Author: scarc

End of Summer Potluck

End of Summer Potluck

Attn: All Current Members of the Saint Cloud Amateur Radio Club,

You are invited to a potluck to be held on Sunday August 26th, 2018 starting at 11:00 am to be held at our clubhouse. This event is open to all members and their families. The club will be supplying hot dogs with all of the fixings and potato salad.

All are cordially invited. Please bring something to share.

Stearns Electric Donation for Building Improvements

Through the Operation Round Up® (ORU) program, Stearns Electric Association gives our member-owners the opportunity to give back to the community. The rounded-up funds (between 1¢ and 99¢) are placed in a trust fund that is administered by a trust board appointed by the Cooperative’s elected Board of Directors. Operation Round Up® funds are given to local civic organizations and worthy causes through an application and selection process. In March, the St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club was chosen as one of those recipients.

HAM Radio

HAM radio is popular hobby where licensed individuals come together to operate radio electronics in order to communicate across town, around the world or even into space. HAM radio has been around for over a century. The St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club began as the Mic and Key Club in 1917 and is one of the top ten oldest clubs in the nation.

In 1922, the club affiliated itself with the American Radio Relay League and became the St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club (SCARC). Today, the club has nearly 100 members. Headquartered in their own clubhouse on Fourth Street North in Waite Park, club members range from teens to 80-year old’s, and include farmers, radio engineers and financial professionals, to name a few.

“We have two main focuses in the SCARC: public safety and community,” Charlie Chirhart, volunteer and member, said.

NWS Connection

The SCARC houses the National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN Program for Benton and Stearns counties in Central Minnesota. SKYWARN is a program where trained volunteer weather spotters provide first-hand reports of severe and hazardous weather conditions. Spotters help meteorologists issue severe weather warnings, which are oftentimes life-saving. Despite the advanced Doppler Radar technology available to the NWS, weather spotters are necessary to help determine accurate and credible weather conditions in order to issue timely severe weather warnings.

How did the partnership begin between the NWS and St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club?

Continue reading

2018 Anniversary QSO Party

St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club
2018 Anniversary QSO Party

Welcome to the 2018 Saint Cloud Amateur Radio Club Anniversary QSO Party. This contest helps us all be prepared in a number of ways, gets to know one another, allow for some friendly competition and try out our emergency preparedness skills. Since this contest is limited to the 2M FM band, it does not require any fancy equipment and all can participate. The contest is just a short 2 hour time frame.

Saturday, May 26nd, 2018 from 7 to 9 PM (local time)

To make as many contacts as possible, encouraging the use of 2M simplex mode, and to have fun!

The Hunter vs. the Hunted:
Consider operating from a remote location, high point, or perhaps a roving mobile; Mobile stations are able to re-work stations from a different location
Continue reading

ARRL Exam Session

Now is the time to get your Amateur Radio License, or upgrade to a higher level.
The St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club is hosting an Exam Session to do just that.

Details follow:

    06/02/2018Sponsor: Saint Cloud Amateur Radio Club
    Date: Jun 02 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
    Contact: Charles H. Chirhart
    Phone: 320-333-7431
    Location: Saint Cloud Amateur Radio Club
    401 4th Street North
    Waite Park MN 56387

    What to Bring to an ARRL Exam Session:
    Continue reading