Section News

(6/30/2016 Skip Jackson) - Minnesota ARES Coordinator Transfer of Duties

Joe Reinemann, K0JCR, New Minnesota Section ARES Coordinator

Joe Reinemann, K0JCR, (left) accepted the duties of Minnesota Section Emergency Coordinator from Dan Anderson, KD0ASX June 30 in Jordan, MN. Anderson will stay on in an advisory role to the new SEC, will help with transition process with the website, and will take on special projects.

More details can be found on the Minnesota ARES Site http://www.minnesotaares.org

Skip Jackson ARRL Section Manager

(6/19/2016 Skip Jackson) - Governor Dayton Proclaims June 25-26 as Amateur Radio Operator Recognition Day in Minnesota!

Minnesota Governor Dayton Proclaims June 25th and 26th to be Amateur Radio Operator Day in Minnesota in commemoration of 2016 ARRL June Field Day!

(See proclamation attached!)

On June 25-26 amateur radio operators throughout the country will set up emergency radio operations in parks, school grounds, and public locations throughout the State of Minnesota as well as throughout the Country. The event, Field Day, is sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League, will feature temporary antennas, shelters and radios of all types.

Field Day teams of amateurs will exchange information about their locations and setups with thousands of amateur (ham) operators throughout the Country. The effort is presented as a simulation and practice for real emergencies when amateurs are so frequently called on to assist with emergency communications.

Amateurs in most Minnesota cities will practice International Morse Code, phone, amateur TV, digital communications from 1 PM Saturday, June 25th to Sunday, June 26th non stop. The challenge is to send and receive messages of information to as many stations as possible both locally, in Minnesota and throughout the United States.

More details can be found at http://www.arrl.org/field-day

Skip Jackson ARRL Section Manager

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(2/18/2015 Dave Glas W0OXB) - Free Weather Spotter Training Class

The Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA) and Metro Skywarn are hosting a free, half-day class that teaches basic skills necessary to become a volunteer storm spotter. This training is open to the public and is accredited for members of the police and other public safety departments.

The session will be held Saturday, February 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third Street North, Stillwater, MN.

Skywarn is a network of weather spotters who help provide real-time severe weather information to the National Weather Service (NWS). Trained spotters can provide early warning assistance to their communities by participating in an organized effort to watch for approaching storms and warn of the formation of tornadoes or other threatening severe weather.

SARA is a non-profit, incorporated organization of amateur radio operators (hams) ready to voluntarily provide emergency and special event communications for the community. Metro Skywarn, a not-for-profit, private corporation, provides spotter training and coordinates communication of severe weather information to the NWS using radio operators.

Skywarn information: www.metroskywarn.org

SARA web site: www.radioham.org

For more info call: Dave Glas (W0OXB) 651.436.3334. This program is sponsored by the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA).

(9/5/2014 Bob Jensen W0GAF) - General License Weekly Classes

No-charge General License Amateur Radio Weekly Classes Starting Soon!!

Eight meeting times 6-8pm, September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 29, November 6. A VE test session will be held on November 13. To be held at the Stillwater Public Library 224 3rd Street North - Room 230. Free Ramp and Street Parking.

The class will use the ARRL General Class License Manual 7th Edition as the basis of the training. Price of the book is $29.95

For more info call: Bob Jensen (W0GAF) 612.802.2269 of Dave Glas (W0OXB) 651.436.3334. This program is sponsored by the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA).

SARA web site: www.radioham.org

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(6/12/2014 Mike Sigelman) - Governor Dayton Proclaims June Amateur Radio Days in Minnesota!

Minnesota Governor Dayton Proclaims Amateur Radio Days in Minnesota in commemoration of 2014 ARRL June Field Day!

(See proclamation attached!)

On June 28-29 amateur radio operators throughout the country will set up emergency radio operations in parks, school grounds, and public locations throughout the State of Minnesota as well as throughout the Country. The event, Field Day, is sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League, will feature temporary antennas, shelters and radios of all types.

Field Day teams of amateurs will exchange information about their locations and setups with thousands of amateur (ham) operators throughout the Country. The effort is presented as a simulation and practice for real emergencies when amateurs are so frequencly called on to assist with emergency communications.

Amateurs in most Minnesota cities will practice International Morse Code, phone, amateur TV, digital communications from 1 PM Saturday, June 28 to Sunday, June 29 non stop. The challenge is to send and receive messages of information to as many stations as possible both locally, in Minnesota and throughout the United States.

More details can be found at Click here for Event Handout

Mike Sigelman ARRL PIO for Dakota Division

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(2/10/2014 Skip Jackson KS0J) - SKYWARN Weather Spotter Class Sponsored by SEMARC

Saturday April 26th 9am -1pm. Zion Lutheran Church 8500 Hillside Trail S. Cottage Grove, MN

RSVP by e-mail kb0qq@centurylink.net or call 651-769-0358.

$5 Suggested Donation

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(1/18/2014 Bob Jensen W0GAF) - SKYWARN Weather Spotter Class

Saturday February 22nd 10am -3pm. Stillwater Public Library 224 3rd Street North in Stillwater Free Ramp and Street Parking.

Questions? www.radioham.org or contact Bob Jensen (W0GAF) 612.802.2269.

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(1/18/2014 Bob Jensen W0GAF) - Technician License Weekly Classes

Free Technician License Amateur Radio Weekly Classes Starting Soon!!

Eight Thursdays 6-8pm, starting February 28th ending April 24th, 2014. Held at the Stillwater Public Library 224 3rd Street North - Room 230. Free Ramp and Street Parking.

For more info call: Bob Jensen (W0GAF) 612.802.2269 of Dave Glas (W0OXB) 651.436.3334. This program is sponsored by the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA).

SARA web site: www.radioham.org

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(1/13/2014 Joseph Heitzinger KC0OIO) - Amateur Extra Study Group

The Stillwater Amateur Radio Association is pleased to announce that SARA will be facilitating an Amateur Extra Class License Study Group beginning Thursday, February 13th. The Study Group will meet at the Stillwater Public Library, 24 3rd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 beginning at 6:00 PM. The group will gather in the 3rd floor cafe area.Participant should purchase the ARRL Extra Class License Manual, which will be the study guide.

This study group will be a self-led discussion, with a participant serving as facilitator to guide the discussion topic each week. This will not be a classroom environment with a teacher out front each night, but rather a group of people talking through any questions or talking points that each of the participants may have. Additionally, the evening's topic may interest others whom already hold an Extra Class License but wish to share in the discussion based upon their expertise or experience.

Joe, KC0OIO, will get things started by facilitating the February 13th session which will focus on Operating Practices (Chapter 2) and Rules and Regulations (Chapter 3). The session schedule for the following weeks will be:

The study group is open to all licensed Amateur Radio Operators wishing to upgrade to Amateur Extra. Those who would like to participate in the study group are asked to e-mail Joe, KC0OIO kc0oio@radioham.org stating your interesting in in the study group. Space may be limited, so wee need to get an idea as to the potential size of the study group. Please have the license manual and have read through Chapters 2 and 3 as well as work through the pool questions relating to the topics of the week.

73 es Good Luck!

Joe Heitzinger, KC0OIO, Vice President, SARA

Bob Jensen, W0GAF, Education Chair and Director, SARA

(1/10/2014 Allan Klein W0LNY) - St. Paul Radio Announces a General License Class

The St. Paul Radio Club will be presenting an "Upgrade to General" License Class through the St. Paul Public School's Community Education program starting on January 30, 2014.  Pre-registration is required at www.commed.spps.org.

The class will meet for eight Thursday evenings from January 30 through March 20 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Highland Park Middle School at Snelling and Montreal.  There is a $10 registration fee and students will need to have the ARRL General License Manual, 7th Edition. It is available at Radio City or on the first night of class.

Please go to www.commed.spps.org for more information, or email Allan Klein, W0NLY at allankmn@cs.com.

(7/31/2013 Skip Jackson KS0J) - Announcing ARRL President's Award

Mike Sigelman, K0BUD has been honored by ARRL headquarters with the President's Award. This award is presented honor the special accomplishments of an ARRL volunteer for long term service to Amateur Radio.

This award states: Presented to Michael R. Sigelman, K0BUD for decades of service as an ARRL volunteer, club president, Hamfest founder and organizer, and irrepressible ambassador and promoter of Amateur Radio in the finest traditions of the Founding President of the ARRL, Hiram Percy Maxim.

Shown in this picture above is Mike with his wife Judy at the TCFMC picnic where this plaque was presented by Greg Widin, K0GW, Dakota Division Director.

Please send your notes of congratulations to Mike at his QTH.

(6/1/2013 Skip Jackson KS0J) - Announcing the Minnesota Cup

The Minnesota Cup was created to spur friendly competition among Minnesota amateur radio clubs to work harder Field day at making contacts, getting bonus points and organizing a GOTA station. The Cup was initially the idea of K0MD and K0BUD as a way to spur friendly competition between the Rochester amateur radio club and the Twin Cities FM club. Both clubs did very well, with RARC placing number 2 in the nation and number 1 in Minnesota and the TCFM club placing number 2 in Minnesota.

This year, the sponsors have asked the ARRL Field organization to promote the cup to all Minnesota Field Day stations. Two cups will be awarded to the Field Day entries placing highest in the 2-A and the 3-A categories. The RARC will be competing in the 3-A category and the TCFM club will be competing in the 2-A category.  The posted score in the ARRL final tally will determine the winners. The Cups will be presented at an appropriate meeting by the Minnesota Section manager or his designee after the final scores are posted.

Let's go all out for Field Day to put Minnesota on the Map and see if you can bring home the Minnesota cup! In addition to the trophy, a nice certificate will be awarded to the winning club. While the trophy is a traveling award that will move on the next year's winner, the certificate is a permanent reminder of the accomplishment to be kept and displayed by the winning club as they wish.

(1/20/2013 Allan Klein W0NLY) - St. Paul Radio Club Technician License Class

The St. Paul Radio Club will be teaching a Technician License Class through the SPPS Public Education program starting on February 6, 2012.  Since this class is offered through the community ed program, registration should be done through their website.

The class will be 6 Tuesday evenings from February 6 through March 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Highland Park Junior High School. There is a $10 registration fee and one needs to purchase the ARRL License Manual.

Please go to www.commed.spps.org for more information. The class has been included in the fall winter catalog.

(1/14/2013 Bob Jensen W0GAF) - St. Paul Radio Club Technician License Class

The annual Technician License training session will be by the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA) beginning on February 28, 2013 for 8 sessions plus the exam. The classes will be held at the Stillwater Public Library 224 Third Street North, Stillwater on Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. For more information call Bob Jensen W0GAF at 651-773-7982 or Dave Glas at 651-436-3334. The classes are free and only study materials must be purchased. There is the standard fees required to take the exam. SARA website is www.radioham.org. Time to get started is now!

Sessions are 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, and 4/18. The VE session will be April 25th at Boutwell's Landing. The ARRL license book is $29.95 and the VE fee is $15.00.