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SMARTSFEST 2019 – Early Sponsors

How about an early Thank You our great sponsors that have stepped up early in support of SMARTSFEST for 2019.

The list of great prizes is growing.

Be sure to mark you calendar for 9/28/2019 so you don’t miss your chance at some of the cool merchandise and other swag.

Buckmaster International
Bionno Power
DX Engineering
Main Trading Company
Times Microwave
Pacific Antenna
Comet Antenna
BaoFeng Tech

For more information visit SMARTSFEST 2019

Check It Out!

Looking for a good book to read. Our donation of the ARRL Library Book Set has been completed and the books are available from the Chaska Library. Stop in and take one home for some quality reading.


Save the Date!

Saturday Sept. 28 2019

SMARTSFEST is returning to the Cologne Community Center in 2019.

We’re planning another great year and hope that you’ll mark your calendars and join us for some of the fun.

Watch the SMARTSFEST 2019 website for more details.

We look forward to seeing you again.

SMARTSFEST 2018 Update

We would like to say thanks in advance to our first round of sponsors that have already signed up to support SMARTSFEST 2018.

Radio City
Buckmaster International/
DX Engineering
Bionno Power
Comet Antenna
BridgeCom Systems
BaoFeng Tech
RF Adapter Guy
ABR Industries

Mark your calendars for September 22nd so you don’t miss out on the growing list of door prizes.

September Meeting Reminder

The SMARTS September club meeting will be held at the Cologne Community Center on 9/20 at 7pm. This is a week later than usual and will be a joint meeting with the SERT group to review for SMARTSFEST.


We’re only 2 months away from SMARTSFEST for 2018 and can’t wait to see everyone there. Remember to put the finishing touches on your entry into the Project Showcase. We will have VE Testing, QSL card checking and presentations by the Minnesota DMR group, so study for the license upgrade, pack up your QSL cards and sort out your DMR questions. And don’t forget to share with your friends and neighbors so they don’t miss out on the excitement.

Visit the event website at for more information.

Field Day 2018

The SMARTS Radio Club will be participating in the 2018 Radio Field Day activities on June 22, 23 and 24 from the Zumbra 2 Group Camp Site in the Carver Park Reserve. Please make plans to join us for the fun and festivities as we log contacts and practice emergency preparedness. The weekend camping crew will be on-site by 3:00 pm on Friday. We have all three of the group sites reserved this year so there will be plenty of room for us to operate from. We look forward to seeing you there.


Field Day Site

Frequencies in use

  • Talk-in: 147.165 WB0RMK Repeater
  • Setup & Support: 146.550 Simplex
  • Station coordination: 446.350 Simplex

*Assistance is available to help with programming your radios


Things to remember

  • HT
  • Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Fan
  • Drinking Water/Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Change of Clothing
  • Spare Shoes
  • Stories to share


A little more about Field Day

The Field Day event is designed as an emergency preparedness exercise as well as a public demonstration, but more than anything, it is a fun way to get on the air. Each operator is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and trained in the art and science of radio communication and basic electronics theory. Events such as Field Day help the Amateur Radio community learn how to best utilize our personal equipment to assist national and local service agencies such as FEMA and the Red Cross by providing reliable communications when the normal infrastructure is offline. This public service capability is often extended to local communities during non-emergency civic events such as parades, marathons and street festivals. Field Day is a great opportunity for us to share the science, service and skill that comes from our hobby in radio.

Visit the ARRL website for more information about Field Day


Save the Date!

Saturday Sept. 22 2018


SMARTSFEST is returning to the Cologne Community Center in 2018.

We’re planning another great year and hope that you’ll mark your calendars and join us for some of the fun.

Watch the SMARTSFEST 2018 website for more details.

We look forward to seeing you again.

Thank You!

The SMARTS and SERT Clubs would like to thank you for joining us for SMARTSFEST this year.

We’ve started planning for next year and would appreciate any feedback that you would like to share. Please let us know what worked for you or if there were any areas that we can improve for next year.

We look forward to seeing you again next year.