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Big changes ahead for ARRL board

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

The results are finally in. No, I’m not talking about the national mid-term election results. As I'm writing this, some of those votes are still being counted. I’m talking about this year’s ARRL board elections. ARRL members have spoken, and they have elected four new faces to the board in what was the most hotly-contested election in a long time.

 

Read more: Big changes ahead for ARRL board

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. 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
  • Parry Brown KC0TWB
  • Dale Christopherson KE0BRZOn-Air Nets

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

Clay Bartholow's (W0LED) Question for the Net

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

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

VE Testing

V.E. Testing will be held on the Second Saturday of each Month from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Blaine City Hall, Mark Stack Room.  

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!

For more details and requirements for exam day, plese see our VE Testing page

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

 

 

December Board Meeting, Dec 18, 2018

The board would like to wish all members and families a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

We will have a Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 18th starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Centerville City Hall, located at 1880 Main St, Centerville, MN.  If you are interested in club business, then you are welcome to attend the Monthly Board Meetings.  All members are encourage and welcome to participate in the Board Meetings.  The Board Meeting Minutes can be viewed on the Club Documents link on our webpage.

 

Thank you very much

Thank you for your donation and/or membership dues

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Club Details

Club Events

Several time a year the ACRC helps out at events like parades, festivals, fun runs, fire works and more.  These events tend to be fun and several are great family events.  There is nothing like having a guaranteed front row seat at a fireworks event or parade.  Check out the Calendar Page for more information.

General Meetings

You do not need to be a member to attend and family members of all ages are welcome.  Each meeting will have a different topic for the month.  There are ten General Meetings from January through June and again from September through December.  We take the summer months off while everyone tend to be really busy having fun in the warm weather.  General Meetings are normally held on the first Friday of the month, starting at 7:00 p.m.  To view the minutes from these meetings, click on the Club Documents link.

Repeater

We sponsor a two-meter repeater at 146.670 MHz (114.8 PL tone).  For more details on the club's repeater, please check out the Repeater page..

We accept Donations online through PayPal or Amazon!

The The Anoka County Radio Club can accept donations online!  Simply click on the link to be brought to PayPal to make a donation. if you shop at Amazon use this link and Amazon makes a donation.

 

Hams Against Hunger

We are accepting food donations to benefit the local food shelves.  You can bring any non-perishable food items to our meetings and events, or give them to any board member.  Thank you for helping out the less fortunate in our community - your donations are sincerely appreciated!

Do You Have Pictures of Club Events?

If you have pictures of club events and would like to see them up on our website or in our newsletter please make the digital photos or files available to either Shawn Rung KØSMR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Tim Neu KCØLQL at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Dale Christopherson KE0BRZ

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