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2021 ACRC Christmas party

On December 4, 2021 the ACRC will be having its annual in-person holiday party at the Andover Pizza ranch at approximately 6:30 PM.   More details will be posted as they are known!   Hope to see you there.  

VE Testing

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. (Refer to Home Page for latest details).  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

Membership

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):

Please choose a Membership option:
Please enter your call sign:
Please enter your phone number

The half year (Apr-Sep) payment:

Please choose a Membership option:
Please enter your call sign:
Please enter your phone number

Hams in the park

On the second Saturday of each month, local ham radio operators meet at the Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton to operate, show off their gear and test ham radio related equipment.   The event starts at noon.   The next date for this event is 11/13/2021.   This is an event of interest to ACRC members, but is not an ACRC event.    Hope to see you there!

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.

 

Today

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

2021 Halloween special event station

Club members will be hosting a Halloween Special event station on Halloween Day from 9:00AM to 3:00PM.   Location will be at Country Lakes Park at 6600 West Shadow Lake Drive in Lino Lakes (same location as last year). If you would like to run a station or participate please reach out to Tim Neu, KC0LQL or Tom Holleran, KC0VXC and we'll get you set up.    This will be an in-person event.   This is a fine location otherwise, but be aware there are not restrooms on site.  

Field Day

 

Plans

2018 TBD

Past Results

Field Day results from previous years:

Year

Class

Total Points

Total QSO's

Partic-ipants

2018

 3A 1970  350  TBD 

2017

3A

2700

540

TBD

2016

3A

 1604

554

15

2015

2A

1506

348

18

2014

2A

890

167

15

2013

2A

2168

647

37

2012

4A

2360

547

25

2011

5A

1874

322

33

2010

2A

1228

234

33

2009

2A

892

163

10

2008

 2F

1302

  424

  ??

2007

2A

1346

219

15

2006

2A

1576

209

18

2005

2A

1206

228

23

2004

2A

1238

186

12

2003

2A

974

130

8

2002

2A

1450

366

22

2001

 

872

 

 

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 http://www.hamradio.com/newstore 

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) and are normally located inside the Blaine City Hall.   Due to the volume of summer events we do not hold general meetings in July or August.

Our next general membership meeting will be on Friday, November 5 at the Blaine City Hall, in the Cloverleaf room (upstairs).   Please use the East (rear building) entrance.  I hope to see you all there!  

 

Remote meeting access MAY be available if connectivity is good and conferencing devices are available. 


Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/afv-rtvz-jss
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 501-897-6189‬ PIN: ‪534 655 874‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/afv-rtvz-jss?pin=7512909192680

 

ACRC Monthly Board Meeting

ACRC Board Meeting - 

Board meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next board meeting date is 10/26/2021We are back to meeting in person at the Centerville City Hall. The meeting is from 6:30-8:45PM.  Any club members are welcome to attend (guests only by prior arrangement please).  The meeting link may also be used at https://meet.google.com/dqo-jiuw-eej if you are unable to meet in person. (subject to device/internet availability on-site to join remote users). 

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