Introductions of over 25 members
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s report

  • KC0HIG moved
  • KC0DCF seconded
  • Passed

Treasurer’s report

  • KC0HIG moved
  • KC0DCF seconded
  • Passed

Librarian’s report

  • Motion to dispose of old magazines in any way the Librarian sees fit
    • W9NT moved
    • W0CZ seconded
    • Passed

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • Jump kits 5 and 6 are still missing. Not in the places where they are expected
  • Meshnet is a go for the marathon
    • FM ambulance will purchase a node an AREDN (AmateurRadio Emergency Digital Network). There will be 3 backbone nodes through out the FM area. Purchase of the materials will be done through FM ambulance, tax free, which ham operators are able join into. The personal wireless nodes are between $42 to $500
    • The three nodes will have three investors. $2000 by FM ambulance, $2000 the Marathon, and the final one the group asked the club to contribute. We would invest $2000 for the third node
    • This issue was tabled. There will likely be a special meeting in only a few days after specifications are available

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G
  • No report

Technical

  • Bob K
  • The Grandin repeater has been turned off. It has been causing interference with the ILO repeater in Moorhead. The Grandin repeater has been acting very well as a stand alone repeater. Grand Forks has been able to access the repeater easily. Bob is getting a new exciter and will be working on the repeater as he gets the parts

Education

  • Bob K
  • Extra Class will have 4 people working on the test. The tech class will start soon after the extra class ends

Hamfest

  • Bob K
  • Request for convention status by ARRL. Trying to get national type speaker for the 2017. Start meeting in a couple of months

VEs

  • Pete
  • Test next meeting

Media

  • Steve K
  • Thank you Tiny and Don for the information on the Skywarn meetings
  • Bylaws are on the site for your reading pleasure
  • Photos should be uploaded to a picture site like Flicker, then we can embed the link to the pictures. This saves us a bunch of space on the server since the pictures are saved in a different place

Old Business

2017 Club Election

  • Motion to approve KC0ODE as the 2017 President
    • W0CZ moved
    • KC0HIG seconded
  • Motion to approve KK0V as the 2017 Vice President
    • W0CZ moved
    • KC0HIG seconded
  • Motion to approve KE0BXS as the 2017 Secretary
    • W0CZ moved
    • KC0HIG seconded
  • Motion to approve KC0GQE as the 2017 Treasurer
    • W0CZ moved
    • KC0HIG seconded
  • Motion to approve KC0HIG as the 2017 Trustee 2
    • W0CZ moved
    • KC0DCF seconded
  • All approved unanimously. Thank you

New Meeting Location

  • 800 4th Ave East Suite 1 West Fargo
  • Thank you to the city of West Fargo for the offering

New Business

Fargo Marathon

  • No new information

Moving Plans

  • Some point check the email blast to help with moving

Good of the Order

Adjournment

  • 8:25
  • KC0HIG moved
  • KC0DCF seconded
  • Approved unanimously

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 24

“Many amateurs swear by large loop antennas for the HF bands, but what makes them so special? [ 1 ]

Find out why in the HF Loop Antennas in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast; a follow-up to to the Magnetic Loop Antennas episode.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

The current list of podcast episodes is available on the BluBrry ARRL The Doctor is In page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 2 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “HF Loop Antennas”, blubrry, retrieved February 21 2017, https://www.blubrry.com/arrl_the_doctor_is_in/21223739/hf-loop-antennas/.

[ 2 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified February 21 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-13.

2017 Officer Elections

According to the RRRA Bylaws, “Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the membership present and voting …”

Therefore, all RRRA Members are encouraged to attend the February Club Meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to vote in the 2017 Officer Elections.

Inactive members (i.e. those who have not paid their dues for the current year) must bring their membership / renewal form (PDF) and dues payment to the meeting to restore their voting rights.

Please contact the Club Treasurer, , if you have questions about your membership.

Please contact the Club President, , if you have questions about the election.

Grand Forks Repeater Update

The Forx Amateur Radio Club 146.940 repeater has been replaced with a newer model GE Mastr III. It now has a CTCSS tone of 123.0 hz, and is operating at an output power of about 55 Watts. A preamp has been installed to improve the repeater’s receive sensitivity.

Please update your repeater listings and radio memories.

Thanks to John Vik, KB0BSJ, for donating the repeater; and to everyone who helped with the installation.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 23

Learn about the similarities of, and differences between, AM and SSB in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast. The careful listener might gain some insight into why tuning has such a great effect on the sound of SSB transmissions.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

The current list of podcast episodes is available on the BluBrry ARRL The Doctor is In page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified February 9 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-12.

Save The Date For SKYWARN® Training

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.

These free classes are presented by the National Weather Service and last about 2 12 hours. Participants will learn about:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

No registration is required and seating may be limited. These classes are open to the public.

Please visit the NWS WFO Grand Forks, ND page to find other regional training opportunities.

About SKYWARN®

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives. [ 1 ]

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions About SKYWARN® section of the NWS WFO Grand Forks, ND page for more information about SKYWARN®.

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service. Rules for the usage of the SKYWARN® name and logo are available on-line.

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “What is SKYWARN®?“, National Weather Service , retrieved February 7 2017, http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 22

Listen to a discussion about Meteor Scatter “a radio propagation mode that exploits the ionized trails of meteors during atmospheric entry to establish brief communications paths between radio stations up to 2,250 kilometres (1,400 mi) apart.” [ 1 ] in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

The current list of podcast episodes is available on the BluBrry ARRL The Doctor is In page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 2 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “Meteor burst communications”, Wikipedia, retrieved January 26 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteor_burst_communications.

[ 2 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified November 11 2016, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-7.

Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes House, Heads To Senate

H.R. 555 Status

Just 10 days after being introduced, the 2017 Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation, H.R. 555, passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week on unanimous consent under a suspension of House rules. The bill’s language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which won House approval late last summer after attracting 126 co-sponsors, but failed to clear the U.S. Senate last fall as the 114th Congress wound down. The new bill, again sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), was introduced on January 13 with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce. [ 1 ]

A complete list of all actions on H.R. 555 along with full text of this bill are available on congress.gov.

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “Amateur Radio Parity Act Speeds to U.S. House Passage, Heads to U.S. Senate”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified January 24 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-speeds-to-u-s-house-passage-heads-to-u-s-senate.

January 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

  • 19:00 Meeting called to order
  • Introductions of members 42 total members and guests
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s report

  • N0TSZ moved
  • KC0HIG seconded
  • Passed

Treasurer’s report

  • KC0HIG moved
  • KC0DCF seconded
  • Passed

Librarian’s report

  • nothing to report

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • November and December quite
  • Reprograming the jump kits
  • Missing 2 jump kits
    • Jump kit #5 and 6 are supposed to be in West Fargo but are missing
    • Jump kit #1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 are accounted for
  • FM Ambulance is looking to us as the back up communication if there is an extreme problem
  • KC0DCF moved seconded that the club pay the Weather Tap fee to be reimbursed by the county
    • KC0HIG seconded
    • Passed unanimously
    • $149.47 allocated

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G
  • Hamnet-Telecom information is an interesting for the county so that communication can be very helpful in emergency. Would like to set up a hamnet for the marathon. Adam Braaten is going to set up a couple of nodes to give it a try and then pass along any information necessary
  • MS Tram ride July 19-23 going to be in Fergus Falls for 2 nights this year. Set up will be at the state hospital grounds. MS-Tram.com Large ride with 700 riders brought in $800,000 into the state. Event URL

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Grandin repeater is working but needs tweaking

Education

  • Bob K
  • 3 serious attendees for Extra class, second week

Hamfest

  • Bob K
  • Payment for rent and deposit paid

VEs

  • KA0ZLG passing the VE testing to WC0G

Media

  • Steve K
  • Contact Steve if you are not getting any of the information or not able get on the file sharing
  • Gurny is still wanting information that the news media would like to know so that he can get an article in the paper or on the TV

Old Business

  • Christmas Party follow
    • December 7th packed group
    • Big box of food donated to Dorothy Day house and money of $45
  • KC0ODE recieved the Ham Of The Year award
  • W9NT received the life time achievement award from the RRRA. Got his call sign in Chicago from his dad’s call sign who got it in 1922 in its original issuance as 9NT
  • W0JPJ received the tube
  • Jingle Bell run in the first weekend in December this year was great, and

New Business

  • New Meeting Location
    • We are not allowed to use the annex space for meeting space
    • We are looking into more suggestions on space available.
    • Feb 6 KC0ODE will be appearing before the county commission to ask
  • KD0TGA will write up the ballot

Discovery Event

  • None tonight with the VE testing

Good of the Order

  • Grand Forks newsletter here to read
  • FM Ambulance sent us a Christmas card
  • And there is an article in the FM Dorthothy Day House of hospitality newsletter about Dr. Ken Covey who was instrumental in establishing the House
  • Bob Nordum donated a 2m to the club along with a number of SWAG from NOAA
  • HR Bill 555, the new version of the parity act is now in
  • Broadcastify.com or hamoperator.com go to room MNWIS room 21493 live feed on the internet of the digital signal
  • Martin Erickson W0JFC sent silent last week

Adjournment

  • Jim

2017 Membership Renewal

It is time for annual RRRA membership renewal. Club dues are unchanged from last year.

  • Individual membership: $25
  • Additional family members: $5 each

Please print out the membership application and bring it, along with your dues payment (cash, check or money order) to the next club meeting. You may mail your membership application and dues payment if you are not able to attend a club meeting. Our mailing address is:

Red River Radio Amateurs
P.O. Box 3215
Fargo, ND 58108-3215

Please contact the RRRA Treasurer if your have any questions about renewing your membership.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 21

Listen to a discussion about Long Delayed Echoes (radio echoes which return to the sender several seconds after a transmission has occurred) in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

The current list of podcast episodes is available on the BluBrry ARRL The Doctor is In page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified November 11 2016, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-7.

Is Your Version of TQSL Up To Date?

“As of 1400 UTC on January 16, ARRL Logbook of The World (LoTW) no longer will accept contacts that have been digitally signed by versions of TQSL earlier than version 2.0. Users of earlier versions are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible, as older TQSL versions contain uncorrected defects and display inaccurate error messages.”[ 1 ] TQSL for MacOS and Microsoft Windows may be installed from the LoTW Installing or Upgrading TQSL page.

TQSL source code for Linux, and other unix-like operating systems, is available from the Installing or Upgrading TQSL page. Prepackaged versions of TQSL (both binary and source) may be available through your Operating System (or “distribution”) package management system.

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “https://twitter.com/arrl/status/816668087227445249", ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified January 3 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/logbook-of-the-world-to-no-longer-accept-contacts-signed-by-tqsl-versions-earlier-than-2-0-1.

BY70-1 Cubesat Launched

“BY70-1 is a 2U CubeSat project for education and Amateur Radio. It features 3-axis stabilization and deployable solar panels. In addition to the FM transponder, BY70-1 has a camera, and plans call for downloading images and telemetry via a 9600 bps BPSK downlink. The IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination pages list an uplink of 145.920 MHz, and a downlink of 436.200 MHz.”[ 1 ]

Please visit the AMSAT-UK BY70-1 announcement for more information.

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “New Amateur Radio FM Transponder CubeSat Now in Space”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified December 29 2016, http://www.arrl.org/news/new-amateur-radio-fm-transponder-cubesat-now-in-space.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 20

End the year with a fond remembrance of rigs gone by and a discussion about Restoring Old Radios in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

The current list of podcast episodes is available on the BluBrry ARRL The Doctor is In page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified November 11 2016, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-7.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 19

Listen to a discussion about Antenna System Troubleshooting in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

The current list of podcast episodes is available on the BluBrry ARRL The Doctor is In page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified November 11 2016, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-7.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 18

Listen to a discussion of how Yagi Antennas really work in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

The current list of podcast episodes is available on the BluBrry ARRL The Doctor is In page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [ 1 ]

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified November 11 2016, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-7.

New Hams from the RRRA Fall General Class

Congratulations to the new / upgraded Hams who are graduates of the RRRA Fall General class.

  • Morgan KE0LEH
  • Greg KE0LEE
  • Ryan KE0LEG
  • Clint KE0KNX

Skywarn Recognition Day (Updated)

The NWS Forecast Office Grand Forks, ND will be participating in 2016 SKYWARN™ Recognition Day, using the call-sign N0GF, from 0000Z to 2400Z on Saturday, December 3rd.

Grand Forks, ND Weather Forecast Office

Grand Forks, ND Weather Forecast Office

Contacts may be made on: * HF: 80, 40, 20, 15, & 10m * VHF: 6 & 2m (repeater contacts are permitted) * UHF: 70cm * EchoLink: N0GF node

Using these modes:

  • SSB
  • CW
  • PSK
  • FM
  • EchoLink

The suggested exchange is: call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly cloudy”, “windy”, etc.). [ 1 ]

Please QSL to:

Forx Amateur Radio Club - SKYWARN
PO Box 14773
Grand Forks, ND 58208

About SKYWARN Recognition Day

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world. [ 2 ]

Event certificates will be electronic and printable after the conclusion of SKYWARN Recognition Day.

Photos and event statistics from previous SKYWARN Recognition Days are available on the NWS SkyWarn Recognition Day page

Please visit the ARRL SKYWARN Recognition Day page for operating instructions and links to SKYWARN Recognition Day resources.

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “SKYWARN Recognition Day”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, accessed November 26 2016, http://www.arrl.org/skywarn-recognition-day.

[ 2 ] “SKYWARN Recognition Day”, National Weather Service, accessed November 15 2016, http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio/.

Jingle Bell Run Volunteers Needed

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.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 17

“Sometimes the best antenna is the least antenna.” [1]

Learn about some of your options for Stealth Antennas in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

The current list of podcast episodes is available on the BluBrry ARRL The Doctor is In page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [2]

Footnotes

[1] “ARRL The Doctor is In - Stealth Antennas”, blubrry, accessed November 17 2016, https://www.blubrry.com/arrl_the_doctor_is_in/17966282/stealth-antennas/.

[2] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified November 11 2016, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-7.

Press for US Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act

ARRL once again is calling on its members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up in the Senate during the “lame duck” session of Congress that adjourns in mid-December. The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, but if the Senate does not follow suit, the bill will die, and the entire process will have to be repeated. ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL Board’s Legislative Advocacy Committee and has been heavily involved in efforts to move H.R. 1301 forward, said today, “The clock is ticking!” [1]

Contacting your US Senators about the Amateur Radio Parity Act is quick and easy: 1. Go to the Rally Congress page 1. Click the Send Message button 1. Fill in your complete contact information on the next page 1. Click the Save and Preview button near the bottom of the page 1. Preview the message on the next page 1. Click the Send Messages button to send the messages to your US Senators

That’s all there is to it!

Footnotes

[1] “ARRL Calls on Members to Press for US Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act”, ARRL the national association for Amateur Radio, accessed November 15 2016, http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-calls-on-members-to-press-for-us-senate-passage-of-amateur-radio-parity-act.

Example Of Spurious Emissions

Spurious emissions from a Quansheng TG-UV2 HT (Photo: Bob Mueller)

Spurious emissions from a Quansheng TG-UV2 HT (Photo: Bob Mueller)

A recent discussion on the Amateur Radio subreddit addresses the spectral purity of one reader’s Quansheng TG-UV2 HT. This HT was connected to a IFR Systems AN920 Spectrum Analyzer (view full size image.)

Each one of the bars you see on the graph represents a spurious emission that the radio is transmitting. I wish I had thought to take a photo of a compliant radio. I did not think to do that. Perhaps KD8TWG has a photo of a compliant radio to post? We tested quite a few radios that were compliant without any appreciable spurs.

The bar on the far left of the screen represents the desired emission on the fundamental frequency. I believe we tested at 146.55 MHz? Each one of the other bars represents a spurious emission on another frequency. The higher the bar, the stronger the emission. A good radio should only see the single bar on the left side at the fundamental, and no other bars. As all the other emissions are suppressed by the filters.

I purchased one radio Quansheng and tested one radio Quansheng. (we tested a large variety of radios and brands on Sunday) Certainly not a comprehensive test of Quansheng! It’s probably not appropriate to condemn the entire brand over one test. I would encourage everyone to test their radios and post the results. Please make sure the frequency range of the Spectrum Analyzer is at least past the 3rd harmonic (440 MHz). Ideally it should scan up around 1200 MHz (1.2 GHz). I’ve seen some people try to “cheat” the test by only scanning for spurs 10 MHz around the fundamental. Also make sure we can see the noise floor in the test.

Some have commented about testing with the OEM antenna attached. Part 97 clearly states this is not acceptable. You have to connect directly to the Spectrum Analyzer.[1]

The results of this test led the owner of the radio to conclude that it was not compliant with Part 97 and, therefore, not legal to use for Amateur Radio.

Part 97 Subpart D Section 97.307(e) states: “The mean power of any spurious emission from a station transmitter or external RF power amplifier transmitting on a frequency between 30-225 MHz must be at least 60 dB below the mean power of the fundamental. For a transmitter having a mean power of 25 W or less, the mean power of any spurious emission supplied to the antenna transmission line must not exceed 25 µW and must be at least 40 dB below the mean power of the fundamental emission, but need not be reduced below the power of 10 uW.”[2]

Regardless of whether or not the conclusions in this case are correct, as licensed Amateur Radio operators we are individually responsible for ensuring that our equipment complies with the spectral purity requirements of Part 97.

Is your radio in compliance?

Footnotes

[1] “Experience with Quansheng: not legal for Amateur Radio”, Reddit, accessed November 15 2016, https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/5d2q2o/experience_with_quansheng_not_legal_for_amateur/da1cbqv/.

[2] “Part 97 - Rules of the Amateur Radio Service”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, accessed November 15 2016, http://www.arrl.org/part-97-text.

Sunday Night NCS Operators Needed For 2017

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.

Serving as an NCS is a great way to overcome mic-fright, prepare for Public Service Communication events or deployments, and hone your skills as a radio operator.

Our Net Coordinator, , will be putting the 2017 NCS roster together during December 2016.

Please contact if you have any questions or to volunteer as an NCS for the 2017 season.

Did you miss the ARRL CHIRP Programming Webinar?

Or would you like to see it again?

The ARRL CHIRP Programming Webinar has been uploaded to the ARRL HQ YouTube Channel. This 57 minute video presents the Webinar slides and a live programming session which demonstrates:

  • Connecting CHIRP to the radio
  • Downloading from the radio to CHIRP
  • Editing individual channels
  • Editing a group of channels
  • Copying channels between radios
  • Uploading from CHIRP to the radio

RRRA 2016 Christmas Party

The RRRA Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, December 7, at Pizza Ranch, Fargo starting at 5pm.

We have reserved the back two rooms for our party.

The Ham of the Year will be announced, and The Tube will be presented, during dinner.

Please bring a donation of non-perishible food, or cash, for the Dorothy Day Food Pantry. Our annual contribution to the food pantry is greatly appreciated by the Dorothy Day House.

Your family is invited to join in celebrating the season with your Amateur Radio family.

The Doctor Is In Podcast Episode 16

Enjoy a lively and informative discussion about Anderson PowerPoles and Antenna Polarization in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. The following topics have been discussed since the first epsode on April 7, 2016:

The current list of podcast episodes is available on the BluBrry ARRL The Doctor is In page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, And the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. [1]

Footnotes

[1] “The Doctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified November 11 2016, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-7.

2016 SET Results

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.”[1]

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.

The coverage areas logged on VHF by K0CRF (operating as W0ILO) included:

  • North Fargo
  • North Fargo (19th Ave)
  • Central Fargo
  • South Fargo
  • NDSU Campus
  • Fargo Y
  • West Fargo
  • Moorhead
  • Central Moorhead
  • South Moorhead
  • Crop Walk
  • East of Crystal Sugar Plant
  • I-94 Exit 38 (MN)
  • Rover (unknown location)

The number of contacts logged:

  • 145.350: 23
  • 146.520: 3
  • 147.090: 1

Footnotes

[1] “Get Set for the SET: ARRL 2016 Simulated Emergency Test is October 1-2 Weekend”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified September 20 2016, http://www.arrl.org/news/view/get-set-for-the-set-arrl-2016-simulated-emergency-test-is-october-1-2-weekend.

October 2016 Business Meeting Minutes

  • 19:17 Meeting called to order (secretary was late)
  • Moment of silence for Gene Wicklund—W0ZOK
    • Club sen[t] card with a donation to the Boy Scout troop 274 in his honor
  • Introductions of members
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s Report

  • Motion to accept by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by N0TSZ
  • Passed unanimously with one amendment

Treasurer’s Report

  • Motion to accept by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by KC0HIG
  • Passed unanimously

Librarian’s Report

  • Nothing new

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G./Mark J.
  • Some notes on SET exercises, etc.

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G.
  • Not much going on

Technical

  • Bob K.
  • Grandin repeater is checking out. Performed perfectly
  • Data port is not running yet, will turn down the power level if neede
  • Volunteers to install the repeater will meet tonight after the meeting
  • Will be a solid repeater that will outlive the programmer (so says Bob W0HNV)
  • We will use the same antennas. The Grand Forks club has a directional antenna that will work

Education

  • Bob K.
  • General class started. 5-7 showing up
  • VE testing next month
  • Extra class will start in January 2017

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • Attendance was down below 300. However table sales were up
  • Went well. Appreciate all the help. Thank you to all
  • Lots of great comments

VEs

  • Bob K./Mike H.

Media

  • Steve K.
  • Stats are on line on the Cloud

Old Business

  • Hamfest Follow-up—Information
  • Grandin Repeater—Information/Action
  • SET—Information

New Business

  • Christmas party at Pizza Ranch on 45[th] in Fargo on December 7[th] starting at 5pm. Wednesday
    • Food Donation for the Dorothy Day House, bring food and donations to the Christmas Party
  • TV for the trailer. Walmart has a 32 inch $125
    • Motion to spend $200 to purchase TV and bracketing by KC0HIG
    • Seconded by KA0LDG
    • Passed unanimously
  • Motion to dispose of old repeaters through any means necessary by W0HNV
    • Seconded by K0CRF
    • Motion passes

Discovery Event

Stop the Bleeding-Evert Paterson Captain in the Fargo Fire Department. Certified trainer in Stop the Bleeding.

The new focus is an old idea, the tourniquet has gone through studies and has been shown to control bleeding without loss of limbs. The stats on deaths from uncontrolled bleeding is staggering. Most deaths from uncontrolled bleeding occur before the patient reaches the hospital. The course is a 2 hours long and has been adopted by the military, government agencies, and other agencies as the best practice. Mr. Paterson stressed the need to have people take this class. It is offered on a per need basis. Cost for training is minimal, but it covers trainer’s time, certificates, etc.

Good of the Order

Adjournment

  • Motion to adjourn by N0TSZ
  • Seconded by K0CRF
  • Passes at 20:20

Stop The Bleeding Introductory Presentation

“All too often, victims of active shooter or mass-casualty incidents bleed to death waiting for medical treatment. … Most of these shooting events are over in 15 minutes and people can bleed to death within five minutes from these severe injuries.”[1]

Unfortunately it can take more than five minutes for professional first responders to arrive at an incident scene; this is where Immediate Responders, “civilian bystanders … who perform external bleeding control for victims at the point of wounding before the arrival of professional responders”[2], are critical for victim survival. As Amateur Radio Operators we are often present at incidents where Immediate Responders may be needed During the October 2016 Business Meeting, Everett Patterson from the Fargo Fire Department will present an Introduction to their “Stop the Bleeding” training program. This presentation will discuss why the program was developed, who developed it, and what the training is for.

About Immediate Responders

One goal of the Hartford Consensus III is to empower the public to provide emergency care. During intentional mass-casualty events, those present at the point of wounding have often proven invaluable in responding to the initial hemorrhage control needs of the wounded. Traditionally thought of as “bystanders,” these immediate responders should not be considered passive observers and can provide effective lifesaving first-line treatment.

Immediate responders contribute to a victim’s survival by performing critical external hemorrhage control at the point of wounding and prior to the arrival of traditional first responders. Immediate responders contribute to what is the critical step in eliminating preventable prehospital death: the control of external hemorrhage.

The Hartford Consensus III recognizes the vital role that immediate responders play in responding to mass-casualty events. They make major contributions to improving survival from these incidents. However, the Hartford Consensus III does not advocate that members of the public enter areas of direct threat or imminent danger.

Good Samaritan laws have been effective in empowering the public to become involved in the immediate response to a victim of cardiac arrest or choking by the initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver, respectively. The Hartford Consensus recommends that these legal protections be extended to include the provision of bleeding control.[3]

About the Hartford Consensus

In April 2013, just a few months after the active shooter disaster on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass Casualty and Active Shooter Events was convened by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in collaboration with the medical community and representatives from the federal government, the National Security Council, the U.S. military, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and governmental and nongovernmental emergency medical response organizations, among others. The committee was formed under the guidance and leadership of trauma surgeon Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer at Hartford Hospital, and professor of surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, to create a protocol for national policy to enhance survivability from active shooter and intentional mass casualty events. The committee’s recommendations are called the Hartford Consensus, and currently consist of four reports.[4]

Footnotes

[1] “Stop the Bleeding! Hartford Consensus Group Issues a Call to Action”, American College of Surgeons (ACS), last modified October 9 2013, https://www.facs.org/media/press-releases/2013/hartford1013.

[2] “Information for the Public”, American College of Surgeons (ACS), accessed October 17 2016, http://www.bleedingcontrol.org/public.

[3] “The Hartford Consensus III: Implementation of Bleeding Control”, American College of Surgeons (ACS), last modified July 1 2015, http://bulletin.facs.org/2015/07/the-hartford-consensus-iii-implementation-of-bleeding-control/.

[4] “The Hartford Consensus”, American College of Surgeons (ACS), accessed October 17 2016, http://www.bleedingcontrol.org/hartford-consensus.

Amateur Radio-Military Interoperability Exercise

An Amateur Radio-military interoperability exercise will take place October 31 and November 1. The event will begin at 1200 UTC on October 31 and continue through 2359 UTC on November 1 on 60 meter channels 1-4—5.3305 MHz, 5.3465 MHz, 5.357 MHz, and 5.3715 MHz, respectively.

During this exercise, military stations will attempt to make radio contact with stations in as many of the 3007 US counties as possible. Radio amateurs providing “county status” information will receive a US Department of Defense “interoperability QSL card.”

Contact the Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) for more information.

(From: ARRL: Amateur Radio-Military Interoperability Exercise Set for October 31-November 1)

National Silent Key Archive Hamfest Display

One of the tables at the 2016 RRRA Hamfest & ARRL ND State Convention was a display about the National Silent Key Archive™ featuring North Dakota Amateur Radio Operators from before 1946; back when our prefix was “W9.”

Photo by K8CMU

Photo by K8CMU

This display was created, and manned, by Gordon Bean, K8MRS, of St. Charles, Michigan.
Photo by K8CMU

Photo by K8CMU

Gordon introduced convention goers to the National Silent Key Archive™ and handed out information sheets which encouraged fellow radio amateurs to submit known silent keys to the Archive.

Screenshot of the National Silent Key Archive website by K0STK

Screenshot of the National Silent Key Archive website by K0STK

About the National Silent Key Archive™

The National Silent Key Archive™ is a digital library that protects and preserves photos, data, and stories about our deceased friends and family members who served Amateur Radio and the communities where we live. With a successful National Silent Key Archive, Silent Key data will be preserved and available for the Amateur Fraternity.

The success of the Archive depends mostly on the willingness Amateur Radio Operators to volunteer small segments of time to submit photographs, obituaries, and life event narratives of their deceased Amateur Radio friends and family members. The scope of what the National Silent Key Archive hopes to accomplish requires much more dedication and time than a single individual can put forth. Through the efforts of many, however, the National Silent Key Archive™ can become an outstanding and respected Amateur Radio historical reference.

(From: About The National Silent Key Archive™)

New Hams from the RRRA Fall Technician Class

Congratulations to the newly minted Hams who are graduates of the RRRA Fall Technician class.

  • Erich KE0KNW
  • Dave KE0KNY
  • Brad KE0KNT
  • Shane KE0KOA
  • Pat KE0KNV
    RRRA Fall Technician Class photo 1

    Photo by W0HNV

    RRRA Fall Technician Class photo 2

    Photo by W0HNV

ARRL-ARES Preparedness Tips

Amateur Radio tips published on the ARRL - ARES twitter page during National Preparedness Month. Memory check: When was the last time you updated the memories in your HT? Verify the settings are still good, or add new frequencies that are relevant to your area

The ICS: All hams involved with oublic service communications should know the basics of the Incident Command System (ICS). FEMA has lots of ICS info available at www.fema.gov/incident-command-system-resources

Check that coax: Old coax can deteriorate over time. Regularly test all coax runs and jumpers used in the field to ensure they will work when you need them

Portable power: Make sure you have a portable 12V DC power source available for your radio. Many options exist, but a portable car jump starter is an excellent choice that has multiple uses

Share your skills: Mentoring others strengthens ham radio preparedness in your area and reinforces your knowledge of what you teach. Somebody once taught you; keep that cycle going

Get on the air: Any skill set gets rusty if not used. Get on the air regularly for recreation. Not all ham radio is an emergency, and ops who are regularly active are more prepared if an emergency arises

Learn to look up: Skywarn teaches you how to relay critical weather info to the National Weather Service during a storm. Find a class near you at www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/

If you build it, you will learn: When you make something yourself, you will better understand how it works. Building is a great club activity; have your club sponsor a “Build Night.” The skills you learn make you a better troubleshooter in the field

Be adaptable: Always keep a wide selectio of antenna and audio adapters in your Go-Kit. You never know what gear you may encounter in the field; maximize your flexibility

ARRL training: If you want to get serious about Emergency Communications, ARRL courses will give you the foundation you need to suceed. Learn more at www.arrl.org/emergency-communications-training

Raise your app awareness: Get smart about smartphone apps for emergency preparedness. FEMA and Red Cross apps are great, but there’s much more. Study up on apps at www.emergencymgmt.com/training/Emergency.Management.App.html

Catch a (radio) wave: Communication becomes easier when you know what band fits your needs. Learn how to determine the best band for getting a message to where it needs to go

Lighten your load: A lighter Go-Kit means more agility. Weigh your gear. If you’re carrying more than 20 pounds of ham radio gear, try to cut weight without sacrificing capability. Be critical

Weather-wise: Program your local National Weather Service frequencies into your VHF/UHF radio. Weather can change in an instant, as evidenced by the sudden formation of Tropical Storm Julia along the Florida/Georgia coast on Septenber 13th, 2016. Be informed!

Blow your horn: The Public Information Officer (PIO) tells the mocal media how your club bebefits your community. This raises your club’s visibility and fosters relationships with served agencies. If your club does not have a PIO, get one!

Other organizations: VOAD is a national-level organization of other groups dedicated to helping in times of need. Learn how your group can be of service at the state level. www.nvoad.org/voad-network/stateterritory-members/

Here comes sunshine: Solar power is free and plentiful. It can charge your batteries, but it can also be a source of noise. Learn the ins and outs of solar power to keep you on the air and noise-free during Field Day, after a hurricane, or the wake of a flood. www.arrl.org/energency-alternative-power

Field Day isn’t just for June: Every time you operate portable, you gain valuable experience to use during an emergency or disaster situation. Use the fun of programs like National PArks on the Air to practice your deployment skills

Go social: Social media is the communication and networking tool of today. Learn to [do] it to promote what your group does to your community and served agencies. bit.ly/2cCv60S

Master new modes: Phone may not be able to get the message out. Learn how to use modes other than voice, such as CW or digital modes like PSK. The more ways you know how to communicate, the more valuable you are on a deployment

Go over your Go-Kit: Does your Go-Kit have intermittent issues? Been a while since you cleaned it out or did maintenance? Take an evening to go through your Go-Kit from top to bottom; minor problems become big issues at the worst possible times

Safety first: Whether a routine demonstration or a natural disaster, always operate with safety in mind. Corson off areas with bright tape, keep a first aid kit on hand, and always steer clear of downed power lines. Don’t become another victim!

Access to alkalines: Keep a supply of alkaline batteries available. They can provide power to many HTs in the event you can’t recharge your normal power pack. They come in handy for hundreds of other applications, too. If stored longterm, check regularly for leakage

Know your gear: Do you know how to use all the features your radio offers? Extra memories, special filtering and other settings can make working stations easier and reduce fatigue on long shifts, Sit down with the manual and try out all your rig can do

What else can you do?: Many of us have more skills than communication. When working with other agencies, let them know if you have any other certifications (CPR, IT, etc). You never know how you may be asked to help; make yourself valuable!

Learn from the master: If you need to learn a new procedure or skill, ask an expert to teach you. Whether handling a soldering iron or increasing your efficiency as Net Control, working directly with those who have the know-how will get you up to speed; soon, you will be doing well

Find those fuses: Keep a supply of fuses for all your devices in your kit. Don’t let a blown fuse keep you from staying on the air during a deployment

Pack cheat sheets: Be sure to document how your Go-Kit is laid out. You may have a guest op, or forget how to perform a specific function. Bring manuals with you, or condensed versions of them. You could store PDFs of them on your phone, too

Ready…SET…Go!: The Simulated Emergency Test Oct 1 & 2 gets your group involved in one of the nation’s largest training exercises. If you aren’t involved, contact your local Emergency Coordinator or member of the ARRL Field Organization

Frequent flyers: Whenever you are out with Amateur Radio in a public setting, keep a supply of promotional flyers on hand. You never know when you will get a chance to promote what we do! Free brochures are available at www.arrl.org/shop

CHIRP Radio Programming Webinar

The ARRL will host a CHIRP Radio Programming Webinar on October 19, 2016 at 8PM ET (0000 UTC on Thursday, October 20, in US time zones).

Attendees must register on-line for this webinar. This webinar will discuss:

  • What CHIRP is
  • Which radios are supported
  • How to get CHIRP
  • How to troubleshoot CHIRP

Presenter James Lee, N1DDK, became active in CHIRP development for the initial TYT9800 driver. He is a hardware development engineer for Qualcomm.

CHIRP is a free, open-source tool for programming your amateur radio. It supports a large number of manufacturers and models, as well as provides a way to interface with multiple data sources and formats. CHIRP runs on Linux, MacOS/OSX, and Windows. A list of supported radio models is published on the CHIRP website.

Simulated Emergency Test

September is National Preparedness Month. Every year in September ARRL encourages ARES, RACES, and SKYWARN leaders to plan a Simulated Emergency Test (SET). In their effort to be as prepared as possible to provide auxiliary communications if needed during a disaster, the RRRA ARES group has planned informal nets Sunday, October 2nd , and Monday, October 3rd on VHF and HF bands with relays between these bands handled by the net controllers. The purpose of this North Dakota (ND) SET is to allow those who are interested a chance to participate and to determine what communication links are possible in the event of a disaster. If this SET is deemed a success future SETs will be planned including additional times, other bands, sending messages and emergency scenarios.

The ND SET will occur between 13:00 and 14:00 CDT on Sunday, October 2nd , and Monday, October 3rd using the following frequencies:

Hams interested in auxiliary communications are encouraged to participate in both, or at least one, of the sessions.

Please contact or for more information.

September 2016 Business Meeting Minutes

  • 19:00 Meeting called to order 7:01
  • Crop Walk Oct 2nd at 1:30. Certificates handed out to members that helped last year. If you are interested in helping, Contact Dave N0WQZ
  • Introductions of members 26 members present
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s Report

  • Amended to fix spelling error of Kent’s name (sorry Kent)
  • Moved to accept Jim N0TSZ
  • Lance WA0LIA Seconded
  • Motion passes

Treasurer’s Report

  • Ken W0CZ moves to accept
  • Pete WC0G seconded
  • Motion passes

Librarian’s Report

  • Nothing to report

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G./Mark J.
  • Oct 2 and 3, Tim Cruff will run net control for the SET from 1300-1400 both days

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G.
  • Ojibwa rally went well. Eli attended

Technical

  • Bob K.
  • Later in the minutes

Education

  • Bob K.
  • About 12 students finished last Wednesday, September 14
  • General class will start September 28

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • Concession donations still wanted
  • Donated bags for Young Ladies (YL) need more items. No political or religious items please. The purses are for the YL only drawing
  • Helpers will gather 12 noon at Deaner’s Diner (the old TNT Diner in West Fargo) on Friday September 23

VEs

  • Bob K./Mike H.
  • VE’s Gather at 1000 then at 1200 the doors will close to new testers
  • The test will close at 1400
  • Price is $15.00

Media

  • Steve K.

Old Business

  • Grandin Repeater
    • Bob K.
    • Information/Action Research by Bob VX 7000 is still available
    • John Vic has offered to provide a new repeater for the location
    • Ken has offered a 30 amp power supply for the Grandin repeater
    • Thank you to both Hams for service to the club
  • Motion to accept John Vic’s by Ken W0CZ
    • Seconded by Jim N0TSZ
    • Carries unanimously
    • Amended to include extensive testing of the new equipment on W0HNV’s bench
    • Amendment carries unanimously
  • Motion to offer John Vic 2 free tables and 2 free entrances for John at the ham fest for 5 years
    • Moved by Jim N0TSZ
    • Seconded by Kent KA0LDG
    • Carries unanimously
  • Scouts appreciate the help the Hams offered
    • Certificates passed out
    • Scouts want to have our help again every 3 years
  • Field day
    • Ken KK0V has found a place for us to have field day every year
    • West Fargo fair grounds have offered a place along the south side of Main Street in the west part of West Fargo
    • The site is acceptable, presentable, and repeatable so looks like a really good location
  • Amateur Radio Parity Act
    • Has passed the House, but needs to pass the Senate
    • Keep the pressure up through letter writing

New Business

  • Directional antenna for Grandin repeater
    • We are still looking into the putting up a directional beam to Grand Forks for the NOAA Weather contact
    • Discussion was intense
    • The price 3 element welded Yagi $995, for a DB224d $675.00
    • Antennae will be range from $675 to $1000 plus shipping
    • More research is needed
  • Motion to transfer $1000.00 to the dedicated fund
    • Ken Moves W0CZ
    • Jake KD0TGA seconded
  • Motion to table action on the use of the funds until next month after the more nformation is available
    • Motion withdrawn
  • Presentation Next month
    • Evert Patterson will present Buddy Care
    • How to care or someone in major trauma

Good of the Order

Adjournment

  • Jim N0TSZ moves
  • Mike KA0ZLG seconds

Contact Your Senator About The Amateur Radio Parity Act

“The bill is passed without objection.” With those words, Amateur Radio history was made on September 12, when the US House of Representatives approved the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301 on a voice vote under a suspension of the rules. The focus of the campaign to enact the legislation into law now shifts to the US Senate.
(ARRL: Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes in the US House of Representatives!)

As ARRL Dakota Division Director, Kent Olson KA0LDG, wrote in his Tuesday, September 13, 2016, email to Dakota Division Members:

This is a “call to arms” and crunch time for us to get this bill through the Senate. The days of the 114th Congress are getting less and less each day so the faster this bill gets to the floor, the better.

Please, please, please, take a few minutes and do this for the future of Amateur Radio. ARRL officers, directors, and staff have put countless hours into getting HR-1301 passed and yet the work is not quite done. Now we need another push for [HR-1303 in the Senate] to get passed and you can help.

To this end the ARRL have deployed a Rally Congress page to simplify the letter writing process. And Rick Roderick (K5UR, ARRL President) sent the following letter to the ARRL Membership requesting their support:

Dear ARRL member,

I am writing to you today because we are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act.

Our legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, passed in the House of Representatives yesterday, September 12th. The legislation now moves to the Senate, where we need every Senator to approve the bill.

You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States. Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL HAMS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS!

  • If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner’s Association, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!

  • If you already have outdoor antennas, but want to support your fellow hams, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!

  • If you want to preserve your ability to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!

Help us in the effort. Please go to the [ARRL Rally Congress page] and follow the prompts.

Thank you.

73,

Rick Roderick, K5UR
President
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio

August 2016 Business Meeting Minutes

  • 19:00 Meeting called to order 19:06
  • Introductions of members–27 members present
  • Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s report

  • KD0TGA moved
  • K0CRF seconded
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • KC0DCF moved
  • N0TSZ seconded
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • Nothing to report

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G./Mark J.
  • SET day on October 1-3 for an hour or so to highlight our capabilities first practice and then for the Emergency response teams on Monday

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G.
  • Badges here and double check your information with the club
  • Ojibway rally coming up. Go to Rally website to sign up. Check with Bob G. for more information on contacts

Technical

  • Bob K.
  • Grandin repeater is working as a standalone repeater. It hears the Moorhead but cannot return back to the Moorhead. Talk to Bob for more information
  • The repeater is very old. 200 pounds and high in the air
  • Bob will put together a price for replacement
  • Directional antenna is also a possibility
  • Discussion about VHF/UHF commercial repeater availability. There are some possibilities. If you know of any repeaters that are being taken out of service

Education

  • Bob K.
  • Read about the NET in article September QST p. 71. View online
  • Stop the bleeding class next month
  • Technicians class
  • Ken is out for a month, so Bob is looking for help 7-9 Wednesdays

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • Need more help. Only have 12 people signed up so far. We need at least 20 with some that need to be available after the event to clean-up. We need ticket sales table and table-sales table
  • Kitchen donations are appreciated. Contact Vicki KE0BFW with help and donations
  • Need VE help. We want help to arrive by 9:45
  • Seminars
    • Fusion repeaters
    • Safety on grounding
    • Skywarn
    • ARRL League

VEs

  • Bob K. / Mike H.
  • See above. Sept 24 at hamfest

Media

  • Steve K.
  • See the stats on the cloud
  • Silent keys listing rrra.org/sk

Old Business

  • Nite to Unite
    • Jim K. / Lori K
    • Follow-up Great event
  • Grandin Repeater
    • Bob K.
    • Follow-up See above

New Business

  • Stop the Bleeding
    • Mark J.
    • Information Mark has information
  • Ad Hoc field day
    • need input
  • FM Rotary Bike Ride
    • Needs 9-10 people altogether
    • Contacted by public radio about
  • Will have Gurney and Ken on the air on 91.9 Friday August 19 between 3 and 4
  • Mike this weekend August 20-21 North American QSO party contesting. Check out the QST magazine lists every contest
  • Al we will not be doing the Alzheimer’s walk

Presentation

  • Broadband Hamnet

Good of the Order

Adjournment

  • N0TSZ moved
  • W0HNV seconded
  • Motion passed

FM Rotary Ride 2016

Radio Operators are needed to support the FM Rotary Ride 2016 on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Please contact if you would like to volunteer for this Public Service event.

About The Ride

This is the fourth annual cycling celebration for all ages and all abilities and part of Greater Moorhead Days.

Four different fun ride routes start and end at Lindenwood Park Rotary Shelter.

This vibrant community event and fundraiser has raised money to support the FM Miracle Field, a rubber-surfaced baseball field in Moorhead, and Gigi’s Playhouse Fargo, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center.

Five local Rotary Clubs host this all-volunteer event along with support from Great Rides.

Rider Registration

Registration includes:

  • Hot breakfast beverages
  • Complimentary bike checkups
  • Rest stop refreshments, snacks and activities
  • Ride leaders and sweeps
  • SAG wagon support
  • Post-ride picnic party at Lindenwood Park
  • Chance to win a free bicycle and helmet from the Great Northern Bicycle Company valued at $700!

Riders should register on-line.

Routes

  1. The Flatlander: Metric Century
    • 66 miles
    • Route goes through Sabin, Barnesville, Comstock and North on Hwy 81
    • 8 am start (check-in opens at 7:15 am)
  2. Comstock Loop
    • 44 miles
    • 9 am start
  3. Sabin Loop
    • 22 miles
    • 9 am start
  4. The Miracle Family Ride
    • 11 mile
    • 9:30 am start

2016 RRRA Hamfest & ARRL ND Convention

The largest Hamfest in North Dakota; drawing attendees from 3 states and 1 Canadian province.

Saturday, September 24th, 2016 8am–2pm at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo, North Dakota.

Featuring

Hamfest Tickets

  • Admission Tickets $9.00 Each
  • 12 years and under admitted free with parent

    Directions

    Use our Google Maps link to the RRV Fairgrounds Hartl Building or

  • From I-94: Exit 343 East on Main 12 mile, Right on Cass 28 (look for signs), South 14 mile, Right on to fair grounds entrance road

  • From I-29: Exit 65 west on Main 4 miles, Left on Cass 28 (look for signs), South 14 mile, Right on to fair grounds entrance road

  • From 13th Ave. S. (West Acres): Follow 13th Ave west 3-12 miles (13th Ave will curve north), 1 mile then left on to fair grounds entrance road

Accomodations

Some of the accomodations in the area include:

Flea Market

Tables

  • $15.00 each
  • Minimum 1 admission ticket purchase required per table
  • 8 foot tables; limited electricity available
  • Special for 2016—$3.00 off total table(s) cost with each additional admission ticket purchased

Set-Up

  • 4pm to 7pm Friday, September 23rd—doors will close Friday at 7pm
  • 7am Saturday, September 24th

Seminars

  • 9:00 W0JPJ Fusion Repeater (tentative)
  • 10:00 WA0WHE Safety, RF and Lightning grounding
  • 11:00 K0WDJ Skywarn Coordinator, NWS Chanhassen MN
  • 12:00 ARRL Forum

License Testing

  • Registration begins promptly at 10:00am
  • No tests may be started after 12 Noon
  • Testing Session conducted by ARRL Volunteer Examiners (VEs)

What to bring to the exam session

Please see the ARRL’s What to Bring to an Exam Session page to learn about what to being to this exam session.

Candidates who do not bring the required documentation (i.e. indentification, FRN or SSN) and payment ($15 cash or check) will not be able to test.

First time candidates are encouraged to apply for, and use, their FRN as doing so makes it easier to find your new license in the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS).

License class upgrades require supporting documentation of current license status. Copying facilities will not be available at the testing site.

ARRL Card Checking

  • Conducted by

Talk-In

Food

  • Light Breakfast will be available for all in the Lobby of the Hartl Ag Building 7am–8am, Saturday, September 24th
  • Lunch will be served in the main hall starting at 10:30am Saturday, September 24th

Would you like to know more?

Please call 701-541-3411, or contact the . A Hamfest flyer is available for distribution. This schedule is subject to change without notice.

Ojibwe Forests Rally Help Needed

Volunteers are still needed in all specialties for the 2016 Ojibwe Forests Rally on August 26 & 27.

The most operators are needed for the Saturday evening stage on Northshore Drive in Detroit Lakes.

Please use the on-line volunteer registration page to sign-up to help at this event. Early registration will be on Thursday the 25th from 6 to 9 pm at the Pavilion, and Friday registration is from 9-12 at the same place. There will be a brief worker meeting at 1:00 and first time volunteer training at 1:30 before leaving for the woods.

Be sure to bring food and water for the day, and bring extra insect repellant.

Please contact if you have any questions about this event.

Reading Monthly Committee Reports

The on-line Monthly Reports for RRRA Committees should be available in the Committee Reports folder on the RRRA ownCloud server. Follow these steps to view the on-line reports:

  1. Visit the RRRA ownCloud server by either entering its address (http://cloud.rrra.org) in your browser’s location bar, or by clicking the cloud ( ) social media icon below the RRRA logo in the upper left corner of any page on our web-site

  2. Enter your ownCloud username and password in the dialog box in the center of the ownCloud log-in page then click the right arrow ( ) at the end of the password line, or press your Enter key, to log-in

      If you have forgotten your ownCloud password you may attempt to reset it by clicking the Wrong password. Reset it? message which will appear under the username/password box following a failed log-in attempt.

      This reset capability is only available if you have entered a valid e-mail address in your ownCloud personal information page

  3. Click the Committee Reports folder name on the ownCloud home-page to “open” the folder. Inside it you’ll see a sub-folder for each committee; click on a committee folder name to open that folder

  4. Click on the name of the report you wish to read. If you’re unable to view a report in your browser, or just wish to download it, click the ellipsis ( ) to the right of the report name and select Download from the pop-up menu

Please contact the Webmaster Team if you need any assistance viewing the on-line reports (e.g. never received username/password, can’t reset password, nothing works, etc.)

July 2016 Business Meeting Minutes

  • 19:00 Meeting called to order (Seth calls to order at 1907)
  • Introduction of members

Approve order of agenda

Secretary’s report

  • KC0HIG moved
  • KC0DCF seconded
  • Passed

Treasurer’s report

  • KC0HIG moved
  • KA0LDG seconded
  • Passed

Librarian’s report

  • Nothing to report

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G./Mark J.
  • Check the web for the report

Clay RRRAES

  • Bob G.
  • Correction July 19th meeting in the notes instead of June 19th
  • Future this Thursday and Friday the MS Tram is happening. Still looking for help. MS Scram is a site to sign up for Hams
  • Ogibwe Forest Rally race is coming up on August 26-27

Technical

  • Bob K.
  • 146.76 dead. The power supply blew a fuse. Bob has fixed it. May need a new repeater if the machine is in bad shape. Antenna could be replaced with a Yagi to support skywarn between Grand Forks and Fargo

Education

  • Bob K.
  • Tech class on August 3rd in West Fargo Library. Registration link is on the web page. Walk ins welcome. Done in time to test for hamfest

VE

  • Mike H./Bob K.
  • Hamfest is next testing session

Media

  • Steve K.
  • Reports are at cloud.rrra.org. This is a direct link which may or may not take you directly to the cloud reports

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • Sign up sheet for help, committee, both
  • Concession stand organizer KD0ZID Lisa Doneldson has taken on another job so had to retire. We thank her highly for her great service. KE0BFW Vicki Heiler will take over the position
  • September 24this coming up fast. Donations are being
  • W0NNV moved to allocate $300 cash for ham fest door prizes
    • KA0ZLG Seconded
    • Passed with no contention
  • First committee meeting July 24th 1500 at Mom’s Diner

Old Business

  • Field Days
    • Discussion of possible locations for next year’s field day. If you have ideas for permanent locations, please contact Seth KC0ODE
    • KE0OPE John brought t-shirts and hats for distribution to anyone who wants

New Business

  • Night to Unite on August 2nd 1600-close in West Fargo
    • KC0HIG Moved $25 for candy for children age (2-102)
    • W0HNV seconded
    • Passed without contention
  • Any other new business
    • No other new business

Presentation

  • None given tonight

Good of the Order

  • Support for the Amateur Radio Parody Act is still necessary. The bill has been delayed and your continued letters to Congress will help the members to move it through before the lame duck session.
  • Moment of silence observed for silent key W0ZQJ, Dr. Covey

Adjournment

First Hamfest Planning Meeting

The first planning meeting for the the 2016 ARRL Dakota Division Convention and RRRA Hamfest will be held on Sunday, 24 Jul 2016 at 15:00 CDT. This is the largest Hamfest in North Dakota drawing attendees from 3 states and 1 Canadian province.

Committee members are needed to plan and run this major fund raising activity for our club. Lots of volunteers will make the work easy for everyone; so all RRRA members who are interested in helping with the 2016 Hamfest are encouraged to attend. Hamfest Committee volunteers are asked to subscribe to the hamfest mailing list so that they can stay informed and be a part of the conversation. Volunteers may subscribe multiple addresses (e.g. work and home e-mail) if desired.

Please contact if you have any questions about this event.

2016 Field Day Survey Results

An on-line survey about Field Day participation was conducted during the two week period prior to the July 19th RRRA business meeting.

This survey was announced on the Club Announcements and Club Discussions mailing lists.

There was a 22% response rate (15 out of 68 members) to the survey. Here are the results:

Field Day Log Submission Deadline

Entries must be postmarked, emailed or submitted by Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Late entries cannot be accepted.

Entries may be submitted to the ARRL in one of three ways:

Please see section 8 in the 2016 Field Day Rules or the 2016 Field Day Packet for detailed information about reporting.

Field Day 2016

Field Day is an annual Amateur Radio exercise, dating back to 1933, which is an educational event, an operating event, and a public relations event. This event is held on the 4th weekend in June; in 2016 that is June 25th and 26th.

Field Day gives Amateur Radio (AKA Ham Radio) operators an opportunity to learn about communicating in abnormal situations under less than optimal conditions. Hams practice these these communication skills by setting up temporary stations, often in public locations, and attempt to contact as many other Amateur Radio stations as possible. These temporary stations frequently utilize field expdient antennas and off-the-grid power such as solar or generators.

Field Day also gives members of the public, and government officials, an opportunity to see Amateur Radio in action and to learn about the hobby and how it can support their communities.

In 2016 there will be two Field Day sites in the Fargo-Moorhead area:

Red River Radio Amateurs

  • Location: Forest River Road, Fargo, ND
  • Contact: Kent Olson , 701-261-4674
  • Talk-in: W0ILO Repeaters

Clay County ARES

  • Location: 111 2nd St NE, Sabin, MN
  • Contact: Mike Heiler , 701-730-0701

June Business Meeting

The June 2016 RRRA Business meeting will be held at the Fargo Police Community Picnic on Tuesday, June 21st, near the Island Park Pool. According to the Inforum:

The picnic is held to bring the community together with police and other agencies in a casual setting so residents can learn about services available. Other organizations at the picnic will include the Fargo Fire Department, Red River Valley SWAT team, Red River Regional Bomb Squad, Sanford AirMed and more.

Residents are invited to stop by for free ice cream and chips while supplies last. Vendors will have food and beverages for sale. Music and entertainment will include the El Zagal Shrine German Band and other local cultural entertainment. There will also be a Games Galore inflatable obstacle course, pony rides and a K9 demonstration.

The picnic is sponsored by WDAY, Xcel Energy, Old Dutch, Cass Clay Creamery, Games Galore and the Fargo Park District.(1)

  1. Forum staff, “Fargo Police picnic Tuesday at Island Park,” Inforum 16 Jun 2016, Forum Communications Company, Web, 18 Jun 2016

May Testing Results

Congratulations to former students and newly licensed, or upgraded, hams who tested at the May 17th RRRA testing session.

New hams

  • John KE0JHB
  • Krista KE0JGZ
  • Pam KE0JHH
  • Tom B. (1) KE0JHA
  • Tom B. (2) KE0JGX
  • Dan KE0JHJ
  • Kara KE0JGV
  • James S. KE0JHG
  • Adam KE0JHF

Upgrades

  • James A. KE0FZC
  • Carrie KE0FZB

Thanks to our instructors and VEs.

Hamfest Committee Members Needed

It’s time to start planning for the 2016 ARRL Dakota Division Convention and RRRA Hamfest. This is the largest Hamfest in North Dakota drawing attendees from 3 states and 1 Canadian province. Committee members are needed to plan and run this major fund raising activity for our club. Lots of volunteers will make the work easy for everyone. Planning meetings will begin June 19th.

The Hamfest Committee will use a mailing list for coordination and to assist the planning process. A shared folder is available to committee members at the RRRA ownCloud for document sharing and archiving.

Hamfest Committee volunteers are asked to subscribe to the hamfest mailing list so that they can stay informed and be a part of the conversation. Volunteers may subscribe multiple addresses (e.g. work and home e-mail) if desired.

Please contact if you have any questions about this event.

Subscribing to the mailing list

There are two ways to subscribe to the hamfest mailing list: the web interface and the e-mail interface (you don’t need to use both).

Using the web interface:

  1. Go to the Hamfest Info Page
  2. Look for the section marked “Subscribing to Hamfest” and fill in the boxes. You can fill in the following:
    • You must enter your email address
    • Please enter your first name and call-sign (no slashed zeros)
    • You may choose a password. If you do not choose one, Mailman will generate one for you. Warning: Do NOT use a valuable password, since this password may be mailed to you in plain text
  3. Press the subscribe button. A new page should appear telling you that your request has been sent
  4. You will receive an email message asking for confirmation that you really want to be subscribed to the list. This is to prevent anyone from subscribing you to lists without your permission. Follow the instructions given in the message to confirm your wish to be subscribed
  5. Wait for a moderator to approve your subscription request
  6. After your subscription is approved you will receive a message welcoming you to the list. This message contains some useful information including your list password and some quick links for changing your options, so you may want to save it for later reference.

Using the e-mail interface:

  1. Open a mail program which sends mail from the address you want to subscribe
  2. Send a mail to hamfest-join at lists.rrra.org. The subject and body of the message will be ignored, so it doesn’t matter what you put there.
  3. You will receive an email message asking for confirmation that you really want to be subscribed to the list. This is to prevent anyone from subscribing you to lists without your permission. Follow the instructions given in the message to confirm your wish to be subscribed
  4. Wait for a moderator to approve your subscription request
  5. After your subscription is approved you will receive a message welcoming you to the list. This message contains some useful information including your list password and some quick links for changing your options, so you may want to save it for later reference.

Please contact the Webmaster Team if you need help with the mailing list.

Tour de Cure Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the ADA Tour de Cure bike ride on Saturday, June 11th, 2016.

There are 6 rest stops and 2 or 3 SAG (safety and gear) vehicles currently planned. The primary need is for the 6 rest stop volunteers. Rest stops will be located at:

  1. Harwood Community Center, Harwood, ND
  2. MB Johnson Park, Moorhead, MN
  3. 28th Ave N and 70th St N, Clay County, MN
  4. 90th Ave N and 140 St N, Clay County, MN
  5. Ulen, MN (site TBD)
  6. Old 52 General Store, Sabin, MN

Rest stop operating times will vary.

Rest stop volunteers should sign-up on-line.

Please contact if you have any questions.

April 2016 Business Meeting Minutes

  • 19:00 Meeting called to order
  • Introduction of members

Approve order of agenda

  • Eli K0PPE Motions
  • N0LKX Seconds
  • Approved

Secretary’s report

Treasurer’s report

Librarian’s report

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • See Reports

Clay RRRAES

  • St. Joseph’s Bike Run, 5 day bike ride through the Minnesota countryside. Looking for people to help with communication. Would have room for 20-25 people. Check piconet3925.com for more information.
  • May 21 Ojibwa headwaters rally
  • June 4 Breakfast on the farm. Dave an Joan Herpersonfarm. South of Rollag. More information and sign-up at May meeting.
  • Jared W0JPJ has set up a repeater in cooperation with Clay County. Check it out at 442.500 + 127.3 tone.

Technical

Education

  • Tech class in week 3. There is about 12 that will finish

VE

Media

  • Now to include publications, website, and Facebook

Hamfest

  • Meetings to start in June

Old Business

  • Hospital Surge Event
    • A number of Hams worked with the emergency response team of the Red River Valley (hospitals, ambulance, police, fire department) in a mock mass casualty event. The purpose was to find out where there were problems with preparedness. To this end, it was a great success.
  • Fargo Marathon
    • Sign-up for a spot to help.
  • ID Badge update
    • Sent to sheriff’s office.
  • Field Days
    • Facility Use Agreement/Deposit Required
    • Site at 76th Ave is reserved through Fargo Parks
    • Portapotty money needed is $250.
  • Boy Scouts meeting out at the MSUM science center to work on the Ham Radio and Emergency preparedness merit badges. There will be about 120 scouts. We are providing help to for the Ham radio merit badge.

New Business

  • Roll Call of Standing Committees for announcements/events Information

  • June 7th the North West Foundation Community Disaster Response and Recovery Conference occurs. Contact www.nwmf.org for more information

Presentation

  • Using the Club Cloud Server
  • By Steve K0STK

Good of the Order

  • Ken W0CZ is presenting next month

Adjournment

  • Richard AD0LO Moved
  • Jim N0TSZ seconded
  • Adjourned at 20:00

Rally Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are still needed in all specialties for the 2016 Headwaters Rally on May 21. They have a new venue this year, the Northern Lights Casino in Walker, MN. The stages will be run in the Paul Bunyan forest.

The Headwaters Rally is a single-day event that runs in the afternoon. Volunteers may avoid a hotel stay by driving up in the early morning and driving home again that night. For those choosing to stay, the rally organizers have arranged have a great deal with the Northern Lights Casino for rooms at just $80 per night. Just call (218) 547-2744 and ask for the “Headwaters Rally Block”.

The rally includes 8 stages with 2 stage crews, so most volunteers will get to see 4 stages! Rally organizers predict the largest turnout in years, with 25 cars already registered: “It’s going to be a great event.” Online registration is now open

On the 21st, worker registration will be open from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Northern Lights. There will be a brief worker meeting at 11:30 before leaving for the woods. Be sure to bring food and water for the day, along with extra insect repellant! Everyone will return to the Northern Lights for the awards banquet before dark.

Registration is also open for the 2016 Ojibwe Forests Rally, August 26-27, in Detroit Lakes, MN. Top drivers from across the country will be competing for the national championship. You’ll surely want to see the fabulous night stage through the streets of Detroit Lakes!

Please contact if you have any questions.

February 2016 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Call meeting to order Called to order by Tim Cruff at 1904.
  • Introductions – -31 members present

Agenda

Secretary’s Report

  • Accept minutes Moved by WOLAH and seconded by N0TSZ
  • Passed unanimously

Treasurer’s Report

  • Accept minutes Moved by N0TSZ and seconded by NK0A
  • Passed unanimously

Standing Committee Reports

RRRA Emergency Services (ARES) & Cass EM

  • Don, Mark, Seth
  • Aux Comm Great information on other items than ham radio. Mark relayed his story of listening to the scanner program he downloaded. He listened the officer shooting live
    1. Radio Reference Fargo Morehead streamed live. Try http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/1995
  • SkyWARN Training March 29, 1830 at the Annex building
  • April 6 activation of emergency practice of hospitals and FM Ambulance. We need 5-10 people need to be in place time 0400-0800

Clay EM

  • Bob
  • MS Tram in July.

Technical

  • Bob
  • Sanford is still waiting for progress
  • Hamfest committee is starting to gather. Need about 20 people. Once a month meetings for the Hamfest will occur in early afternoon at Mom’s Kitchen. Contact Bob W0HNV
  • The RRVF is amenable to a 3-year contract and Bob will work on getting a price set in the contract
    1. Motion by N0TSZ to spend $1600 ($1100 for rental of the Red River Fair Grounds and 2 extra rooms and $500 for Cleaning Deposit
    2. Second by KE0BXQ
    3. Passed unanimously

Volunteer Examiners

  • Mike
  • Next month test during the meeting

Librarian

  • Lori
  • The Aux Comm book has been added to the library

Publications

Education

  • Bob
  • Extra Class education is going on swimmingly
  • The technician class will start April 6

Web Site

  • Steve
  • Site is still up. It is working well

Old Business

  • Vote for New Officers Results
    1. President - Seth Swenson
    2. Vice-President - Mark Jensen
    3. Secretary - Brian Geffre
    4. Treasurer - Lori Kruft
    5. Member at Large - Mark Johnson
  • Any other old business?

New Business

  • Any new business?

Good of the Order

  • Emergency plans for North Dakota contacts made by W0LAH. The state is interested in our set up and want us to move to Bismarck
  • The picnic for Fargo PD will be June 24 and Island Park
  • Photos 2/15/16 for emergency badges
  • Contact Jim or Mark with a list of your jump gear so we have an accurate list of capabilities in the area. This list will be internal use only. JKruft@cableone.net MarkJensen@med.und.edu
  • Bob Gilbertson KA0Q presented about EMPs after the meeting.
  • Thank you Tim Cruff for your 2 years of service as President. You have done well.

Close of the Meeting

  • WA0LIA moved
  • KE0BXQ seconded
  • Passed at 1944

Fargo 2016 Skywarn Class

Red River Radio Amateurs will be sponsoring its 2016 Skywarn Class on Tuesday, March 29th . It will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Cass County Annex at 1010 2nd Ave. S, in Fargo, ND.

The Skywarn class will be presented by the National Weather Service for amateur radio operators and personnel from public safety agencies, and is open to the public, for anyone interested in being a storm spotter. It will cover all the basics of storm spotting and will also be a good refresher course for existing spotters.

Please contact for more information.

Sabin 2016 Skywarn Class

Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Rescue Squads, and Ham Radio Operators are invited to a Skywarn Refresher at Sabin Elmwood Fire District Headquarters, 120 Main Street Sabin, MN 56580, from 1830 to 2100 on Monday April 25, 2016

The class is presented by the National Weather Service and is sponsored by Clay County Emergency Services, Clay Co. Amateur Radio Emergency Services (CCARES), and the Sabin-Elmwood Fire District.

Please contact for more information.

2016 Club Officer Elections

The new RRRA Officers for 2016 are:

  • President: Seth Swenson KC0ODE
  • Vice President: Mark Jensen KK0V
  • Secretary: Brian Geffre KE0BXS
  • Treasurer: Lori Kruft KC0QGE
  • Librarian: Lori Kruft KC0QGE
  • At Large: Mark Johnson KC0SHM

Congratulations to these Hams on their election. And thanks to all who supported the governance and operation of our club by stepping forward as candiates in this election.

Thanks to our outgoing President, Tim Cruff K0CRF, for two years of service.`

Special thanks to Juliet Geffre KE0BXQ for organizing the 2016 Officer Elections.

January 2016 DHS AUXCOMM Class Photo

DHS AUXCOMM class photo

Back Row (L-R): Lori Kruft, KC0GQE; Carrie Scarr, KE0FZB; Nate Koppenhaver, KE0EXH; Gerry Phillips, NK0A; Bob Kirkeby, W0HNV; Nancy Yoshida, K9DIG; Joey Clements, DHS Presenter; Kevin Haney, KC0YKX; Bob Dablow, WB0BN; Brian Geffre, KE0BXS; James Anderson, KE0FZC; Jerry Ranum, K0JRQ; Jim Kruft, N0TSZ; Les Herbranson, W0LAH; Barb Herbranson, K0BAH. Front Row (L-R): Don Galitz, KC0DCF; Pete Pugliano, WC0G; Doug Maly, ND1D, Steve Kostecke, K0STK; Mark Jensen, KK0V; Adam Braaten, KE0BX

January 2016 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Call meeting to order by Seth at 7:03
  • Introductions

Agenda

Secretary’s Report

  • Move to accept Jody KC0HIG
  • Seconded Don KC0DCF

Treasurer’s Report

  • Move to accept KC0HIG
  • Seconded KC0DCF

Standing Committee Reports

RRRA Emergency Services (ARES)

  • Don, Mark, Seth
  • Details on posting our jump kits at a few locations around town
  • Working with the emergency network to get us involved with the network
  • FM Ambulance is establishing a radio shack at the 25th Ave location
  • FM Ambulance wants us to work with them on the April 6th practice emergency
  • Ted Koppel - Lights Out
  • More pictures for emergency

Cass EM

  • see above

Clay EM

  • Bob
  • ARRL national convention in Orlando on Feb 9-11 and 12 starts Hamcation (second to Dayton in attendance)
  • Feb 6 QSO party 8-6 Minnesota
  • Feb 21 and 22 bike tour K0EMS
  • August Ojibwe rally need for
  • Barnsville boyscouts would like a HAM come and demonstrate
  • Check your email with Bob to make sure that you wish to be included and have
  • ARRL proposing a change to 80 meters so that there is a shift back to what it was back a dozen years ago. They also want to add in techs on the 80 meter data bands

Technical

  • Bob
  • Difficulties in getting the Sanford contact situated. Need help making sure that
  • Volunteer Examiners (Mike) Testing tonight about 6 staying. About 2 taking the upgrade
  • Hamfest potential contract in November cost had changed from $800 to $900 and two $100 meeting rooms
    1. Motion by Juliet KE0BXQ that Bob W0HNV pursue a multi-year contract with the Red River Valley Fair-grounds. Seconded by Don KC0DCF
    2. Passed Unanimously

Librarian

  • Lori

Publications

Education

  • Bob

Web Site

  • Steve
  • Website is up. Mailing lists are fairly bulletproof. Each person can manage their own accounts. Monthly, we will receive a reminder of the interface and more. For more information contact Steve at K0STK@arrl.net
  • Archives are open to the public
  • Static website generator. It adjusts to the type of device used. Phone or computer. Our site is public, transparent and available to use by someone else if necessary
  • Send any facts that you want added to the site and Steve will add it

Old Business

  • October Guests (Les & Tom) The visitor KC0MKS put our club on the front page of the northern Minnesota club. Ken is the Division Director
  • Any other old business?
  • Election committee Juliet will need be the person to find
  • Jingle bell run December 3, 2016. We had fun, and many people appreciate our participation
  • If you have anything that needs publicity, contact Gurnee. Wants to get more TV presence

New Business

  • Winter Field Day-Not sure? It is on April 6[th]
  • Kent ARRL News-Cabin Fever reliever Feb 13[th] in St. Cloud and Feb 27 in Bismarck
  • Two members (former and present) of the Club are now directors in the ARRL
  • ARRL Chief Operating Officer is changing. New group is really working hard to get stuff passed
  • Covenant Law will probably pass the House, but the bill is stuck in the political lull
  • Jody-Ham of the year is Lance Lee
  • N0DJJ was in the QST as a silent key
  • Boy scouts will do an emergency preparedness Saturday May 14. Need volunteers to help. Going to have a simulated Tornado. Taking volunteers next month.
  • ARRL article/letter site has a nice right up on the Shanley Club
  • Any other new business?

Good of the Order

Close of the Meeting

  • Motion by Les W0LAH
  • Seconded by Jim N0TSZ
  • Adjourn at 8:26

November 2015 Business Meeting Minutes

  • 1900 Meeting called to order by Seth
  • Introductions: 41 people present
  • Approve the minutes of previous meeting

Minutes

  • Approve order of agenda
  • Regular agenda

Monthly reports

Secretary’s Report

  • Moved Jody K. KC0HIG
  • Seconded Barb H. K0BAH
  • Accepted unanimously

Treasurer’s Report

  • Moved Jody K. K0CIG
  • Seconded Don G. KC0DC
  • Accepted unanimously

Librarian’s Report

  • Nothing new to report

Standing Committee Reports

RRRA ARES/Cass County EM report

  • Reported by Don G.
  • Home land security course has been rescheduled for January 29 and 30, 2016
  • Need to take NEW photos for new id badges.
  • Jump kits are ready 7 total
  • FM ambulance meetings are going well
    1. Trailer from FM ambulance has been renovated with antenna.
    2. Hospitals need to go through preparedness exercises on April 6, 2016 Tentative.

RRRFFAES/Clay County EM Report

  • Reported by Bob G.
  • Addressed Senate bill 1685
    1. ask Amy Klobuchar to support
    2. Senate subcommittee needs to pass this bill onto the full senate

Technical

  • Reported by Bob
  • Sanford has been contacted but no response
  • Repeaters are working as before

Education

  • Reported by Bob
  • General class done
  • Some here to take the test
  • Extra class will start after Christmas break and test will be in March
  • W0HNV will be a special 1010
  • Spring tech class will be April

Volunteer Examiners

  • Reported by Mike H
  • Testing will happen tonight

Website

  • Reported by Gabe T.
  • We are a 501c3 again
  • Gabe T. is stepping down as the webmaster
  • Club controlled password
  • Hosting is controlled by the club
  • Steve K. will take over
  • Club is in control of everything so that if the webmaster disappears the club will still be able to take care of it.

Old Business

  • Christmas party December 1, at 1730
    • Everybody come
    • Bring non-perishable food item
    • Perhaps even socks.
  • RRRA Logo
    • We have 5 options now
    • If you have more send in to Seth before Friday November 19.
  • DHS AUXCOMM Class registration is at Register.kc0ode.com
    • Limited to 30
    • If full then there will be room to observe.
  • Update on moving W0ILO The update is above in Bob’s remarks
  • Jingle Bell Run 5 December, 2015
  • Insurance understanding is in the works for the nametags.
  • Alzheimer’s walk
  • Jake will be the new net control manager
  • Dale will keep W0RRW W0RRW update
  • Mike H. has a few pieces of equipment still

New business

  • Need someone who will take the elections committee position to find more people to run.

Motion to adjourn 1945

  • Moved Don KC0DCF
  • Seconded by Richard AD0LO
  • Passed Unanimously