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VE Testing

Are you ready to take your amateur radio (ham) license test?  Are you ready to take your upgrade test to another level? Then let us help!

The Anoka County Radio Club schedules V.E. amateur radio testing sessions on most every 2nd Saturday of the month throughout the year.  We are ready to test new and upgrading hams in all the current FCC elements.

And remember that you do not need to know Morse code to start your ham radio hobby! Take and pass the 35-question Technician (element 2) written test, wait the FCC to issue your license and you are ready to go on the air!

The Anoka County Radio Club's testing starts at 9:00 a.m. and we will continue to take walk-ins until 10:00am.  We test at the Blaine City Hall. The ARRL VEC rules states that we must charge a $15 Test Session fee to pay for testing materials, postage and handling of the tests.  We accept checks and cash for payment.

You will need to following items with you on the day of the test:

  •         A photo ID (driver’s license or student ID)
  •         Your Social Security Number (to register with the FCC)

If you are upgrading a current amateur license:

  •         The current FCC issued original amateur radio license AND a photocopy to send in
  •         Any current original CSCEs for any previously passed elements and a photocopy of those
  •         Your FCC issued FRN number

If you have any questions about attending our V.E. amateur radio testing session, contact Shep Shepardson N0NMZ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (651) 340-0567.

Click here for more information on the ARRL's VEC testing program.

On-Air Nets


On-Air Nets

The Anoka County Radio Club hosts an on-air net every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. on the 146.670 Repeater. If you have any ideas or questions, contact us on the net! 

Our Frequent Net Controllers include: 

  • Clay Bartholow W0LEDOn-Air Nets
  • Chuck Howard K0ORK On-Air Nets
  • Annette Larson KB1UOGOn-Air Nets
  • Matt Magdefrau N2PSROn-Air Nets
  • Dale Christopherson KE0BRZOn-Air Nets

All hams are welcome to join us on our net.  We look forward to your contact!


In addition, some club members meet on an HF net ever Monday-Friday on 3.865 MHz




Membership in the Anoka County Radio Club can be both rewarding and fun!

Rewarding - when you help out your community with communications during special community events like parades and local sporting events. Or during times of disaster and emergencies by providing greatly needed and dependable communications.

Fun - to meet, talk and share ideas with other members whom you've been talking with over the radio!

Membership Options:  Note:  New members joining after April 1st may choose to pay half the yearly dues rate for that yearly membership (this doesn't apply to lifetime memberships).

New/Upgraded Ham - Free for one year.   Covers non-member new or upgraded hams tested at the ACRC VE Exams until renewal in the October after your first year’s FCC license grant anniversary.   Please attach a copy of your CSCE from your exam.

    $30 per year for an individual membership
    $20 per year for seniors (age 62 and over)
    $20 per year for students (actively taking classes)
    $20 per year for children (under age 18)
    $40 per year for a family membership (includes spouse and children under 18)
    $750 for a lifetime individual membership

So if you are interested in joining your fellow hams in the Anoka County Radio Club, just print, fill out and submit the following membership form:

Membership Form (PDF)   NOTE: Requires Adobe Reader, free, to use the feature to fill in the form online. 

You can mail your completed membership form and payment to:

Anoka County Radio Club
P.O. Box 982
Anoka, MN 55303

or you may bring your membership form and payment to any club meeting and give it to a board member.

You may also pay your dues with PayPal here and send your application to us via mail or email.   Please be sure to write down the Transaction ID from the PayPal transaction on your membership form so we can reference the payment and mark your dues as paid.

The full year payment (October-September):

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The half year (Apr-Sep) payment:

Please choose a Membership option:
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Club Repeaters

The Anoka County Radio Club hosts a wide-area 2-meter repeater on 146.670 MHz.  It has an input CTCSS/PL tone of 114.8 Hz. The input frequency is 146.070.  It transmits off of the Blaine water tower on Paul Parkway with an ERP of about 350 watts.  The antenna is about 180 feet above the ground. 

We have a number of receive sites, and are working on more!

Blaine Receive Site:  The antenna is about 180 feet above the ground. 
Fridley Receive Site:  The antenna is about 100 feet above the ground.
Centerville Receive Site:  The antenna is about 170 feet above the ground.
Portable Field Link Site:  On Standby

Note:  Any statuses listed are not real-time and may not reflect the current status of the repeater(s).


Click here to  to the Anoka County Radio Club's Repeater Fund.

About Us

About Us

Originally founded in 1955, Anoka County Radio Club and Emergency Services is a group of ham radio enthusiasts who live in and around Anoka County, Minnesota.  Affiliated with the Amateur Radio Relay League, we teach classes, host radio and social events, maintain a repeater and volunteer our services at several community events every year.  We also sponsor V.E. (Ham Radio) Testing and Skywarn Training. 


Club History

The Anoka County Radio Club has its roots in the organization created at the home of Bernt Westeren (W0SER) on January 10, 1955.  Mayne Menke (W0DXZ) was President, Bernt Westeren (W0SER) was Vice-President and John Lonsky (W0BSI) was Secretary and Treasurer. You can read the first club newsletter (Feb 29, 1956) or Phil DeJarlais' (W0JHS) account of the first club field day operation and the June Civil Defense Drill.  After the exercise it was decided that Anoka was too close to Minneapolis and St. Paul, and that the Civil Defense station had to move to Mankato.  You can read correspondence regarding the drill and see the logbooks from the event.  From the beginning, the Anoka County Radio Club has made helping the community a priority.



Each year, our club hosts a number of events.  Some are brand new to the club, while others have been done each year.  Our Christmas Banquet has been held annually since 1958.  Many of our other events have been held 10 or more years each. Anoka Count Radio Club Members help with communication at parades, festivals marathons, and community events.  Every event we do serves at least three purposes - having fun, refining our communication skills, and helping the community.  As it was throughout our history any time the communications of hams are needed the Anoka County Radio Club will be ready.

The most frequent locations we use for meetings and events are: 

Blaine City Hall
The Blaine City Hall is at 10801 Town Square Dr, Blaine, MN, at the corner of 109th Street and Radisson Road in Blaine.  From Hwy 65, go east on 109th St. Continue on 109th Street until you cross Radisson Road.   The city hall is located behind the apartment complex and Walgreen's store.

Centerville City Hall
The Centerville City Hall is located at 1880 Main St, Centerville, MN.  Take Main Street into Centerville to Shad Ave. 

Our mailing address is:

Anoka County Radio Club
P.O. Box 982
Anoka, MN 55303

HRO Location Voting

Ham Radio Outlet is asking its customers to vote for where they should open their next store.   If you would like to suggest a location, the link is 

Field Day



2018 TBD

Past Results

Field Day results from previous years:



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ACRC General Meeting

General membership meetings are held on the first Friday of each month (or one week later if it falls on a holiday week).  The next meeting will be on March 5, 2021 at 7:00.    This will be on online meeting until our local gathering places are again available. Any club members or guests are welcome to attend. The meeting link is 

 If you know of another available general meeting location big enough and free; please let a board member know.   Thanks.  

Online Skywarn Training

Skywarn training for 2021!

See the below information from Theresa from the Metro Skywarn organization.  Multiple training dates are available.  Attendance is limited.  


Below is the link to the class schedule! As we previously announced, training will be held online through Zoom this year.  Classes will be 2.5 hours and PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! One registration per household (or two if you need to use multiple devices to view or listen).

Please read all of the items below for important information:

- To avoid having everyone come to training this year, I worked with the National Weather Service to create the following schedule. If you last took training in …

          * 2018 and years prior – attend training this year

          * 2019 or 2020 – attend training in 2022

- Please log in 15 minutes before class starts to ensure you can connect. (morning classes begin at 9am, afternoon classes at 1pm, and evening classes at 6:30pm)

- If you are able, please use your computer’s audio to connect instead of your phone as we are limited in the number of participants we can have. We will be using Zoom’s chat for questions and answers instead of verbal questions.

- We recommend you use a computer with speakers so you can view the detailed photos and videos we display. You may not be able to see those details on a tablet or phone. Feel free to hook your device up to your TV!

- Be sure to download Zoom well before class. Go to, then select Resources, then Download Zoom Client. Under Resources, Zoom also offers tutorials and live training sessions on how to use Zoom.

- To help with bandwidth, we ask that you do not use your camera during class.

- Avoid using Wi-Fi and plug directly into your modem to ensure smooth playing of the presentation.

- After class, we will be sending you an email that includes a link for registration. You must complete that within 3 full days after the class in order to get credit. We will send you an updated spotter card once we’ve updated your registration. If you are new, we will only be issuing ids for amateur radio operators.  The NWS will not be issuing Skywatcher id’s this year (for those who do not have an amateur radio license). For spotters who are renewing, both Metro Skywarn and Skywatchers will be renewed.

- If you find that your internet cannot handle the Zoom presentation, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for options.

Theresa Caspers

Education Coordinator

Metro Skywarn

ACRC Monthly Board Meeting

ACRC Board Meeting - 

Board meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next board meeting date is 3/23/2020.  This will be on online meeting until our local gathering places are again available. The meeting is from 6:30-8:45PM.  Any club members are welcome to attend (guests only by prior arrangement please).  The meeting link is

VE Testing

January, February and March  Exam Sessions CANCELLED

We are taking a pause because of the surge in Covid-19 cases.‎ We need to keep each other safe. Planning to resume in April (outside?).
To Contact VE Liaison: e-mail ‎This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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