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Cass County ID Badges

Instructions for requesting an ID Badge are available in the RRRA File Server (AKA the cloud) ARES Folder.

While these badges are not required for participation in ARES, they will be required for certain ARES deployment positions.

Please contact the Webmaster Team for assistance with the RRRA File Server.

ARRL's Eclectic Tech - Episode 11

In this episode of ARRL’s biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast: “Shortwave Radiogram, remote receivers, getting more from PSKreporter”1

In addition to listening here you can:

About the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

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  1. “ARRL’s Eclectic Tech - Episode 11”, blubrry podcasting, retrieved July 02 2020, https://blubrry.com/eclectictech/60864874/arrls-eclectic-tech-episode-11/. ↩︎

Stay Home and Attend the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo for 2020

Get your free tickets to the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo today!

This virtual expo is intended give Amateur Radio Operators, and others interested in the hobby, an opportunity to “engage with amazing speakers, leading suppliers of equipment, parts and services, and fellow attendees”1 without exposing themselves to COVID-19.

The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is sponsored by the QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast and is hosted on the vFairs virtual events platform.

According to the event sponsors, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Listen to and engage with 30+ internationally recognized ham radio luminaries that have committed to lead expo sessions
  • Interact with fellow participants in a variety of break out rooms on topics such as Contesting, DX, and Digital Modes
  • Walk through our virtual exhibit hall filled with popular amateur radio suppliers. Watch new product demos, interact directly with booth staff using video, audio, or text conferencing.
  • Engage with fellow hams without leaving your home ham shack. And save thousands of dollars since you don’t have to worry about travel, food, and lodging!
  • Return over the next 30 days to re-visit, explore, and re-engage exhibitor offerings 1

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

About QSO Today

QSO Today is a podcast about the international hobby of amateur radio also known as ham radio. Every week, [Eric WA6IGR interviews] a “ham” to hear their ham radio story and what they are doing now. Many of the technologies that we enjoy today including television and radio, cell phones, computers, and the Internet were born out amateur radio hobbyists experimenting with electronics and radio in their basements and garages. Amateur radio was and still is the frontier where hams conducted electronic experiments in order to make that wireless contact around the World.

As a kid growing up in Southern California during the 60s, amateur radio was WA6IGR’s ticket to electronics, science, and technology. Its hams were [his] mentors. These interviews allow [WA6IGR] to share the ham radio stories to inspire you to join this amazing hobby, or if you are already here, to grow and learn more from these stories. 2


  1. “QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo”, QSO Today, accessed July 1 2020, https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/. ↩︎

  2. “What is QSO Today?", QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast, retrieved July 1 2020, https://www.qsotoday.com/about.html. ↩︎

Special Event: Mount Rushmore Independence Day Celebration

Make that elusive South Dakota contact and celebrate Independence Day by contacting the during the Mount Rushmore Specal Event Station W0I between July 3rd 1800Z and July 5th 2359Z!

Members of the Pierre Amateur Radio Club (PARC)—AKA SDHAMS—will be participating in this special event from the Black Hills Amateur Radio Club building in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Full Suitcase

W0I will be operating on 14.238, 14.040, 7.268, and 7.040 MHz. Some digital operation is possible using FT8 or PSK31.

Please read the K0PIR Special Event: Mount Rushmore Independence Day Celebration blog post for more information such as the QSL address.

ARRL's Eclectic Tech - Episode 10

In this episode of ARRL’s biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast: “Sporadic E, antenna modeling, computer espionage, and spray-on antennas."1

In addition to listening here you can:

About the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

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  1. “ARRL’s Eclectic Tech - Episode 10”, blubrry podcasting, retrieved June 18 2020, https://blubrry.com/eclectictech/60074804/arrls-eclectic-tech-episode-10/. ↩︎

Radio Amateurs of Canada Announces a New Section

Amateur Radio Operators who participate in Field Day, the ARRL November Sweepstakes, or any other operating event logging section contacts, will be interested in this ARRL news item from January 2, 2020:

The number of Sections needed for a clean sweep in the ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) will rise to 84 in 2020, with the addition of a new Prince Edward Island (PE) Section. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) announced [at the end of 2019] this that the new Section will become effective on April 1[, 2020]. 1

In addition to Field Day and Sweepstakes, the new Section in Canada will affect the ARRL 160-Meter Contest but not the ARRL 10-Meter Contest, which uses states/provinces for US and Canadian multipliers. 1

The first Section Manager for Prince Edward Island is William Caw, VY2CAW.

VY2CAW is a second generation Amateur Radio operator having been introduced to Amateur Radio by his father G4ALV (SK). His father was a victim of polio and therefore William was co-opted into stringing dipoles, erecting rotating beams, running coax and soldering connectors. …

He is currently living in Argyle Shore on beautiful Prince Edward Island and is a volunteer with the PEI Red Cross and is interested in the concept of Amateur Radio as a public service. He is a member of both the Charlottetown and Summerside Amateur Radio Clubs. 2

Please read ARRL’s Radio Amateurs of Canada Announces a New Section article for more information about this new section and ansmall adjustment of two RAC Ontario sections.


  1. “Radio Amateurs of Canada Announces a New Section”, ARRL the national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved June 16 2020, http://www.arrl.org/news/radio-amateurs-of-canada-announces-a-new-section. ↩︎

  2. “RAC Welcomes the First Section Manager for Prince Edward Island”, Radio Amateurs of Canada, retrieved June 16 2020, https://www.rac.ca/rac-welcomes-the-first-section-manager-for-prince-edward-island/. ↩︎

ARRL Announces Updated Features on Contest Portal

The much-anticipated updated features at the ARRL Contest portal are here! These web-based tools provide an updated interface to contest data for all ARRL-sponsored contest events, including: 1

  • Contest Score viewer, including a searchable call history and records
  • Submitted logs and raw scores for recent events
  • Downloadable Comma Separated Values (CSV) files of contest results
  • Club Competition scores, including total and individual scores
  • Soapbox page for posting and viewing contest stories, photos, and other media
  • Downloadable, printable certificates suitable for framing
  • Log Checking Reports (LCRs)
  • Access to public logs
  • Contest results articles and line scores

ARRL Contest portal users will notice other minor changes to the site, as some functions have been moved on the page for better functionality and flow. The ARRL Contest portal is now a one-stop shop for all ARRL-sponsored contests. From the site, you can access everything, from the start time of a contest to your post-event certificate of accomplishment. All ARRL contest information is now conveniently located in one centralized location. 1

Please contact the ARRL Contest Program Manager with questions about ARRL contests and the Contest Portal.


  1. “ARRL Announces Updated Features on Contest Portal”, ARRL the national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved June 16 2020, http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-announces-updated-features-on-contest-portal. ↩︎

KA0LDG Foxhunt Presentation Slides

has shared a PDF copy of the slides from his Foxhunting workshop in the Training and Education | Presentations shared folder on the RRRA File Server. These slides are a great resource for those who were unable to attend the workshop and attendees who wish to review the presented material.

This Foxhunting Workshop was presented in the Sabin, MN, Fire Hall on Saturday, June 13, 2020,

Presentation Slides

  • What is Fox Hunting (Amateur Radio Direction Finding - ARDF)
  • The FOX
  • Challenges
  • Equipment for 2 meters
  • Antenna
  • Directional Antennas
  • Non-directional Antenna
  • Attenuators (for close-in work)
  • Time Direction of Arrival
  • TDOA
  • Doppler Systems
  • Multi-path
  • Map & Compass Work
  • Map & Compass Work (cont)
  • In Close
  • Misc.
  • What the “Pros” use(d)
  • Questions

Foxhunting Resources

Do you want to know more?

Please ask your questions about Foxhunting on the Club Discussions Mailing List (rrra@lists.rrra.org) to help everyone learn about this Amateur Radio activity. A free subscription is required to post to this mailing list.

Please contact the Webmaster Team if you need assistance with the RRRA File Server or Mailing Lists.

About Foxhunting

Foxhunting is a radio activity which involves searching for a transmitter using direction finding techniques. Also known as amateur radio direction finding (ARDF) Foxhunting is one form of Radiosport and is “popular in Eastern Europe, Russia, and China, where it was often used in the physical education programs in schools.” 1

The skills practiced by Foxhunters are useful for locating Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) sources and Emergency Locator Beacons.


  1. “Amateur radio direction finding”, Wikipedia, accessed June 14 2020, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio_direction_finding. ↩︎

May 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting took place on the W0ILO Repeater system instead of in-person in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Meeting called to order by President Jarod W0JPJ at 19:00
  • 19 stations checked in

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 (2020-05 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee and Officers Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA File Server.


Secretary’s Report

Jake K0RQ reported that last month’s minutes are available on the club cloud website. No corrections reported.

Treasurer’s Report

Lori KC0GQE did not have the report posted in time for the meeting. It should be posted in the next few days.

Librarian’s Report

Lori KC0GQE reported a Thank You was received from Jerry Phillips’ family as well as from DAV for the donation in honor of Kevin O’Neil.

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass County RRRAES

Mark KK0V reported there may be a possibility of housing repeater or AREDN gear on top of the Harwood elevator in place of fire gear that is coming down.

Clay RRRAES

Seth KC0ODE was not present. Jarod W0JPJ reported that there may be a surplus of VHF equipment with local public service organizations replacing gear. There is a possibility the leftover gear could be donated to the club for future repeaters.

Technical

Bob W0HNV reported there has been no progress on replacing the Wheatland repeater. Some place in Western Cass County would be ideal.

Education

Bob W0HNV reported the West Fargo Library is still closed. No word as to when the club may be able to hold classes there again. Jay WD0EGC added that they were looking into streaming the technician class lessons, but the author of the materials will not allow it.

Hamfest

Pete WC0G reported Hamfest plans are at a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The club may not be able to hold it, at some point the club will need to decide. Pete will find out when this must be decided. Volunteers will be needed if plans do proceed.

VEs

Pete WC0G reported he has been looking into remote testing due to the last few sessions being cancelled. An outdoor testing session may be a possibility.

Media

Steve K0STK reported the website domain name was renewed. April minutes are also available on the website, logging in through the cloud is not needed. Links to online Skywarn training are also available on the website. Any questions about the website or listserver please contact webmaster@rrra.org.

Old Business

Skywarn

Jarod W0JPJ mentioned that pretty much all the Skywarn dates have been canceled. There is online Skywarn training available through the National Weather Service.

Communications Trailer Donation from Jeff KK7IX

No update

New Business

Possible Harwood Repeater

Jarod W0JPJ reported that Harwood Rescue is abandoning the VHF system on top of the Harwood elevator. There is a possibility of the club adding a repeater up there. Jarod would be willing to donate a Yaesu DR2X repeater that he is no longer using at his repeater site.

Fargo Police Picnic

Jarod W0JPJ reported this has been postponed to August 11th.

Good of the Order

  • Kent KA0LDG reported several hams participated in a foxhunt on May 16th. Another one is being planned for May 30th. More details to follow
  • Anton KC0PFS asked if additional people were being added to the I Am Responding app. Anyone wanting to be added should contact Seth KC0ODE
  • Lori KC0GQE mentioned there is a special airing on PBS on Tuesday evening 5/19 that is focusing on the 1957 Fargo Tornado

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned by Jarod W0JPJ at 19:37

ARRL's Eclectic Tech - Episode 9

In this episode of ARRL’s biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast: “CW decoding software, understanding IMD, blockchain simplified”1

In addition to listening here you can:

About the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

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  1. “ARRL’s Eclectic Tech - Episode 9”, blubrry podcasting, retrieved June 04 2020, https://blubrry.com/eclectictech/59554414/arrls-eclectic-tech-episode-9/. ↩︎

Temporary Rule Waivers Announced for 2020 ARRL Field Day

The ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary rule waivers on May 27, 2020. for the 2020 ARRL Field Day event.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many radio clubs have made decisions to cancel their group participation in ARRL Field Day this year due to public health recommendations and/or requirements, or to significantly modify their participation for safe social distancing practices. [These] temporary rule waivers allow greater flexibility in recognizing the value of individual and club participation regardless of entry class. 1

  1. For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points
  2. In addition, for 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions)

Please read the Temporary Rule Waivers Announced for 2020 ARRL Field Day article for a detailed explanation of these temporary rule waivers.

About Field Day

ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio calendar, with over 36,000 participants in 2019, including entries from 3,113 radio clubs and emergency operations centers. In most years, Field Day is also the largest annual demonstration of ham radio, because many radio clubs organize their participation in public places such as parks and schools. 1


  1. “Temporary Rule Waivers Announced for 2020 ARRL Field Day”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, accessed May 29 2020, http://www.arrl.org/news/temporary-rule-waivers-announced-for-2020-arrl-field-day. ↩︎

Event Updates for May 22, 2020

These events have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 situation:

TCFMC Spring Tailgate POSTPONED

The Twin Cities FM Club (TCFMC) Spring Tailgate scheduled for May 30, 2020, has been postponed until June 13, 2020.

TCFMC requests that all Spring Tailgate attendees wear a mask / face covering during this event.

Please visit the TCFMC homepage (http://tcfmc.org/) for more information.

Midwinter Madness CANCELED

The Maple Grove Radio Club Midwinter Madness Hobby Electronics Show has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Please visit the K0LTC.org Midwinter Madness page (https://k0ltc.org/midwinter-madness/) for the official statement concerning this cancellation.

Be a part of Field Day 2020

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 2020 that is 1:00PM CDT Saturday, June 27th, to 3:59PM CDT Sunday, June 28th.

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 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.

ARRL's Eclectic Tech - Episode 8

In this episode of ARRL’s biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast: “re-discovering 10-meter FM and a discussion of digital hotspots."1

In addition to listening here you can:

About the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

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  1. “ARRL’s Eclectic Tech - Episode 8”, blubrry podcasting, retrieved May 21 2020, https://blubrry.com/eclectictech/59552851/arrls-eclectic-tech-episode-8/. ↩︎

May 19 Club Meeting Check-In Comparison

Compare your signal strength, voice quality, and PTT technique to your fellow operators with this recording from the May 19, 2020, On-Air Club Meeting

Check-ins missing a portion of the first word indicate that insufficient time was allowed between the operator pressing their PTT button and starting to speak.

Check-ins

Listen to the recording

(in order of appearance)

  • Repeater ID
  • W0JPJ
  • K0CRF
  • WD0AKO
  • WC0G
  • KA0LDG
  • WD0EGC
  • KCODCF
  • WC0G
  • W0CZ
  • W0HNV
  • K0EED
  • KC0GQE
  • KC0HIG
  • KE0LDS
  • Unreadable
  • K0RQ
  • K4UMV
  • N0TSZ
  • KK0V
  • K0STK

Frequency use based on the repeater tones:

  • VHF: 13
  • UHF: 6

About this recording

This recording was captured from the VHF side of W0ILO, Moorhead, during the RRRA On-Air Club Meeting on May 19, 2020, with an Alinco DJ-G7 Handheld Transceiver and the Audacity audio editor and recorder.

Prior to publication the recording was:

  • Processed with the Audacity “Pop-Mute” plug-in to reduce the magnitude of the squelch artifacts present at the beginning and end of each transmission

  • Edited to to present just the check-ins—from squelch opening to closing—in the sequence they occured with a 1 second gap between check-ins

  • The NCS Operator’s opening announcment was truncated

No level adjustments were made to the received signal during the editing process.

Event Updates for May 17, 2020

These events have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 situation:

West Fargo SKYWARN Class POSTPONED

The SKYWARN® class scheduled for May 18, 2020, has been postponed because West Fargo City Hall is not open to the public.

The date of the rescheduled class is not yet known. Attendees should be prepared for a video conference (e.g. “Zoom”) event.

Current SKYWARN Weather Spotters, and those interested in joining the programme, should use the on-line training resources available through the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office Grand Forks, ND SKYWARN page to prepare themselves for this upcoming class.

May 10 Net Check-In Comparison

Compare your signal strength, voice quality, and PTT technique to your fellow operators with this recording from the May 10, 2020, Sunday Night UHF/VHF Net

Check-ins missing a portion of the first word indicate that insufficient time was allowed between the operator pressing their PTT button and starting to speak.

Check-ins

Listen to the recording

(in order of appearance)

  • Repeater ID
  • K0RQ
  • KA0Q
  • WD0AKO
  • KE0VXA
  • KE0OCS
  • Kerchunk
  • Kerchunk
  • Kerchunk / WB0BIN
  • KC0DCF
  • W0CZ
  • K0EED
  • WC0G
  • W0HNV
  • KA0LDG
  • KE0LDS
  • KE0KNV
  • K0OP
  • K0STK
  • AI0Q
  • KK0V

Frequency use based on the repeater tones:

  • VHF: 10
  • UHF: 9

About this recording

This recording was captured from the VHF side of W0ILO, Moorhead, during the RRRA Sunday Night VHF/UHF Net on May 10, 2020, with an Alinco DJ-G7 Handheld Transceiver and the Audacity audio editor and recorder.

Prior to publication the recording was:

  • Processed with the Audacity “Pop-Mute” plug-in to reduce the magnitude of the squelch artifacts present at the beginning and end of each transmission

  • Edited to to present just the check-ins—from squelch opening to closing—in the sequence they occured with a 1 second gap between check-ins

  • The NCS Operator’s opening announcment was truncated

No level adjustments were made to the received signal during the editing process.

Event Updates for May 11, 2020

These events have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 situation:

May Meetings Changed and Testing Session Canceled

The RRRA May meetings can not be conducted in-person—and the May License Testing Session can not occur—because West Fargo City Hall is not open to the public.

RRRA President (Jarod W0JPJ) was quoted saying, “we will plan for an on-air or Zoom-type meeting [for May]", in a message distributed through the Club Announcements and Club Discussions mailing lists on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Club members are reminded to check the Upcoming Events section of the RRRA homepage before May 19th to verify the meeting location.

Archived copies of the pertinent mailing list traffic may be found at:

April 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting took place on the W0ILO Repeater system instead of in-person in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Meeting called to order by President Jarod W0JPJ at 19:02
  • 18 stations checked in

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 (2020-03 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee and Officers Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA File Server.


Secretary’s Report

Jake K0RQ reported that last month’s minutes are available on the club cloud website. Two corrections were made. Report was not voted on.

Treasurer’s Report

Lori KC0GQE reported the treasurer’s report for this month is available on the club cloud website. Report was not voted on.

Librarian’s Report

Lori KC0GQE mentioned a Thank You card was received from the veteran’s club that the club donated to in memory of Jerry Philips. Lori also noted the club will be doing something similar for Kevin O’Neil who passed away earlier this month.

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass County RRRAES

Mark KK0V reported that the ARRL has created a volunteer hub. ARES members are encouraged to sign up at nd.arrl.volunteerhub.com. Skywarn courses are available online, link is at RRRA.org. An in-person Skywarn class is scheduled for May, but the status of it is unknown at this time. Members are encouraged to take the online Skywarn classes.

Clay RRRAES

Seth KC0ODE reported that Clay County ARES will also be encouraging members to sign up through the Volunteer Hub. Details are forthcoming. Fargo Police Picnic scheduled for June 23[rd] is still on as scheduled for the time being.

Technical

Bob W0HNV was not present. Jarod W0JPJ mentioned that Bob is still working on a new location for the former Wheatland repeater. They will be looking for a liability waiver of some sort for any future repeater site as well.

Education

Bob W0HNV was not present. No report.

Hamfest

Pete WC0G reported that the fairgrounds are confirmed for September 19[th]. One speaker is lined up for sure, others are in the works. Online tickets will be available this year. Price is going to also be raised to $10. Volunteer efforts will need to ramp up soon. Anyone wanting to help can reach out to Pete WC0G, Tiny WB0BIN, or Anton KC0PFS.

VEs

Pete WC0G reported that testing is still scheduled for the May club meeting. This will change if the May meeting ends up being on-air instead. ARRL and W5YI are experimenting with remote testing as an alternative to in-person testing.

Media

Steve K0STK was not present. Any questions about the website or listserver please contact webmaster@rrra.org.

Old Business

Skywarn

There are online opportunities for Skywarn training for anyone interested. Link is available at RRRA website. An in-person class is still scheduled for May 18[th] at West Fargo City Hall but that is pending.

Communications Trailer Donation from Jeff KK7IX

No update

Communications Trailer Solar Upgrades

Mark KK0V approached the club regarding solar upgrades for the club trailer. The club officers approved his request. Mark KK0V also mentioned the trailer will need new batteries as well. He will get a price and report back.

Club Domain Name Renewal

Steve K0STK mentioned to the club officers last month that the domain name for the club website was up for renewal. The club officers agreed to pay for one year and shop around for a better price next year. Will get status update at next month’s meeting.

New Business

Fox Hunt

Kent KA0LDG sent an email to the club listserver about a potential Fox Hunt. He has tentatively scheduled it for May 9[th]. He notes this activity can be participated in while still maintaining a social distance.

COVID-19 Affect on Field Day

Kent KA0LDG noted that Field Day as an event is still on, but the large gathering that the club typically has will not happen due to the COVID-19 situation. Members are encouraged to participate in Field Day on their own.

Good of the Order

Don KC0DCF mentioned the club does have a Memorandum of Understanding with several organizations. That could potentially fill the liability waiver need for a new repeater site.

Adjournment

  • Motion ito adjourn by Ken W0CZ
  • Seconded by Don KC0DCF
  • Meeting adjourned at 19:48

ARRL's Eclectic Tech -- Episode 7

In this episode of ARRL’s biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast: “aeronautical radio on HF; the NCDXF/IARU beacon system; SpaceX’s Starlink network; putting your computer to work to search for a COVID-19 cure."1

In addition to listening here you can:

About the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

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  1. “ARRL’s Eclectic Tech – Episode 7”, blubrry podcasting, retrieved May 08 2020, https://blubrry.com/eclectictech/58485417/arrls-eclectic-tech-episode-7/. ↩︎

Goose River 160M Net Summer Hours

Effective Sunday, May 3rd, the Goose River 160 meter net will change to its summer hours. The net will meet at 7:00 AM local time on a frequency of 1.925 MHz and will continue throughout the summer.

Thanks to everyone who has been getting up to participate in the net. Our numbers are up and we enjoy having all the stations check in. Please join us and be a part of one of the oldest nets in the Red River Valley.

Please contact if you have questions or comments about this net.

Permission To Be Curious

In episode 255 of the Foundations of Amateur Radio podcast, Onno VK6FLAB, discusses a fundamental aspect of out hobby.

The activities that our community places under the banner of amateur radio are many and varied. I’ve referred to this as a thousand hobbies in one. If you look at the surface, you’ll find all manner of activities that readily attach to our hobby.

Activations for example are invented at any opportunity, from parks to peaks, light houses, bridges, trains, boats, lakes, roads, locators and countries. We pursue contesting, making contacts using different modes, different power levels, we pick the frequencies on which we operate.

If you dig a little deeper you might consider investigating propagation, or antenna builds, electronics, physics and more.

It occurs to me that there is an underlying activity, one that any amateur can participate in and most do at what ever level they choose.

It’s the act of being curious. 1

About the Foundations of Amateur Radio Podcast

Foundations of Amateur Radio is a weekly podcast by Australian Amateur Radio Operator Onno Benschop VK6FLAB addressing “the building blocks of Amateur Radio, one concept at a time.” 2

Listen to this episode using the audio player embedded above or in Apple iTunes. Subscribe to the podcast rss feed to receive all upcoming episodes.

Please direct all questions and comments about this podcast to the author (Onno VK6FLAB).

A number of other Amateur Radio podcasts by VK6FLAB are published at http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/.


  1. “Permission To Be Curious”, Foundations of Amateur Radio Episode 255, retrieved April 26 2020, http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/foundations/20200426.foundations-of-amateur-radio.txt. ↩︎

  2. “Foundations of Amateur Radio”, ITmaze Podcasts, accessed April 26 2020, http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/foundations/. ↩︎

ARRL's Eclectic Tech - Episode 6

In this episode of ARRL’s biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast: “a discussion about key clicks; eavesdropping on aircraft; artificial intelligence and ham contesting."1

In addition to listening here you can:

About the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

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blubrry podcasting

  1. “ARRL’s Eclectic Tech - Episode 6”, blubrry podcasting, retrieved April 24 2020, https://blubrry.com/eclectictech/57147409/arrls-eclectic-tech-episode-6/. ↩︎

April 19 Net Check-In Comparison

Compare your signal strength—and voice quality—to your fellow operators with this recording from the April 19, 2020, Sunday Night UHF/VHF Net

This recording was made from the VHF side of W0ILO, Moorhead, and was edited to include only unique participant check-ins. Duplicate check-ins were included only where there was a substantial difference in signal quality.

Check-ins missing (a portion of) the first word indicate that insufficient time was allowed between the operator pressing their PTT button and starting to speak.

Check-ins

Listen to the recording

(in order of appearance)

  • AI0Q
  • Repeater ID
  • WD0AKO
  • KB0FMJ
  • KD0USO
  • KA0Q
  • W0JPJ
  • KE0VXA (barely readable)
  • KE0PJR
  • KE0VXA
  • Kerchunking
  • KE0BXK
  • KK0V
  • N0TSZ
  • KE0LDS
  • KA0LDG
  • K0RQ and KE0VXE (double)
  • KE0VXE
  • K0OP
  • W0CZ
  • WC0G and W0HNV (double)
  • WC0G
  • KE0KNV
  • Unintelligible
  • Unintelligible

Contest University 2020 Will Be Free and Online

Tim Duffy, K3LR, has announced that Contest University (CTU) USA 2020 will be held online via Zoom on Thursday May 14, starting at 1245 UTC. CTU 2020 is free. The CTU course outline has been posted online. Connection details to the CTU Zoom bridge will be posted on the Contest University site one week prior to CTU. Sessions will be recorded for viewing any time after May 14. Slide decks will be posted on the CTU website as well. At the end of CTU 2020, Dave Siddall, K3ZJ, will present the 2020 CQ Contest Hall of Fame awards. 1

CTU attendees who have already purchased registrations / dinner tickets should use the Contest University Contact Form to choose from one of these options before May 15, 2020:

  • Refund CTU 2020 fees to original form of payment
  • Apply CTU 2020 registration to CTU 2021
  • Donate CTU 2020 fees to Youth Activities via WWROF

Registrations / dinner tickets remaining after May 15th will be donated to Youth Activities via WWROF.


  1. “Contest University (CTU) 2020 will be Free and Online”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved April 21 2020, http://www.arrl.org/news/contest-university-ctu-2020-will-be-free-and-online. ↩︎

March 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting took place on the W0ILO Repeater system instead of in-person in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Meeting called to order by President Jarod W0JPJ at 19:00
  • 18 stations checked in

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 (2020-03 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee and Officers Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA File Server.


  • Skipped due to this being an on-air meeting

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass County RRRAES

Mark KK0V reports the flood outlook continues to look better. If weather continues we should get by very well. RRRA has not been contacted by Emergency Managers regarding COVID-19. No further rulings from the FCC regarding the 3.5GHz band.

Clay RRRAES

Jarrod W0JPJ reported that COVID-19 has taken precedence over flood prep. Luckily the flood situation has improved. Joe K0JTR, the main ARES coordinator Minnesota, is looking for a new District 3 Emergency Coordinator. Steve K0STK added that the forms to receive new ARES badges [are] online via the RRRA cloud site.

Technical

Bob W0HNV is waiting for weather to improve to get back up to Grandin to work on that site.

Education

Bob W0HNV reported the tech class is cancelled due to the West Fargo Library being closed due to COVID-19.

Hamfest

Pete WC0G reported the committee is just starting to ramp up to being preparations. Volunteers are needed. One seminar is booked, one more is needed. Contact WC0G if interested.

VEs

Pete WC0G reported the next testing session is in May (March’s was cancelled due to COVID-19). If there is interest in a special testing session an additional one may be scheduled.

Media

Steve K0STK has been doing some system maintenance during the downtime. Any questions please contact webmaster@rrra.org.

Old Business

Skywarn

These dates have changed due to COVID-19. Keep an eye on club website for new dates once they are made available.

New Business

Communications Trailer Donation

Jeff KK7IX has donated a trailer to the club. It is 4ft x 5ft x 5ft. It has solar panels, cable pass throughs. Once the land it is currently parked on dries up, he will give it to us. Jeff’s generosity is very much appreciated. A location to store it will need to be identified.

Fargo Marathon

Seth KD0IOE reported the marathon has been rescheduled (tentatively) to August 29th. Since it will be warmer out there may be a greater need for our services.

Good of the Order

Kent KA0LDG and Don KC0DCF both thanked the club’s efforts to still hold a meeting on air, despite the changing coronavirus situation.

Adjournment

  • Motion by Ken W0CZ
  • Seconded by Brad KE0LDS
  • Meeting adjourned at 19:27

WD0EGC Featured in Agweek

R. Jay Goos, WD0EGC—one of the instructors in RRRA’s Education program—is profiled in two recent Agweek articles focusing on his 40 year career at North Dakota State University (NDSU) and upcoming retirement:

Goos’ distinguished career at NDSU started in 1980 after he completed his doctorate at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. “Until 2005, Goos was primarily in research but taught one course in soil fertility. When three professors retired suddenly, Goos took over the Introduction to Soil Science class. Goos is the only professor in the NDSU College of Agriculture to win the Senior Career Teaching Award twice—20 years apart.” 1

During his career Goos worked on fertilizer issues for a variety of crops but, according to Agweek, is most known for his work on iron-deficiency chlorosis (“IDC”).

Goos is an active member of Red River Radio Amateurs club and teaches their Technician level amateur radio license test preparation class. He holds an Amateur Extra Class radio license and the FCC call-sign WD0EGC.

World soy chlorosis expert prepares to hang up lab coat

R. Jay Goos is about to leave the building.

After 40 years as a soil science professor and researcher at the North Dakota State University, Goos will retire later this year as a land grant university professor with a full career that includes helping farmers tackle some of their biggest production problems.

Goos was recruited to South Dakota State University, where his father’s friend, Duane Acker, was dean of agriculture. (Acker went on to become president of Kansas State University, and assistant secretary of agriculture for science and education.) At SDSU, Jay studied mechanized agriculture and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1976, his master’s degree in 1978. 1

[ Read the rest of the article ]

Agweek

40 years of accomplishments

What does a university professor accomplish across a 40-year career? Besides his world-renowned efforts in iron deficiency chlorosis, R. Jay Goos at has worked in these other areas at North Dakota State University:

Recropping

… Goos and colleagues came up with nitrogen and water management recommendations to counter [the phenomenon of “saline seeps” in western North Dakota and eastern Montana.]

Chloride

… For farmers in the Upper Great Plains, Goos and colleagues verified that chloride would reduce root diseases by applying potassium chloride, compared to delivering the potassium as potassium sulfate.

Tillers

… Goos linked plant tiller development stages on phosphorus studies to compare the effects of starter fertilizer and seed inoculants.

Inhibitors

Goos studied and proved the effects of fertilizer additives to reduce the loss of fall-applied nitrogen over winters, especially in winters with heavy snowfall.

Ureides

… Goos developed a simple chemical test for ureides, to determine if fixation is adequate for soybean growth. 2

[ Read the rest of the article ]


  1. “World soy chlorosis expert prepares to hang up lab coat”, Agweek, retrieved April 19 2013, https://www.agweek.com/business/4998241-World-soy-chlorosis-expert-prepares-to-hang-up-lab-coat. ↩︎

  2. " 40 years of accomplishments”, Agweek, retrieved April 19 2020, https://www.agweek.com/business/agriculture/5035585-40-years-of-accomplishments. ↩︎

Event Updates for April 15, 2020

These events have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 situation:

April ARES Meeting moved to W0ILO Repeaters

A decision was made by —during the Wednesday Afternoon ARES Net on April 15, 2020—to hold a 30 minute on-the-air ARES meeting on the W0ILO Repeaters at 6:30pm (local time) on April 21, 2020.

April RRRA Business Meeting moved to W0ILO Repeaters

As announced on April 7, 2020 the April RRRA Business Meeting will be held on the W0ILO Repeaters at 7PM (local time) on April 21, 2020.

Online SKYWARN® Training Resources

Current SKYWARN® Weather Spotters, and those interested in joining the programme, may wish to take advantage of the on-line resources available through the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office Grand Forks, ND SKYWARN page.

These resources are especially valuable during a time when Social Distancing guidelines prevent the presentation of in-person classes.

ARRL's Eclectic Tech - Episode 5

In this episode of ARRL’s biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast: “a new distance record on 122 GHz; digital meteor scatter with MSK144; the promises – and potential problems – of Wireless Power Transfer technology."1

In addition to listening here you can:

About the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

Logo of the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast
blubrry podcasting

  1. “ARRL’s Eclectic Tech - Episode 5”, blubrry podcasting, retrieved April 09 2020, https://blubrry.com/eclectictech/56845276/arrls-eclectic-tech-episode-5/. ↩︎

North Dakota QSO Party 2020

RRRA Members are encouraged to participate in the North Dakota QSO Party from 1800 UTC April 11 to 0600 UTC April 12, 2020.

Participants should visit the North Dakota Section News page for contest rules, information, and other resources.

Event Updates for April 2, 2020

These events have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 situation:

International Marconi Day 2020 has been Canceled

The annual International Marconi Day (IMD) ham radio operating event that was set to take place on April 25 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-hour amateur radio event celebrates the birth of Marconi on April 25, 1874. Sponsored by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, which operates as GB4IMD, International Marconi Day features participating stations operating at sites having a personal connection to Marconi, including places where he set up transmitting and receiving stations. 1

USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships Canceled

The ARRL ARDF Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 20th USA ARDF Championships, which were set to be held this summer. Contact the ARRL ARDF Committee for more information on ARDF and on attending, participating in, or hosting ARDF competitions. ARDF participants do not need an amateur radio license. For more information on Amateur Radio Direction Finding, visit the Homing In website of Joe Moell, K0OV. 2

ARRL


  1. “International Marconi Day 2020 has been Canceled”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved April 2 2020, http://www.arrl.org/news/international-marconi-day-2020-has-been-canceled. ↩︎

  2. “USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships Canceled”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved April 2 2020, http://www.arrl.org/news/usa-amateur-radio-direction-finding-championships-canceled. ↩︎

Virtual Walk MS Fargo 2020

Thank-you to everyone everyone who volunteered to provide communication support for Walk MS: Fargo 2020.

Communication support is no longer needed because the National MS Society has moved all Walk MS events—through June—to fully virtual experiences.

These virtual experiences will continue support of life-changing breakthroughs for people affected by MS while following current social-distancing guidelines.

While The National MS Society’s Walk MS experience may look different this year, their mission does not. And as they face this time of uncertainty, they are providing resources and working hard to develop new ways to support people with MS.

How You Can Help

  • Celebrate Your Walk, Your Way … Whether it’s on a home treadmill or a walk around the block with your dog, on your site’s Walk MS date (or whenever it’s convenient for you) put on your orange or your favorite National MS Society volunteer t-shirt and show how you’re celebrating by using #virtualwalkMS on social media to share photos and more

  • Fundraising and Donations … While we cannot gather in person, if you would still like to contribute to Walk MS, you may do so through fundraising or donating. We will continue to fundraise for Walk MS virtually to meet our goals and support people living with multiple sclerosis

  • Call, text or FaceTime a person affected by MS in your life. Create a safe opportunity for connection. After all, we’re all in this together!

ARRL's Eclectic Tech - Episode 4

In this episode of ARRL’s biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast: “a potential RF treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease; listening to the Sun on 20 MHz; the “WOW” signal."1

In addition to listening here you can:

About the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

Logo of the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast
blubrry podcasting

  1. “ARRL’s Eclectic Tech - Episode 4”, blubrry podcasting, retrieved March 28 2020, https://blubrry.com/eclectictech/55965794/arrls-eclectic-tech-episode-4/. ↩︎

Aredn Version 3.20.3.0 Released

On March 27, 2020, the AREDN Project announced the general availability of the latest stable version of AREDN firmware: V3.20.3.0

This release includes official support for the GL.iNet AR150 router used by many of our members. While there’s no longer a need to use a nightly development release for this router, as of March 28th this release has not been tested locally.

V3.20.3.0 includes

  • 27 New Features
  • 16 Bug Fixes
  • Support for 16 New Devices

AREDN users are encouraged to visit the AREDN Release Notes v3.20.3.0 page for important information about

  • Changes to the Supported Platform Matrix (both status changes for deprecated devices and the addition of new devices)
  • Added Features
  • Bug Fixes
  • A link to a list of Known Issues
  • Key Workarounds for this release
  • Instructions for Upgrading Firmware Images

Please review the images built table for the target and name of the image to use before downloading a firmware update.

Check in to the RRRA Isolation Net Tonight

has started an informal evening Isolation Net at 7PM, Monday–Friday, on the W0ILO repeaters.

This net is a great way to keep in touch each other during a period of reduced physical contact and use our spectrum.

Check on the well-being of our fellow Hams and do things such as:

  • Ask for the help you need during this trying period
  • Recount the Ham Radio activities you’re engaged in while at home
  • Share a new YouTube Ham Radio video you’ve watched
  • Describe your shack
  • Ask that question you can’t find the answer for
  • And more…

See you tonight!

The Isolation Net was announced by KA0LDG on Monday March 23, 2020, through the Club Discussions mailing list.

This net will be included on the RRRA Nets list while it is operational.

Did You Finish Your Cass County ID Badge Application?

The answer is an emphatic NO if all you’ve done is turn in a paper form at an RRRA meeting.

Applying for a Cass County ID Badge is now a two step process which requires the completion of two forms. One of these forms must be completed on-line.

You will not receive your ID Badge until you complete both steps of this process.

Instructions—and helpful hints—for requesting an ID Badge are available on the RRRA File Server (AKA the cloud) in the ARES folder.

You should see the ARES folder on your main files page after logging in to the RRRA File Server. Use the search box (next to the magnifying glass icon) in the upper right hand corner of the screen to search for ARES if you can’t find the folder.

Please contact the Webmaster Team for assistance with the RRRA File Server.

Midwinter Madness Rescheduled

August 8, 2020, is the new tentative date for the Midwinter Madness Hamfest. This date was announced during the March 21st Dakota Division Virtual Meeting (webinar) and has been published on the K0LTC.org Midwinter Madness page page.

The K0LTC.org Midwinter Madness page includes a map to the event location and information about:

  • Door Prizes
  • Amateur Radio License Testing (aka VE Testing)
  • Vendor & Club Registration
    • Pricing
    • Table order form
    • MN State Sales Tax form ST19
    • Reservation instructions and contact information

Event Updates for March 16, 2020

These events have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 situation:

March Meetings and Testing Session Canceled

The RRRA President (Jarod W0JPJ) announced cancellation of the club’s March Meeting in a statement released through the Club Announcements and Club Discussions mailing lists on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Cancellation of the March License Testing Session was confirmed on the Club Discussions mailing list by the RRRA VE Coordinator (Pete WC0G).

Archived copies of the pertinent mailing list traffic may be found at:

Spring 2020 Technician Class Canceled

The Spring 2020 Technician Amateur Radio license class has been cancelled by instructor Jay WD0EGC.

Students are encouraged to watch the RRRA Education and Testing Schedule for Technician classes in the Fall of 2020.

Hamvention 2020 Canceled

ARRL reported on March 15, 2020:

For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton Hamvention® will not take place this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The glum news was not entirely unexpected, given widespread cancelations of public gatherings and a national state of emergency.

“The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health departments. It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year,” Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said in announcing the cancelation on March 15. “This decision is extremely difficult for us, but with around 2 months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary. More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted. Thank you for your understanding in this time of international crisis.” 1


  1. “Dayton Hamvention Announces Cancelation of 2020 Show”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, accessed March 16 2020, http://www.arrl.org/news/dayton-hamvention-announces-cancelation-of-2020-show. ↩︎

February 2020 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order by President Seth KD0ODE at 19:11
  • Introductions of members; 42 present
  • Secretary Alex K0JKL absent; Jake K0RQ acting Secretary
  • Students of NDSU Emergency Management program were present

Election Results

OfficeWinner
PresidentJarod Jacobsen, W0JPJ
Vice PresidentAnton O’Neill, KC0PFS
SecretaryJake Bechtold, K0RQ
TreasurerLori Kruft, KC0GQE
Member at largeSteve Kostecke, K0STK

Member at Large Vacancy

Vice-President elect Anton KC0PFS had only served half of his term as Member At-Large. His vacated seat was filled by Member At-Large runner-up Seth Swenson KC0ODE who will serve the remaining year of KC0PFS’s term.


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 (2020-02 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee and Officers Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA File Server.

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


Secretary’s report

  • Motion to accept by Jody KC0HIG
  • Seconded by Anton KC0PFS
  • Motion carries

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept by Jody KC0HIG
  • Seconded by Mark KC0SHM
  • Motion carries

Mark KC0SHM brought up possibly moving some of the money in the savings account into a CD or some other investment where it can gain more interest. Executive Committee will look into some options

Librarian’s report

  • Nothing new to report

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass County RRRAES

  • Mark KK0V

Time deferred to Seth KC0ODE

Clay RRRAES

  • Seth KC0ODE

People met with the City of Fargo as well as Cass and Clay counties regarding the flood outlook. The flood forecast has not changed in the last few weeks; everything is dependent on temperatures and future precipitation. Fargo anticipating having to fill 1 million sandbags, with ARES being deployed once the Red River reaches 32-36 feet.

Seth is also looking into the new ID badge system the county is using and making sure our IDs are compatible. All ARES members will receive new ID badges, as that is how volunteers will be managed.

KK0V and KC0ODE also met with FM Ambulance, and spent time with NDSU Emergency management students.

Sabin Skywarn is March 23rd. RRRA has not booked a Fargo Skywarn class yet.

A radio programming session was held prior to the business meeting. K0STK reminded everyone that the files to program HTs are available on the RRRA website.

Technical

  • Bob W0HNV

Nothing new to report. Still having issues with Grandin. Still working on new location for the Wheatland repeater.

Education

  • Bob W0HNV

Currently on week 7 of Extra class. Next Tech class begins March 25th.

KE0LDS will also be teaching a tech class at the LDS church starting February 20, 2020, at 7pm.

New Extra pool is available and goes into effect July 1st.

Hamfest

  • Pete WC0G

WC0G, WB0BIN and KC0PFS are handling the hamfest. Documentation has been submitted to be a regional hamfest. One speaker has been lined up.

Volunteers will be needed soon. Regular meetings will begin in the next few months.

Hamfest is September 19th, 2020. In 2021 and 2022 it moves back to the last Saturday of September.

  • Motion for $2000 ($1000 for the space, $500 deposit, and $500 for startup cash and door prizes) by Pete WC0G
  • Seconded by Ken W0CZ
  • 🆕 Amendment to increase startup amount to $800 by Time K0CRF
  • Seconded by Kent KA0LDG
  • Motion carries

VEs

  • Pete WC0G

WC0G reported testing will take place next month and the VE team is ready for the new Extra pool.

Media

  • Steve K0STK

K0STK has upgraded the cloud/file server to new software. All accounts carried over, nothing has changed, except for a password reset function. Contact webmaster@rrra.org with questions.

Old Business

Club Storage

Bob W0HNV reported the proposed indoor storage unit at U-Haul on 13th Ave has access from 5am-11pm. 24 hour access is available for an extra $10/mo, but this is likely not needed. The club can pay for 12 months and get one month free. Rental agreement renews yearly. This space is $75 a month, which is about on par for other facilities. Other sites did not have many indoor climate-controlled units. Another site had climate controlled, but no drive-in access.

  • Motion by Kirk W0HNV to move our storage to U-Haul on 13th Ave at $75/mo with a free month
  • Seconded by Anton KC0PFS
  • Motion carries

W0HNV will arrange for a moving crew in September before the hamfest.

New Business

MS Walk

Dell N0IPC is organizing volunteers to help with the walk on April 25th. See N0IPC to volunteer.

Mom’s Diner has closed

Steve K0STK brought up the closure of Mom’s Diner, which has been a long-time home to many club events.

Bismark Hamfest

Kent KA0LDG reminded everyone of the Bismarck Hamfest on Feb 29th. Details on the website.

WA0WHE (SK) Estate Sale

Pete WC0G reported the family of WA0WHE (SK) reached out to him to sell his old equipment. WC0G will work on a list of equipment.

Good of the Order

Mark KC0SHM asked that KC0ODE be recognized for serving 5 years as President. Also thanks to Alex KB0LOL for organizing elections.

Adjournment

  • Motion by Seth KC0ODE
  • Seconded by Kevin AE0BM
  • Motion carries
  • Meeting adjourned at 20:03

Event Updates for March 14, 2020

These events have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 situation:

Cancelled and postponed hamfests are published at

Dakota Division Virtual Meeting

ARRL Dakota Division Director Matt Holden, K0BBC, is hosting a Dakota Division virtual meeting (webinar) starting at 9:30AM on Saturday March 21, 2020.

Please visit the RRRA calendar listing for this event for more information (including the sign up link)

ARRL's Eclectic Tech - Episode 3

In this episode of ARRL’s biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast: “An introduction to JS8Call; SSTV is still going strong; all about arc-fault circuit breakers."1

In addition to listening here you can:

About the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

Logo of the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast
blubrry podcasting

  1. “ARRL’s Eclectic Tech - Episode 3”, blubrry podcasting, retrieved March 22 2020, https://blubrry.com/eclectictech/55850013/arrls-eclectic-tech-episode-3/. ↩︎

ARRL Announces Coronavirus Cancellations

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation ARRL has published a URL that will search the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database for canceled events. No ARRL sanctioned Dakota Division Hamfests or Conventions have been canceled as of the date of this article.

The cancellation of a number of Amateur Radio related events has been announced in ARRL’s Visalia International DX Convention, Other Events Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Worries article. These cancellations include:

along with a number of international events. Please read the ARRL article for more information.

One positive note is the Dayton Hamvention® COVID19 Update which states, “the COVID19 pandemic is a very fluid situation and the Hamvention Executive Committee is constantly in touch with the Greene County Department of Health and in turn they have daily meetings with the Ohio Department of Health. As of now we plan on holding Hamvention unless otherwise directed.” 1

Hamvention attendees—and anyone else interested in this event—may sign up for Hamvention SMS alerts by texting Hamvention to 888777 (smartphone-only link).


  1. “COVID19 Update”, Dayton Hamvention®, accessed March 12 2020, https://hamvention.org/covid19-update/. ↩︎

ARRL's Eclectic Tech - Episode 2

“In this podcast . . . a $52,000 station computer, ham applications for Alexa, Virgin Orbit to launch a ham satellite, whales and sunspots, and an introduction to HamSCI."1

In addition to listening here you can:

About the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

Logo of the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast
blubrry podcasting

  1. “ARRL’s Eclectic Tech - Episode 2”, blubrry podcasting, retrieved March 23 2020, https://blubrry.com/eclectictech/54412469/arrls-eclectic-tech-episode-2/. ↩︎

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 three training opportunities to be offered in the Fargo/Moorhead area during 2020.

These free classes are presented by the National Weather Service and last about 2 1/2 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®

In most years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning caused hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages. To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 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 an average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States.

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. “NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program”, National Weather Service , retrieved February 29 2020, http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/. ↩︎

Signup for the Spring 2020 Technician Classes

Registration for RRRA Spring 2020 Technician Classes is now open. Please register on-line for these classes. This series of classes begins March 25, 2020.

The required textbook 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.

About Our Classes

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.

Committee Members Needed for 2020 Hamfest

It’s time to start planning for the 2020 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.

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 File Server 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. Returning volunteers must re-subscribe to the hamfest list to confirm their participation.

Volunteers may subscribe multiple addresses (e.g. work and mobile 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.

Radio Operators needed for Walk MS: Fargo 2020

Ten amateur radio operators (hams) are needed to provide communications support for Walk MS: Fargo 2020 on April 25th, 2020 at Courts Plus Community Fitness, Fargo.

Radio operators interested in volunteering for this event should attend the March business meeting or contact for more information.

Radio operators are needed on-site by 8:30am for registration and must be able to assist until all the walkers have completed their route.

Maps of the event routes (1 mile, and 3 miles) will be available on the Walk MS: Fargo 2020: Routes & Maps page. Station locations will be determined once the route maps are published.

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

ARRL's Eclectic Tech - Episode 1

“In our first episode, an audio sample of activity on QO-100, the first geostationary amateur radio satellite transponder; why dirty FM handhelds matter; a discussion about the current solar cycle, and more1

In addition to listening here you can:

About the ARRL Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

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  1. “ARRL’s Eclectic Tech”, blubrry podcasting, retrieved March 22 2020, https://blubrry.com/eclectictech/54220394/eclectic-tech/. ↩︎

Consider Running for Office This Year

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] (/about/bylaws/#article-iii-fiscal-year) 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 (our 2020 Election Facilitator) 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 2020.

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

WAARC Spring Technician Class

Wadena Area Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a Technician Class this spring to get more people involved in the wonderful hobby of amateur radio. This class is free and will run 6 weeks with a License (aka VE) Testing Session on the 7th week.

Classes will be held from 6:30pm until 9pm on Tuesdays. The first class session will be on Tuesday, March 24th. During the 7th week we will have a testing session open to the public on May 4th.

These classes will be held at the Wadena-Deer Creek High School, 600 Colfax Ave SW, Wadena, MN 56482; in the upstairs Media Center Classroom. WDC School has been so wonderful to allow us to host our 2nd class there in conjunction with Community Education.

The textbook for these classes is the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (4th Edition) which may be purchased on-line (e.g. ARRL Store, Amazon) or at any major bookstore. The classes will follow the format of this textbook.

Anyone interested in signing up for this class should contact by e-mail or call/text 701-270-7029

ARRL On the Air Magazine Digital Edition Published

The first digital edition of the new ARRL On the Air magazine became available for reading in the ARRL QST app on January 14, 2020, and is also available for reading on the ARRL website.

On the Air is a bimonthly magazine, published by ARRL, written for beginner to intermediate level amateur radio operators.

Eligible US-based ARRL members may choose to receive either On the Air or QST as their print magazine when they join, or upon their annual renewal.

On the Air magazine is the newest ARRL member benefit to help new licensees and beginner-to-intermediate radio communicators navigate the world of amateur radio. Delivered six times a year, the magazine will present articles, how-to’s, and tips for selecting equipment, building projects, getting involved in emergency communication as well as spotlighting the experiences of people using radio to serve their communities, and those using it for enjoyment.

Whether you just passed your Technician exam or have been licensed for years but never got around to making contacts or starting a project, On the Air can help you take your interest in radio to the next level with clear, useful information.1

Please visit the On the Air magazine page for more information about the magazine and its companion benefits:

Everyone may view a sample issue of On the Air magazine.

ARRL members may view the current edition online or in the ARRL Magazine app (available for Android, IOS/Apple, and Kindle Fire). Your username and password will be the same credentials used to log in to the ARRL website.

Information about the current edition, previous edition archive, and ARRL magazine apps is available on the Read On the Air page.


  1. “Read On the Air”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, accessed January 18 2020, http://www.arrl.org/read-on-the-air. ↩︎

Comments on 3GHz and 5Ghz Reallocation Due by January 18

Comments are due by January 18, 2020, in reponse to the Facilitating Shared Use in the 3.1-3.55 GHz Band (FCC 19-130) and Use of the 5.850-5.925 GHz Band (FCC 19-129) Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which will affect current Amateur Radio allocations in these bands.

All Amateur Radio Operators are encouraged to submit comments against these reallocations and in support of current Amateur operations in the bands to the FCC.

The Facilitating Shared Use in the 3.1-3.55 GHz Band NPRM proposes “to eliminate … the non-federal amateur allocation in the 3.3-3.5 GHz [as] an initial step toward potential future shared use between federal operations and flexible use commercial services, in furtherance of [the FCC’s] obligations under the MOBILE NOW Act to identify spectrum for mobile and fixed wireless use and to work with NTIA to evaluate this band for potential shared use."1

A discussion of the comments desired by the FCC is presented on the Future of Incumbent Non-Federal Operations section on page 5 of NPRM FCC 19-130.

The Use of the 5.850-5.925 GHz Band NPRM proposes to make spectrum available for Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) operations as requested by the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) by by authorizing C-V2X in a 20Mhz segment of this band.

The NPRM notes “that the Amateur Service also shares the 5.9 GHz band through a secondary allocation [and proposes] that no additional rules are necessary to accommodate co-channel C-V2X use with the Amateur Service. [And the FCC proposes] that no additional rules are necessary to protect C-V2X devices from ISM operations permitted under Part 18 of our rules in the 5.850-5.875 GHz portion of the band. [The FCC seeks] comment on these proposals."2

Comments on both of the NPRMs are due thirty (30) days after their publication in the Federal Register; their publication date was December 18, 2019. Commenters are urged to read the NPRMs before writing their comments to ensure they are effectively on-topic.

How to Comment

“Interested parties may file short comments on WT [Dockets 19-148 and 19-348] via the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing Service (Express). Visit the FCC’s How to Comment on FCC Proceedings page for information on filing extended comments”3

KA0LDG has provided sample comments in his FCC NPRM message on the Club Discussions mailing list. Please take the time to support our hobby in the face of threats to resources and activities regardless of whether or not you personally use them.

Why Bother Commenting?

First the FCC came for our allocation in the 11M band And I did not speak out Because 11M wasn’t harmonically related to the other HF bands

Then the FCC refused to stand up to HOAs regarding installation of effective outdoor antennas And I did not speak out Because I was smarter than other hams did not live under an HOA

Then the FCC came for our allocations in the 3GHz and 5GHz bands And I did not speak out Because data networks are useless and they are not real ham radio anyway

Then the FCC banned ARES And I did not speak out Because I’m only interested Contesting and Rag Chewing

Then the FCC suspended Part 97 because there’s no financial benefit to Amateur Radio And there was no one left To speak out for me


  1. “FCC 19-120 III(A)(9)", Federal Communications Commission, accessed January 10 2020, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-130A1.pdf. ↩︎

  2. “FCC 19-129 III(C)(51)", Federal Communications Commission, accessed January 10 2020, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-129A1.pdf. ↩︎

  3. “FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band, Invites Comments”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, accessed January 10 2020, http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-formally-adopts-proposals-to-remove-amateur-3-ghz-band-invites-comments. ↩︎

Solar Cycle 25 Appears to Have Begun

On January 3, 2019, K7UV started a discussion in the Amateur Radio sub-reddit about a report by K7RA—in the first ARRL Propagation Bulletin for 2020—about indications that Solar Cycle 25 has begun; good news for DXers and other Amateur Radio Operators who rely on the effects of sunspots for propagation.

Sunspots appeared recently, all indicating Solar Cycle 25 due to their polarity, opposite from spots in Solar Cycle 24. Sunspots appeared December 24-26, and it looks like a new Solar Cycle 25 spot on January 1. NOAA did not report it (too weak?) but Spaceweather.com reported a sunspot number of 11 on January 1.

On January 2 NOAA reported the new spot with a sunspot number of 23.1

The propagation bulletin continues with technical analysis—including solar flux predictions—of upcoming propagation conditions and includes numerous useful links for those interested in the subject of propagation.

ARRL Members who wish to receive ARRL Propagation Bulletins via e-mail may subscribe to these bulletins on the W1AW Bulletins section on the Edit Email Subscriptions page of thier member profile.

ARRL Propagation Bulletin ARLP001 (2020) is also available as The K7RA Solar Update for January 3, 2020.

An archive of ARRL Propagation Bulletins is available for review.


  1. “ARRL Propagation Bulletin ARLP001 (2020)", ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved January 4 2020, http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLP001/2020. ↩︎

Developments that spelled the end of Ham Radio ...

Developments that spelled the end of ham radio (as pronounced by pessimists of the time, limited mostly to the US):

  • The introduction of licensing. 5 wpm code required (1912)
  • Code requirement increased to 10 wpm (1917)
  • Cessation of activity due to WWI (1917-1919)
  • The Alexander Bill proposed (1919)
  • Spark gap transmitters banned on newly allocated 80, 40, 20, and 5 meter bands (1924)
  • Spark gap transmitters made illegal on the ham bands (1926)
  • The Federal Radio Commission created (1927)
  • The Great Depression (1933)
  • Establishment of the FCC (1934)
  • License restructuring. Code requirement increased to 13 wpm. Accurate logging required. Mobile or portable operation required written notice to the FCC. (1934)
  • 40m to be shared with broadcasters (1938)
  • FCC introduces multiple-choice tests (1939)
  • US amateurs prohibited from contacting other countries. All licensees required to supply fingerprints, photo, and proof of citizenship to FCC (1940)
  • 80m taken over by Army (1941)
  • Cessation of activity due to WWII (1942-1945)
  • Citizen’s Radio Service established (1949)
  • Licensing restructuring (1951)
  • 5 khz of 20m allocated to other services (1954)
  • Sputnik launched. Satellite communications starts to become a reality (1957)
  • 11m allocation lost to Citizen’s Band (1958)
  • There are more CBers than Hams (1963)
  • Incentive licensing (1964)
  • Solid State equipment begins to overtake tube equipment (1970)
  • Novices are allowed to use radios with a VFO, and logging requirements are
  • relaxed (1972)
  • Waiting period for Extra class license reduced to a year (1973)
  • CB licensing fee reduced from $20 to $4. CB radio is made popular by movies and truckers (1975)
  • Code sending test was waived (1977)
  • Instant upgrades (/AE) allowed. Moving to a new call district no longer required a change of callsign (1978)
  • Computers show up in the ham shack (1980)
  • Cell phone network begins to be constructed (1983)
  • Testing no longer required to take place at FCC field offices (1984)
  • Novice enhancement (1987)
  • Military and commercial use of Morse code ceases (1988)
  • No-code Technician license (1991)
  • Eternal September. Internet makes possible things only done through ham radio previously. The Internet will kill ham radio (1993)
  • Vanity callsigns introduced (no really, I remember people griping that it would kill the hobby!) (1995)
  • Radio Shack goes bankrupt (morally) (1997)
  • Nextel’s PTT cell phone technology will kill ham radio (1999)
  • License restructuring - Morse code requirement reduced to 5 wpm (2000)
  • Cell phones have replaced ham radio for a number of early adopters of no-code Tech license (“On my way honey, do we need bread?"). Many tech licences begin to lapse (2001)
  • Removal of the Morse code testing requirement (2003)
  • Widespread Internet availability will kill ham radio (2005)
  • Facebook will kill ham radio (2006)
  • Twitter will kill ham radio (2008)
  • WSPR (2008)
  • Reddit will kill ham radio (2009)
  • Smartphones will kill ham radio (2010)
  • Free unlimited calls, text, and long distance on cell phones will kill ham radio (2011)
  • Cheap Chinese radios (2013)
  • Radio Shack goes bankrupt (financially) (2015)
  • Free vanity callsigns in the US (2015)
  • Radio Shack goes bankrupt (financially, again) (2017)
  • FT8 (2017)
  • FT4 (2019)

I’m not worried.1


Editors note:

This list is from the discussion thead following VK6FLAB’s post of the transcript from his “Lamenting the decline of the hobby” episode of his his weekly ‘Foundations of Amateur Radio’ podcast on the Amateur Radio sub-reddit.


  1. “Lamenting the decline of the hobby”, reddit.com Amateur Radio, retrieved December 21 2019, https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/ediyby/oc_lamenting_the_decline_of_the_hobby/. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Holiday Mailbag

The Doctor opens the Holiday Mailbag and answers listener questions in the final episode

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band

On December 17, 2019, the ARRL website reported in an article titled “FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band, Invites Comments":

At its December 12 meeting, the FCC formally adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-348 and invited comments on its plan to remove “existing non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations” in the 3.3 - 3.55 GHz band and relocate incumbent non-federal operations. The FCC said it’s seeking comment on appropriate “transition mechanisms” to make that happen. ARRL has indicated that it will file comments in opposition to the proposal.1

This action by the FCC signals their intent to proceed with reallocation of frequency spectrum in compliance with the MOBILE NOW act which states “the Commission shall make available a total of at least 255 megahertz of Federal and non-Federal spectrum below the frequency of 6000 megahertz for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use”2 and, in Sec. 5.3(a), specifically requires review of the 3.1–3.55 GHz band for reallocation.

The FCC said it is seeking comment on relocating non-federal licensees to another band. With respect to amateur operations, the FCC invited comments on whether sufficient amateur spectrum exists in other bands that can support the operations currently conducted at 3.3 - 3.5 GHz. The 3.40 - 3.41 GHz segment is earmarked for amateur satellite communication. “We seek comment on the extent to which the band is used for this purpose, whether existing satellites can operate on other amateur satellite bands, and on an appropriate timeframe for terminating these operations in this band,” the FCC said. If non-federal licensees are relocated to 3.1 - 3.3 GHz band, the FCC proposes that they continue to operate on a secondary basis to federal operations, consistent with current band allocations.3

Reallocation of the 3.3–3.55 GHz band will impact RRRA’s partially deployed—and yet to be utilized—AREDN backbone by requiring the replacement of equipment supporting several 3.4 GHz links. And it calls into question the future viability of hobbyist experimentation and investment in non-HF RF spectrum.

The ARRL article concludes with a quote from the AREDN Project and some useful information for interested parties who wish to submit comments pertaining to this matter.

“The AREDN Project is able to leverage low-cost commercial devices solely because they are designed to operate on adjacent allocations” AREDN said on its website. “Moving to other allocations would be difficult if not impossible without a complete redesign, manufacture, purchase, and installation of new custom amateur hardware and software…, raising the price out of reach for the typical ham.”

Interested parties may file short comments on WT Docket 19-348 via the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing Service (Express). Visit the FCC How to Comment on FCC Proceedings page for information on filing extended comments.4


  1. “FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band, Invites Comments”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved December 18 2019, http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-formally-adopts-proposals-to-remove-amateur-3-ghz-band-invites-comments. ↩︎

  2. “S. 19 (115th): MOBILE NOW Act”, govtrack, accessed December 18 2019, https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s19/text. ↩︎

  3. “ARRL General Bulletin ARLB024 (2019)", ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved December 19 2019, http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLB024/2019. ↩︎

  4. “FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band, Invites Comments”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved December 18 2019, http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-formally-adopts-proposals-to-remove-amateur-3-ghz-band-invites-comments. ↩︎

2019 Ham of the Year Award Presented To WC0G

The 2019 RRRA Ham Of The Year award was presented to WC0G at the RRRA Christmas Party in recognition of his volunteer work above and beyond the call of duty.

WC0G was also the recipient of The Tube for 2019.

The Doctor is In: VHF/UHF Propagation

Learn about VHF/UHF Propagation in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Signup for the Winter 2020 Extra Classes

Registration for RRRA Winter 2020 Extra Classes is now open. Please register on-line to prepare to upgrade your license to the highest level.

This series of classes begins January 8, 2020.

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.

An electronic syllabus is integrated into the calendar listings for each session of the Winter 2020 Extra Classes.

Please contact if you have any questions.

ARRL to Oppose Proposal to Eliminate 3.3-3.5 GHz Amateur Allocation

At its December 12 open meeting, the FCC will consider adopting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to remove the amateur radio 9-centimeter allocation at 3.3–3.5 GHz. ARRL plans to comment in opposition to the proposed action.1

This NPRM, which threatens our use of the 24 non-shared channels on 3.4 Ghz in our RF mesh network (AREDN)—along with other Amateur Radio use of this band—is the result of the MOBILE NOW Act, reintroduced to the 115th congress by U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, on January 3, 2017, and ultimately signed into law by President Trump on March 23, 2018.

According to an FCC ”Fact Sheet,” the proceeding WT Docket 19-348, “Facilitating Shared Use in the 3.1–3.55 GHz Band,” is a follow-on from the MOBILE NOW Act, approved by the 115th Congress, which requires the FCC and the US Department of Commerce to make available new spectrum for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use. It also requires the FCC to work with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to evaluate whether commercial wireless services and federal incumbents could share spectrum between 3.1 and 3.55 GHz.2

The MOBILE NOW Act—discussed in a U.S. Senate Committe on Commerce, Science, & Transportation press release—is intended to “[boost] the development of next-generation gigabit wireless broadband services, including 5G, by ensuring more spectrum is identified for private sector use”3 and includes numerous amendments focused on unlicensed spectrum and meeting consumer demands for telecommunications services.

Also on the FCC’s agenda for it’s December 12th meeting is consideration of an NPRM in WT Docket 19-138 which could affect the amateur radio 5-centimeter allocation from 5.650–5.925 GHz. “ARRL also will file comments opposing any changes affecting the 5-centimeter amateur allocation."4

The legislation and NPRMs discussed in this article should serve as a reminder to Amateur Radio Operators of the importance of joining the ARRL and contributing to the Spectrum Defense Fund; in the United States ARRL is the only voice of advocacy we have for our hobby.


  1. “ARRL to Oppose Proposal to Eliminate 3.3–3.5 GHz Amater Allocation”, ARRL the national association for Amateur Radio, accessed December 1 2019, http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-to-oppose-proposal-to-eliminate-3-3-3-5-ghz-amateur-allocation. ↩︎

  2. “ARRL to Oppose Proposal to Eliminate 3.3–3.5 GHz Amater Allocation”, ARRL the national association for Amateur Radio, accessed December 1 2019, http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-to-oppose-proposal-to-eliminate-3-3-3-5-ghz-amateur-allocation. ↩︎

  3. “President Signs MOBILE NOW Act, Other Key Technology Bills into Law”, U.S. Senate Committe on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, accessed December 1 2019, https://www.commerce.senate.gov/2018/3/president-signs-mobile-now-act-other-key-technology-bills-into-law. ↩︎

  4. “ARRL to Oppose Proposal to Eliminate 3.3–3.5 GHz Amater Allocation”, ARRL the national association for Amateur Radio, accessed December 1 2019, http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-to-oppose-proposal-to-eliminate-3-3-3-5-ghz-amateur-allocation. ↩︎

2020 Membership Renewal

Membership renewals for 2020 are due at the January club meeting.

Dues (unchanged from 2019) are:

  • 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

Skywarn Recognition Day

The NWS Forecast Office Grand Forks, ND will be participating in 2019 SKYWARN™ Recognition Day from 0000Z to 2400Z on Saturday, December 7th.

Grand Forks, ND Weather Forecast Office

Grand Forks, ND Weather Forecast Office

Event details, including the suggested exchange, are available on the ARRL 2019 SKYWARN Recognition Day page.

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.1

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


  1. “SKYWARN Recognition Day”, National Weather Service, accessed November 27 2019, http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio/. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Big Wire Antennas

“Rhombics, Lazy Hs, Curtains, oh my! The Doctor talks BIG wire antennas for the HF bands”[^1] in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

November 2019 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order by Vice President Jared W0JPJ at 19:00
  • Introduction of members—35 present

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 (2019-11 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA File Server.


Secretary’s Report

  • Motion to accept with one correction noted by Brad KE0LDS
  • Seconded by Jake K0RQ seconded
  • Motion carried

Treasurer’s Report

  • Motion to accept as recorded by Jody KC0HIG
  • Seconded by Brad KE0LDS
  • Motion carried

Librarian’s Report

  • No updates

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass County (ND) ARES

Mark KK0V thanked Bob KA0Q for his long range AREDN presentation that was held prior to the regular business meeting. Mark stated that another tutorial session on AREDN will be held at the regular meeting time and place on the third Tuesday of December, even though there is no club business meeting scheduled in December. The MOU for the AREDN node on the Black Building was discussed, it is still progressing, but there were no updates.

Clay County (MN) ARES

Seth KC0ODE was absent, but Jared W0JPJ reported that the club’s new paging application, ‘I am Responding’ is in the testing stage.

Technical

Bob W0HNV reported that he visited the repeater at Nelson hall to do some troubleshooting.

Education

Bob W0HNV reported that the ‘General’ class was now completed and that the ‘Extra’ class would be starting on January 8th, 2020.

Volunteer Examiners

Pete WC0G reported that a testing session was to be held after the meeting.

Hamfest

Mike NY0MN and Anton KC0PFS were absent from the meeting.

Media

Steve K0STK reminded members to contact him if any assistance was needed with RRRA media assets. Steve can be contacted at webmaster@rrra.org.

Old Business

Jingle Bell Run

It will be held on December 7th, contact Lori KC0GQE to sign up.

RRRA Christmas Party

It will be held on December 4th at Pizza Ranch, Lori has reserved a private room.

New Business

Power Supply Reimbursement

Bob W0HNV moved to reimburse himself $160.35 for an expense incurred for a replacement repeater power supply. Ken W0CZ seconded. Motion carried.

Hamfest

Bob W0HNV reported that Mike Heiler NY0MN has moved to Arizona for the winter and is no longer interested in co-chairing Hamfest. Bob recommended that a club officer visit the fair office to get the space booked and dates figured out. Lori KC0GQE will visit the fairground representative with Bob to work out the details for next year.

Adjournment

  • Motion to adjorn by Bob W0HNV
  • Seconded by Jim N0TSZ seconded
  • Motion carried
  • Meeting adjourned at 19:45

The Doctor is In: Antenna Switches

Learn about Antenna Switches in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Congratulations 2019 Fall General Graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of RRRA’s 2019 Fall General License Class.

Class photograph courtesy of W0HNV.

Pictured (L-R) Jay WD0EGC instructor , Bryan KE0WXZ, Brad KE0OPV, Dave KE0VXE, Kirk W0HNV instructor

October 2019 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order by Seth KC0ODE at 19:02
  • Introduction of members—36 members present

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 (2019-10 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA File Server.

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


Secretary’s report

  • Motion to accept as recorded by Anton KC0PFS
  • Seconded by Brian K0GEF
  • Motion carried

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept as recorded by Brian K0GEF
  • Seconded by Jke K0RQ
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • No updates

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass County (ND) ARES

Mark KK0V reported that another tutorial session on AREDN will be held at the regular ARES meeting before the November meeting. He also reported that the ID Badges from Cass County are on hold until further notice. The MOU for the AREDN node on the Black Building was discussed, it is progressing, albeit slowly.

Clay County (MN) ARES

Seth KC0ODE reported that the club pagers are now programmed with incorrect parameters after a console changeout occurred at Dispatch. A replacement solution was to be discussed under New Business.

Technical

Bob W0HNV reported that he didn’t make it up to work on the Grandin repeater due to weather and health issues. The committee assigned to come up with a replacement for the Wheatland repeater was to meet after the regular business meeting.

Education

Bob W0HNV reported that the General class was going well with about 4 regular attendees.

VEs

Pete WC0G reported that 15 examinees showed up to test at Hamfest and reminded members that there will be a testing session next month after the business meeting.

Hamfest

Mike NY0MN reported on the annual Hamfest held in September. Attendance was down by about 103 people and net profit was $1364.43. A hamfest in Cologne, MN was held the same weekend and likely caused the attendance decline. He also reported that the fairgrounds is not available for third weekend of September 2020; discussion was held on whether alternate venues should be pursued to keep our standard third weekend in September. The committee will explore other possible venues for 2020.

Media

Steve K0STK reminded members to contact him to advertise any club events on the website. Steve can be contacted at webmaster@rrra.org

Old Business

CROP Hunger Walk

No hams were present at the annual CROP Hunger Walk.

Jingle Bell Run

It will be held on December 7th, contact Lori KC0GQE to sign up.

Christmas Party

It will be held on December 4th at Pizza Ranch, Lori has reserved a private room.

New Business

Pager Replacement

Seth KC0ODE reported that replacing the pagers would cost about $100 each but a smart phone app called I am Responding is the new standard for paging first responders.

  • Motion to purchase a subscription to I am Responding for up to $380 per year in lieu of replacing the pagers by Mark KC0SHM
  • Seconded by Anton KC0PFS
  • Motion carried

ARRL Thanks

A thank-you-note was received for the RRRA’s contribution to the ARRL spectrum defense fund.

Adjournment

  • Motion to adjourn by Anton KC0PFS
  • Seconded by Ken W0CZ
  • Motion carried
  • Meeting adjourned at 20:17

Sunday Night NCS Operators Needed For 2020

Net Control Station (NCS) Operators are needed for the 2020 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.

Serving as an NCS operator is a great way to overcome mic-fright, prepare for Public Service Communication events or deployments, and hone your skills as a radio operator. Your service will be acknowledged on the RRRA NCS Operator Leader Board.

Our Net Coordinator, Jake K0RQ, will be putting the 2020 NCS roster together during November and December 2019.

Please contact if you have any questions or to volunteer as an NCS for the 2020 season.

A Net Preamble (or script) is provided to aid NCS operators in operating their nets.

The RRRA Nets information page is https://rrra.org/nets/

The Doctor is In: Beverage Antennas

The Doctor discusses a unique “long-wire receiving antenna mainly used in the low frequency and medium frequency radio bands, invented by Harold H. Beverage in 1921,"[^1] in the Beverage Antennas episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

New Hams Are Everywhere

In episode 220 of the Foundations of Amateur Radio podcast, Onno VK6FLAB, discusses change in the ranks of our hobby.

The hobby of amateur radio has been around for a long time. It was here before I was born and it will be here after I become a silent key. The same is true for you. While there is a recurring discussion about the death of the hobby, the reality is that our community changes continually. People come and go all the time. Reasons for change are as varied as the number of people you care to look at, from interest through to family, from money through to time, from boredom through to excitement, from life through to death.

As our community fluctuates, our skill level varies. We see new people come into the hobby, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for a new adventure, at the same time we have people who are experienced, or jaded, or both, participating in the community and finding themselves answering the same questions over and over again.

The challenge in maintaining a semblance of community coherence is to balance the needs for new and aspiring amateurs with the expectations of those already in the community. How do you answer the same questions while staying fresh and encouraging, when all you really want to do is ignore the noise and get on with the hobby?

The answer is simple … 1

About the Foundations of Amateur Radio Podcast

Foundations of Amateur Radio is a weekly podcast by Australian Amateur Radio Operator Onno Benschop VK6FLAB addressing “the building blocks of Amateur Radio, one concept at a time.” 2

Listen to this episode using the audio player embedded above or in Apple iTunes. Subscribe to the podcast rss feed to receive all upcoming episodes.

Please direct all questions and comments about this podcast to the author (Onno VK6FLAB).

A number of other Amateur Radio podcasts by VK6FLAB are published at http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/.


  1. “New Entrants are Everywhere”, Foundations of Amateur Radio Episode 220, retrieved October 20 2019, http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/foundations/20190825.foundations-of-amateur-radio.txt. ↩︎

  2. “Foundations of Amateur Radio”, ITmaze Podcasts, accessed Ooctober 20 2019, http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/foundations/. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Antenna EnTRAPment!

Listen to a discussion of of a useful antenna building block in the Antenna EnTRAPment! episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

September 2019 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:01
  • Introductions

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 (2019-09 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA Groupware Server.


Present

  • Vice-President: Jared W0JPJ
  • Secretary: Barb K0BAH acting
  • Treasurer: Lori KC0GQE

Secretary’s report

  • Motion to approve with corrections by Dell N0IPC
  • Seconded by Anton KC0PFS
  • Motion carried

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to approve by Kent KA0LDG
  • Seconded by Jodi KC0HIG
  • Motion carried

Librarian’s report

  • There was nothing new

ARES

  • Mark KK0V
  • Kent KA0LDG said Xcel Energy is in the process of preparing for a power grid activity and wanted to know if amateur radio can help. There is a possibility of an exercise for this in the future
  • There will be a meeting next week with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office about putting up some antennas on their tower as they are the backup location. If approved, the Club will provide the antenna. More information will come later
  • The ID badges will hopefully be happening sometime this fall according to Amanda at the Public Safety Building
  • There was additional discussion on ARDEN. KK0V is working on the application for the Club for a grant to purchase the equipment for the 24 GB setup. It is now in final form. There will be a practice session at next month’s meeting so bring your equipment if you have any

ARES

  • Jarod W0JPJ
  • Nothing to report

Technical

  • Bob W0HNV
  • He will try to get up to the Grandin repeater site next week to work on fixing the audio

Education

  • Bob W0HNV
  • Jay WD0EGC is doing great job with the Technician’s class and they were able to talk on the radio. The General Class starts a week from Wednesday, September 25th

Hamfest

  • Mike NY0MN
  • Volunteers are still needed for Hamfest, especially at the ticket table
  • There are a lot of door prizes
  • Motion by Brian K0GEF to approve $500.00 for startup funds
  • Seconded by Mark KC0SHM
  • Motion carried

VEs

  • Pete WC0G VEs will be needed to help with testing at Hamfest. Tables need to be set up in the testing room.

Media

  • Steve K0STK
  • He is working on the digital signage for Hamfest
  • Anyone in charge of events, should please contact him at webmaster@rrra.org as soon as possible so your event can be publicized

Old Business

  • The Crop Walk is October 6th and if you can help, please contact Dave N0WQZ
  • The Jingle Bell Run is December 7th. Lori KC0GQE passed a signup sheet around
  • Anton KC0PFS reported that they had a lot of fun at the Ojibway Ralley and had a total of 10 amateur radio operators
  • Brian K0GEF reported on the Rotary Bike ride and they had about 9 amateur radio operators help
  • Jim N0TSZ received a thank you card from the West Fargo Police Department for the Night to Unite
  • Andy KD0IOE reported on issues that were experienced with Skywarn this summer with the Barnesville repeater. He has sent a note to Brian N0GFK to see what options there are for linking. Costs will be brought to the next month’s meeting.
  • Mike NY0MN said there were about 25 people at Tony’s picnic.

New Business

  • Mark KK0V introduced Eric Welle KE0PJR the president of the NDSU club and the club meets Thursdays at 6:00 pm at 147.090 with a + offset

Adjournment

  • Motion to adjourn by Anton KC0PFS
  • Seconded by Mike NY0MN seconded
  • Motion carried

Secretary’s report

  • 🆕 Alex K0JKL absent, Mark KC0SHM acting
  • Motion to approve as written proposed by Seth KC0ODE
  • Motion by [Anton] KC0PFS
  • Seconded by [Jake] K0RQ
  • Motion approved

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept as written by [Kent] KA0LDG
  • Seconded by [Mark] KK0V
  • Motion approved

[Cass RRRAES]

  • [Mark] KK0V
  • ID Badges still a WIP
  • FM Ambulance to host a server for ARDEN
  • Additional discussion on ARDEN—Black Building ready—club will be placing a 5.8ghz placeholder due to issues with availability of 3.5ghz equipment
  • [West] Fargo also agrees to host a server for ARDEN as long as it does not connect to the internet

[Clay RRRAES]

  • [Seth] KC0ODE
  • Quiet month

Technical

  • [Bob] W0HNV
  • Still hasn’t made it to Grandin repeater site, but would like to get there before winter. Otherwise, no change from previous issues
  • Last remenants of unsold goods from W9NT’s auction to be taken to the hamfest, some items may be discarded, some sold

Hamfest

  • [Mike NY0MN]
  • Volunteers still needed for the hamfest
  • Door prizes are coming in and there will be some good ones
  • Several seminars organized
  • A sign up sheet was passed around the room
  • [License] testing—no walkins after [Noon]

Old Business

🆕 KE0SBW Picnic August 24

  • Mike NY0MN mentioned Tony KE0SBW’s picnic August 24th at farm near Wyndmere. Address on QRZ…look on website

New Business

🆕 Spectrum Defense Fund Contribution

  • Kent KA0LDG discussed the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund and proposed allocation of club funds for a contribution
  • Motion to contribute $100 by KA0LDG
  • Seconded by Tim K0CRF
  • Additional discussion by Bob W0HNV and other to increase to $500
  • Motion and ammendment passes

Ojibway Ralley

  • [Bob] KA0Q
  • Volunteers needed
  • Meeting August 21, 2019, at Muscatell Subaru in Moorhead
  • Race starts at the Detroit Lakes Fairgrounds

First Aid Kit

  • 🆕 Motion by Del N0TSQ for $170 to purchase supplies needed for a good first aid kit for the trailer
  • Seconded by [Kent] KA0LDG
  • It was decided that using dedicated funds for the trailer was appropriate for this purchase

AREDN

  • 🆕 Motion by Mark KK0V for up to $1000 for gear towards the ADEN network
  • Seconded by [Kent] KA0LDG
  • Approved from dedicated funds

ARRL Pamphlets

  • [Tim] K0CRF notes he has extra ARRL flyers if needed by anyone

LDS Tech Class

  • Brad KE0LDS discussed tech class being held at the LDS church
  • It was noted that this was not a competition, but instead simply a scheduling conflict. All are welcome
  • Tentative class start is 9/24. It will be a limited size and is intended to span a timeframe of 6-7 weeks - also less formal

🆕 Comments

  • Kevin made an additional note regarding the need for volunteers to work the tables at the hamfest
  • Bob W0HNV commented he is OK with the LDS church class. Also commented that there was an AED demo after the meeting

Christmas Party

  • [Lori KC0GQE]
  • 🆕 The room is booked for 5:50pm on December 4th at Pizza Ranch Fargo. Bring food donation

Jingle Bell Run

  • [Lori KC0GQE]
  • December 7th … more to come

Adjournment

  • Motion by [Jim] N0TSZ
  • Seconded by [Kent] KA0LDG
  • Motion carried

Thank You for Making Our Hamfest a Success

Thank-you to the sponsors, donors, attendees, seminar speakers, vendors and volunteers who made the 2019 RRRA Hamfest and RRRA Dakota Division Convention a success. See you next year!

Subscribe to our Hamfest Announcements mailing list if you did not receive e-mail announcements about the 2019 RRRA Hamfest.

How to join the mailing list

RRRA use Mailman to manage their mailing lists. These instructions will guide you through the subscription process:

  1. Visit the Hamfest Announcements mailing list with your web browser
  2. Use the “Subscribing to Hamfest-Announce” form (located about halfway down the page) to enter your email address, name and call-sign. 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.

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

WWV Centennial Celebration and Special Event kick off this weekend

The culmination of months of planning will come to a head this weekend as the WWV Centennial Celebration and the related WW0WWV Amateur Radio special event get under way. WW0WWV will begin operation on Saturday at 0000 UTC and continue through October 2 at 0000 UTC. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC), and the WWV Amateur Radio Club have teamed up to organize 100th anniversary events. WW0WWV will be active around the clock on 160– 6 meters on CW, SSB, and digital modes (FT8 operation will be Fox and Hound, except on 160 meters). WW0WWV will operate from the challenging RF environment at the WWV site near Fort Collins, Colorado. Logs will be streamed live to Club Log, and all logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW) after the event ends.1

More information about the WW0WWV special event along with a discusion of the W3V East Coast Special Event, and a brief mention of the WWV Centennial Festival of Frequency Measurements, is available in ARRL’s WWV Centennial Celebration and Special Event kick off this Weekend article.


  1. “WWV Centennial Celebration and Special Event Kick Off this Weekend”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved September 26 2019, http://www.arrl.org/news/wwv-centennial-celebration-and-special-event-kick-off-this-weekend. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Coaxial Cable Connectors

Learn about Keeping Water Out of Coaxial Cables in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Build The Wouff Hang

An important part of hanging an antenna from a tree is a bearing, or pulley, to eliminate guy line friction and facilitate antenna repairs and adjustments.

The Wouff Hang—whimsically named after the infamous Wouff Hong from Amateur Radio history—is an easy to build bearing made from common PVC water pipe or electrical conduit found at any hardware or home supply store.

Author Roy Lewallen, W7EL, describes construction and use of The Wouff Hang in a well illustrated article which is (a free preview from the October 2019 issue of QST Magazine).

About the author

Roy Lewallen, W7EL, is the creator of the popular antenna-modeling software, EZNEC , and the author of many articles on ham radio-related projects. He was inducted into the Royal Order of the Wouff Hong at the ARRL National Convention in Seattle in 1980. While Roy has been hanging antennas since before getting his Novice license in 1957, this [article] is his first attempt at merging what he learned from those experiences.1


  1. “The Wouff Hang”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved September 17 2019, http://www.arrl.org/files/file/QST/This%20Month%20in%20QST/October2019/Lewallen.pdf. ↩︎

You are invited to the RRRA 2019 Hamfest and ARRL Dakota Division Convention

You are invited to enjoy a morning of Ham Radio fellowship, seminars, a flea market, and more, at the largest Hamfest in North Dakota.

The Red River Radio Amateurs Hamfest and ARRL Dakota Division Convention runs from 8AM to 2PM at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 28, 2018.

Please visit http://hamfest.rrra.org or download the 2019 RRRA Hamfest Flyer (PDF) for complete details about this event.

Hamfest Ticket Table Volunteers Still Needed

8 more volunteers are needed to staff the ticket (aka admissions) table at the 2019 RRRA Hamfest and ARRL Dakota Division Convention.

Your help is urgently needed to keep shifts short and to give the everyone who volunteers time to enjoy our hamfest.

Please help support RRRA’s only fundraising activity by contacting and volunteering a little bit of your time.

The Doctor is In: Coaxial Cable Connectors

Learn about the wide variety of Coaxial Cable Connectors used by Amateur Radio Stations in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

August 2019 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:07
  • Introductions

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 (2019-08 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA Groupware Server.

Items marked with 🆕 have been added or significantly revised/corrected—square brackets indicate minor revisions/corrections—pending acceptance by the Secretary.


Secretary’s report

  • 🆕 Alex K0JKL absent, Mark KC0SHM acting
  • Motion to approve as written proposed by Seth KC0ODE
  • Motion by [Anton] KC0PFS
  • Seconded by [Jake] K0RQ
  • Motion approved

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept as written by [Kent] KA0LDG
  • Seconded by [Mark] KK0V
  • Motion approved

[Cass RRRAES]

  • [Mark] KK0V
  • ID Badges still a WIP
  • FM Ambulance to host a server for ARDEN
  • Additional discussion on ARDEN—Black Building ready—club will be placing a 5.8ghz placeholder due to issues with availability of 3.5ghz equipment
  • [West] Fargo also agrees to host a server for ARDEN as long as it does not connect to the internet

[Clay RRRAES]

  • [Seth] KC0ODE
  • Quiet month

Technical

  • [Bob] W0HNV
  • Still hasn’t made it to Grandin repeater site, but would like to get there before winter. Otherwise, no change from previous issues
  • Last remenants of unsold goods from W9NT’s auction to be taken to the hamfest, some items may be discarded, some sold

Hamfest

  • [Mike NY0MN]
  • Volunteers still needed for the hamfest
  • Door prizes are coming in and there will be some good ones
  • Several seminars organized
  • A sign up sheet was passed around the room
  • [License] testing—no walkins after [Noon]

Old Business

🆕 KE0SBW Picnic August 24

  • Mike NY0MN mentioned Tony KE0SBW’s picnic August 24th at farm near Wyndmere. Address on QRZ…look on website

New Business

🆕 Spectrum Defense Fund Contribution

  • Kent KA0LDG discussed the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund and proposed allocation of club funds for a contribution
  • Motion to contribute $100 by KA0LDG
  • Seconded by Tim K0CRF
  • Additional discussion by Bob W0HNV and other to increase to $500
  • Motion and ammendment passes

Ojibway Ralley

  • [Bob] KA0Q
  • Volunteers needed
  • Meeting August 21, 2019, at Muscatell Subaru in Moorhead
  • Race starts at the Detroit Lakes Fairgrounds

First Aid Kit

  • 🆕 Motion by Del N0TSQ for $170 to purchase supplies needed for a good first aid kit for the trailer
  • Seconded by [Kent] KA0LDG
  • It was decided that using dedicated funds for the trailer was appropriate for this purchase

AREDN

  • 🆕 Motion by Mark KK0V for up to $1000 for gear towards the ADEN network
  • Seconded by [Kent] KA0LDG
  • Approved from dedicated funds

ARRL Pamphlets

  • [Tim] K0CRF notes he has extra ARRL flyers if needed by anyone

LDS Tech Class

  • Brad KE0LDS discussed tech class being held at the LDS church
  • It was noted that this was not a competition, but instead simply a scheduling conflict. All are welcome
  • Tentative class start is 9/24. It will be a limited size and is intended to span a timeframe of 6-7 weeks - also less formal

🆕 Comments

  • Kevin made an additional note regarding the need for volunteers to work the tables at the hamfest
  • Bob W0HNV commented he is OK with the LDS church class. Also commented that there was an AED demo after the meeting

Christmas Party

  • [Lori KC0GQE]
  • 🆕 The room is booked for 5:50pm on December 4th at Pizza Ranch Fargo. Bring food donation

Jingle Bell Run

  • [Lori KC0GQE]
  • December 7th … more to come

Adjournment

  • Motion by [Jim] N0TSZ
  • Seconded by [Kent] KA0LDG
  • Motion carried

The Doctor is In: Different Types of Grounds

Listen to the Doctor discuss the Different Types of Grounds used by Amateur Radio Stations in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Signup for the Fall 2019 General Classes

Registration for RRRA Fall 2019 General Classes is now open. Please register on-line for these classes. This series of classes begins September 25, 2019.

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

About Our Classes

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.

Enjoy FT8 From Almost Anywhere

Having the ability to experiment with operating your equipment in new ways is an aspect of Amateur Radio which sets our hobby apart from radio services such as CBRS, GMRS, FRS, and MURS.

In his Enjoy FT8 From Almost Anywhere article (a free preview from the August 2019 issue of QST Magazine), J. Robert Witmer, W3RW, writes:

Imagine hunting 6-meter DX at a restaurant while eating breakfast, or making an all-time new DX contact while waiting for a flight. I’ve found myself operating remotely in these types of situations, and many others, using nothing more than my smart phone. If you think this type of operating is complicated and expensive, prepare to be surprised1

W3RW goes on to describe his approach to remote FT8 operation which combines WSJT-X and TeamViewer with his radio, shack computer, and a mobile / portable device.

His article covers installation and configuration of WSJT-X and TeamViewer at your station and of TeamViewer on your mobile / portable device.

W3RW then discusses:

  • Single Band Operation
  • Multiband Remote Operation
  • Other Considerations

W3RW reminds Amateur Radio Operators to enable the “watch-dog timer” in the WSJT-X software on their station computer to prevent run-away operation. And to enable their transceiver’s “watch-dog” feature if it has one.

In closing, W3RW states:

By combining WSJT-X FT8 operation with a remote desktop control program such as TeamViewer , you can add an exciting new dimension to operating. Operating remotely during breaks in the action while participating in other events can be a great way to catch elusive band openings and hopefully work a new one!

If you’re not a fan of FT8, the TeamViewer approach described here can be used to remotely control other station computer applications.1


  1. “Enjoy FT8 From Almost Anywhere”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved August 24 2019, http://www.arrl.org/files/file/QST/This%20Month%20in%20QST/September2019/Witmer.pdf. ↩︎

ARRL Contest and DXCC Rules Now Prohibit Fully Automated Contacts

Following the direction of the ARRL Board of Directors, ARRL has incorporated changes to the rules for all ARRL-sponsored contests and DXCC, prohibiting automated contacts. These changes also apply to the Worked All States (including Triple Play and 5-Band WAS), VHF/UHF Century Club, and Fred Fish, W5FF, Memorial awards. The changes are effective immediately.1

A resolution at the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting pointed to "growing concern over fully automated contacts being made and claimed” for contest and DXCC credit. The rules now require that each claimed contact include contemporaneous direct initiation by the operator on both sides of the contact. Initiation of a contact may be either local or remote.1

A discussion of these rule changes by one of the authors of the motions; N2RJ, an ARRL Director; was posted on Facebook and has been discussed in forums such as the Minnesota Wireless Association mailing list :

What is allowed:

Operator initiated contacts on any digital mode. Operator initiated means that a human operator initiates a CQ call or answers a contact. Once the contact is completed, operator must initiate another if they so choose.

Auto sequence is allowed - you initiate the contact, auto sequence sees it through, ends the contact. It is not allowed for any sort of automation to automatically start another contact.

What is NOT allowed:

Operator sets up fully automated QSOs that automatically answer and CQ again without human intervention. This is possible with external software to control WSJT-X, modified versions of WSJT-X and third party programs that use the WSJT decoding algorithms but offer fully automatic operation.

WHY we made this change:

Several members have contacted us saying that some stations are on the air 24x7 for months at a time. Joe Taylor himself expressed concern about this to me personally. So it was decided that we would address this.

What this affects:

All ARRL contests, ARRL awards starting with DXCC but other awards will have the rules adjusted.

What this does NOT affect:

Regular operation not claimed for DX or contest credit, such as WSPR beacons, Pactor/WinLink, Packet radio or AREDN.

Enforcement:

This is on the honor system primarily, but there are ways to determine unusual operation with modern technology. These fully automated contacts simply aren’t allowed and repeated violation could result in harsher penalties including being barred from ARRL awards and contests”.2


  1. “ARRL Contest and DXCC Rules Now Prohibit Automated Contacts”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved August 21 2019, http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-contest-and-dxcc-rules-now-prohibit-automated-contacts ↩︎

  2. Ria Jairam N2RJ via Scott Neader KA9FOX, “[MWA] Automated QSOs”, Minnesota Wireless Association mailing list, sent August 8 2019, http://mail.w0aa.org/mailman/listinfo/mwa_w0aa.org. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: The Legendary G5RV Antenna

The Doctor separates myth from fact about The Legendary G5RV Antenna in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Minnesota Hands Free Law Now in Effect

Everyone driving in the State of Minnesota is reminded amendments to Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 169.011, subdivision 94; 169.475 USE OF A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE, enacted by HF50, took effect August 1, 2019.

These amended statutes are popularly known as the Minnesota Hands Free Law.

Drivers are encouraged to review the amended statutes and familiarize themselves with definitions, prohibition on use, penalty, and exceptions in 169.475 USE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE and the Amateur Radio exception in Subd. 94. Wireless communications device.

Amateur Radio Operators engaged in mobile operation in the State of Minnesota should consider carrying two documents which may be useful in the event they are stopped for potentially violating the Minnesota Hands Free Law.

The Doctor is In: Noise Blankers and Noise Reduction

Learn about the differences between Noise Blankers and Noise Reduction in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Save The Date for the 2019 RRRA Hamfest

Save the date for the 2019 RRRA Hamfest and ARRL Dakota Division Convention. This is the largest Hamfest in North Dakota; drawing attendees from 3 states and 1 Canadian province.

What

When

Where

Flea Market Vendors

Please contact the to reserve your table.

Hamfest Volunteers Needed

The RRRA Hamfest Committee is in need of volunteers to help run the 2019 RRRA Hamfest and ARRL Dakota Division Convention.

Many hands do make light work. And every contribution is important regardless of how large it is. So please give some thought to how you can help out.

These positions need to be filled so RRRA can have a sucessful and smooth running event.

Admission Table

  • Table Leader - A volunteer who is in charge of the operation of the front door admission table; leader of the Table Crew

  • Table Crew - 4 or more volunteers to work at the front door admission table. This crew will be selling tickets to attendees and answering their questions. The table will be staffed in shifts; more volunteers means shorter shifts and more opportunities for everyone to enjoy the event

Kitchen Crew

  • Helpers to assist in operating the Hamfest/Convention food service. No cooking experience is needed. More volunteers means shorter shifts for everyone involved

Silent Key Memorial Table

  • Table Coordinator - A volunteer who assembles the RRRA Silent Key Memorial honoring Silent Keys since the 2018 Hamfest and ensures it is set-up in the Hartl Building main hall. Information about our Silent Keys is available at https://rrra.org/sk/ and additional resources (e.g. photos) are available from webmaster@rrra.org

Set Up Crew

  • Volunteer helpers who assist in setting up the rooms used for the Hamfest/Convention in the Hartl and Schollander buildings. This crew traditionally meets for lunch at Deaner’s Diner at Noon of the set-up day (Friday, September 27th)

Tear Down Crew

  • Volunteer helpers who assist in clearing and cleaning the Hartl and Schollander building rooms. The published Hamfest/Convention ending time is 2PM, but the event usually starts to wind down shortly after 1PM

Please contact if you would like to volunteer your time to help make this event a success.

Signup for the Fall 2019 Technician Classes

Registration for RRRA Fall 2019 Technician Classes is now open. Please register on-line for these classes. This series of classes begins August 14, 2019.

The required textbook 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.

About Our Classes

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: Antenna Polarization

Learn how Antenna Polarization can make a difference in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Volunteers Needed for the 2019 FM Rotary Ride

Radio Operators are needed to support the FM Rotary Ride 2019 on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Please contact if you would like to volunteer for this Public Service event.

This event is an excellent introduction for Hams who have not previously participated in Public Service Communications.

Most radio operators will be stationed at rest stops along the bike routes; several will ride in SAG vehicles.

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

Route support officially ends at 1:00pm. A post-ride grilled picnic lunch will be served from approximately 11:30 to 1:30pm.

About The Ride

The Flatlander! FM Rotary Ride is the seventh annual cycling celebration for all ages and all abilities and is one of featured events 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.

More information about this event is available at fmrotaryride.com

W9NT (SK) Auction Items

Items which will be sold during the W9NT (SK) Silent Auction. The proceeds from this auction will benefit RRRA.

  • All purchases subject to our terms and conditions
  • Listed items subject to change without notice and include only specifically listed accessories
  • Listed items may differ from items depicted in reference links provided on this page
#ItemDescription
1Astron RS-1212 amp Linear Power Supply
2Astron RS-35M35 amp Linear Power Supply
3Cushcraft R980M—6M Vertical Antenna
4Cyber Acoustics HE200Stereo Headphones
6ElecraftPacket containing W9NT’s original invoice and several interface cables
7Elecraft KAT 500500 watt Autotuner
8Elecraft KXPA 100100 watt Amplifier w/ power cable
9Elecraft KPA 500500 watt Amplifier
10Elecraft KX3Transceiver w/ MH3 Microphone, power cable
11Elecraft PX3Panadapter w/ power cable
12Heil GM5Microphone w/ CC-1-I (Icom) and CC-1-K (Kenwood) cables
15ICOM IC-7300Transceiver w/ HM-219 Hand Microphone, power cable
16Inrad WC1Competition Headset (over the ear)
17Kenwood AT-50100W Automatic Antenna Tuner
18Kenwood HS-5Mono Communications Headphones
19Kenwood PS-3020 amp Linear Power Supply
20Kenwood TM-G707FM Dual Band (U/V) Mobile Transceiver
21Kenwood TS-50HF Transceiver
22MFJ-105D24 Hour Analog Quartz Wall Clock
23MFJ-107BLCD 24 Hour Desktop Clock
24Sharp SPC500LCD Alarm Clock
25Yaesu VX-6RTri Band FM HT w/ SAD-18B charger
26Clamp on desk mic stand
27Goose neck desk mic stand

W9NT (SK) Shack Auction to Benefit RRRA

Gurnee Bridgman, W9NT, became a Silent Key April 17, 2019 (obituary) and generously remembered RRRA in his will.

A silent auction to liquidate W9NT station equipment willed to RRRA will be held immediately following the club’s July business meeting 16 July, 2019, at the West Fargo City Hall building, 800 4th Ave East, West Fargo, ND. The proceeds of this silent auction will benefit RRRA.

Gurnee was an active ham and kept his station—for the most part—up to date with modern equipment. The equipment offered for auction is presentable, clean, and was in use up until Gurnee became a Silent Key; however no warranty is implied or offered.

Terms and Conditions

  • A list of available items will be made available to interested parties at the door
  • Bid sheets will be placed on each item with model number and a minimum starting bid
  • Bidding will begin at the close of the business meeting and will end promptly at 9 PM at which time bid sheets will be collected and winning bids will be announced
  • Interested parties unable to attend may choose a proxy—who must be present—to bid for them. Internet bidding is not available
  • All items are sold as-is-where-is
  • No warranty is implied or offered
  • All sales are final
  • Payment by cash or check only prior to removal of equipment. The purchaser’s Amateur Radio license and picture ID must be provided for payment by check

The Doctor is In: Selecting Coaxial Cable

Pick up some tips about Selecting Coaxial Cable in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Tape Measure Beam Optimized for Fox Hunting

Kent KA0LDG discussed Fox Hunting (aka transmitter hunting) during the June club meeting and displayed some of the gear he uses during these activities:

Plans for home-brew antennas suitable for Fox Hunting are widely available and prebuilt antennas may be purchased from a number of vendors. Those wishing to build their own Fox Hunting antenna may wish to use the design by Joe Leggio WB2HOL described in his Tape Measure Beam Optimized for Radio Direction Finding article.

This antenna evolved during my search for a beam with a really great front-to-back ratio to use in hidden transmitter hunts. This design exhibits a very clean pattern and is perfect for RDF use. It trades a bit of forward gain in exchange for a very deep notch in the pattern toward the rear.1

According to a simulation performed using YagiCAD (4.1) WB2HOL’s antenna has the following characteristics:

ParameterMeasurement
Gain7.3 dBd
Front-to-Back Ratio>50 db
3 db BeamwidthE = 67.5 degrees
3 db BeamwidthH = 110 degrees

WB2H0L’s antenna uses a 1 inch wide steel tape-measure and other easy to obtain materials. It can be easily constructed using common tools.

WB2HOL’s Tape Measure Beam Optimized for Radio Direction Finding article discusses

  • The design and various choices the builder can make during construction
  • Construction
  • Antenna performance including a plot of a measured sensitivity pattern

Marvin KE6HTS notes a useful addition to the WB2HOL antenna: “A choke balun consisting of 6 - 8 turns of coax around the beam will help reduce the pattern skew significantly. It is not shown on the plans for the WB2HOL Tape Measure Beam, but should still be added to the antenna."2

ARDF kits available from KE6HTS:

About Fox Hunting Antennas

The nulls provided by Fox Hunting antennas—unidirectional for Yagi-Uda and bidirectional for Delta-Loops—are the feature that allows hunters to determine the direction to a hidden transmitter.

Dave N1RF indirectly demonstrates the Yagi-Uda null in his Yagi Antenna Teaching Construct Part #3: Directional Gain and Front to Back Ratio article on the Nashua Area Radio Society website.

And there is a brief discussion of Yagi Front-to-Back Ratio in the ARRL General Technical Q & A forum.

Yagi Antenna Gain & Directivity https://www.electronics-notes.com/articles/antennas-propagation/yagi-uda-antenna-aerial/gain-directivity.php

Other Fox Hunting related projects may be found on the WB2HOL Radio Direction Finding Projects page

  • Antennas
  • Attenuators
  • Time-Difference-Of-Arrival RDF units
  • Fox Timers and Controllers
  • Fox Transmitters
  • Other RDF Projects

References


  1. “Tape Measure Beam Optimized For Radio Direction Finding”, Joe Leggio WB2HOL, Retrieved June 22 2019, http://theleggios.net/wb2hol/projects/rdf/tape_bm.htm. ↩︎

  2. “WB2HOL Tape Measure Beam Kit”, KE6HTS ARDF Page, Retrieved July 6 2019, http://www.west.net/~marvin/wb2hol.htm. ↩︎

West Fargo Field Day Stats

W0ILO Contest Summary Report for ARRL-FIELD-DAY

Created by N3FJP’s ARRL Field Day Contest Log Version 5.8 www.n3fjp.com

Summary
Total Contacts446
Total Points505
Operating Period2019/06/22 18:28 - 2019/06/23 17:57
Total op time (breaks > 30 min deducted)17:04:18
Total op time (breaks > 60 min deducted)19:02:16
Avg Qs/Hr (breaks > 30 min deducted)26.1
Bands and Modes446
Sections69
States \ Provinces51
Counties4
CQ Zones5
Intials11
Operators11
Stations5
Computers5

This report has been converted from its original format. The original report document by KA0LDG (W0ILO Field Day 2019 stats.pdf) may be found in the “Outreach Events | Field Day | 2019” folder on the RRRA Groupware Server.


Contacts by Band and Mode

❗ No CW contacts were logged on any band

BandPhoneDigitalTotal%
80290297
40831910223
202033123452
155856314
10140143
60441
TOTAL38759446100

Contacts by Section

SectionTotal%
IL358
CO348
WI225
NTX194
MI184
OH184
UT153
MN133
IN112
MDC112
STX102
WWA102
LAX92
WPA92
IA82
NM82
OR82
WY82
AZ72
KS72
NC72
ONS72
SD72
SDG72
AB61
MO61
WNY61
MS51
NE51
SCV51
VA51
VT51
AL41
BC41
EPA41
ID41
MT41
NH41
OK41
SK41
SV41
TN41
WV41
GA31
KY31
LA31
NFL31
NV31
ONN31
ORG31
SB31
SJV31
WTX31
AK20
ENY20
EWA20
MB20
SFL20
CT10
DE10
EB10
GTA10
ND10
NLI10
NNJ10
SC10
VI10
WCF10
WMA10

Contacts by State \ Province

StateTotal%
CA358
IL358
CO348
TX327
WI225
MI184
OH184
UT153
MN133
PA133
WA123
IN112
MD112
ON112
NY92
IA82
NM82
OR82
WY82
AZ72
KS72
NC72
SD72
AB61
FL61
MO61
MS51
NE51
VA51
VT51
AL41
BC41
ID41
MT41
NH41
OK41
SK41
TN41
WV41
GA31
KY31
LA31
NV31
AK20
MB20
???10
CT10
DE10
MA10
ND10
NJ10
SC10

Contacts by Country

CountryTotal%
USA41593
Canada276
Alaska31
US VI10
  • Total DX Miles (QSOs in USA not counted): 39,238
  • Average miles per DX QSO: 1,266

Average bearing to the entities worked in each continent

  • QSOs in USA not counted
  • NA = 109

Contacts by CQ Zone

CQ ZoneTotal%
0426159
039822
058319
0131
0810

Contacts by Initials

InitialsTotal%
BD9321
JL9120
SL8720
JAG5613
ARL4711
BK297
AMO174
KRO123
TD112
BG20
DK10

Contacts by Operator

OperatorTotal%
K0OP9421
K0EED9321
KE0OP9120
KD0IOE4811
W0OS4811
W0HNV297
KC0PFS174
KA0LDG123
KD0USO102
KA0Q20
???10
NA10

Contacts by Station

StationTotal%
KD0TGA-ACER18241
kimjudge-01111812127
FgoWasMini8720
KD0IOE-HP348
KD0IOE-EEEPC225

Contacts by Computer

ComputerTotal%
KD0TGA-ACER18241
kimjudge-01111812127
FgoWasMini8720
KD0IOE-HP348
KD0IOE-EEEPC225

The Doctor is In: Listener Mailbag

Listen to the what the Doctor pulls from the Listener Mailbag in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Field Day 2019 Joint Press Release

Volunteer Groups Train for Emergencies During National Amateur Radio Event

Members of the Red River Radio Amateurs will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22nd and 23rd, at the Cass County Highway Department Building, 1201 W Main Ave, West Fargo, ND. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio—also called ham radio—has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster or emergency, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated last year in Field Day 2018 activities.

This year, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Team will be supporting ham radio operators by providing water and meals as a training opportunity. Amateur radio operators provide vital communications to agencies such as The Salvation Army during times of disaster.

“It just seemed like a logical fit for our two groups to work and train together” said Andrew Lynch, Team Lead of The Salvation Army’s EDS Team. “I personally am a ham radio operator, and have seen first-hand how ham radio operators can assist our disaster operations. This is an excellent chance for us to boost that relationship and get valuable training from a planned event."

Field Day operations begin at 1pm on Saturday, June 22nd and run through 1pm on Sunday, June 23rd. A person does not have to be a ham radio licensee to attend—this is a great chance to see what ham radio is all about and learn how to get involved. More information can be found at https://rrra.org/

Media Contacts

  • Amateur Radio:
  • Salvation Army:

~

May 2019 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order by Seth KD0ODE at 19:05
  • Introduction of members, 40 present

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 (2019-05 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA Groupware Server.

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


Secretary’s report

  • Motion to accept as recorded by Jody KC0HIG
  • Seconded by Anton KC0PFS
  • Motion carried

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept after a correction by Jody KC0HIG
  • Seconded by Del N0IPC
  • Motion carried

Librarian’s report

  • No updates

Regular Agenda

Standing Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Mark KK0V and Andy KD0IOE
  • [Discussed] lessons learned from the Fargo Marathon operations
  • Mark confirmed that the new 2.4GHz AREDN dishes are up at the Fargodome and Esssentia
  • Mark also reminded everyone that field day will be held at the Cass County Hwy Department in West Fargo. The Salvation Army will be serving dinner during field day on Saturday evening and will also be providing snacks
  • Mark talked to the Cass County IT department and pictures for those who have not yet received a Club ID Badge will be [taken] in July or August

Clay RRRAES

  • Seth KC0ODE
  • Skywarn training in Sabin had a good turnout
  • Nothing else to report
  • A lifetime achievement award was presented to Don Galitz KC0DCF

Technical

  • Bob W0HNV
  • Committee is surveying prospective repeater sites
  • The Grandin repeater is still intermittent; Bob will be replacing the Grandin radio in a few weeks

Education

  • Bob W0HNV
  • 6 students from the recent [technician] class were present to test at the meeting

VEs

  • Pete WC0G
  • Testing session [will] be held after the meeting

Hamfest

  • Mike NY0MN and Anton KC0PFS
  • Mike reported that the Hamfest building rental deposit had been paid to the fairgrounds and that he was looking for any possible seminar ideas

Media

  • Steve K0STK
  • No report
  • 🆕 See K0STK after the meeting or contact webmaster@rrra.org if you have any questions or need help

Old Business

June Meeting [Cancellation]

  • Seth KC0ODE reminded the club that there will be no June meeting

Candy [for Outreach Events]

  • Motion by Jim N0TSZ allocate $50 for candy to pass out at the Police Picnic and the WF Night to Unite
  • Seconded by Bob W0HNV seconded
  • Motion carried

Marathon [Feedback]

  • Andy KD0IOE is seeking any feedback on the marathon operations, email him with any feedback

Museum Ships on the Air

  • Kent KA0LDG reported that [RRRA will not operate a station] due to lack of interest

New Business

Crop Walk

  • The date for the crop walk is October 6th, [Dave] N0WQZ hasn’t heard anything from the event organizers at this time

Equipment Asset Labels

  • Jim [N0TSZ] requested that the club [begin] marking assets with asset labels
  • Motion by Mark KC0SHM to allocate $375 for new equipment asset labels which will then be tracked on our inventory sheets
  • Seconded by Mike NY0MN
  • Motion carried

AREDN Node Expenses [Reimbursement]

  • Motion by Jim N0TSZ to allocate $123.05 for the reimbursement of miscellaneous expenses incurred during the Fargodome/Essentia antenna installation process
  • Seconded by Anton KC0PFS seconded
  • Motion carried

General Discussion

  • [Bob KA0Q reported that] Breakfast on the Farm will be held on June 1st from 7am-12pm and will be at a farm 4 miles south of Hawley

Adjournment

  • Motion by Jim N0TSZ
  • Seconded by Del N0IPC
  • Motion carried
  • Meeting adjourned at 20:03

The Doctor is In: Stringing Up Antennas

Listen to the Doctor discuss Stringing Up Antennas in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Who Is Monitoring 2m Simplex?

How can Amateur Radio Operators find out who—in their vicinity or at another location—might be monitoring the 146.520 MHz National FM Simplex Calling Frequency?

Jeremy KK4FPK can help answer this question with his map of stations whose operators claim that they routinely monitor 146.520 MHz.

Do you regularly monitor 146.520 MHz? Add your callsign to this map using the KK4FPK contact page.

Updated RRRAES Frequency List Published

The updated RRRAES Frequency list discussed by KD0IOE at the May 2019 ARES meeting has been published on-line. This list is available as an Excel spreadsheet, PDF and CSV files.

The files are stored in the ARES | Documents and Manuals folder on the RRRA Groupware Server. This folder may be accessed without logging in through a public link (which is listed as RRRA ARES Documents and Manuals on the RRRA Files and Links page.)

Club members who need assistance with their Groupware Server account should contact the Webmaster Team .

Important Information For CSV File Users

The CSV version of the RRRAES Frequency list is intended to be used with “CHIRP” (a free open-source tool for programing your amateur radio). Please visit the CHIRP homepage or check your OS repositories, or store, to obtain this software.

A CHIRP Programming Webinar was presented October 20, 2016, by ARRL. Please visit our “Did you miss the ARRL CHIRP Programming Webinar?” blog post—published November 9, 2016—to watch this webinar.

The safest way to use the CSV file in conjunction with CHIRP is to:

  1. Download your radio’s memory to the application
  2. Save a backup copy of your radio’s memory list
  3. Merge in the RRRAES frequency list to your personal memory list. It may be prudent to move your personal frequencies out of the way of the RRRAES frequencies to preserve our standard channel numbering
  4. Save a backup copy of the new memory list
  5. Upload the new memory list to your radio

Please contact with questions about the RRRAES Frequency list or for assistance with CHIRP

The Doctor is In: Do Dipoles Have to be Straight?

A common question about antennas is Do Dipoles Have to be Straight?

Learn the answer from the Doctor in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Congratulations 2019 Spring Tech Graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of RRRA’s 2019 Spring Technician License Class.

Class photograph courtesy of W0HNV.

Graduates: Katia, Ivan, Theo, Paul, Chelsea, Bo, Shawn, Dave, and Randy (not pictured)

The Doctor is In: It's About Time!

Listen to a discussion of UTC and the importance of accurate time for digital modes in the It’s About Time! episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Protect Yourself During Mobile Operation in Minnesota

Amateur Radio Operators engaged in mobile operation in the State of Minnesota should consider carrying two documents to help defend themselves in the event they are stopped for potentially violating the recently ammended Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 169.011, subdivision 94; 169.475 USE OF A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE (169.475); these amendments, enacted by HF50, are effective August 1, 2019.


This blog post is general information, not legal advice, and does not form an attorney-client relationship. Please consult your lawyer to address specific legal issues.


Suggested Documents

While these documents may be useful in clarifying situations where Law Enforcement personnel consider the non-handsfree use of amateur radio equipment to be a violation of 169.475, they are not to be treated as a get out of jail free card; courtesy and tact should govern all interactions with Law Enforcement personnel.

Printing your Amateur Radio License

On February 17, 2015, the FCC stopped routinely issuing paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. While the FCC has long considered the electronic records in their Universal Licensing System (ULS) to be the auctual official Amateur Radio license authorizations, there are situations where an offical paper copy of a license is needed.

This YouTube video succinctly demonstrates the process of downloading official and reference copies of your Amateur Radio license. You will need to know the password associated with your FRN to download the official copy.

Although it is “easier” to download the reference copy of an Amateur Radio license, these reference copies include a prominent notice stating they are not an official FCC license; this notice may be an issue in certain circumstances.

The Doctor is In: Handheld Transceivers

Listen to the Doctor discuss Handheld Transceivers in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Free Download: 50th Anniversary Edition of the AMSAT Journal

The 50th Anniversary special issue of the AMSAT Journal is freely available for download. Everyone interested in Amateur Radio satellite communications is encouraged to read this 50th Anniversary Journal and consider supporting AMSAT by becoming a member

About AMSAT

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (as AMSAT is officially known) was first formed in the District of Columbia in 1969 as an educational organization. Its goal was to foster Amateur Radio’s participation in space research and communication. AMSAT was founded to continue the efforts, begun in 1961, by Project OSCAR, a west coast USA-based group which built and launched the very first Amateur Radio satellite, OSCAR, on December 12, 1961, barely four years after the launch of Russia’s first Sputnik.

Today, the “home-brew” flavor of these early Amateur Radio satellites lives on, as most of the hardware and software now flying on even the most advanced AMSAT satellites is still largely the product of volunteer effort and donated resources. Though we are fond of traditions our designs and technology continue to push the outside of the envelope.

For over 50 years AMSAT groups in North America and elsewhere have played a key role in significantly advancing the state of the art in space science, space education, and space technology. Undoubtedly, the work now being done by AMSAT volunteers throughout the world will continue to have far-reaching, positive effects on the very future of both Amateur Radio, as well as other governmental, scientific and commercial activities in the final frontier. Rarely have a group of "amateur” volunteers managed to do so much…for so many…with so little.1

AMSAT contact: info@amsat.org or 888-322-6728


  1. “About AMSAT”, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, retrieved April 25 2019, https://www.amsat.org/about-amsat/. ↩︎

Be a part of Field Day 2019

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 2019 that is 1:00PM CDT Saturday, June 22nd, to 3:59PM CDT Sunday, June 23rd.

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 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.

The Doctor is In: Listening Outside the Ham Bands

Learn about some what’s outside the Amateur Radio bands in the Listening Outside the Ham Bands episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

ISS SSTV Reception Hints

Hams interested in receiving SSTV from the International Space Station (ISS) users may find the Spacecomms ISS SSTV Reception Hints and AMSAT-UK How to hear the ISS pages to be useful resources for getting started.

According to AMSAT-UK it doesn’t take an elaborate rig to listen to the ISS:

Almost any 144 MHz FM rig will receive the ISS, you can even use a general coverage VHF scanner with an external antenna. As far as the antenna is concerned the simpler the better. A 1/4 wave ground plane has a high angle of radiation and works well.1

ISS SSTV Reception Hints includes sections discussing:

  • Recommended decoding software
  • Tracking the ISS
  • What to expect during a pass
  • Hints

How to hear the ISS includes sections discussing:

  • History
  • What equipment do you need to hear the ISS ?
  • Listening Online
  • What will you hear ?
  • When to listen
  • Doppler Shift
  • AMSAT-UK

  1. “How to hear the ISS”, AMSAT-UK Radio Amateur Satellites, retrieved April 11 2019, https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/how-to-hear-the-iss/. ↩︎

WA7BNM Contest Calendar

The WA7BNM Contest Calendar is a comprensive one-stop resource for Amateur Radio Operators interested in contesting. This website “provides detailed information about amateur radio contests throughout the world, including their scheduled dates/times, rules summaries, log submission information and links to the official rules as published by the contest sponsors”1—simplifing the process of finding and participating in contests

The WA7BNM Contest Calendar has been maintained by Bruce Horn, WA7BNM since 1998.

Website Features

The WA7BNM Contest Calendar website provides these calendars:

Their Calendar Customization feature allows users to choose which contests are displayed on some of the site’s calendars.

A Weekly E-mailed Calendar service (view a sample) provides “Details of [the current] week’s contests, [a] list of following week’s contests, contest log submittal addresses and deadlines for recent contests”2. Please contact [Bruce, WA7BNM](mailto:bhorn@hornucopia.com?subject=Weekly Contest Calendar Request&body=Please subscribe me to your e-mailed weekly contest calendar.) to subscribe to this service.

RSS feeds and [iCal](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendar_(Apple) downloads are available for some of the site’s calendars.

Social Media

Follow the WA7BNM Contest Calendar on Twitter @wa7bnmcalendar.


  1. “WA7BNM Contest Calendar: Home”, WA7BNM Contest Calendar, Retrieved April 1 2019, https://www.contestcalendar.com/. ↩︎

  2. “This week’s contests”, WA7BNM Contest Calendar, retrieved April 11 2019, https://www.contestcalendar.com/weeklycal.txt. ↩︎

March 2019 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order by Seth KD0ODE at 19:00
  • Introduction of members, 39 present

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 (2019-02 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA Groupware Server.

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


Secretary’s report

  • Anton KC0PFS noted a correction needed regarding the spelling of is last name
  • Motion to accept as corrected by Anton KC0PFS
  • Seconded by Brian K0GEF
  • Motion carried

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept as written after a spelling correction by Jim N0TSZ
  • Seconded by Anton KC0PFS
  • Motion carried

Librarian’s report

  • No updates

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Mark KK0V
  • Discussion of possible club duties in the event of major flooding in the FM area
  • FM Ambulance will be the primary organization served by the RRRA - Rick Cameron at FM will be the liaison
  • Cass County may be reissuing ID badges due to a software change

Clay RRRAES

  • Seth KC0ODE
  • Working on arrangements for the possible flood fight
  • Clay County Sherrif’s Office will open TOC at river level 32ft and EOC at 38ft
  • Hams will report to the Family Service Center in Moorhead if called upon

Technical

  • Bob W0HNV
  • Committee is surveying prospective repeater sites

Education

  • Bob W0HNV
  • The Extra license class is complete, a handful of students were present at the meeting to test
  • Tech class begins April 3rd at the West Fargo Library, lasting for 6 weeks

VEs

Hamfest

Media

  • Steve K0STK
  • 🆕 Members can get their events added to the website calendar by e-mailing webmaster@rrra.org
  • 🆕 Demonstrated how members can sign up for the club SMS alerts by texting their call sign to alert@rrra.org.
  • 🆕 See K0STK after the meeting or contact webmaster@rrra.org if you have any questions or need help

Old Business

Marathon

  • Mark KC0SHM still hasn’t heard anything from the committee yet, but plan on Saturday May 18th if interested in helping out
  • 🆕 Those interested in volunteering can sign up for the marathon email list at lists.rrra.org.

New Business

Hard Hats

  • Mark KK0V discussed having hams wear orange hard hats to identify themselves, the club still has some vests and hard hats for sale - see Lori KC0GQE

VOAD Membership Renewal

  • Jim N0TSZ moved that the club spend $25 on dues for the RRRA Cass-Clay VOAD membership
  • Seconded by Jake K0RQ
  • Motion carried

General Discussion

  • Skywarn classes coming up in April, however the flood may affect the classes; look at the website for the most up-to-date information

Adjournment

  • Motion by Jim N0TSZ
  • Seconded by lAlex KB0LOL
  • Motion carried
  • Meeting adjourned at 19:51

The Doctor is In: The WSPR Heard 'Round the World

Learn abut a propagation and antenna testing tool in the The WSPR Heard ‘Round the World episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Radio Operators needed for the 2019 Fargo Marathon

Spring will soon be here and so will the Fargo Marathon!

In partnership with local emergency responders, RRRA will once again be providing the communications backbone for the Marathon aid stations.

Please see the Fargo Marathon 2019 page for the event schedule, equipment list, etc.

RRRA communications support for the Fargo Marathon will be coordinated through the Marathon Mailing List. All operators who wish to volunteer for this event must subscribe to the Marathon Mailing List; even those who who sign up on paper at any 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 or if you have any questions about this event.

February 2019 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order by Seth KD0ODE at 19:07
  • Introductions of members

Election Results

OfficeWinner
PresidentSeth Swanson, KC0ODE
Vice PresidentJarod Jacobsen, W0JPJ
SecretaryAlex Manz, K0JKL
TreasurerLori Kruft, KC0GQE
Member at largeAnton O’Neill, KC0PFS

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 (2019-02 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA Groupware Server.

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


Secretary’s report

  • Motion to accept as written by Anton KC0PFS
  • Seconded by Del N0IPC
  • Motion carried

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept as written after a spelling correction by Jim N0TSZ
  • Seconded by Del N0IPC
  • Motion carried

Librarian’s report

  • No updates

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Mark KK0V
  • KK0V will be taking over as Cass EC as Don KC0DCF is struggling with health issues
  • Brad KE0LDS will be assistant EC
  • Discussion regarding whether or not backup power is currently available for repeaters; the technical committee will investigate and report back
  • Skywarn coming up April 2nd at 6pm at the Fargo Public Safety Building

Clay RRRAES

Technical

  • Bob W0HNV
  • Committee is surveying prospective repeater sites

Education

  • Bob W0HNV
  • The Extra license class is in week 8, all students expected to test in March

VEs

  • Pete WC0G
  • March 19th is next testing session
  • 🆕 Reminded VEs that they need to notify the ARRL before participating in a test session if they have been inactive for more than 5 years

Hamfest

  • Mike NY0MN and Anton KC0PFS
  • NY0MN and KC0PFS will co-chair the Hamfest Committee
  • Meetings to come

Media

  • Steve K0STK
  • K0STK requested that the club create a Paypal account tied to the club’s bank account for on-going hosting payments
    • Motion to give permission for K0STK to create a Paypal account by Kirk W0HNV
    • Seconded by Anton KC0PFS
    • Motion carried
  • 🆕 If you have any questions please see K0STK after the meeting or contact webmaster@rrra.org

Old Business

Repeater Trustee Update

  • KC0ODE still working on new trustee paperwork

New Business

Elections

  • Mark KC0SHM has not heard anything from the Marathon committee yet

Club Participation in Giving Hearts Day

  • Discussed by Gurnee W9NT

Request for club IRS determination letter

  • Steve K0STK requested a copy of the IRS letter granting non-profit status so we could take advantage of free web services for non-profits
  • Lori KC0GQE will assist

Skype presentation by K9EID

  • Brian K0EED met Bob Heil, K9EID, who offered to do a Skype presentation for the club, it was discussed that this could possibly be a Hamfest presentation

Request for additional New Business

  • By Seth KC0ODE

General Discussion

Adjournment

  • Motion by Jim N0TSZ
  • Seconded by Anton KC0PFS
  • Motion carried
  • Meeting adjourned at 20:00

The Doctor is In: SWR Simplified

Listen to the Doctor discuss a subject that’s frequently misunderstood in the SWR Simplified episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

QRM.guru Can Help With Interference

Do you need help resolving Amateur Radio intereference issues? QRM.guru is here to help!

QRM.guru, sponsored by The Amateur Radio Society of Australia Inc., is an educational and reference resource developed to assist Amateur Radio operators mitigate RF noise issues. Although developed for VK hams, this resource contains information useful worldwide.

QRM.guru is a responsive (i.e. “mobile friendly”) and comprehensive resource intended to help hams with:

  • Better understanding of RF noise sources that impact on their enjoyment of the hobby
  • A series of tools, techniques and guides to assist in locating and reducing or eliminating noise sources
  • Guidance on how to select consumer devices that comply with regulations and do not emit unwanted RF noise
  • Encouraging collaboration between hams and clubs in reducing noise and promoting the hobby
  • Developing and utilising our technical skills to resolve issues that impact on our enjoyment of the hobby, even when the interference is not of our responsibility

Much of the content has been derived from various sources, including the public domain, published works and project work by the developers of this resource. All references to published works are acknowledged. 1


  1. “Start here”, QRM.guru Resolving interference for Amateur Radio, retrieved March 15 2019, https://qrm.guru/sample-page-2/. ↩︎

So Now What? Introduction

ARRL has launched the So Now What? (bi-weekly) podcast for hams getting started in Amateur Radio or returning after an absence.

Join podcast co-hosts Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, ARRL Communications Content Producer; and Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, W1AW Station Manager and ARRL Lab member; “as they explore the topics that every newcomer to amateur radio needs to know.” 1

The first episode is an Introduction to the podcast hosts and to their plans for content.

About the ARRL So Now What? Podcast

So Now What? is a bi-weekly podcast intended to answer questions asked by new hams and those returning to the hobby after an absence. The podcast is produced by ARRL and sponsored by LDG Electronics.

Listen to So Now What? on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app; just search for So Now What?. Podcast app users may subscribe to the So Now What? RSS Feed

You can listen online at

  • Blubrry
  • Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices

  1. “So Now What?", ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved March 13 2019, http://www.arrl.org/so-now-what. ↩︎

March 10th Hamfest Commitee Meeting Cancelled

On March 10, 2019, Mike NY0MN announced cancellation of the first 2019 Hamfest Committee planning meeting with the following message on the Hamfest mailing list:

Due to the bad weather over the [weekend] The hamfest meeting scheduled for today has been canceled.

If you know of someone that is not on the hamfest mailing list and wants to come, let them know the meeting has been canceled. the next meeting will be rescheduled for later this month.

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. Returning volunteers must re-subscribe to the hamfest list to confirm their participation.

Committee Members Needed for 2019 Hamfest

It’s time to start planning for the 2019 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.

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 Groupware Server 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. Returning volunteers must re-subscribe to the hamfest list to confirm their participation.

Volunteers may subscribe multiple addresses (e.g. work and mobile 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.

Signup for the Spring 2019 Technician Classes

Registration for RRRA Spring 2019 Technician Classes is now open. Please register on-line for these classes. This series of classes begins April 3, 2019.


The required textbook 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: Meet the Raspberry Pi

Meet the Raspberry Pi in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Radio Operators needed for Walk MS: Fargo 2019

Ten amateur radio operators (hams) are needed to provide communications support for Walk MS: Fargo 2019 on April 27th, 2019 at Courts Plus Community Fitness, Fargo.

Radio operators interested in volunteering for this event should attend the March business meeting or contact for more information.

Radio operators are needed on-site by 8:30am for registration and must be able to assist until all the walkers have completed their route.

Maps of the event routes (1 mile, and 3 miles) will be available on the Walk MS: Fargo 2019: Routes & Maps page. Station locations will be determined once the route maps are published.

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

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 three training opportunities to be offered in the Fargo/Moorhead area during 2019.

These free classes are presented by the National Weather Service and last about 2 1/2 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®

In most years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning caused hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages. To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 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 an average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States.

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. “NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program”, National Weather Service , retrieved February 25 2019, http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Are We Entering a Maunder Minimum?

Are we entering a Maunder Minimum?

Listen to the Doctor discuss long-term propects for propagation improvements in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

January 2019 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:02
  • Introductions of members—32 members 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 (2019-01 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA Groupware Server.

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


Secretary’s report

  • Motion to accept by KC0HIG
  • Seconded by KC0PFS
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

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

Librarian’s report

  • 🆕 Bag of old Radio Flyer magazines donated to the library

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J (neither were present)
  • Don was recovering from surgery
  • Mark was out of town

Clay RRRAES

  • Seth
  • Quiet December
  • 🆕 Clay County has new Emergency Manager: Gabe Tweten

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Wheatland Repeater is dismantled and the hardware is in Bob’s possession. Antennas and feedline were abandoned as they were more expensive to recover than to purchase new
  • Discussion regarding the Wheatland situation with KC0SHM explaining the reason for the quick retrieval of the equipment
  • Proposed creating a committee later in the meeting to address all of the repeaters.

Education

  • Bob K
  • The Extra license class is in week 3 with 6 students expected to complete
  • 🆕 Current General license class question pool expires June 30, 2019

VEs

  • Pete
  • Testing tonight, sufficient VEs present

Media

  • Steve K.
  • 🆕 Website, mailing lists, and groupware server moved to DigitalOcean VPS; hosting cost $5 / month. There should be no noticable difference for users
  • Motion to establish an ongoing payment of $5 / month by KC0SHM
    • Tabled by KC0ODE to determine best way to transfer funds to DigitalOcean. K0STK to report back on payment options
  • 🆕 If you have any questions please see K0STK after the meeting or contact webmaster@rrra.org

Old Business

Jingle Bell Run

Christmas Party

  • Good turnout
  • Club received a thank you from the Dorthy Day House. $70 was donated
  • Dorthy Day & Churches United are merging
  • WD0EGC won the Tube

Ham of the Year Presentation

  • K0STK was presented with the award by KC0SHM

New Facility Manager at MSUM Repeater Site

  • W0HNV reported the MSUM repeater site in Moorhead has a new facility manager. He is going to establish a relationship with them
  • W0HNV recommended that formal Memorandums of Understanding be established for all of our repeater equipment sites

New Business

Elections

  • KC0ODE asked for a volunteer election coordinator
  • KC0SHM chose to oversee elections this year
  • 🆕 Members were reminded that dues must be current in order to vote in elections
  • KC0SHM asked the present officers if they will be seeking an additional term
    • All present agreed
    • KE0BXS was not present and it was indicated he may not want to seek an additional term as secretary
    • KC0SHM and KC0PFS were seeking a term as member-at-large

Repeater Committee

  • KC0ODE asked for a motion to establish a Repeater Committee consisting of himself, KC0SHM, K0RQ, and W0HNV
    • Motion by KC0HIG
    • Seconded by KC0PFS
    • Motion passed

Request for additional new business

  • by KC0ODE

General Discussion

  • Paperwork for the FCC trustee change on the club callsigns had not yet been submitted
  • 🆕 New hamfest coordinator needed. Rental payment for the space is normally paid in February
  • Bismark Hamfest is Feb 23rd
  • St. Cloud Hamfest is Feb 9th

Adjournment

  • Motion by N0TSZ
  • Seconded by N0IPC
  • Motion passed at 19:39

The Doctor is In: FT8

Are you one of those hams who have not tried FT8 yet? Then you might be interested in an introduction to this relatively new mode, presented by Steve Ford (WB8IMY and QST Editor In Chief), in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

ARRL Board Withdraws FCC Rule Making Petition for Parity Act Provisions

At its annual meeting January 18–19, the ARRL Board of Directors decided that the organization needs to “review, re-examine, and reappraise ARRL’s regulatory and legislative policy with regard to private land use restrictions.”

In order to effectively undertake such a review, the Board adopted a resolution to withdraw its December 18 Petition for Rule Making to the FCC, which sought to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to incorporate the provisions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA), without prejudice to refiling. The resolution also is asking members of Congress who had refiled legislation to enact the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) to refrain from seeking to advance that legislation pending further input from the ARRL.1


  1. “ARRL Board of Directors Issues Statement on Amateur Radio Parity Act”, ATTL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved January 24 2019, http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-board-of-directors-issues-statement-on-amateur-radio-parity-act. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Life Above 50 MHz

Despite the HF-centric nature of many Amateur Radio publications, discussions, and activities, there is Life Above 50 MHz

Listen to a discussion about VHF & UHF with ARRL Radiosport Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

The Doctor is In: Log Periodic Antennas

All antenna designs are a compromise. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of Log Periodic Antennas including what gives them their wide bandwidth capability, in this episode of the

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

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

A harbinger of Solar Cycle 25?

On November 19, 2018, Dr. Tony Phillips reported in his A Sunspot from the Next Solar Cycle article that an ephemeral sunspot with a reversed magnetic field was detected by Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory at 21:00 UT on November 17th, 2018. This sunspot matches two previously reported spots and suggests that the " slow transition between Solar Cycle 24 and Solar Cycle 25 appears to be underway."1

What does this mean? First, it suggests that the solar cycle is still operative. This contradicts widespread internet buzz that a Grand Minimum is in the offing, with no new sunspots expected for decades as the solar cycle grinds to a halt. Second, if patterns of previous solar cycles hold, Solar Minimum is not finished. It will probably continue to deepen in the year or so ahead even as new Solar Cycle 25 sunspots occasionally pop up, promising an ultimate end to the lassitude.1


  1. “A Sunspot from the Next Solar Cycle”, spaceweather.com, retrieved December 27 2018, https://spaceweatherarchive.com/2018/11/20/a-sunspot-from-the-next-solar-cycle/. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Ground Plane Antennas

Pick up some facts about Ground Plane Antennas 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. Recent podcast topics include:

RF Exposure Station Computers External Speakers Do You Really Need a Tower? Winterizing Volt Ohm Meters Tools for Every Ham Antennas and Wind Dummy Loads Antenna Rotators

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

W0ILO Wheatland Repeater Out Of Service

The W0ILO Wheatland Repeater (formerly operating at 147.255) has been removed from service for relocation.

Please refer to KD0IOE’s announcement on the Club Announcement and Discussion mailing lists for more information.

Please contact the RRRA President, , if you can assist with a new location for this repeater.

2019 Membership Renewal

Membership renewals for 2019 are due at the January club meeting. Dues (unchanged from 2018) are:

  • 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

The Doctor is In: RF Exposure

Learn about RF Exposure 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:

Station Computers External Speakers Do You Really Need a Tower? Winterizing Volt Ohm Meters Tools for Every Ham Antennas and Wind Dummy Loads Antenna Rotators Zero Beating

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Signup for the Winter 2019 Extra Classes

Registration for RRRA Winter 2019 Extra Classes is now open. Please register on-line

This series of classes begins January 2, 2019.

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.

An electronic syllabus is integrated into the calendar listings for each session of the Winter 2019 Extra Classes.

Please contact if you have any questions.

The Doctor is In: Station Computers

Station computers Choosing the right tool depends on the job you’re trying to accomplish. Learn more 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:

External Speakers Do You Really Need a Tower? Winterizing Volt Ohm Meters Tools for Every Ham Antennas and Wind Dummy Loads Antenna Rotators Zero Beating Software Defined Radios (SDR)

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

The Doctor is In: External Speakers

Listen to a lively discussion about the advantages of external speakers , and hear the Doctor’s answer to a listener question, 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:

Do You Really Need a Tower? Winterizing Volt Ohm Meters Tools for Every Ham Antennas and Wind Dummy Loads Antenna Rotators Zero Beating Software Defined Radios (SDR) Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

The Golden Age of Amateur Radio is Now

In episode 179 of the Foundations of Amateur Radio podcast, Onno VK6FLAB, makes the case that we are living in the Golden Age of Amateur Radio.

Imagine a world where electronics are pervasive, a transceiver can be purchased for the price of two Big Macs, kits are designed and built using simple tools at home, software makes it possible to invent new methods of communication on an almost daily basis, where long distance contacts are made throughout the day using milliwatts while ionospheric propagation is at an all-time low, where national parks and peaks are being activated at an increasing rate, where new people join in every day, where it’s easier and easier to obtain a license and where the word geek is held as a badge of honour.

That world is here, it’s now … 1

About the Foundations of Amateur Radio Podcast

Foundations of Amateur Radio is a weekly podcast by Australian Amateur Radio Operator Onno Benschop VK6FLAB addressing “the building blocks of Amateur Radio, one concept at a time.” 2

Listen to this episode using the audio player embedded above or in Apple iTunes. Subscribe to the podcast rss feed to receive all upcoming episodes.

Please direct all questions and comments about this podcast to the author (Onno VK6FLAB).

A number of other Amateur Radio podcasts by VK6FLAB are published at http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/.


  1. “The Golden Age of Amateur Radio is Now”, Foundations of Amateur Radio Episode 179, retrieved November 9 2018, http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/foundations/. ↩︎

  2. “Foundations of Amateur Radio”, ITmaze Podcasts, accessed November 9 2018, http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/foundations/. ↩︎

October 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:00
  • Introductions of members—22 members 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 (2018-10 Minutes.docx) may be found in the “Committee Reports | Secretary Reports” folder on the RRRA Groupware Server.

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


Secretary’s report

  • Tabled

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept by W0HNV
  • Seconded by N0TSZ
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • No report

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • 🆕 New information about AREDN network funding
  • Badges are available

Clay RRRAES

  • Seth

Technical

  • Bob K
  • 🆕 KC0ODE donated 4 tubs of radio equipment. W0HNV is checking the equipment vintage tech. Please contact if you are interested in this equipment

Education

  • Bob K
  • 🆕 4 students completed the Fall 2018 Tech class
  • 🆕 Week 4 of Fall 2018 General class

Hamfest

VEs

  • Pete
  • 🆕 Sucessful session at Hamfest; 21 tests given to 14 people

Media

  • Steve K.
  • 🆕 May need to re-host website, mailing lists, and groupware server due to sale of company donating hosting; will keep club updated
  • 🆕 If you have any questions please see K0STK after the meeting or contact webmaster@rrra.org

Old Business

Radio Merit Badge Class

  • 🆕 is looking for a co-teacher to help with a Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge class November 17, 2018

New Business

Christmas Party

  • 🆕 KC0GQE reserved rooms at Pizza Ranch starting at 5:30pm on December 5, 2018

Jingle Bell Run

  • 🆕 7:30am on December 1, 2018, at Courts Plus
  • 🆕 Contact KC0QGE to help out

Education Programming

  • W0JPJ has questions
  • Hands on ideas
  • K0CRF has a list of topics
  • 🆕 Send suggestions to

Good of the Order

  • Grand Forks has a digital station
  • 🆕 Bismark is working on a digital station
  • Historic ships event could be an option to run a station at the Hjemkomst cente
  • Winter Field Day
  • 🆕 New Shanley Radio Club call-sign: K0DCN. At 1930 the club will use W0ILO to conduct a business meeting, but then they will open

Adjournment

  • 🆕 Motion by N0TSZ
  • Seconded by W0HNV
  • Motion passed

Grounding, Lightning and RFI Resources

Grounding, lightning and RFI resources collected, and periodically posted, by MyrddinWyllt (a moderator for the Amateur Radio subreddit).

Grounding / Bonding

Lightning

RFI

New CEO Wants ARRL to Serve All Ages and Amateur Radio Interests

Newly elected ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, is still on the uphill side of the learning curve as he acquaints himself with ARRL Headquarters and the nearly 90 staffers who work there. The New Jersey native arrived at HQ on October 15 and has spent much of his time since meeting with department managers and others to get his bearings, with an eye toward building consensus and aligning people, programs, and services in the same direction.

Michel would like to see ARRL focus on the future of Amateur Radio and not become the redoubt of a particular generation of radio amateur or interest group. He said, “Ham radio shouldn’t abandon the old guardians of the hobby, but at the same time, it needs to have new things that appeal to people who have different interests and different passions.” 1

Ham radio appears currently entrenched with opposition often expressed to FT8 and other digital modes and protocols that bend Amateur Radio traditions and conventions, Michel observed. However, as he sees it, technology for the whole of Amateur Radio has been changing, and detractors to advances have always been present. He’d like ARRL to encourage more technological diversity without creating controversy. 1

Resources


  1. “New CEO Wants ARRL to Serve All Ages and Amateur Radio Interests”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved November 1 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/new-ceo-wants-arrl-to-serve-all-ages-and-amateur-radio-interests. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Do You Really Need a Tower?

Do you really need a tower?

Listen to a discussion of a common question 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:

Winterizing Volt Ohm Meters Tools for Every Ham Antennas and Wind Dummy Loads Antenna Rotators Zero Beating Software Defined Radios (SDR) Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation Field Day Antennas

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Save The Date for the 2018 RRRA Christmas Party

Save the date for an evening of fun and fellowship at the 2018 RRRA Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Pizza Ranch, Fargo.

Please see the 2018 RRRA Christmas Party calendar entry for more details.

Please contact  if you have any questions about this event.

Jingle Bell Run Radio Operators Needed

Radio Operators are needed to provide public service communication support for the 2018 Jungle Bell Run on Saturday, December 1st.

Operators will be stationed 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.

The Jingle Bell Run is an excellent opportunity for new Amateur Radio Operators to familiarize themselves with event support net operations in a relaxed setting.

Please contact  if you would like to volunteer for, or have any questions about, this event.

The Doctor is In: Winterizing

Every year Hams must spend some time Winterizing their station. That’s the subject of this timely 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:

Volt Ohm Meters Tools for Every Ham Antennas and Wind Dummy Loads Antenna Rotators Zero Beating Software Defined Radios (SDR) Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation Field Day Antennas Coping with poor HF conditions

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Monitoring Hurricane Michael

Those interested in monitoring communication related to Hurricane Michael may find the following resources useful:

HF

VoIP (Voice over IP)

ARRL takes exception to FCC Uncertified Transceiver Enforcement Advisory

ARRL has taken a minor exception to the wording of a September 24 FCC Enforcement Advisory pertaining to the importation, marketing and sale of VHF and UHF transceivers and is in discussion with FCC personnel to resolve the matter. The Enforcement Advisory was in response to the importation into the US of certain radio products that are not FCC certified for use in any radio service, but identified as Amateur Radio equipment. 1

In its discussions with the FCC, ARRL has stated:

“In several places, the Enforcement Advisory makes the point that 'anyone importing, advertising or selling such noncompliant devices should stop immediately, and anyone owning such devices should not use them,'” ARRL pointed out. “The Advisory broadly prohibits the ‘use’ of such radios, but our view is that there is no such prohibition relative to licensed Amateur Radio use—entirely within amateur allocations—of a radio that may be capable of operation in non-amateur spectrum, as long as it is not actually used to transmit in non-amateur spectrum. 1

The Enforcement Advisory includes the following Amateur Radio Exception which appears to disallow the use of certain uncertified devices in the Amateur Radio Service:

If a device is capable of operating only on frequencies that the FCC has allocated for use by Amateur Radio Service licensees, it does not require FCC equipment authorization, and an amateur licensee may use his or her license to operate such radios. However, many two-way radios that purport to operate on amateur frequencies also operate on frequencies that extend beyond the designated amateur frequency bands. If a two-way VHF/UHF radio is capable of operating outside of the amateur frequency bands, it cannot be imported, advertised, sold, or operated within the United States without an FCC equipment certification. 2


  1. “ARRL, FCC Discussing Issue of Uncertified Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved October 8 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-fcc-discussing-issue-of-uncertified-imported-vhf-uhf-transceivers. ↩︎

  2. “Enforcement Advisory No. 2018-03”, Federal Communications Commission, retrieved October 3 2018, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-980A1.pdf. ↩︎

FCC Enforcement Advisory Concerning Two-Way VHF/UHF Radios

On September 24, 2018, the Federal Communications Commisssion (FCC) published Enforcement Advisory No. 2018-03 (the Advisory)—titled Two-way VHF/UHF radios may not be imported, advertised, or sold in the United States unless they comply with the Commission’s rules—in response to “an increase in the manufacturing, importation, advertising, and sale of two-way VHF/UHF radios that are not authorized in accordance with the Commission’s rules.” 1 The Advisory has been published in PDF, DOC, and plain text formats.

One item of note in the Advisory is an Amateur Radio Exception which appears to disallow the use of uncertified devices by Amateur Radio Service (ARS) licensees.

The Advisory “follows an August 1 Citation and Order to Amcrest Industries, LLC (formerly Foscam Digital Technologies, LLC), an importer and marketer of popular and inexpensive BaoFeng handheld transceivers, alleging that the company violated FCC rules and the Communications Act by illegally marketing unauthorized RF devices.” 2

The Advisory was inspired in part, as evidenced by footnote 4 on page 2, by a letter from the Land Mobile Communications Council to FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly dated June 7, 2018:

The members of the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) wholeheartedly endorse your efforts to enlist the support of eBay and Amazon to partner with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in fighting the distribution of illegal products that fail to comply with and/ or falsely use FCC branding on their devices. LMCC is a nonprofit association of organizations that represent the wireless communications interests of public safety, critical infrastructure, business, industrial, transportation, private carriers, and manufacturers of wireless communications equip ment. The LMCC has a similar concern to that which you have raised regarding non-compliant set-top boxes that are sold through those two companies. Our issue is the widespread importation , distribution, and use of radio frequency devices that do not comply with FCC rules.

The two-way radios in question are being marketed for use by any individual or entity, for any purpose , without regard to Federal and non-Federal spectrum allocations, user eligibility, or licensing requirements. Some devices indicate that they have been certified by the FCC while others do not. Even those that display an FCC certification are shipped to consumers and businesses from eBay and Amazon preprogrammed on a variety of channels for which the user is ineligible including aeronautical, broadcast auxiliary, and public safety frequencies. 3

On-line mentions of the Advisory include:

Amateur Radio Exception

If a device is capable of operating only on frequencies that the FCC has allocated for use by Amateur Radio Service licensees, it does not require FCC equipment authorization, and an amateur licensee may use his or her license to operate such radios. However, many two-way radios that purport to operate on amateur frequencies also operate on frequencies that extend beyond the designated amateur frequency bands. If a two-way VHF/UHF radio is capable of operating outside of the amateur frequency bands, it cannot be imported, advertised, sold, or operated within the United States without an FCC equipment certification. 1

Resources


  1. “Enforcement Advisory No. 2018-03”, Federal Communications Commission, retrieved October 3 2018, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-980A1.pdf. ↩︎

  2. “via the ARRL: FCC Enforcement Advisory Targets Noncompliant Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers”, This Week in Amateur Radio, retrieved October 3 2018, http://twiar.net/2018/09/29/via-the-arrl-fcc-enforcement-advisory-targets-noncompliant-imported-vhf-uhf-transceivers/. ↩︎

  3. “Letter from David Smith, President, and Mark Crosby, Secretary/Treasurer, LMCC to Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, FCC”, Land Mobile Communications Council, retrieved October 3 2018, http://lmcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/LMCC-Letter-ORielly-re-NonComDev-060718.pdf. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Volt Ohm Meters

Volt Ohm Meters are one of the most useful pieces of test equipment a Ham can own. Learn why 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:

Tools for Every Ham Antennas and Wind Dummy Loads Antenna Rotators Zero Beating Software Defined Radios (SDR) Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation Field Day Antennas Coping with poor HF conditions RF Loss

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Sign Up for the Moorhead ICS 700 100 Class

The City of Moorhead is presenting a free ICS 700 / 100 class on October 2nd, 2018, at the Minnesota State University Center of Business, 721 11th St S, Room 105.

This class is an introduction to the Incident Command System and is required for anyone who could be involved in an emergency / disaster response.

Please register on-line for this class

The class will start at 8:30 and will conclude prior to 12:30. Attendees are asked to park in lot G2, located west of the building.

Cass County Radio Operator Badge Photo Session on September 18th

A photo session for the new Cass County (ARES) Radio Operator badges will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (during the ARES and Business meetings) on Tuesday, September 18th.

This session is for RRRA Members who previously submitted a Radio Operator ID Application & Background Check Consent form.

A follow-up session may be planned for those unable to attend the September meetings.

Please contact the if you have any questions.

You are invited to the RRRA 2018 Hamfest and ARRL ND State Convention

You are invited to enjoy a morning of Ham Radio fellowship, seminars, a flea market, and more, at the largest Hamfest in North Dakota.

The Red River Radio Amateurs Hamfest and ARRL ND State Convention runs from 8AM to 2PM at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Please visit http://hamfest.rrra.org or download the 2018 RRRA Hamfest Flyer (PDF) for complete details about this event.

The Doctor is In: Tools for Every Ham

Learn about basic tools for every ham that you ought to have in your station 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:

Antennas and Wind Dummy Loads Antenna Rotators Zero Beating Software Defined Radios (SDR) Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation Field Day Antennas Coping with poor HF conditions RF Loss Kits and Kit Building

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

President Roosevelt had a personal telegrapher

In an era before instantaneous global communication, the telegraph allowed President Franklin Roosevelt to receive vital information and conduct critical government business while away from the White House. This portable telegraph and vibroplex key were used by Dr. E. Stuart Davis, communications aide and personnal telegrapher during President Roosevelt’s travels. 1

The portable telegraph and Vibroplex key used by Dr. Davis are part of a display of presidential memorabilia in The Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World.


  1. “Franklin D. Roosevelt Portable Telegraph and Vibroplex Key”, Display card, Walt Disney World Hall of Presidents, Orlando, Florida, September 5 2018. ↩︎

Signup for the Fall 2018 General Classes

Registration for RRRA Fall 2018 General Classes is now open. Please register on-line.

This series of classes begins September 26, 2018.

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: Antennas and Wind

Antennas and Wind don’t always go well together. Pick up some tips from the Doctor to improve the odds of your antenna’s survival 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:

Dummy Loads Antenna Rotators Zero Beating Software Defined Radios (SDR) Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation Field Day Antennas Coping with poor HF conditions RF Loss Kits and Kit Building Microphones

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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

WWV and WWVH Shutdown in 2019

The NIST FY 2019 Presidential Budget Request includes funding for the “shutdown of NIST radio stations in Colorado and Hawaii." 1

NIST plans to shut down these valuable resources even though their own WWV page boasts of the station having millions of listeners worldwide.

Everyone who uses WWV/WWVH, or just recognizes the value of these resources to our nation, is encouraged to sign the White House petition to maintain funding for NIST stations WWV & WWVH and to contact their elected representatives in Congress.

The proposed WWV/WWVH shutdown has been reported on-line by the ARRL, The SWLing Post but not, aparently, yet by mainstream media sources. The shutdown is being discussed in numerous places including:

About WWV and WWVH

WWV and WWVH are more than just sources of time signals. These stations also provide frequency standards used by Amateur Radio Operators, SWLs and others; they are a good indicator of HF propagation conditions; and they are a source of valuable recorded announcements of general interest on an hourly schedule—including the GPS satellite constellation status and severe oceanic weather warnings—on HF bands from 2.5–20 Mhz.

NIST radio station WWV broadcasts time and frequency information 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to millions of listeners worldwide. WWV is located near Fort Collins, Colorado, about 100 kilometers north of Denver. The broadcast information includes time announcements, standard time intervals, standard frequencies, UT1 time corrections, a BCD time code, geophysical alerts and marine storm warnings. 2

Radio Station WWV

NIST

NIST radio station WWVH broadcasts time and frequency information 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to listeners worldwide. The station is located on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii on a 12 hectare (30 acre) site near Kekaha at Kokole Point. The information broadcast by WWVH includes time announcements, standard time intervals, standard frequencies, UT1 time corrections, a BCD time code, geophysical alerts, marine storm warnings, and Global Positioning System (GPS) status reports. 3

WWVH Entrance

NIST

Resources


  1. “Fundamental Measurement, Quantum Science and Measurement Dissemination”, NIST, Retrieved August 19 2018, https://www.nist.gov/director/fy-2019-presidential-budget-request-summary/fundamental-measurement-quantum-science-and. ↩︎

  2. “Radio Station WWV”, NIST, Retrieved August 19 2018, https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/radio-stations/wwv. ↩︎

  3. “Radio Station WWVH”, NIST, Retrieved August 19 2018, https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/radio-stations/wwvh. ↩︎

Do You Have an Opinion About the Proposed ARES Strategic Plan?

The ARRL Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) has requested comments and suggestions from all Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency Coordinators (SECs) regarding the proposed ARES Strategic Plan by October 31, 2018.

Created in 1935, ARES has undergone very few changes over the years, while the agencies ARES serves have undergone many. The PSEWG evaluated the ARES program for 2 years and drafted several proposed enhancements aimed at updating the program.

The ARES Strategic Plan introduces changes and a platform for future growth. For many, this will represent a major paradigm shift; for others, it will formalize many of the requirements they have employed routinely for several years. 1

ARRL Members who have reviewed the proposed ARES Strategic Plan and have substantive comments or suggestions are encouraged to contact their local Emergency Coordinators (ECs).


  1. “ARRL Board of Directors’ Committee Seeks Input for Proposed ARES Strategic Plan”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved August 17 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-board-of-directors-committee-seeks-input-for-proposed-ares-strategic-plan. ↩︎

New Part 95 Rules Published in the Federal Register

On August 14, 2018, ARRL reported:

Reorganized and updated FCC Personal Radio Services (PRS) Part 95 rules have been published in The Federal Register. … Effective September 30, 2019, it will be illegal to manufacture or import handheld portable radio equipment capable of operating under FRS rules and under other licensed or licensed-by-rule services. 1

The updated regulation is effective September 28, 2018.

Perhaps the most significant regulatory change is the retroactive re-classification of currently available hybrid FRS/GMRS Blister Pack, or Bubble Pack, transceivers with an Effective Radiated Power (ERP) of 2 watts, or less, as FRS devices. This re-classification, in conjunction with other changes to Part 95B, authorizes the license free use of these low power transceivers on all built in channels (1–22) and increased the power on certain FRS channels from 0.5 to 2 watts ERP.

Although these changes are unrelated to Part 97 they will have an impact on Hams who use Part 95 services such as FRS, GMRS, and CBRS (formerly known as CB); and who render advice to Part 95 service users.

Summary from the Federal Register

The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopted a comprehensive reorganization of and update to the rules governing the Personal Radio Services (PRS). PRS provides for a wide variety of wireless devices that are used by the general public for personal communication uses, which include applications like walkie-talkies, radio controlled model toys, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), medical implant devices and other uses. In addition to the comprehensive review and update of the rules to reflect modern practices, the Commission enhanced the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) to allow new digital applications, allot additional interstitial channels and extend the license term from five to ten years. It also allotted additional channels to the Family Radio Service (FRS) and increased the power on certain FRS channels from 0.5 Watts to two Watts. It also updated the CB Radio Service to allow hands-free headsets, removed a restriction on communicating over long distances and removed other outdated requirements. These changes and others outlined below will update PRS rules to be more in line with current public demands for the services and will make the rules easier to read and find information, while also removing outdated requirements and removing unnecessary rules. 2


  1. “New FCC Part 95 Personal Radio Services Rules Published in The Federal Register”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved August 17 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/new-fcc-part-95-personal-radio-services-rules-published-in-the-federal-register. ↩︎

  2. “Personal Radio Service Reform”, The Federal Register, Retrieved August 16 2018, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/29/2017-17395/personal-radio-service-reform. ↩︎

An Overview of Yaesu System Fusion II

On August 15, 2018, John Kruk N9UPC—National Sales Manager, Yaesu USA—presented An Overview of Yaesu System Fusion II, a Yaseu Education System (YES Network) webinar.

This hour long webinar covered a variety of System Fusion, Wires-X, and IMRS topics including an explanation of [the difference between System Fusion and System Fusion II](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9VVkx0ANas 18:54t=1134s).

Questions specific to firmware, software, or future features were not answered during the webinar.

Webinar Topics

Resources

The Doctor is In: Dummy Loads

Learn about the many uses for Dummy Loads 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:

Antenna Rotators Zero Beating Software Defined Radios (SDR) Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation Field Day Antennas Coping with poor HF conditions RF Loss Kits and Kit Building Microphones Filters

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Positioning ARES for Serving in Todays World

Providing service to others (e.g. Public Service communication support) requires adaptation to the evolving needs of those being served.

In his Positioning ARES for Serving in Todays World article (a free preview from the September 2018 issue of QST Magazine), ARRL Communication Manager David Isgur, N1RSN, writes:

With the advent of more uniformly functioning public safety organizations across the nation, more requirements imposed upon agencies and organizations assisting them, and the development of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), ARRL was challenged to align the standards of ARES with current needs of our served partner agencies.

Without implementing such changes, ARES runs the risk of losing its status as a full participant and a valued partner in emergency and disaster relief situations. 1

N1RSN’s article discusses how the ARES organizational structure will be brought into alignment with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS)—and how ARES standards will be brought into alignment with the needs of served agencies—through the implemententation of a new strategic plan including:

  • Guidelines to ensure that ARES remains an organization of organized, trained, qualified, and credentialed Amateur Radio operators who can provide public service partners with radio communications expertise, capability, and capacity
  • An on-line volunteer management and activity reporting system to streamline ARES operations and facilitate better coordination with other national emergency and disaster response organizations
  • A new Mission Statement
  • A Vision Statement
  • Identification of the expertise, capabilities, and capacity of the ARES organization as related to its role in emergency communications
  • Standardization of training requirements for participation in ARES
  • Proposed levels of training requirements which would correspond with levels of responsibility within the organization

  1. QST , September 2018, 68-69. Accessed August 5, 2018. https://www.arrl.org/files/file/QST/This%20Month%20in%20QST/September2018/Isgur.pdf ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Antenna Rotators

Get some advice from The Doctor about Antenna Rotators 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:

Zero Beating Software Defined Radios (SDR) Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation Field Day Antennas Coping with poor HF conditions RF Loss Kits and Kit Building Microphones Filters Mailbag

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

North American (CW) QSO Party 2018

RRRA CW Operators are encouraged to participate in the North American (CW) QSO Party from 1800 UTC August 4 to 0600 UTC August 5, 2018.

The 12 hour format of this QSO Party allows participants to do some great contesting yet still have time for other activities during the weekend.

Participants should visit the NCJ North American QSO Party page for contest rules, information, and other resources.

WSJT-X 2.0 Will Be a Mandatory Update

ARRL, The national association for Amateur Radio, reports that Significant Changes [are] in Store for FT8 and MSK144 with WSJT-X Version 2.0:

WSJT-X co-developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, has announced that major changes are coming to the FT8 and MSK144 digital protocols when WSJT-X version 2.0 arrives in a few months. Taylor said version 2.0 should be ready for prime time by January.

The “Significant Changes” article lists a potential WSJX-X 2.0 features—including ARRL Field Day operation with standard Field Day exchanges and A special telemetry message format for exchanging arbitrary information up to 71 bits—which, according to K1JT, will “work seamlessly and automatically … No contest mode checkboxes are needed”.1

These new features will not be backwards compatible. “It will be essential for users to upgrade to version 2.0 in order to use the new features and communicate with others who have made the upgrade."2


  1. “Significant Changes in Store for FT8 and MSK144 with WSJT-X Version 2.0”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved July 27 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/significant-changes-in-store-for-ft8-and-msk144-with-wsjt-x-version-2-0. ↩︎

  2. “Significant Changes in Store for FT8 and MSK144 with WSJT-X Version 2.0”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved July 27 2018, http://www.arrl.org/news/significant-changes-in-store-for-ft8-and-msk144-with-wsjt-x-version-2-0. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Zero Beating

Learn about Zero Beating in the July 19, 2018, 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:

Software Defined Radios (SDR) Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation Field Day Antennas Coping with poor HF conditions RF Loss Kits and Kit Building Microphones Filters Mailbag S units

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

KD0IOE DMR And YSF Repeater Available For Public Use

There is now another digital repeater available in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area: the KD0IOE DMR/YSF repeater at 444.625+ CC1. This repeater is an MMDVM based system that currently has DMR and YSF enabled, with both timeslots available. It is located at my West Fargo home, linked to the Internet and available for public use.

A technical description of the repeater, along with DMR timeslot and Brandmeister information is available on the KD0IOE Repeater page.

Please contact me at if you have any specific questions about my setup.

These websites are a good source for general information about Brandmeister and DMR:

About MMDVM

The MMDVM is intended to be an open-source Multi-Mode Digital Voice Modem, which utilities the power of an ARM processor and a simple analogue interface board. The Multi-Mode Digital Voice Modem is a combined hardware and software development of a modem to handle all amateur digital voice modes 1

This video by 2E0XVX demonstrates an MMDVM Multi Mode Digital Hotspot in operation:


  1. “MMDVM Host”, GitHub, retrieved July 25 2018, https://github.com/dl5di/OpenDV/wiki/MMDVM-Host. ↩︎

Help Promote Ham Radio at the West Fargo Night to Unite

RRRA members are invited to help raise community awareness of Amateur Radio at the West Fargo 2018 Night to Unite on Tuesday, August 7th, in West Fargo.

Please contact to volunteer for this event.

Signup for the Fall 2018 Technician Classes

Registration for RRRA Fall 2018 Technician Classes is now open. Please register on-line through Eventbrite.

This series of classes begins August 15, 2018.

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: Software Defined Radios (SDR)

Listen to a discussion about Software Defined Radios (SDR) 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:

Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation Field Day Antennas Coping with poor HF conditions RF Loss Kits and Kit Building Microphones Filters Mailbag S units Vacuum Tubes

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

2018 Field Day Photo Album

Field Day Photos contributed by these RRRA Members:

  • KC0PFS
  • KD0CVZ
  • KE0OP
  • KA0LDG
  • W0CZ

Please contact the Webmaster Team if you have additional Field Day photos to add to this album, can identify unknown individuals, or have comments / questions about this photo album.

The Doctor is In: Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation

Get advice from the Doctor about bringing Amateur Radio on Summer Vacation 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:

Field Day Antennas Coping with poor HF conditions RF Loss Kits and Kit Building Microphones Filters Mailbag S units Vacuum Tubes Automatic Gain Control

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Cass County ID Badges

Cass County will be issuing new Radio Operator ID Badges for RRRA ARES participants. The issuance process for these badges includes a background check.

While these badges are not required for participation in ARES, they will be required for certain ARES deployment positions.

The Doctor is In: Field Day Antennas

Pick up some tips for your Field Day 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. Recent podcast topics include:

Coping with poor HF conditions RF Loss Kits and Kit Building Microphones Filters Mailbag S units Vacuum Tubes Automatic Gain Control Antenna Wire

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

Committee Members Needed for 2018 Hamfest

It’s time to start planning for the 2018 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 10th.

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 Groupware Server 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. Returning volunteers must re-subscribe to the hamfest list to confirm their participation.

Volunteers may subscribe multiple addresses (e.g. work and mobile 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.

CERT Training In Fargo June 2018

The Fargo Cass Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Division will conduct a summer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training beginning June 6. 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 Edgewood Vista, 4420 37th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58104, from 1pm to 3pm on these dates:

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

May 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting called to order at 19:03
  • Introductions of members—32 members 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 Groupware Server.

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


Secretary’s report

  • Corrections:
    • 🆕 Essentia Building is the old Innovis Building on 32nd Ave
    • N0IPC is the corrected license
  • Motion to accept with corrections by KC0SHM
  • Seconded by KE0BXS
  • Motion passed

Treasurer’s report

  • Motion to accept by 🆕 N0IPC
  • Seconded by KC0PFS
  • Motion passed

Librarian’s report

  • No report

Regular Agenda

Committee Reports

Cass RRRAES

  • Don G/Mark J
  • New Badges require people to be vetted. 🆕 A permission slip may be available on-line. You do not need a vetted badge to participate in emergency communication, but you may not get choice positions in sensitive areas
  • AREDN Nodes are in place at 🆕 Essentia and Nelson hall and NDSU; West Fargo and Fargo Dome are near complete. Grant defense comes up in July
  • The Airport Exercises do not have a place for us
    • Motion by KK0V that KC0ODE be or Official Observer to the airport exercise in June 2018 should the Director give permission
    • Seconded by KC0DCF
    • Motion passed

Clay RRRAES

  • Seth
  • Breakfast on the farm June 2, 0800-1300. If you want to volunteer to sit at Ham radio table, come on out to the Herbranson farm
  • Clay county is moving the EOC to the family center across the street from the current location

Technical

  • Bob K
  • Interference has not be rectified but is not objectionable to anyone anymore
  • Wheatland repeater needed some help a few weeks ago. Thanks to KC0SHM and crew went out the repeater, reset the power, and now it has worked fine
  • The Grandin Repeater seems to have heat issues, but seems to be working now. The intermittent problems have disappeared over the winter, but now that summer is upon us, the problems may return
  • The VHF .350 repeater in Moorhead is having issues. It may need to be removed and analyzed. The UHF is very solid

Education

  • Bob K
  • One student took the class. He is excited

Hamfest

  • Bob K.
  • Committee meetings starting in June. Notice will be sent on list serve

VEs

  • Pete
  • 🆕 Testing tonight after the meeting. Will not occur again until the Hamfest

Media

  • Steve K.
  • 🆕 If you have any questions please see K0STK after the meeting or contact webmaster@rrra.org

Old Business

MS Walk

  • Follow-up
  • 7 volunteered, no problems. 1 volunteer in SAG wagon
  • 🆕 SAG vehicle donated by Gateway Chevrolet

Marathon

  • No longer short operators
  • 🆕 Use UHF; it is working the best on the repeater
  • Number of operators is around 20
  • 🆕 Marathon information is on the Groupware Server

New Callsign Trustees

  • KC0PFS and KA0LDG have volunteered to be the new trustees
  • More on this next month

Fargo Police Picnic

  • June 26,the week after our typical meeting time
    • Motion by KC0HIG to allocate $25 for candy
    • Seconded by KC0PFS
    • Motion passed—no objections

Field Day

  • Personal connection has been made with the Cass County personnel for permission
  • June 23-24
  • Check out the website for more information

New Business

July Meeting Cancellation

  • Motion by WC0G
  • Seconded by K0CRF
  • Motion passed with one nay vote

Good of the Order

  • Digital channel will go live May 16, 2018—VHF 145.15, negative, analog DPL/DCS code 125

Adjournment

The Doctor is In: Coping with poor HF conditions

Learn about Coping with poor HF conditions 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:

RF Loss Kits and Kit Building Microphones Filters Mailbag S units Vacuum Tubes Automatic Gain Control Antenna Wire Keeping Cool

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 .

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.

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

Breakfast On The Farm is made possible through generous donations by local and regional businesses including AgCountry Farm Credit Services, RDO Equipment Co., Hawley Coop Elevator. Clay County Farm Bureau, Becker & Clay County Dairy Farmers, Bell Bank, Community Co-op, Titan Machinery, and Peterson Farms Seed.

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

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:

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.

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: RF Loss

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:

Kits and Kit Building Microphones Filters Mailbag S units Vacuum Tubes Automatic Gain Control Antenna Wire Keeping Cool Handheld Transceiver Antennas

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: Kits and Kit Building

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:

Microphones Filters Mailbag S units Vacuum Tubes Automatic Gain Control Antenna Wire Keeping Cool Handheld Transceiver Antennas Listener Mailbag

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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.

The slides from my presentation after the adjournment of the April 17, 2018, RRRA Business Meeting are available for download from the Training and Education | Presentations folder on the RRRA Groupware 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. ↩︎

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/. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Microphones

Phone operators have many choices of Microphones

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:

Filters Mailbag S units Vacuum Tubes Automatic Gain Control Antenna Wire Keeping Cool Handheld Transceiver Antennas Listener Mailbag Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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. ↩︎

You and the IARU

In episode 147 of the Foundations of Amateur Radio podcast, Onno VK6FLAB, discusses the support provided to the hobby of Amateur Radio by 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

About the Foundations of Amateur Radio Podcast

Foundations of Amateur Radio is a weekly podcast by Australian Amateur Radio Operator Onno Benschop VK6FLAB addressing “the building blocks of Amateur Radio, one concept at a time.” 2

Listen to this episode using the audio player embedded above or in Apple iTunes. Subscribe to the podcast rss feed to receive all upcoming episodes.

Please direct all questions and comments about this podcast to the author (Onno VK6FLAB).

A number of other Amateur Radio podcasts by VK6FLAB are published at http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/.


  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/. ↩︎

  2. “Foundations of Amateur Radio”, ITmaze Podcasts, accessed March 31 2018, http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/foundations/. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Filters

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:

Mailbag S units Vacuum Tubes Automatic Gain Control Antenna Wire Keeping Cool Handheld Transceiver Antennas Listener Mailbag Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave)

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 Groupware 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: Mailbag

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:

Mailbag S units Vacuum Tubes Automatic Gain Control Antenna Wire Keeping Cool Handheld Transceiver Antennas Listener Mailbag Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave)

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: S units

Learn about some of the considerations involved, and a major limitation, when Adding an Amplifier to your Station in this 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:

Vacuum Tubes Automatic Gain Control Antenna Wire Keeping Cool Handheld Transceiver Antennas Listener Mailbag Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) QRP Dirty Transmitters

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 Groupware 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: K0RQ

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 1/2 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/. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Vacuum Tubes

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:

Automatic Gain Control Antenna Wire Keeping Cool Handheld Transceiver Antennas Listener Mailbag Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) QRP Dirty Transmitters

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 1/2 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/. ↩︎

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] (/about/bylaws/#article-iii-fiscal-year) 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. ↩︎

  2. “Soyuz (rocket family)", Wikipedia, Retrieved February 4 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_(rocket_family). ↩︎

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/. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Automatic Gain Control

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:

Antenna Wire Keeping Cool Handheld Transceiver Antennas Listener Mailbag Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) QRP Dirty Transmitters Soldering and Unsoldering How High is High Enough?

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 Groupware 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 K0RQ
  • 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 canceled 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: Antenna Wire

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:

Keeping Cool Handheld Transceiver Antennas Listener Mailbag Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) QRP Dirty Transmitters Soldering and Unsoldering How High is High Enough? Antenna Analyzers

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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

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. ↩︎

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. ↩︎

  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. ↩︎

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. ↩︎

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/. ↩︎

  2. “The Issues”, myARRLvoice, Retrieved January 10 2018, https://www.myarrlvoice.org/the-issues/. ↩︎

  3. “myARRLvoice”, The Action Network, Retrieved January 10 2018, https://actionnetwork.org/groups/myarrlvoice. ↩︎

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. ↩︎

  2. “What is AEN-MAR”, Arizona Emergency Net, Retrieved January 4 2018, http://aen-mar.org/. ↩︎

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](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_analyzer_(electrical) to illustrate the complex impedance representation on a live smith chart with variable resistive and reactive components.)

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. ↩︎

The Doctor is In: Keeping Cool

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:

Handheld Transceiver Antennas Listener Mailbag Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) QRP Dirty Transmitters Soldering and Unsoldering How High is High Enough? Antenna Analyzers S Units

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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. ↩︎

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 KA0ZLG , 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.

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. ↩︎

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: Handheld Transceiver Antennas

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:

Listener Mailbag Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) QRP Dirty Transmitters Soldering and Unsoldering How High is High Enough? Antenna Analyzers S Units Keys and Keyers

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 5-1/2”)
  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: Listener Mailbag

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:

Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) QRP Dirty Transmitters Soldering and Unsoldering How High is High Enough? Antenna Analyzers S Units Keys and Keyers Power Supplies

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines

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:

NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) QRP Dirty Transmitters Soldering and Unsoldering How High is High Enough? Antenna Analyzers S Units Keys and Keyers Power Supplies APRS

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 K0RQ

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: NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave)

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:

QRP Dirty Transmitters Soldering and Unsoldering How High is High Enough? Antenna Analyzers S Units Keys and Keyers Power Supplies APRS Generators

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: QRP

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:

Dirty Transmitters Soldering and Unsoldering How High is High Enough? Antenna Analyzers S Units Keys and Keyers Power Supplies APRS Generators The Mystery of Sporadic E

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

The Doctor is In: Dirty Transmitters

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:

Soldering and Unsoldering How High is High Enough? Antenna Analyzers S Units Keys and Keyers Power Supplies APRS Generators The Mystery of Sporadic E Flea Market Tips

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

The Doctor is In: Soldering and Unsoldering

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:

How High is High Enough? Antenna Analyzers S Units Keys and Keyers Power Supplies APRS Generators The Mystery of Sporadic E Flea Market Tips Optimizing Receiver Performance

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: How High is High Enough?

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:

Antenna Analyzers S Units Keys and Keyers Power Supplies APRS Generators The Mystery of Sporadic E Flea Market Tips Optimizing Receiver Performance End-Fed Antennas

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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

The Doctor is In: Antenna Analyzers

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:

S Units Keys and Keyers Power Supplies APRS Generators The Mystery of Sporadic E Flea Market Tips Optimizing Receiver Performance End-Fed Antennas Grounding

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: S Units

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:

Keys and Keyers Power Supplies APRS Generators The Mystery of Sporadic E Flea Market Tips Optimizing Receiver Performance End-Fed Antennas Grounding Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: Keys and Keyers

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:

Power Supplies APRS Generators The Mystery of Sporadic E Flea Market Tips Optimizing Receiver Performance End-Fed Antennas Grounding Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing Remote Antenna Tuners

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: Power Supplies

Listen to a discussion about Power 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:

APRS Generators The Mystery of Sporadic E Flea Market Tips Optimizing Receiver Performance End-Fed Antennas Grounding Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing Remote Antenna Tuners Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 canceled by a motion passed at the June Club Meeting.
According to the July ARES meeting was canceled 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: APRS

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:

Generators The Mystery of Sporadic E Flea Market Tips Optimizing Receiver Performance End-Fed Antennas Grounding Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing Remote Antenna Tuners Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System HF Loop Antennas

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 Groupware 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—K0RQ

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: Generators

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:

The Mystery of Sporadic E Flea Market Tips Optimizing Receiver Performance End-Fed Antennas Grounding Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing Remote Antenna Tuners Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System HF Loop Antennas AM and SSB

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 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: The Mystery of Sporadic E

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:

Flea Market Tips Optimizing Receiver Performance End-Fed Antennas Grounding Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing Remote Antenna Tuners Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System HF Loop Antennas AM and SSB Meteor Scatter

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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
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The Doctor is In: Flea Market Tips

Pick up some Flea Market Tips 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:

Optimizing Receiver Performance End-Fed Antennas Grounding Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing Remote Antenna Tuners Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System HF Loop Antennas AM and SSB Meteor Scatter Long Delayed Echoes

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: Optimizing Receiver Performance

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. Recent podcast topics include:

End-Fed Antennas Grounding Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing Remote Antenna Tuners Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System HF Loop Antennas AM and SSB Meteor Scatter Long Delayed Echoes Restoring Old Radios

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: End-Fed Antennas

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. Recent podcast topics include:

Grounding Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing Remote Antenna Tuners Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System HF Loop Antennas AM and SSB Meteor Scatter Long Delayed Echoes Restoring Old Radios Antenna System Troubleshooting

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 KA0ZLG .

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: Grounding

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. Recent podcast topics include:

Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing Remote Antenna Tuners Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System HF Loop Antennas AM and SSB Meteor Scatter Long Delayed Echoes Restoring Old Radios Antenna System Troubleshooting Yagi Antennas

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing

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. Recent podcast topics include:

Remote Antenna Tuners Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System HF Loop Antennas AM and SSB Meteor Scatter Long Delayed Echoes Restoring Old Radios Antenna System Troubleshooting Yagi Antennas Stealth Antennas

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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 1/4 wave whip antenna or tiger tail.

Radio operators interested in volunteering for this event should contact KA0ZLG .

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 operators typically utilize indirect communication paths with paper forms for origination / delivery and transcription style transfer methods (e.g. voice or CW); this is not the direct 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](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_Command_System#FEMA_ICS_Fo rms) 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.

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?

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: Remote Antenna Tuners

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. Recent podcast topics include:

Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System HF Loop Antennas AM and SSB Meteor Scatter Long Delayed Echoes Restoring Old Radios Antenna System Troubleshooting Yagi Antennas Stealth Antennas Anderson PowerPoles and Antenna Polarization

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR.

Sponsorship for this podcast was provided by DX Engineering.

A complete podcast archive is available on the ARRL's The Doctor is In page.

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: Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System

“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.”

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. Recent podcast topics include:

HF Loop Antennas AM and SSB Meteor Scatter Long Delayed Echoes Restoring Old Radios Antenna System Troubleshooting Yagi Antennas Stealth Antennas Anderson PowerPoles and Antenna Polarization

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor is In was a biweekly podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The podcast was hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and